What to Look For When Hiring an HVAC Company

For many of us, air conditioning is simply the norm, and about two-thirds of all homes in the United States today have an air conditioner. However, the first air conditioner wasn’t invented until 1902, and in the 1940s, you could expect to spend (in today’s money) almost $3,500 for a basic window air conditioner unit. Today, you’ll spend much less for a basic A/C unit, and HVAC services are available to do everything from installing or repairing your air conditioner to replacing your furnace. Keeping your heating and cooling systems properly maintained is important and HVAC services are invaluable for that purpose, among other things. If your systems aren’t well […]

Spring Maintenance Tips for Proper Furnace Function

The average American home spends about 2.7% of their income on energy bills. That’s approximately $2,000 a year. This cost can be reduced by utilizing proper maintenance techniques and doing checks at the right times of year. As your primary heating and cooling system, your furnace requires routine maintenance before spring and winter to make sure it’s prepared to handle the change of season. Proper furnace maintenance comprises three main steps: Check your filter Many people are unaware that the filter of your furnace should be replaced every three to four months when it’s in heavy use. If you’re unsure about whether or not it needs replacing, look for visible […]

I’m a Big Fan of Saving Money On Energy Bills This Season

With the thermostat no longer plummeting and the sun coming out for a little while longer, it’s clear that spring is on its way. And as you switch out that thick winter coat for a light, breezy jacket and turn your heating system down, you may start to wonder how warm it’s going to be this spring. How much are you going to need to spend on your HVAC system? It’s easy to just want to break out the old AC unit and crank it up high to keep you cool. Around two-thirds of Americans have an air conditioner in their home, after all. However, it has the potential to […]

Why Spring HVAC Inspections Should Never Be Ignored

Heating and cooling accounts for almost 50% of energy usage in an average U.S. home, making it the single largest expense for most homeowners. That being said, it can be an even bigger expense to have emergency repairs done on your heating system. If you want to avoid those emergency repairs, spring HVAC systems inspections are essential. Whether you’ve only used your heat a few times or you’ve had it on all winter, here are a few good reasons to have a spring inspection performed. Preventative is Always Better Preventative maintenance is not only more cost effective than emergency repairs, it’s more effective in general. When the first signs of […]

Water Heater Safety 101: What Causes Explosions and How to Avoid Them

Most of us know that the energy use associated with heating and cooling your home is quite high. In the typical American home, nearly 48% of all energy used can be attributed to keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. Because all of that energy use equates to high bills, you might be tempted to avoid repairing or replacing your boiler, furnace, or cooling system. But if you ignore little problems, they can quickly turn into big issues before you know it. This is especially important to keep in mind when it comes to water heaters. When you fail to recognize or address something’s wrong with your boiler or water […]

4 Ways to Prevent Heat Loss

In the winter time, you may find your home more chilly than usual. While this may seem normal to you, it shouldn’t be. You deserve to have a functional heating system regardless of the season. Here’s how to prevent heat loss in your home while you wait out the winter: Upgrading your insulation Walls and window are major sources of heat loss. Whether you install more insulation or simply make sure that there are no gaps in the existing insulation, make sure that it is up to par. This is particularly important if you live in an older home. It’s very likely that your insulation is not completely effective. Consider […]

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Hot Water Heater

Having access to heated water on tap is one of the greatest conveniences of modern living. However, we often take our hot water heaters for granted and may neglect to realize when they need to be repaired or replaced. Have you had your hot water heater checked recently? Here are four reasons why you might want to do so as soon as possible: Your water heater is old Experts say that the lifespan of a water heater is between eight and 12 years. After your water heater celebrates its 10th birthday, you should at least have it inspected. It’s highly likely that you could use a new one at that […]

Understanding the 3 Components of Your HVAC System

About 48% of the typical U.S. home’s energy use comes from heating and cooling systems alone, making HVAC systems the greatest energy expense for most Americans. At the same time, few homeowners actually know the ins and outs of their residential heating system or how an air conditioner even works. However, to get the most out of your home heating and cooling appliances, it is crucial that you understand the key components of your HVAC system. If you’re a first-time homeowner, staring down an unusually large HVAC repair bill, or looking to upgrade your HVAC system in the new year, here is a basic guide to residential heating and cooling. […]

The Importance of Cleaning Commercial HVAC Systems

In order to work properly, HVAC systems must be installed properly and must undergo regular inspections. But many business owners and building managers don’t realize that their commercial HVAC systems need to be cleaned on a regular basis, too. Unlike residential HVAC systems, commercial HVAC systems are quite large and are responsible for heating and cooling huge buildings. Because these systems are so much larger, they collect more dust, debris, moisture, pollutants, and even bugs. If they are not cleaned regularly, this gunk will build up and can damage an otherwise fully operational system. Why is commercial HVAC cleaning so important? Not only will regular cleaning extend the life of […]

What’s That Smell: 3 Alarming HVAC Odors (and What You Should Do)

One cold November night you finally give in and decide to switch on your heating system. As your toes begin to defrost, however, you suddenly notice an odd odor coming from the vents. Before that nasty smell fills every room in your home, you should probably take a closer look at your HVAC unit. Chances are if you’re sensing a strong odor, something is seriously wrong. Let’s take a look at three potential HVAC odors and what they mean. Smoke or burning odor If you smell smoke coming from your vents, it can often be traced back to a mechanical or electrical problem in your heating and cooling system. Parts […]

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