When to Use a Space Heater as Opposed to a Furnace

March 17, 2022

Chilly winter weather in Louisville, KY will make you turn to your furnace for relief. However, if wintertime heating bills have gotten too high or your furnace is malfunctioning, you might wonder if it’s better to turn to a space heater for indoor comfort. Let’s take a look at when it’s better to use a furnace versus a space heater to keep your home warm. Duration of Heating If you need to keep a space warm for a short period of time, a space heater may be a more energy-efficient and cost-effective choice. For example, if you’re spending a few...

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Potential Fixes for Uneven Heating in Your Home

February 17, 2022

Uneven home heating is a pain. When you walk from your living room to your bedroom, you shouldn’t need to throw on an extra layer of clothing. Unfortunately, many homeowners experience this problem, and there are numerous potential causes. If something isn’t right with your home’s heat distribution, give these troubleshooting methods a try. Check for Air Leaks If your home contains one or more areas that never seem to get enough heat, it might be that heat is escaping somewhere. Inspect any windows or doorways in those parts of the house. Usually, these problematic openings form around the outside...

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Learn How to Clean Your Furnace or Heat Pump

January 11, 2022

Every homeowner needs to understand how to clean their furnace safely without messing with the system. Cleaning the furnace improves comfort as you can reach your desired temperature levels easily. It prolongs the lifespan of your heat pump and other parts of the air conditioner and reduces maintenance costs. Dirt buildup around the fan reduces efficiency while increasing energy consumption levels. Cleaning the heat pump more often prevents such issues. It is always better to have your HVAC system professionally cleaned during a maintenance visit instead of trying to clean it yourself. Here are the steps for cleaning your furnace....

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Determining the Energy Efficiency of a Heater

December 20, 2021

If you’re looking to find out the energy efficiency of your heater, you’ve come to the right place. Here are several suggestions on how to achieve this goal. 1. Determine the Type of Your Heater There are three main types of heaters, each with its efficiency. Room heaters, wall heaters, and central heating systems can all have different efficiencies. 2. Determine the Size of Your Heater Unit The size of your furnace/heater is an important factor in determining its energy efficiency. The larger the unit, the less efficient it will be. Smaller units like room heaters are more likely to...

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Top Options for Successfully Heating Your Basement

November 20, 2021

If you’re thinking of using your basement to create more living space for the winter season, you’ll need to consider how you’re going to heat it. The reality is that you have many different heating options that you can utilize depending on your budget and your overall heating needs. Baseboard One of the simplest options for heating your basement is simply installing baseboard heaters. You’ll need to put a heater in every room of your basement. Each one will be hardwired to your electrical panel and have its own thermostat. As with most electric-powered heating systems, these can be expensive...

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4 Top Furnace Safety Tips

September 20, 2021

The top safety tips for your furnace are more about maintaining it regularly than anything else. Checking on your furnace and having it serviced by a professional are a great start to ensuring that it works well all season. 1. Check Your Furnace Monthly When you check on your furnace, take a vacuum so you can get rid of any lint or dust that accumulates on or inside the furnace. You should also check and replace the filter regularly, especially in the fall and winter months. 2. Good Airflow Is Essential Good airflow is vital if you want your furnace...

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The Importance of HVAC Safety Checks

November 18, 2020

Periodic HVAC safety checks are incredibly important for maintaining a safe and healthy home. The truth in this lies in the fact that all HVAC systems utilize a complex system of potentially hazardous processes, chemicals, gases, and more. A malfunctioning system can therefore pose a number of serious threats, including those listed below. Fire Hazards The potential for fire in an unsafe and unchecked system is very real. Aside from the components that are designed to create heat and/or gas combustion, there are many other components in the typical system that can also generate dangerous heat and fire if not...

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How Do I Know It’s Time to Replace My Furnace?

October 20, 2020

You rely on your furnace to keep your home warm and comfortable throughout the winter. As with anything else, there comes a point when it needs to be replaced. How do you know when that point has been reached or even passed? Let’s discuss some signs that it’s time to shop for a new furnace. It’s Over 15 Years Old Furnaces live on average between 15 and 20 years. Once a furnace is older than 15 years, it typically begins to have costly breakdowns. This can be taken as a clear indication you’re better off replacing it. When the repair...

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Furnace Efficiency Tips

January 7, 2020

Want to help make sure your furnace continues operating smoothly throughout the colder months? These simple pointers will go a long way toward bolstering your heating system’s efficiency. Change Your Furnace Filter Furnace filters are designed to keep dust, hair and other debris from entering your furnace and becoming a fire hazard. After a period of time, though, your furnace filter gets clogged. That means your furnace has to work extra hard to pull in the air it needs to function. Working this hard stresses your heating system and puts it at a higher risk for breakdowns. You may notice...

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5 Signs You Need a Furnace Replacement

November 12, 2019

Nobody wants to have their furnace break down, but in certain cases, there’s nothing you can do about it. The sooner you realize that your furnace is past the point of no return, the sooner you can buy a better replacement and avoid spending money on repairs that constitute a temporary solution. 1. Dust Coming out of Your Vents If you’ve noticed dust and debris coming out of your vents when you turn the heater on, there are several things that might be responsible. Your vents might be in need of a good cleaning, but it could also be your...

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