Professional Heating & Air Blog: Archive for December, 2016

Now Is a Great Time to Install a Zone Control System

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Winters aren’t exactly an Arctic wasteland here in Covington, LA, and our HVAC systems aren’t tested nearly as much this time of year as they are in the summer. Heating systems, while necessary for those cool winter nights, aren’t put under the same strain as air conditioning systems. That makes December an excellent time to look into any changes or upgrades to your system. You’ll have time to install it without worrying unduly about your HVAC system being out of commission, and can reap the benefits the moment the weather starts to change. 

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Get Your Fireplace Checked Out

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Fireplaces are a lovely way to keep warm this winter: providing a cozy and romantic atmosphere while providing inexpensive heat to keep your whole family warm. With winter officially arriving in Hammond, LA this year, now is an ideal time to use your fireplace. Before the season proceeds much further, however, it pays to get the fireplace examined by a trained technician to ensure that it’s functioning as it should. Why? Because doing otherwise might be more dangerous than you think.

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What Kinds of Things Reduce the Air Flow in Your Heater?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Furnaces in the Springfield, LA area usually follow the centralized forced-air model: heating the air via burners and a heat exchanger, then blowing it through the ducts to the various corners of your house. (The same ducts are used to carry cool air from your air conditioner in the summer.) The ducts are often hidden from sight, but they — and more specifically, the vents where the air emerges — can alert you to a potential problem with the system. For example, if the air flow from your vents drops down below the level you expect, it’s usually a sign of a more serious problem inside the system.

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Signs of a Duct Breach or Leak

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Most folks in the Walker, LA area rely on a system of ducts to move conditioned air (whether hot or cold) from their HVAC system into the rest of their home. It’s a safe and effective way to make sure your household is comfortable, and with the ducts themselves usually hidden behind walls on in spaces like the attic, damage to them is relatively uncommon. Sometimes leaks do spring up, however, and worn bolts or damage from other sources could open up a breach in your duct systems. This is a significant problem since it leeches your system of efficiency: raising your monthly bills and adding strain to other components in your system that can increase the likelihood of a breakdown. But how do you spot a breach if it’s hidden in an out-of-the-way location? Here’s a brief list of symptoms for you to look for.

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