“What Does It Mean if My Furnace Booms?”

January 27th, 2020
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Hearing this noise can be alarming, and it should be. You do expect, of course, to hear a distinct sound when the gas jets of the burner assembly ignite as your furnace cycles on. However, when the noise becomes something that makes you jump, that’s cause for concern.

Why does this happen, though? And does it mean you have a serious problem with your gas-powered furnace? Read on to find out!

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Three Reasons to Only Trust a Pro for Your Ductless Heating Installation

January 13th, 2020
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Several weeks ago, we proposed the question, “Is going ductless worth it?” If you’ve read this post and have been considering your options, great! If you’re ready to go ahead and have a ductless system installed—please be sure to call a professional.

Without professional installation and follow up maintenance, you could end up with a ductless system full of problems. Improper installation leads to a number of unique repair needs not found in other HVAC systems. Going ductless is, of course, still worth it for many homeowners. However, if you make the mistake of going with an amateur, you might suffer. Here’s how:

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Drafty Windows and Other Threats to Your Home’s Heating Efficiency

December 30th, 2019
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If there were an easy way to increase your home comfort and lower your heating bill at the same time, you’d do it, right? Well, the good news is, there are many simple steps you can take to do so this winter! When you need residential heating services, we’re certainly the team to call—but we do even more than that!

We also replace windows and doors. Did you know a large part of your HVAC efficiency can actually be lost due to drafts? And old windows are one of the biggest threats to lost efficiency. What happens is that you run your heater, but that heat starts escaping through drafts, and as such your home never reaches the temperature you have set on the thermostat—you try to turn your thermostat up to fix the problem, but your home never reaches that temperature either. So, the heater keeps running inefficiently since you don’t know what else to do.

Drafty windows certainly aren’t the only threat to heating efficiency, however. Read on as we explore some other opportunities you might be missing.

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Is Going Ductless Worth It?

December 16th, 2019
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Weather in our area stays relatively steady throughout the year in comparison to other parts of the country. However, our HVAC systems are almost always in use. We tend to get the most use out of our heaters but our air conditioners get a workout as well in the warmer weeks of summer. With that, it’s vital that you have an effective and efficient air conditioner, and heater in place.

What if we told you that you can have both, all in one system? If you’re looking to replace or upgrade both your heating and cooling systems, a ductless system is well worth your consideration. They’re not right for all homes, but they’re the right choice for many. Read on to learn more about these systems and whether one will fit well in your home.

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Troubling Furnace Symptoms: Beware!

December 2nd, 2019
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Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way for you to completely avoid the need for furnace repair throughout the lifespan of your heating system? Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Eventually, you’ll encounter some kind of problem with your system and you’ll need a trusted technician to come make repairs. The best thing you can do to mitigate how bad these repair needs get is learning to recognize the signs that your system needs repair (and get them on your schedule right away), which we’ll get to below.

Severe furnace problems can also be prevented with routine maintenance. Every fall, before you need your furnace the most, you should be scheduling a tune-up. During these maintenance sessions, our technicians thoroughly inspect your system, clean it, adjust components that need it, and—you guessed it—alert you to small repair needs before they grow bigger. If you haven’t scheduled maintenance yet this year, please give us a call to schedule that service right now. In the meantime, read on to learn several signs of furnace troubles.

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Signs of Furnace Problems You Should Be Aware Of

November 18th, 2019
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You probably at least have a general idea of when your furnace is showing signs of wear and tear—it may not be able to keep you warm enough, your bill may be spiking, or your airflow may not seem powerful enough. But, do you know which problems are actually putting your safety at risk?

Furnaces, particularly gas-powered furnaces, can be hazardous if not properly cared for. No, they’re not inherently dangerous, but natural gas is nothing to mess around with. If you don’t get your furnace the tune-ups it needs each year to stay in good shape, you could find yourself facing health hazards and operational problems. So, what are the signs that something is terribly wrong?

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Have You Had Your Furnace Maintained Yet?

November 4th, 2019

technician-servicing-furnaceTemperatures have begun to cool down, and while we may not be one of the coldest states in the country this time of the year, we still need fully functional heaters to make it through the fall and winter comfortably. In order to ensure this is the case, it’s important that you have your furnace maintained, in order to prevent problems and boost efficiency.

Maintenance will help you prevent problems that can crop up, and help prevent situations where you’ll be stuck without a working heater when you need it the most. Keep reading to learn more about the numerous benefits of scheduling your furnace maintenance ASAP.

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Don’t Let This Electrical Problem Haunt You

October 21st, 2019

electrical-panel-being-worked-onYou’re sitting in your home, minding your own business—maybe reading or watching TV. Suddenly, your lights flicker. And we’re not just talking about one or two—we’re talking about the lights in a whole section of your home.

What’s going on? Is your house haunted?!

Probably not.

What’s likely going on in this scenario is that your electrical system is trying to tell you something—that it’s overwhelmed. This is a common sign of an outdated electrical panel. Homeowners in our area often don’t think about this, but we’ve been steadily increasing the demand on our electrical systems with the addition of high-efficiency appliances, computer systems, and rechargeable devices over the last couple of decades. If your home is older than this, it’s likely you need an upgrade!

An outdated electrical panel can lead to a number of problems, with some of those problems being potentially unsafe. In addition to flickering lights, you should watch for:

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Biggest Threats to Your Indoor Air Quality

October 7th, 2019

stylish-home-interiorDid you know that without the right indoor air quality products and services in place, the quality of your indoor air can be worse than that of outdoors? This is especially true if you have a home that was built in the last few decades. Homes today are built very “tightly,” allowing for no conditioned air to escape out.

This is great news for your HVAC use, as it helps your air conditioner and heater work more efficiently. But it’s lousy news if you’re an allergy sufferer—with no air escaping it means that contaminants such as dust, dirt, pollen, and pet dander get trapped inside with you. Even the healthiest person can feel ill due to poor indoor air quality!

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Benefits of Upgrading Your Windows

September 23rd, 2019

window-sill-of-a-houseHow often do you think about the windows of your home? If you’re like most homeowners, it’s probably not very often, unless you’re cleaning them or noticing how warm they feel on an exceptionally hot day. The fact of the matter is, your windows play a vital role in your home—allowing you access to fresh air and views while keeping heat out during the summer and cold air out during the winter. That is, if they’re efficient windows!

If your windows are old, they may not seal up properly when closed, and could be letting drafts in (or conditioned air out). They may also be single-pane and incapable of keeping heat in or out of your home, depending on the season. The truth is, a window upgrade can benefit you in a number of ways. Curious to learn more? Keep reading!

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