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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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What Are the Benefits of Duct Cleaning?

November 27th, 2017

ductwork-interiorDo you use a forced air heating or cooling system in your home, such as a furnace, a heat pump, or a central air conditioner? If so, then you are dependent upon that system’s ductwork in order to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. For this reason, you really need to know that your air ducts are in fine working condition. What you may not realize, though, is that ensuring that your ducts are not damaged or leaking is not the only concern that you should have.

Dirty ductwork is a serious problem that many homeowners face, made all the more problematic by the fact that many homeowners fail to realize that they are even facing this problem to begin with! Fortunately for you, our Mount Vernon, WA duct cleaning professionals are here to help. We’ve got some tips to help you recognize the warning signs of dirty ductwork, and we offer exceptional duct cleaning services to guarantee that your air ducts are in the great condition that you deserve.

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Is Ductless Heating Right for Me?

November 13th, 2017

ductless-blowerVery possibly, so it would behoove you to contact a member of our team and to discuss your home heating options before deciding on a new heater for your home. Taking advantage of ductless heating in Stanwood, WA means that you can enjoy many benefits that the design of other home heating systems simply would not allow for. Ductless heating may not be right for every home, but not heater is. That is why our technicians are available to help determine if a ductless mini split is right for your home.

Keep in mind that you will only enjoy the full benefits of a ductless heating system if you schedule your ductless heating installation with qualified professionals. That is why you should keep our number handy. Whether you want to replace your existing heating system with a ductless mini split, or you think that a ductless heater is the right option for a new home under construction, our team will make sure that you enjoy the best that your system has to offer.

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Explore Our HVAC Maintenance Program

October 30th, 2017

comfortable-womanWashington is not an area that really suffers from extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum. It is an area, however, where you are going to need both a great HVAC system and a dependable heater in your home if you want to live comfortably throughout the year. It is important to remember that even the best heaters and air conditioners are not going to function properly if they are not properly maintained on an annual basis.

It really is impossible to overstate just how beneficial routine HVAC maintenance truly is. If you want the most from your AC and heater, though, you need even more than just a quality system that is also tuned up regularly. You need a system tuned up by qualified professionals capable of truly optimizing the system’s performance. That is where we come in — an HVAC company in Anacortes, WA that you can really trust!

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HVAC FAQ: When to Schedule Heating Repairs

October 16th, 2017

working-on-furnaceIt’s fall. There’s a lot to enjoy about this time of the year, but for many homeowners, there is a nagging concern in the back of their minds at all times. That concern? The knowledge that the cold clutch of winter is not that far off. Now, we are fortunate to live in a time when we can heat our homes effectively, dependably, and safely with our chosen heating systems. What we cannot do, however, is heat our homes with 100% reliability.

No mechanical system, heater or otherwise, is ever going to be 100% reliable. Not in our lifetimes, anyway. That is why routine heating maintenance is so important. Even the most well-maintained systems, though, are not going to work properly at all times. The fact is that you are eventually going to need heating repairs. When you do, you want to know that you are working with tried and true Burlington, WA HVAC pros. As luck would have it, you’ve already found them (considering that you’re reading this)!

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