January 16th, 2017
Heating system issues are common during the winter, when strain on them is greatest. This is especially true with heat pumps like ductless systems, which are put under more strain year-round than other climate control systems. You should be vigilant for problems that might afflict your ductless system during this time. One of the best ways to catch ductless systems early is to listen for strange noises.
January 9th, 2017
If you’re looking for a new heating system in the middle of winter, chances are you’re in a bit of a hurry. Either your current heating system is in the process of breaking down, or has already given up the ghost entirely. In your rush to restore heating to your home, though, it’s important that you don’t overlook systems that might fit your needs better than just installing any system that fits. Geothermal heating is one of those systems that you should consider.
January 2nd, 2017
We know that you have a lot of pressing concerns during the holiday season, and the state of your water heater is probably pretty far down on the list of priorities. However, it is important to know whether or not your water heater will be able to keep working through another winter. Have a look at the following signs that you might want to replace your water heater this winter.
December 26th, 2016
As we move deeper into winter, the likelihood of a power outage is going to increase. This is due to a number of things, from inclement weather to increased demand on the grid. No one wants to have to deal with a power outage, especially for an extended period of time. If you have a generator to help cope with potential power outages, make sure that you schedule maintenance for it this winter. Read on to find out why this is a good idea.
December 19th, 2016
With the arrival of winter, a number of new conditions put more strain on the city power grids. More people are relying on heating systems for long hours, which increases the demand on the system. Inclement weather can down power lines and further hinder the grid’s ability to operate properly. If you live in an area that has less-than-reliable power during the winter, you might want to consider installing a generator in your home.
December 12th, 2016
Heating tends to be a top priority during the winter, but it shouldn’t be emphasized over other home issues. For example, indoor air quality has a huge effect on both the health and comfort of the people inside the home. If you want to be as comfortable as possible this winter, you should take steps to keep your indoor air quality high.
December 5th, 2016
If you notice your furnace turning itself on and off every couple of minutes this winter, don’t ignore it. That behavior is called short cycling, and it is a major threat to the health of your system. If the problem is not solved as quickly as possible, it can cause all kinds of issues up to and including full breakdowns. Let’s take a look at why short cycling happens, and why you need to have it repaired as quickly as possible.
November 28th, 2016
If you notice ice forming on the outside part of your heat pump this winter, don’t ignore it. Heat pump ice could be a sign of a serious problem with your system. If you’re not careful, it could cause widespread issues up to and including full-system breakdowns. Let’s take a look at what causes heat pump ice, and when it can be a threat to your system.
November 21st, 2016
One of the things that has really propelled the growth of green technology over the decades has been government subsidies. For example, a very generous 30% tax credit has been in place for years for those who install systems like geothermal heat pumps. Unfortunately, parts of that tax credit are expiring at the end of this year. Geothermal systems are part of the provisions that are expiring. If you want to have a new geothermal system installed in your home, now is the time to do it.
November 14th, 2016
Water heaters deal with water more or less constantly, from the time they are installed to the time they are replaced. One issue that any system dealing with water will eventually encounter is rust. If water is in contact with steel, the steel will eventually oxidize. Why is it that water heater tanks seem so resistant to rust, then? The answer lies in a small part called the anode rod. Let’s take a look at what the anode rod does for your water heater system.