DB Heating & Cooling, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Allendale’

How to Prevent HVAC Emergencies

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Not all HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) repairs are going to be 100% avoidable. However, there are certainly steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of having to deal with an emergency repair. Some of the most common emergency calls we get include water damage, no heat/cooling, and the smell of gas. Our staff is well prepared for an HVAC emergency of any kind. However, we do have some tips below to share with you that may help you avoid a HVAC emergency to begin with.

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How to Reduce the Strain On Your Heating System

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

The more your heating system has to work, the more likely it is to break down suddenly. Your heater suffers quite a bit of wear and tear through the season, especially once temperatures reach extreme lows, but you want to do whatever possible to minimalize this wear and tear so that your heating system does not fail without warning.

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A Quick Guide to Upgrading a Heating System

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Your whole-home heating system is vital to your comfort, and has been there for you for years. But of course, any system’s time will come. The experts at DB Heating & Cooling, Inc have all of the information you need to know about when and how to upgrade your whole-house heater.

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Why Isn’t My Ductless Indoor Blower Working?

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Ductless systems are very convenient, but one problem that can arise is an issue with an indoor blower. The good news is that because each blower operates independently, one blower having an issue does not mean the others will. However, it is important to have a broken blower repaired right away so that excess strain isn’t placed on your other operating blowers. Why isn’t your blower working? There can be a number of reasons for this, and we’ll explain the more common ones below.

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Why Isn’t My Radiator Working?

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

A number of homes in the Allendale, NJ area enjoy the gentle radiant heat of a boiler system. In older homes, radiators are used frequently to disperse the heat. But if you have ever experienced a radiator malfunctioning, you know how cold that room can get. Radiators aren’t the most complicated part of a boiler heating system, but they are very important as they deliver the heat you need. If you have a radiator that isn’t working properly, there can be a few reasons for this:

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Has Your Commercial Heating System Had Maintenance Yet?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

We’ve had a pretty mild fall so far, but the cold weather is on its way. Is your commercial heating system ready to take on the challenge of another winter? One of the best ways to ensure that the answer to this question is “yes” is to schedule professional heating maintenance for your commercial HVAC system in Allendale, NJ. Any loss of heat during the cold winter months will have a direct, negative impact on your business, and the commercial heating and cooling pros from DB Heating & Cooling, Inc., want to make sure you avoid this particular scenario.

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Choices for a New Heating System

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Do you need to replace an outdated, failing heating system in your Allendale home? Then it’s time to give the heating experts at DB Heating & Cooling a call. There are several important steps involved in replacing an old heater, and one of those steps is choosing the new type of system you want. Homeowner’s have more choices than ever when it comes to installing a new heating system, and these are the types of systems we carry at DB Heating & Cooling:

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Benefits of a Ductless Mini Split System in Oradell

Monday, November 12th, 2012

With all of the home heating and air conditioning systems on the market today it can be difficult to determine which heating and cooling option is best for your Oradell home. Discussing your heating and air conditioning options with a local professional service provider is the most fail-proof way to ensure that you are investing in the best heating and cooling system for your home and personal heating and cooling habits. If you are not familiar with ductless mini splits and the potential benefits that they hold for your home and comfort take a few minutes to review this helpful information from the home comfort professionals at DB Heating & Cooling. You may decide that a ductless mini split system is the best choice for your home, and DB Heating & Cooling can help you verify that decision.

First of all, the most obvious benefit of a ductless mini split system is right in the name. This heating and air conditioning option completely eliminates the need for ductwork in your home. While a properly installed, well-maintained duct system can efficiently and effectively circulate conditioned air throughout your home, ductwork is often one of the biggest reasons for inefficient energy use. By removing ductwork from the equation, ductless mini splits also remove this risk. A simple conduit containing refrigerant and power lines is all that is needed to connect the outdoor condenser unit to the indoor, wall-mounted air handlers that this type of heating and air conditioning system uses. These air handlers, up to four per outdoor unit, heat and cool the rooms of your home individually and directly.

The use of these multiple air handlers also makes it easy to create temperature control zones in your home and to maintain individual temperatures within each zone. This is a great way to boost energy efficiency in your home, helping to reduce energy costs. You no longer have to heat empty bedrooms because you want to keep the dining or living rooms comfortable. Likewise you choose to lower the temperature in the kitchen if you are doing a lot of cooking and begin to overheat while still keeping the rest of the house perfectly warm.

