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Keep Your Furnace (Almost) Problem-Free

April 16th, 2018

furnaceWhile the end of the heating season may almost be in sight, we have to remind you—much as we’d like it to be otherwise—that your heater’s period of use is not quite over yet. With plenty of chilly weather left to come, especially during the nighttime, you are still going to need your furnace to provide you with a dependable and effective heating performance. That is why, even this late in the season, you need to schedule prompt furnace repair in Camano Island, WA.

While scheduling prompt furnace repairs is certainly important, preventing the need for furnace repairs in the first place is still far preferable. We have some tips to share today that will help you to do just that. No, there is no way that you can make your furnace—even if it is one of the best available on the market—100% reliable. That being said, you can take measures to ensure that yours is as reliable as possible.

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Is It too Late for Furnace Repairs?

April 2nd, 2018

furnace-repairAbsolutely not. Yes, we are moving out of the heating season currently. Yes, you are probably looking forward to warmer weather and you realize that you are going to be running your air conditioner regularly before too much longer. That being said, you should not be forcing your heater out of your mind just yet—especially if it is exhibiting any warning signs that repairs may be necessary. Even if you think that it will make it through the rest of the season, prompt repairs are always for the best.

Delaying any necessary furnace service in Stanwood, WA is going to result in a number of problems. You should never wait for a heater of any kind to break down entirely before scheduling repairs, and you really shouldn’t run it into the ground and then leave it in that condition all summer long. You are going to need that heater again once temperatures drop, and putting repairs off until you do need it is only going to complicate matters.

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Choosing Between Radiant and Forced Air Heating

March 19th, 2018

radiant-floor-systemWhen it comes to heating in Sedro Woolley, WA, you want to be sure that you are getting the best possible experience. That means more than just investing in great equipment that can get the job done. There are, after all, a lot of different types of heating systems, and any of them will get the job done when properly sized for and installed in your home. It is also about ensuring that you have the right equipment in place, not just for your home, but for your own personal user preferences.

If you have a new home going up, or if you are ready to replace an old, ailing heating system,  then one major consideration to make right off the bat is whether you will use a radiant heating system or a forced air heating system in your home. Each has its pros and cons, and we’ll need to know more about you and your situation before we can make a strong recommendation in either direction. What we can and will do with today’s post, however, is help you to better understand the pros and cons of both systems.

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Should I Replace My Heater?

March 5th, 2018

furnace-wiringHave you started to think about replacing your home heating system? It is a tricky time of the year to start making such considerations. Things are obviously starting to warm up a bit and, frankly, a lot of homeowners are pretty much ready to move on from thoughts of their heating system. Of course, many homeowners can simply think of a lot of different ways in which they’d prefer to spend their money. Truth be told, however, the end of the heating season is really a perfect time to replace your heater.

Today, we’ll talk about not only why you may want to replace your heater now, but also what considerations you should make if you’re thinking about replacing your heater in general. If you do decide to replace your heater at any point,  one of the best bits of advice that we can give is to do so with a professional HVAC Company in Stanwood, WA. The good news is that you are currently reading this, so you’ve already found one to work with!

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Is Low Humidity Really a Big Deal?

February 19th, 2018

couple-with-coldYes. Yes it is. We get it—dry air may not seem to be as immediate a concern as, say, a failed heating system leaving your home frigid in the winter season. No matter what you’re talking about, though, you’ll probably be able to come up with a worse scenario somehow. The fact that you can conceive of things worse than dry air does not mean that dry air is not a problem, and it doesn’t mean that it does not deserve your immediate attention.

Very dry air can, in fact, cause a number of different problems in your home. If you’re looking to avoid any such problems, the best way to do so is certainly by using a whole-house humidifier in Arlington, WA. Sure, you can opt for a portable humidifier, which will admittedly cost you less in terms of upfront costs. We really advise against this, though. Why? Because the benefits of a whole-house humidifier are simply too great to ignore. 

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Potential Problems with Gas Furnaces

February 6th, 2018

furnace-repairThe gas furnace is definitely among the most popular of all home heating systems. When you consider the swift heating allotted by forced air heating systems, along with the relative affordability of natural gas, it’s fairly obvious why this is the case. While modern gas furnaces are typically quite dependable and safe in their operation, that does not change the fact that any and all home heating systems are going to run into problems with their operation from time to time.

If you are serious about getting the best performance possible from your home heating system, it is definitely in your best interest to schedule any necessary repair services at the very first sign of trouble. That means that you stand to benefit by learning some of the more common problems that such systems may encounter. Give a member of our team a call if you suspect an issue of any kind with your gas furnace in Mount Vernon, WA.

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Benefits of Using a Gas Furnace

January 22nd, 2018

gas-jetsWhile there are definitely a lot of ways in which homeowners may choose to heat their homes in this day and age, there are always those systems that are going to be more commonly used than others. The gas furnace just may be the most common of all home heating systems. It is also among the most revered. If you are thinking about installing a heater in a new home, or you need to replace an existing heater for any reason, we strongly recommend that you consider using a gas furnace.

Today, we’re going to look at some of the benefits that a gas furnace in Mount Vernon, WA has to offer. As always, do feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have. There is no single heater that is going to be the ideal fit for everyone, so it is important that you do what you can to determine which is right for you. Our team is more than happy to guide you through the system selection process.

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Tips for Better Heating Efficiency

January 8th, 2018

money-savingLiving in Washington means that we don’t really have to deal with extreme winter weather. Yes, it gets cold and yes, you are going to be relying on your heater in order to keep your home comfortable during the winter season. That being said, we are not going to be dealing with the frequent subzero temperatures that homeowners in other areas of the country do. That being said, you still don’t want to be paying more than you should have to in order to heat your home.

That is why we have put together some tips to help you enjoy more efficient heating in Arlington, WA. Relatively mild winters should definitely not result in higher than necessary energy costs, even if those costs don’t add up to a crippling amount. And don’t worry. We’re not just going to tell you to invest in a new, expensive high-efficiency system, either. We can’t make your system more efficient than it’s rated for, but we can help you to enjoy the most efficient performance that it has to offer.

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Heating FAQ: What Is Short Cycling?

December 25th, 2017

cute-dog-under-blanketThere are many great heating systems out there today. Do you know what still does not exist, though? A 100% reliable heater. Heaters are mechanical systems, and they can and will run into operational problems from time to time. The best thing to do for your heater is to schedule prompt heating repairs when necessary. No matter what the problem may be, there is never a situation in which putting necessary heating repairs off is going to benefit the heating system.

That being said, many problems that heaters face may have multiple possible causes. Not every cause of the problem is going to be as serious as the others. Some you may actually be able to resolve on your own. This is true in instances of short cycling. Short cycling is not an uncommon problem, and it is one that too many homeowners mistakenly believe they can live with. Over time, though, real damage can be done. For better heating in Arlington, WA, you need to eliminate short cycling.

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Why Schedule Professional Duct Cleaning?

December 11th, 2017

thumbs-upThe short answer? Because only a professional can handle the job properly, so a professional needs to be called in when that job is necessary. The longer answer, and why professional duct cleaning would be necessary, to begin with, is that dirty ductwork can negatively affect your comfort, your HVAC system, and even your health! Today, we are going to help you better understand how all of this could be influenced by dirty air ducts.

While duct cleaning may not sound like, and may well not be,  the most complicated of services that you’ll need to schedule with us, it is still a vitally important one. If you are serious about enjoying the best comfort possible in your home, as well as protecting the quality of the air that you breathe therein, then our duct cleaning services are just what you need. Give us a call if you notice any warning signs that it may be time for duct cleaning in Mount Vernon, WA.

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