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Why Regular Furnace Maintenance Is So Important

January 11th, 2021

furnace-jetsIt’s officially 2021, and with everything going on in the world, it can be really easy to forget about your household needs. But trust us when we say your comfort and well-being matters! We truly believe that, and that’s why we encourage all of our customers to invest in heating maintenance each year. And no, it’s not too late!

Professional furnace maintenance should be performed once a year. You’ll typically hear HVAC pros, including ours, say that it’s best to have your heater tuned-up in the fall before you need it the most—before winter makes things too cold. But it’s actually far more important to have it done consistently than it is to have it done at the same time each year.

Read on to learn why routine furnace maintenance is so important.

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“Do I Need Duct Sealing? (And Can I Do it Myself?)”

December 28th, 2020

technician-hands-sealing-ductworkWhen you hear the term “home energy solutions,” what comes to mind? If you’re like many homeowners, it’s your heating and cooling systems. These do, after all, account for over half of a home’s energy use. So you want them to work as efficiently and effectively as possible, right? But your HVAC systems simply cannot perform well if your ductwork is damaged or torn.

If this is the case, you need duct sealing! You may be wondering, “Why would I need to have this done professionally? Can’t I just seal up ducts myself with duct tape?”

Well, no. Duct sealing is not something you can or should do on your own with a roll of duct tape. The reason for this is mainly because duct tape isn’t appropriately named! It’s not actually the right tool for sealing actual HVAC ducts—for this you need the use of professional-grade mastic and the skills of an experienced HVAC technician.

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Unique Ductless Needs to Be Aware Of

December 14th, 2020

technician-repairing-ductless-air-handlerAre you considering a new HVAC system for your heating or cooling needs this season? Or maybe even both? You may think you need to buy a separate air conditioner and heater, but that’s not the case! You can do well with a ductless system.

Rather than operating through a network of ducts like a central AC or furnace does, a ductless system uses one small outdoor unit that connects to up to 4 indoor air handlers via conduits. Each of these conduits contains a powerline, refrigerant line, and condensate line. These systems are highly efficient and effective for both heating and cooling.

They save space too, since each air handler can be wall-mounted up and out of the way. Each air handler can also be individually controlled, so everyone in your home can set theirs to their own heating and cooling preferences.

As great as these systems are, it’s important to be aware that if they’re not properly installed, you could run into some unique problems. We have outlined these problems below.

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Is Your Furnace in Need of Help?

November 30th, 2020

jets-of-a-furnace-firingAre you concerned that your furnace could break down at any time? Well, if you don’t know the signs that it’s in need of repair, this theoretically could happen. It’s never fun to pay for a heating system repair, but it’s even more inconvenient to have a completely broken down heater in the middle of one of the coldest nights of the year, right?

Experts, including our own technicians, will tell you that it’s best to hop on those repair needs as soon as you discover you need them to avoid an emergency later, like a complete system failure. Read on as we uncover some of the signs that your furnace is in need of help from our pros.

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You’ve Scheduled Heating Maintenance, Now What?

November 16th, 2020

animated-checklistLiving somewhere like Oklahoma means we deal with seriously chilly temperatures during the winter. If you want your heater to do its job to keep you and your household comfortable all season long, then it is essential that you schedule regular heating maintenance with a trusted HVAC contractor, like our team! Maintenance tune-ups are a more involved process than most homeowners realize, and it’s not something we recommend you attempt on your own.

That said, there are certainly some basic maintenance tasks you can conduct on your own. For example, you should replace your HVAC air filter every 1–3 months, and every year before you need your furnace, boiler, or heat pump, you should make sure that the system itself is unobstructed. This is just the tip of the iceberg though when it comes to heating system care. If you’ve come across this blog post, it likely means you’ve already scheduled heating maintenance. But what now? What actually happens during this service appointment? Read on to find out!

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How Dirty Ducts Can Mess With Your Home Comfort

November 2nd, 2020

before-and-after-shot-of-duct-cleaningThere are plenty of factors that might mess with your home comfort this season. For example, maybe your kids are enjoying the cooler temperatures and keep running outside and forgetting to close the door. Or maybe there is a battle over the thermostat for the “right” temperature setting. While we can’t help with issues like these, we can offer services that address a different problem that might mess with your home comfort: dirty ductwork.

Your ductwork is responsible for delivering the temperature-controlled air that your HVAC system creates. However, if your ducts are jam-packed with dirt and other debris, it can create problems for your comfort and your indoor air quality. And trust us, we know that trying to get comfortable while having a sneezing fit is impossible. That is why we want you to be aware of the warning signs that your ducts have a dirt problem so you know when to reach out to us for help.

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How Do You Choose the Right HVAC Company?

October 19th, 2020

tech-working-on-ac-systemIt’s that time of year—fall is upon us and temperatures are cooling. Soon enough, HVAC professionals throughout our area will be busy with maintenance and repair calls.

Are you looking to have a new heater installed this year? Or perhaps you need to schedule a tune-up for your existing system? Whatever the case, the best time to address this is now, before it becomes too hard to get an HVAC technician out at a time that’s most convenient for your schedule.

But we don’t mean you should rush to find someone. In fact, rushing to find an HVAC professional could leave you with someone who’s not a professional at all. You could wind up with inefficient and ineffective heating, and/or high service costs. So, we encourage you to take your time and consider the following factors when choosing the right HVAC company for your needs.

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Is Your Air Conditioner About to Call It Quits?

October 5th, 2020

two-techs-looking-over-air-conditionerThe summer season is “officially” over, but we still have plenty of warm weather to contend with. Now is a great time to check and make sure your air conditioner is still in good shape. If your system had no problems keeping you cool over the past few months and you had maintenance and repairs done in the spring, you likely have nothing to worry about.

On the other hand, if your system was struggling to keep you comfortable, or struggling to keep you comfortable affordably this past summer, then it may be showing you signs that it’s about to call it quits. Read on as we uncover some of the top signs that it’s time for you to consider an AC replacement before next spring.

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Is It Too Early for a Heater Tune-Up?

September 21st, 2020

technician-looking-over-furnaceIf the weather this past week was any indication, even though the official start of fall is here, our temperatures are still trending on the high side. So it may seem silly, perhaps even absurd, to already be talking about our heating systems.

Here’s the thing though–when temperatures do cool down and you need your heater, you’re going to want it to actually run, and to do so efficiently and effectively as possible. One way to help ensure this is the case is by scheduling routine heating maintenance. So, no, it’s not too early to think about a heater tune-up. Read on to learn why!

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Should You Buy Your New AC Now?

September 7th, 2020

old-degrading-air-conditionerIn just a couple of weeks, the official start of fall will be here. And in just a couple of months, the temperatures will start to show that. We’ll be turning our attention to our home heating systems, ensuring that they are properly maintained and ready to meet our wintertime needs.

But what if you have an aging air conditioner that struggled a bit this summer? If it’s still running “fine,” should you bother replacing it now, or can you just wait until next spring?

You know the phrase, “better safe than sorry”? It applies here. Sure, your air conditioner may be functional still. But if it is aging or experiencing any of the symptoms we’re about to describe, you may be facing a completely broken down system when you go to turn it on for the first time next year. Why not avoid that by investing in a new system now? Read on as we dive deeper into this.

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