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October 2016

New Gas Furnace

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So, you decide it's finally time to replace that old furnace that has been giving you and your wallet nothing but problems. But, with so many options to choose from, what new furnace should you even choose? Read on to learn more. Energy Savings If saving money in the long run is on the top of your list, then choosing a high efficient furnace such as the Bryant 987M is something to highly consider. Although a high efficiency furnace will cost more up front, it will virtually pay for itself over time through reduced gas and electric bills. The Bryant 926T is a 96% efficient gas furnace, meaning that 96% of the gas that comes into the furnace is burned off and used to create heat. By switching to a high efficiency gas furnace, you can literally save hundreds of dollars per year on utilities. Higher efficiency gas furnaces will usually range from $3-4,000+ installed. Budget Friendly Options If you're tight on money, you may not be able to afford to go the high efficiency route. That's ok! There are still plenty of good lower efficiency furnaces to choose from, you just won't benefit from the utility savings of the higher efficiency gas furnaces. The Comfortmaker N4A3 is a great lower efficiency gas furnace. This furnace is an 80% efficiency furnace, meaning 80% of the gas that comes into the furnace is burned off and used to create heat. Lower efficiency gas furnaces will usually run you $2,000+ installed. With so...
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Energy Saving Tips

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Fall is here in Central Ohio which means the bitter cold of winter will be here soon.  Before your furnace starts working overtime, we want to give you a few simple energy saving tips to help you stay warm this winter. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HEAT FROM THE SUN Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows. COVER DRAFTY WINDOWS Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration. Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing. ADJUST THE TEMPERATURE When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature. FIND AND SEAL LEAKS Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets. Add caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows. LOWER YOUR WATER HEATING COSTS Water heating accounts for…

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Furnace: How Does it Work?

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A furnace can seem like a confusing piece of equipment to the average homeowner. Most people only know that it somehow produces heat and keeps their home warm. But have you ever wondered how it all works? It's pretty simple actually. Read on to learn more. Your furnace kicks into action when your thermostat tells it that the room or rooms temperature has dropped below the temperature it is set to hold at. The thermostat then sends a signal to the furnace which signals a valve to open and deliver gas to the burners and for the blower to to start blowing air. Once the burners light, the flames begin to heat the heat exchanger, a series of metal pipes, and then the blower blows air over these pipes which in turn, warms the air. The burned off gas from the flames that are fired into the heat exchanger tubes are sent out a flue to either your chimney or a vent on the side of the house via the inducer motor. Once the furnace has warmed the room back to the set temperature on the thermostat, the furnace turns off and the cycle eventually repeats itself. Have you scheduled your annual maintenance? If not call us or schedule online here!
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Heating Maintenance

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Furnace maintenance will make your system run more efficiently. These tips will teach you about the ins and outs of your heating and cooling system. There are many things you can do to create a healthy, safe, comfortable environment for your family. Here are 6 excellent HVAC maintenance tips to get you started. It is vital to the life your equipment to have regular maintenance care and tune-ups at least twice a year. Inspect Your Equipment When is the last time you got your HVAC system inspected? Have an expert inspect your heating and cooling equipment and ducts in the fall and winter.   Listen for strange sounds when your equipment is turned on. Our techs have the knowledge, skills, and tools to keep your machine running smoothly! Inspect, Clean, and Replace Filters Are your filters clean? Filters should be checked once a month. If your filters are dusty, your equipment will work harder and it will cost you more money to cool or heat your house. You should replace or clean your AC filters once a month. By cleaning and replacing your filters when you need to, you will make your house healthier and cleaner for your family. At the very least, change your filters every few months. Clean Your Equipment Is your heating and cooling equipment clean? A professional furnace maintenance will result in lower maintenance and operational costs. It will improve the efficiency of your machine and reduce discomforts that are associated with sinus problems, aches, allergies, eye irritation,…

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