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Carbon Monoxide and Your Furnace: What You Should Know

November 5th, 2017

CO-carbon-monoxide-alarm-garageWhen you picture the job description of a heating technician, you probably consider that the primary job responsibilities are to know how to install and repair a furnace or AC system. But our training goes beyond this in some important ways. Heating technicians also function as safety advocates and preventative maintenance techs. And carbon monoxide (CO) is one of the biggest concerns of any HVAC technician.

It’s a tough topic to tackle, but we want to make sure you know how to prevent a CO leak, how to detect one, and why it’s so important to schedule routine furnace service. Contact us today for more information.

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3 Subtle Signs You Need Furnace Repair

October 23rd, 2017

opening-furnace-cabinetYour furnace has been running smoothly for many years. You don’t expect to run into any problems this winter either, but a sudden system breakdown can occur at an unexpected time. Often, your furnace is presenting subtle signs of failure, even if it still keeps your home warm and toasty. It’s important to pay attention to these signs and to never delay repairs so that your furnace operates smoothly and safely for the season to come.

This year, get to know your furnace and see how seemingly normal behavior can mean your furnace is headed for a breakdown. Here are some of the subtler of signs that your heating system might be failing soon.

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Check Your Heating System Early On

October 9th, 2017

Mug-woman-floorYou don’t always know something is wrong with a system or a part of your property until it’s too late. For example, you might not know a tire has gone bad until it blows out while driving. You may not realize the roof is developing a leak until it rains. These are things you want to prevent as much as possible, and for the most part, you can. Most people take their cars into the mechanic for regular inspections and tune-ups and many clean out their gutters while checking for leaks in the spring and before storms.

All of the investments within your home deserve the same level of care. When you have a heating system, you may assume it’s working properly if it was running just fine last year. But as with a leaky roof or a worn-down tire, sometimes you cannot tell until something goes wrong. That’s just one of the reasons it’s so important to check your furnace early on in the season.

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All About HVAC Efficiency Ratings

September 25th, 2017

money-home-teeter-totterMany of us practice simple ways to save energy, fuel, and water every day. This includes things like turning off the lights when you leave a room, shutting off the water when you brush your teeth, and shutting down electronics that aren’t in use. In addition, you might have ways to reduce energy usage when it comes to your heating and air conditioning equipment, like turning the thermostat to an efficient temperature when it is not in use, and regularly changing the air filter.

Eventually, though, an air conditioning or heating system declines to the point that it’s no longer possible to use it efficiently. That’s when we recommend purchasing a new, high-efficiency system that will last you many years to come. We know that may require some guidance, but our experts are here to help!

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End of Season Tips for AC Performance

September 11th, 2017

hot-house-imageYou may be done or nearly done using your air conditioner for the year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should put it out of mind until next summer. Your air conditioner can benefit from a bit of work at the end of the season, and you’ll thank yourself when next summer comes around and your system is ready to go when you need it.

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Why Sizing Is Important for New Air Conditioning Installation

August 28th, 2017

AC-Unit-Outside-SummerThere are a lot of misconceptions regarding air conditioning systems. For example, air conditioners don’t exactly create cool air, as you may think: they actually remove heat! Another common misconception is that air filters don’t need to be changed if your air quality hasn’t suffered, but this simply isn’t the case. And the misconception we’d like to focus on today is a big one, literally: that the size of an air conditioner doesn’t matter.

Many people believe that a bigger air conditioner is better, but a smaller air conditioner will do just fine, and this is a dangerous way of thinking. With the wrong air conditioner in place, your comfort and your bills will be affected. Read on to see what we mean!

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How to Keep Your Air Conditioner in Good Condition

August 14th, 2017

air-conditioning-condenser-yardMany of the larger investments and devices you own are things you know how to care for. You may keep your phone in a case to protect it from cracks and scratches. You might have an antivirus running on your computer—and if you’re a real pro, you may even clean the fan. Hopefully, you take your car in for service every few months.

Your air conditioner, another investment in your home, your health, and your comfort deserves the same treatment. Today, we want to overview some of the best practices for those who know that an air conditioner in good condition will last for longer (or those just learning this today!).

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3 Facts You Should Know about the Air Filter in Your AC System

July 31st, 2017

filter-ductEvery air conditioner has an air filter, and you’ve probably heard that you should change your air filter every month (or two). The reason for this, however, and the reason you have an air filter in the first place, is something that’s often misunderstood. When you don’t change the filter regularly, it can have serious consequences on the way your air conditioner works.

We go over this and other facts about your AC system’s air filter in the guide below. For more information, call our expert team!

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3 Tips for Preventing AC Repair

July 17th, 2017

air-conditioning-repair-toolsOf course, nobody wants to call a technician for AC repair, but sometimes it’s beyond your control. Your air conditioner is a complex piece of equipment, and there are a lot of things that can go wrong over the course of a year. Thankfully, there may be a way to keep repair problems under control.

In fact, there are several things you can do to reduce the chances of a major AC repair. While these tips might not guarantee your air conditioner won’t break, they can help to ensure your system remains running as smoothly as possible for longer.

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Should You Add On to Your AC System for Better Performance?

July 3rd, 2017

digital-thermostat-handWe’ve offered a lot of tips on how to stay cool and keep your energy bills low this summer, but we’d like to take a different approach today. Raising the temperature, using a ceiling fan, and scheduling routine maintenance are all steps that can help your air conditioner to perform at its best and reduce your monthly bills. But we’re here to look at all the ways you can add on to your air conditioner to save even more.

Check out some of the installations we may recommend for air conditioners in Colorado Springs, CO. You may notice better performance from your air conditioner (or heater) in terms of air quality, energy use, and more.

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