GRmetro Heating and Cooling Inc Blog

Why a Smart Thermostat is a Wise Investment

March 18th, 2019

wireless-thermostat-controlsThe ability to change the temperature in your home with just a tiny, wall-mounted device is actually quite incredible. By hitting just a couple of buttons you can make your home warm and toasty in the winter and cool and comfortable in the summer. The invention of the thermostat in 1883 forever changed the way in which homeowners maintained comfort inside their homes, and since then, technology has come quite a long way.

Today’s thermostats are smarter than ever, and we believe that homeowners can truly benefit from upgrading their old, outdated thermostats. Upgrading your thermostat in Grand Rapids, MI is one of the best ways to ensure that your HVAC systems are working efficiently and effectively, keeping repair costs and utility bills to a minimum. In case you are not yet convinced, we have highlighted just some of the reasons why investing in a smart thermostat is a smart idea. Keep reading below to find out more. 

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Heating 101: Selecting a New Furnace

March 4th, 2019

checklistWinter isn’t going anywhere any time soon, so over the next couple of months, you’re going to be using your furnace quite consistently. But, what happens if your furnace can no longer keep up with your household’s heating demands? Certainly, having a faulty furnace in the middle of the winter is not something you should ever have to deal with… so what do you do?

If you are dealing with a fussy furnace, it might just be that it is time for a replacement. Selecting a new furnace is no small task, which is why it is best to speak with a professional before you make any final decisions. Below, we have provided a “quick guide” for selecting and installing a new furnace in your home. Keep reading to learn more!

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Why Your Indoor Air Quality is Worse Than You Think

February 18th, 2019

We often think of our homes as a safe haven, free from the dirt, debris, allergens, and germs that live in the outside world. However, what many homeowners don’t know is that the quality of the air inside their homes is actually a lot worse than they’d like to believe. There are a number of factors that contribute to poor indoor air quality, and this week, we are going to be discussing them.

Of course, we are not trying to suggest that your home is a dangerous battlefield. But, it is important to be aware of the factors that contribute to reduced indoor air quality in order to help improve it. Keep reading below to learn more! 

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How Prompt Heating Repairs Benefit You

February 4th, 2019

timerOf course, the last thing any homeowner wants in the middle of winter is a fussy heater, and although they are built to last, they are not invincible. Occasionally, you will experience issues with your heater, and when this happens, the best thing to do is schedule your repairs as soon as possible. Sure, dealing with any heater problem can be quite a nuisance, as it is almost never convenient for your schedule or your budget. However, waiting to schedule your heating repair in Rockford, MI can cause further damage.

We understand just how important your comfort is to you, which is why we stress the importance of prompt repair services. There are many reasons why prompt repairs are beneficial, and below we have outlined a few of them. 

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Is Routine Heating Maintenance Worthwhile?

January 21st, 2019

You depend on your heater to keep your warm and cozy during the winter, which as we know, can be quite cold here in Michigan. But, did you know that your heater also depends on you? Waiting until something goes wrong to schedule HVAC services in Rockford, MI can put a lot of strain on your system and consequently reduce its service life. Your heater requires annual maintenance to boost efficiency and reduce the need for repairs. Don’t let your heater down… be proactive and pick up the phone!

Routine heating maintenance is definitely worth your while, so it is important that these services are scheduled at least once a year, if not more. If you are not yet convinced, keep reading. Below, we have listed some of the benefits of investing in professional maintenance services. 

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Why Does My Furnace Smell Like This?

January 7th, 2019

rotten-egg-smell-badYour nose is like a mini HVAC technician, able to detect furnace issues that you might have otherwise been unaware of. Although it isn’t NATE-certified like our technicians here, your nose can pick up unusual smells coming from your furnace, which should prompt you to contact a professional right away. There are a number of potential issues that could cause certain smells, and they should never be ignored.

It is important to be aware of the various scents that a furnace in distress might give off. Although you can’t fix the problem yourself, identifying the issue can help keep you and your family safe this winter season. In today’s blog, we have given you a quick guide to different furnace smells and their potential causes. 

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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cool Air?

December 24th, 2018

cold-manYou depend on your furnace for endless heat during the winter. Temperatures here in Western Michigan can dip well into the thirties, so as you can imagine, the last thing you’d want is for your furnace to blow cool air! If the air coming from your furnace is not an appropriate temperature, you definitely have a problem on your hands! If you’ve noticed cool air coming from your vents, it’s time to schedule your furnace repair in Rockford, MI.

There are a number of potential reasons as to why your system is blowing cool air, some being more significant than others. Only a trained HVAC technician can accurately diagnose and correct the problem. In any case, it’s best to schedule your repairs as soon as possible to avoid causing further damage to the system. Below, we have outlined some of the potential causes of cool air. 

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Don’t Leave a Dirty Filter in Your Furnace

December 10th, 2018

If you own a furnace, you know how satisfying it can be when it kicks on and provides you with all the heat you desire. So, when something goes awry, you might begin to panic. However, there are some things that you can do to avoid a furnace malfunction. No, we don’t expect you to understand the inner-workings of your system, but we do want you to be aware of the impact that one little component has on your entire furnace system – we are talking about your air filter.

Here at GRmetro Heating & Cooling, we can’t stress enough the importance of having your air filters regularly changed by an HVAC professional. Many homeowners minimize the importance of changing their air filters, so it might only be changed during their annual maintenance visit. But air filters need to be changed every 1-3 months to keep the furnace running efficiently and effectively. Failure to do so can result in some pretty negative side effects. If you are overdue for an air filter replacement, don’t wait any longer.

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Is Your Heater Short Cycling?

November 26th, 2018

servicing-furnaceIf so, then you have a  problem of some sort on your hands. The tricky thing about short cycling in particular, though, is that there are multiple potential causes of the problem, and not all of them are terribly serious. However, the problem could be serious, so just assuming it’s nothing to worry about can really come back to haunt you when you discover that real damage has been done. That is why, in today’s post, we’ll explore short cycling a bit more closely.

We’ll take a look at what short cycling is, when to be concerned, and what you may be able to do to resolve the problem on your own (in one particular scenario, anyway!). So read on, and remember that routine heating maintenance is the best way in which to keep any problems with your heater to a bare minimum. Let the heating technicians on our staff keep your heater in Grand Rapids in the best working condition possible, and we’ll also repair it when anything does go wrong.

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Dry Air Can Be a Problem in the Winter

November 12th, 2018

hello-winterFor most homeowners, the most pressing issue of the winter season is heating their homes. It cannot be stressed enough, however, that protecting your indoor air quality throughout the winter season should also be a priority. When we seal up our homes against the elements, be it the heat of summer or the chill of the winter season, it can make it difficult to maintain great indoor air quality. Remember too that you are already working with drier than usual air when the winter season is in effect.

Why is dry air a problem? Why is dry air a winter problem? And how can you best prevent problems with dry air from developing in your home? All this, and more, in today’s blog. Okay, we’ll give you a sneak peek: You want a whole-house humidifier. Nothing is more effective in terms of staving off the problems that low humidity levels can cause. We install and service great whole-house humidifiers in Grand Rapids.

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