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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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3 Problematic Heating System Misconceptions

November 27th, 2017

Your central heating system takes care of you, so it serves you well to take care of it. Properly caring for your heater can save you money and make the system last for longer. Unfortunately, there are lots of misconceptions that lead homeowners to pay less attention to the wellbeing of their systems, even if they mean well.

All of the following heating system beliefs exist because homeowners truly think they will save money. But these are mistakes that could be harmful to the system—and actually cost you more in the long run.

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What’s the Best Heating System for Your Home?

November 13th, 2017

heating-woman-coffeeWhen you need a new heater, you might be surprised to learn about how many options are available. The standard gas furnace, still the most popular heating system in the country, is not necessarily the best choice for your home—though it is for some. How can you tell?

Today, we want to help you select the right system for your home. However, you should know that it’s tough to say without getting a look at your home and your ventilation system. Call the experts on our team to get your estimate today.

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What You Gain from a Wi-Fi Thermostat

October 30th, 2017

family-child-tablet-home-outlineHaving Wi-Fi in your home has given you much of the world’s knowledge right at your fingertips. It’s allowed you to order books and household goods right to your door, to learn what’s going on in any part of the world, and to watch virtually any movie made before this year any time you want. And soon, everyone you know with Wi-Fi in the home will be able to say they use it to control what goes on in the house as well.

Smart home technology is the latest and greatest of what Wi-Fi has brought us, and it’s spreading quickly. If you want to get in on the action, perhaps the best place to start is with a Wi-Fi thermostat. Learn why our heating and air conditioning technicians and their families love these smart thermostats and how you can get them for your home, too.

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4 Ways to Save Money on Heating

October 16th, 2017

piggy-bank-dollarsIf you feel like you’re spending too much money on heating, you’re not alone. For most people (in cold climates), heating takes up the highest portion of energy bills in a month. We cannot go without it during the winter and fall, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost an arm and a leg.

While you should expect bills to go up as temperatures drop, you might still be paying more than you should. There are ways to upgrade your home, change your habits, and make your heating system run more efficiently. Save fuel and electricity with our heating tips below, and call our team when you need heating service in East Grand Rapids, MI.

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Can My Heating System Be Repaired?

October 2nd, 2017

Heating-furnace-gasWhen something goes wrong with your heater, you’re likely hoping that the system can be repaired. After all, it’s typically much less expensive to make a repair for your heater than to replace such a costly system. That is, unless you’re making repairs that won’t stand the test of time. Sometimes, it’s simply impossible to repair an older heating system. Other times, it may be possible to repair your heater, but it won’t hold up, meaning you pay spend more money with time.

Of course, there are many times when a simple heating repair is all you need. While you’ll have to call a technician in to check your system and tell you for sure, we want to help you understand why sometimes, replacing your older heater just makes sense. Here’s a primer on knowing the difference between furnace repair and replacement, but call our team for a proper diagnosis!

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How Long Should My Heating System Last?

September 18th, 2017

question-mark-blueWhether homeowners have just purchased a brand-new heating system or they notice that theirs is aging and beginning to experience some problems, so many homeowners ask us the same question: “How long is it supposed to last?” As you may expect, the answer is not a simple one. No technician can say with certainty how long a heater will work until it fails, but we can provide some information to help you know what to expect.

We also want to help you keep your heating system for longer! Our technicians care about the health and wellbeing of your system, so we’re here to explain what you can expect from the life of your heater and to offer some tips for keeping it around for longer.

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It’s Time to Schedule Routine Maintenance for Your Furnace!

September 4th, 2017

furnace-service-technicianYou haven’t put a lot of thought into the condition of your heating system lately—and we understand! Temperatures have rarely dropped low enough to even consider turning on the heater this season, and you might be hoping that summer stretches on just a little longer than the forecast calls for. We hope so too—but even so, it’s important to schedule maintenance for your furnace long before you need it.

We’re here to prove it to you. Regular maintenance takes away a lot of the stresses homeowners have to deal with in the winter. Learn why you should schedule a professional heating system tune-up as early as possible. Today, we address your maintenance questions and concerns!

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