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Does a Dirty Air Filter Really Hurt My Furnace?

Monday, January 24th, 2022

dirty-air-filterIf you’re utilizing a furnace for your home comfort in the winter, then you know just how nice it can be when the system kicks on and provides you with all the heat you and your family need. But if something goes amiss with your heater, it can be panic-inducing. Sure, we don’t have to worry about temperatures that get too artic in our climate, but compared to our summers, our winters get pretty darn cold!

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid too big of a furnace problem. We don’t expect you to understand fully how a heater works, and we don’t even recommend making repairs on your own, but there is one little thing you can and should be doing to keep furnace performance at its best–and that’s changing out the air filter every 1-3 months.

Homeowners often minimize, or just don’t know, how important it is to change their furnace air filters on a regular basis, thinking they really only need to be swapped out each year during furnace maintenance. But failure to change out this filter can have some pretty negative consequences.

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What Happens During Professional Heating Maintenance?

Monday, January 10th, 2022

animated-checklistLiving in Georgia, we’re known a lot more for our hot and humid summers than we are for our chilly winters, but that doesn’t mean the colder months don’t pack quite the punch! That said, it stands to reason that you really want your heater to work as effectively and efficiently as possible while keeping your family comfortable. This means that you’ll want to schedule routine professional heating maintenance each year. We typically recommend this service in the fall, before the cooler temps arise, but this is definitely a case of “better late than never,” even if you’re reading it right smack in the middle of winter.

There are some very basic heating maintenance tasks you can do on your own, and that you should do on your own. This includes replacing the furnace or heat pump air filter every 1-3 months, in addition to ensuring that the space around your heater’s outdoor unit is clean and clear of debris and clutter.

This is just the beginning, though. A much more thorough maintenance session is required if you expect your heating system to continue to operate as powerfully and efficiently as it is meant to. Read on to learn more!

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How to Avoid Letting Last Year’s Heater Problems Haunt You This Year

Monday, December 27th, 2021

woman-looking-shocked-with-hands-covering-mouthThink about last winter.

You’re probably wondering, “why?” Nothing special happened–we didn’t have a surprise blizzard or anything.

We want you to consider the small things that might have happened though. Maybe your heater was making a weird noise. Or you noticed that your heating bills seemed to be a little bit pricier than the year before. Maybe you brushed these things off, figuring you’d deal with them later.

Well… it’s later now! Our hope for you is that you are able to take care of your heating repair needs before you need your system the most this year. It is, after all, officially winter, however relatively mild our winters are. If you haven’t already scheduled professional heating maintenance, now is the time to do so–give our team a call! And in the meantime, keep an eye out for lingering problems like the ones we’re about to mention below, and give us a call if you notice any of these symptoms.

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Why Your HVAC Air Filter Matters

Monday, December 13th, 2021

clogged-air-filterThere’s a pretty common misconception when it comes to the air filter inside an HVAC system. Many homeowners assume that this air filter is in place to protect their indoor air quality. While these air filters certainly don’t hurt your indoor air quality, their purpose is actually to protect the interior components of your HVAC system itself from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and harm its sensitive components. The air filter, then, needs to be changed on a regular basis–more on this below!

A dirty air filter can create a number of problems for your HVAC system, as it reduces airflow and causes the system to run longer to try to do its job. Read on to learn more!

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Tips for Boosting Heating Efficiency

Monday, November 15th, 2021

checklist-with-red-markerIf there is anything that Snellville residents have in common, it’s their need for fully efficient air conditioning. So to talk about heating services may seem a little out of place for us. Still though, there’s no denying that when it does dip into chillier temperatures, we need efficient heaters too. Sure, you can buy a high-efficiency furnace or heat pump, but you’re still at the mercy of everyday efficiency drains. What are those? Well, things like a lack of insulation, drafty windows and doors, and lack of proper maintenance.

If there’s anything else Snellville residents have in common, it’s their desire to save money. Read on as we explore what can impact heating efficiency how you can do just that.

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How to Tell if Your Heater Needs Repair

Monday, November 1st, 2021

vent-low-on-wallIt’s the time of year where you’re starting to use your heating system more and more. This should be causing an increase in your comfort, but what if all you discover is that you’re not as comfortable as you think you should be? Let’s say you’re running your heater a reasonable amount of time, but it doesn’t seem to be improving your home’s temperature? This definitely means that something is amiss.

If this sounds familiar to you, you’re right to be concerned. There’s a good chance that something is wrong, internally, with your heater. When problems like this crop up, it means it’s time to give our professional a call. Our trained technicians can accurately identify the source of your heating system problem, and address it in a timely manner. Read on to learn what you should be on the lookout for.

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Do Georgia Heaters Need Maintenance?

Monday, October 18th, 2021

georgia-homeWhen you tell people you live in the south, they probably very quickly have an idea of the weather you deal with. Let’s face it, we’re known for our heat and humidity in the summer! And so, you probably don’t give a whole lot of consideration to your heating system.

However, while you might not think this is the case, if you have lived here for even just a year then you know our winters can get pretty darn chilly. When they do, you’ll be grateful for a fully functional and efficiently operating heater! So, yes, that heater needs maintenance, every year! Read on to learn more.

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Should a New Furnace Be Your Next Home Comfort Purchase?

Monday, October 4th, 2021

The short answer to this question? It’s complicated. We know that’s not what you want to hear but it’s the truth. And as a local team of HVAC experts that’s dedicated to serving our community, we believe you deserve the truth, not an easy answer that will sell more systems. The bottom line is that a furnace is a great option for many homes, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.

There are different types of furnaces. Some homes might do better with a gas furnace since they have access to a natural gas line. Other homes might fair better with an electric furnace, or even a heat pump system. We’re going to use this blog post to break down the different types of heating systems when it comes to your home comfort requirements and budget.

Let’s try to figure out which system is right for your home.

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Tips for Boosting Heating Efficiency at the End of the Season

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

vent-low-on-wallWhen it comes to the weather we’re used to, our recent temperatures have been relatively cold! As such, our heaters are getting quite the workout. Hopefully, you had maintenance done this past fall, to ensure that your system works as efficiently and effectively as possible. This is the #1 way to maintain heating efficiency, actually, by scheduling tune-ups once a year if you have a furnace or boiler and twice a year if you have a heat pump system.

But maintenance isn’t the only way to improve efficiency, and subsequently save money! In fact, there are a number of things you can do to boost efficiency that don’t cost you any money at all. Read on to learn what they are.

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Should You Worry about a Dirty Air Filter in Your Furnace?

Monday, February 8th, 2021

man-holding-air-filterThe short answer to this is, “yes.”

No, it’s not going to make your furnace explode or anything, but a dirty air filter will certainly have a negative impact on the furnace’s performance and your overall comfort.

Many homeowners think that a dirty air filter is a problem because of their indoor air quality. This is due to a pretty common misconception—that the furnace air filter is in place to protect the indoor air quality. It’s actual purpose is something completely different.

Sure, your furnace air filter won’t hurt your indoor air quality, but their intended purpose is actually to protect the interior components of your air conditioner and heating system. Read on to learn more, and to learn how a dirty air filter will impact your home and its comfort, including the life of your furnace.

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