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Choosing a New Furnace: Gas or Electric

January 16th, 2017

Chances are that you won’t be planning a new heating installation until the weather warms up once more. Of course, you may be thinking about replacing your heater because your existing system doesn’t seem like it will make it through this winter. Whatever your situation, it is important to remember to review your options carefully.

Should you decide, for instance, that a furnace is the right heating system for your home, you are still going to have to decide if you’ll use a gas or electric furnace. Feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have regarding such decisions. We’ll make sure that you wind up with the right furnace in Washington, D.C.

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A Dirty Air Filter Is a Big Problem

January 9th, 2017

If you, like so many other homeowners, use a forced-air heating system to keep your home warm and cozy, then you know how effective and reliable these systems are. You hopefully also know how important it is that you keep a fresh air filter in your system. Doing so is necessary if you hope to get the best performance possible from your heat pump or furnace.

While you may think that forgetting about the filter is a relatively minor problem in the grand scheme of things, a dirty air filter can actually cause some serious problems. If you value the performance of your heater in Arlington, then you’ll keep a fresh air filter on deck. Doing so will help you to avoid these issues.

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Your Furnace Should Not Be Too Noisy

January 2nd, 2017

We know that it can be tempting to ignore signs of trouble with your heater, so long as it seems to be heating your home effectively. We have to recommend that you don’t do this, however, because we also know how lousy the results can be. If your furnace is making strange new sounds, you need to have the situation assessed by a trained professional.

Just call our number to ensure that this is the case. We know gas and electric furnaces inside and out. When you work with us, you can count on getting a great performance from your furnace in Alexandria, VA.

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How to Tell if You Need a Humidifier in Your Home

December 26th, 2016

During the winter season, a lot of homeowners will invariably focus on keeping their homes warm and cozy. This is an understandable priority, but only emphasizing temperatures in your home is not enough to guarantee your comfort. You also need to know that your indoor air quality is protected.

Indoor air quality is not all about pollutants and particulates floating around in the air. Yes, these are common problems, but the humidity levels of the air can be equally problematic. In the winter, when temperatures drop, humidity levels can drop as well. That is why you may need to use a whole-house humidifier in Capitol Hill.

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Are You Using the Right Air Cleaner?

December 26th, 2016

This time of the year, with temperatures as cold as they are, a lot of homeowners are pretty focused on their heating systems. This is totally reasonable, but it is important that you don’t get too single-minded when it comes to your comfort. Remember that indoor air quality plays a major role, as well.

That is why you may want to use an air cleaner in Georgetown. The question then is which air cleaner or air purifier is right for you. Not all of these systems serve the same function, after all.

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Forced Air Heating FAQ: Is My Ductwork Leaking?

December 19th, 2016

While we are big proponents of using boilers to heat homes, there are still a lot of homeowners that prefer the prompt heating made possible by forced-air systems like furnaces. There is nothing wrong with using a forced-air heating system, obviously. Just keep in mind the fact that there are a few potential problems that you may encounter with such systems that you would not with a boiler.

Leaky ductwork is a leading cause of energy inefficiency in many homes throughout the country. If your home is getting warm enough, you may not realize that your air ducts are leaking at all. You will, however, be suffering the effects nonetheless. Here are a few signs that your ductwork in Arlington, VA may be compromised. 

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Have You Had Your Heater Tuned-Up Yet?

December 12th, 2016

It seems that homeowners these days are fairly well-informed when it comes to the maintenance needs of their home heating systems. Even so, there are homeowners out there that somehow still manage to overlook just how vital this particular service really is. Let us reiterate the point. If you want to make it through the winter season comfortably, you have to schedule routine heating maintenance in Capitol Hill.

Changing your air filter is the one major maintenance task that you can, and should, complete on your own. There is much more to heating maintenance than that, though. Contact us to schedule a heating tune-up with a company that you can trust to do the job right.

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Why Choose Natural Gas Over Heating Oil?

December 5th, 2016

The heaters in our area have already been fired up and running for a few weeks now. It’s set to be a long, cold winter, so we hope that you’ve scheduled routine heating maintenance already. There is another consideration to make. Are you going to continue using oil to heat your home?

Because oil prices have fallen substantially, some homeowners who have considered converting to natural gas are rethinking their stance. Those doing so may want to rethink that rethinking, though. We encourage homeowners to go ahead with their oil to gas conversion in Arlington, VA.

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Why Choose a Boiler Installation?

November 29th, 2016

It’s getting late in the season for a heating installation, but it is not too late to get a new heater in place! Are you concerned about the condition of your existing heater and the problems it’s having? Has it given out on you completely?

Call our number today to work with heating professionals that you can trust. We’ll help you to explore your options to ensure that you wind up with the right heater for your home and personal preferences. We suggest that you give a boiler installation in Georgetown some serious consideration.

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Have You Considered Heating Your Home with a Heat Pump?

November 28th, 2016

It is true that heat pumps excel in areas such as the Pacific Northwest, where winter temperatures are fairly mild. If you think that our more severe winter weather rules out the use of a heat pump and the reaping of its benefits, though, you might want to reconsider. Today’s heat pumps are more effective than ever, even in colder weather.

The key to getting the most out of your heat pump is to schedule your heat pump services in Alexandria, VA with trained, experienced professionals. We’ll make sure that your heat pump the right size for your home. We can also help you to decide if any backup heat source is necessary.

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