The winter can be a bad time for the quality of the air inside a home. People usually think of spring as the worst season when it comes to allergies and asthma, but winter offers some major challenges. Because homes are closed off as much as possible against the outside weather so that they can remain comfortable and energy efficient, the concentration of contaminants can begin to accumulate over the season. We’re often so concerned about the pollutants outside our homes that we forget how many are already inside our homes. Below is a list of some of the most harmful ones: Continue Reading
Gas furnaces are one of the most effective ways to provide comfort to your home in winter while saving money. (Natural gas is a less expensive energy source than electricity). However, there is some potential for health hazards with a gas furnace because of carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is a byproduct of the combustion of natural gas. It is also highly toxic. The most likely way for carbon monoxide to enter a home is through cracks in the heat exchanger of a furnace. Continue Reading
When it comes to providing warmth for a business, the most common type of system is a packaged rooftop heat pump. There are many reasons why the packaged rooftop unit is so popular for commercial use. However, this popularity sometimes overwhelms consideration of the other alternatives available.
No matter what type of heating system you use to keep your home cozy and warm through the winter—heat pump, furnace, radiant heating system—it needs to receive maintenance from professionals each fall to prepare it for the rigors of the coming job during winter.
Every winter, many thousands of homeowners in Oregon needlessly waste energy heating their homes. Some of this waste comes from poorly maintained equipment, or heating systems that aren’t well-matched to the house. A significant amount of the waste comes from leaks in air ducts that require sealing. Continue Reading
No furnace is meant to last forever, regardless of how durably it’s built. Once a gas furnace is older than 15 years, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement. And if a furnace is older than 20 years, it’s time to stop thinking about a replacement and just replace it. Continue Reading
Rust and age go hand-in-hand, but when it comes to your furnace, rust is an indicator that it’s time to call for help. Your furnace should not develop rust, even if it has some age to it. Why not? Your furnace doesn’t work with water in any capacity, like a boiler does. As such, rust indicates there is a moisture problem somewhere around your furnace, and this problem should be resolved as soon as possible. Once rust and corrosion take hold, it is just about impossible to stop it. Continue Reading
We don’t get a ton of snow here in Eugene, OR, but we do get plenty of wet winter weather which results in a good amount of ice. Clearing ice certainly isn’t enjoyable, but when it comes to the outdoor cabinet of your heat pump system, it is a necessity. This is due to the way a heat pump works during the winter months. Your heat pump doesn’t have a lot of moving parts, so repairs are often minimal, but reducing the system’s access to the air it needs as well as the available heat will create systemic problems. Continue Reading
In the middle of the holiday season, the last thing you want to think about is replacing your commercial heating system. However, the alternative may be having no heat at all, and this kind of situation could potentially shut your business down. Not sure if your commercial heating system needs repair or replacement? Let us help you with the following information: Continue Reading
Many homeowners in our area enjoy the benefits a geothermal system has to offer. While this type of system has less moving parts than a system like a furnace or air conditioner, it can still need repairs. Some may be concerned about the repairs that a geothermal system may incur because of the ground loop. The good news is that a) the ground loop rarely needs repair and; b) the HVAC pros from Comfort Flow Heating can help you with any repair need you may have with your geothermal system in Eugene. Continue Reading