HVAC Contractor Rides Tech Wave – Sells Smart Thermostat

Local HVAC Company Diversifies into Home Automation

June 2, 2017
By Susan Stern

Smart Thermostat – Nexia-Enabled

(Omaha, NEBRASKA) – As home and office automation nears mainstream, Snell Heating and AC of Gretna is proud to announce an addition to its product list – the Nexia-enabled smart thermostat.

“We’ve come a long way baby,” quips Jerry Snell, owner of Snell Heating and AC, referring to how home automation is changing the HVAC industry. Adding a connected Nexia-enabled thermostat to his company’s product list seems like a natural fit.

The platform allows you to remotely monitor and control your heating, cooling, ventilation, humidifier, dehumidifier, air purification and heat pump systems – via a free iOS, Android, or Windows smart phone app, PC, Mac and tablet – anywhere there’s internet.

The smart thermostat uses the widely-adopted, next generation Z-Wave technology.

 

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Todd Linder, American Standard Territory Manager, O’Conner Company

Demand Rises For Smart Thermostats

Snell’s heating and cooling company is getting a lot of customer calls – asking about smart thermostats. Most inquiries come from technology-focused people and snowbirds – folks who leave Nebraska for the winter. “Remote monitoring/control gives them peace of mind while out-of-state,” says Snell, who acknowledges that demand is headed toward the mainstream.

In fact, people dubbed Generation Y, born between 1982 and 2004, actually expect connect-ability, Snell’s product distributor tells us:

“As the internet of things (IOT) expand, and more devices connect in your home and office, a millennial, raised with technology in their hand, expect to control most things in their world,” mentions Todd Linder, Nebraska territory manager for the O’Conner Company.

Interest in smart thermostats is reaching multiple generations.

“Even my stepfather, who is in his 70s, not a snowbird or a techie, installed a smart thermostat to control his heat pump. He knows that home automation is the direction all things are headed,” says Linder.

Smart Thermostat

Smart Thermostat Serves as Hub

Adding a Nexia-enabled smart thermostat can be your first step toward home/office automation – since the device serves as a bridge, brain or hub that connects multiple devices. The thermostat itself gives you the ability to remotely monitor and control heating/cooling via smart phone app, tablet or computer.

The thermostat also connects over 200 devices through it – like security, lights, door locks, cameras and more – compatible with a variety of brands. See for yourself.

Thermostat Connects 200+ Devices 

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“My boss uses the Nexia-enabled smart thermostat as a built-in bridge to connect a variety of devices including door locks and cameras,” says Linder.  He can set an entry code for his teen daughter. It time stamps her coming and going, video records the activity, while instantly sending him a text alert that she is home safe.

Unique one-time door entrance codes may be set for contractors, and codes can be created for a cleaning company or dog sitter.

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Jerry Snell, Owner, Snell Heating and AC Omaha

24/7 Diagnostic Alerts 

Beyond hub capabilities, monitoring and control, the Nexia smart thermostat offers much more. If something is amiss, both you and your trusted HVAC contractor receive a text and/or email notice.

Alerts can catch small problems before they worsen; potentially saving you dollars in repairs that might have gone undetected for too long. The notice specifies what may be wrong. Then, an appointment may be scheduled, and Snell Heating and AC can arrive at your doorstep, prepared with the correct part.

The smart thermostat’s diagnostic alert system app is offered – at no charge. A home owner or office manager – would need to agree – to opt-in. “We recommend you do so,” suggests Snell.

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Intelligent Assistants Compatibility Soon

Question
Can I command Amazon’s Alexa, Echo, Tap, and Google Home to control the Nexia- smart thermostat?

Answer
In the near future, yes. For now, there are workarounds by using a third party applet called IFTTT.com, with some limitations.

“Nexia is currently developing direct compatibility with these popular smart speakers, aka intelligent voice assistants. The functionality is due to hit the market any day,” says Linder.

Huh? What Are Voice Assistants?

Google Home and Amazon Alexa devices like the Echo, Dot and Tap are software-enable smart speakers that enable users to speak voice commands to perform tasks or services. Turn on the lights. Play the latest news. Set alarms and more.

Smart Thermostat Not Plug and Play

Unlike a plethora of Nexia-compatible devices consumers buy at retailers and connect in a snap, the smart thermostat is designed solely for professional installation – not DIY.

Jerry Snell, Owner – Snell Heating and AC

Is My Furnace/AC System Compatible?

Most existing furnaces, AC, air purification, ventilation, humidifier, dehumidifier, ventilation and heat pump systems that folks already have in homes or offices work with smart thermostats, with some wiring retrofitting, notes Snell.

