HVAC Tips You Don’t Want Miss Out On For The 4th of July

HVAC Tips You Don’t Want Miss Out On For The 4th of July


Our country is lucky because we get to celebrate it every year. The 4th of July is an important national holiday that commemorates the day we gained our independence.

With the school season ended, it’s also the perfect time to kick off the summer with a party and fireworks. Planning a party is exciting but how many people make plans on how to stay cool during this celebration?

Staying cool is easy thanks to our AC units, but there are other methods we can apply that can help with the cost of running it. Here are some HVAC unit tips you won’t want to miss out on for this year’s celebration.

Hydration Keeps You Cool

stayhydratedWe know that if we turn our AC on, we’ll stay cool and comfortable without worrying about the temperatures outside. The downside to this though is that our unit will have to run more often and the electricity bill will skyrocket.

Rather than relying on a lower temperature from an appliance, lower your own body temperature instead. By drinking a glass of cold water, you’ll help yourself stay hydrated and your body will lower its own temperature naturally.

Your tolerance for the heat will actually increase because of this. It’s about as easy as lowering the thermostat but your body gains more benefits from it!

Don’t Forget to Change Your Air Filter

airfilterEven if you’ve known about the air filters before this, it still needs to be said. Air filters are an important component of an AC unit. It captures the dust, dirt, and pollen that floats around in the air before it can pass into your home.

This is especially helpful if you’re throwing a 4th of July party and you have a grill going. You can expect doors will stay open with all your guests moving in and out and that will allow the smoke to enter your home.

By cleaning and replacing your air filters regularly, your AC unit will not have to exhaust itself by the blocks a dirty filter can create. This will also save you money and expose you to fewer pollutants and allergens.

Preventative Maintenance is Essential

preventativemaintenanceAs a final HVAC tip, if you’ve never considered preventative maintenance for your AC unit, now is a good time to start. If you are hosting this year’s 4th of July party, the last thing you would want to happen is for your AC to stop working.

Preventative maintenance can help in a number of ways. First, it will ensure that your AC is running as efficiently and effectively as it should. Second, you’ll be able to recognize when a part needs to be replaced. Third, you’ll reduce the chances of it breaking down on you unexpectedly.

A 4th of July party is what everyone wants to do, but remembering to stay cool is what everyone needs to do. The festivities and excitement can be ruined easily if the heat becomes unbearable. If you think your HVAC unit might be in need of service, give our company a call. We’ll be happy to book an appointment with you and provide a consultation.

How To Keep Cool on The Longest Day of Summer

How To Keep Cool on The Longest Day of Summer


It’s hard to believe that we’re already in the midst of summer, and for those that are always looking to cram the most fun possible in a day, June 21st might easily be your favorite day of the year. Not only is it sure to have warm temperatures, but it’s also the longest day of the year, giving you plenty of sunlight to have a blast!

What do you have planned to do? Are you going to have a barbecue? Are you going to the beach, or maybe you’re staying at home with the family? If you’re planning to stay home, below are some fun and economic ways to help you stay cool this summer, while enjoying your great outdoor plumbing and cooling off with the world’s best air conditioner – water.

Use Boogie Boards on Your Sprinkler and Slide

sprinklerandslideIf you’re looking for a fun way that you can help you and your family stay cool during the summer, you can set up a slide in the middle of your sprinkler system.

You can get a big roll of some plastic sheeting. This can be found in the section where the paint supply is. Once you have this, you can set it up in your yard and let your kids’ friends with boogie boards slide on the sheeting.

It’s a fun and cool way that anyone can cool off. Best of all, while your little ones splash, you’ll also be watering your lawn, killing two birds with one stone.

Use Your Garden Hoses to Have Hose Fights

hosefightsWant to help your kids keep cool during the hot summer days? You can organize hose fights. This can be a lot of fun and it can cool off pets, too.

If you want to keep an eye on your water usage, you can also get some water pistols and fill them up to have water pistol fights.

But if you’re looking for the big splashes, then definitely set up the jet function on your hose and get to work setting up battles between your kids.

Do Leaky Balloon Relay Races with Water Balloons

waterballoonsfightThis is a fun way that you can keep cool while keeping active during the summer and it’s perfect for a party. Fill plenty of balloons up with water and put them into a tub made of plastic. Then set up a playing field with two containers that are exactly the same at one end.

