Advantage Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for November, 2018

Things to consider when getting a new furnace

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Things to Consider When Getting a New Furnace

Are you suddenly finding yourself in a situation where you need to buy a new furnace? Make sure that you delve deeply into research to find the furnace that is a right fit for your family and your home. It is always a good choice to call and discuss your needs and wants with a reputable heating company. They can help you decide on what you need and give you an estimate of the price range you are looking at. Remember to be aware of all of your options, there are many considerations to take into account.

What Fuel Source

The three main types that your will find readily available are gas, Electric, and propane. All are great options. Electric heaters plug right in to your current home with minimal extra amount of set up. Electric heating is easy to install and are generally more cost effective. Gas Heaters are generally cheaper to run than electric because it costs less to run than electricity. Gas heaters are extremely reliable. Another great thing about gas heat is that it is extremely environmentally friendly. Propane heaters are comparable to natural gas heaters as they are extremely similar however you would need a outside source of propane as most homes do not come with an in ground propane tank.

Blowers

Did you know that there are two types of blowers? One is a variable-speed blower and the other is called a fixed-speed blower. A variable-speed blower will change speed as it blows air throughout your home. A fixed-speed blower will stay blowing at the same speed. If it is very important to you that the air blowing throughout your home is a consistent temperature then you may want to consider a variable-speed blower. But research both to decide what is best for you!

Size Matters

Size matters when it comes to choosing the right furnace for your home. If you have a bigger home then you are going to need a bigger furnace unfortunately. A technician should take into account the square footage of your home as well as how many windows your home has, and the efficiency of those windows. It is important that the company come out to your home to give you an accurate estimate for the sizing of the unit. This is not an estimate that should be given over the phone.

Quality of Installation

When it comes to having a major appliance installed into your home you don’t want to skimp on installation. You want to use a licenced and bonded contractor that has a great reputation. Especially when installing any kind of appliance that runs on gas it is important that it is done properly to avoid any very dangerous mishaps.

Warranty

If you are someone that will be using your furnace quite a bit and plan to live in the same place for a while you definitely want to find out what warranties are included with which furnace. Keep in mind that most warranties are only valid if you get your furnace tuned-up regularly with a licensed technician. Warranties also don’t cover labor costs if something goes wrong with installation so it is important to ask the company that you go with if they offer any type of warranty with their work.

These are just some of the thoughts that you need to consider when looking at a new furnace. For your best bet on deciding what you need you should give a professional a call. Advantage Heating is willing to answer all of your questions so give us a call!

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What is a Smart Thermostat?

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

“What is a Smart Thermostat and why would I want one?” is a thought that is on a lot of people’s minds lately. A common misconception is that a Smart Thermostat is just a hyped-up programmable Thermostat, why would we want one if most thermostats are programmable? In reality, there are actually many benefits to having a Smart Thermostat. It can make your life a little more simple and save you money of your power bill!

Controlled Remotely

One big difference between a conventional Thermostat vs a Smart Thermostat is that it can be controlled remotely! Smart Thermostats easily connect to our home Wifi. With our fast paced and technologically focused lifestyles being able to control your thermostat from your phone can have many benefits. Who knew that they made thermostats that connected to the internet!? Some just have a mobile app, whereas some you must go to a web page. One example in favor of a Smart Thermostat is if you are gone all day at work, you don’t need to keep your home cool or warm to the same degree you would if you were there. But  with a Smart Thermostat you can turn on your air/heat in time for your home to be at a comfortable temperature for you when you get home. How nice does that sound on a 100 degree day!

Energy Efficient

Another great thing about having a Smart Thermostat is that you can see real time energy consumption. You can look on your mobile device and see home much energy you are using at that time. This can help people learn when and where they need to be conserving! You can always see how much you are spending on your heating and cooling which will help you be able to tweak your usage! This will help you save money in the long run if you pay attention and learn your energy consumption patterns. Who wouldn’t want to learn  to save money in such a simple way?

