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Pay a Little Now or Much More Later–Invest in Maintenance

Furnace Repair Tech - Builders HeatingHow many of you have seen your doctor for a checkup in the last year? Have you visited the dentist for a cleaning and X-rays or had the oil changed in your car? Bet you have your eyes checked to see if you need glasses or need to get new ones. Those are all forms or preventive maintenance on the things important to us and our lives.

The same needs to be done with your heating and cooling systems. One of the most common problems Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning sees is needless furnace and air conditioner repairs and replacements that could have been avoided with regular maintenance.

One small example of furnace maintenance is checking the integrity of your heat exchanger. Just like the tires on your car, it wears out. And just like worn tires, a worn heat exchanger can be a safety issue. In fact, a cracked heat exchanger can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Our expert Builder’s technicians will first do a visual inspection. If there appears to be a problem, we will perform a suspect heat exchanger diagnostic (SHED) at no cost.

Too many times we hear someone say regular furnace service doesn’t make a difference. We’re here to tell you it does! We’re not just saying this because it is a service that we provide. If it wasn’t helpful, we wouldn’t offer it. Additionally, if you look you’ll see the manufacturer’s warranty on your system can be voided if regular maintenance isn’t performed. Recent warranty claims have been denied based on lack of maintenance performed and recorded.

Maintenance keeps your system operating at maximum efficiency, saving up to 40% on utility bills. Easily covering the cost of the tune-up. It also means there is less chance for a costly and inconvenient breakdown
on the coldest day of the year.

In so many areas of your life, you do preventive maintenance. Doesn’t the system that keeps you comfortable
and healthy all year long deserve to be running in its best condition? If you are not currently having your system regularly maintained, please call Builder’s, your heating and cooling leader for Denver and the suburbs. Comfort Specialists since 1950.

Help Builder’s Fight Breast Cancer

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  • Help in the fight against breast cancer
  • Have fun
  • Win Prizes

Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning has a great way for you to “check all the boxes” in the fight against breast cancer. It’s called the Catch Me In Pink™ campaign, and we will be taking part during the entire month of October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

You’ve seen the pink ribbons, but we’re going one step further. All month long our Builder’s employees will be dressed in pink. When you spot one of us, just take an #usie (you and the employee). Either you can post the photo on Facebook (or ask us to), and tag @Buildersheating with the hashtag #CatchMeInPink. Builder’s will donate a portion of their monthly proceeds to the Vera Bradley Foundation For Breast Cancer giving every picture posted a great value! We’re excited to join in this national effort to raise funds for a cure to breast cancer.

You’ll be seeing them around town, but there’s no need to go looking for our employees. All you have to do is call and schedule a service from our long list of available products and services:

Furnaces
Air conditioners
Swamp coolers
Boilers
Radiant heating
Mini split heat pumps
Heating & air conditioning maintenance
Heating & air conditioning repair
System replacements
Installations
Indoor air quality
Maintenance agreements

When our employee arrives dressed in their official Catch Me In PinkTM shirt, just take your photo and get it posted. It’s a win-win situation to help in the fight against breast cancer.

But wait. There’s more! When you post your photo with #CatchMeInPink, you are automatically entered to win some great prizes. There will be weekly giveaways of $25 gift cards and Vera Bradley bags. You could also win the national grand prize:

  • Airfare for two to St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands*
  • 3-night stay at Renaissance Marriott Carambola
  • Vera Bradley luggage set
  • Car rental to explore the island
  • Massage for two delivered by Beach Massage and Bodywork
  • A snorkeling excursion to Buck Island with Captain Llweylyn Westerman
  • Custom Breast Cancer jewelry from Sheri Mount with Live It! Jewelry

Virtually everyone knows or loves someone whose life has been touched by breast cancer. This is your chance to support them during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All you have to do is have some fun catching our Builder’s team members dressed in their pink. They would love to have a photo taken with you. Who knows, you could also end up on the beach in the Caribbean.

