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Don’t Let This Unseasonably Warm Weather Bug You

February 20th, 2018

man in flip flops looking very relaxed on couchFor most parts of the country, temperatures in the high 50’s are still pretty dang cold. For us though, it may as well be springtime. This time of the year is usually when we’re bundling up and making sure that our heaters are working as effectively and efficiently as they should.

And while we are definitely your go-to for reliable Boise, ID heating services, since the weather is a little warmer, we want to talk about some care tips for your home that can help you live more comfortably—more specifically, we want to talk about bugs. This isn’t a topic usually discussed during winter, or by your expert HVAC team for that matter, but these tips can coincidentally also help your HVAC systems work more efficiently when you do need them on a daily basis.

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Do Your Air Ducts Need Replacement?

February 19th, 2018

technician drilling ductworkSpringtime is that time of the year where we begin to use our Boise, ID HVAC systems in cooling mode, but aren’t quite done with heating mode. With the unseasonably warm weather we’ve had lately, this is even truer. One component of your heating and cooling systems that get pretty stressed out from this constant change and consistent use of your HVAC systems is your ductwork, and the extra work could quickly lead to duct repair or even replacement needs due to breaches in the air ducts.

You may be surprised by the issues that leak ductwork can cause, for your heating system, cooling system, and even the quality of your indoor air. It’s wise to know the signs of damaged ductwork, since it’s not like you can visually inspect your air ducts on your own—at least, not easily. Fortunately, we are here with some indicators to watch out for and tips regarding professional duct repair and replacement.

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Tips to Help Your Furnace Last Longer

February 5th, 2018

furnace venting out of homeWe can’t think of anyone who would buy a brand new furnace, and then would be okay with replacing it just 5 or 6 years later. But, if you do not take care of your heating system, then that very well could be what happens. We are the experts in Boise, ID furnaces, and we want to help you get the most out of your heater.

To do so though, you need to avoid certain mistakes and make sure you properly care for the system.

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Common Heating Repair Needs

January 22nd, 2018

man looking cold standing in front of thermostatWe’ve progressed well into winter now, and although the snow took a bit longer to get here than usual, it’s certainly cold enough for most homeowners to be using their heaters 24/7. All that extra strain, though, means that Boise, ID heating repair needs are much more likely, especially if you didn’t schedule maintenance before the season began. For furnaces and boilers, this service is recommended once a year, where heat pump type systems should receive this service twice yearly.

The good news, however, is that there are several common signs that your heater is running into issues, and, if you know what to look for you can probably spot them pretty easily, and get repairs scheduled just as easily. Remember, you shouldn’t attempt a formal diagnosis or repair on your own. There are many complex and potentially harmful components to heating systems (especially gas-powered heaters) and this kind of work requires the touch of a professional. But when is it time to call in that pro?

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How Can You Get the Most Out of Your Heater This Winter?

January 8th, 2018

Chilled young man with winter hat sitting next to a radiator isolated on white backgroundIf your answer to this question is, “by using it as little as possible,” we have some good news for you. You do not have to completely cut back on how much you use your heater in order to save energy and subsequent money. Besides, cold weather in our area is serious, and a reliable heating system that you can use on a daily basis is essential.

Still, though, we understand that with how much you run your Boise, ID heating system, you want to use it as efficiently as possible and cut down on those heating bills. Prudent homeowners can certainly find ways to improve their energy efficiency and lower their monthly bills in the meantime. For instance, you could set your thermostat a few degrees lower than normal and wear warmer clothes indoors. Below are some more great tips to help you get the most out of your heater this winter.

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Don’t Ignore Uneven Heating from Your Furnace

December 26th, 2017

man looking cold standing in front of thermostatOne heating problem that people tend to worry about the most is that their system will stop generating the same amount of warmth as it used to. However, a problem that people don’t consider enough, and which ends up being even more irritable at times, is when their heater seems to be operating as it should, but some rooms are much colder than others.

There are a few reasons this might be occurring. The technicians on our team see this problem often, and we are prepared to deal with it, no matter the cause. If we discover it’s a problem with your heating system, we are the leading provider and installer of Boise, ID furnaces.

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Is Your Furnace Making Any of These Strange Noises?

December 11th, 2017

white question mark on a blue backgroundThe middle of winter is the worst possible times to have your heating system develop problems. It’s also the time when heating issues are most likely to happen. We aren’t quite there yet, but that’s why now is the perfect time to talk about this. If you haven’t already scheduled heating maintenance to ensure you fend off the worst of potential Boise, ID heating repairs, now is the time to do so.

Even with maintenance, however, it’s vital that you be vigilant if you want to catch heating problems before they turn into a much bigger emergency. One of the telltale signs that most homeowners notice something is wrong with their furnace is the presence of odd, unfamiliar noises while the system is operating. Keep reading for more information about common problem sounds, and what’s behind them.

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Consider a Heat Pump for Your Next Home Comfort Installation

November 27th, 2017

Young smiling woman sitting on sofa and looking up while drinking hot tea. Young brunette woman thinking at home in a leisure time. Happy girl relaxing at home on a bright winter morning.With temperatures already chilling off enough to start using our heaters on at least a nightly basis, we hope that you’ve had yours tuned-up so it’s ready for the season ahead. However, what if you have turned yours on to discover it is experiencing major operational problems, or it’s broken down altogether? You might find yourself in need of a Boise, ID heating replacement very soon.

But before you rush out and buy the first heater within your budget, we urge you to consider your options. The last thing you want to do is buy a heater that is either not properly sized for your home, or one that you don’t have professionally installed—these can both create major issues down the road. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to consider a heat pump for your next home comfort installation!

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Use Your Thermostat Correctly for Better Heating Efficiency

November 13th, 2017

Stock image of hand adjusting thermostatWhen it comes to choosing a thermostat for your HVAC system, there are a number of options available. Finding the right one can help you save considerably on your heating and cooling costs. If you are already considering upgrading, be sure to contact our HVAC professionals so that we can lead you in the right direction and make sure it’s installed correctly.

Many homeowners aren’t aware of this but installing a thermostat on your own can actually end up invalidating the equipment warranty on the component. And any thermostat can end up damaging an HVAC system, by sending it the wrong signals, if it’s improperly placed in your home or otherwise installed sloppily. Our professionals have the knowledge and the skill to ensure you have the right new thermostat without risking a voided warranty or any other problems.

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Late Season Air Conditioner Problems Not to Ignore

October 30th, 2017

male technician working on AC unitChances are pretty slim that you’re still using your air conditioner by this time of the year. You’ve likely already begun using your heating system on a fairly regular basis—and hopefully you’ve already scheduled your heating maintenance appointment, too!

If your air conditioner was having any operational problems this past summer, however, the time to address them is now, rather than waiting until next spring and potentially facing a full breakdown—all because you skipped out on getting important Boise, ID AC repairs done.

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