Ultimate Heating & Air, Inc Blog

Tips for Staying Cool This Summer

April 17th, 2018

business man holding a electric fanWith snow falling just a few weeks ago, you might be wondering why we’re already talking about summer. Well, for anyone who has lived in Boise for even just a year, they know summer hits hard and fast, with warmer temperatures and higher humidity gracing us with their presence as early as May.

We want to help you stay as cool as possible! This means providing you with exceptional Boise, ID air conditioning service, but also with helpful tips to keep your home nice and comfortable this year.

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Don’t Let Late Season Furnace Repairs Get Away from You

April 17th, 2018

Young woman shivering during the winter seasonWhile homeowners in other parts of the country consider the 60s to still be on the chilly side, anyone who’s lived here in the Boise area for even just one winter knows how nice it feels right now. In fact, you’re probably more than ready to shut off your furnace for the season and schedule air conditioning maintenance to ensure your cooling system is ready for the warmer temps.

We do encourage you to get AC maintenance on your schedule ASAP, but that doesn’t mean you should just forget about your furnace altogether. Just because it’s late in the heating season doesn’t mean repairs won’t crop up. And if you neglect those repair needs, you could find yourself facing an emergency furnace repair in Boise next fall—potentially even a full system breakdown.

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AC Maintenance: Yes, It’s That Time of Year!

April 2nd, 2018

air conditioner unit being worked onThough Mother Nature will likely disagree with us based on the weather from last week, spring is officially here! Before you know it, temperatures will start warming up again—we promise—and you’ll need a fully functional Boise HVAC system to keep you cooled off this year. But if you want that to be the case, you need to have your air conditioner professionally maintained.

There are a few basic maintenance tasks you can, and should, perform on your own. This includes changing the air filter on a regular basis (every 13 months depending on the type of air filter and depending on the level of contaminants in your home) and checking to make sure your outdoor unit is free of dirt and other debris that might have gathered over the winter. But a full tune-up—one that makes a difference to how well your cooling system will perform—should be left to the pros.

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Is Your Thermostat Causing Problems?

March 20th, 2018

woman's hand adjusting temperature on thermostatWhen your HVAC system doesn’t work the way that it should, your first instinct should be to check the thermostat. After all, most problems do originate here since this is essentially the “brain” of your system. But in checking this component, do you know what to look for?

Before you reach out to our team to schedule Boise, ID thermostat services, we urge you to check for the following issues. The fix may be something simple, such as unintentional human error.

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Late Season Heating Repairs to Watch Out For

March 19th, 2018

technicians gloved hands repairing heaterGenerally speaking, our winter was fairly mild this year. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you told us you turned your heater off completely for a day or two in the last few weeks. With that being said, and the official start of spring only days away, you probably aren’t thinking too much about your heating system, but instead getting ready to schedule your next AC maintenance appointment.

We encourage you to do so, but don’t neglect one Meridian, ID HVAC system over another! AC service is definitely something you want to start thinking about, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect any heating system repair needs that might exist right now.

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No, That Cracked Heat Exchanger Cannot Wait

March 5th, 2018

burnersThe official end of winter is almost here, though this last week could have fooled us! You’ve likely been using your heater on a frequent basis. Hopefully, you had maintenance done before the season began to help fend off any large Boise, ID furnace repair needs and improve heating operation—but these are just two factors to consider when it comes to furnace care. You also want to think about safety.

The only way to ensure the safety of your heater, and subsequently your home, is to stay on top of your furnace repair needs as much as possible. Maintenance will help with this, but it would also benefit you to be aware of common and not-so-common repair needs. One of the not-so-common but potentially hazardous furnace issues you might face is a cracked heat exchanger.

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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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