January 6th, 2020
If the time has come for you to purchase a new furnace, you’re likely tempted to rush to buy the biggest and best you can afford. But we urge you to slow down—just a bit—and consider a few factors first. For instance, did you know that too large of a furnace will be just as detrimental to your comfort and efficiency as a system that’s too small?
This is one of the reasons you need a trained and experienced professional to help you with your purchase. Read on as we uncover some of the mistakes we’ve seen other homeowners make.
December 23rd, 2019
If you’re like the majority of homeowners in our area, then a natural gas furnace is your system of choice to warm up your home during a chilly winter. Sure, our winters may be relatively mild compared to Midwest and some East coast residents, but that doesn’t mean the contrast in temperatures doesn’t get to us—we need a fully effective and efficient heater in our homes, right?
Gas furnaces are definitely the way to go for most of us—they produce a large amount of heat and do so at less expense than their electric-powered counterparts since natural gas costs less than electricity per unit.
However, it’s important to note that any natural gas appliance has the potential to develop safety issues—particularly aging systems that haven’t had proper maintenance each year. A well-maintained gas furnace will give you very little to worry about, and no gas furnace is inherently dangerous, but proper care is vital.
Why’s this? Because without proper care, an aging and ill-maintained furnace may end up with a cracked heat exchanger!
December 9th, 2019
With how much we use our heating systems going into this colder season—and really, year-round—it makes perfect sense that you’d like to do everything you can to save energy and subsequently save money.
Well, what if we told you that your thermostat and how you use that thermostat plays a hefty role in this? This is true not only in the fall and winter months but also in the summer when you switch over to using your air conditioner.
Reach on to learn more about the relationship between your thermostat and your HVAC systems, and to learn what your thermostat options are, from standard digital models to smart thermostats that give you precise control over your heating and cooling.
November 25th, 2019
As much as we might not like to think about it, the holiday season is almost upon us. If you are like many homeowners in the Springfield area and beyond, you may be starting to think about decorating your home, inside and out. Most of the time, this includes putting up holiday lights around the home.
One of the most frequent calls our electricians receive around this time of the year is in regard to certain outlets not working throughout their home. This may include bathroom outlets, garage outlets, and outdoor outlets. The thing is, your holiday lights might be what’s to blame.
What occurs is that the holiday lights trip one of your GFCI outlets, or even the circuit breaker itself.
November 11th, 2019
Winter is coming faster than we think, and we want you to be prepared. Sure, we might not have a climate that’s as bitterly cold as other parts of the world, but our winter seasons still pack quite the punch and require a fully functioning heater to keep us warm.
Having a great heating system is about many things—reliability, effectiveness, and efficiency. You want a heater that’s going to work as efficiently as possible. Our heating seasons are definitely too long to be overpaying for comfort! The good news is, there are several simple steps you can take that will boost the efficiency of your heater, and save you money as a result.
October 28th, 2019
With Halloween quickly approaching, and an eerie feeling in the air, it’d be easy to pretend the strange noises you’re hearing from around your home are silly trick-or-treaters outside or even a haunted house—but that’s probably not the source of these noises.
Do the noises coincide with your furnace running? We hate to break it to you, but if that’s the case, then those ominous noises are very likely coming from your heating system.
Strange and unfamiliar noises are often the first sign a failing or struggling furnace gives off. Read on for some of the most common.
October 14th, 2019
October can be a fun time of the year in Salem—October is here and homeowners are busy planning Halloween parties and costumes. Temperatures are dropping and that means everyone is planning to have their furnaces professional maintained, too.
Wait, what’s that? You haven’t scheduled your furnace maintenance yet? Well, that is the only way you’re going to prevent the worst of furnace problems. More on that below.
The furnace is still the most popular type of heating system found in homes today. Today’s models are built with efficiency and performance in mind, not to mention safety. But we in the HVAC industry can only promise these things if you keep up on your annual furnace maintenance tune-ups.
Why does this matter?
September 30th, 2019
When you envision your air conditioning system, you probably think about the single, large outdoor unit, and network of ducts, in addition to the indoor unit. But your central air conditioner is so much more than just these three parts. Think about it—you have your thermostat, you have electrical components, you have refrigerant, your air filter, the blower fan, and most importantly, the compressor!
September 16th, 2019
When it comes to heating and cooling your home, wouldn’t it be great if there was an effective way to do so from just one system? Well, there is! A ductless system, also called a ductless mini-split or a ductless heat pump, is becoming the preferred option for a number of homeowners throughout the communities we serve, and for good reason.
They’re great for keeping your home warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer. So, if you’re looking to replace your air conditioner and your heater isn’t doing so hot either, consider going ductless!
September 2nd, 2019
With the way technology is advancing, there may be a time in the not too far off future that air conditioners will have some component that allows them to self-diagnose when something is wrong, and alert us via an app on our own. It’s really not too far-fetched of an idea when you think about it. But alas, it’s simply not a reality yet.
In the meantime, we have to rely on our senses to detect when something is amiss with our cooling systems. If you feel a drop in cooling power, or see an unexplained spike in your energy bills, this can indicate a problem. Or you may see that your circuit breakers for the system’s indoor and outdoor units are constantly tripping.
Another very common indicator that something is wrong with an air conditioner is the presence of strange noises. And by strange noises, we mean anything out of the ordinary humming or faint clicking you hear as your cooling system operates. So, what sort of noises should you listen for, and what do they mean?