What’s Included in Oil Furnace Maintenance?

September 15, 2022

It’s important to have professional maintenance performed on your oil furnace every year. This will ideally be scheduled in the fall before you begin using your furnace in the winter. These are some of the tasks that are performed when a technician tunes up your oil furnace. Change the Filters The technician will inspect the air filter and replace it if needed. Dirty air filters cause many problems for furnaces as they restrict airflow. A dirty one can also reduce the air quality in your home. They’ll also replace the oil filter. Clean Major Components Keeping your oil furnace clean...

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Why You Shouldn’t Leave a Window Open With the AC On

August 11, 2022

Leaving a window open with the air conditioner on is a common mistake people make during the summer. While it may seem like a good way to cool down your home and get some fresh air, it can actually end up costing you more money in the long run. Here’s why. Your AC Will Need to Work Harder The air conditioner works by removing heat from the air inside your home and pumping it outside. When you leave a window open, the warm air from outside can come in and mix with the warm air that the AC is trying...

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Why an AC Might Make Your Home Feel Humid

July 18, 2022

A well-functioning air conditioner should cool and remove moisture from the indoor air. Several factors can cause your AC to make your home humid or fail at its dehumidifying duties. Too much AC humidity provides an environment for mold and biological growth, which can affect your health. If your home feels humid even when the AC is running, here are some possible reasons. You Have Dirty Air Filters An air conditioning unit should remain clean to operate effectively. Air filters prevent debris, dust, and dirt from entering the AC. Thus, failure to clean or change air filters regularly could clog...

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HVAC Systems: How Long Do They Last?

June 16, 2022

Chances are you own some form of central heating and cooling system, or you own a system of ductless mini-splits to heat and cool the most frequently occupied important rooms. HVAC systems, whether ducted or ductless or powered by gas or by electricity, all come with an estimated life span. This can range from 10 to 30 or even 35 years, depending on the system and, as you’ll see below, certain other factors. Type of HVAC System As we said, HVAC systems vary in their life expectancy based on what they are. Heat pumps can live for up to 20...

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Closing the Upstairs Air Vents Can Cost You Money

May 16, 2022

You’re thinking about closing the upstairs air vents during the summer so that the AC doesn’t need to cool this unused portion of your home. This is a common misconception and this article will discuss the reasons below. Closed Vents Build Up Pressure Your AC is a single-speed unit and has a specific cooling capacity, which the installers calculated was fit for a home of your size. With that single speed, the AC is meant to send air to all rooms and cool them simultaneously. Closed vents upset this balance and can cause warm spots to develop even where you...

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A Homeowner’s Guide to Installing a Smart Thermostat

April 18, 2022

A smart thermostat can be a great investment for your home to help you save money on your energy bills throughout the year. If you’ve never installed a thermostat before, it may seem like a big endeavor. By following the step-by-step guide that we’re going to go over below, you can successfully install your own smart thermostat and enjoy reaping the benefits that it can provide for your budget. Turn Off Your HVAC System The very first step that you need to take when it comes to installing a smart thermostat is to turn off the power to your thermostat....

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How You Can Make Your AC Ready for Springtime

March 17, 2022

Your air conditioner needs quite a bit of maintenance to ensure that it will cool your home not just adequately but also efficiently. After all, efficiency is what you’re looking for, even in the springtime when you don’t run the AC that much. Consider the following steps that will boost your cooling system’s functioning and help it perform optimally throughout the summer without breaking down. Clean or Replace the Filter The filter in your AC captures indoor particles before they cover the components inside the air handler and weaken its ability to draw heat from your home. However, once the...

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Understanding Smart Thermostats

February 15, 2022

Smart thermostats are a great way to control the temperature in your home. They can be programmed to adjust the temperature of your space based on when you’re at home or out. They’ll learn your habits and be able to keep your home comfortable while optimizing the energy efficiency of your heater and air conditioner. Smart Learning You can set your thermostat to reduce your heating or cooling when you’re not in your home. This can ensure you’re not heating or cooling an empty house. It will automatically start to ramp up the heat or cool air in your space...

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Pros and Cons of Heat Pumps and Furnaces

January 11, 2022

When it comes to heating your home, the choice often comes down to whether you should get a heat pump or furnace. While both heat your home, they do so in very different ways. Each of these options has pros and cons. Heat Pump A heat pump uses electricity, but not to generate heat. It instead uses it to move heat between the outdoors and your home. Heat pumps are increasingly popular for a few reasons. Heat Pump Pros Unless the temperature is below freezing, heat pumps are more energy-efficient than furnaces. They’re up to 300% efficient, so you can...

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Top Reasons for a Burning Smell When You Turn on the Heater

December 20, 2021

With cold temperatures ahead, you’ll soon be kicking on your furnace for the first time this season. If you notice a slight burning smell, don’t panic. In most cases, there’s no real danger. However, it’s a good idea to call in a professional HVAC technician if you’re unsure or if you suspect a problem you can’t address on your own. Here are some top reasons there may be a burning smell when you turn on your heater. It’s Just Dust In all likelihood, that tell-tale stench is due to a buildup of dust on the outside of your furnace. It...

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