It’s best if they’re clear and make marks on the containers using a dark permanent marker close to the containers’ tops. Divide into two teams and line them up where the containers with your water balloons are.

Poke a hole in the balloons and then have the team members race to the bucket at the other end and allow the water to dribble into the buckets. The team who fills up their bucket to the line wins. These are three fun things that you can do anytime this summer to help you and your family to stay cool.

Rather than keeping the kids inside, why not get outside and enjoy the warm summer sun? Whether you decide to make a sprinkle and slide, you want to have water pistol and hose fights, or you are going to have a water balloon relay, there are a lot of things that you can do to keep cool in the summer heat.

At Heidler, Inc. we have a lot of other useful hints, both for the summer and throughout the year, so check out our blog and contact us with any questions.

An Environmental Upgrade That Makes Sense & 3 Reasons Why

An Environmental Upgrade That Makes Sense & 3 Reasons Why


Sometimes, there are upgrades that make sense and sometimes there are ones that are unnecessary. Spending hundreds to get a first class upgrade on a two-hour flight probably doesn’t make a lot of sense – there just isn’t a huge return on investment, as nice as it may feel to be in first class.

On the other hand, there are upgrades with huge benefits that you can start seeing right away. A great example of an upgrade like that is energy efficient climate control.

While some people focus on the upfront Air Conditioning costs of such an upgrade, there are benefits that you see right away and, in the long run, you may actually save yourself some green.

The Environmental Impact of Air Conditioning

goodenvironmentWhile we’d never advocate for surviving the Maryland summers without any form of air conditioning, it is still important to understand the massive impact that air conditioning can have on the environment.

First off, during the summers, in particular, your HVAC system is very likely the number one consumer of energy in your entire house. It uses a ton of resources.

However, it doesn’t use those resources efficiently, creating waste (which, as you’ll soon see, also means wasted dollars).  Also, air conditioners contribute to our carbon footprints, because they emit greenhouse gasses.

Lastly, in busy cities (like nearby Baltimore), air conditioners can discharge so much warm air that they create urban hot zones which can affect the weather pattern. Making the decision to go green can help alleviate all of these issues.

How You Can Save Money With an HVAC Upgrade

Believe it or not, you can start getting a return on your investment in an HVAC upgrade pretty quickly. There are a couple of factors that impact your long term costs.

  • savemoneyReduce the Upfront Cost: First, you can start saving money right from the outset. That’s because many state and local governments offer incentives to make the switch to energy efficient models because it reduces the energy resources required. These can come in the form of rebates or breaks on price which reduce the upfront cost.
  • The Cost Savings Are Immediate: You may think that the upgrade to a new system will only save a small amount of money. However, consider the fact that, according to a metric called annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), older HVAC systems can waste 30% of the energy they use. As a comparison, the new systems waste less than 7% – meaning you see money savings on your monthly bill right away.

Most Importantly, Comfort  & Efficiency is Top Notch

efficiencyWhile helping the environment and saving money are both big positives, the most important thing is the assurance that your system will still keep your family comfortable. As technology has evolved, so too has the ability to control our indoor climate effectively.

Just one example is the development of variable speed motors in HVAC systems. Moving from systems which were either circulating air or they weren’t, these variable speed motors have many settings. These settings allow your house to get to your desired system faster and stay there more consistently.

If you have any questions about upgrading your system, call an expert at Heidler, Inc. by dialing (410) 268-7191 and we’ll be happy to help.

The Plumbing Industry’s Best Kept Secret About Hard Water

The Plumbing Industry’s Best Kept Secret About Hard Water

There’s an old saying that claims that if you knew how the sausage was made, you’d never eat sausage again. In the plumbing industry, many believe that if our customers knew how their plumbing gets fixed, they would never need plumbers again.
At Heidler, Inc. we have more faith in our community than that! That’s why we decided to open up about one of the plumbing industry’s best-kept secrets: hard water stain removal! Read on to learn how the pros deal with hard water, including why you should consider investing in a water softener.

