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Robert Hoffmann

This is a blog about Hoffmann Brothers Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. I am Robert Hoffmann, the owner and President of Hoffmann Brothers. I am a licensed Mechanical Engineer with many years of experience in HVAC, Mechanical Contracting, & Plumbing.

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Hoffmann Brothers is partnering with Stray Rescue of St Louis during the months of February and March. Stray Rescue of St Louis is a non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue stray animals in need of medical attention, restore them to health and place them in a loving adoptive home. Stray rescue is a no kill organization, and these rescued animals seem to have a second lease on life and often make the best pets! Hoffmann Brothers will be donating a portion of sales directly to the efforts to rescue the stray animals all over the St Louis and Metro East area and help get them off the cold streets and to the Stray Rescue shelter and eventually to a warm home. Hoffmann Brothers has been providing heat to St Louis area residents and businesses for over 40 winters, so this year we are looking to help our furriest of friends...
Diagnosing a Faulty Furnace in Chesterfield, MO     As meteorologists have dubbed this year's extremely cold temperatures a 'polar vortex', it's no time for the furnace to have a meltdown. So what does it mean if the furnace is making a noise and won't remain powered on? Chesterfield Hoffmann Brothers heating and cooling company diagnoses the symptoms of a furnace that refuses to stay on.   Menacing Noises of a Faulty Furnace Before the furnace goes out, it often makes noises portending a malfunction. Squeaks and squeals are symptomatic of a slipping, worn or loose fan belt. When the furnace releases a grinding sound, the noise is often a sign that your bearings are deteriorating, and calling for maintenance. There also could be something stuck in the air ducts, if a banging noise resonates from the furnace.   Claim this coupon http://www.hoffmannbrothers.com/coupons.html on your next heating repair call in Chesterfield....
”If safety and curtailing household expenses are important to you, it's not too late to schedule a heater unit-maintenance checkup," prescribes a spokesperson of Hoffmann Brothers heating and cooling in St. Louis City.   Preventative maintenance on the furnace and other component of the heating systems doubles as an extra layer protection. During a heating checkup, a technician will not only inspect parts for corrosion, wear and tear, but the inspection involves cleaning.   An accumulation of dust and debris may block vent lines, causing a buildup of carbon monoxide poisoning; especially, if the front of the cabinet walls are loose.   Carbon monoxide (CO) poison continues to plague households across America. Because carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless, the pollutant goes undetected. Carbon monoxide detectors are only a facet of keeping your family safe.   FYI: Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue and dizziness.  ...

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In St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County Laclede Gas Company and other local gas utility agencies have extended gas inspections to a pool of licensed and qualified heating and cooling contractors. A Hoffmann Brother's Heating and Cooling contractor fields the most commonly posed questions.                           Why should a St. Charles County, St. Louis City, and St. Louis County homebuyer request a gas inspection? Gas inspections determine whether a home has any underlying problems. Appliances, such as the stove, water heater, furnace, and washer necessitate an evaluation to determine whether there are any imminent safety problems.           Is anyone qualified to conduct a gas inspection?       No. Only gas companies, Laclede gas inspectors and certified heating and air conditioning contractors have the credentials and expertise to conduct gas inspections.     Is a gas inspection conducted by a heating and air conditioning company a better gas inspection than a utility...
This winter is no different from any other cold season in Ballwin, Missouri. Colds, flus and other viruses are allegedly on the rise due to several flu strains in recirculation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is already showing signs of a tumultuous flu season. Although medical professionals forecast a new strain of H7N9 virus also known as new avian flu, the return of H1N1 (also known as swine flu) has been plaguing certain states in America.   Missouri was among five other states showing rampant spread of H1N1, during the last two weeks of 2013, as indicated by the CDC. January and February represent the peak season of the flu. For more information, please visit: http://www.health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/influenza/pdf/Week521314.pdf   Children ages five to fourteen showed the highest rate of influenza and pneumonia. The CDC recommends that infants six months and older have a flu vaccination. It is also noteworthy that...
January is National Radon Month. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that radon in the home is fatal to indoor air quality (IAQ), and associated with some 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. Lung cancer caused by radon exposure is the second cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. St. Louis heating company, Hoffmann Brothers highlights some pertinent details about radon to the homeowners of St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.   What is radon and how does it affect a home? Because radon is an odorless gas--homeowners do not have any tangible signs. A radioactive naturally occurring gas, radon builds up in water, soil and rock, emitting invisible, toxins into a home. This vapor intrusion predominantly transpires over the winter months, when most households are susceptible to exposure.   Is radon specific to certain parts of the U.S.? In St. Louis City and other U.S. cities homes, poor indoor air...

