House Call Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘furnace’

Signs You Could Use a Furnace Replacement

Monday, December 30th, 2019

No, we’re not just talking about replacing your furnace for fun. Furnaces have a set lifespan that they really aren’t supposed to keep working past. If your system is 20 years old or older, you could be plagued with high fuel bills, inefficiency, poor home heating quality, and even safety concerns.

We like talking about replacements because there’s a constant misconception with heating systems that you should use it until it breaks down on its absolute last day. However, what homeowners don’t like to think about is that furnaces are not people. We don’t want to keep them around as long as we can, because soon they start doing more harm than good. A family that uses a gas furnace, constantly paying for furnace repair in Chesapeake, VA 10 years longer than they should be, means a higher net cost that can sometimes be too much to handle.

Don’t ruin your budget with a heater that’s barely working. Get a replacement today.

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Why Might a Furnace Blow Out Cool Air?

Monday, March 25th, 2019

We may be closing out the heating season now that April is nearly upon us, but that doesn’t mean that it is time to push your heater out of your mind entirely. Particularly not if that heater failed to live up to your high expectations this past heating season. It may be late in the game, but you don’t want to put any necessary furnace repairs in Chesapeake, VA, on the backburner.

A relatively common issue that some homeowners encounter with their furnaces is the blowing out of cool air. This air does not have to be as cold as the air outside to indicate that there is a problem. It just has to be cooler than the air that should be coming out of the furnace. If you’ve identified this problem in your home, then the obvious next question is—what gives? Today, we’ll explore some potential causes.

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Replacing My Heater: Boiler or Furnace?

Monday, February 27th, 2017

couple-warm-and-cozyDon’t let the arrival of March in just a few short days fool you. There is still plenty of use for your home heating system in the weeks ahead. It can take a while to heat up substantially around here, and it is not uncommon for a warm stretch to come and go, only to let the chill right back in. With that in mind, you should definitely start thinking seriously about your heater in Chesapeake, VA, and its performance quality over the past few months. Once the weather warms up a bit, you may benefit from a heating replacement.

Back in October, we talked about a few of the reasons why you may want to schedule a heating replacement. These included the age of the system, its overall performance quality, and energy efficiency levels. Today, we’ll assume that you’ve decided to replace your heater already, and that you are on to the next big question: which system to choose. Let’s consider two of the most popular: the furnace and the boiler. 

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Top Five Tips to Improve the Comfort Level of Your Home

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The cooler weather in Hampton Roads has many homeowners looking for ways to improve the comfort of their home. Luckily, our experts have compiled a list of the top five tips to improve a home’s comfort level this season.

  1. Air Seal and Insulate the AtticFamily sitting in living room smiling

    Did you know that over 40 percent of energy loss is through the attic? Your home has dozens of holes allowing air to escape. Air sealing all penetrations to the attic and adding insulation keeps the heat you are paying for inside the home.

  2. Seal and Insulate Ductwork

    A home performance contractor can help assess the home to discover issues that may make it drafty and uncomfortable. One of the biggest energy wasters is duct work leakage. Having well-sealed and insulated duct work is essential to the efficiency of a home’s heating and cooling systems.

  3. Improve Heating and Cooling Systems

    The age and condition of a furnace or air conditioner can impact its efficiency. Installing a unit that allows the air to evenly distribute throughout the house is crucial to creating a comfortable home.

  4. Replace Windows

    New windows can make your home more comfortable and quieter, while offering substantial energy efficiency and savings. Since 80 percent of a window is made of glass, a significant amount of heating and cooling savings comes from improved glass performance, according to Window World®.

  5. Utilize Do-it-Yourself Tactics

    Homeowners can improve the comfort level of their home through a variety of DIY projects. For example, weather-stripping and/or caulking all areas of noticeable leaks around windows and doors with a draft; or installing plastic thermal covering on windows. It can be a simple project like opening up drapes and shades on sunny days or a larger project like changing the color of the home’s exterior to one that doesn’t absorb solar heat.

When looking to improve the comfort of your home, working with a trained professional is the best approach. They can provide you with recommendations based on a careful analysis of your home and can help you get answers to your questions.

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