Guide to Buying a Furnace

January 10, 2022

As furnaces usually last about 15 to 20 years, you’ll at some point need to buy a new one for your home. They’re a big investment, so you want one that’s energy-efficient and reliable. There are several things to consider when buying one. High Efficiency Look for the most energy-efficient furnace you can afford. New high-efficiency furnaces can save you up to 45% on your energy bills compared to older furnaces. Not only do they save you money over the long term, but they also operate more quietly and keep your home more comfortable.

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Possible Reasons for a Burning Smell When You Turn on the Heater

December 20, 2021

It’s about that time of year again — time to turn on your furnace for the first time. But what’s that smell? Often, during that first fire-up, you’ll notice a burning scent or other unpleasant odor. Typically, the cause is simple, and there’s nothing to worry about. Sometimes, though, you’ll want to call in a heating professional to be sure. Here are some reasons for the burning smell when you turn on the heater. It’s Just Dust on the Furnace How often do you dust the outside surface of your heater? If you’re

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Popular Heating Options for Your Basement

November 18, 2021

Whether you’ve recently finished your basement or are just looking for a way to keep it warm during the winter, you have a lot of options. By understanding each one, you can pick the ideal solution to fit your needs and budget. Connect to Existing Ducting If you have a centralized HVAC system in your home, your easiest option is likely to connect to it. Most of your ducting should be exposed in the basement, which makes it super simple to install registers. Before you connect to any existing ductwork, it’s

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Why Do You Need a Thermostatic Expansion Valve?

October 20, 2021

A thermostatic expansion valve (TXV), also known as a thermal expansion valve, is a vital part of the air conditioning system. Its purpose is to regulate the amount of refrigerant supplied to your air conditioner. The thermostatic expansion valve is also essential because it ensures that the system uses only the necessary amount of refrigerant. Here are just a few reasons why you need one. It Saves You Money Having a thermostatic expansion valve ensures that your system only uses the necessary amount of refrigerant. This will save you money in the long run as the

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3 Tips for Selecting the Most Efficient Home Heating System

September 17, 2021

Winter weather will arrive soon in Idaho Falls, ID, which means it’s time to start thinking about replacing your old, inefficient heating system. The most efficient home heating system for your house depends on a few things, including whether your home has access to natural gas or not. Use these three tips for choosing an energy-efficient heating system for optimal comfort now and for years to come. 1. Pick a High-AFUE Furnace If your home has natural gas, a furnace is the most energy-efficient home heating option. Look for a furnace with an annual fuel utilization

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3 Things to Consider When Buying an AC System

August 10, 2021

An air conditioning system is a long-term investment and will likely be an important appliance in your Idaho home. It’s best to consider all the options on the table rather than just rushing into it and buying the first one that you find online or at your local appliance store. Here are three things to help narrow down your options. 1. Budget How much are you willing to spend on an HVAC system? The most affordable type of air conditioner is a portable air conditioner. These units require little effort to install and set up, and

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Different Thermostat Settings and Their Meanings

July 28, 2021

The model of the thermostat will determine the number of modes or settings it’s likely to have. The different modes play different roles. Heat Mode When your thermostat is set to heat mode, the only thing that your AC can do is heat your home. The system will not start to cool unless it reaches the set safety temperature. In the heat mode, the thermostat heats and tries to maintain the selected or scheduled temperatures. Cool Mode When the thermostat is set to cool mode, the system only aims to

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How To Keep My Home Cool Without Air Conditioning?

June 21, 2021

In the summer, it’s tempting to simply run your air conditioner when you’re home. However, if you don’t have a working unit or simply want to save money on your energy bills, you may want to skip it. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can cool your home without air conditioning. Keep the Blinds Closed Keeping your blinds, curtains or shades closed during very hot, sunny days can prevent as much as 30% of the outdoor heat from getting into your home. This is a very simple but surprising hack that can keep your

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What Are Air Conditioning BTU’s?

May 13, 2021

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you’ve likely come across the term BTU several times. The number of BTUs for the AC system you’re interested in is one of the most important things to know about it. But what is a BTU? BTU Definition BTU is an acronym for British Thermal Unit. Strictly speaking, a BTU is equivalent to the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. In practice, it’s a measurement of how much energy an air conditioner has. It’s like

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Should I Turn Off My Gas Furnace in the Summer?

April 13, 2021

In most cases, it’s best to shut down a furnace once the possibility of a late spring freeze has passed. There are several benefits to doing this annually. Our short guide highlights why and how this should be completed. Why Should I Shut Down My Gas Furnace? There are two main reasons to shut off gas-based heating equipment before summer begins. Both have to do with saving money. First, your heater will continue to use gas if it’s left on. This unnecessarily increases your gas costs. The second reason has to do

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