Is it Time to Change Your Heater?

January 9, 2015

Top Signs You Need A New Heater   The worst time to find out that your heating system is no longer working is when you need it the most. The best way to avoid being stuck without a functioning heating system is to be properly prepared and know the warning signs of needing a new heating unit. How Do I Know If My Heater Needs To Be Replaced? There are several signs to look for when deciding if a home’s heater needs to be replaced. If the heating unit is over 10 years of age and requiring more frequent repairs to continue working, the unit should be replaced. Another sign that your home’s heating unit may need to be replaced is if your home does not stay a constant temperature. Differing temperatures can be from room to room throughout the home, or the temperature of a particular room rising and falling. A heating unit that is functioning properly will heat evenly throughout the home. Soaring energy costs is another sign that your heating unit needs to be replaced. As a unit has to work harder to produce the proper amount of heat, it will use more energy causing bills to rise....

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The Purpose of Heat Pumps

December 26, 2014

How Do Heat Pumps Work?   When you think of cooling a home or an office, the first thing that comes to your mind is air conditioning. Otherwise, you would simply settle for window fans. But did you know that heat pumps do the job better in cooling your space than any of these devices? Yes, the name might be misleading but the truth is heat pump can both heat and cool. Simply put, heat pump uses low energy to move heat from one area to another. A typical heat pump pulls the heat out of the air or ground to heat your home or business building. And it can be reversed to cool as well. If you know how an air conditioning system works, the same theory applies to heat pump. One of the major advantages of having a heat pump as the source of heating and cooling is that there is no need to own separate systems or performing these tasks. Moreover, heat pumps work efficiently compared to furnace or AC units simply because they transfer heat from one location to another rather than burn fuel to produce heat. This means, you will be owning an appliance that...

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Furnace Issues & Resolutions

December 19, 2014

Dealing With Your Furnace Typically as a furnace ages it begins to use more and more oil. It might not be something that is noticeable to those sitting inside and enjoying the heat that it is creating, although careful inspection of the quantity of oil used might reveal a different set of facts. The efficiency of any furnace begins to degrade with age causing money that might be spent on any repairs or replacement to be burned up in the form of oil. Having an expert HVAC serviceman come to your residence to inspect your furnace can allow them to make any recommendations about any maintenance or repairs that need to be done. The times during the year when the furnace is not actively in use are the best times to make service calls. It’s best not to wait until you need the unit for heating purpose only to find out that its malfunctioning or in worst case scenario not working at all. Fortunately for many people even if they have problems during the colder season it’s not as if they are going to freeze to death. It is merely a recommendation to try and take care of any potential...

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Air Filter Information Every Homeowner Needs!

December 12, 2014

Air Filter Replacement   Changing Air Filters Regularly All air filters will have to be checked and cleaned from time to time. They are great for keeping things out of the air that no one wants to breath in, but it is important to change them out in a timely manner in order for them to be as effective as possible. Those who neglect to do this are risking the quality of the air that they breath in, and this in turn may cause them to be risking their health as well. Clearly, no one wants to be in that position. Damaging One’s System Even if your health is not your top concern for some reason, changing out air filters still matters. The damage that an unclean air filter can do to one’s air filtration system is massive. It only takes a few moments to clean out an air filter, and it does not have to be done too frequently. It would be rather unwise to risk massive damage to one’s system just to try to save a few minutes of time on cleaning out the filter. Lowering Operating Costs Clogged air filters are a drain on one’s financial resources...

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Understanding Your Home’s Heating System

December 5, 2014

The Purpose of Auxiliary Heat   What is Auxiliary Heat Auxiliary heat is a heating system that works when the temperature inside a home or building drops lower than two or three degrees from what the temperature is set. Or when someone decides they are cold, and turns the thermostat up more than three degrees. Auxiliary heat is a component of heat pump systems. Heat pumps have two units, one of which is outside a home, and the other, which is the auxiliary heating system, is inside. On cold mornings, especially when the temperature gets below 32 degrees, the outdoor heat pump is very cold and would take a long time to heat up the air inside the house. The auxiliary system will kick in on these mornings to heat the home more quickly from the warmer inside unit. What is the Purpose of Auxiliary Heat The purpose of auxiliary heat is to warm up the home as quickly as possible and bring it to the desired temperature set on the thermostat. Waiting for the heat to come in from the cold heat pump on the outside of the home would take a very long time. One of the advantages of...

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A Thermostat Upgrade Can Save You Money!

