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You might be reading this blog post
title and wondering why we’re talking about furnace
steps for spring and summer, but hear us out!
Homeowners often don’t realize this,
but there are a number of easy ways to cut down on monthly and yearly energy
costs, and one way is to either fully or at least partially shut down the
furnace during the warmer spring and summer months.
There’s no question that Skokie winters are cold. Even the
most mild of winter conditions in our area require a fully functional,
efficiently operating heating system. So, if your furnace has started showing signs
of struggle as we close in on the end of the heating season, it can be very
Of course, if you had maintenance done this past fall, and
followed up on any repair needs that we alerted you to, then you probably won’t
have any problems with your furnace. But if it’s showing any signs of disrepair, the best thing you can do for your system
is give us a call. But what are these signs?
Read on as we uncover some of the most ominous furnace
symptoms out there.
If you asked us what one of the most dependable types of heating systems is, we’d definitely say the boiler system. Since they need fewer moving parts than more conventional systems like heat pumps or furnaces, boilers tend to accumulate less wear and tear, and have a longer lifespan.
But, like any other important home appliance, boiler systems
still need repairs on occasion. Read on as we uncover some of the signs that your boiler needs repairs sooner rather
Are you one of the many homeowners in our area who relies on
a boiler for your heating needs instead of the traditional furnace? This is
definitely a great choice, especially if you have limited room in your living
space for ductwork, since a boiler operates by circulating hot water through
concealed pipes to terminal points like radiators or baseboard heaters, where
the heat then radiates into the rooms.
Most households that utilize these powerful systems
appreciate the comfort and energy savings that they bring. They also like how
rarely these boilers need repair. Since boilers contain fewer moving parts than
furnaces or heat pumps do, they wear down a lot slower, and don’t require as
many repairs as traditional furnaces do throughout their useful lifespan.
However, it’s important that you don’t let this slower aging
and fewer repair needs trick you into thinking you boiler system doesn’t need
maintenance. Because yes, it does need maintenance!
In our last blog post, we talked about the differences in AFUE rating (energy rating) between gas and electric furnaces. If you read it, then you know the one that will be more efficient for your home depends on a number of factors. But whether you have a gas or electric furnace, there are some steps you can take to boost the efficiency even more, and subsequently save money.
The first step we’re going to
share with you is this: schedule
maintenance! Yes, this is a service we typically recommend in the fall,
before you need your system the most. But the fact of the matter is that
consistent maintenance is key to helping your heater work as efficiently and
effectively as possible.
So let’s say you’ve got the
maintenance part down, what else can you do to use your heater more efficiently
before warm springtime temperatures arrive?
From potential mold or mildew growth to bubbling paint, water damage from condensation on your windows isn’t good. When outdoor temps drop, condensation on windows is often on the rise. So what should you do about it?
If it’s this late into the winter season and you’re just now
looking into having a new heater installed, chances are that something happened
to your current one—and you’re in a bit of a rush to replace it. We get it. You want to get back to the
comfort that you’re used to. But this really isn’t a decision you should rush!
Plus this gives you a good opportunity to decide whether you want to stick with
the fuel source you’ve always relied on, or go with something more efficient.
So what is more
efficient? Answering this can be a little tricky, since efficiency is a rating of the heating output of your furnace
compared to the amount of energy it actually uses. But this does not
necessarily mean that a furnace with a higher efficiency rating will use less
energy and therefore cost less to run, because an electric furnace could have a
higher efficiency rating (called
AFUE, which we’ll touch on more below) than a different model of gas furnace,
but in general gas is a more affordable fuel
Do you have an electric furnace in your home keeping you and
your family warm? Great! These are powerful systems that can work very
effectively and efficiently, as long as they’re well cared for. This means
staying on top of your heating maintenance needs—each year, our professionals
come out to clean, inspect, and adjust your furnace and ensure that it has no
pending repair needs.
However, there’s always a chance that something will go
amiss with your electric furnace, even between maintenance sessions. This is
especially true for aging furnaces. If you do notice that your electric furnace
isn’t quite working as it should,
give us a call! We’re here to help. We also want to share with you signs that
your electric furnace may be struggling. Read on for the information you need
If you’re shopping for a new furnace this time of year,
there’s no doubt that this is something you need very soon. However, choosing a
new heater for your home isn’t a decision you should make lightly or hastily.
Today’s technology gives you so many
choices when it comes to effective heating. So if you’ve been using a
gas-powered system or even space heaters, then you may not know that there are
electric heating options that don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to
Homeowners often ask us if electric furnaces have what it
takes to keep Chicagoland residents warm. Read on as we answer that and dive
into more information about electric furnaces that will help you make an
educated decision about your next heating installation.
There is one scenario where it would be too late for a
furnace tune-up, and that’s if your heating system is completely broken down to
a point that it’s beyond repair. We are going to assume that if you’ve come
across this blog post, that is hopefully not the case for you! If you’ve made
it to winter without having your heater maintained yet, it’s not too late.
True, we typically recommend this service in the fall. The reason for this is because it’s before you need your system the most. Maintenance allows our technicians to make sure it’s in the best shape possible for the cooler season. But what matters more than timing is consistency. So long as you’re having your furnace tuned-up once a year, you’ll be able to keep it in good shape throughout its service life. Read on as we uncover why consistent professional maintenance is so important.