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Signs That Your Ductwork Is in Need of Repair

November 28th, 2016

Your forced-air heating and cooling systems play a huge role in your life, and actually account for about half of all your energy costs throughout the year, according to Energy.gov. As such, it’s only natural that you want to save as much money as you can whenever possible. You cannot do so, however, if you have breached ductwork.

Since your air ducts are mostly hidden from view, it’s natural that you cannot visually inspect them thoroughly. So how will you know when duct repair is necessary? Without regular direct interaction, you may think this is impossible. There are signs though, that you might need duct repairs.

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Boilers vs. Furnaces: Is One Better Than the Other?

November 21st, 2016

The furnace and the boiler are the two most common types of heating systems seen in homes today. Since HVAC technology is only improving—increasing their safety, reliability, and efficiency—neither one of these systems is going anywhere anytime soon. If you’re in the market for a new heating system, then chances are either one of these or both of these are on your list. But which one is better?

There are significant differences between these two heaters, but to be honest, no one option is inherently a better choice than the other—it will depend on your specific needs, as well as your budget. It’s also important to keep in mind that they do share something in common—they are both extremely flexible as they can run off of a number of different fuel sources. Typically, furnaces run off of natural gas, electricity, or propane. Boilers use either gas, electricity, or oil.

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Don’t Wait for a Breakdown Before Calling for Heater Repairs!

November 14th, 2016

For some appliances, such as a microwave or toaster, it may be okay to wait for a breakdown before we even consider repairs or a replacement—mostly because these aren’t devices we rely on too heavily, however convenient they make our lives.

However, it would be unwise to use this same mindset when it comes to your home’s heating system. Your heater is a major investment in your comfort that requires professional installation. While it’s not too hard to go a few days without a toaster, a coffee maker, a blender, etc., a broken down heater during one of the chilliest days of the year can make life pretty unbearable.

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Upgrade Your Thermostat for Better Heating Efficiency

November 7th, 2016

As a modern homeowner, you likely expect to live with a certain degree of comfort. However, do you realize just how major an impact that the various factors of your home have on your ability to achieve true comfort? Your thermostat, for example, might be limiting the success with which you heat your home in ways you’re not even aware of.

By simply upgrading your existing thermostat, you can significantly improve the quality with which you heat your home. Of course, you need to know for sure that you are investing in the right thermostat and that it meets your specific needs and user preferences. If you contact us, we’ll be happy to help you with this.

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Signs of a Furnace at the End of Its Life

October 31st, 2016

Was your furnace professionally installed? Do you keep up on your furnace maintenance appointments? If so, your heating system has the potential to last for many years. However just like any other important appliance in your home, it cannot last forever. If you are looking ahead to winter and wondering if your furnace will make it through, then it’s time to contact our professionals to see if a replacement is due.

It’s best to schedule your furnace replacement before the weather gets too cold. This will give you the peace of mind that you won’t be stuck with a malfunctioning furnace in the dead of winter. But how do you know when it is actually time for a replacement, and not a repair?

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Did you Schedule Your Heat Pump Maintenance Appointment Yet?

October 24th, 2016

With the sudden decline in temperatures this past week, we’re all reminded how close we are to using our heating systems on a regular basis. If your climate control system is a heat pump, then scheduling maintenance on a routine basis is even more important than it would be for any other type of heating system.

This is because while other AC units and furnaces need maintenance once a year, heat pumps need this service more often. You should have had a maintenance session conducted before summer, and the months preceding winter necessitate a second tune-up, making now the best time to schedule one. Keep reading to learn why.

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Now is the Time to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter

October 17th, 2016

While it’s not quite time for the extreme temperature drops that other parts of the country are experiencing, fall has brought a chill in the air that certainly signals what time of year it is, and reminds us to ensure that our heaters are ready to do their jobs on a regular basis in a couple of months.

To ensure that your furnace is up to the challenge of effectively and efficiently keeping your home warm this winter, you’ll want to make sure you have it tuned-up by a professional heating maintenance technician—such as one of the members of our staff. No matter what type of heating system you have, it requires maintenance. Furnaces are no exception.

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Does an Air Conditioner Dehumidify My Home?

October 10th, 2016

Temperatures may be cooling down to a point that you don’t need your air conditioner on such a regular basis anymore, but our humidity levels as of lately have made it seem warmer. Relative humidity levels should stay between 30-50% for you to maintain comfort in your home, yet our latest humidity readings have approached 80%. This may lead you to wonder if you can use your air conditioner to rid yourself of some of this excess moisture.

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Why Should You Schedule Heating Maintenance Now?

October 3rd, 2016

Temperatures as of lately have been fairly mild, with our humidity making it seem warmer than it actually is. Therefore, it may seem strange that we are already talking about heating maintenance. However, fall is officially here and we can expect this weather to drastically decline very shortly. Although you may not be ready to turn on your heating system quite yet, now is the best time to prepare it for the heavy workload it’s about to face. Keep reading to learn why the perfect time to schedule heating maintenance is now.

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4 Signs That You’ll Need Heating Repairs This Season

September 26th, 2016

Hopefully, you’ve scheduled your heating maintenance appointment and have already been made aware of any repair needs you’re facing. If you have not, however, the time to do so is now. Temperatures aren’t anywhere near as cold as they’re going to get, but they are certainly dropping, signaling that fall is here.

Without proper heating system maintenance, you may easily find yourself facing one of the following four warning signs that something is wrong with your heater. If you do, be sure to give our team a call for prompt repairs.

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