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If you are like most people, it's because you have one or more HVAC system replacements looming, and you want some cost protection/assistance with that from a home warranty. You may also be seeking some "peace-of-mind" that a large, unexpected HVAC expense will not blind-side you. If you're like most homeowners, we don't save up for heat pumps and furnaces. I have some thoughts on this strategy.

My home warranty experience as a homeowner.

When I bought the house I currently live in, it came with a seller-funded home warranty with a well-known national Home Warranty company. The two HVAC systems in this house were original equipment from the construction of the house, roughly 15 years old. This was long before I was working in the HVAC industry. Knowing that these systems were likely near or beyond the end of their useful lives, I renewed the warranty for each of the next five years. Then in the sixth year, the warranty company tripled my renewal price. I did not renew. My conclusion is that the home warranty company decided that my HVAC systems were too much of a liability so they "fired me" as a customer.

My observations from the HVAC industry.

Now what I am in the heating and air business, I see a lot of discussion on social media about home warranties. I have also interacted with a number of customers who are struggling to get their HVAC system whole with their home warranty provider. This assessment certainly doesn't apply to every warranty company, and I have seen more than one customer testimonial of a positive experience with their home warranty. However, the prevailing theme is that they pay a monthly fee for the warranty, pay a "deductible" for a service call when their system needs repair, and a band-aid repair is applied by the warranty company. In many cases, a technician may even tell the homeowner that the system should be replaced, but the warranty company is only going to cover the repair option.

In 2018, the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia issued a Consumer Alert regarding home warranties. Linked is a fact sheet published by their office.

Let's look at the cash flow, home comfort, energy usage, and peace-of-mind

  • Home Warranty Cost: Average Cost of the Home Warranty: ~$50-$70 per month - assume $60

  • Average Cost of a HVAC annual maintenance plan: ~$13-$40 per month (Blue Ridge Heating and Air price is $16.58 per month for 2 maintenances per year) - assume $20

  • Energy Cost: If you are operating an older 10 SEER system, you could realize 25-40% energy savings depending on the efficiency of the replacement system you could install. Let's assume 25% savings are possible So if you're paying $150 per month for energy (electricity/gas) to heat and cool your home, you could save $37 per month in energy cost.

  • Deductible for service: most plans will require a deductible, commonly $75 per claim.

  • Caps: if you are approved for a system replacement, the replacement benefit typically has a cap on the dollar amount covered.

The math:

  • Monthly spend: $60 (warranty) + $20 (HVAC maintenance plan) + $37 (potential energy savings) = $117 per month

  • So, you may be spending about $117 per month to:

  • hopefully protect yourself and family from a large financial liability

  • hopefully keep your home comfortable with your old, "always seems to be running" heat pump, air conditioner, or furnace

  • hopefully give you peace-of-mind

An alternative to consider that offers true "peace-of-mind" and maximum home comfort with a new system for as low as $203 per month that will actually deliver on financial protection, reliable home comfort, and true peace-of-mind.

The Blue Ridge Ultimate Home Comfort Plan - click here to learn more.

Updated: Dec 10, 2021

Most folks in the Carolinas only think about the impact of high humidity on the heat index in the summertime, meaning you feel hotter than the temperature alone should make you feel. Humidity in the air holds heat, and you feel it in July and August. What you may not realize is that low humidity can make you "feel" colder than it really is.

If your home has a gas furnace, it likely dries out the air in your home when the outside conditions are cold and dry. Your furnace is running several hours a day and effectively extracts moisture from your home. This reduces the ability of the air in your home to hold heat.

Dry air in your home can have negative health effects beyond simple comfort. WebMD reports dry skin and parched nasal passages that can lead to nosebleeds and increased vulnerability to other sicknesses. Additionally, the irritant of the frequent static shocks we experience in dry winters can't be overlooked.

Watch this brief video by Aprilaire that gives an overview of the impact of dry air in the home.

Blue Ridge Heating and Air is now installing the new Aprilair 300 Series self-contained Evaporative whole house humidifier. Please click below to schedule a free in-home estimate, or call (833) 270-6774.

Good day neighbors. A simple but important nugget of knowledge today in regards to protecting your family and property. Recently Blue Ridge Heating and Air was called out by a resident in a Greer subdivision to evaluate and determine the root cause of a “mold issue” occurring in the upstairs of their home.

We were advised by the homeowner that a new HVAC system was installed approximately 3 years ago and this is when the “mold issues” began. Upon the completion of a thorough onsite inspection and a more in depth conversation with the homeowner, our technician found numerous issues present. Also discovered was that the required registration for the newly installed HVAC equipment was not registered with the manufacturer. This would result in the manufacturer’s 10 year parts and labor warranty if registered, to be decreased to a simple 5 year parts warranty.

Our technician performed an engineered heating and cooling load calculation of the upstairs area to confirm his diagnoses. The 3 year old HVAC system was greatly oversized for the application. Due to the oversized system, it was severely shorting the amount of time that each air conditioning cycles would last. When this occurs the system doesn’t run long enough to properly remove humidity/moisture from the conditioned space. Symptoms of this include, but are not limited to, excessive moisture on the air vents, cold but damp environments, and condensation on exterior windows.