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Spring is officially here, and soon enough, we’ll be turning
our attention to our air conditioners. Hopefully, you’ve already scheduled
maintenance for your cooling system so that it’s in good shape and ready to
serve you well for the rest of this season and all throughout the summer
But just because it’s time to start thinking about your air conditioner doesn’t mean it’s time to forget about your furnace. In fact, we recommend paying a lot of attention to it, and taking the steps to either partially or fully shut it down over the summer. Read on as we uncover why this is a good idea and how it will help lower your energy bills.
Okay, it’s springtime … it’s just about time to stop using our heaters in favor of our air conditioners. But we still have plenty of cool weather ahead, especially at night. So, you need your heater to work at its best, right? Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do to make sure this is the case.
For instance, if you didn’t have maintenance done last fall,
it’s not too late to have it done now. When it comes to heating maintenance,
consistency is more important than timing. Investing in this service once a
year will help the system retain up to 95% of its original efficiency rating.
In addition to maintenance, you can prevent heating inefficiency from getting
in the way by:
Before we get started, we want to say that furnaces are not inherently dangerous. In fact, modern furnaces are built with more safety features today than ever before. However, when you don’t properly take care of your furnace, particularly a gas-powered one, it can become dangerous.
Furnaces are powerful, and a top choice for homeowners throughout Hagerstown and beyond. For climates like ours, they’re the perfect system. They’re cost-effective and a superior choice for many homeowners. They have a number of important components that must be cared for, though, with one of them being the heat exchanger. A cracked heat exchanger is the potential furnace danger were about to discuss below.
Did you know that your indoor air can be more polluted than
the air outdoors? At least, this is the case if you don’t have the right indoor
air quality solutions in place in your home. And this is the case in many homes throughout the country.
Today, more and more homeowners are becoming aware of this, as well as aware of the types of systems that can help them. Whole-house air purifiers are becoming a bit of a buzzword, but they’re so much more than just a trend. They are the way to ensure your home is as comfortable and healthy as possible, no matter what time of year it is. They help reduce illnesses, allergy symptoms, and asthma symptoms.
It’s that time of year. We are nearing the official end of winter and can maybe start thinking about our air conditioners. Sure, colder temps are still here for a while, but it’s always nice to dream, right?
Those dreams can come back to haunt you though if you let
them discourage you from taking care of your heating needs. If your heater has
worked “just fine” all winter so far, you may be tempted to ignore a weird
symptom or two. One particular symptom homeowners tend to ignore (and later
regret ignoring) is strange noises coming from their heating system.
Now, there is no such thing as a silent heater. You’re going to hear some noise during its operation. This is true whether you have a furnace, boiler, or heat pump system. What you don’t want to hear though, are noises that have grown louder, or noises you’ve never heard before coming from the system. Read on as we uncover what these potential noises are—then give us a call for quick and efficient repairs.
There is a fairly common misconception about the air filter that comes standard in HVAC systems. That is, this air filter is in place to protect the indoor air quality of the house. It’s actually not intended for this purpose at all! We’ll get more into that below, but our point is, if you truly want to tackle indoor air quality problems—especially those that cause allergy and asthma symptoms throughout the household—you’ll want to invest in a whole-house air filtration system and/or whole-house air purifier.
The first thing you
should know is that a huge reason more and more homeowners are investing in
these systems is due to the way they mitigate virus transmission. No indoor air
quality product can guarantee 100% protection from germ and virus transmission,
but they can absolutely mitigate the risks you may face. Read on to learn more
about whole-house air filtration and purification!
It’s time to re-explore an issue that we get called about a lot during this time of the year—a furnace that’s blowing cold air. This is of course a very unsettling problem and not one that you want to face. When your furnace suddenly starts blowing out cold or lukewarm air from the vents, it’s easy to panic. But before you do, check out our advice below.
The thing is, there are a number of reasons that a furnace may experience this problem. Some of them amount to nothing more than “user error” while others are of course more serious and will require a professional to fix. Read on to determine which is the case for you.
It’s part of our job to see that our customers have warm homes through the winters, because warmth is one of the basic human needs. But we want to extend our help beyond the cozy homes of our loyal customers. This is why we’re dedicated to providing help to school children who often have to talk long walks each day to wait for the bus or to get to school. We have partnered with Operation Warm to provide brand new coats to children who need them through the month of January. This is a critical help in an uncertain time, and we’re rising to meet the needs of the numerous children who lack the basic protection of a warm coat.
So, for every service call we do during the month of January, we’ll donate a brand new coat to a needy child through Operation Warm. We would love it if our customers could join in, and you can make your donations here. We can make a difference and bring warmth to everyone in the community!
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You may have heard or seen us say at one point that it’s important to change out your HVAC air filter every 1–3 months. We aren’t just throwing this out as a random suggestion. We are offering this tip as a way for you to get the most effective and most efficient use out of your furnace or air conditioner. And considering how much we have to use both around here, chances are you’d like to do anything to keep your heater running powerfully and affordably, right?
Well, one method of doing this is by performing a small maintenance task—changing the air filter. You might be surprised to find just how important this small component is. It’s about much more than protecting or improving your home’s indoor air quality. In fact, that is not the purpose of this air filter at all. While there are whole-house air filtration systems available to improve IAQ, the furnace air filter is in place to protect the furnace itself from debris that can get inside and damage its components.
When temperatures drop and you need your heating system to run consistently day after day, saving money can seem like a challenge. After all, HVAC systems take up a large portion of your household energy use (about 50% of all your energy costs for the year), and of course, you’re not going to turn your heater off to save money.
Read on as we reveal some of our top tips for boosting your heating efficiency to save money.