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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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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What You Won’t Know Until You Get a Heating Inspection

Monday, December 5th, 2016

We need to ask you some important questions about your home’s heater, so that you can take control over your family’s health and comfort. Is your heating system operating safely? Are all of the components in good shape? How can you tell?

This year, when you first turn on your heating system, it may seem as though everything is working properly. But hidden dangers and malfunctions can hide within the system, and you must have these taken care of ASAP. Here’s what you cannot really know—unless you get a heating inspection from a professional technician.

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