Raleigh Heating & Air Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Furnace’

Prepare Your Heater for Winter Today!

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Get your mittens ready, some hot cocoa, and get ready to hear all the holiday tunes on the radio because winter is coming! Okay, so winter is still a little ways off, but it’s good to start thinking about it now. Why? Cocoa and mittens are a lot less fun when your home is struggling to stay above freezing due to a malfunctioning heater. Your property and your health can seriously suffer when your furnace is having problems. That’s why proper furnace maintenance is absolutely essential to keep your heater working effectively through the coming months.

While we’d like everyone to schedule furnace maintenance in Wake Forest, NC with a trained professional from our team (which is obviously the best course of action), we know it’s not a perfect world and homeowners are always looking for some tips to check on the health of their furnace by themselves. So, we’re not going to swim against the tide, we’ve got a checklist that you can use to help you examine whether or not you need professional heater maintenance. Take a look below.

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Ready to Get Rid of That Old Furnace?

Monday, April 8th, 2019

heating-technicianAt this point in the year, you’re no doubt moving on from your heating system and diverting your attention back to your air conditioner. Just because you’re done with your heater for the season, however, does not mean that you should erase it from your mind for the next few months. In fact, you may be doing yourself a major disservice if that’s the path you choose, particularly if you weren’t all that enthused about your furnace for any reason this past winter.

The end of the heating season is a perfectly good time to schedule furnace repair in Durham, NC, and an even better one to schedule your furnace replacement. We know, we know—you’ve got plenty of time. However, that can lead to some poor decision making and some issues that you may not have thought of.  We strongly suggest that you take care of the problem now, when you don’t need your heater. Read on to learn more about how this benefits you.

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Don’t Forget to Change Your Heater’s Air Filter!

Monday, December 17th, 2018

filterIf you have followed our blog at all, then you know that we always stress just how important it is to schedule your heating and air conditioning services with trained professionals. This includes the installation of new equipment, the replacement of old equipment, and the maintenance and repairs of current equipment. This is not to say that there is nothing that you can handle on your own when it comes to your system, though. In fact, one incredibly important task is totally DIY-appropriate.

That is changing your air filter, and the fact is that doing so is every bit as simple as it is vital for the successful operation of your forced air HVAC systems. These include central air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. Since we’re in the heating season, keep the latter in mind, and remember that mild winters don’t mean you should take any chances with your heating equipment. Read on to learn more about how a fresh filter will benefit your heater in Apex, NC.

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Gas vs. Electric: Which Is the Better Furnace?

Monday, March 26th, 2018

It’s still pretty chilly around here right now, particularly at night. With that in mind, we really hope that you are getting the performance that you deserve from your home heating system. If we installed and serviced it, we’re betting that this is the case. That being said, even the best heaters from the best manufacturers installed and tuned up by the best technicians will not last forever. You’ll need a replacement eventually, and you’ll want to do some research before deciding on a new system.

If you are investing in a heating system for the very first time, or you need to replace an old heating system that just cannot cut it anymore, let us know about it. We install and service many great systems, including furnaces. Furnaces are incredibly popular, but you still need to narrow it down a bit further. Will you be using a gas or electric furnace in Cary, NC? Both have their pros and cons.

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Signs That You Need Furnace Repairs

Monday, November 20th, 2017

chilly-manMention North Carolina to most people at all familiar with our country’s geography, and they’ll probably immediately think of hot, sticky weather. While that may be our reality for much of the year, what many people seem to forget is that the most intense heat of summer does not, in fact, last indefinitely. Truth be told, we have more than our share of uncomfortably chilly weather around here, especially on winter nights. Just because we don’t get hit by blizzards doesn’t mean that winter doesn’t come to visit.

That is precisely why it is so important that you keep your heater functioning at peak performance levels. The furnace is such a popular heater thanks to the fact that it functions very effectively and is, overall, quite reliable. The moment that you see any heater advertised as 100% reliable, though, is the moment that you should recognize an impossible claim. At some point, you’ll need furnace repairs. When you do, call in the Apex, NC HVAC pros on our staff.

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Late Season Advisory: Still Time for Heating Maintenance!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The cool of the late fall is in the air, and there are probably already plenty of winter holiday decorations up at shops and public areas all around you. Winter is almost here… so it’s time to ask that perennial holiday question: “Have you had your heating maintenance yet?”