To be certain, schedule an appointment with your trusted HVAC company to take a look.

Privacy and Security 

Of course, protecting your privacy and security are top priorities to Snell Heating and AC during installation and service of the smart thermostat and app set up. “When our customers enter their WiFi password, we turn away our heads – that’s peace of mind,” emphasizes Snell.

App Privacy Assured

Another plus. Nexia is not a data mining company. “Nexia does not sell your private info to third parties,” says Snell.

HVAC Evolves – Snell Does Too

As the HVAC industry and society head toward home/office automation, it’s reassuring to know that: “we got you covered.” Snell says he and his crew receive education and training on the latest technology.

Get Connected Today

Affordability. Ease of use. Remote monitoring and control. Increased efficiency. Text/email error alerts. Hub connect-ability. For all these reasons, you’ll greatly benefit from installing a smart thermostat in your home or office.

Contact Snell Heating and AC today to learn more.  Schedule an appointment now.

Smart thermostats make life easier, and systems more efficient.

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Rita & Jerry Snell, Owners, Snell Heating and AC

About
Snell Heating and AC serves the Omaha, Bellevue, La Vista, Papillion, Nebraska metro areas in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Based in Gretna, and founded in 1998 by husband and wife Jerry and Rita Snell, the family-run HVAC provider is dedicated to customer satisfaction.

As the company slogan goes, “Snell Heating and AC. Service to the Highest Degree.”

Snell Heating and AC has earned an A+BBB, and was chosen as one of top three Sarpy County heating and cooling providers three-years-in-a-row: 2014-2016.

 

Home Comfort Your Family Expects It

(Gretna, NEBRASKA)  —  Home comfort. Your family expects it. Snell Heating & AC has you covered. Call Snell today. 402-332-3531.

Snell Heating and AC installs, services and repairs furnace and air conditioning, heat pumps, geothermal and air purification systems. Since 1998. A+ BBB rated. Recognized as one of the top three HVAC companies three-years-in-a-row from 2014-2016, referring to the Sarpy County People’s Choice Awards. Thank You for your confidence. We appreciate your business.

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UV Light Technology To Reduces Allergens

UV Light Kills Most Air and Surface Germs

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We here at Snell Heating and AC, serving the Omaha, Bellevue metro area, have a solution for you!

Rita and Jerry Snell personally tested at their home an air purification technology called a germicidal UV light system that came highly recommended by their dealer.

The owners of Snell Heating and AC liked it so much that they decided to expand their HVAC product/service offerings to include two types of systems – one installed on the home ventilation system and one that is free-standing.

image-air-purifier-uv-light-omahaBoth products use what the manufacturer describes as “germicidal UV light waves along with a proprietary catalytic process” to reduce dust, mold, pollen, pet dander, paint fumes, cigarette smoke, burnt food smells – that cause irritation and allergy flare ups.

“We immediately noticed cleaner-smelling air. We also installed one in the home of a woman with ultra sensitivity to mold spores. She was happy as a clam,” notes Jerry Snell.

 

Source: Manufacturer

NASA Technology

Using “NASA ethylene-scrubbing technology, the device disseminates ‘friendly cleaners’ that kill airborne and surface pathogens in the air and on surfaces” like doorknobs.

The system Snell sells, cannot be found at the local hardware store, and is only available from qualified HVAC companies, via their authorized dealer.

Should I Be Concerned? Maybe Yes

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers. Indoor air quality can be two – five times (and even up to 100 times) more polluted than the worst outside air. 

Studies Prove UV Light Effectiveness

Two studies, one in hospitals and the other in a commercial office building, prove UV light is effective in killing bacteria and mold sores.

  • Researchers at Duke University Medical Center used ultraviolet radiation (UV-C) to nearly eliminate drug-resistant bacteria in 50 hospital rooms- reducing 97% of the bacteria. Source: Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America –  2012
  • Study found that UV light technology reduced fungal contamination in an office building’s air ventilation units. Source: Applied and Environmental Microbiology Journal. 2001.

So if you achoo often, and suffer from allergies or if house smells linger, consider a UV Light air purification system – installed on your furnace/AC or a free-standing version. Reasonable rates. Financing is available with approved credit.

Snell Heating and AC offers this exceptional UV Light NASA technology air purification system. Learn more by giving us a call, if you like.

