JD's Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

How to Boost Furnace Efficiency

Monday, February 21st, 2022
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Most winters, we don’t use our furnaces for a very long time around here, right? But when we do need them, boy do we need them!

This means they need to work as efficiently and effectively as possible. Also, given how much you use your air conditioner each year and how much that costs, it makes sense that you would like to save as much money as possible on your energy bills during the cooler months.

And maybe you think that the only way to make your furnace use more efficient is to not use it at all. But this is simply not the case, plus it doesn’t do much for your home comfort, right?!

Read on as we uncover some simple ways you can boost furnace efficiency without shutting it off altogether.

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Have You Scheduled This Important Heating Service Yet?

Monday, February 7th, 2022
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Do you know when the best time of year is to schedule furnace maintenance? Many HVAC technicians, including the ones on our staff, will tell you that it’s fall. So, since it’s now winter, does it matter that you haven’t had maintenance done yet–is it too late?

Nope, it’s not too late! Actually, what’s much more important than the timing of your heating maintenance is the consistency of this service. We recommend fall because this is when HVAC pros are less busy with emergency service calls and therefore you’ll find it more convenient to schedule maintenance during this time. But it’s actually most important that you have maintenance done once a year.

On that note, if you have a heat pump system instead of a furnace, you’ll want maintenance done twice a year. But for now, we’re going to talk about why furnace tune-ups are so vital to your comfort, home performance, and efficiency.

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Heed These Signs That You Need Furnace Repair

Monday, January 24th, 2022

The last thing you want to do this winter is sit around wondering if your heater is going to break down at any moment. The good news is, unless you have never had your system professionally tuned up and don’t know any of the signs that your furnace is in disrepair, this likely won’t ever happen.

Oh, what’s that? You don’t know what signs to look out for? That’s okay, that’s what we’re here for!

We want to start by saying that T-word again–tune-up. Also called maintenance, this service is the best way to defend your system against heavy repair needs. Whether you’re utilizing an electric furnace or a gas-powered one, you should have professional maintenance done annually. This helps the furnace function as effectively and efficiently as possible for as long as possible. Plus, maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repairs that a furnace might ever need!

Of course, there’s still that 15%–at some point your furnace will need repair, and so without further ado, here are some signs that it’s time for you to call us for just that:

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Is It Time to Have a New Heater Installed?

Monday, January 10th, 2022
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If your furnace looks anything like the accompanying picture, then, yes, yes it is time for you to replace your furnace. This system doesn’t just look outdated, it is outdated. Continuing to use a system that is decades past its useful lifespan is not going to operate efficiently, or safely.

Useful is the keyword here–you’ll often hear an HVAC professional say that furnaces last about 10-15 years. Of course, if yours is older than this and is still running, that can be hard to believe. Is that professional just out to make money?

No, not at all! What we mean when we talk about lifespan is how long a furnace can last, operating efficiently, powerfully, and safely!

So read on as we uncover some signs that it’s time to go ahead and upgrade that heater of yours.

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Prevent Heating Repairs with This Important Service

Monday, December 27th, 2021
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Heaters work hard to keep you warm and cozy. However, they’re one of those things we sometimes take for granted and always expect to have with the flip of a switch. It’s not until it doesn’t work properly that some people think to have it checked out.

With the coldest months approaching, it’s best to service your heater to ensure everything is running smoothly. Annual maintenance is recommended for all heating systems. Here are some of the key benefits:

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Are You Using Your Heater As Efficiently As Possible?

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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Our wintertime temperatures do not usually get as cold as our neighbors in the Midwest or the Northeast, with this year’s winter being a huge exception!

That said, it may typically seem pretty silly to worry about heating efficiency too much. When you don’t use yours that much, why should you care about how efficiently it operates? Well, because how efficiently it operates informs how much you spend on your monthly energy bills, and every homeowners wants to save money where they can, right?

That said, there are a number of things you can do to boost your heating efficiency during a standard winter (again, with recent events being a large exception to this rule). Read on to learn more!

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Did you Skip Heating Maintenance This Winter?

Monday, February 8th, 2021
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Good news, it’s not too late to schedule it now!

If you ask the average HVAC professional, they’ll tell you that the best time to schedule heating maintenance is in the fall, or the very early winter. Why? Because that’s right before you’ll actually need your heating system the most and it will go through the most work. Checking it early could be the difference between a great heating system and an emergency breakdown.

We agree, fall is the best time to schedule your heating maintenance. So, does that mean since you skipped it this year, and winter’s almost over, you can just wait until next fall? Not quite—read on as we uncover why it’s never too late for heating maintenance.

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Why You Should Care about Your Furnace Heat Exchanger!

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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Gas-powered furnaces seem to be among the top preferred heaters on the market today. Do you have one? If so, you have one of the most powerful and effective heating systems there is! But how old is it? If it’s 10-15 years old, you might have noticed it experiencing repair and inefficiency issues more frequently. And there’s one particular repair need you should really care about—a cracked heat exchanger!

Read on as we uncover what a heat exchanger is, how it operates, and why you should care if you have a damaged component.

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