How to Tell You Need a New Heater

Monday, March 5th, 2018

heating-system-oldWhen you live in Texas, you’re probably a lot more alert to problems with your air conditioner than you are to problems in your heater. Still, your heating system is an important part of your home. Can you imagine going days without central heating in the middle of winter, huddling around a portable heater for warmth?

This can happen to you if your heater breaks down suddenly. Or, you may be rushing to get a new system, without taking the time to consider your best options and find a quality installer. This can lead to many problems over the life of your system, so it’s better to replace your heater before a complete system shutdown. But how do you know your heater needs a replacement?

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Can a Heater Work without a Filter?

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

air-filter-ventAllergy season is coming up, prompting many homeowners to remember to change their air filters so they’re not left in the dust (sneezing and coughing because of it). Most technicians and AC/heating manufacturers recommend replacing an air filter in a home once every month or, at most, every 3 months. However, if you don’t suffer from allergies, this may not seem like a priority.

Instead of running out to the store to get a new filter every 3 months, we have heard of people opting to pull out the old filter and wait to replace it. But we’re here to warn you that you should never run a furnace without a filter.

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Furnace Safety Switches: A Quick Guide

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

smoke-detector-flameIf you’ve ever worried about the safety of your furnace, you’re not alone. In our area, furnaces go unused for so long that many people are afraid to start their systems at the beginning of the season. In general, modern furnaces are safe, but it’s certainly ideal to have your furnace serviced at the beginning of the heating season. You should also keep smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home.

Most of the protection from these risks, though, comes from the safety switches installed within your heater. These switches protect your home from unsafe conditions in a variety of ways (which does not mean you should skip annual service)!

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The Best Systems to Save You Money on Heating

Monday, January 8th, 2018

heat-out-chimneyIn our part of the country, we tend to think about our AC bills more than our heating bills—at least for much of the year. So you may be surprised to find that your bills are so high in the winter as well.

Chances are that you’re paying more than you have to on heating, especially if your heating system is over 10-15 years old. If you’re in the market for a new system, or even a new accessory to make heating more efficient and save money over time, we have some suggestions.

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How to Tell You Need Home Furnace Repair

Monday, December 25th, 2017

cold-woman-in-blue-scarfIf you only make one New Year’s Resolution this year, there’s a good chance it will have something to do with money. Making money and saving it up are important goals for most people, which is why you wouldn’t want to call a technician for heating repairs if you did not know you needed them. Does a little problem with a heater really deserve professional attention? When does an issue actually merit repairs?

Well we’re here to tell you that waiting too long to schedule repair for your furnace can actually make the problem worse—and you’ll actually spend more in the long run. How do you know you need furnace repair? That’s simple: any time there’s a problem with your heater!

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Preparing Your Home for a Texas Winter

Monday, December 11th, 2017

cold-man-thermostatThis year, we’ve seen a lot of proof that you never quite know what to expect with Texas weather. Winter is almost here, which means you can expect chilly weather, sun, snow, sleet, rain, or almost anything…even our morning news programs don’t always know what to predict!

Prepare your home for a Texas winter. Make sure it’s ready for anything! Today, we offer tips and tricks for keeping your home safe and comfortable. Contact our team for more information about keeping your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) equipment running smoothly.

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Hidden HVAC System Repairs You Should Make Today

Monday, November 27th, 2017

air-filter-in-ductsYour air conditioner got you through the summer, and you’ve tested your heater to be sure it will get you through the colder months. That’s all the reassurance you need, right?

Well, not all problems with an air conditioner or heater make themselves known as you run the system. When an air conditioner or heater breaks down, it’s usually because there was an issue with the system all along, and it worsened over time.

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Furnaces 101: The Dangers of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Most people don’t know too much about the exact components that make their furnaces run—and that’s understandable. Only a trained, experienced technician should be allowed to work on a heating system anyway, so there isn’t much that the average homeowner needs to know.

Still, knowing a bit more about the components of your heating system can help you protect your home and keep your heater running smoothly. Here, we’ve compiled some information about one of the most dangerous problems that can come up within a furnace, a cracked heat exchanger, so that you understand the importance of regular inspections and keeping your home safe.

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The Importance of Properly Maintaining Your Heating System

Monday, December 26th, 2016

We never get used to cold weather in this part of the country, which is why most of us need our heaters to work efficiently throughout the colder months. If the heating system were to breakdown in the middle of winter, we would feel lost!

That’s why we encourage all homeowners in our area (and throughout the country) to schedule heating maintenance. In fact, there are many important reasons to schedule this annual service.

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Furnace and Heating Safety for the Holidays

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Are you ready for the holiday season? You might have all the gifts wrapped and the menu all planned out, but we don’t think your preparation is finished until you know these heating safety tips.

Your holiday season is a lot jollier when you know that your home is safe. Take a look at our heating tips, and do what you can to keep everyone in your home happy and healthy all season long.

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