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Humidifiers can Make Your Home Healthy & Comfortable

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We are in the middle of the holiday season, so make sure your home is comfortable and healthy for guests and family members. Call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more about the critical role humidity plays in your indoor air quality (IAQ) here in Denver, and how easy and affordable it is to add a whole-house humidifier by Honeywell or Aprilaire.

We don’t have to tell you we have dry air in the Mile High City, and it gets even drier during the winter. Studies consistently show viruses, like the flu, spread more easily when the air is dry. As important as the health benefits are, there are several other reasons to add moisture to the dry winter air:

  • Reduce static electricity shocks
  • Help eliminate dry nasal passages and scratchy throats
  • Protect valuable belongings like furniture & artwork
  • Keep wood floors & woodwork from getting too dry and cracking

In fact, the manufacturers of your wood flooring will often refuse to honor the warranty if proper humidity levels aren’t maintained. Cracking or gaps caused by excessively dry air are not considered to be a manufacturing defect.

Builder’s handles all three types of residential humidifiers; powered, bypass, and steam. The type we install is dependent on your particular situation. We will say, steam humidifiers are most efficient for larger homes and homes with cathedral ceilings. If you happen to have a steam humidifier, make sure it gets regular service. They require maintenance because of our mineral-rich water.

The ideal indoor humidity for comfort is 40% to 50%, which during winter usually requires some form of added humidity. You need to be aware we have to make compromises because of the cold Colorado winters. As it gets colder outside, you may have to lower the indoor humidity to avoid condensation or even ice on your windows. To avoid the problem, use this table as a guideline for humidity levels based on the outdoor temperature:

OUTDOOR TEMPERATURE MAXIMUM INDOOR HUMIDITY
20℉ TO 40℉ 40%
10℉ TO 20℉ 35%
0℉ TO 10℉ 30%
-10℉ TO 0℉ 25%
-20℉ TO -10℉ 20%
Colder than -20℉ 15%

 

It’s important to follow these guidelines because when you see condensation on your windows, there is a chance you also have moisture inside your walls and in the attic. That’s bad and could result in the growth of mold and rotting wood.

If you are installing a humidifier, it’s also a good time to talk with Builder’s about further improving your IAQ by adding an air filtration system. We have a number of different systems like the Honeywell TrueCLEAN™ model and Trane Clean Effects model, along with a number of other products that we feature depending upon what will work best for your home. You can always depend on Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning to keep your home comfortable and Healthy. It’s what we’ve been doing since 1950.

Holiday Gifts ideas

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“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.”

Okay, it’s not the night before Christmas just yet, but Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants to make sure your name is on the nice list and not the naughty list. We have some really cool Christmas gift ideas, gifts that keep on giving, and don’t want you to miss out.

  • Programmable Wi-Fi thermostat
    • How many gifts can you think of that give you money back? Builder’s features thermostats from leading manufacturers. Installation of a Wi-Fi programmable thermostat is a good way to cut heating and cooling costs by as much as 10% a year. Not only is this a great tool to control your HVAC systems when everyone is away at work or school, it allows you to monitor your home’s heating and cooling when you leave for the weekend, go on vacation, or have a 2nd home in the mountains.
  • Carbon monoxide detector
    • What better gift is there than one that could save a life? Builder’s can install one or more carbon monoxide detectors in your home. You should have at least one on every floor of your house. Do you know more than 400 people die every year from CO poisoning? Don’t take a chance on tragedy striking your home. Our technicians can also test for the presence of this deadly gas to make sure your house is safe..
  • Whole-house humidifier
    • The humidity level in your house plays a critical role in your indoor air quality (IAQ). Our dry air gets even drier during the winter. If you’re tired of static shocks and frizzy hair, talk with Builder’s about a whole-house humidifier by Aprilaire. More importantly, studies consistently show viruses, like the flu, spread more easily when the air is dry. Give the gift of healthier air for everyone in the house.
  • Energy Savings Plan
    • Give mom (or yourself) the gift of carefree HVAC maintenance with the Builder’s Energy Savings Plan (ESP). It gives you annual tune-ups on your heating and cooling systems. The plan also gives you a 15% discount on repairs, priority service, and you will never pay a diagnostic fee. You get all of this and more for just a dollar a day.

 Holiday Special!

Get 2 gifts and save money

Buy the $1-a-day maintenance plan

Get any ICM thermostat for ½ price

OR

Buy a new furnace

Get a free ICM Wi-Fi thermostat

Did you know?

ICM Brand thermostats are manufactured entirely in the United States

 

  • Ductless mini split heat pump
    • Do you have a media room or an arts and crafts room that’s always too hot or too cold? Builder’s can fix the problem with a ductless mini split heat pump. It delivers conditioned air directly to the room or area where it’s needed. Because there’s no ductwork, it’s much simpler than an AC or furnace installation.

