Monday, November 16, 2015

Winter is Coming: Is Your Furnace Ready?

Anyone who has ever woken up to a freezing home and an unresponsive thermostat knows how important proper furnace repair can be. Because the furnace is rarely used during the summer months, many homeowners forget to maintain this important appliance. Lack of use can cause corrosion and other problems, so preventative maintenance is always advised to prevent serious problems down the line. These tips will help ensure that your furnace is ready for winter.

1. Schedule a Fall Tune-up
Sometimes letting a professional take a look at your furnace is the best way to make sure everything is in working order. A maintenance expert can check for leaks or unhealthy gases, thoroughly clean the furnace, and make sure that the system is operating safely.

2. Change the Filter
A clogged filter will constrict the airflow through the furnace, causing it to work extra hard and reduce heat production. As a rule of thumb, filters should be changed every three to six months.

3. Make Sure the Vents are Unobstructed
Since air needs to flow easily through the vents, it’s important to make sure that they are clean and unobstructed. If air is not able to circulate freely, the system can become overworked and malfunction.

4. Check the Ducts
Increased power bills are often the result of leaking ducts. If a duct is leaking or has come apart, hot air will have a hard time reaching living areas, causing homeowners to turn the thermostat higher and higher in an attempt to stay warm. Make sure all connections are properly attached before turning on a heater for the first time.

5. Remove Flammable Objects
Take a look around the furnace and water heater to make sure the area is clear of flammable objects such as clothes, boxes, aerosol cans, paints, gasoline, and motorized yard tools.

If you have any questions about furnace repair, contact a professional at Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems today.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Schaafsma Heating and Cooling Receives Second Award for 2015

Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems offers an award to businesses that show outstanding customer service in addition to consistently selling more Bryant equipment than the average retailer. Schaafsma Heating and Cooling is pleased to count itself among the award winners, having received Bryant's Tier 2 award for 2015. The tiers are based solely on annual sales.

The Medal of Excellence Award (MOE) is only awarded to 15 Bryant dealers annually. Schaafsma, along with the 14 other award winners, will eventually compete for the top spot, the Dealer of the Year Award (DOTY), which Bryant awards to one business every year. Schaafsma has won the DOTY award once before, in 2010.

So far, this is the second award Schaafsma has received in 2015. The magazine Contracting Business named Schaafsma "Contractor of the Year." To continue with such praise, writer Terry McIver of the same magazine commented that "Schaafsma Heating & Cooling has survived for more than 100 years because its leaders were open to change." McIver continued, stating that Schaafsma is a "regional monument" in the way it consistently serves its customers. Schaafsma's claim to fame is the "red carpet treatment," meaning that the company will do whatever possible to meet its customer's needs.

The Bryant slogan is "Whatever it Takes." Coming from a company that, like Schaafsma, is also over 100 years old, the award is meant to value businesses who show hard work and dedication. Schaafsma will continue this trend of hard work and commitment as long as possible, serving the people of the Grand Rapids area with the highest possible dedication and expertise.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Stay Cool This Summer With Regular Air Conditioner Maintenance

When homeowners think about maintenance on their air conditioner, they think about fixing something that is broken. However, true maintenance happens when the unit appears to be working well. Regularly scheduled maintenance is critical for your HVAC system, and the Red Carpet Maintenance Program will ensure that your air conditioner is ready for the heat of summer.

Protect Your Warranty
AC systems break down most frequently during the summer months. This makes sense because that is the time when your unit will be working the hardest to keep you comfortable. If your system is under warranty, you have very little to fear other than a few days of downtime while it gets repaired. However, many manufacturer warranties require regular maintenance to be performed on the system. Getting a tune up each year will ensure that your system is fully protected by its manufacturer’s warranty.

Benefits of Regular Maintenance
One of the biggest benefits of an efficient, working AC system is saving money on your electric bill. As the AC gets further and further away from its original efficiency, it requires more energy to run effectively, which can be especially problematic during the summer months. Regular maintenance will also save you money on future repairs by diagnosing issues before they become even worse and preventing unexpected breakdowns. Checking the Freon levels, coils, filters, and looking for leaks on a routine basis will limit headaches down the line.

Protect your investment, and make sure your air conditioner is running at peak efficiency. Join our Red Carpet Maintenance Plan today!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Schaafsma Heating and Cooling named 2015 Residential HVAC Contractor of the Year

We are so proud to announce we have been named the 2015 Residential HVAC contractor of the year by Business Contracting magazine.

