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Don’t Let Uneven Heating Get You Down

January 23rd, 2017

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When you live somewhere that the average high in the winter time is between 36 to 39 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s no secret that an efficiently and effectively working heating system is absolutely vital to the comfort and health of your family. One of the most common Allendale, NJ heating repair calls we get is in regards to uneven heating within one’s home.

Many homeowners may not even think much of uneven heating—after all it makes sense that an upper floor would stay warmer than a lower floor, since heat rises, right? While this can of course cause some temperature fluctuation, you should never settle for discomfort while using your heater. You shouldn’t have to resort to just keeping out of the cooler rooms or turning the temperature up so high that it’s sweltering in one area but cooler in another.

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Why is a Clean Air Filter So Important?

January 16th, 2017

When you live in a climate such as ours that is stuffy hot during the summer and bitterly cold in the winter months, you tend to rely pretty heavily on your HVAC systems—both heating and cooling. However, too many homeowners fail to give their central furnaces and air conditioners the attention that they really need in order to perform at their best.

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Understanding the Need for Boiler Maintenance

January 9th, 2017

Boilers are well known for their endurance, and for good reason. They can last years longer than furnaces or heat pump systems, since they are far less complex systems. Fewer moving parts means fewer chances for problems to start.

However, it’s important to remember that no heating system is completely immune to problems. Boilers need maintenance on a regular basis to stay in their best condition. If you’re unsure about whether or not your boiler needs maintenance this year, take a look below.

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Should You Consider a Hot Water Boiler Installation?

January 2nd, 2017

With winter already fully upon us, hopefully you have a fully functional heating system prepared to get you through the rest of the season. If you’ve found yourself in need of a new heater, however, then you have some considerations to make. You may be tempted to just go out and get the first heater you see that matched your budget, especially as the weather cools. But we urge you to consider what’s best for your comfort and your long-term budget.

Hot water boiler systems are certainly worth your consideration when looking to replace your current heater or purchase your first heater for your home. Keep reading to learn more about how these heating systems work, and the numerous benefits they can offer.

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Does Your Furnace Need Replacement?

December 26th, 2016

The furnaces manufactured today have the potential to last for many years, so long as they are properly taken care of—this means keeping up on repairs as well as your annual maintenance appointments to prevent emergencies. However, no matter how well you care for your heating system, no furnace is going to last forever. At some point, you will need a new one.

It’s important to recognize when the time comes. This way you can purchase a replacement long before your system completely fails on you. Read on to discover some of the signs that it is in fact time for a furnace replacement.

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What to Look for in a New Furnace

December 19th, 2016

With winter officially starting later this week, you are hopefully already well equipped with a highly functional heating system. However, if you’ve recently found yourself in need of a new heater, then it’s important to know exactly what to look for rather than rushing out and getting the first one you see or matches your budget.

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Is Your Boiler Making These Disconcerting Sounds?

December 12th, 2016

As temperatures drop, you’ve very likely begun to use your boiler system. Hopefully, you didn’t run into any problems when you turned it on. Routine maintenance will reduce the likelihood of a problem occurring, however, no heater is immune to repair needs. A boiler is no exception.

While boilers are generally pretty quiet, every heating system makes some noise during operation. But it’s important to be able to tell the difference between what is a normal operational noise and what is an ominous one. Keep reading to learn about some examples of odd boiler noises and what they could mean.

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Keep Your Home and Family Safe with Routine Furnace Maintenance

December 5th, 2016

How much thought do you give to your furnace? Chances are, unless something goes wrong with you, you likely rarely think about your heating system too much—aside from getting the thermostat settings where you want them to be during the heating season.

On one of our most recent inspections, our team found an unsafe furnace. It had shut down due to a cracked heat exchanger. Had the furnace’s safety feature not worked, CO2 could have easily leaked into the home, causing illness or worse. It’s instances such as this that cause us to stress the importance of scheduling maintenance now, if you haven’t already. This ensures that you’ll have more time to enjoy the winter and a greater peace of mind that your heater is safe.

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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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