GRmetro Heating and Cooling Inc Blog

Why Should I care About Leaking Ductwork?

April 16th, 2018

ductIt is only natural that so many homeowners think their air conditioners, furnaces, or heat pumps are working properly so long as they are starting up and cycling down normally and keeping the house comfortable effectively. Unfortunately, things really are not so cut and dry. It is possible that your forced air heating and/or air conditioning system is suffering, and that you are as well. You just may not have connected the dots as of yet.

We are talking about problems with your system’s ductwork, and believe us when we tell you that leaky air ducts are among the most common problems that homeowners using forced air HVAC systems face. Scheduling professional duct repair in Grand Rapids, MI is the only way in which you can hope to resolve the problem successfully. Consider the following information, look out for the warning signs, and contact us if you have any concerns regarding the condition of your ductwork or the overall performance quality of your HVAC system(s).

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Are You Ready to Replace Your Air Conditioner This Year?

April 2nd, 2018

AC-topviewWe understand that investing in a new air conditioning system may not exactly be the most exciting way in which to spend your hard-earned money. That being said, it is an important way in which to spend those funds and, eventually, a necessary way to do so. You want to live comfortably during the summer season, and that means using a whole-house air conditioner. It also means replacing your air conditioner eventually, as no AC will last forever.

Now, we also understand that, while you want to live comfortably, you don’t want to be replacing your air conditioner prematurely. That would just be a  waste of money.  You also don’t want to wait for your system to break down entirely before doing so, though, as that will result in a period of discomfort should it happen at a time when your AC is still needed. This is typically the case, so today we’ll give you some tips on when to replace your air conditioner in Grand Rapids, MI.

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How Long Will Your Furnace Last?

March 19th, 2018

question-mark-blueWe agree that it would be great if key systems in your home lasted throughout the length of your homeownership. Unfortunately, dishwashers, washing machines, and some of the most important systems—like the furnace—will not last forever. Even if a repair is possible for your furnace, it’s not always the wisest choice, as the mismatched components may only wear down faster.

If you are currently experiencing problems with your furnace—or even if your system is brand new—it’s important to know how long your furnace will last. Today, we go over this lifespan, along with some tips on making the furnace last longer and how to tell a replacement is necessary.

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Why Heating Maintenance Matters

March 5th, 2018

furnace-service-technicianThank goodness for central heating. It may be cold outside, but it’s so simply to just go to the thermostat, raise the temperature, and pretend that your home is a tropical getaway. It works almost like magic, so you might not give much thought to the heating system that is doing all the work.

Most people (aside from technicians) don’t spend much, if any, time thinking about the condition of their heaters. And it’s true that most furnaces and heat pumps are quite durable and long lasting when properly installed. That doesn’t mean, though, that they don’t need some care and attention.

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Gas vs. Electric Heating Systems

February 19th, 2018

electrical-wiring-white-backgroundWhen it comes time to purchase a new heating system for your home, it’s a good idea to spend some time thinking about what you want in terms of efficiency and special features. First and foremost, though, you’ll have to figure out one major factor in the installation: will your new heater run on natural gas or electricity? And does it really matter?

When it comes to HVAC in Grand Rapids, whether you choose a gas or electric heater can certainly make a difference. Learn the differences, and why you might choose one system over another in today’s guide. For more information, reach out to our team. We’d be happy to set up a consultation for your next HVAC installation.

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How a Furnace Heats Your Home

February 6th, 2018

heating-furnace-basement-openWhile there is a variety of types of heating systems in our area, there’s still one system that reigns as the most popular system throughout the country: the furnace. In particular, the natural gas furnace is convenient to install in most home setups and operates safely and efficiently with proper installation. For the most part, you don’t need to know too much about the inner workings of your furnace, as a qualified technician is the only person who should handle any repairs or installation.

Still, it helps to know the basics about how a furnace works. This way, you can know how to tell when something is not working as it should, and you can have a basis of understanding when a technician explains a problem within your system. We’re here to help you get some information about how your gas furnace works.

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What to Do When Your Heating System Won’t Turn On

January 22nd, 2018

cold-man-thermostat-handsThere are a number of problems a heating system can run into over the course of its life. We recommend getting any heating issue under control ASAP, including an odd sound or reduced heating performance, as it could only get worse with time. But there’s one issue we don’t have to remind you to fix: when the heater breaks down completely.

When your heating system will not turn on, you want a quick solution. Of course, you don’t want to call in technicians if the problem is something you can fix on your own. So what should you do if a furnace will not start up?

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What You Should Know about HVAC System Sizing

January 8th, 2018

money-saving-green-home-scaleHeating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can differ quite a bit in build, fuel type, special features, and efficiency rating. But one difference between systems is perhaps more important than any of that—but often overlooked by homeowners. People want the cheapest, the most efficient, or the system with the best automated features. What they don’t often discuss is sizing.

Sizing is key to the operation of your home HVAC system, whether it’s a central air conditioner, a heat pump, or a furnace. Sizing can make or break a new system, so do your research (with the help of our experts) before diving into a new installation.

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Prepare Your Home for Cold and Flu Season

December 25th, 2017

woman-sneezesCold and flu season is in full force, and you may or may not have already been hit. That doesn’t mean you won’t get sick again, of course, and keeping that heating system running nonstop throughout the season isn’t helping.

As you run your heater, it sucks in air from around the home. While it does, it can bring in contaminants, including viruses and bacteria that can make you ill. In fact, the quality of the air inside of your home can be a lot worse than the quality of the air outdoors. Prepare your home for cold and flu season with these tips!

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How to Upgrade Your Heating System This Year

December 11th, 2017

HVAC-return-air-vent-floorIn years past, your heating system has not truly delivered the way you would like. This year, you’re ready for a change. Whether or not you’re ready to completely update your heater, there may be upgrades you can make to keep you more comfortable, to save some money each month, and to increase your safety.

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