November 28, 2014

Thermostat Upgrade   One of the newest types of thermostats available for homeowners is the Wi-Fi thermostat. The thermostat allows you to change your home temperature from your smart phone or from any an Internet connection. In addition, the Wi-Fi thermostat also “learns” your habits and can automatically adjust the temperature in your home based on whether you are home or not. How do Wi-Fi thermostats work?Wi-Fi thermostats are more commonly called smart thermostats. Most of us will turn our thermostats to cooler (or warmer in summer) temperatures when we are not going to be home for the day. The “smart” thermostats will provide you valuable information such as how long it will take you to get your home back to the right temperature and how much energy you are using. Some of the higher-scale models will also adjust automatically based on the humidity levels in your home.The cost of Wi-Fi thermostats Wi-Fi thermostats vary widely in price, depending on how many features they have and how intelligent they are. When you are considering a thermostat upgrade, you should take into consideration how long you plan to be in your home as well as how much your new thermostat will...

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Why You Should Install a Whole House Humidifier

November 21, 2014

Top 9 Reasons to Install a Whole House Humidifier   Purchasing a whole house humidifier may seem extreme, but there are many benefits to using a humidifier throughout the entire dwelling. A humidifier adds moisture and sends it out into the air of your home. It is one of the most important tools to bring comfort into your home. Many people don’t understand the benefits of installing this type of system. 1. Respiratory relief A dry heating system can dry out your sinuses and even your throat. Adding humidity into the air of your home is helpful to not only those with sinus and allergy problems, but to everyone living in the home 2. Cleanliness Using a whole house humidification system over a portable one is much cleaner. A portable system has standing water that requires daily cleaning and changing. A whole house system doesn’t require daily maintenance. 3. Static Electricity Not only is it an annoyance but static is dangerous for your electronic appliances. Humidification of your home allows reduction of static that means a longer life for all your electronic items. 4. Dry Skin Lack of humidity in the air causes things to dry out. Once a person...

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Indoor Air Quality and It’s Vital Importance in Your Home!

November 14, 2014

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality in Your Home   Many people may wonder if they should be concerned about the quality of their indoor air. The majority of people think about air pollution as something that can only be found outside of the home, but in reality there can be a lot of air pollution that is found on the inside of a home as well. Many things can pollute the air quality of the home such as the chemicals that are found in home, fragrances, or even perfumes and colognes. In home cleaners, pet dander, dust mites, and mold can also make the air quality of a home compromised and bad. What are the Triggers to Bad Air Quality? These things can trigger very bad allergic reactions in many people, and there are many people that have severe issues with the air quality in their home and they may not even realize it. It is very important that a person is sure that the quality of the air inside their home is clean and pure, because the majority of people spend a lot of their time at home and they do not want to breath in toxins all...

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Game Changing Heating System Tip!

November 7, 2014

Save Money With Heating Maintenance   Keeping your family nice and warm is probably your top priority during the winter months. Obviously, you have to make sure that your heating system stays in tip-top condition, but you might be concerned about the cost of heating repairs during the winter. Luckily, performing preventative heating maintenance can help you cut down on costly repairs and can save you money in other ways as well. These are a few reasons why preventative heating maintenance is so important. Save Money on Future Repairs First and foremost, you can save money on future repairs by having your heater properly maintained. When your system is being maintained, your heating and air conditioning professional will check for any potential problems and will fix them before they get more serious. Plus, having your system well-maintained will help keep problems from arising in the future. Another thing to think about is whether or not your system is under warranty. If it is, then all of your repair needs should be covered. Your warranty probably won’t be valid if you don’t keep your system well-maintained, however, so having it on a good maintenance schedule is critical. Cut Down Your Utility...

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Is Freezing In Your Sleep On Your Winter List? Didn’t Think So!

October 30, 2014

What To Do When Dealing With a Heating Emergency?   The cold winter months are not the right time for the heat to give out and thus turn a once toasty house in to one that becomes chillier by the minute. This is what constitutes a heating emergency and it tends to start with a faulty heating system that eventually stops working. This is when professionals need to be called right away as one cannot live without heat and it is also not good for the pipes in the home either. Once it is noticed that heat is not coming out of vents, the system needs to be shut off or powered down for safety. However, this is the extent that one should touch the heating system as it is far too dangerous to attempt to make repairs or even determine a problem. Heating systems are intricate and complex; thus only trained professionals should be enlisted to work on them when things go wrong. Most firms offering emergency heating service work will be able to get to the home rather quickly, but in the interim one needs to deal with the lack of heat and the ever dropping temperatures inside...

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