Snowy day at home

For nearly every misfortune we encounter, there is also what we’ll call the “if only…” moment.

You lock yourself out of the house, and you say to yourself “If only I’d checked my pockets before I walked out the door.”

You get stuck behind a slow driver on the way to work and think “Wow, I wish I’d left earlier.”

Or your furnace breaks down on a day when the temperature won’t top 20 degrees, and you realize, “I guess I should have had a heating repair company inspect my furnace when I had the chance.”

This is a point that we’ve made again and again, because we’ve seen far too many homeowners suffer through a brutally cold stretch of winter thanks to an issue that we might have caught during routine furnace service.

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Autumn

Ah, fall.

The gorgeous colors of the changing foliage. The comforting smell of a nearby bonfire. The…sinking feeling of opening an unexpectedly high heating bill?

Nothing can suck the enjoyment out of the season like the realization that you’ll be paying more than you expected to heat your home.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to make your heating system run more efficiently, which will in turn lower your energy costs. Here are a few ways you can help your HVAC system this fall:

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Watching horror movies

It’s almost Halloween, and that has us thinking about horror movies, and all the different types of horror movies there are to choose from.

There are zombie films, like Night of the Living Dead, stories about sinister Satanic forces like Rosemary’s Baby or The Omen, or monster movies like Alien or The Thing.

Then there’s the haunted house. We’d argue that these movies are scary because they’re so relatable. We know deep down that zombies or vampires aren’t real, but we’ve also been home alone at night, wondering What Could Have Made That Noise?

We’re not saying ghosts aren’t real, but most of the time, an unexplained noise is usually a sign that you need an HVAC repair service, not an exorcist. Here are a few of the ways that your heating and cooling system might be “haunting” your house.

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Looking out on warm autumn day

The calendar might say that we’re in the middle of autumn, but fall can be a tricky season.

Summer temperatures can often linger well into October, leaving us sweating when we’re ready for sweater weather, and relying on our air conditioning systems more than we’d expected.

In fact, that’s what we can expect this year, according to AccuWeather, with warm temperatures hanging around throughout the northeast for several weeks.

“While autumn may take longer than usual to arrive, it will be a picturesque season if forecasters are correct,” Accuweather says on its website. “Dry weather in the Northeast paired will cool nights will pave the way for vibrant leaves to emerge across the region.”

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 American Standard furnace

Have you ever bought something only to find yourself wishing you had a time machine so you could go back and stop yourself?

It’s a phenomenon known as “buyer’s remorse,” often associated with big purchases like cars or homes…or home heating systems.

It’s something we see far too often in the heating and cooling repair business: People who’ve made costly mistakes when buying their furnaces, often due to assumptions they made about their purchase.

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HVAC maintenance in the rain

You’ve secured your financing, filled out the paperwork and the salesman has handed you the keys. And just like that, you’re the proud owner of a new car.

But what if that was the last time you checked in with the dealership? What if you waited until you’d put tens of thousands of miles on the car before, say, getting an oil change or rotating the tires?

We know that sounds silly, but it’s an attitude that we see far too often when it comes to heating and air conditioning service: Many people seem to think HVAC maintenance isn’t important for newer systems.

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Furnace technician checking heat output on an older furnace

Many thousands of years ago, humans learned an important lesson: we could use fire to cook food and keep warm.

Eventually, we learned how to control fire, to bring it indoors. The Roman Empire developed the concept of central heating. The centuries that followed brought the first furnaces, the first radiators and the first electric heaters.

But despite all the advances we’ve made in furnace efficiency, no one has developed a home heating system that will never break down or need to be replaced.

And when breakdowns happen, you’ll be faced with a few different questions: Should I repair my furnace, or replace it? What will it cost? Should I switch from oil to gas? What size do I need?

Below, we’ll explore the answers to these questions so that you have a better idea of what to do if and when your furnace stops working or better yet, if you’re being proactive in your research before the system breaks down.

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Laid back guy unaware of HVAC problems

Meet Nick. He’s a laidback guy, the type of person that tends to just let things go.

The “check engine” light in his car? Things seem to be running fine. Probably nothing to worry about.

The little twinge when he bites down? Everybody gets little pains. Probably nothing to worry about.

The weird noise coming from his central air system? Just normal wear and tear. Probably nothing to worry about.

Of course, this attitude always seems to come back to haunt Nick somehow, whether it’s in the form of a broken-down car, an emergency root canal or an expensive air conditioning service call.

Don’t be like Nick. When you notice these cooling system symptoms, get them checked right away.

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