The Catch Me In Pink™ campaign is just one more way Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning gives back to Denver and the surrounding communities that we have been serving since 1950.

*As most are aware, St. Croix was impacted by Hurricane Maria. While the island is expected to make a full recovery, an alternate location will be provided if the island needs more time to host tourists. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Time to shut down that evaporative/swamp cooler

Say goodbye to summer, at least officially. Fall has arrived, and for many it’s their favorite time of the year. And why not, the morning air is cool and crisp, the summer heat is mostly gone, and nature is putting on a spectacular show of color. Your friends at Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning hope you enjoy all of it, but remember that when autumn arrives, winter isn’t far behind.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction is for cooler and wetter than normal weather. Don’t let the change catch you unprepared. Now is the best time to call us for your heating system tune-up. The best way to keep your home comfortable and protected from the outside elements is with ongoing maintenance. Our technicians can handle whatever system your home or business uses:

  • Forced air heating
  • Hot water heating
  • Steam heating
  • Radiant heating
  • Heat pumps

It’s also time to schedule your end-of-the-season shutdown for your evaporative cooler. Unlike air conditioners, you can’t just shut them off. Swamp coolers require a specific shutdown procedure to prevent damage:

  • Proper draining to prevent your water line from freezing and splitting
  • Protect the cooler unit from damage caused by frozen water or rusting.
  • Prevent winter heat loss from the swamp cooler vent.

Now is also the time to start making preparations for the holidays. Among the improvements you might want to consider:

  • Add a mini-split heat pump for supplemental heating
  • Install a tankless water heater to assure hot showers for all your guests
  • A new climate controlled wine room will make you the envy of family & friends

Call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning now to make sure you are ready for the change of seasons. When it comes to residential HVAC work we’ve been keeping Denver and the suburbs comfortable since 1950.

Add Some Luxury to Your Life & Home

What are the luxuries you enjoy the most? A car with heated leather seats? A gigantic ultra-high definition TV? A killer sound system for listening to your favorite music? Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning thinks there’s something else you can move to the top of the list. Radiant floor heating and radiant snow and ice melting systems.

The easiest definition of radiant heat is you are not heating the air directly. Instead, you are heating an object, in this case, the floor, and the heat radiates through the room warming other objects and transferring the heat to the air. It’s the same principle as the warmth you feel on your face from the sunshine streaming through the window. The most common form in homes is hydronic radiant heat, meaning a system of pipes installed under the floor carries warm water. The water is most often heated by a high-efficiency boiler. Radiant heat comes with many advantages:

  • Different rooms can be set to different temperatures
  • There are no noisy fans or blowers
  • No blowing air carrying dust & allergens

For some, the most important advantage is the feeling of luxury. The floor under your bare feet is always warm, no matter how cold it is outside. Additionally, radiant heat is generally more efficient than forced air heating because there is no heat loss from the ductwork.

The same type of system can be installed as a snowmelt system. The buried pipes or electrical elements give you a heated driveway, parking lot, and sidewalks. Imagine the feeling of being able to hang up that snow shovel permanently. Snowmelt systems make your property much safer, and reduce the likelihood of facing slip and fall liability lawsuits.

If you’re among the lucky ones who already have radiant heat, do not forget about regular maintenance. It’s easy to let it slide because the system works so quietly, you forget it’s even there. You don’t have to worry about fans and blowers and changing filters, but the boilers require regular maintenance for safe operation, and water treatments are necessary to prevent corrosion.

So, as much as you enjoy your car, TV, and audio system, call Builder’s Heating and Air Conditioning now to learn more about the ultimate luxury of radiant heating. Just one more way we’ve been keeping Denver and the suburbs comfortable since 1950.