Super Smart

One thing that many people see as a huge plus to having a Smart Thermostat is that it is indeed smart, they literally learn from your behaviors. Much like other Smart technology it will acclimate to the personal patterns of your household. It can also adjust to random factors that change the way your system will work such as, changes in humidity and the outside temperature. The Smart Thermostat will tell you how long it will take to cool or heat your home to the desired temperature.  This will put an end to people trying to turn the Thermostat way up or way down to quickly cool or warm your home! The Smart Thermostat keeps track of what the temperature is inside as well as outside. It also can tell you when it is time to have your filters changed. Some Smart Thermostats have motion detectors that can tell if there is anyone home or not and can adjust accordingly. Some have a wireless network that can tell if the homeowners are within range or not. Many of these features can make our already stressful life just a little bit more simple.

With new homes being built everyday with the newest Energy Star, money saving technology it might be a Smart Choice to switch your current Thermostat to a Smart Thermostat. It will definitely save money for your family in the long run, it is easy to control, it will help remind us to keep the filters clean, and make our complicated lives a little less complicated. The Smart Thermostat is one technology that we can all appreciate.

 

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Perks Of Cleaning Your Air Ducts

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Many people don’t put a lot of thought into what is going on in the ducts behind their walls, out of sight out of mind right? However, there are many good reasons to remember to have your ducts cleaned and serviced regularly! We spend a good portion of our time in our homes. Reasons range from keeping your family healthier to saving yourself some money! It is very important to that your air ducts are as clean as possible.

Air Quality

One very good reason it that having your ducts serviced regularly will make the air quality in your home much better. There are many irritants that settle in your ducts such as dust, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, mildew, ect. Having them cleaned regularly will help everyone in your home breathe easier, especially the young, the old, and people that respiratory problems. This will improve everyone’s health and quality of living in the home.

Lurking Irritants

As mentioned above there are many irritants that can hang out in your ducts. These pollutants circulate again and again throughout your home. This can cause growth of microorganisms in the duct systems. Having your Air ducts cleaned regularly will help with the overall cleanliness of your home. This is definitely something that everyone wants for their family!

Efficiency

Over time ductwork and the registers will accumulate a lot of nasty build up. This build-up of dust and grime will cause them to not work as efficiently, meaning your system will have to work harder! When your system is working harder it will cost you more on your monthly bill. A cleaner system will work at a higher efficiency and is much more cost effective. It is a smart choice to pay for regular duct cleanings as it will save you money in the long run!

Living with Pets

We all love having our pets, they are part of the family and help build our microbiomes! However, living with pets can cause our homes to have more irritants. In general, pets track in extra dirt, leave pet dander behind, and are often shedding their fur. All of these thing will build-up in the air ducts and registers and then blow all over you furniture, carpets, and even your beds. This is one very good reason to have your Air ducts serviced regularly!

Medically Fragile

A huge percentage of Americans suffer from some sort of respiratory disease, from Asthma to COPD, and they, especially, need to have clean air ducts in their homes, schools, and workplaces. Another group of people who also have very fragile lungs are our small children. With immature and developing lungs they can be heavily affected by contaminants lurking in dirty air duct systems. Another group to take into consideration are the elderly, many of them are affected by extenuating medical conditions that make their lungs weak. We all strive to make their golden years as comfortable and healthy as possible, having clean air ducts could contribute to this.

Having Work Done

Every few years most people have some type of work done one their homes. It could be as simple as painting the inside or laying down new floors all the way to a full renovation! When we are having this work done in the home there are contaminants that will build up in the Air Ducts. It can be fumes from paint or glue, it can be saw dust, residue from cutting tiles or other hard materials, or dust from drywall. There are so many pollutants that can get into your Air Ducts while doing work on your home. It is prudent to have your Air Ducts cleaned after any work in your home.

These are just some of the reasons that it is important to keep your Air ducts clean. A regular cleaning can keep everyone healthier in your home, and a regular cleaning will help you system work more efficiently, and will save you money in the long run.

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