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St. Louis City Heating Contractor Prescribes Safety Tips   Hoffmann Brothers, a heater contractor, provides residents of St. Louis City with the most common gaffes to avoid.   The sealed flue. Before burning the fireplace or hearth, make sure the flue is open to prevent any fatal situations (i.e. fire, carbon monoxide poisoning).   A garaged, idling vehicle. When a car idles, while it is parked in the garage, carbon monoxide seeps into the home.   Forgoing an emergency kit. In the event of a weather related disaster, does your home have an emergency kit, (solar charger, adequate food, water, flashlights etc.)? Be sure to refer to the emergency information at Ready.gov to create an emergency kit.   Unadjusted gas water storage heater. Another potentially hazardous or combustive situation is an improperly adjusted gas water heater or any other appliance that uses gas. The outcome can be fatal. (The symptoms of...
St. Louis City Contractor Prescribes Clean Air Remedies   It’s wintertime in St. Louis. This means that’s the flu season is upon city and county residents. During this time of year, little ones and elderly people are the most susceptible to catching the flu. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises Americans to have a flu vaccination, heating and air conditioning contractors prescribe the following strategies for clearing the flu from your home.   Colds, viral infections and bacteria are not the type of elements you want lurking in the home. Washing hands is one of several approaches to preventing the spread of the flu and other airborne viral infections.   A St. Louis City heating contractor advises, “Clean surfaces, such as shelves, ledges books, heating vents, and other fixtures in the home where dust tends to collect.”   Make note of the last time you changed the air...

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The question for many St. Louis homeowners is whether it is worthwhile to upgrade from a conventional heating system to a heat pump. If you prefer to curtail monthly energy costs, heat pumps afford a significant savings. Yet, there are several underlying differences between a heat pump and a conventional heating system.   Heat pumps generate hot and cool air, cleaning, circulation, and dehumidification. In comparison, heating systems produce warm air only. An air conditioner executes the same as a heat pump with the exception of heating.   Heat pumps do not consume the volume of energy that standard heating systems do. Because the technology of heat pumps transfers heat versus producing it, these heating systems are far more affordable to operate.   In the summer, a heat pump eliminates moisture, providing cool and dry comfort. Heating systems do not cool indoor temperatures in the summer. Controlling moisture with a standard...

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St. Louis Heating Contractor Cites Energy Savings Tips   If saving money is one of your New Year’s resolutions in 2014, then your home’s energy bill is an exceptional place to start. Hoffmann Brothers, a premier heating and air-conditioning contractor provides some helpful energy savings tips.   1) Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Annual energy savings of a CFL trumps that of an incandescent light bulb. These energy efficient light sources consume 30 to 70% less energy than a standard light bulb.   2) Sources at ENERGYSTAR report that the average American household consumes 25% of electricity from plugged in electronics. That’s an approximate $3 billion in wasted energy costs.   Resolution: Turn off any unused lights and unplug any devices that use electricity (toasters, hair dryers, light fixtures, computers, etc).   Block out drafts and air leaks with weather stripping. Consider insulation products with a higher...
Are you comparing heating contractors in Clayton, Missouri? Wondering which qualifications suggest reliable service quality?   The first approach to assess or judge a heating contractor is whether they have a current license. Prior to hiring a heating contractor verify that their license is current. A heating contractor without dated credentials may not be current on the latest state and local codes and energy requirements.   How long has the heating contractor been serving the Clayton community? While there’s nothing wrong with a new heating service contractor, experienced heating technicians have the scalability to work with different heating applications and manufacturers’ brands and heating elements.   Does the heating contractor belong to any associations? A reputable heating contractor belongs to one or more associations such as the American Society Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning (ASHRAE). Memberships also indicate an expert who recognized in the industry.   Does the heating company...
Preventative maintenance is not an exercise in futility. Caring for the home’s furnace and heating system offers three underlying benefits to your household. A comfortable climate, energy conservation and safety characterize the overwhelming benefits of preventative maintenance. Here are several more exercises to assure the performance, safety and well-being of your home’s HVAC system.   Air Filter Refill For healthy people asthmatic patients, allergy sufferers, and individuals with respiratory ailments, airborne contaminants from a dirty air filter hampers indoor air quality. With regular air filter replacements, homeowners achieve three goals: promote indoor air quality, complement energy efficiency, and extend the life of the heating system.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contends that many American households indoor air quality is worse than industrial parks.   The Squeaks… Don’t ignore unusual sounds such as squeaking, rattling and jangling. A clanky heating system foretells a heating system on the verge of a breakdown....

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Webster Groves, MO Heating Contractor Reveals the Check up Short List   It’s a common misnomer among many Webster Groves, MO homeowners that preventative maintenance is unnecessary. Preventative maintenance determines how your heating system operates and how efficiently it produces warmth. Review these notes pertaining to preventative maintenance   What does a heating contractor inspect during the preventative maintenance? An in-depth preventative inspection involves the following tasks:   Proper maintenance begins by a qualified and licensed heating contractor. During the heating inspection, the technician examines the furnace, belts and motors, as well as pressure, flue piping, heat exchanger and all other connections of the heating system.   “Many homeowners of Webster Groves, MO schedule preventative maintenance sometime around daylight savings time,” shares one of the heating contractors of Webster Groves.     Dust and dirt accumulation embodies a heating system’s worst enemy. As a result, preventative maintenance is a critical factor...
Around the average Belleville and Edwardsville, IL household, several appliances attribute to the monthly energy bill. With the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting a chilly winter, homeowners concerned about shrinking carbon footprint or lowering monthly heating bill costs have several approaches to institute.   Heating system It's not inconceivable that some appliances are not as energy efficient as others. Belleville and Edwardsville, IL equipped with an air handler, heat pump, or geothermal system do not expend the same energy as conventional heating systems.   Preventative maintenance is prevalently overlooked until the heating system begins to malfunction. A yearly heating checkup optimizes the unit’s energy efficiency. When heating systems forgo preventative care for a year, it increases energy consumption 5%.   "Conventional heating systems already waste 20 to 25%. In particular, heating systems over 10 years old and models with an 80 annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE)," informs a technician of...

