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Weird Furnace Noises: What They Could Mean

January 7th, 2019

service-technician-furnaceSome day in the future, all furnaces will come equipped with precision self-diagnosing computer systems that will immediately diagnose operational issues and alert their owners to the exact problem and then send a request to a professional to service it. We’re not quite there yet—but your furnace does have ways to inform you when something isn’t right, such as higher heating bills, poorer comfort, or strange sounds.

We’re going to talk about the last one in today’s post, because it’s often the first warning sign a homeowner receives about a furnace issue. In most cases, these sounds indicate its time to call for an HVAC repair professional who knows furnaces in Cherry Hill, NJ to do the diagnosis and find out what service is necessary.

Below is a list of the more common warning noises your furnace might make:

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Setting the Thermostat in Winter: You May Be Doing It Wrong!

December 24th, 2018

cold-man-with-thermostatThe thermostat may seem like a simple device—at least, the old manual thermostats that use dials and sliders may. You want more heat during the cold weather? Turn the thermostat up higher, and there’s your extra heat. When it gets too hot or too stuffy, turn the thermostat back down. Pretty basic.

But it isn’t, and adjusting your thermostat with this up-and-down pattern based on how warm your house currently feels can waste energy without providing better comfort. It can even shorten the service life of your heating system because of the extra strain put on it.

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How Furnace Efficiency Is Measured

December 10th, 2018

Furnace-standardThere are many options to consider when choosing the right furnace for your home and needs. However, if there is one thing that matters across the board, it’s efficiency. A furnace’s efficiency is measured by its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, or AFUE, rating. The Federal Trade Commission requires new furnaces to display their AFUE ratings so homeowners can compare the efficiency of various models.

So, what exactly is AFUE? To put it simply, AFUE is the ratio of annual heat output of the furnace compared to the annual fuel energy consumed by the furnace. Let’s say a furnace has an AFUE rating of 95%. This means that 95% of the fuel being used becomes heat for the home. This is important. When your furnace performs efficiently, it saves money. You would not want to pay 100% of your heating bill and only get to enjoy 50% of the heat.

Today, high-efficiency furnaces operate at 90–98.5% efficiency. Should you choose to install a high-efficiency furnace, you should know that the initial cost can be pricy, but the benefits definitely outweigh the drawbacks. Spending money on a high-quality furnace will save you money in the long run. Older furnaces might not even be rated, but if a furnace has a continuous pilot light that requires you to light it when it goes out, it’s safe to say it is only operating at about 50–70%. So, if you have an older furnace, you might be spending your money on wasted fuel.

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Please Leave Heating Repair to the Professionals

November 26th, 2018

furnace-repair-technicianA rough winter in New Jersey places a lot of stress on a home heating system. Even with the finest regular maintenance, a heater may be overwhelmed and malfunction—most likely at the worst time possible. (You know it’s true!)

So what do you do when you have a failing or failed home heater during a chilly winter day? You may be tempted to find some tools, punch up a DIY guide on a tablet, and see if you can fix whatever is wrong on your own. And that may seem like the fastest and cheapest route. But it’s neither fast nor cheap. It might not even be legal and it can also be extremely dangerous. Please, if your heating system needs a repair, get in touch with a professional HVAC contractor to handle the work. After all, it’s what we do, and we’re focused on seeing repairs are done both fast and right!

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How a Whole-House Humidifier Can Benefit You

November 12th, 2018

water-dropletsDuring the summer, high humidity can make a hot day feel miserable. This is why we offer installation of whole-house dehumidifiers. But during the winter, the opposite problem often occurs: dry winter days and nights mean a sharper edge to the cold.

You can beat dry conditions—any time of the year—when you call us for whole-house humidifier installation. We offer all types of HVAC services in Cinnaminson, NJ, and we want to see you enjoy the best in comfort in your house, and this includes helping you find the right humidity balance.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump—Heat?

October 29th, 2018

woman-shiveringTemperatures are dropping as we move into the second half of fall. If you use a heat pump for your household comfort around the year, you may already have switched it over to heating mode for the first time. What happened when you did? If you started receiving warm air from the vents around the rooms (or from wall units if you have a ductless mini-split heat pump), then we can only assume you’re reading this post out of curiosity or maybe to plan ahead. Otherwise, you’re reading this because your heat pump either isn’t putting out enough heat to keep your family warm or it isn’t putting out heat at all. It may even still be sending out cold air.

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Can My Furnace Become Dangerous?

October 15th, 2018

furnace-oldIt’s October, and maybe you’re having spooky thoughts about parts of your house during the evenings. If you have a gas furnace in the basement, you might be a bit startled at the sounds it makes as it comes on if you’re wandering in the depths of the house at night. But is that gas furnace an actual danger? Not just a noise in the night, but something that could turn into a combustion hazard or allow for the leak of toxic gases?

We understand this is a concern some homeowners have, and in this post we want to both assure you about your furnace’s operation, while also cautioning you about how to take care of the furnace to keep it running at its safest.

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The Best Reasons to Schedule Fall Heating Maintenance

October 1st, 2018

technician-examining-gas-furnaceOnce the calendar turns to October, there’s no denying that fall has arrived. The weather will start to cool down (although a few hot days may still blaze up) and the leaves change color. The kids are back in school, your neighbors are planning their Halloween party, and you’re starting to wonder if your heating system is going to work when you need it.

What? You aren’t worried about your heater? We applaud your confidence, but your heater may not agree. Especially if it doesn’t have its annual maintenance.

Fall is the time to arrange for a professional to come to your home and provide your furnace with an inspection and tune-up. There are many reasons to have this done each fall, and below we’ve listed a few of the most important ones.

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Late Season Air Conditioning Problems You May See

September 17th, 2018

autumn-backgroundSummer officially ends in two weeks, but that’s only on the calendar. We can still expect warm and hot days moving into the early fall, and that means your home’s AC isn’t finished with the hard work yet. This is a time of year when all the accumulated stress on the system may cause it to malfunction.

Please don’t ignore any need for AC repair in Voorhees, NJ, no matter how late in the year: fixing problems promptly with a call to HVAC professionals is the best way to ensure the trouble doesn’t worsen and that the AC will enjoy a long service life. And you certainly don’t want to have to deal with a busted AC when you try to turn it back on next year in the spring!

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Are Your Cooling Bills Too Steep? Let’s Find Out Why

September 3rd, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverSeptember rarely brings much relief from summer heat, and the utility bills you receive each month reflect this. But if you’ve recently looked at your utility bills and thought the costs for electricity were higher than normal—and you can’t account for the increase—you may have an air conditioning system draining too much power.

Of course, you expect an increase in electrical bills in summer because this is when the air conditioner runs the most often. The compressor in an AC drains a large amount of electricity. You may, however, be spending more than necessary. When the bills turning alarming, we recommend you find out why.

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