Professional Heating & Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Is An Electric Furnace Right for Me?

Monday, December 10th, 2018

woman-staying-warmFurnaces are one of the most common heaters in the country—and for good reason. They’re typically inexpensive, easy to install, and they heat the home quickly.

Of course, that doesn’t consider the differences between gas furnaces and electric furnaces. Gas furnaces are certainly the more common of the two, but if you’ve never considered the benefits of the electric variation, you might find that you’ve been missing out.

In this post, we’ll go over what makes an electric furnace stand out from the competition to help you see if it’s right for you.

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Replace Your Furnace Early to Save Money

Monday, November 26th, 2018

house-money-seesaw-savingsA good furnace will diligently provide you with quick and reliable heating for more than a decade. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and that means your furnace will need to be replaced one day. But it doesn’t have to come as a surprise. If you recognize the signs early on, you can get it replaced sooner to save hundreds of dollars in expenses. Here are some of the signs:

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3 Misconceptions About Gas Furnaces

Monday, October 29th, 2018

gas-burnerInstalling a gas furnace in Walker, LA is one thing, but the real game is all about how to reduce your energy expenses while staying cozy. This brings about many ideas thrown around about how to “hack” your system to perform better. Unfortunately, it also spreads around a lot of misconceptions about how heaters work.

More often than not, they’ll actually do more harm than good. We’ll talk about a few of them today so you can avoid bringing harm to your heater.

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What We Wish Everyone Knew About Heaters

Monday, October 1st, 2018

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The fall season is here, but summer is still here for at least another month. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about your heater. It’s been at least half a year since you last turned it on, after all—you want to make sure everything’s working.

We thought of the most commonly asked questions about heating—as well as some questions we wish were asked—and came up with some general tips that we think everyone should know about.

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The Differences Between Gas, Electric, and Wood Fireplaces

Monday, September 17th, 2018

fireplaceWhen you hear the word “fireplace,” you may immediately think of a masonry firebox/hearth in which wood is burned. This is the classic setup, after all, and the wood-burning fireplace maintains its place as a popular option in homes throughout the area. However, burning wood in a traditional fireplace is not the only way in which to enjoy the benefits of a fireplace. And, for some, it is not the ideal way in which to do so.

The other options to explore include freestanding wood stoves, electric fireplace inserts, and gas log inserts. And you know what? We can service them all! If you’re looking for service on your specific fireplace, or if you’re just interested in the benefits of other fuel sources, you’re in luck. Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at these options, and we’ll discuss the benefits that each has to offer. So give us a call when you decide that you’re ready for outstanding fireplace service in Hammond, LA.

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Check Your Heating System Before Summer

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

heating-maintenance-sessionSpring comes early in our neck of the woods, even if the calendar says otherwise. Chances are, you’ve been running your air conditioning for a little while now, and your heating system is likely finished until next fall. That means now is a great time to get it checked for repairs. Not every problem with your heating system results in a shutdown, and it’s always better to treat a big issue while it’s still pretty small. Before too much time passes, it’s probably a good idea to get it serviced.

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Watch Out for Cracked Heat Exchangers in Your Gas Furnace

Monday, March 5th, 2018

heating-maintenance-sessionMost homes in the area rely on forced-air furnaces for heat. They’re inexpensive and effective, which makes them an excellent fit for our short winters and comparatively mild heating needs. But they run into problems just like any other appliance, especially now, at the end of winter, when they’ve been running on a regular basis and are likely subjected to the pressures of wear and tear. Older furnaces, in particular, need to be watched carefully because fundamental components may begin to break down.

In particular, a cracked heat exchanger is a serious problem that may require a replacement furnace before you can safely heat your home again. It may also help explain why your system suddenly shuts off and can’t be turned on again. Here’s a quick breakdown of what it means when this problem appears.

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Alternative Forms of HVAC Systems You Should Consider

Monday, February 19th, 2018

ductless-mini-splitWe live in a part of the country with long, hot summers and very short winters. Household comfort is a vital part of life here, especially as winter turns to spring and the temperatures begin rising again. Most homes in the area rely on traditional heating and air conditioning systems: usually centralized systems that heat or cool the air in a single location, then blow it through the home with a series of ducts.

The system worse quite well, but it’s not the only kind of HVAC system out there. Depending upon the needs of your home, another one might be able to do the job much more effectively. Now is an excellent time to consider replacing an old HVAC system, when the weather is mild and you can go without it in the time it takes to install one. You may want to consider an alternative model like the ones detailed below.

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Get Your Gas Furnace Maintained Soon

Monday, January 8th, 2018

furnace-maintenance-sessionsMost heating systems in the area are gas furnaces, which are inexpensive and easy to keep running. They make a good fit for our warm weather and can provide reliable heat this time of year, when nighttime temperatures take a dip.  Unfortunately, because our weather is so hot most of the year, homeowners tend to focus on their air conditioning systems, leaving their gas furnaces to suffer from slow neglect. Repair issues have a way of cropping up without warning in such scenarios, leaving you scrambling to get the system fixed just when you need it the most.

We can provide timely repairs for your gas furnace when called upon to do so, but we also believe that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. That means that furnace maintenance sessions make a better way of dealing with your heater’s problems than waiting for a breakdown and rushing around. Ideally, you should schedule one once a year, and if it’s been more than 12 months since you last one, now is an excellent time to make an appointment. Here’s a quick look at how it works. 

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Repair or Replace Your Old Heater?

Monday, November 13th, 2017

repair-or-replaceThe weather has been growing steadily cooler for many weeks now, and as fall turns to winter, prudent homeowners are using their heating system more and more often. If you have an older heating system that may be on its last legs, now is the time to determine that. When a problem crops up with such a system, is it worthwhile to repair it? Or would that money be better spent on a replacement heater?

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