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How a Thermostat Can Make Your Home Heating Go All Wrong

February 17th, 2020

thermostatWhen a thermostat goes rogue, it’s a big problem. A thermostat may look small, but then termites are small as well, and everyone knows they can be one of the worst problems a house can face. A bad thermostat won’t create as major an ordeal as a termite infestation, but it can still lead to unpleasant days and nights, large utility bills, and even a busted heating system.

We would love to help you avoid heater repair in Cherry Hill, NJ and all those other headaches a misbehaving or broken thermostat can cause. And we’re always ready to help when you think you’ve got a broken thermostat.

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How to Tell Your Boiler Needs to Be Replaced

February 3rd, 2020

rusted-boilerDo you have reasons to believe the boiler warming your home this winter is coming to the end of its long road? Not a pleasant realization to have, since replacing a boiler is a big investment. But if your current boiler isn’t going to last much longer or is costing you a small fortune to continue running, acting fast to replace it will reward you for many years.

Let’s talk about why you think your boiler needs to retire to the recycling center. There are a number of signs you may have already noticed, as well as others to watch out for.

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How Long Can You Expect Your Furnace to Last?

January 20th, 2020

basement-furnace-openA furnace is not designed to run forever—no mechanical device can do that. But modern furnaces are built to last for many years before they start to malfunction on a regular basis, cost too much to run, or simply breakdown so completely that the labor involved in getting it working again would be prohibitively expensive.

What you want to know is… how long before your furnaces reached one of these points?

The answer is, as with so many other home comfort decisions, “it depends.” We can make a few generalizations about furnace age as well as signs of a steep decline that will tell you when a furnace is near to the end.

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Why We Recommend a Whole-House Generator

January 6th, 2020

generator-residentialIf you have ever had to make it through an extended power outage in your home, you know how harmful they can be. They bring life to a standstill, stop most basic activities, and during the winter can leave you trapped with a freezing cold home.

You don’t have to deal with this kind of nightmare, however. You can have a whole-house generator installed. This is the best form of back-up in case of a loss of power from the electrical grid due to extreme weather, accidents, or strain.

You might think a whole-house generator is a bit too much. Why not a less expensive portable generator? There are some good reasons why we recommend you call us for a whole-house generator installation rather than rely on a portable generator or no generator at all.

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Dual Fuel Systems vs. Other Heating Options

December 23rd, 2019

fireplace-coupleA dual fuel system is designed as a halfway point between using the power of a furnace and the energy efficiency of an electrical heat pump. Natural gas furnaces are one of the best ways to provide warmth to a house because of their high heat levels and the availability of natural gas. Heat pumps can help save money using electrical heat, plus they also work as air conditioners.

But because of the cost of using natural gas and the trouble that heat pumps can encounter with extremely low temperatures, the dual fuel system became popular—a heat pump that uses a backup natural gas furnace to help when temperatures drop below 40°F. It does sound like the best of both worlds.

So why aren’t dual fuel systems in every home?

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Get Control of Those High Heating Bills

December 9th, 2019

money-pileWhen your furnace or boiler comes on for the winter, or you switch your heat pump into heating mode, you can expect a rise utility bills. That’s the nature of the beast—but the beast doesn’t need to be as fierce or bite as hard as it does. You’re probably paying more for your winter heating in Marlton, NJ than necessary.

Getting a grip on those beastly bills isn’t as tough as it might seem. In some cases, you’ll need to upgrade older equipment. In others, some basic steps will help lower costs. Below is our advice for making the cost of winter heating cost less.

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Reasons Your Boiler Can’t Keep Up With the Cold

November 25th, 2019

condensing-gas-boilerAny heating system installed in a home is supposed to keep up with cold weather, no matter how far the outdoor thermometer drops. That is the baseline expectation for this type of equipment, and professional installers look for units to match the heat requirements for a house and which can deal with the coldest days and nights.

So when you have a boiler that simply cannot maintain the comfort levels you want, you have a problem. But what is the problem? And what can be done about it?

You’re asking the right people, since we have a decade of history making sure homes stay warm in the Cherry Hill area. We’ve listed some of the possible reasons you have a boiler that isn’t making the grade.

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Heat Pump Energy Efficiency Explained

November 11th, 2019

air-conditioner-money-saverWhen you’re looking around for a new heating option for your house before winter arrives, one of the key bits of information you’ll want to know about a heater is its energy efficiency. Residential heating systems have higher efficiency than ever before, and the standards for a heater to receive the ENERGY STAR label have increased.

Simply purchasing a high-efficiency system is not a guarantee of savings. If the heater isn’t the right type or size for your house, the efficiency rating won’t matter. You need to have a Marlton, NJ, HVAC contractor take care of the installation as well as help guide you to the ideal system. However, it’s worthwhile to know the basics of efficiency ratings. In this post, we’ll look at the efficiency ratings of heat pumps, which are a bit tricky because they have two different ones.

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How a High Efficiency Furnace Gets Such Great “Mileage”

October 28th, 2019

green-houseEfficiency is one of the big words in today’s consumer products. People are always looking for appliances and vehicles and other devices with improved energy efficiency. Government labels like ENERGY STAR make it easier than ever for customers to find appliances that meet the standards for efficient operation.

Because a large amount of the energy consumed in your house during the winter goes to your gas furnace, finding one with a high efficiency rating can mean a significant difference in your utility bills. Older furnaces have AFUE ratings between 60% and 80% (meaning they lose about 20% to 40% of their fuel source to exhaust). New special efficiency furnaces have AFUE ratings of more than 90%. These high-efficiency furnaces cost more than mid-efficiency models, but they often pay for themselves in a few years.

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Low Humidity and a Furnace: Is This a Thing?

October 14th, 2019

inside-gas-furnaceYou may have heard that a natural gas furnace, although one of the most powerful and reliable ways to provide heat to a home, has a major drawback—it dries out the air in a house. Since dry air during cold weather makes low temperatures feel worse, this can be a big issue. At least it is if there’s any truth to it. So … is there?

The answer is “yes and no.” A gas furnace can lead to a drop in humidity levels in a house, but the furnace doesn’t “dry out” the air itself. And not all gas furnace types have this effect. We’ll let our Cherry Hill, NJ, HVAC experts explain further.

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