Can You Have Too Much Humidity?

Everyone should know the benefits of having the proper levels of humidity in your home during the heating season. But like so many things in life, sometimes a good thing can turn into a potential problem. Ideally, the humidity level in your home should be in the 35-40% range. The balancing act begins when the … Continued

Does your home have enough humidity?

During the fall and winter months, your furnace dries out the air in the house which can result in creating many potential problems. Because warm air can hold more moisture than cold air, it will absorb whatever moisture it can. Eventually, the home becomes too dry and you may experience some of the following: Dry … Continued

New type of Furnace, Hybrid Heat Systems

The Advantages of a Hybrid Heating System For most of our lifetimes, the only way to heat a home has been with some sort of fuel-burning furnace. Whether it is coal, fuel oil, natural gas, or propane, it is still a matter of igniting fuel in order to generate heat. Some fuels burn cleaner than … Continued

How Safe is Your Family?

Every year, during the heating season, there are numerous stories about people who died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Over the years I have written articles about the dangers of this gas. It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless but highly toxic to humans and pets. Unfortunately, most homes do not have proper protection from this deadly gas. … Continued

Cold Weather Furnace Tips

When the outside temperatures fall into the low teens or sub-zero, your furnace will be cycling quite frequently. The more use any product is subjected to, the greater the chance of a breakdown. To minimize any comfort issues during this cold weather make sure to do the following: Have your furnace inspected prior to the harsh winter weather. Many … Continued

Where is Your Thermostat Located?

It seems that during the heating season we receive more inquiries about thermostat location than any other time of the year. The larger the home, the more difficult it is to have a uniform temperature with one thermostat. For most homes, the ideal location for a thermostat is a hallway. This tends to give the most … Continued

Are You Ready for the Heating Season?

Now that fall has arrived everyone has had their furnaces on to at least remove that morning chill. Welcome to the beginnings of the heating season! Hopefully, most of us have had a safety inspection and cleaning to ensure a trouble-free season. While furnaces do a great job in heating our homes they, unfortunately, dry out the … Continued

What Kind of Motor Does Your Furnace Have?

Before air conditioning was so popular and common as it is today, furnaces had a designed strictly for heating. Those units had single speed belt driven motors. They were great for heating but not ideal for cooling. As central cooling systems became more affordable, their popularity soared. Equipment manufacturers responded with direct drive multispeed motors … Continued

Why BTU’s?

This is an acronym that almost everyone has heard but very few actually know what it means. A British Thermal Unit is a traditional unit of heat. One BTU is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. Its counterpart in the metric system is … Continued

How Comfortable is Your Home?

Most homes have a temperature variance between rooms or different levels. The most problematic are multi-level, 2 story or U-shaped ranches. There are many reasons for this but it all boils down to the fact that one thermostat can’t regulate uniform temperatures throughout the house. How do you make a comfortable home?   We specialize … Continued