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Frequently Asked Questions


What's So Special About Lennox Dealers?


Why Should I Buy From Kelly Heating & Hawkeye Refrigeration?

What Do All Those Different Ratings Mean?


What Can You Tell Me About Air Conditioning Refrigerants?

What are the Facts About Ozone?






     
             
What's So Special About Lennox Dealers?

For over 100 years, people have trusted Lennox to make their lives more comfortable. That's a tradition we take seriously. We also realize that for consumers today value means more than just low price. That's why Lennox is committed to offering homeowners the best products available anywhere.
   
What is the Lennox Quality Dealer Standards Program?
Lennox evaluates its dealers bi-annually based on professionalism, stability and commitment to excellent service. All Lennox dealers are evaluated on a series of standards that measure commitment to customer service, employee relations, productivity, financial responsibility and other factors important to Lennox customers.

How Does the Program Benefit You?
The program benefits homeowners by establishing the criteria for a consistent level of performance for all Lennox dealers. That means that a homeowner buying a product from a lennox dealer in Austin, Texas, should receive the same valuable service as a homeowner purchasing equipment from a Lennox dealer in Buffalo, new York.

Why Should Dealer Standards Concern Me?
Choosing the right dealer for your heating and cooling needs is every bit as important as choosing a particular brand of equipment.

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  When you purchase heating and cooling equipment you are making a substantial financial investment in your home and your comfort. You also are establishing a relationship with your dealer. When it comes to selling, installing and servicing your equipment, it's important to have someone you can rely on, someone you can trust. The Lennox Quality Dealer Standards Program helps maintain that trust.

What Can I Expect From My Lennox Dealer?
Lennox dealers must meet out high standards. That means when you call your Lennox dealer, you can count on prompt, courteous and professional service.

     And, most Lennox dealers provide an extra measure of convenience with extended hours emergency service, financing packages and year round maintenance programs.

     We invite you to take a close look at your Lennox dealer and decide for yourself. We think you'll agree they're a big reason why you can always count on getting a quality products whenever you call on Lennox.   top
 
Why Buy From Kelly Heating & Hawkeye Refrigeration?    

● We've been in business for over 75 years. You can have peace of mind that we are not going anywhere.

 

 

● We've done thousands of installations and specialize in residential installations.

 

 

● We quote firm prices prior to starting any work so you won't find any hidden charges.

 

 

● We provide 24 hour emergency service. Our phones are answered by our staff 24/7. Our office staff is available to respond to your questions and concerns - Plus we have a computerized customer history. We keep the records, so you don't have to.

 

  ● We are licensed and insured and all our work meets or exceeds existing codes. This ensures your units work better, are safer, and last longer.

● We know the climate, the codes and the construction in this area, so we know what works and what doesn't. The job gets done right and saves you money.

● We have training programs both for our installers and our technicians.  Ongoing training makes us more efficient which helps to the job right.

 

● We clean up when we're done. We remove and dispose of old parts and equipment. That saves you money on disposal fees.

 

● We guarantee your satisfaction.  top

 
             
What Do All Those Different Ratings Mean?    
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the array of efficiency rating abbreviations and acronyms used to describe or explain furnaces and air conditioners! Here's a list that tells you what they all mean.    

Efficiency Ratings
SEER
- Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is a system for rating the efficiency of cooling equipment. It is calculated by dividing the cooling capacity of a continuously operating air conditioner by the electric power input. The higher the SEER, the less your unit will cost to operate.

HSPF - Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. This measurement is similar to SEER, but it measures the efficiency of the heating portion of your heat pump. Like the SEER, HSPF industry minimums have risen in recent years. The current industry minimum is 6.80 HSPF.

Sound Ratings
In recent years, HVAC equipment has not only gotten more energy efficient, it has gotten quieter. Although sound does not affect the efficiency of a unit, it can certainly affect your comfort. If your unit has a low sound level you (and your neighbors) will hardly notice when it is operating.

dB - Decibel. A tem to describe the relative loudness of a sound. Typically, heat pumps and air conditioners are between the sound of a human voice (70 dB) and a blender (88 dB).

SRN - Sound Rating Number. A unit based on ARI tests. Average sound ratings range from 74 to 80 db. The lower the SRN rating, the quieter the unit.

