November 18th, 2019
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
November 4th, 2019
Temperatures 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.
October 21st, 2019
You’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?!
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 This is a common sign of an outdated electrical panel.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An outdated electrical panel can lead to a number of problems, with some of those problems being potentially unsafe.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:
October 7th, 2019
Did 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!
September 23rd, 2019
How 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!
September 9th, 2019
A common question that HVAC professionals receive from homeowners is, “do I really need to have my ducts cleaned?”
Well, if you’re okay with breathing in contaminants, feeling colder in the winter and warmer in the summer, and paying more than necessary for your HVAC services, then no, you don’t need a duct cleaning. If you’d like to avoid those problems, however, it’s a good time to call for your next duct cleaning appointment.
The fact of the matter is, your indoor air quality impacts the quality of your home, health, and comfort. It’s always a good idea to have a professional duct cleaning from a trained and experienced technician. But, why?
August 26th, 2019
The average homeowner doesn’t often think about this on a daily basis, but modern homes are constructed with energy efficiency in mind. This means they’re built tightly, so they don’t allow any conditioned air to leak out. Factors such as proper insulation, weatherstripping, and keeping your doors and windows shut while you run your HVAC system all help maintain good energy efficiency, too.
But keeping your windows and doors shut won’t do that much good if either of them need upgrading! Drafty windows or doors losing their seal could cost your home a lot of its conditioned air. So no matter the season, you might relatively be turning your thermostat way lower or way higher than it needs to be.
August 12th, 2019
What if we told you there were completely affordable, and even free methods to prevent air conditioning repair? What if we also told you that you could help improve the overall efficiency of your cooling system by following these methods?
The fact is, all it takes is giving proper attention and care to your air conditioner. Keep reading to learn more about how to boost your cooling system’s efficiency, lower costs, and prevent repair needs, too!
July 29th, 2019
There’s a fairly common misconception out there about air filters. Many homeowners believe that its only purpose is to prevent allergens and pollutants from entering and contaminating your indoor air—and that’s the reason technicians tell you to clean or replace it once a month. This isn’t the whole truth, however.
The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is in place to do more than just preventing allergens from moving back into your airstream. It actually blocks dirt, dust, and other debris from the inside of your air conditioner, protecting the system itself! When an air filter is too dirty, though, the impact on your air conditioner can be just as negative. Wondering why? Read on!
July 15th, 2019
It may not ever get as blistering hot in our area as it does other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get significant use out of our air conditioners each summer. Chances are by now that you’re using yours on a daily basis, and in doing so, you expect it to work effectively and efficiently as possible.
Of course, you can help ensure this is the case by scheduling routine maintenance once a year—twice a year if you have a heat pump. Professional maintenance allows our team to thoroughly inspect your system for any small repair needs, adjust components, and clean the system for optimal efficiency.
But no matter how well you take care of your system, there’s always a chance that something can go amiss. This is particularly true if you have an aging air conditioner! One of the most common calls we get regarding AC repair emergencies is about an air conditioner that won’t cool—a very obviously frustrating problem!
What’s going on when this occurs? We have 3 possible answers for you: