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Utility Rebates Available From Your Utility Company

2016 02-06

Did you know you can earn a rebate from your utility company when you make energy saving improvements to your home?  This includes furnaces, air conditioners, smart thermostats, water heaters, boilers and more.

To see the rebates available from each utility company, click on the links below:

Nicor Gas

People’s Gas

North Shore Gas

Com Ed

Above information is subject to change without notice.  This is for informational purposes only. Please visit utility websites for details.

Purchasing Equipment From an Online Sales Site

2012 11-04

ONLINE BUYER BEWARE!!

HVAC products are unlike most products for sale on the Internet.  A trained professional should always review the unique requirements of your structure to ensure proper equipment selection and safe, efficient installation.  Even the most skilled Do-It-Yourselfers should not attempt to install HVAC products. Consumers should never install heating and cooling products themselves. A professional HVAC Contractor should always be involved in job-site inspection, product selection, and installation.

There are many online sales companies that engage in the dangerous and deceptive practice of selling HVAC equipment directly to Consumers bypassing the expertise of trained, professional Contractors. There is no short cut to a safe, quality, professional HVAC installation that conforms to local building codes, meets manufacturer specifications, performs at peak efficiency, and operates safely.  Prior to purchasing HVAC equipment, a local professional HVAC Contractor should visit your home in person, evaluate your structure, assess your current HVAC system, review your family’s air quality requirements, and submit a written proposal that specifies his professional recommendation of appropriate equipment options before you decide on what type of system you should buy.

Rheem does not endorse, approve, or certify any online sale of its products through auction websites, online retailers or any other method of online sales direct to consumers without an in-person site visit, inspection, and installation by a qualified, trained HVAC professional.

Rheem published warranties are not applicable for any equipment manufactured by Rheem that has been sold direct to the consumer via the internet or auction websites without an in-person site visit, inspection, and installation by a qualified, trained HVAC professional.

To find a dealer near you click here. Please note that the Contractors listed on the Rheem Locator system are independent contractors and are not owned by, employed by, operated by, or authorized by the Rheem Sales Company.

 

Choosing an Air Conditioning System

2012 15-03

Selecting an air conditioner for your home is a big decision. It’s an important investment today. It will play a key role in your home energy expenses for years to come. And when the summer heat is at its worst, you’ll want your family to have the best, most reliable cooling comfort possible. Here are a few things to consider.

What do good central air units have in common?
The best ones are efficient, operating on minimal electricity to hold utility bills down. They provide steady, dependable performance year after year when properly maintained. Good systems are quiet, long-lasting and low in service needs.

How can I be sure my unit is the right size?
Obviously, an air conditioner that’s too small won’t keep your home sufficiently cool. But what many don’t realize is that an oversized system will cycle (turn on and off) more than necessary, wasting expensive energy and possibly putting undue strain on the compressor.

A good contractor will determine the optimum size for your home by making a careful study of your cooling requirements. Window dimensions and exposure. Floor space, insulation and local climate. Heat-generating appliances. The direction your home faces. Even the amount of your home’s exterior shaded by trees.

He’ll specify the cooling capacity of the system in either Btu/h (British thermal units of heat removed per hour) or refrigeration tons (one ton being equal to 12,000 Btu/h).

Which air conditioners are energy efficient?
Much like automobile manufacturers, today’s air conditioner manufacturers are required by law to evaluate and rate their equipment according to its energy efficiency. This rating is known in the industry as a SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the equipment.

The Rheem Prestige Series™ High Efficiency model, for example, has a SEER of 18.00, among the highest available. It’s significantly higher than today’s standard models, which have a SEER rating of 13.

Are some air conditioners built better than others?
The compressor is the heart of a condensing unit. On a hot day, it works long and hard. Rheem installs the highly advanced scroll compressor in every Rheem condensing unit we produce. Scroll Compressors are recognized by the industry as the leader in reliability, efficiency and quiet operation.

Other features to look for include louvered steel cabinets that protect the coils from damage and expensive repair bills.

Also, with some condensing units, the fan can be another source of bothersome noise. Rheem units have a grill design that minimizes air restriction for quieter fan operation.

What should I look for in a contractor?
Dependability. Look for a contractor you see in your community. You want one who’s close by to provide you faster, more convenient service. 

One way to be sure you’ll get good service is to contact a neighborhood Rheem contractor. Your local Rheem contractor is knowledgeable, dependable, and as good as any you’ll find in the business. Click here to find a contractor near you.

 

Choosing A Furnace System

2012 02-03

These days, home owners search for all the value they can find in every household purchase they make. You’re probably no different. So when the time comes to replace a furnace in an existing central heating system, or to install a totally new system, you want equipment that minimizes costs and delivers dependable comfort for your family – season after season. Here’s a look at some things to consider.

What do Good Furnaces Have in Common?

The best furnaces are efficient. They keep a home warm and comfortable. They provide steady, dependable performance year after year. And they are quiet, long-lasting and low in service frequency and cost.

How Is Efficiency Measured?

The overall heating efficiency of your furnace is based on the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of your unit. The AFUE measures the amount of heat actually delivered to your house compared to the amount of fuel that you must supply to the furnace – the higher the rating, the more efficient the unit.

Are some furnaces better than others?

Definitely. Features to look for include heat exchangers that resist corrosion, direct-drive blower units, induced draft blowers, pressure switches, and an insulated blower compartment, which helps minimize operating noise.

You also should ask your contractor if the manufacturer of the brand you’re considering quality-checks and tests every unit before it leaves the plant.

And be sure to check out the terms of the Limited Warranty. Quality manufacturers put a convincing warranty behind their work. Rheem furnaces, which include all the features described here, offer one of the very best. Even the primary and secondary heat exchangers in the Rheem 90 Plus® are protected by a Limited Lifetime Heat Exchanger Warranty.

What should I look for in a contractor?

Dependability. Look for a contractor you see in your community. You want one who’s close by to provide you faster, more convenient service.

One way to be sure you’ll get good service is to contact a neighborhood Rheem contractor. Your local Rheem contractor is knowledgeable, dependable, and as good as any you’ll find in the home. Click here to find a contractor near you.