DB Heating & Cooling, Inc. Blog

How a Smart Thermostat Helps You!

September 5th, 2022

smart-thermostat-on-corner-wallThe thermostat you use to control your heating and cooling systems is an important component. It essentially serves as the “brain” of your HVAC systems, and without it, you simply could not get the comfort that you need in your home.

In addition to that, you may have a thermostat, but if it’s old and outdated or is miscalibrated, it could be incorrectly reading the temperature of the room and therefore causing your HVAC systems to work very inefficiently.

If you came across this blog post, chances are you’re already thinking about a thermostat upgrade. If you notice any of the problems we’re going to mention below, it is definitely time for an upgrade–and we’ll let you know why a smart thermostat might be the perfect option for you.

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Signs of Impending AC Repair Needs

August 8th, 2022

checklist-with-red-markerGetting professional repairs done for your air conditioner when it needs it is one of those services you don’t want to put off. Delaying AC repairs can leave you with a completely broken down machine, and no way to stay comfortable throughout the rest of our long and hot summer.

We encourage our customers to take care of their systems as soon as they realize they need a repair. But, how do you know when it’s time for air conditioning repairs?

Luckily for you, we shared some signs below that it is, in fact, time to call for repairs, or at least to have your air conditioner inspected by a professional to see what’s going on.

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What You Need to Know About Heat Pump Tune-Ups

July 4th, 2022

vent-low-on-wallIf you’ve been following our blog for very long, then you’ve likely heard at least a little bit about the importance of maintenance. Preventative maintenance is vital to making sure that your air conditioner and heating system stay in great shape. But it’s important to know that not all HVAC systems are created equal, and therefore have different maintenance tune-up needs.

For instance, if you’re using a heat pump to stay cool this summer, then you probably think you don’t need to have maintenance for it again until fall if you had the last session done last fall. But unlike standard central air conditioners and furnaces, heat pumps actually need maintenance tune-ups every 6 months instead of once per year. Read on to learn why!

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How to Ensure Better AC Efficiency This Year

June 6th, 2022

two-technicians-working-on-ac-unitThere aren’t many things that HVAC professionals will tell you to do on your own when it comes to servicing your cooling system. And the fact of the matter is, for big repair needs, this is true, especially since there are various components of an HVAC system that professionals need special training and licensing for, such as the refrigerant in your air conditioner, or natural gas if we’re talking about a heating system.

It is important that you only trust a professional for air conditioning maintenance–this is essential to the performance and efficiency of the cooling system. It enables our technicians to comprehensively inspect your cooling system for problems, anything that needs to be adjusted, and anything that needs to be cleaned within the system. It also lets us find repair needs that you may want to address ASAP to prevent them from turning into bigger problems later on.

But even though you do need a professional to keep your system in great shape, there are things you can do on your own to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency, and therefore lower your energy bills each month. Read on to learn what they are!

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Do I Need to Worry about Intense Heat Hurting My Air Conditioner?

May 9th, 2022

animated-thermometerSummer heatwaves are fairly common in the southern portions of the United States. While summer temperatures in New Jersey and New York rarely reach over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it still gets pretty humid in the Garden State. During these heatwaves, you should focus on keeping the inside of your home cool and comfortable. 

Achieving this goal will require the use of a reliable and functional HVAC unit. Most people fail to realize that extreme temperatures can negatively impact certain parts of their HVAC system. Read below to find out more about how intense heat can affect your HVAC unit and the steps you can take to mitigate the risks posed by extreme summer temperatures. 

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“What Actually Happens During AC Maintenance?”

April 4th, 2022

two-technicians-working-on-outside-ac-unitIn our previous blog post, we addressed a question that many of our homeowners ask in late winter/early spring–is it too early for AC maintenance? If you read last month’s blog, then you already know that no, it’s not too early for this service. In fact, frequency matters here more than timing does!

Early spring is generally the best time for AC maintenance because it’s before you actually need the system the most. But as long as you’re having your air conditioner tuned up at least once a year, you’ll be more likely to keep it in good shape. Of course, this means if you have a heat pump then you’ll need system tune-ups twice a year, since this is a year-round HVAC system.

But what actually happens during AC maintenance that makes it so important? This is one of the other common questions we get, and we are here now to answer it. Read on!

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Is It Too Early for AC Maintenance?

March 7th, 2022

two-technicians-working-on-outside-air-conditionerWith daytime temperatures still in the high 50s for now, it may seem strange to be mentioning air conditioning maintenance. Perhaps you even think that it’s way too early for this service. But the truth is, now is a perfect time!

Let’s face it, you know as well as we do that our variable weather can surprise us. Sure, it’s cold and dreary one day, but the next can be the start of a weeklong heatwave… and don’t you want to know that your air conditioner is well prepared for the change of seasons?

With routine annual maintenance (biannual, if you have a heat pump system) you can help ensure that your air conditioner operates as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible. Read on to learn more about this important service!

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The Steps of a Professional Furnace Installation

February 7th, 2022

technician-working-on-furnaceThe last thing any New Jersey homeowner needs in the middle of winter is a heating system that’s malfunctioning, right?

If you’ve come upon this blog post, however, and you want to know how to install a furnace, chances are you need heat now. Unfortunately, though, this really isn’t a purchase or a job you want to rush into.

In fact, we’re not even sharing these steps with you so that you can do the furnace installation job yourself. This could actually do more harm than good, and can be unsafe–especially if it is a gas-powered furnace we’re talking about. We’re sharing these tips so that you can see just how important it is to only trust a trained, experienced, and licensed professional to complete your furnace installation.

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Does an Electric Furnace Need As Much Maintenance as a Gas Heater?

January 10th, 2022

technician-servicing-furnaceA number of homeowners in our area choose an electric furnace over a gas-powered system due to their convenience and flexibility. After all, practically all homes are wired for electricity, so electric furnaces are a reliable option for any homeowner. They’re also a bit safer than gas furnaces since there are no hazards from toxic or combustible gases. That’s not to say that gas furnaces are inherently dangerous–just that this is a reason that many homeowners choose an electric furnace!

Electric furnaces do tend to be less cost-efficient when it comes to month-to-month utility bills, but their current technology is far superior to what it once was, making electricity a competitive option for reduced energy use. The biggest benefit of an electric furnace as your home heating choice is its longevity and durability. Typically, an electric furnace can last up to 10 years longer than a gas furnace and need fewer repairs over the years.

However, this doesn’t mean they don’t need service! Just like a gas furnace, an electric furnace needs careful professional maintenance to prevent repair needs and keep the system running smoothly for the years to come. Read on to learn why!

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Noises You Don’t Want Coming from Your Heater

December 6th, 2021

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenThere’s no denying that when you live somewhere like the Emerson area, you need a quality heating system in place. Not only that, but you need to make sure it’s well-maintained. This means scheduling professional tune-ups for your heater each year–twice a year if you’re using a year-round heat pump system. Tune-ups help your heater work as effectively and efficiently as possible for as long as possible. Plus, tune-ups can help prevent up to 85% of the repairs a furnace or heating system may ever need in its lifetime! This is because, during your tune-up, we’ll alert you to small repair needs so you can take care of them before they turn into larger emergencies.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that repair needs will never crop up between maintenance appointments, and it’s important to know the signs of a heater in disrepair so you can get it fixed ASAP. One of these signs is strange noises coming from the system. But, what noises constitute “strange?” Read on to find out!

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