What Does “Hard Water” Mean?

watersoftenerHard water is a term that is used to describe water that has a high mineral content- usually high in magnesium and calcium.
It’s not necessarily dangerous to your health, but hard water can be a nuisance and wreak havoc on your clothes, skin, and hair.
Hard water is also known to leave behind hard to clean stains on surfaces in your home. Everything from your bathtubs, showers, toilets, and sinks, to your silverware, glasses, and floors can be streaked or spotted with hard water stains.
Not to mention that hard water makes it tougher to rinse soaps and detergents away, so it can lead to a buildup of soap scum. It can also require you to use more detergent in your laundry, costing you more money in the future.

How Can You Clean Hard Water Stains Yourself?

Now we get to the good stuff: how you can clean hard water stains yourself, using ingredients you probably already have in your house! All you need is vinegar, baking soda, fresh lemon juice, and a spray bottle.
cleaningstainsOn most surfaces:

  • Mix 50% vinegar and 50% water in the spray bottle
  • Spray stains and let sit for 5-10 minutes
  • Rinse, and wipe the surface clean to avoid more stains

On tougher stains:

  • Combine baking soda and vinegar until it forms a paste
  • Cover stains with the paste and let sit for 15 minutes
  • Scrub until the stain is gone
  • Rinse and wipe clean

On faucets and fixtures with scale buildup:

  • Using a spray bottle, spray lemon juice directly onto scale buildup
  • Let sit for a few minutes
  • Wipe faucet clean and run water for a few seconds
  • Repeat as needed until all mineral deposits are gone

Why Should You Install a Water Softener?

Now that you know how to clean up after your hard water stains, what can you do to prevent more stains in the future? You can install a water softener! Water softeners remove hard minerals from your water, and:


  • Improves the look and feel of clothes, skin, and hair
  • Makes your water using appliances last longer
  • Improves your water pressure
  • Keeps your surfaces free from stains!

No one wants their mirrors, tubs, dishes, or clothes to stay looking (or actually being) dirty after they’ve cleaned them.
Don’t let these secrets be secrets any longer- share this article with all your friends today!
Remember that when you’re ready to put an end to hard water in your home, you can call Heidler, Inc. at (410) 268-7191 for water softener installation in Annapolis, MD.

Tell Your Dirty Air to Bite The Dust

Tell Your Dirty Air to Bite The Dust


Ah, springtime- such a lovely time of year! Take a step outside and take a deep breath. Sure, you may smell fragrant flowers or the scent of an oncoming rainstorm, but you’ll also be taking in a sweeping whiff of allergens like pollen, dander, and dust. Yum!

It’s one thing to experience allergy symptoms when you’re outside, surrounded by nature, but if you’re still getting the sniffles or feeling itchy, even inside your home, you may have an air quality problem.

Heidler, Inc. wants to help you figure out some ways that you can clean up your air, and be better able to enjoy spring allergy-free this year! Read on to learn exactly what “air quality” means, why you need an air filter, and how clean air can improve different areas of your life!

Air Quality


What is “air quality”? Why is it so important? The term “air quality” refers to how clean your air is, or how much dust, pollen, dirt, dander, mold, and other allergens are in the air you are breathing.

If you don’t prioritize good air quality, you could be breathing all of those environmental contaminants every day. Having low air quality can be devastating for people with allergies or other respiratory condition.

As it means that the very things that trigger their allergies are freely floating through the air around them. Conditions like asthma, skin sensitivity, COPD, and more are also negatively affected by poor air quality.

Air Filter

airfilterThe good news for people with poor air quality is that your HVAC unit has a filter that, when properly maintained can drastically improve your indoor air quality.

If you notice that there is an excessive amount of dust in your home (even to the point that you wipe down your furniture, leave the room, and return to find it dusty again) it may be because you aren’t using your AC filter properly.

When was the last time you changed your filter or, if you have a reusable filter, cleaned it? If it has been more than 30 days, it has been too long. In general, you should change or clean your filter every 30-90 days. In the spring, however, when there is more dust in the air, it’s recommended that you replace your filter once a month.

Clean Air

breatheeasyIf you make sure to change your filter regularly, and you occasionally wipe down your air vents, you’ll see a remarkable difference in the air you breathe.

With that, you’ll find that you see a difference in your breathing too! Your sinuses will begin to clear, your skin won’t feel itchy, your eyes won’t be as irritated, your home will stop smelling dusty, and your furniture will stay clean for a reasonable amount of time! It’s amazing how much of a difference clean air makes!

