Never Neglect These Signs You Need Furnace Repair

heating-ventImagine it’s the coldest day of winter, and you want into your home after a long day out to discover it’s practically no warmer inside than it was outside. Fortunately, you won’t have to deal with chilly temperatures for very much longer at the time of this blog post. But that certainly doesn’t mean you should neglect any signs you need furnace repair.

Holding off on furnace repairs could mean you find yourself facing a severe problem with the system by the end of winter, potentially even in the form of a premature breakdown. But how can you tell if your furnace needs repair?

What Does a Dirty Air Filter Do to Your Furnace?

man-holding-air-filterYou may have heard us recommend replacing your HVAC air filter every 1-3 months. This isn’t just something we’re throwing out as a random suggestion—we are offering this advice as a way for you to get the most effective and efficient use out of your heating system as possible. And considering how much we’ve all used our heaters so far this winter, chances are you’d like to avoid problems and spending unnecessary money.

One way to achieve this is by performing that very small maintenance task—changing your air filter when needed. You’d probably be surprised to find out just how important this small HVAC component actually is. It doesn’t just protect indoor air quality—in fact, that’s not its purpose at all. Read on to learn more!

3 Reasons to Only Trust a Pro for Your Furnace Installation

technician-working-on-furnaceWe’re just about in the middle of the coldest time of the year. Now is no time to be stuck with a heater in disrepair, right? Though, if you’ve opened up a blog post about furnace installation, there’s a good chance yours is. We totally get the temptation to rush into this purchase and installation—you likely would be fine with hiring anyone just to get your home comfort back.

We really have to urge against this, however. There are a number of reasons you should only ever trust a professional for a job as big as furnace installation. There’s a lot of work that goes into it! More than you may even realize—and that work contributes to your comfort, heating efficiency, and your safety. Keep reading as we uncover 3 important reasons you should trust a pro for your furnace installation.

Reasons For and Against an Attic Furnace Installation

worker-sealing-ductwork-in-atticThe number one reason we get the question of, “Can I install a furnace in my attic” is because the customers asking want to save space. And we get it! It is possible to do this, however, there are a number of factors to consider.

Usually, a furnace is going to be installed in the basement, or garage area if a basement isn’t available. If there’s no garage or too little garage space, that severely limits your options, taking up too much space that would otherwise be usable.

So, attic furnaces started gaining popularity. Whether it’s a good idea for your specific home or not will depend on how you relate to the following pros and cons.

Why You Should Enroll in a Maintenance Plan

animated-checklistHere in the Lawrenceville area, we tend to give a lot of attention to our air conditioning systems versus our heaters as far as HVAC issues go. This is understandable—after all, we need our air conditioners to help up combat the high heat and humidity we deal with for so long each year. But this doesn’t mean that the heater in your home is any less important than your cooling system.

When temperatures drop—and they’re already doing so—you’ll be just as thankful for your heater as you are for your air conditioner in the summertime.

That said, there is one very important thing that your heater and air conditioner have in common, other than the fact that they both keep you comfortable throughout the year. They both require annual maintenance! Maintenance is key to boosting system performance and increasing efficiency. Read on to learn more.

Could a Faulty Thermostat be Bad for Your Furnace?

old-thermostatWe are pretty fortunate in our area that we don’t have to deal with the severely cold temperatures that homeowners contend with throughout other parts of the country. As a result, you don’t have to worry about your heating system too much, right? However, even if our heater usage is relatively brief, don’t you want to do everything possible to save energy, and subsequently, money?

A faulty thermostat, or even how you use your thermostat, can play a big role in this—not only as winter approaches and we start using our heaters but also during the cooling season. We’re here for you when you do need expert service and advice, but in the meantime we’d like to help you understand a bit more the relationship between your thermostat and HVAC system, so you know when to call our team for help.

Furnace Noises You Should Never Ignore

woman-covering-her-ears-on-white-backgroundWouldn’t it be nice if someone could create an HVAC system that was completely noiseless? Trust us, if they invented this we’d be first in line to install them! But the fact of the matter is, you’re going to hear your furnace making noises. You’ll hear the ductwork fluctuating as temperatures change, and you’ll hear your furnace cycling on and shutting off, plus the whoosh of air coming through your vents.

Of course, there are some noises you don’t want to hear. Truthfully, anything outside of what you normally hear day-to-day should be cause for alarm. There are 4 noises, in particular, you should never ignore, which we’ve listed below.

Does Size Matter When You Get a New Heater?

jets-of-a-furnace-firingIf you’re looking for a new furnace this time of year, then you understandably have a lot on your plate. And with options to consider like what fuel type to use, the AFUE vs. HSPF ratings, whether to go with electrical or gas, etc. you may be tempted to go with the first furnace that fits your budget just to get the process over with.

However, we really do not recommend rushing into this type of purchase, for quite a few reasons. The most important of these reasons is—size matters! If the furnace system you have installed in your home is either too large or to small, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised by how quickly things will turn sour for you.

How You Can Tell When Your Furnace Needs Repairs

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.Are you worried that your furnace system might break down at any moment? If you skipped maintenance this year, and/or you don’t know the signs that your furnace needs repair, then we understand the worry.

It’s never fun to schedule heating repairs, but it’s even worse if you’re heater has broken down completely and requires you to make an emergency call, which can cost you even more monetarily and time-wise.

Our trained professionals advise that if you do discover you need furnace repairs, you get them on your schedule ASAP, to avoid sudden system breakdowns. Additionally, the sooner you repair your system, the lower your monthly bills will be, and the longer your system can last. Keep reading to learn the signs that you have a heater in disrepair.

Improve HVAC Efficiency with These Simple Tips

HVAC-return-register-ventWhat if we told you there was a way to increase your home comfort while also lowering your heating and cooling bills? There are actually a variety of simply steps you can take to boost your HVAC system’s efficiency, and with winter coming up we’re sure you’d love to know how to save on heating costs.

After all, as hot and humid as our summers are, we still do need our heaters—while our winters are brief the contrast in temperature requires a fully functioning system—but if it’s not operating efficiently, is it really functioning to its full capacity? Keep reading for the aforementioned steps.