Gibson Heating & Cooling Blog

End-of-Season Questions to Ask About Your Furnace

March 18th, 2019

couple-in-kitchenWhen winter ends, we recommend homeowners make a short evaluation of their central heater and how it performed over the last few months. This evaluation is all in service of the Big Question: “Should I replace the furnace during the spring?”

But several smaller questions build up to the Big Question, and we’re going to go over a few of those smaller questions for the end of the season. You can make an estimate about whether you should call us to schedule a new furnace installation or to continue with the furnace for another year (or more) and rely on heating repair in Medford, NJ if problems do come up.

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What’s “Dual Fuel” Mean, And Do I Need It?

March 4th, 2019

two-houses-cold-hotWhen you look over the options for heating and cooling systems to have installed in your house, you’ll see something called a dual fuel system, a.k.a. a hybrid system. Part of it is self-explanatory: it uses two types of fuel. But what types of fuel? And what does it do with these fuels? And, most importantly, is it something that you need for your house?

We’ll answer these questions in order …

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What to Do in a Furnace Failure Emergency

February 18th, 2019

dog-under-blanketThe recent intense cold that tore through New Jersey probably has made a lot of homeowners evaluate their heating systems. What if those heating systems had broken during an intense chill?

It’s definitely good to think about potential emergency situations like this, since people are more likely to arrange for regular heating maintenance before the winter starts and pay attention to signs it’s time either to repair the heater or have a new heater installed.

But nothing can stop all heating system disasters. We have tips on what you can do in case your home’s furnace stops working abruptly.

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Why Your Furnace Just Isn’t Getting the Job Done

February 4th, 2019

cold-sweater-manIt’s frustrating to have your furnace running during the winter, and yet still fell the nip of the cold around your home. If this a new experience—the furnace has always done the heating job you need before—then you may need heater repair in Marlton, NJ. You might even need a new furnace!

But let’s not jump ahead. We’re going to go down a list of reasons the furnace may not be providing the heat level you want or is unevenly heating the house. But please, don’t ignore the problem and instead push the thermostat up higher to try to compensate for the heating loss. The issue has to be solved at the source, or you may end up with a completely busted furnace, enormous high heating bills, or even a hazardous heater!

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5 Things You May Not Know About Your Boiler

January 21st, 2019

Equipment, Water, Drinking Water, Machine Valve, Metal

Does a boiler handle the job of keeping your home a welcoming and livable space during the winters? You may be aware of all the wonderful things a boiler does for you, but unless you’re a specialist at HVAC services in Medford, NJ, there are plenty of facts about the boiler you may not know. We’ve worked on boiler systems for a decade, and we’d like to share some interesting facts about. Getting to know your boiler a bit better can often help you understand when you need to call for service to repair it—or when it’s time to place it.

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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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