As we said before, spring is definitely the season for dust and other allergens- so much so that it is often referred to as allergy season.

Now that’s not entirely fair to spring! Spring has so much more to offer than just dust and allergens, with its beautiful flowers of every color, warm sunny days, and cute baby animals. Help spring regain its reputation as a cheerful time of year, with air quality services from Heidler, Inc.!

Committing to Your Home’s HVAC

Committing to Your Home’s HVAC


While most of the world views Valentine’s Day as a romantic day to spend with your significant other, spoiling them and showing them how much you love them, for those of us with commitment issues, it is a different experience entirely.

If the very idea of committing to a relationship makes your heart race and your palms start to sweat, we have a new kind of commitment for you this Valentine’s Day that you’ll be excited to make: a preventative maintenance agreement!

Heidler, Inc. offers a range of maintenance agreements, from annual plans to lifelong memberships, for all levels of commitment resistance. Trust us when we say that this is a commitment worth making. You won’t be sorry for committing to take care of your HVAC systems this Valentine’s Day!

Heating Emergency

heatingemergencyHaving a plan for maintaining your heater can help you prevent a heating emergency. You wouldn’t want to get stuck without heat in the middle of a harsh February, would you?

Well, with a planned maintenance agreement (PMA) from Heidler, Inc. you can be confident that your heater is always in good working condition.

Not only does your PMA include tune-ups that keep your heater and all its parts working properly, but it also allows your HVAC technician to inspect your system and diagnose any potential problems before they cause a real emergency.

Cooling System

coolingsystemAnother important part of the PMA procedure for HVAC systems is cleaning all parts of the heating and cooling unit, as well as other parts of the cooling system like the ductwork and air vents, when necessary.

This process can not only prevent major HVAC emergencies but will also help extend the life of your HVAC system. Inevitably, dust will settle on different parts of your cooling system.

This dust can get in the way of the system working efficiently. It can burn when the system is turned on, causing a burning smell throughout the house, and it can get into the condensate drain, causing it to become clogged.

Regularly clearing out AC unit’s condensate drain, as part of your PMA, can prevent it from becoming clogged and causing a leak.

Long Term

If you are a homeowner and plan on living in your current home for the foreseeable future, then a long term PMA may benefit you greatly. Heidler, Inc. offers a lifetime agreement at a very competitive price to help you keep your HVAC systems well maintained for years to come. If you are renting, or if you are planning on leaving your current home in the next few years, we have a PMA for you too.

Whether you are ready to make a lifelong commitment to your HVAC maintenance, or a short term one, Heidler, Inc. is here to help you take the next step! Now here’s a question that’s easy to answer: Do you want to save money while keeping your HVAC systems in proper working order?

If you answered no, then there are plenty of other HVAC companies that would be happy to overcharge you for standard heater maintenance. If you do like saving money, however, then give Heidler, Inc. a call today at (410) 268-7191 to speak with one of our expert HVAC technicians and set up an HVAC maintenance plan!

Finding Your Perfect Bathroom/ Kitchen Sink

Finding Your Perfect Bathroom/ Kitchen Sink


Finding the perfect sink to fit the look of not only your kitchen or bathroom but also of your home, in general, can be more stressful than you initially anticipated. Who knew there were so many different kinds of sinks and faucets?!

If you are struggling to find the perfect bathroom or kitchen sink for your home, don’t worry! Heidler, Inc has put together some information to help you find a new kitchen or bathroom sink that will suit your home and lifestyle perfectly!

Research Different Kinds of Sinks

sinkresearchIf you are feeling overwhelmed by the number of options available for both kitchen and bathroom sinks, it may help do some sink research and narrow down your choices.

The internet is a near limitless source of information and can be very useful in helping you look for types of kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and even bar sinks for your entertaining area.

Getting a visual of the different types of sinks and faucets that are out there can help you get an idea of what you like and don’t like.

Once you have that, you can head out to a showroom to look at what a particular style of sink might look like in a completed bathroom. You may find that the sink you had in mind looks better in pictures than in practice, and that’s alright! It’s all part of your sink research.

How Much Should Your New Sink Cost?

sinkcostAs with any home improvement project, it’s always important to keep your budget in mind when selecting your new sink.