We have been serving the Greater Grand Rapids since 1905 with quality HVAC products and services. Our motto is "Red Carpet Treatment".  That is giving the best service possible and treating our customers as though they are stars, because in our eyes they are!

Click on the link below to see our article in Contracting Business Magazine!

2015 HVAC Contractor of the Year

Monday, January 19, 2015

2014 BBB of Western Michigan Torch Award Finalist

We are proud to announce we were a finalist for the 2014 BBB of Western Michigan Torch Award. This award is based on business ethics that has been the foundation of our company since 1905.  It's a nomination that proves we treat our employees and customers fairly. To be considered we had to submit documentation on various practices within our business and were up against many different businesses in Western Michigan.

If you are considering new furnace or air conditioner doesn't it make sense to work with a contractor that is known for implementing the best business practices in the local industry? Especially when you are making a significant investment in your home?  There are a lot of contractors out there that install a furnace without taking into consideration the comfort of your family or without a thorough evaluation of the home. Unfortunately, a quality job is not the first thing on their mind and sadly this is more common that you think.  If you are in the market for a new furnace or air conditioner please consider us first. We can also service most models of heating and cooling equipment. We will do everything we can to ensure your satisfaction.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Red Carpet Plan- Regular HVAC maintenance in Grand Rapids, MI!

It's easy to forget about your furnace, safely tucked away in the corner of the basement.  It's easy to do, but remember this: it provides you heat in the winter months. Think about what impact it would have on your family if you lost heat on the coldest day of the year or a holiday!  The HVAC system is the heart of your home so it would make sense that it should be properly maintained. Regular maintenance on your home extends the useful life of your equipment and makes sure it is operating at it's peak efficiency.  Regular maintenance also allows us to catch failing parts to prevent untimely break downs. There are many other benefits to being a member of our Red Carpet plan.

  • Discount- Our preferred maintenance client receives a 15% discount on repairs and supplies
  • Special rates-Receive half-off diagnostic charge and enjoy no overtime anytime 
  • Special treatment-Receive fast priority service with our agreement 
  • 90 day warranty- We guarantee our service for 90 days.  Most parts are guaranteed for at least a year. 
  • Flexible payment plan- Pay by the year or pay monthly for an even bigger discount!* to receive discount payments can automatically be drawn from checking/savings or credit card.  Maintenance is done every six months depending on coverage. 
  • 10% OFF Duct cleaning- Get 10% off the entire duct cleaning service just for being a valued red carpet member! 
  • FREE Air Filter- A standard 1" filter is included for each visit 
  • Service at your convenience- We automatically notify you when you are due for service so we can schedule the maintenance at your convenience 
  • Certified experts you can trust- Our trained, skilled and NATE certified technicians know their business and your equipment.  Rely on them and our reputation to give you fast, dependable and honest service.
  • Lower operating costs- Studies prove that regular maintenance can significantly reduce operating costs and improve effectiveness.  It's like purchasing a new car. It's an investment and you maintain it because you want it to run well and last as long as possible.  HVAC equipment is the same way.  It's a sizable investment and needs maintenance.  Even though it's in the basement, often forgotten about, your furnace is a very important part of your life! Imagine what you would do with an unreliable furnace that breaks when you need heat in the middle of the winter? 
  • Coverage- Pick the equipment you want to cover! We offer coverage for a furnace, boiler, central air conditioner, air handler, water heaters, generators and much more!  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

6 signs you may need a new furnace

Do you wonder when you should replace your furnace? Sometimes it's best to replace your furnace before it breaks in the middle of winter so you don't have to pay after hour fees or get cold. Here are 6 signs that it might be time to replace your furnace.

  • Furnace makes strange noises 
  • Burner flame is yellow instead of blue 
  • Your furnace is more than 15 years old 
  • Furnace has been repaired frequently in the last two years 
  • Heating bills have increased 
  • Thermostat settings don't keep you comfortable 
It is usually better to be on the preventative side of things with your HVAC system. The furnace can be easily forgotten tucked away in the basement, but when it doesn't work it has a major impact on your comfort.  Recent models of furnaces are very efficient which helps you save money and the options on furnaces are better then they ever have been. We offer free in home estimates on HVAC equipment and we like to consider ourselves the experts. We have been serving the greater Grand Rapids area for over 105 years.