Whether you want to cut down on the amount of energy that you use in your home or simply avoid the cost of a duct system installation, ductless mini splits may be the solution that you’re looking for. If you think that a ductless mini split system installation is right for your Oradell home, call the heating and air conditioning professionals at DB Heating & Cooling. We’ll help you make the best decision for your comfort.

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Allendale NJ Heating Question: What Causes Cracks in a Heat Exchanger?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Your Allendale NJ furnace is designed so that the heat – and the combustion byproduct produced inside – doesn’t interact directly with the outside air. This design is to ensure you have a safer furnace.

The metal piece that separates the furnace heat from the outside air stream is called the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger performs a very important function, and if it is broken or cracked, it can’t work properly.

A cracked heat exchanger is very common problem with Allendale NJ heating systems, as well as one that should be repaired as soon as possible. But what causes a heat exchanger to crack? Here are some of the most common reasons:

  • A long period of normal use. A furnace heat exchanger naturally expands and contracts with the heat of the furnace, over and over again as the furnace is turned off and on to heat the home. Over several years, this stress can crack the metal.
  • Poor air flow, often caused by dirty or obstructed vents, can result in poor air flow through the furnace. This overworks the furnace, which can crack the heat exchanger prematurely.
  • Poor, incomplete or improper combustion can also cause a heat exchanger to crack. When the combustion process is less efficient – which can also be a result of poor air flow — your furnace’s burners have to run hotter and longer to heat your home, which means extra stress on the heat exchanger.

Essentially, if a furnace is running at less than optimal efficiency for an extended period of time, the heat exchanger is put under additional stress beyond the usual and can crack prematurely. Therefore, the best way to prevent a cracked heat exchanger is proper maintenance, particularly keeping all vents clean and unobstructed and getting an annual maintenance inspection.

If your heat exchanger does crack, do not hesitate to call DB Heating & Cooling and get it repaired.

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Allendale Heating Guide: Dangers of Not Changing Your Furnace Filter on Time

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Of the many ways to heat a home in Allendale, forced air systems are the simplest in function and the easiest to maintain.  They are so simple, in fact, it is easy to forget they need attention at all, but there are dangers to not changing your furnace filter on time that have a real and painful cost in efficiency and dollars.  Even health risks arise when filters have been neglected too long.

Contracting with a company like DB Heating & Cooling, Inc. ensures consistent maintenance and oversight to allow home owners the comfort and relaxation you deserve in your own home.

Back to Basics

Usually in the basement or a central location, a furnace heats air to a temperature set by the thermostat. By a fan in the furnace, the warm air is circulated through filters into a system of ducts to be distributed to grates in the wall or registers on the floor.  A second grate and duct system returns cooler air back to the furnace to be reheated.

Water can be added at the furnace to humidify the air and filters are able to remove some of the dust that typically floats invisibly throughout a home.

The Dangers of Not Changing the Filter

When the system is properly maintained, it is clean, efficient and produces comforting heat on demand at the touch of the thermostat or consistently throughout the day and night.

The furnace filter is designed to remove dust from air as it passes through your furnace. The longer your furnace filter is in place the dirtier it becomes. The increase of particles caught in the filter creates resistance to air flow through the filter and reduces efficiency.

To make up for the loss of flow through a dirty filter, the heat exchanger, usually a gas or oil fired flame, must work harder to produce the same amount of heat to the space.  This becomes costly financially and causes undo wear and stress on the equipment, requiring a partial or full replacement much sooner.

Additionally, operating above ideal designed conditions, cracks in the chamber may appear from the over load which can allow carbon monoxide, a toxic gas, to be released into the duct work.  This gas in large quantities in the home can cause headaches, nausea, and in extreme circumstances, even death.

Regular Maintenance

To avoid problems and excessive strain, remember to change the filters at the beginning of each new heating season.  An annual maintenance, check-up and thorough cleaning by a qualified Allendale HVAC company like DB Heating & Cooling, Inc ensures a safe and comfortable season of warmth with no need to worry about the dangers of not changing filters in your furnace.

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