Don’t wait too long. Do what you have to do to get your name off the naughty list and to the nice list. If you are still having trouble deciding on a Christmas gift for someone in your house, call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning for even more ideas. Builder’s, Comfort Specialists Since 1950.

Lets try to do the holiday special as a stand-alone text box — maybe a nice holiday themed border around it

Scott says they are making ICM their preferred brand because Honeywell is now selling their thermostats through the big box stories and they want the brand differentiation.

Don’t Forget the Antacid—For You and Your Boiler

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Time is running out. Have you completed all of your shopping for Thanksgiving dinner? Let’s take a look at the menu to make sure you have everything covered:

  1. Turkey
  2. Ham
  3. Sweet potatoes
  4. Stuffing
  5. Mashed potatoes
  6. Gravy
  7. Green bean casserole
  8. Cranberry sauce
  9. Dinner rolls
  10. Pumpkin pie
  11. Pecan pie
  12. Whipped cream

Chances are good the list is missing one of your family or ethnic favorites like lefse and lutefisk if you are Scandinavian. Or collard greens if you’re from the south. But the list is also missing something else. Your favorite over-the-counter antacid pill or bottle of the pink stuff. By now you’re asking the question, what does this have to do with heating repair in Denver, CO? Well, call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning so we can talk with you about antacid protection for the high-efficiency heating equipment that keeps your house warm and comfortable during our cold Colorado winters.

Your high-efficiency furnace, like any fuel burning device, produces moisture or condensate as part of the combustion process. Here’s the problem, the condensate is acidic. The water leaves your house along with other wastewater, and without treatment, the acidic water can harm your pipes and the sewer system. It’s not good for the environment.

Builder’s can take care of the problem for you. Our preferred product is the Axiom NeutraPal Condensate Neutralization Kit. It raises the pH level making the water less acidic before it leaves your home. Think of it like taking your antacid BEFORE you sit down for the Thanksgiving dinner. If you don’t have the Axiom NeutraPal product, make sure to ask our technician about it during your next maintenance call. If you already own one, you may need to replace some components to make sure it continues working correctly.

The condensate treatment is just one small part to maintaining your high-efficiency heating system. It’s easy to think of your heating system as being maintenance free, but it’s really not. Here are just a few of the problems resulting from a lack of preventive maintenance:

  • Eq uses more fuel
  • Less efficient heating
  • Cold spots in the home
  • Boiler makes odd sounds
  • Long term corrosion damage

When it comes to heating service in Denver, CO, make your first and only call to Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll make sure your high efficiency boiler doesn’t suffer from the same acid indigestion you might get after the third helping of Thanksgiving dessert. Builder’s, keeping Denver and the suburbs comfortable since 1950.

You Have Questions—Builder’s has Answers

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Since 1950, Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning has been your comfort specialists. In those nearly seven decades we’ve been asked many questions. We thought it would be valuable to tell you about some of the questions we hear most frequently.

Heat Pumps, Gas Furnaces, Radiant heat. Help! My head is spinning. What’s the best choice for heating a home in Denver, Colorado?

We sympathize with you because we know how confusing it can be. It’s why Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning is always here to answer your questions about furnace maintenance, repair, and replacement for all our friends in Denver, CO. First let us say, Builder’s will never try to sell you something you don’t need. The correct answer to your question is, it depends on your situation.

If you are building a new home or doing a major remodel, we are big fans of hydronic radiant floor heating. There is no ductwork to install. The system is quiet and efficient with no fans blowing air around the house carrying dirt and dust. The upfront costs are higher, but we really believe it’s worth it in the long run.

If you currently have forced air heat, the most common choice is between a gas furnace and an electric heat pump. As a rule, heating with gas costs less than heating with electricity. If your home doesn’t have natural gas service, an electric heat pump is a great choice to heat and cool a home. New technology has made heat pumps much more effective at heating homes even in cold weather.

I hear a lot of talk from HVAC companies about the advantages of a programmable thermostat, but my mother has one in her home and says she doesn’t use it much. Will they really save money?

We can’t speak to your mother’s situation, but the short answer to your question is yes. The thermostats are especially valuable in situations where no one is home for several hours during the day. According to energy.gov, adjusting your thermostat by 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day can cut your yearly heating and cooling costs by as much as 10%.

Now let’s get back to your mother’s situation. Builder’s finds many people don’t use their thermostats because they find them complicated and/or intimidating. Putting it simply, they are afraid to change the settings because they might “screw something up.” You don’t have to worry about that with Builder’s. When you buy a new thermostat from us we will show you how to use it correctly and answer any questions you might have.

I keep hearing about how great tankless water heaters are in Denver, CO. Why does everyone seem to like them so much?

