Ventilating a Tight House

Most homeowners today are aware that insulating a new or existing home is effective at reducing home heating costs and energy waste, but with all the advantages to building “tight”, there is at least one significant disadvantage – lack of fresh air.  A constant supply of fresh air is important to keeping people healthy, maintaining […]

Hydronic Radiant Snowmelt Systems

If you ask most any Midwesterner about winter, chances are they’ll tell you about joyful memories filled with snowforts, sledding and neighborhood snowball fights;  but don’t forget, winter isn’t always fluff and fantasy.  The dark side of winter is cold and miserable filled with back breaking chores like snow shoveling.  The mere thought of bundling […]

Great HVAC Customer Service

Have you ever heard the expression “It’s not what you say, it’s what you do.”? Here at Rabe Hardware, we believe that’s true.  Since 1979 we’ve delivered superior HVAC customer service; because at the end of the day, our customers deserve to feel happy – and we don’t mind the smiles either. Let’s face it.  […]

Understanding LED Lighting

LED Lighting: “LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are semiconductor devices that produce visible light when an electrical current is passed through them.”  (http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=ligh) LED lighting is a type of Solid-State Lighting (SSL), which is extremely energy-efficient. When first developed, LEDs were limited to single-bulb use in applications such as instrument panels, electronics, penlights, and more recently, […]

Honored for Promoting GeoComfort® Geothermal Systems

(GREENVILLE, IL – June 1, 2013) – Enertech Global, manufacturer of GeoComfort geothermal heating and cooling systems, hosted its annual Dealer Meeting April  23-24, in Dubuque, Iowa. Attendees experienced a great event with access to industry information, corporate updates, and celebrated its top dealers from 2012. Rabe Hardware was one such dealer recognized by Enertech […]

Maximum home comfort with an HVAC Zoning System

Zoning is a subject that comes up time and time again this time of year because many homeowners experience uneven cooling throughout their residence. In most of these cases, a homes forced air system uses a single thermostat to control the entire homes heating and cooling needs; which can be tricky if trying to heat […]

Farmers Get More Out of Their Fields

Farmers today have many challenges to face but here in Eastern Iowa the farmers are concerned about the cost of rising fossil fuels and consequently the higher operating cost to heat their farm residence and buildings.  What many farmers may not realize is that the solution to this challenge is geothermal technology.  In fact, the […]

Geothermal Heat Pumps – 2013’s Green Product of the Year

Today, there are many so-called “Green” products on the market but I venture to say that no “Green” product can make as large of an environmental impact as a Geothermal Heat Pump. The United States gets 84% of its total energy from oil, coal, and natural gas – all of which are fossil fuels. We’ve […]

How Does Geothermal Compare?

Geothermal heat pump systems can hold their own when compared to other traditional heating methods.  In fact, they’re an extremely competitive choice for a market forced to deal with rising energy costs and resource depletion because they are renewable and the most efficient heating and cooling system available today. Add in the fact that many […]

All About Geothermal Loops

The heart of a geothermal system is the in-ground loop field (geothermal loops).  The loop field is a system of underground polyethylene pipes that are a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer.  These pipes are heat-fused at 525 degrees and are used to circulate a non-toxic and non-corrosive solution containing 75% […]

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