Fresh Air Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘heater’

What You Can Do to Boost HVAC Efficiency

Monday, August 19th, 2019

AC-with-moneyWe may still be in the midst of the cooling season right now, but in today’s post, we’re focusing on some tips that will not only benefit you when cooling your home with your AC, but also when warming your home up with your heater in the winter. More specifically, we’re talking about a cause that we can all get behind—heating and cooling homes with more efficiency! And don’t worry, we’re not just going to be telling you to replace your systems with more efficient models.

While replacing your HVAC equipment in O’Fallon, MO, with more efficient systems is a great way to cut down on home comfort costs, we understand that not everyone has the funds to do that at the drop of a hat. Moreover, most systems can operate more efficiently when you take a few simple steps or make a few minor upgrades. Be wary of any HVAC professional that tells you the only path toward improved efficiency is a full replacement. 

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Is Your Heater Down for the Count?

Monday, March 18th, 2019

furnace-technicianWe’re moving out of the heating season, and you may be tempted to put your heater out of your mind entirely at this point. We want to advise you to do otherwise, though. Why? Because there is at least one serious question that you should still explore relating to your heater, even if you’re past the point of relying on it much this heating season. That question is whether or not your heater should be kept in the game any longer.

We understand that you may be hesitant to think about replacing your heater in Chesterfield, MO, right now. You probably want to divert your attention to your air conditioning system, which you’ll be relying on pretty heavily in the coming months. The fact is, however, that now is the perfect time to make such considerations. You don’t want to wait until you actually need your heater again before you accept that, yes, its time has passed, after all. Consider the following.

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Potentially Dangerous Gas Furnace Issues

Monday, March 4th, 2019

gas-jetsWhile there are a lot of areas in the country where heaters are more heavily used than they are around here, you still need to know for sure that your heater will be there for you when you need it. Of course, that means more than just having a heater that functions effectively or reliably. It also means having a heater that functions safely. If yours isn’t, then you need immediate heating repair in St. Charles, MO.

We are going to be talking about gas furnaces specifically today, but we want to make clear that there is nothing inherently dangerous about natural gas furnaces. Modern systems, when installed, maintained, and repaired properly, can keep homeowners comfortable for years and years without issue. Still, there are some situations that can develop and which you should be aware of. So read on, and remember that our team is here for you when you need gas furnace services of any kind.

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There’s Ice on My Heat Pump. Do I Need Repairs?

Monday, February 18th, 2019

iceBecause our winters are relatively mild in this part of the country, the heat pump is a great option to consider for year round comfort. These systems work just like central air conditioners in the summer, evaporating refrigerant indoors to remove heat from the air in the house and then condensing that refrigerant outdoors in order to release it into the air outside. In the winter, however, that process is reversed and heat from the air outside is absorbed, the refrigerant is then compressed, and it is condensed indoors to heat the house very efficiently.

Like any other residential HVAC system, of course, heat pumps are subject to occasional operational problems. And, like most other HVAC system problems, issues with your heat pump may not always be what they seem. If you see ice on your heat pump, then you certainly may need to contact a professional HVAC contractor in Wildwood. Sometimes, though, that ice is actually to be expected. Let’s take a closer look at the issue, and remember that we can answer any questions that you may have.

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Which Heating Services Can I Do Myself?

Monday, February 4th, 2019

furnace-technicianYou might think that we are going to pull something of a bait and switch and tell you that there are no heating services that you can handle on your own. Well, we’ll admit that we’re going to focus a lot on those services you cannot handle and, more importantly, why you need to hire a pro. However, we’ll also be looking at some steps that you can take on your own in servicing your own heater.

It may not be that extensive of a list, but they are tasks that you should be aware of. As always, we encourage you to reach out to a trained professional if you are uncertain about any HVAC services in O’Fallon. Even if it is technically something DIY appropriate, you still don’t ever want to bite off more than you can chew. Different homeowners will have different comfort levels in terms of what they’re willing to take on. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. 

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Is a Furnace Better than a Heat Pump?

