Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

Why Your Furnace Air Filter Matters

Monday, February 5th, 2024

Did you know that the filter on your furnace has a major impact on how your furnace can operate, as well as your indoor air quality? It’s true. Selecting the right type of filter and changing it out on time each month is one of the best ways to take care of your furnace and improve your indoor air quality.

When you do experience furnace problems, you can give our team a call to schedule furnace repair in High Springs, FL. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about why your furnace air filter is so important and how you can maximize its efficiency.

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5 Quiet Signs of a Malfunctioning Furnace

Monday, November 27th, 2023

Is your furnace malfunctioning? Problems don’t always have to be blatant and in your face for something to be wrong. Many homeowners wait to call for furnace repair until something major happens. But by that time, the damage is already significant.

We encourage you to take a different approach. Be proactive in scheduling furnace repair in Newberry, FL whenever you think that something might be wrong. It’s better to stay ahead of the issues by taking care of your furnace to prevent major problems. You can keep reading to learn more about five less obvious signs that your furnace is experiencing issues.

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Can You Save Money By Upgrading Your Furnace?

Monday, November 13th, 2023

If you have an older furnace, it could be costing you a lot of money. Older furnaces are less efficient and can be significantly more to operate from month to month. And aside from the actual costs, older furnaces can also lack overall comfort.

If you have a furnace that is 15 years or older, it’s time to schedule furnace service in Alachua, FL. Our team can assess your current unit and talk to you about your options for upgrading. You can keep reading to learn more about how investing in a new furnace can actually save you money.

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Your Furnace Might Not Be Safe Anymore

Monday, October 16th, 2023

There is a period of time toward the end of your furnace’s life when you have to decide between investing in repairs or replacing the entire unit. Sometimes repairs make sense, but when repairs cannot address safety concerns then it is time to replace your old system with a newer and safer model.

Since many heaters can last for upwards of 30 years, there’s a very good chance that your older heater may be highly outdated. If so, it’s time for a furnace replacement in Lake City, FL. Keep reading and learn more about the reasons that your older furnace may not be safe to operate any longer.

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Is Your Furnace Going Bump in the Night?

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

It may be a spooky season, but that doesn’t mean you want your furnace to participate by giving you scares. If your furnace is showing signs that something is wrong, it is better to address your concerns now instead of putting off service until later.

Our team is here to help with heating repair in Alachua, FL. You can keep reading to learn more about the signs that your furnace is facing some struggles that need to be addressed before temperatures drop even more this winter. Then give us a call to schedule your service and rest easy knowing that your furnace is in the best shape possible.

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What You Should Know about Heat Pumps

Monday, November 20th, 2017

First, you should know the number one thing about heat pumps: it’s heating and cooling in one. One unit, that looks a lot like a conventional central air conditioner, can bring heat into a home and take heat out. In Florida, where we provide AC services, it doesn’t make much sense to have a separate furnace that to provide heat, but there are the occasional cold spells, making a central heater a convenient system to have—especially when it works with your AC. So what else should you know about this versatile comfort system?

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Now is the Time for Heating Maintenance

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Floridians are lucky when it comes to winter; we don’t have to deal with cold weather until December at the earliest. However, that doesn’t mean that you should neglect your home heating preparations until the last minute. Heating maintenance is a vital part of making sure that your system can handle the onslaught of winter. Read on to find out more about the benefits of heating maintenance, and why you should schedule it this fall.

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Should I Install a Geothermal System this Fall?

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Here in Florida we haven’t quite gotten to heating season yet, even though most of the rest of the country has. However, it’s never too early to prepare your home for the cold season. If you’re in the market for a new home heating system, why not take a look at geothermal heating. Let’s examine how geothermal heating operates, and why you might want to install one in your home.

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Get Your Ducts Sealed This Fall

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Fall is here, and while most of us probably won’t be turning on our heating systems for a couple more months, it’s still a good idea to prepare for winter. When you think about getting your home ready for the cold season, you probably think about things like heating maintenance. While it’s a good idea to make sure that your heater is in good condition, you should also make sure that your ducts are in good condition. Let’s take a look at why you should get your ducts sealed this fall.

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How Can a New Thermostat Contribute to Heating Efficiency?

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

One of the easiest ways to increase the energy efficiency of your heating system is to upgrade your thermostat. This may seem like too simple a solution, but upgrading your thermostat has a number of benefits that you may not realize. There are 3 main choices when it comes to upgrading your thermostat, as we’ll outline below, and each offers a level of control you can’t get with an outdated thermostat. Professional installation ensures that your thermostat will work properly, so call the people you can count on: Touchstone Heating and Air, Inc.

Types of Thermostats


A digital thermostat has precise temperature-setting and intuitive and easy-to-use buttons. The face is more readable than a dial or slide thermostat, and there’s no need to calibrate a digital thermostat as you have to with a mercury-based thermostat. Digital thermostats can easily replace your existing one, and your technician will properly dispose of your outdated thermostat.


A programmable thermostat allows you to take the benefits of digital precision to the next level by creating a program for your heating. You can set up to 4 different temperature settings per day, and create a full program that lasts for 7 days. If your weekly program is consistent, you can loop your 7-day program so that it runs continuously. Programming allows you to accommodate for times when your home may be unoccupied during the work week, weekends, nighttime and vacation time. You can program your heating system to cycle up and down when needed without having to do it manually.


With a smart thermostat, you can program, monitor and track your energy usage from just about anywhere; all you need is a smart device and access to the internet. You can use your smart thermostat’s app to program your thermostat, make changes and even monitor your energy use.

How Does an Upgraded Thermostat Help with Energy Efficiency?

  • Precision – dial or slide thermostats give a range of degrees rather than allowing you to pinpoint an actual temperature; this can make a difference of 2-3 degrees per setting. Considering each degree higher can equal 3% of your energy costs, being able to set an exact temperature can go a long way toward reducing your energy usage.
  • Programmability – being able to program your thermostat allows you to reduce the amount of heating you use. This kind of control saves you energy and money.
  • Monitoring/energy tracking – if you use a smart thermostat, you can monitor and track your energy usage, which can help inform you as to when and how to further reduce your energy usage.

Today’s thermostats are far more advanced than the outdated mercury or slide type of thermostats.

If you are looking to increase the energy efficiency of your heating in Jacksonville, contact Touchstone Heating and Air, Inc., and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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