If you Need a Career Instead of a Job, Call Builder’s

On this Labor Day, many people are questioning the job they have now and whether it’s really a career that will provide for their future. At this time of celebrating the American worker, Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants you to know that HVAC jobs are a great career choice. Consider these 2015 statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Annual Median Pay: $45,110
Median Hourly Pay: $21.69
Projected 10 Year Growth: 14% (much faster than average)

Builder’s is always looking for smart and hardworking people because those are the type of employees who make a company successful. We understand the people who work for us, in the office and the HVAC service technicians in the field, are the lifeline connecting us to the clients we serve.

The result is Builder’s offers an attractive employment package to attract good people, and then we train them to be even better. Builder’s will pay for the training so our technicians are NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certified. We’re excited to recently congratulate Ian P., Tyler K., Kyle P., Ryan F. and Laramie B. for investing 20 weeks of night classes and passing the test. This raises us to almost 100% of our technicians being NATE certified. What it means for the home and business owner is the HVAC specialist we send has received a higher level of training and is able to solve your problems quicker and easier with confidence. He or she will get it right the first time, every time.

Working in HVAC installation or repair is a good example of how to earn a living and build a career without a four-year-college degree. Additionally, you can start building your future without being saddled with thousands of dollars in student loan debt.

Unlike many other jobs, working as an HVAC technician is virtually recession proof. How can we be so sure? For one thing, consider the growing trends of energy efficiency and pollution reduction. The industry is already dealing with the phase out of older refrigerants because of environmental damage. It’s going to take skilled air conditioner technicians to upgrade and replace the millions of units already in use.

What do you have to lose? Fill out an application online and you just might find the right job for you. When you learn more about the benefits that Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning employees receive, chances are you will be pleasantly surprised at the life and future you can build for yourself and your family.

A True DIY Story—The Names Were Changed to Protect the Guilty

A True DIY Story

Do-it-yourselfers have a proud history in our country. Maybe it goes back to the pioneer days when everyone had to be self-sufficient to survive. Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning has nothing but admiration for the folks who have the skill to do their own work, but we had a recent reminder why the risks are great when it comes to DIY work on residential HVAC units in Denver.

The phone call came from, well let’s call her Laura, who was worried about her husband’s (let’s just call him Jimmy) attempt to install a new thermostat. Now according to Laura, Jimmy is no dummy. He has some mechanical aptitude and loves the idea of saving money by doing his own work.

He carefully read the instructions and removed the old thermostat (11:00 a.m./inside temperature 74℉). This is where the train started to go off the tracks. The color coding on the wires didn’t match what was on the instructions. To his credit, Jimmy didn’t just keep going blindly forward. He went to the modern DIY library of tutorials, YouTube.

After some hours of research (1:15 p.m./inside temperature 79℉), he was ready for another attempt. The new thermostat was connected and, nothing. Now the entire central air unit appeared to be dead. The summer sun was beating down (3:30 p.m./inside temperature 81℉) and Laura became more than a little concerned.

Jimmy decided discretion is the better part of valor and put the old thermostat back in. You guessed it, the system was still dead. All Laura could see was dollar signs flashing in front of her eyes for a central air conditioner replacement. After some more online research (5:30 p.m./inside temperature 84℉) Laura won the argument and she made the call to Builder’s.

As hard as we try, we have to handle these calls in the order they come in. Laura and Jimmy spent a couple of very uncomfortable days in their house before our technician arrived to assess the situation. The bad news is Laura and Jimmy had to pay for the diagnostic fee, but the good news is the damage was pretty minor this time.

While trying to install the thermostat, Jimmy had blown a fuse when he connected the wrong wires. Thankfully, the fuse worked the way it was supposed to and protected the rest of the system. If the fuse hadn’t done its job, Jimmy’s attempt at money saving could have cost hundreds of dollars instead of the relatively modest amount to replace the fuse and diagnostic fee.