Furnace Ratings
AFUE
- Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency ratio is the percent of heat produced for every dollar of fuel
consumed. like the miles per gallon on your car, the higher the AFUE rating, the lower your fuel costs.
All furnaces manufactured must meet at least 78% AFUE. if your furnace is 10 to 15 years old, it probably falls well below the current furnace minimum and wastes energy.

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So I can just look for a furnace with the highest AFUE rating right?
Not exactly. The efficiency rating is just one factor to consider when looking at new furnaces. Furnaces use electricity to run fans and motors. The amount of electricity used varies greatly, depending on the type of furnace. Be sure to check electricity usage before making a purchase decision.

General Industry Terms
HVAC - Heating, ventilating and air conditioning. This term applies both to the heating and cooling industry and to the products they manufacture.

ARI - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. A non-profit, voluntary organization comprised of HVAC manufacturers. ARI publishes standards for testing and rating heat pumps and air conditioners and ensures a level of quality within the industry.

DOE - The Department of Energy. This is the federal agency that sets the HVAC industry efficiency standards.

BTU - British Thermal Unit. This is the amount of heat that will raise or lower the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.

Btuh - British Thermal Units per Hour. A measure of heat transfer rate.

 Ton - A ton is 12,000 btus. A typical single family residence uses air conditioning or heat pumps ranging between two and five tons of capacity.

Watt (W). A unit of electrical power.

Kilowatt (kW). One thousand watts.

Kwh - Kilowatt hour. A unit of electrical energy equal to the work done by one kilowatt acting for one hour.  top
 
             
What can you tell me about air conditioning refrigerants?    
Refrigerants are what make air conditioning possible. Contained within the coils of an air conditioning system, these agents make is possible to cool and dehumidify indoor air. Today there are several types of refrigerants used in air-conditioning systems. The most common is R22, which will be phased out over the coming years in response to international environmental concerns. Though the transition away from R22 is just beginning, Lennox is one step ahead with a full line of products that use a more responsible, chlorine-free refrigerant.

R22. Current Standard.
Acting in accordance with an international treaty called the Montreal Protocol, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated the eventual phase-out of R22 through the Clean Air Act. By 2010, the manufacturing of heating and cooling equipment using R22 will be prohibited, and by 2020 the production of R22 itself must cease.

The main reason for this regulatory action is that R22 is a hydro chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) compound, which contains ozone-depleting chlorine.

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  R410A. The Refrigerant of the Future.
Many of Lennox' newest air conditioners use the EPA-recognized, chlorine-free R410A refrigerant. Because R410A contains no chlorine, it's ozone responsible. R410A is better suited for use in higher-efficiency equipment because you get a higher heat transfer rate than with R22.  R410A allows Lennox, as a manufacturer, to design and make units that are more efficient than ever, like the XC21, the world's first 20+ SEER air conditioner. Choosing an air conditioner or heat pump with R410A not only makes sense environmentally - it may also reward you with energy cost savings.

Lennox. Leading the Way in Cooling Innovation.
The introduction of cooling systems that use the latest in refrigerant technology reflects our ongoing commitment to developing innovative products that maintain a comfortable home environment, while helping preserve the global environment.

As a result of this commitment, the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy have named Lennox as an Energy Star Manufacturing Partner of the Year for the third consecutive year. Lennox is the only heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) manufacturer ever to be chosen for this annual award.  top
 

THE FACTS ON OZONE

 

What is it?

Ozone is a form of oxygen, and can be both good and bad. It occurs naturally in the Earth’s upper

atmosphere – 10 to 30 miles above the Earth’s surface – and helps block the sun’s harmful ultraviolet

rays. At lower levels of the atmosphere – the air humans breathe – it’s a product of pollution, commonly known as smog.

 

How is it produced?

While ozone in the upper atmosphere occurs naturally,

ground-level ozone is man-made. Many electronic air cleaners and ionizers have been found to produce ozone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How is it harmful?

According to the American Lung Association, ozone exposure may lead to shortness of breath, chest pain when inhaling deeply, and wheezing and coughing.

 

 

Who is at risk?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates one out of every three people in the United

States is at a higher risk of experiencing problems from

ground-level ozone.  top