Installation for kitchen or bathroom plumbing can run you anywhere from $200 to about $550, depending on the style of your sink, the materials it’s made of, and how involved the installation process is.

With that in mind, you may need to compromise a bit in order to get a sink that suits both your style and your budget. If you live alone, for example, and wash the few dishes that accumulate throughout the day by hand, then a sink with an attached drainboard may be a wise investment for you. A large, farmhouse sink may be more aesthetically pleasing, but you probably won’t get the full value out of it.

Head to Your Local Plumbing Store For More

callusNow that you know what kind of sink you are interested in and how much you are willing to spend on certain features, it’s time to call up your local hardware or plumbing store to make sure your perfect sink is actually available.

If you call up a plumbing store and they don’t sell the type of sink you are looking for, don’t lose heart. They may be able to refer you to a different store that carries exactly what you are looking for.

Heidler, Inc is here to answer any other questions you may have about choosing and installing your new kitchen or bathroom sink!

Give us a call today at (410) 268-7191 for service in Annapolis. And don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family to help them find the perfect sink as well!

Everyone Needs to Know Where The Heating System Vents Are!

Everyone Needs to Know Where The Heating System Vents Are!


How much do you know about your home’s heating system? If your answer is “not very much,” then you are not alone. The unfortunate fact is that most people don’t take the time to get to know their HVAC systems as well as they should.

The more you recognize about your heating system, the easier it will be to understand what’s wrong if you start to have heating system issues. This can help you understand what repairs are needed and find the right HVAC company.

Distribution System

distributionMost American homes today are heated by a central furnace, which is either electrically powered, or powered by natural gas or oil.

A furnace blows warm air through a way of ducts and delivers it to various rooms via warm air registers or grills.

Another type of central heater is a boiler. Boilers are usually powered by natural gas or heat oil and distribute heat by heating water that flows into radiators in various rooms.

The heat from the water heats the metal of the radiator, which then radiates the heat out into the air, while the now-cooled air returns to the boiler to be reheated.

Heat pumps are another option for central heating. They distribute heat through ducts, just like in a forced-air system. Heat pumps pull any warm air they can find outside during winter months and pump it into a house. During the summer the process is reversed (pumping warm air out of the home) to cool the house.

Close Vents

ventOne way that people may try to save money on their heating bill is by closing the registers, or air vents when they leave a room.

At first glance this seems to make sense; close the vent, so that warm air isn’t being wasted in a room you are not using.

The truth, however, is that closing your vents can end up costing you more on your monthly heating bill than just leaving them open.

Aside from raising your energy bill, closing your vents can also lead your system to break down, and potentially throw off the amount of warm air being distributed to other parts of your home.

Save Money

moneyIf you’re looking to save on your energy expenses this winter, there are a few ways to do it.

One easy way to save money is by taking advantage of the free heat given by the sun. Keep your window curtains or coverings open during the day to let in heat from the sun, and keep them closed at night to keep the heat in.

Putting your ceiling fans to use is another good way to make your heating system more efficient. Keep your ceiling fans running at low speed, rotating clockwise to push warm air back down gently and keep the room warmer.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can also save money by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees at night, and use warmer sheets and blankets in your bed.

Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and loved ones to encourage them to learn more about their heating distribution systems. The next time your heating system needs servicing, call Heidler Inc. (410) 268-7191 to speak with an HVAC professional in Annapolis.

Who’s Picking up Your Plumbing Bill?

Who’s Picking up Your Plumbing Bill?


Is there anything worse than getting home after a long day of work, and a stressful commute home, than opening your front door to find that a plumbing catastrophe has taken place in your absence?

Honestly, I think not. What makes the entire situation worse is knowing that once the mess is all cleaned up, you’ll be stuck with a plumbing bill to pay…but maybe you won’t have to pay that bill yourself.

If you rent your home, you should know that your landlord may be responsible for fixing the emergency plumbing issues in your home. Let’s take a look at why your landlord has to pay, and how much they are responsible for.

How Much Does Your Landlord Have to Pay For?

landlordpaysWhen you sign a lease to rent an apartment, you agree to pay monthly for your living space, and your landlord agrees to provide you with a comfortable living space.