The moral of the story is there’s a reason our technicians go to school for as long as two years and then do continual on-the-job training. The technology in HVAC systems is changing so rapidly, there’s no way for the DIY’er like Jimmy to keep up. So, when it comes to the valuable heating and cooling systems in your home, put down the tool belt and pick up the phone. Here are a few troubleshooting tips for you that are safe if your AC stops cooling.

Builder’s will keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Just like it has been doing for Denver and the Suburbs since 1950.

Fighting Back-to-School Germs & Fall Allergies

The back to school sales are in full swing. Moms and dads may complain about the cost, but there’s a pretty good chance they’re also excited. Summers are great, but parents appreciate a little peace and quiet when the house empties out for another school year.

What parents aren’t excited about is what the kids will bring home with them besides homework. Germs and bugs. Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning is ready to help you deal with that, along with any other seasonal indoor air quality (IAQ) issues in Denver.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Fall Allergies:

  • Ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger in the fall. Most people who are allergic to spring plants also react to ragweed.
  • Hay fever has nothing to do with hay, but is a sign you may be allergic to ragweed, mold, or pollens in the fall air.
  • Children back in school are exposed to various allergens from other students.
  • Raking leaves can stir up mold and pollen which get on your skin and clothes.
  • Some foods trigger allergies because they have proteins similar to what’s found in ragweed. Bananas, tomatoes, melons, and chamomile tea can aggravate allergies.

We recommend three steps to assure you and your family are breathing healthy air:

  1. Whole house filtration:
    1. 1-Inch fiberglass filter (not recommended)
      1. Minimum filtration of just the largest particles
      2. Needs to be changed every month
    2. Pleated high efficiency
      1. Larger surface area
      2. Captures microscopic particles
      3. Replaced less often (6-12 months)
    3. Electronic air cleaners
      1. Most effective
      2. Metal filter can be washed & reused
      3. Best investment for anyone with severe allergies or asthma

Builder’s has various products available depending upon a customer’s specific allergies and requirements.

  1. Humidifiers:
    1. Dry air causes several problems
      1. Dry noses
      2. Scratchy throats & itchy skin
      3. Static shock

In our dry Colorado climate, achieving proper humidity levels requires a humidifier. There are three types of humidifiers. Which one we install is dependent on your home, and how the humidifier will be used. Builder’s carries the Honeywell and Aprilaire brands, each with a 5-year warranty.

  1. Ultraviolet treatment systems:
    1. Purify the air
      1. Used in hospitals, nursing homes, and restaurants
      2. Disinfects & prevents spread of germs
      3. Kills 87% of bacteria

There can be different opinions about the best way to attack the problem, but the experts all agree; indoor air pollution is a very real health concern. Call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning to talk about a plan to keep your family healthy during this back to school and fall allergy season.

Chiller Maintenance Can Keep Your Business Running Smoothly

If you see workers in your office sweating at their desks, then we need to talk. Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants to remind you that uncomfortable workers aren’t productive workers. It’s the time of year when the cooling systems in your business are being stressed to the max. The temperature has been hot for several weeks and we are now in the dog days of summer.

Denver’s Hottest Temperature Ever Recorded

  • 105℉
  • August 8, 1878
  • July 20, 2005

It’s important that you realize the difference between residential heating and cooling and commercial hvac units in Denver.  Home systems are typically getting small, but regular breaks. Thermostats are turned up while people are at work. Many homes in Denver and the suburbs are able to shut the AC off and open the windows while sleeping because of our cool nights.

Generally speaking, those are not viable options when it comes to cooling and heating in most commercial applications. When you are dealing with thousands of square feet rather than hundreds, you can’t let the heat in the building rise, even if it is empty overnight. It takes too long to cool it down again the next day. Commercial buildings simply aren’t designed for opening windows to let in the cool night air.