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St. Louis Heating Contractor Prescribes Preventative Maintenance   Don't let the furnace and heating system go without a checkup this winter. For safety reasons alone, any furnace reliant upon gas or other fossil fuels calls for an inspection. Not to mention, preventative maintenance prolongs a furnace and heating system's shelf life.   Heating system technology has come a long way over the last decade. In fact, system designed more than 12 years ago are often due for a replacement, as these conventional heating systems lose energy efficiency overtime.   1) The utility bill is one telltale sign of a faltering furnace. Review energy costs and usage over the last three to five winters. If you notice that utility bill has been on the rise, compare your usage.   Each year, a standard heating system loses 5% of its efficiency, especially without an annual checkup. This loss of efficiency causes the furnace...
For the residents of St Charles County, who are hosting a Thanksgiving Day Dinner, there's much to do for the beginning of the holiday season. From preparing the home to planning the menu, this checklist should help keep all chores in perspective.   Operation organize. Make note of any summer decorations that may clash with the Thanksgiving Day theme, and relocate these items to a safe storage place.   A spokesperson of Hoffmann Brothers advises," Don't forget to remove all leaves from the gutter. An accumulation of leaves in the gutter may trigger other unwanted events in the home.   From the foyer, mud room, coffee table to the kitchen, de-clutter these spaces to ensure a comfortable and warm environment for your guests.   Don't forget to give the proper burial to any plants or flowers barely hanging on from the summer.   Operation clean up. Using a damp cloth, apply...
When was the last time your gas furnace or water heater was checked? “These are not the type of appliances that can go ignored," declares a representative of Hoffmann Brother's heating and cooling service.     Although carbon monoxide detectors are designed to prevent CO2 poisoning, St. Louis homeowners should be aware of appliances that produce the life threatening toxin. A water heater, gas clothing dryer, gas fireplace, furnace and any other fossil fuels-reliant appliances necessitate for proper maintenance and safety instructions in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.   Hoffmann Brothers Heating and Cooling is available 24/7 to take your emergency heating and air conditioning repairs.   Statistics. Did you know 476 carbon monoxide related deaths happen each year in the state of Missouri?   Autumn logs the second highest rate of carbon monoxide death. December, January and February illustrate the highest cases of CO2 poisoning in Missouri.   Heating...
Heating Contractor Imparts IAQ Healthy Tips   Let’s talk about the indoor air quality (IAQ) in your Des Peres home. Does anyone in your home suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions? Are any of your occupants elderly or under 6 years old? How often do you clean your home? Also, how do the aforementioned questions correlate to each other?   It's quite simple.   Indoor air quality influences your home and family's health. Lead, mold, mildews, bacterial, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter and other household contaminants counter healthy indoor air quality.   Data and statistics aggregated by the World Health Organization (WHO), indicated that 600,000 children suffer from mental impairment due to lead exposure.   Did you know that October 20 -26. 2013 marks National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in the US?   In addition to thoroughly ridding the home of dust, dirt and lead, which contribute to...
Jefferson County HVAC Contractor Identifies Heating Systems   Your Jefferson County home's heating and cooling system is comprised of several parts. Heat pumps condition both hot and warm air. The energy efficiency of a heat pump trumps the warmth created by a furnace, as it does not use fossil fuels. Instead, a heat pump produces hot or cold air via electricity.   Furnaces and Heat Pumps Even though furnaces designed over 10 years ago are not as energy efficient as a heat pump, furnace manufacturers engineered improvements to concur with EPA and DOE guidelines. These regulations mandate that furnaces attain an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of at least 85.   What is AFUE? AFUE refers to how much energy output a furnace consumes in relationship to how much energy the heating system actually uses.   Homeowners of Jefferson County who have invested in heat pumps attain better energy savings than...
Assuring your home's safety exceeds having a good home insurance policy, fire or CO detector. On the heating system, the furnace and heat exchanger house combustive elements, necessitating preventative maintenance or even a furnace or heat exchanger replacement. Hoffmann Brother's Heating Contractors highlights what St. Clair homeowner's should know about the heating system and carbon monoxide.   Heat exchangers are the culprit of many heating malfunctions in St. Clair County. Serving as the transfer point where heat from the flue enters the home, overtime its metal parts crack and split in the heating system.   With fissures and corrosion in the heat exchanger, gases escape from the hot flue. This is a release of carbon monoxide (CO), which has fatal consequences. (Carbon monoxide is generally odorless and invisible, hence it can go undetected causing CO poisoning.)   Hoffmann Brother’s reports: Three different elements attribute CO poisoning in the home: a faulty...
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