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Your Furnace Is Older Than 15: A Few Things to Know

Monday, October 21st, 2019

furnace-oldOne of the best ways to tell when a heating system is ready for a replacement is basic age. Each heater comes with a manufacturer’s estimated service life. Once the system is beyond that age, we advise you to think about replacing it, even if the unit still seems to function well. It doesn’t mean you should automatically replace it. But it’s time to ask yourself serious questions about the heater’s performance so you’ll know when to pull the trigger on a new system.

Since it’s now fall and you’re preparing for cooler weather, it’s the right point to address the furnace in your home. If you have a furnace that’s older than 15 years (the usual estimated service life for a gas furnace), there are a few important things for you to know.

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High Heating and Cooling Costs? The Ducts May Be the Problem

Monday, February 11th, 2019

inside-corrugated-air-ductWe run our HVAC systems throughout the year in Central Florida, often with the air conditioner running even during winter—and heating systems taking over for a few days here and there. If you keep a close eye on your utility bills (always a good plan!), you should have an idea of what your seasonal heating and cooling costs are, and they should remain steady through the season.

Sudden spikes in the cost of heating and cooling your house when there isn’t an obvious reason for it is often a warning of a malfunction. Your might first think it’s a problem in the AC or the heater. Almost any type of repair need in a cooling or heating system will cause it to drain more money as it runs. But one of the main causes of wasted energy in an HVAC system isn’t located in the AC or heater—it’s in the ductwork. You may not realize it, but the cure for your high utility bills might be professional duct repair in Macclenny, FL from our experts.

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The Simple Step that Makes Your Air Conditioner Live Longer

Monday, August 28th, 2017

technician-changing-filter-ventRegular maintenance, as we’ve discussed before, is key to keeping your air conditioner running smoothly for longer. This is something that should always be handled by a professional technician, someone who knows the ins and outs of central AC systems and can spot AC repairs sooner. Regular tune-ups involve many steps, but not every step of air conditioning maintenance can (or should) be handled by the pros.

Completing this one simple step, once a month at least, can make your air conditioner run better, last longer, and use less energy—meaning that overall, you save!

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If Your Heat Pump Meets This Criteria, It’s Time for a New One

Monday, June 19th, 2017

heat-pump-cashThe middle of summer is just about the worst possible time to have your heat pump break down on you. Unfortunately, no amount of care and maintenance can keep a heat pump functioning forever. Sooner or later, there absolutely will be a time when you need to replace your heat pump. You need to be able to tell when your heat pump is getting to the end of its lifespan, so that you can have a new one installed before the current one permanently breaks down. If your heat pump can’t get you through another summer, consider replacing it now. Have a look at the following signs that you need a new heat pump.

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Tips for Keeping Your Indoor Air Quality High This Spring

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

dandelion-fieldDuring this time of year, far too many people focus on trying to stay cool and neglect other important home issues. Not that staying cool isn’t important, of course. Just make sure you devote at least as much attention towards making sure that your indoor air quality remains high.

Indoor air quality is one of those things that’s very important for health and comfort, but which the vast majority of homeowners simply ignore. Have a look at why indoor air quality is so vital to your comfort and health, and what you can do to keep it high this spring.

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What Happens When Your Furnace is the Wrong Size

Monday, January 30th, 2017

So you’re looking for a new furnace and you’ve got a lot on your plate. You’re probably buried in comparisons between fuel types, AFUE vs HSPF ratings, and a dozen other considerations. So, it can be pretty tempting at times to just go with whatever furnace fits in the space you have available just to get the whole process over with. We don’t recommend that for a number of reasons, one of the most important being this: size matters. If the furnace you install in your home is too big, or too small, you’re going to be amazed at how quickly things are going to turn sour for you.

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Why Is My Heat Pump Blowing Cold Air?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Heat pumps are popular primarily for their ability to switch between heating and air conditioning functions. If the heat pump becomes stuck in one mode, though, it can quickly start to seem like more of a hindrance. If your heat pump can’t seem to switch into heating mode, read on to find out why.

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Watch Out for These Heat Pump Problems

Monday, November 7th, 2016

If you’re using a heat pump to stay warm this winter, you should be careful of any problems that may show up. Demand on the system is much higher during this time than in fall or spring, and that means that the heat pump is more likely to need repairs. Read on to find out more about some of the common problems that might afflict the heat pump.

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How Zone Control can Benefit Your Heating System

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

We’re not too far away from heating season. We may get hit with cold weather a little bit later than other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to skip preparing for when it arrives. One of the ways that you can ensure that your heating system is in the best possible shape for the coming winter is to have zone control installed in your home. Read on to find out more about zone control, and how it can benefit you this year.

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Which Air Conditioning System is Right for You

Monday, August 29th, 2016

There are a myriad of different air conditioning systems available on the market today, each of which are suited to a different set of needs. No air conditioning system is strictly better than any other. Rather, you should try to find the one the best fits your individual needs. If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, read on to find out more about some of the more popular types.

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