Geothermal Repair or Replacement?

Choosing between a geothermal repair or replacement?  When you’re faced with this choice, it’s beneficial to first consider which major components we see failing today on the older geothermal units.  We’ve seen the most trouble with compressor failures, air coil leaks & TXV’s; worst case scenario – all at once.  While it usually makes the most sense […]

KOHLER Whole Home Generators

Home Generators 101 Anytime the power goes out it’s an inconvenience but it can also cause a lot of damage; it can even be life threatening in some cases.  Some power outages have left homeowners without power for weeks.  Chances are the food in your freezer would have thawed and spoiled during that time.  And […]

3 Easy Ways to Evaluate Home Efficiency

Evaluating your homes efficiency has never been easier.  With the help of online tools, mobile apps and Certified Energy Auditors (CEA); homeowners can track their energy usage, evaluate areas of their home that may need improvement and save money on monthly utility bills. While we couldn’t be more excited about the growing number of resources […]

Geothermal Cost Breakdown

So you think Geothermal is too expensive?  You love the idea of saving up to 70% on your utility bills but can’t justify the initial investment.   What many homeowners don’t realize is that your tax credits and utility incentives make the cost of geothermal more affordable than ever. The following geothermal cost breakdown is on an […]

2013 GeoComfort Awards & Recognition

(GREENVILLE, IL – April 24, 2014) – Enertech Global, a manufacturer of GeoComfort geothermal heating and cooling systems, hosted its annual Dealer Meeting April 29-30, in La Crosse, WI.   Attendees experienced a great event with access to industry information, geothermal-focused breakout sessions, and celebrated its top dealers from 2013.  Rabe Hardware was one such dealer […]

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 […]

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