Whether you're remodeling, building a new home or simply replacing your existing heating system, you can depend on us for reliable, efficient heating solutions that will last for years to come. Your new heating system will help you comfortably ride out the harshest winter while you increase the resale value of your home.
We understand that no other single system in your home plays a larger role in your comfort or how much your utility bill will be. That's why we specialize in high efficiency heating solutions that can warm your interior space in the most cost-effective way.
As part of the fiscal cliff deal that was passed in Congress earlier this year, an eligible taxpayer (homeowner) may claim up to a $500 federal tax credit for installed costs of a qualified energy efficient retrofit improvement to their HVAC system. A 95% efficient gas furnace ($150) with a variable speed blower ($50) and/or 16 SEER / 13 EER air conditioner ($300) qualifies.
Hetter Heating & Cooling installs Trane equipment primarily for peace of mind - both yours and ours. There are too many things to worry about in this world - heating & cooling should NOT be one of them. Trane consistently rates among the world's best HVAC manufacturers according to Consumer Reports (2005, 2008, 2009 & 2012).
"Just a follow-up from the work you guys did for us back in April. We love the new Trane system you put in. Our house has never been so comfortable. That new system can really move air and it keeps even our split level upstairs comfortable. We have also seen significant energy bill savings (even though the summer has been cool it is still obvious the system has helped). So, thanks again for recommending a great system."
All manufacturers offer an 80% efficient gas furnace and a high-efficient (95%). With the rising cost of natural gas, the high efficient furnaces have become more popular. In both efficiencies, most manufacturers offer a single stage furnace, a two stage furnace, a two stage with a variable speed blower and now a modulating gas furnace with a variable speed blower and communicating technology:
- The single stage furnace comes on at 100% capacity when there is a call for heat, therefore, you may notice swings in temperature in the home because of it.
- The two stage furnace has been on the market for over fifteen years now and is built more for comfort. The two stage gas valve allows the furnace to come on at a lower capacity thereby running longer and maintaining more of an even temperature in the home. The furnace only kicks in to the second stage - or full capacity - on the really cold days.
- The two stage furnace with a variable speed blower offers year-round comfort. Variable speed is GE technology that has been out there for almost thirty years. It is a very efficient, very quiet and very durable blower motor. The beauty of the variable speed is that it operates at a wider range of RPM than a standard blower, therefore, it helps to eliminate any hot and cold spots in the home. Additional benefits of the variable speed blower:
- The variable speed blower dehumidifies the home the best in the summer. Variable speed pulls out more humidity than any other blower on the market.
- The variable speed blower actually increases the efficiency of any air cleaner installed by allowing the air cleaner to collect more particulates when the blower is operating at lower speeds.
- The variable speed blower is very inexpensive to operate, therefore, saving you money over the standard blower.
- A Trane air conditioner - when installed with a Trane variable speed furnace - actually becomes more efficient because of that variable speed blower.
- The modulating furnace with a variable speed blower and communicating technology puts you at the industry's cutting edge. Both Trane's XV95 and XC95 offer the highest efficiency on the market (up to 96% efficient), and feature the variable speed blower. In addition, the XC95 offers superior comfort (modulating heat), unmatched control over your system (communicating technology) and peace of mind when you are out of town (remote telephone access – for an additional fee). Homeowners can get alerts sent your cell phone and can even adjust your thermostat settings remotely, from anywhere. Trane’s ComfortLink communicating technology connects all of your key components so your system automatically charges, configures and calibrates for optimal performance through the lifetime of your unit. Trane’s modulating furnace – because it maneuvers seamlessly through infinite stages of heating – rarely comes off the thermostat’s set point. How awesome is that? Check out the Nexia Home Intelligence page for more information on remote access for your home’s comfort & security.
The traditional American home consists of a gas furnace & air conditioner. Replacing your existing system with a gas furnace & heat pump constitutes a major step up in efficiency and is our industry’s version of a HYBRID system.
The hybrid option has grown in popularity recently given the ever increasing cost of natural gas. The heat pump itself is actually the outdoor unit. It both heats and cools your home. A hybrid system insulates the homeowner from any significant jump in the price of natural gas because in their home two sources of energy are available for heat - natural gas and electricity.
Again, hybrid systems have become popular in areas where gas prices are very high and temperatures are mild (30's and 40's). In central Ohio, our fall and spring are more often than not mild (perfect heat pump weather), therefore, there can be a definite energy savings. In a hybrid system (gas furnace & heat pump), your gas furnace will only kick on when the temperature outside dips below 35 degrees. Because heat pumps lose efficiency as the temperature drops outside, the utility savings in a home with a hybrid system, therefore, are optimized.
The cooling efficiency of a heat pump, like an air conditioner, is measured by its SEER rating. Because (unlike an air conditioner) a heat pump has a heating capacity, its heating efficiency is measured by the unit's HSPF. SEER - in the industry – for both heat pumps and air conditioners ranges from 13 to 21; HSPF from 7 to 9.5. At Hetter Heating & Cooling, we recommend, when purchasing a heat pump, to look at a unit with an HSPF of 8.5 or higher.
On January 23, 2006 the U.S. Department of Energy mandated that the minimum allowable cooling efficiency of an air conditioner or heat pump is to be 13. The industry minimum had been 10 since 1992.
On January 1, 2010 the U.S. Department of Energy mandated that all manufacturers could no longer produce R-22 based heat pumps and air conditioners. All outdoor units now must be R-410A refrigerant.
As part of the fiscal cliff deal that was passed in Congress earlier this year, an eligible taxpayer (homeowner) may claim up to a $500 federal tax credit for installed costs of a qualified energy efficient retrofit improvement to their HVAC system. A 95% efficient gas furnace ($150) with a variable speed blower ($50) and/or 15 SEER / 12.5 EER / 8.5 HSPF heat pump ($300) qualifies.
"The gas company did an actual usage read on my gas meter March 2. My bill for February was $38.00. I’m loving it."
Installed Trane hybrid system October, 2008
Trane's product line is packed full of not only high efficient options to choose from but options that also offer superior reliability. Trane's patented Climatuff compressors are consistently rated some of the most durable on the market. Trane’s patented Spine-Fin Coils come with the least amount of brazed in joints on the market which means to you – the homeowner – the least likely chance of a refrigerant leak which is the beginning of the end of a heat pump or air conditioner. For more information, go to trane.com.