Monday, January 7th, 2019

furnace-serviceWe understand that this can be frustrating for those homeowners seeking clear-cut answers to big questions that they have, but the fact is—it depends. If there were one “best” heating system, after all, we would not have so many different systems to choose from! The question you should really be asking yourself is not “which is the best heater,” but rather, “which is the best heater for me”. The good news is that we can help you find the answer.

No, we cannot say “yes” or “no” definitively to the question posed in the title of this blog. We can, however, help you to understand the pros and potential cons of each system. They’ve all got their fair share of each. That way, you can make an informed decision about which heater you’ll use. And, when you’re ready, be sure to schedule your heat pump or furnace services in St. Charles, MO, with our team.

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How Ignoring Heating Problems Winds Up Costing You

Monday, December 24th, 2018

just-right-temperatureIt is still running, so I’ll just ignore this problem for now. 

Well, it’s not doing a great job, but it’s not really that cold anyway.

Things are getting iffy but, hey, winter’s almost over. 

If you find yourself having these types of thoughts, then this is the post for you. Do not put off any heating repairs that your system may need. Doing so not only puts the condition of your heater in jeopardy. It also jeopardizes your comfort and, in some cases, your health and safety.

Now, it is true that not every problem your heater encounters will result in an immediate breakdown. The fact that your heater is up and running, however, does not mean that you should content yourself with a subpar heating performance. We may not be dealing with subzero temperatures and heavy snowfalls in this part of the country, but it still gets plenty cold enough to demand a great performance from your heater. Leave your heating repair in O’Fallon, MO, to the pros on our team.

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Which Furnace Is Right for Me?

Monday, December 10th, 2018

furnaceHeating your home is an important priority, even if you live in an area where you are not fighting against subzero temperatures and heavy snowfall. Even here in Missouri, where the heat and humidity of the summer season definitely outshine the cold of winter, you are going to need your heater to get you through the season comfortably. If you are in the market for a new heater or you suspect you’ll be looking for a replacement come spring, then chances are that you’ve been giving the furnace some attention.

Furnaces are the most popular home heating systems, and it is not really hard to understand why. They can share existing ductwork with central air conditioners, they’re easier to install than a boiler, and they offer prompt and efficient heating. Just remember that deciding to use a furnace is really only the first step. You’ll still need to decide which furnace is best for you. Not only can we handle your installation, maintenance, and furnace repair in Chesterfield, MO, but we’ll also make sure that you have the perfect furnace for your needs.

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Schedule your Heating Replacement Today!

Monday, November 26th, 2018

dog-under-blanketWinters in Missouri are not going to set any records for cold temperatures or snowfall. If you fail to take your heating needs and your heating system seriously, however, you may set your own record—for fastest feelings of regret! While our winters may be mild, they are not so mild that you can get through them comfortably without a great heating system. And you’ll only get a great performance from your heating system with a great heater installation and maintenance services.

Even when your system is properly installed, expertly tuned up, and professionally repaired, however, it is not going to last forever. At some point, it will need to be replaced. The best way to deal with a replacement is to get out ahead of it. This means being proactive and scheduling your heating replacement with our St. Peters, MO HVAC professionals before a complete breakdown takes place. That’s not always possible, but we have a few points to consider that can help you to decide if the time for replacement has come.

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Heating Issues: When to Schedule Repairs

Monday, November 12th, 2018

A heating/cooling vent register on the wall of a home, with open/close leverYou don’t want to hear it, and we don’t want to be the bearer of bad news.  That doesn’t change the fact that you will need heating repairs eventually, though. When you do, you need to schedule them as promptly as possible. The longer that you force your compromised heater to keep running, the worse off that system is going to be. This begs the question of just when you are supposed to schedule service, of course.

You just said it—as soon as possible! Well, sure, but how do you know when there is a problem to begin with? If you’re waiting for your heater to break down entirely before you schedule service, then “as soon as possible” is kind out the window, right? Ideally, you’ll notice the problem well before things get that bad. So we’ve got a few tips to help you spot the need for heating repair in St. Charles, MO right away.

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