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Bi-Annual Furnace/AC Maintenance Essential

Tips Direct from Snell Heating & AC Owner

By Jerry Snell, Owner
Edited by Susan Stern

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Jerry Snell, Owner of Snell Heating & AC

(Gretna, NEBRASKA) — Regular and constant maintenance and service.  If you’re a homeowner, commercial business or property manager, these are the requirements to ensure your furnace and air conditioner  – your HVAC system operates safely and efficiently.

Maintenance = Valid Warranty

Here is a big, important one. Seasonal checkups keep valid a manufacturer’s warranty.  Plus, another benefit of bi-annual HVAC system service is year-round comfort for winter heating and summer cooling while filtering the air you breathe. You should consider bi-annual furnace and AC maintenance by Snell Heating & AC. We offer an annual plan, too, that saves you dollars.

You Have questions? We Have Answers.

The below topics are popular answers to questions or circumstances homeowners face. We frequently encounter these out-in-the-field:

1. Furnace air filter. This part stops and collects the dust, pollen and the air yuck.  Filters need to be regularly replaced, monthly. Many homeowners think that if ‘I buy the expensive pleated filters, that a manufacturer recommends, the filter will be good for 3 months. Certainly the air filter make knows what’s best.’  Nope. That is – wrong, wrong, wrong, Air filter companies cannot, do not, and would not know what is the correct option for your home HVAC system. When in doubt, please consider calling Snell Heating & AC, we are here to help.

2. No heat or cooling? Sometimes a simple fix. Is the thermostat turned on? Did you set it to the mode you seek, such as for heat or cooling? Did you turn the temperature down for cool or up for heat? Did you replace the door on the furnace when you replaced the furnace air filter? – we find this a lot. Oh, the darling kids, gotta love them. That said, did your children accidentally turn off the main furnace switch – another issue that crops up often.  Finally, is the breaker inside the main panel box turned off or, say, tripped? If yes, please try resetting it. Of course, should you still have zero heat or cooling – please call Snell Heating & AC.   402-332-3531

3. No cooling? Check AC Breaker in Panel Box, Step #1. Then, see if the outdoor disconnect is turned off. Turn them on, if needed.

4. No Air Flow From Vents – Yet I Hear System Run? If you see ice inside by the furnace or outside AC unit, better call Snell Heating & AC.

Snell Heating and AC is here to help you properly care for your HVAC system, morning, noon or night. We also can offer other answers during your bi-annual furnace and AC checkup.

For more information on how to maintain your home or office heating and cooling system in the Omaha metro, we at Snell Heating & AC are available at 402-332-353. Thank you for your time. 

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Q&A Does My Home Need a Humidifier?

(Gretna, NEBRASKA)  — Snell Heating & AC, a 5-star Google and BBB-rated heating and air conditioning company serving Gretna, Omaha and surrounding areas, including Bellevue, La Vista, Offutt, Papillion, Springfield, Ashland and the metro area, is here to answer consumer questions about home comfort systems. We replied to a question on Nextdoor.com, an invitation-only neighborhood social media platform where people ask for service provider referrals.

Question: What are your thoughts on having a humidifier added to your system?

Answer:  Snell Heating & AC’s Owner Jerry Snell replied:

A humidifier is an accessory that can help you and home feel more comfortable. Whenever I’m asked should I or do I need a humidifier I like to ask a few questions that will direct “us” to the correct answer.

1. Is your home dry during the winter?
2. Do your kids scoot across the carpet and shock each other?
3. Do you get shocked when you reach for a light switch?
4. Is your wood floor, wood molding, wood trim and cabinets joints opening up or splitting causing gaps?
5. Is your skin and or scalp extra dry and itchy?
6. Do you have more sinus infections than normal?
7. Is your throat dry and scratchy?

If your answer is yes to a majority of these questions, then yes, your home should have a central humidifier installed on the central heating system.  humidifier-omaha-snell

For more information on buying a humidifier in the Omaha metro, please call Snell Heating & AC at 402-332-3531 

 

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Use Common Houseplants to Clean Air

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ad-feb-2017-snell-heating-ac-company(Omaha, NEBRASKA)  —  Keeping air clean in our homes and offices is a top objective of HVAC companies, like Snell Heating and AC, serving the Omaha metro.  Besides installing air purifier systems to prevent sick building syndrome triggered by the use of energy-efficient synthetic building materials, Snell suggests you might consider purchasing specific house plants to help clean the air we breathe. Although, if you are an allergy sufferer, certain house plants may give off pollen to which you may be allergic. 