Let’s start with the obvious. A tankless hot water system gives you a nearly unlimited supply of hot water, which means no more cold showers when your home is filled with visitors for the upcoming holidays. The water is heated almost instantly as you use it. It’s also more energy efficient because you’re not using gas or electricity to keep an entire tank of water hot 24/7. Builder’s is proud to feature Rinnai tankless water heaters for your home or business. Despite the advantages, tankless systems are not the best choice in every situation. The best thing to do is to call us to talk about your specific situation.

Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning is always here to answer your HVAC questions. Just one more way we are working to keep Denver and the suburbs comfortable.

The Repair or Replace Question—Builder’s Can Help You Decide

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Repair or replace? It’s a question we have to answer countless times during our lives. The car or SUV with 200,000 miles on it. The 12-year-old refrigerator. The snow blower or lawn tractor. And yes, your HVAC systems. Often-times there is no clear right or wrong answer, but when it comes to furnace and/or air conditioner repair and replacement in Denver, CO, Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning will always give you the straight talk so you can make an informed decision. Our pledge to you is we will never sell you something you don’t need.

Our highly trained and certified technicians will help you assess your options, and find the right solution for your situation and budget. No heating or cooling system lasts forever, so there will come a time when a new system is a right choice. We understand every situation is different, but this chart will give you a good starting point to determine if it’s time to replace a unit, rather than spend more money on repairs.

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Whatever heating and cooling technology you currently have or want to install, Builders has the experts to help you:

  • Forced Air Heating
  • Hot Water Heating
  • Steam Heating
  • Radiant Heating
  • Heat Pumps
  • Air Conditioners
  • Evaporative Coolers
  • Systems Design

If another company has already recommended a replacement, Builder’s will be happy to give you a free second opinion just to help put your mind at ease.

Builder’s also wants to make sure you factor in the advantages of a new HVAC system when you are making your decision. New technology can save you as much as 30% or 40% on energy costs if your current units are 10 years old or older. The extra money in your pocket every month can help to offset the upfront cost. A new system will also give you peace-of-mind knowing your home will be comfortable year-round.

If the right decision is to replace your system(s), rest assured Builder’s will give you the best HVAC installation in Denver. Our installation specialists have installed every type of heating and cooling equipment into homes, townhomes, and condos. We understand the most important day in any furnace or air conditioner replacement is installation day. If the installation isn’t done correctly it can affect the efficiency and life expectancy of your new system.

We’re never going to sugar-coat things for you. The decision to repair or replace can be a difficult one, but you can count on Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning to give you the information you need. Another reason we have been Denver’s comfort specialists since 1950.

Call Builder’s to Find Those HVAC Ghosts & Goblins

Kid Halloween Costume - Builders HeatingOooh-ooh-ooh. Is that the sound of HVAC ghosts and goblins in your home this Halloween? Does this conversation sound familiar? “Oh look dear, doesn’t our little girl Grace look cute? She’s all dressed up like the big bad wolf for Halloween.” Grace, with that exaggerated look of disgust that children are famous for, responded, “Mom, this isn’t a fuzzy costume. I’m all bundled up because it’s freezing in my room!” Okay, maybe there’s some literary exaggeration going on here, but you get the point. Hot and cold spots are a real issue in many homes.

Don’t put up with it any longer. Halloween is the perfect time to find the gremlins causing the problem. Call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll put our HVAC “ghostbusters” to work. Their first priority is to find the cause so you’re not wasting money on solutions that don’t work. There are many ways we can attack the problem of uneven heating and cooling.

Beyond that, it’s possible the monster causing the hot and cold spots is lurking in the AC and ductwork. Leaky or uninsulated ductwork can rob your heating and cooling systems of efficiency. In some cases, the ductwork design may be limiting air flow to certain rooms. These are all problems our Builder’s experts can solve with ductwork modifications.

On the other hand, it is possible your heating and cooling systems have given up the ghost and are no longer capable of keeping your home comfortable. If another company has told you it’s time to replace your furnace or air conditioner, don’t just take their word for it. Builder’s will give you a free second opinion to make sure that prognosis is correct.

Replacing a home comfort system doesn’t have to be a spooky experience. We feature the most technologically advanced, high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners by leading manufacturers. Systems that include features like two-stage burners and modulating burners. Call us to learn about any current money saving offers. Builder’s also has in-house financing plans to fit every budget.

There may be some situations requiring supplemental heating or cooling to get rid of those hot and cold spots. The best solution might be a ductless mini split heat pump. There can be as many as four indoor air handlers connected to an outside compressor. The handlers each have their own thermostat, and deliver the conditioned air directly to the room or area where it’s needed. They are efficient because there are no ducts. Builder’s handles mini splits by Mitsubishi and Fujitsu.

So please, don’t make little Grace stay bundled up like a scary old wolf. Call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning now and we’ll make sure your home is no longer haunted by hot and cold spots. We are the Comfort Specialists since 1950

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.

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