GRmetro Heating and Cooling Inc Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

Dry Air Can Be a Problem in the Winter

Monday, 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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Is a Heat Pump a Reliable Heater?

Monday, October 1st, 2018

just-right-temperatureThe short answer to the question posed in the title of this post is: yes, absolutely. Heat pumps are among the most unique and revered of all heating systems on the market today. There are many different reasons for this, which we will get into below. One fact that we want to get out there right away, however, is that you are investing in more than just a heater when you purchase a heat pump. You are investing in a year-round comfort system, keeping you cool  all summer and warm all winter without the need for 2 separate systems.

That may sound too good to be true but, again, more on that below.

The other fact that we want to get out there right away is that, regardless of how great your heat pump of choice may be, regardless of who manufactured it, you are not going to enjoy the very best performance that it has to offer if you do not schedule your heat pump services with skilled, experienced professionals. That means that you’re in the right place, because you are reading this right now! Let us handle your heat  pump services in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Why Heating Maintenance Matters

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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