That said, the recommendation to add common air purifying house plants to your home or office stems from NASA research conducted in years past by environmentalist scientist Dr. B.C. “Bill” Wolverton. His team worked with the U.S. Military and the space agency to remove what’s called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air discovered inside the self-sustaining Skylab II space system. NASA.gov reports that researchers found that synthetic materials used to build the tightly-sealed Skylab had given off low levels of chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene – known irritants and potential carcinogens. When these chemicals got trapped in closed spaces that lack circulation people inside the Skylab faced the likelihood of sickness, including burning eyes and respiratory problems.

So Wolverton looked for a solution on how to remove air pollution inside self-sustaining environments. This applies here on Earth where in the 1970’s during the energy crisis builders generally switched to synthetic products to make structures more enegy-efficient.

This science of using key plants to purify the air was neccessary due to “chemically formulated personal care products, carpeting, fabrics, pesticides, business machines, bio-effluents (emitted in the human breathing process) and airborne microbes…create a chemical pea soup and resultant complaints of poor indoor air quality (IAQ),” states Wolverton environmental.com

The scientist found that common houseplants do the trick and remove air pollution like the Chrysanthemum (full sun, replaced annually due to not re-blooming) and the Peace Lily (shady light and hardy) – the latter the preferred choice for its longevity of survival.

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Dr. Wolverton wrote a consumer-friendly book to educate consumers on his research findings: “How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants That Purify Your Home or Office.” “In it, he explains, in easy-to-understand terms, how plants emit water vapor that creates a pumping action to pull contaminated air down around a plant’s roots, where it is then converted into food for the plant,” reports NASA.Gov. He also details which plants and varieties remove the most toxins, as well as to rate each plant for the level of maintenance.

In addition to adding air purifying houseplants to your home or office, you’ll also want to consider investing in an air cleaner from us.

Give us a call. Snell Heating and AC serves Bellevue, Springfield, Offutt, Papillion, La Vista, Elkhorn, and the entire Omaha metro. You can purchase from our heating and air company effective air filtration systems, plus a furnace, air conditioner, heat pump, geothermal heat pump and more.

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How To Spend Your Tax Refund | Buy New Furnace?

image buy furnace omaha tax refund ad(Gretna, Nebraska)  —  Is your furnace approaching the 15-year mark? Do you anticipate an income tax refund check? Snell Heating and AC offers a simple suggestion. Why not use your refund check toward the purchase of a new furnace system is one option. According to a May 2, 2016 article published on Forbes.com, financial adviser Rick Kahler describes as wise using your refund dollars on one of the following items:

  • Build up an emergency fund
  • Pay down debt
  • Add to retirement savings
  • Open or add 529 college savings plan for your children
  • Replace an outdated furnace

A major appliance like a furnace system tends to be a big ticket item. Furnace replacement can cost several thousand dollars or more depending on the square footage of your home.  So, using an income tax refund check to purchase a new furnace is indeed smart.

tax refund road signWe at Snell Heating and AC, based in Gretna, Nebraska, yet serve the Omaha, Bellevue metro area – are here to help you find the best furnace for the right price. Financing options are available with approved credit.

Should you decide to use your income tax check toward a new furnace, AC, heat pump or air purifier system, give us a call. We’ll provide a Free estimate. Plus, we offer regular maintenance, 24/7 emergency repairs and an annual customer care savings plan option, as well.

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December Tips for Homeowners

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Snell Heating and AC, your Omaha metro furnace and air conditioning contractor offers tips on maintaining home comfort during Nebraska’s cold winter snap, during the holidays and beyond.

Keep Open Registers
Keep all registers open, do not close them, because you can run the chance of over heating the furnace. The heat has to get OUT of the furnace.

Call Local HVAC Humidifier Service
Humidifiers, get them serviced! The water panels can lime up and mold can grow.

“Bad, very bad things can happen to a humidifier that is not serviced at least once per year. Also, DO NOT open the water valve wide open, this can cause the humidifier to over flow and possibly cause water damage to your furnace or belongings. Remember, any water exiting the drain hose is a waste, minimize this by turning the water flow down,” emphasizes Jerry Snell, owner of Snell Heating and AC, an HVAC company based in Gretna, Nebraska.

Rita and Jerry Snell, Owner/Operators Wish You Safe & Happy Holidays!

Replace Air Filter Monthly
Air filters, the more expensive is not always better. We recommend replacing the filter MONTHLY. Also, if you replace the air filter, you can save yourself some money by purchasing a less dense AKA cheap filter. Another tip. Spray the inlet side of the filter with a filter coating spray, OR use your in-home dusting/cleaning spray. Please don’t soak the air filter with the spray because a soaked filter will collect dust, dirt and other particles.

“Oh, did I mention service? Make sure your home is safe and comfortable this season, by having your furnace system serviced,” notes Snell.

