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Fall 2014

Don’t Go through Winter without Adequate Heating

Insufficient heat is a common problem for heating systems of any type. If your heater pushes out cold air or if your home just can’t seem to get warm enough, you should likely call for heating repair. There are a number of possible causes for this and we wanted to put together a quick list of the most common ones. Call your local heating contractor to perform any work on your heater. Trying to fix the problem yourself could lead to further damage to your system, or even cause personal injury.

Furnaces

If you aren’t getting enough heat from your furnace it could be caused by one of several different things.

  • Clogged air filter. Probably the most common cause of all furnace problems is a clogged air filter. Your furnace uses a filter to keep out particles like dust and insect parts. If the filter gets clogged, it will restrict the flow of air through your furnace which could create a lack of hot air.
  • Thermocouple. If your furnace is blowing out plenty of air but it isn’t warm, then you likely have a problem with the burner, and the thermocouple is a possible culprit. A thermocouple is a safety feature that shuts the flow of gas off to the system if it detects that the flames on the burner have gone out. This prevents the area around your furnace from filling with gas. But if the thermocouple malfunctions, then you won’t get any flames and your home won’t get heated even though the furnace’s fan might still run.
  • Dirty burner. Speaking of the burner, over time it can get clogged and may not light: keeping you from getting any heat.

Heat Pumps

Another common type of heater is the heat pump. These types of systems don’t burn any fuel to heat your home. Instead, they absorb heat from the outside air and move it into your home.

  • Air filter. Remember how we said that a clogged air filter is a common cause of furnace problems? The same is true for the heat pump. Make sure that you always regularly change your air filter.
  • Compressor. In order to move heat into your home, your heat pump uses a compressed refrigerant. In order to compress that refrigerant, the system needs an operational compressor. If the compressor breaks, the system won’t be able to properly heat your home.
  • Low refrigerant. If refrigerant levels in your heat pump run low, it won’t be able to absorb enough heat from the outdoor air to heat your home. This results in plenty of air from your system but not enough hot air.

If you’re having any issues with your heating system, make sure that you call your local contractor for professional repair. Ignoring issues like inadequate heat won’t make them go away.

 

Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year when we get together with family, eat great food, watch football and spend time together. But why do we actually do all of this? Is it just about the Pilgrims and Native Americans or the turkey and the mashed potatoes? Those definitely are parts of it, but there’s also something more: something that many of us may quickly forget in the hustle and bustle of the impending Christmas season, planning flights, planning vacation days from work, buying gifts and all of those tasks that we have to do.

Giving Thanks

When we think about the first Thanksgiving meal that the Pilgrims had with the Native Americans, we need to put ourselves in their shoes. The Pilgrims left England in September of 1620 and didn’t actually arrive at Plymouth until December—in the dead of winter. When they arrived, they didn’t have enough food and had trouble locating a suitable place to set up a colony. During that first winter nearly half of the people died from harsh conditions, sickness and lack of food. It was only because of the help of the Native Americans that they were able to survive. So that they had much to be grateful for: not only for their very lives, but for the gifts that the Native Americans brought to them in their time of need.

For most of us, we will never experience a day of hunger or thirst; we will never have to spend a cold night sleeping outdoors because of a lack of shelter. That is a privilege and something unique to humanity in just the last 200 years. We all take it for granted and Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reflect on just how incredible it is to live in this era of technological and medical advancements.

This Thanksgiving, consider talking a few moments of the day to sit with your family or friends and talk about all of the things that you’re thankful for. Whether it’s the ability to fly across the country in a few hours or the fact that you’re alive to spend time with your loved ones, make sure that the people who are important to you know that you’re grateful.