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Are There Furnace Problems I Can Fix Myself?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

A question we often receive from customers—and one that every professional HVAC company encounters—is whether there are any “do-it-yourself” tactics for repairing a malfunctioning furnace. Although this is a well-intentioned question, and we fully understand that people are always looking for places where they can save money on home repairs, the answer to “Can I fix the furnace myself?” is a flat NO.

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What You Need to Know about Choosing a Furnace Replacement

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Last week we looked into whether it was time to replace your aging residential furnace with a new unit in time for winter. This week we’re going to examine a few things that are important know about choosing that new furnace. This isn’t a job you can do by simply pointing to a furnace model and saying, “That one… let’s go with that one.” You must make sure that you choose the best furnace to meet your home’s needs.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Furnace

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Furnaces are the most popular kind of home heating system in the country, which makes their proper care and maintenance a pretty big deal for a lot of people. If you want your furnace to live as long and healthy a life as possible, there are a few different methods you can employ. Ideally, you should use all of them to make sure that your furnace has every chance to fulfill its potential. Let’s examine the things you can do to keep your furnace operating at peak efficiency for many years to come.

Change Your Air Filter

This is one of the simplest things you can do to prolong the life of your furnace, and yet most homeowners are completely unaware of the need for it. The air filter is a part in the furnace air handler, designed to capture dust and other debris that might blow in from the ducts while allowing air to flow freely. The air filter does its job well, protecting the furnace from particulates that could damage it. However, the air filter has no way of disposing of these particulates once it catches them. If not cleaned or replaced at least once every 1-3 months, the air filter can become clogged. This causes the air flow to be restricted, trapping heat inside the furnace and causing it to overheat. Overheating can do all sorts of serious damage to the furnace, most of which will shorten its lifespan. So, change your filter often if you want your furnace to keep operating properly.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Most people avoid scheduling any kind of HVAC service unless they suspect that something is wrong with their system. While you should absolutely call for professional help if you notice an issue with your furnace, you should also schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year. Preventive maintenance has a multitude of advantages, from identifying and fixing potential problems before they start, to improving the efficiency of the system. Annual preventive maintenance is the single best thing you can do to ensure that your furnace lives as long as possible.

If you’d like to know more about extending the life of your furnace, call Raleigh Heating & Air to schedule an appointment. We provide furnace maintenance and repair services throughout the Cary area.

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How Can I Tell How Efficient My Furnace Is?

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Homeowners are more interested in energy efficiency today than ever before. Energy audits and blower door testing are now regular procedures to help homeowners find out where they can save money through improvements for a more energy-efficient home.

One of the major energy-consuming appliances in a house is its furnace. If you are concerned about saving money and lowering your energy use, it is important to know that you have a furnace that efficiently converts its fuel source into heating power with a minimal amount of waste. One of the best ways to ensure that your furnace in Raleigh, NC stays as energy efficient as possible is to schedule routine maintenance for it from professionals like those at Raleigh Heating & Air. Maintenance and energy efficiency are our specialties, so count on us to help you save money while keeping your home cozy throughout the winter.

The AFUE Rating on Your Furnace

There is a simple way to find out the energy efficiency of your home’s furnace: look at its AFUE rating. This number, which is found on the cabinet or in the user manual, is the “Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency” measurement, and it tells you how well the furnace works at converting its fuel source (natural gas, electricity, propane) into heating power.

AFUE is a percentage that represents how much of the furnace’s energy source it converts into BTUs of heat. If a gas furnace on average turns 100 units of natural gas into 85 BTUs (as measured over a full year), then its AFUE rating is 85%. Currently, all furnaces produced in the U.S. must have an AFUE of 78% or greater; as of January 1, 2015, this minimum will rise to 81%. For a furnace to earn the ENERGY STAR label from the U.S. Department of Energy, it must have an AFUE of at least 90%. Some high-efficiency furnaces can score even higher than this.

You need to understand that a furnace’s efficiency rating will not mean much if the unit is malfunctioning, has a clogged air filter, dirty ductwork, or is not receiving professional furnace maintenance every year. Each year that a furnace misses its maintenance appointment from heating technicians, it will lose on average 5% of its efficiency, and that can mean steep increases in heating costs.

To make sure that your home’s furnace lives up to its AFUE rating, call on the heating and energy efficiency specialists at Raleigh Heating & Air. We offer maintenance, as well as duct cleaning, that will help keep your furnace in Raleigh, NC working in top shape and saving you money every year. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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