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Thank You! Sarpy County People’s Choice Award

best-omaha-bellevue-papillion-furnace-and-ac-repair-nebraska-snell-Nov-2016-adBy Susan Stern —  Gretna, Nebraska-based Snell Heating and AC wishes to say thanks! Thank you everybody for setting aside your time to cast a vote for our Omaha metro heating and air conditioning company. For the third-year-in-a-row, our satisfied customers chose our HVAC company – as one of the top three furnace and ac companies that serve, not only the Omaha metro, but Sarpy County, where our home base is: Bellevue, Gretna, La Vista, Papillion and Springfield, Nebraska.

“It’s a really nice honor. We really appreciate the recognition. Thank you for your business,” said Jerry Snell, owner of Snell Heating and AC, in business since 1998.

The Sarpy County People’s Choice award was the brainchild of the Omaha World-Herald’s advertisement department. The OWH owns small town newspapers in Sarpy County.There’s the Gretna Breeze, Papillion Times, Ralston Recorder, Bellevue Leader and the Base: 68113. The goal of the program, besides finding another ad revenue source, is to honor businesses in Sarpy County that are not eligible to participate in the “Best of Omaha” Award program.

To learn about Snell Heating and AC, the history, consider reading a quick write up about the founders – Jerry and Rita Snell.

Meantime, Snell offers sales, service and maintenance of home and office comfort systems. Services aplenty:

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Troubleshooting: Why Heat Not Turning On – Snell Tips

compressed-jerry-snell-working-furance-repair-omahaIt’s that time of year. Fall is here! And soon, if not already, you’ll be firing up the furnace to heat your home. Of course, you’ve heard it before, and we’ll remind you again, before you start the heat, our Gretna, Nebraska-based heating and cooling company highly suggests that you schedule a furnace check-up appointment to diagnose any problems, and clean the system. In Omaha, Bellevue and Gretna metro areas, please call us at 402-332-3531.

Furnace Not Turning On?
So, what do you do if your furnace does not kick on? Snell Heating and AC offers some troubleshooting tips – as you await your next HVAC appointment.

First off, double check that the thermostat is turned to heat, and that the temperature is set to – above room temp. You may consider replacing the batteries. Step #2. Check the breaker box to see if the furnace breaker is turned off. If the answer is yes, switch it to on.

“From our experience, it’s not out of the ordinary for a child to play with the breaker box, and flick the furnace switch to off,” notes Jerry Snell, owner of Snell Heating and AC, whose been in the business since 1998.

Check the furnace filter, if has not been changed recently, like within a month, replace it.

More Troubleshooting
Furnace still not kicking on? Listen to hear if anything is blowing, like a motor? Check the registers. If the furnace does not turn on, what comes out of the registers would be air room flow.  This troubleshooting step would have eliminated a breaker issue.

Go to the furnace. Do you see a pilot light or a glow coil? Do you smell gas? If you don’t see the glow or  pilot light, and you do smell gas call your HVAC company right away.

Spider Webs Can Cause No Heat
“We run into cob webs obstructing key elements of the furnace, triggering no heat. I had one two nights ago. Spider webs filled the PVC pipe intake of a high efficiency furnace.  I removed them, and all was OK.

Potential Problems Galore
There are many causes of a furnace not turning on. It can be a number of things. There could be a loose wire, a defective glow coil, a defective vacuum hose or a pressure switch. The heat exchanger may need replacing.

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Cracked Heat Exchanger. Credit: Susan Stern

Cracked Heat Exchanger Calls Up In Metro
The heat exchanger – is the heart of the furnace, and it’s the most expensive system part to replace. “We received quite a few calls from customers (Fall 2016) mentioning they don’t have heat. We found quite a few cracked heat exchangers. At that point, a decision needs to be made, to either replace the heat exchanger or the entire furnace.

Replace Big Part or Buy New Furnace?
You’ll want to consider the age of the system. If the system is out of warranty or over 15 years old, you want to strongly consider buying a new, more efficient furnace. If you decide to replace the heat exchanger, be aware that this is basically like a sometimes pricey band-aide.  After all, in a couple of years, if your system is old, you’ll want to replace it all together,” added Snell who also mentioned that  financing is available with approved credit – should you opt for a furnace replacement.

No Heat? We hope these troubleshooting tips help you discover why maybe your furnace is not turning on.

Annual Checkups Advised
All in all, consider making it a habit to schedule a yearly furnace checkup to make sure the system performs well and safely producing warm, comforting heat for you and your family.

Ask for an appointment now online.

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