The chillers that many businesses use to cool their building can be running practically nonstop this time of year. The best way to make sure they are up to the challenge is with routine maintenance. Sure, it’s an investment, but think of the consequences. Downtime and loss of productivity are your enemy. If you add up the costs from a cooling system breakdown, it will make the cost of a maintenance call look pretty reasonable. Here are just a few of the items requiring regular maintenance on commercial chillers:

  • Tubes cleaned and maintained
  • Controls inspected & calibrated
  • Optimize refrigerant charge
  • Regularly change oil

Call Builder’s Heating & Cooling now to schedule your chiller maintenance or any other HVAC need. Our only goal is to keep you comfortable as we roll through the dog days of summer. It’ what we’ve been doing for homes and businesses in Denver and the suburbs since 1950.

Why Installation is the most important step in HVAC system replacements

Congratulations, you have made the decision to replace your inefficient old heating and air conditioning systems. Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants to make sure you know the installation is a critical part of your decision.

Take a moment and think of it like you would a football game. Your brand-new air conditioner or heating system is just like the star quarterback or running back. Without blockers, the star’s talent is wasted. The team can’t realize its full potential.

In this case, the installers are the blockers. A poor AC installation means a new system won’t reach its full potential of cooling efficiency. The results are your home won’t be as comfortable and you won’t save as much money as you should on monthly utility bills.

A successful replacement or new home installation starts long before the workers show up at your house. Our knowledgeable project managers and comfort specialists will help you choose the right equipment. Only proper system sizing of your new AC unit can assure the cool air will reach the various parts of your home quietly and at the temperature you expect.

All of your homework and preparation will be wasted if your system is not properly installed. Our trained Builder’s technicians routinely find improper installations. Four common problems are:

  • Inadequate air flow – This can cause your rooms to be uncomfortable as well as require your system to work harder, reducing equipment life, and driving up energy use.
  • Refrigerant system not properly charged – Clearly this affects the cooling efficiency of your air conditioner, and it can also cause long-term damage to your system.
  • Leaky ducts – Central systems can lose up to 30% of their efficiency as the conditioned air moves through the ductwork if the ducts have leaks or weren’t properly installed.
  • Installing shortcuts – Critical components such as filter dryers and thermal expansion valves are omitted from the installation, increasing your new systems susceptibility for premature failure.

Builder’s will make sure your home doesn’t have those problems. Our technicians have been installing heating & cooling systems in homes, townhomes, and condos for more than 60 years. Call us so you can benefit from that experience.

Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning is your partner in home comfort and experts in air conditioning service and repair. Our team makes sure your new HVAC systems perform like the all-stars they were designed to be.

Beat the Heat Without Breaking the Bank


The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a warm summer for much of the Rocky Mountain region, which means your cooling systems are going to be working overtime. One result could be a severe case of the shakes; shaking your head that is, when you open your monthly electrical bill.

Let Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning, your partner in home comfort for more than 60 years, help you keep your home cool without destroying your household budget. Here are some common-sense tips to cut those utility bills during the summer months:

Have a Builder’s certified technician install one or more programmable thermostats and show you how to use it properly, including:

  • Set the temperature higher when no one is home
  • Program it to cool the house about 30 minutes before getting home
  • Turn the thermostat to a higher temperature when you’re going on vacation
  • Avoid large temperature swings because the AC will have to work harder

Pay attention to doors & empty rooms:

  • Be extra careful to keep exterior doors tightly closed
  • If you have children going in & out impress on them how important it is
  • Close doors to rooms not being used

Use ceiling fans or consider installing them:

  • Fans make you feel cooler
  • Improves air circulation
  • Forces hot air down from ceiling so it can be cooled

Maintenance & Tune-ups:

  • Have a Builder’s certified technician complete an AC tune-up
  • Regular maintenance can lower cooling costs & prevent air conditioner repairs
  • Small problems can be found before they become big problems

Builder’s knows another great way to deal with the summer heat is to escape to the Colorado mountains. After all, what’s better than sitting in a chair by a rushing creek with a cool breeze blowing? If this isn’t a full-time option for you, give us a call and we can get you as close to that fresh mountain air feeling as possible.

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