That means that when you have a plumbing emergency that threatens your comfort and personal safety, your landlord has to pay to fix it.

Flooding caused by a backed up drain can lead to harmful bacteria in your home, and any kind of excess water in your home can lead to mold and mildew growth, which can lead to a host of respiratory and health issues.

Plumbing Repairs For Rental Homes


As long as you rent your home, you won’t have the responsibility for emergency plumbing repairs.

If you own your own home, however, there is no landlord to take on that responsibility for you, so it falls on you.

If you own a building or house, but you hire a management company to handle the rental operations, then the company becomes responsible for plumbing repairs. In some cases, even as a renter, you may be required to pay for minors repairs.

Your lease agreement may also stipulate a specific amount, below which you agree to pay for plumbing services. If your emergency repairs cost more than the agreed upon amount, however, the responsibility falls back on your landlord again.

Consult Local Rules And Ordinances


Always remember that there are certain laws and local rules that protect you as a renter.

In some cases, your landlord may be under legal obligation to cover the cost of any emergency plumbing repairs that tenants like you might incur.

The specific legal requirements your landlord can be held to vary somewhat from one state to another, and even from one city to another. Always check local rules and ordinances, to see precisely what your local government has to say about your landlord’s responsibilities to you with regard to plumbing repair costs.

If the cost of plumbing repairs has been keeping you from calling for plumbing services in your home, you can stop worrying about that now!

Now that you know the responsibility of paying for your emergency plumbing repairs falls on your landlord, you can call Heidler, Inc. for all your home plumbing needs. Our experienced plumbing technicians are ready to help you with plumbing repairs, installations, and maintenance in Annapolis, MD.

The Subtle Art of Heating Technologies

The Subtle Art of Heating Technologies

Thanks to modern technology, there is a slew of options to choose from when it comes to heating your home. From “clean energy” sources like solar power and geothermal energy to electric heating, you’re sure to find a heating system that is ideally suited to your home and lifestyle!

Solar Powered Heating

In a solar heated home, solar panels absorb radiant energy from the sun and convert them into power to heat your home and power certain appliances. While this is one of the most talked about forms of renewable energy, the bulky space consuming panels required make it infeasible for a lot of homes, especially in metropolitan areas.

Some of the benefits that solar heating brings include lower monthly energy bills, little maintenance on panels and heater, and even government stipends for surplus energy! That’s right; if you have extra solar energy you don’t need, the government will take it off your hands and pay you for it!

Geothermal Heating

Geothermal heating involves taking energy from within the earth to heat and power your home. The heat energy is produced within the earth’s core, which can reach temperatures over 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and then stored in the crust.

Geothermal energy is helpful because it is accessible in most areas across the country, and doesn’t take up as much space as other renewable energy systems with wind turbines and solar panels. It also doesn’t experience the same “low-energy” fluctuations that solar and wind power do. Geothermal heating is proven to save users as much as 30%-70% on monthly heating costs!

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps create warmer air in your home by simply moving warm air from the outside atmosphere into your home during the winter. It can also move cooler air from outside into your home during the summer to cool it.

Heat pumps offer a legitimate alternative for heating homes in colder regions, like New England, and they can cost as little as ¼ of what conventional heaters cost! Heat pumps are also convenient for homes without a central duct system, as they can be purchased as a mini-split system.


Oil Heating

Heaters that use oil heating have a heating element at the bottom of the unit that heats up the oil, which then transfers the heat to the metal exterior. The metal exterior then conducts the heat energy into the air around it using air convection and thermal radiation.

Oil heaters are not among the most popular heating systems, but they are one of the most efficient, losing only about 10%-20% of heat energy.

Gas-Powered Heating

Gas powered heaters draw air in a heat exchanger, where the natural gas burner heats it. Then a fan blows the newly heated air back out into your home. Gas heaters are one of the most commonly used heaters in the country because they are convenient, reliable, and efficient! In fact, higher quality gas furnaces run at up to 90% efficiency, while lower quality ones still run a the minimum required 78% efficiency.

Electric Heating

Electric heating is another commonly used system, and one of the easiest and most convenient to use. Central electric heating costs less to install than most other heating units, and the regular maintenance it requires also costs less than it would on some other heaters. There are even energy efficient electric heaters on the market today, to save you money on your monthly bill!