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

New Furnace: Gas or Electric?

Monday, November 28th, 2022

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 and 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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Tips for Boosting Heating Efficiency

Monday, November 21st, 2022
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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.

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Heed These Signs Your Furnace Needs Professional Repairs

Monday, November 14th, 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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It’s Time to Schedule Your Heating Maintenance!

Monday, October 24th, 2022
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In our previous blog post, we talked about how important heating maintenance is, and when the best time to schedule this service is. As we stated in that post, the right time is now. After all, it is that time of the year. The leaves are falling, apple pies are baking, and all over the place, you can hear the sound of heaters being turned on for the first time. (Okay, maybe that’s not quite true!)

In any case, though, it is important to ensure that your heater is fully equipped to keep you and your family warm and cozy all season long, and annual maintenance is the best way to do just that! Read on as we uncover why now really is the best time for Hagerstown, MD heating maintenance.

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Now Is the Time for This Important HVAC Service

Monday, October 10th, 2022
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Chances are, after the long and hot summer we just experienced, you might not be thinking too much about the condition of your heating system, and we don’t blame you! Temperatures have only just begun to drop low enough to consider turning this system on, and you may be hoping this will be a warmer fall. That would be nice, but the truth of the matter is it’s very likely you’re going to need a reliable heating system on a daily basis very soon.

Routine professional maintenance is the service you need to ensure that you can rely on your heater, all fall and winter long. Read on to learn more about why this is such an important HVAC service, and why you should schedule it sooner rather than later.

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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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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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