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:
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The next time you’re enjoying sitting inside a cool house on a hot summer’s day, spare a thought for hydrofluorocarbons.
These are the chemicals that make up refrigerant, the substance that is critical to any central air system. In this blog post, we’ll look at what refrigerant is and why it’s so essential.
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.
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.
There’s a storm coming, so you go into preparation mode. You make sure you have candles and flashlights, put gas in the car, charge your phone.
You might be ready for the storm, but how prepared is your heating and air conditioning system? Before severe weather hits your HVAC system, make sure you’ve followed these precautions.
It’s 2 a.m. You should be asleep, and on any other night, you would be. At the very least, you’d be ready to drift off. But you can’t sleep, because there’s a noise.
It’s a low humming, and you wander the house, trying to trace its source. Did you leave an appliance on? Is someone running the engine of a car outside?
Then you realize: it’s coming from your vents, the sound of a heating and air conditioning system that’s working overtime.