Posts Tagged ‘Arden’

Now is the Perfect Time to Replace Your Heating System

Monday, April 16th, 2018

gas-burnersWe’re coming to the end of the heating season pretty soon. Before too long, you’re going to be using your air conditioner on a regular basis to keep your home comfortable. This may seem like an odd time to think about it, but now is actually a perfect time to consider replacing your heating system. If your current heater can’t get you through another cold season, it’s better to replace it now than to wait until right before you need it. Take a look at the following signs that you should replace your heating system before next winter. (more…)

Things You Should Check Before Calling for Heating Repair

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

modern-thermostatIt can be especially frustrating to have your heating system stop working just when you need it the most. Before you call for professional repairs, though, you should know that there are a number of possible reasons why your heating system may not be working. Some issues might even be fixable without professional services. You should check the following areas before you call for professional heating repair services. (more…)

What Heating System Should I Install?

Monday, March 5th, 2018

radiant-heating-installationSelecting the right heating system is an important part of keeping your home comfortable during the winter season. If you’re in the market for a new one, you have a lot of different options available to you. We highly recommend that you consult with a professional in-person before deciding on a new system for your home. We’ve laid out some of the pros and cons of different systems below, though, to help you narrow down what it is you might be looking for. (more…)

Why is My Boiler Making a Rumbling Sound?

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Gas-Fired-BoilerHas your boiler ever started making a deep rumbling sound, like an enormous, rather sinister tea-kettle? That sound is, appropriately, called Kettling. It’s not a good thing. If you ignore that noise, it’s going to cause a number of issues for your boiler, eventually culminating in the entire system shutting down. So, make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you notice this issue occurring. Have a look below at what causes boiler kettling, the damage it can cause, and how to prevent it.  (more…)

Ways a Malfunctioning Thermostat Can Affect Your AC

Monday, August 7th, 2017

hand-setting-thermostatBecause the thermostat is a small object designed to look unobtrusive on the wall of a home, it’s easy to think of it as not having a huge effect on the operation of an air conditioner. Of course, it’s the place where the homeowner sends instructions to the air conditioner and the blower fan—that makes it important. But people may not realize that a thermostat with even a small malfunction can create multiple problems for an AC, leading to a drop in company, a rise in electrical bills, and even a broken down cooling system. (more…)

Benefits of Wi-Fi Thermostats (And a Word of Caution!)

Monday, May 29th, 2017

remote-home-controlsThe speed at which HVAC technology is advancing with each year is amazing. And there’s no part of an HVAC system where this progress is easier to see than in thermostat technology. The days of the “slider-n-dials” manual thermostat are far behind, and even the digital thermostat is old news. The Wi-Fi thermostat with “smart” technology is the current top-of-the-line when it comes to climate controls.

We recommend homeowners look into installing a Wi-Fi thermostat for their home to help increase their energy savings without a drop in comfort. We especially recommend them for any new heating and air conditioning system installation, when our technicians can best match the thermostat to the HVAC system for best performance. We can also see about how to retrofit an older system with an improved thermostat. (more…)

Allergy Season Is Here: Protect Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Dandelion-In-FieldThe weather is beginning to warm up here in Western North Carolina, although we can still expect occasional cold spells throughout the rest of March and even into April. But the trend toward hotter temperatures will continue until the peak of summer—and this early stage of warmer weather means it’s also allergy season!

The Causes of Allergy Season

“Allergy season” has no specific set of dates. It can start as early as the end of winter, or it might happen in April. It lasts until around early summer. The increase in allergies is tied to the change in the weather from winter to spring. As the temperatures start to rise, plants begin to pollinate. This pollen is one of the prime sources of allergy attacks. If the spring is especially rainy, it will further add to the allergens in the air because of the rise in mold growth. Mold problems can last through the entire summer and into the fall. Even though the rain can wash away pollen, the pollen count tends to spike right after the rainfall. (more…)

How an Energy Recovery Ventilator Works in Winter

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The air in a home can often become stuffy and filled with numerous airborne contaminants during the winter. The reason for this is that your home is sealed off against the outdoors for most of the season. Doors and windows shut, sealing and weather stripping stopping drafts, closed chimney flue, etc. You don’t want the heat escaping from your house and placing extra pressure on the heating system. But this means there’s no opportunity for contamination from indoor sources, such as cleaning supplies, combustion gases, and building materials, to escape either. Instead they build up.

The professional installation of an energy recovery ventilator is a way to get around this problem. What it does is allow fresh air into your house while recovering the energy used to heat the air so it doesn’t go to waste. (more…)

Is Gas Heating Safe?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The majority of homes in the U.S. have natural gas heating systems to provide them with winter warmth, most commonly a gas furnace or gas boiler. But people still feel cautious about using a gas-powered heater because of the fear of toxic exhausts and even explosions.

We’d like to get to the truth of gas heaters, as well to explain how to better care for one. (more…)

Should I Install a Humidifier for the Winter?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

You’re probably deep into preparing your home for the winter. The cold season is peering right around the corner, after all. But winter prep is about more than dragging decorations down from the attic, laying down weather stripping around doors, caulking windows, and scheduling an inspection and tune-up for your furnace. There are some additions you can make to your HVAC system that will boost your comfort and help cut down into those inflated heating bills of the summer. One that we recommend is the whole-house humidifier. (more…)