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An Important Caution About Carbon Monoxide Detectors

January 11th, 2021

Smoke-DetectorDo you use a gas furnace in Fountain, CO to heat your home through winter? Then we want to talk to you about an important part of keeping you and your family safe each year. 

We’re familiar with providing heating service to homes in Colorado Springs, and an important part of what we do is ensuring our customers have gas furnaces that work safely. Although gas furnaces are designed with safety uppermost in mind, and gas furnaces are not automatically dangerous devices, there are potential hazards homeowners need to be aware of. 

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How to Lower Your Winter Heating Costs

December 28th, 2020

money-saving-homeWhen winter sweeps through Colorado Springs, nobody gets to “skip” heating their house. Heating systems need to turn on, and that means everyone can expect to see a rise in their utility bills compared to the fall. 

However, the heating costs in your house probably don’t need to be as high as they are. There are several ways you can lower winter heating costs and make it easier to enjoy comfort, and the winter in general, in your house.

Below we’ve put together some of the best energy-saving heating costs from our Monument, CO, HVAC experts. You’ll need our professional assistance for some of these steps, but the amount you’ll save, for this winter and the winters to come, makes it well worth it. 

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How Do I Stop the Upper Floor From Getting Too Hot?

December 14th, 2020

airflow-diagramThis is one of the long-running troubles that multi-story homes experience. Heat rises, so when trying to heat a two-story home, heat moves up to the second floor and begins to concentrate there. It’s natural during the winter season for the upper floor to become too stuffy whenever the furnace is on for long enough.

It’s a tricky dilemma: you want the first floor of your house to become comfortable, but when you run the furnace long enough to provide the lower floor with that comfort, it means extra heat gathering upstairs. Not all homes will encounter this problem, but if your house is experiencing an overheated second floor, what can you do about it?

There are different options, and which one works depends on the situation in your house.

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What Does It Mean to “Size” a Furnace?

November 30th, 2020

furnace-with-pipesIf you are considering installing a furnace in Colorado Springs, CO to plan for the coming winter weather, you’ve come to the right people. We have highly experienced and NATE-certified technicians to take care of replacing your old furnace with the right new model to see to your heating needs. Our team is thorough and precise because we take safety seriously.

Today we want to talk about one of the most important steps in furnace installation, which is to properly size the furnace before a unit is picked out. You might at first think this means finding a furnace that will fit into the available space. That’s not what sizing actually means: it’s a more complicated process, and the success of your home heating depends on it being done right.

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How Prompt Repairs Keep Your Furnace Running Safely

November 16th, 2020

furnace-isolated-whiteOne of the big concerns we have as a company offering furnace repair in Colorado Springs, CO is ensuring the safety of our customers. The majority of homes in Colorado Springs use gas furnaces to stay warm during the intense, long winters, and a gas furnace that is in poor repair can create carbon monoxide dangers to a household that are potentially lethal. We take this seriously, and since 1970 we’ve helped our customers receive the service that will not only keep the heat on, but will keep health hazards away.

Of course, we can’t come to help you until you call to tell us you have issues with your furnace. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of moving fast to have furnace repairs done when anything isn’t working properly. Even a seemingly small concern with the furnace may become a safety hazard. Below are the ways fast repairs translate to a safer furnace.

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Troubleshooting (Safely) a Furnace That Won’t Heat

November 2nd, 2020

gas-burnersA furnace that isn’t giving you enough warmth for your home is a problem. Sometimes the problem is a simple one you can correct yourself. In other situations, you’ll need professional heating repair in Colorado Springs from our technicians.

This post is not about how you can do a DIY fix on a malfunctioning furnace. We don’t recommend you attempt any type of repair on your own when it comes to your furnace. However, there’s a difference between “repairs” and “troubleshooting.” There’s nothing wrong with making basic checks on a furnace to see if there’s an easy solution, such as something you overlooked. But you shouldn’t open up the furnace cabinet and go in with tools. If you can’t get the furnace to work after running through the troubleshooting steps below, call us to handle it. We’ll take care of the issue completely and safely.

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Important Gas Furnace Safety Reminders for the Upcoming Winter

October 19th, 2020

natural-gas-furnaceMany people enjoy winter weather, but staying safe through the season still requires having a central heating system in a house. For most families in Colorado Springs, the heater that keeps them warm and safe through the winter is a gas furnace.

Gas furnaces come with their own safety cautions. We want to stress with our customers that gas furnaces are not inherently dangerous. If they were, they would never be allowed in homes at all. But if neglected or used incorrectly, a gas furnace can create deadly combustion and carbon monoxide dangers. Unfortunately, every year someone in Colorado Springs dies due to carbon monoxide poisoning. These tragedies are preventable if you take the right safety precautions.

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October Is the Season of Heating Maintenance

October 5th, 2020

service-technician-and-furnaceHappy Month of October to you! Have you scheduled your heating maintenance yet?

If you work in the HVAC industry, that is the standard greeting for when October rolls around each year. Spring may officially start in September, but there’s something about the dry crisp air of October and the Halloween decorations that make people realize that fall has arrived in full—and it’s time for those important fall upkeep tasks. For HVAC professionals, that means telling their clients why their heating in Colorado Springs, CO needs routine maintenance.

We make it simple to have annual maintenance through our Residential Energy Savings Agreement. You’ll receive annual or semi-annual HVAC system tune-ups as well as membership benefits: a 15% discount on repairs, special priority scheduling, protection against inflation if the membership fees increase, 24-hour emergency service, and friendly reminders from our staff to schedule an appointment so you won’t forget.

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Start of Fall Is a Good Time to Evaluate Your AC’s Performance

September 21st, 2020

autumn-backgroundThis week is the official start of fall. Temperatures, of course, don’t strictly obey the calendar, and you may still need to rely on running your air conditioner for a few more weeks. But it’s a transition time, and this is an ideal point in the year to stop and consider how well your air conditioner performed over the summer. This can help you make a few important decisions about your HVAC system and home comfort—in particular, answer the big question: “Is my AC good for another year, or should I schedule a replacement?”

The question is more urgent if you have an air conditioner that’s in the 10 to 15-year range. This is the general service life expectancy for an AC, so you’ll want to give close consideration to the system’s performance so you’ll be able to get ahead of a final breakdown. If your air conditioner is older than 15 years, we recommend a replacement system as soon as you can arrange for it.

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Why It’s Important to Keep the Outdoor AC Cabinet Clean and Clear

September 7th, 2020

AC-Unit-Outside-SummerA piece of machinery that’s covered with a layer of grime and dirt won’t run as well as when it’s clean. That’s just a basic fact. When it comes to your air conditioning system, a layer of dirt and grime almost anywhere on it is bad news. For example, dust along the indoor evaporator coils can quickly cause the AC to lose energy efficiency and ice to develop along the coils.

But you may not have considered dirt and debris on or around the outdoor cabinet (the condenser) as a problem. The condenser is located in a place on your property where it doesn’t attract much attention, since it’s not the most attractive piece of machinery. Many condensers are placed behind fences or barriers for this reason. And because the condenser is outdoors, it’s easy to think that it’s impervious to elements, and if it gets dirty or leaves or branches grow close to it, it’s not that big a deal.

But a dirty or obstructed condenser cabinet is a problem. If you’ve noticed trouble with your AC at this late part of the season and don’t know why, check the condenser. If it’s covered in dirt or obstructed in some way, this may be why you’re having AC issues.

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