Raleigh Heating & Air Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

HVAC FAQ: How Is Efficiency Rated?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

money-through-chimneyThere is a lot to consider when it comes to investing in a new HVAC system. You need to have your budget planned out, you need to decide what type of system you are going to use, and so on. Perhaps the most important consideration, though, is the efficiency rating that you want your new system to have. The sticker price of a new heater or AC is obviously important, too, but that efficiency rating will inform you about how much you’ll be spending to heat and cool your home for years to come.

Today, we are going to talk about how it is that efficiency is rated for these systems. Those numbers are not necessarily something that every homeowner understands, but we want you to choose your new HVAC system confidently. And remember, even the best HVAC systems will fail to impress if they are not expertly installed and serviced. Leave your heating and AC services to the Cary, NC HVAC pros on our staff.

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Why Is My Heater Making Strange Sounds?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

heating-technicianWe have an unfortunate truth that we need to share with you today. There is no such thing as a perfect heating system. Sure, there’s a heating system out there for everyone. If you keep looking, you’ll find yours eventually. However, there is no heater, regardless of make or model, that is going to operate 100% reliably at all times. It just doesn’t happen. The best thing that you can do, aside from scheduling the routine heating maintenance that will help to keep your heater as dependable as possible, is to report any signs of trouble immediately.

The longer you wait to have an ailing heating system repaired, the worse off that system is going to be. It really is just that simple. If you break a bone in your foot and continue to walk on it every day, you can expect further complications that will only snowball the longer that you push through the pain. Trouble with your heating system is no different. Keep your eyes out for any signs of trouble that could indicate the need for heating repair in Cary, NC—or, per today’s topic, keep your ears open!

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Does My Heat Pump Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Monday, February 12th, 2018

outdoor-unitHeat pumps are becoming more and more common in the residential sector. As homeowners look for more efficient and convenient ways in which to keep their homes comfortable throughout the year, the heat pump becomes undeniably attractive. This is thanks, in large part, to its use of the heat transfer process in heating one’s home. This process is thanks to the refrigerant cycle, which the heat pump is able to reverse in order to transfer heat into the home in the winter, and out during the summer.

For that reason, a refrigerant leak in your heat pump is of serious concern. The last thing that you want to do is to ignore the signs of a refrigerant leak, as doing so could lead to very serious problems developing with your heat pump. That means you need to learn how to spot signs of trouble with your heat pump to begin with. Today, we’ll be looking at some of those signs and helping you to better understand the function of the refrigerant in your heat pump. Contact our Cary, NC HVAC pros with any questions that you may have.

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Heating Issues: What’s That Smell?

Monday, January 29th, 2018

dog-under-blanketNorth Carolina is certainly not known for its extreme winter weather, we’ll give you that. However, residents here know that temperatures can and do drop down well below what could possibly be called “comfortable” levels during the winter season. Your AC system may do the lion’s share of the work in terms of temperature maintenance in your home, but your heater is actually very important as well. That is why you really don’t want to wait when it comes to any necessary heating repairs in Cary, NC.

Now, investing in good equipment and having that equipment installed and serviced by trained professionals is definitely the best way in which to ensure that your heating system functions as reliably as possible. It is not enough too make your system 100% reliable, though. In fact, no system can truthfully make that claim. One symptom that you may notice, and which may indicate the need for heating repairs or even a dangerous situation, is a strange odor coming from that heater.

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What Makes a Heat Pump So Efficient?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

cold-coupleHere in North Carolina, the heat of the summer season far outweighs the cold of our winters. While mild winters are definitely something that a lot of us love about living here, it is important that you are not lulled into a false sense of security. Sure, you may not be using your home heating system to the same extent that you are your air conditioner. That being said, it is still vitally important that you keep your heater in great working condition.

It is also very important that you choose your home heating system wisely. Living in a relatively warm climate such as ours actually gives you a benefit when choosing your heating system. You see, our weather is perfectly suited to the use of a heat pump, which just so happens to be one of the most efficient home heating options out there. If you are interested in using a heat pump in your home, give the Durham, NC HVAC pros on our team a call.

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Your Forced-Air Heater Needs a Fresh Filter

Monday, January 1st, 2018

air-filterHomeowners today are definitely not lacking when it comes to options for heating their homes. While there is a wide variety of different heaters on the market today, there are certain components that many of them share in common. Furnaces, heat pumps, and ductless mini splits, for example, all use air filters in their operation. Another thing that they all share in common is the fact that their air filters really do need to be replaced on a regular schedule.

We cannot really define that regular schedule for you here, as many factors are going to influence the frequency with which your filter needs replacing. These include the tightness of your home’s thermal envelope, as well as any pets in the home and other factors. Typically, though, the filter (or filters in the case of ductless mini splits) should be changed every 1-3 months. Our Durham, NC HVAC pros have some information to share with you about why this is so vital.

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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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Simple HVAC Efficiency Tips

Monday, November 6th, 2017

AC-money-pileIt doesn’t matter if you are talking about heating your home during our relatively mild winter season, or if you have the hot, humid summers and your air conditioning system in mind; you don’t want to be paying more than you should have to in order to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. That is why our team has some efficiency tips to help you enjoy a more affordable — but no less comprehensive — comfort experience in your home.

Our Apex, NC HVAC experts are some of the finest in the industry, and we are happy to help ensure that you are able to keep your home comfortable all throughout the year with as little damage to your bank account as possible. And no, we are not just going to suggest that you invest in a brand new, more efficient HVAC system, either. Replacing low-efficiency models with new ones is definitely a good means to this end, but there are smaller steps that you can take which can also offer big benefits.

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HVAC FAQ: Why Is My System Short Cycling?

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

comfortable-womanWhether during the very hot, very humid days of summer, or on the chillier nights of the winter season, one thing is certain. You want to be comfortable in your home. You are not going to be able to achieve that goal if your HVAC systems are not functioning properly. There is a lot that can go wrong with any mechanical system, our heaters and air conditioners included. Remember, just because these systems are technically running does not mean that they are running as they ought to.

Spotting the signs of trouble with your HVAC systems is not always as simple as it sounds. An air conditioner that is blowing warm air, or a heater that won’t start at all, are pretty clear cases in which you’ll need to contact a Durham, NC HVAC service. However, you should also recognize short cycling as a sign of trouble, and one that could be caused by a number of different issues. So what is short cycling?

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When to Schedule Heating System Maintenance

Monday, September 25th, 2017

opening-furnace-cabinetHere in North Carolina, the heat and the humidity of summer tends to get more attention than our relatively mild winter seasons do. Just because our winters may be mild when compared to those areas dealing with heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures, however, does not mean that your heating system is any less important than your air conditioner. It may not be used as heavily or for as long a period throughout the year as your AC, but it still sees plenty of playing time.

With cooler weather on the way, we want to use this blog post to answer one of the most common questions that we hear. When should I schedule heating maintenance? The answer to that question, as you’ll see, is pretty straightforward, so we’re also going to remind you of why it is so important that you schedule routine heating maintenance in Raleigh, NC in accordance with this schedule. Our technicians are the ones to trust with the job.

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