Premier HVAC Services Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

When It Makes Sense to Get an Electric Furnace

Monday, April 11th, 2022
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When it comes to heating your home, there are a number of different options to choose from. And if you’ve always had a furnace, you may choose to stick with this great, powerful heating option.

But did you know that even if you’ve had a gas furnace all this time, you could transition to an electric furnace? This isn’t right for every home, but it could be an option for yours. Read on as we uncover the differences between a gas and electric furnace, and help you decide if it makes sense for your household to get an electric furnace system.

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Are You Using Your Furnace As Efficiently As Possible?

Monday, March 14th, 2022
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It may almost be spring, but you know that our temperatures can stay cold for a while, and if you still need your furnace you’re going to be glad to have a fully effective and efficient system to work with.

Wait, what’s that? Your furnace isn’t working that efficiently? If you’ve found yourself paying more than you think is necessary every winter for your heating needs, then there might be something that’s preventing the furnace from operating as well as it could.

Professional maintenance is essential in preventing issues and keeping efficiency high, but there are some extra steps you can take that will boost efficiency even more. Read on to learn what they are!

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Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Boiler

Monday, February 28th, 2022
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Whether you’re a new or seasoned homeowners, when you’re shopping for a new heating system to install, one of the biggest factors in that decision is how long the system will last. And a boiler definitely tops the list when it comes to sturdy, durable systems that last a long time. In fact, when well maintained, a boiler can outlive a furnace or a heat pump system.

But boilers are not immortal! Once you’ve gotten a couple of decades of warmth from your home’s boiler system, is may be time to consider a replacement. How do you know when it’s time? We’ve shared some signs below that it’s probably time to give us a call to start exploring your boiler replacement options.

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Beware This Potential Furnace Danger

Monday, February 14th, 2022
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The #1 potential furnace danger for homeowners to be aware of is a cracked heat exchanger. Now, this isn’t to say that furnaces are inherently dangerous, because they’re not. But this is a very important blog post to read if you are using a gas furnace to keep your home warm.

When not properly maintained, a gas furnace, especially one that has aged to about 10-15 years, can become hazardous. The same can be said for any gas-powered appliance, as any one of them has the potential to develop safety problems depending on how they’re cared for.

While your gas furnace does have a special safety feature that turned the system off if something malfunctions internally, a cracked or damaged heat exchanger can be subtle, and insidious. Read on as we explain.

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You Need Furnace Repair When…

Monday, January 17th, 2022
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Nobody should have to sit around wondering if their heating system will break down at any given moment. Of course, if you have yours professionally maintained on an annual basis, and if you know the signs of a furnace in disrepair, you don’t need to worry about this!

Oh wait, you don’t know what the signs are? That’s okay, this is what we’re here for!

First off, we want to reiterate that M word we mentioned above–maintenance. Whether you have a gas-powered furnace or an electric heater in your home, you’ll want to have professional maintenance done once a year. This helps to ensure that your furnace will work as effectively and efficiently as possible for as long as possible. Additionally, maintenance will help you avoid up to 85% of the repairs your furnace might otherwise need.

This doesn’t mean your system will never need repairs, however, which is why we mentioned signs you should watch out for. Read on to learn what these signs are.

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Does Your Electric Furnace Need Maintenance?

Monday, January 3rd, 2022
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Effectively heating homes in our area is no easy task. You need not only a powerful heater, but also one that’s going to work efficiently and not leave you paying an arm and a leg for comfort.

Ensuring this is the case starts with hiring a professional technician for your furnace services, whether you have a gas-powered heater or an electric one.

That said, let’s address that maintenance question! A gas furnace has many components in it that you likely know could potentially become hazardous if not dealt with correctly, like the gas lines, pilot light, or heat exchanger. So, you probably know this system needs maintenance. But what if you have an electric furnace?

Well, then it still needs annual maintenance! Read on as we explain why.

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4 Furnace Noises That Mean It’s Time to Call a Pro

Monday, December 20th, 2021
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Someday, in perhaps not the too far off future, there may be an HVAC system that doesn’t make any noise at all. We can’t promise this will be a reality, but chances are manufacturers will be able to get pretty close.

For now, though, you’re going to hear your furnace make some noise at it runs. For example, you may hear the gentle rattling of your ductwork as the temperature inside them fluctuates. You’ll hear the system cycling on and off, and the whoosh of air coming through your vents.

Noise can actually be a good thing, though, because when a sound becomes different, or when you hear a noise you never have before, then you know something is wrong, and you can give us a call!

Read on as we uncover 4 common noises that indicate it’s time to call a pro for furnace repairs.

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Heed These Signs That Your Boiler Is Struggling

Monday, December 6th, 2021
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Boilers are among the most powerful and reliable heating systems on the market for homeowners. Because they don’t use as many moving parts as heat pumps or furnaces, they also don’t accumulate as much wear and tear, plus in general they last longer too.

However, there’s no guarantee that your boiler will never give you any trouble. At some point you may, and likely will, need to call for boiler repairs. But how do you know when this service is needed? We’re glad you asked! Read on to learn some of the common signs of a boiler that’s struggling.

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Is Changing Your Furnace Air Filter Necessary?

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

If you use a furnace in your home, then you know the satisfaction of turning it on for the first time in fall or winter and getting that rush of warm air. Naturally, if you turn it on and something goes awry, you’re going to panic. However, you should know that there are actually steps you can take to avoid this.

No, we don’t expect you to service your furnace, but we can make you aware of what can be done to help you avoid sudden, surprise, and expensive malfunctions. For example, have you scheduled heating maintenance yet this year?

During professional maintenance, our technicians thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it, which ensures that your heater works as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible. In addition to professional services, there is one more small maintenance task that you can and should do on your own every 1–3 months—change the air filter! Read on to learn why this is necessary.

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Is an Electric Furnace Better Than a Gas Furnace?

Monday, November 8th, 2021

If the time has come for you to purchase a new furnace, you may find the options a bit overwhelming. Minor choices can have a huge impact later on the level of efficacy and efficiency of your new system. Therefore, it’s essential that you do your research and consult with an experienced professional before making your furnace purchase.

An inefficient furnace could leave you with skyrocketing utility bills and more repair needs than you signed up for over the years.

So be sure to partner with a pro in this decision-making process. Once we help you determine the make and model of furnace you’d like, the next decision to ponder is what fuel source you’ll be using. In most cases, you’ll have the choice between a gas furnace or an electric furnace. And just because you’ve always had one type doesn’t mean you can’t switch to a different type.

Read on as we go over the differences between each furnace type to help you decide if an electric furnace is a better option than a gas furnace for you.

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