Fuhrmann expands into plumbing area
Jarred Ellman (left) and Greg Van Lanen are now providing plumbing services at Fuhrmann Heating and Cooling Inc. based in Brillion.

After providing the area with heating and cooling services for the past 36-plus years, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is extending its quality service to include all plumbing needs as well.

Jarred Ellman joined the partnership last June to allow Fuhrmann to begin serving the area’s plumbing needs. Plumbing services offered include new construction, remodels, sales, repairs, water heaters, and water softeners.

Demand for plumbing services continued to grow in the second half of 2015 so Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling added another plumber, Greg Van Lanen, to the company. Coming from the Brillion area, Van Lanen has been a journeyman plumber for four years.

Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling also continues to be available 24/7 to provide residential and business heating and cooling needs.

Residential and commercial

From new home and business needs to existing homeowners and owners of small commercial buildings who would like to replace, upgrade or repair their heating and cooling equipment, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. thrives on their busy schedule of providing quality service to their clients.

According to Sales Manager Andy Geiger, service tune-ups have been strong through fall and winter with additions and remodeling work keeping the firm busy along with new commercial construction projects, such as Chilton Truck & Auto Repair and Carstens Mill in Brillion.

While they service most heating and cooling products, Fuhrmann is primarily a Carrier dealership receiving numerous awards over the years from Carrier acknowledging their quality workmanship.

Fuhrmann specializes in commercial and residential heating, air conditioning, boiler systems, radiant in-floor heating, forced air heating and cooling, geothermal, wood, and oil. “We do a lot of work in new construction and existing homes, performing a nice mix of retrofits and remodeling work,” Geiger explained. “About 80 percent of our business is forced air heating and cooling.” With the expansion of natural gas into more rural areas, system conversions have also kept the employees busy to ready their customers for spring hook-ups to the natural gas lines.

Ductless AC systems installed

Central air is now standard in nearly every new home and also can be added to existing homes. Homes that have hot water heat and are without duct work can be a bit tricky to air condition and can be costly. The ductless split system air conditioners work well—and is very affordable—in those situations if duct work is not feasible.

Popular in today’s homes is radiant or in-floor heat, which is often called for in basements of new home construction projects even if the owners do not plan on using it. Fuhrmann does a large number of in-floor retrofits in cold floor areas and warms the area with radiant tubing either under the sub floor or in a concrete slab. It is most efficient if tubing is installed in concrete or some type of conductor of heat, as opposed to wood which is a non-conductor source.

The company has seen geothermal gaining in popularity in some areas as different fuel types and different utility rates determine the feasibility of that type of investment. Depending on rates that you are paying for natural or LP gas as opposed to the same amount of heat with geothermal determines the pay back. “All our geothermal systems have been done in new construction. A retrofit is more of a burden and more costly,” Geiger explained. “With geothermal we like to do a dual fuel geo system so when the geothermal runs down to a certain temperature, then the fuel (natural or LP gas) system will take over to keep down the cost of the geothermal.”

With today’s new home construction built tight and insulated well, indoor air needs to be exchanged with outside air to prevent health problems and other issues such as excess moisture and mold. “Air exchange units are very common today,” Geiger said. “We do a lot of that. Our firm also does duct cleaning and ap-

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