Is It Time to Replace that Older Furnace?

November 23rd, 2015

HVAC system manufacturers may put an estimated timeline on the life of a heating system, but this timeline isn’t always accurate. The amount of maintenance you put into it—changing the filter regularly and scheduling professional maintenance, for example—could extend your furnace’s life. But of course, any mechanical system is going to fail eventually. Here are some ways you can judge whether yours needs replacement. Continue Reading

How UV Light Cleans Your Air

November 16th, 2015

Your home AC and heating systems have a standard air filter that likely does a good job of trapping many of the particles that move through it. This includes allergens like dust mites, pollen, and pet dander that could aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms. But there are also many smaller particles that the standard air filter may still let through. And some of these are microorganisms that can be extremely harmful to your health. Continue Reading

How Sealed Ducts Help Your Heating System

November 9th, 2015

Your air ducts are an important part of your heating system, providing a path from the furnace or heat pump to the various rooms of your house. Unfortunately, the ducts are also one of the most neglected portions of any HVAC system. This is partly due to the fact that they are hidden from view. Additionally, they have no mechanical components (aside from any zone control system you may have), so it may seem as though they wouldn’t have many issues. Continue Reading

Out with the Old: The Benefits of Upgrading to a Heat Pump

November 2nd, 2015

Traditionally, the central air conditioner and heater have always been separate installations. While the furnace and the indoor portion of an air conditioner may be in the same location, and while they may use the same blower fan to move the air, the systems have entirely separate components that operate in different ways. A furnace typically uses combustion in order to generate heat, while an air conditioner uses refrigeration to move refrigerant out of the air in your home. Continue Reading

Is Your Heater Ready for the Cooler Weather?

October 26th, 2015

It may be hard to believe, but soon enough temperatures will drop to the point that you’ll want your heater on most of the time. But how can you be sure that your heater will work when you need it to? A heater can develop some problems during the heating season, and it may collect dirt and debris during the warmer season when it’s not in use. Since last year, it’s very possible that your heating system has suffered in performance somewhat and that a tune up can help get it back on its feet. And changing the filter isn’t the only tuning up you’ll have to do. Continue Reading

Purifying the Air in Your Home: The Best Systems

October 19th, 2015

Studies have shown that indoor air quality is often much worse than the air outdoors. We keep our homes sealed up tightly to run our AC systems and our heaters, but this means that any air contamination is contained within the air in the house. You can help clean the air in your home by installing a separate air cleaning unit with your HVAC system, but which type of air purification model is best for your home? Continue Reading

How a Heat Pump Benefits from Maintenance in the Fall

October 12th, 2015

Owners of heat pumps know that these heating and cooling systems deliver excellent efficiency all year long. Heat pumps work especially well in warmer climates like ours, and the energy savings over other electric heating systems is significant when the cooler weather arrives. But if you don’t schedule maintenance twice a year for your heat pump, efficiency may slowly begin to drop. Is your heat pump ready for the winter? Continue Reading

A Few Facts About Refrigerant

October 5th, 2015

Refrigerant is a key component to all central (non-evaporative) cooling systems. Without it, your air conditioner could only move air around, and it would be no more useful than a common ceiling fan. So how can this chemical bring cool air into your home? And what do you do if you run low on refrigerant? Get the facts below! Continue Reading

Fall is a Great Time for Preventative Maintenance

September 28th, 2015

During the fall, as temperatures (finally) start to drop, it’s a good idea to schedule a maintenance visit with an HVAC professional long before you need to run your heater. We know you don’t need your heating system to work right now, but before you know it, your heater will be running for much of the day and night. You want to make sure that your system is running properly and safely when you need it. Scheduling an appointment today—when you have more time availability and so does your technician—is better than waiting for the unit to break down. Continue Reading

It’s Time for a Fall HVAC Maintenance Appointment!

September 21st, 2015

You wouldn’t drive your car for tens of thousands of miles without seeking an oil change. You know that this can mean wear and tear that makes your vehicle inefficient and can lead to the need for repairs. Similarly, you shouldn’t go more than a year without getting maintenance for your heating and air conditioning equipment. And with the fall season finally in sight, now is the perfect time to take care of it. Continue Reading