Tips for Ensuring the Safe Operation of Your Furnace

September 14, 2021

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to discontinue use of their furnaces during the late spring, summer and early fall months. After several months of lying dormant, it’s important to ensure that your heating system is safe to use before turning it on again. Let’s take a closer look at some furnace safety tips to keep in mind this fall and winter. Make Sure There Is Proper Airflow Around the Furnace A lack of airflow could result in toxic fumes accumulating in your basement or wherever the heating system is located. These fumes may eventually find their way to other parts...

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3 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Furnace

December 3, 2020

The expense of replacing a home’s heating system can strain a family budget. Taking a few steps to extend the life expectancy of your heating system is worth the small cost. Here’s how to get started on this task. 1. Replace the Filter on Schedule Make sure you follow a regular filter replacement schedule. Replacing the filter routinely removes the dirt and keeps the equipment from straining to meet demand. Most equipment will benefit from a replacement every 60 to 90 days. If you have pets, smoke tobacco or have a fireplace, you may need to replace filters more often....

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Which Smart Thermostat Is Best?

January 4, 2020

Smart home gadgets have multiplied in recent years, and one of the most practical applications of this technology is the smart thermostat. In most cases, you can control your heating and cooling system remotely using a computer or smartphone. The remote access and programmable features can help to reduce your monthly heating bills. A smart thermostat is a wise investment, but you may be wondering which one to select. Choosing the Best Smart Thermostat It’s often best to upgrade to a smart thermostat at the same time you install a new heating and cooling system. That’s because many HVAC systems...

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What Should I Do If My Furnace Won’t Turn On?

November 8, 2019

Furnaces do more than keep you comfortable during the winter. A properly working furnace keeps you safe. You don’t want to deal with a frigid interior, so don’t delay when the furnace goes out, but don’t panic, either. Follow a few steps to deal with a malfunctioning heater. Don’t Jump to DIY Conclusions When your furnace doesn’t turn on, you’ll likely flip through the owner’s manual or perform an online search to figure out what the problem is. Educating yourself about the furnace’s troubles is fine. Trying to fix things by yourself out of a book, however, is a bad...

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Preparing Your Thermostat for Heating Season

October 15, 2019

When the dark, frigid depths of winter arrive in Dexter, you’ll want to feel confident that your thermostat is up to the task of keeping your home warm. This isn’t as easy as simply switching your thermostat from cooling to heating. Instead, you’ll want to do a few important but simple tasks to make sure your thermostat is prepared for cold weather. Replace Thermostat Batteries Most modern thermostats are battery-powered, so the batteries will need to be freshened up to keep the thermostat running during winter. Batteries last about six months on average, so if you haven’t changed your batteries...

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