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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How Efficient is Geothermal Heating?

March 19, 2021

Heating your Idaho Falls home is one of the largest expenses in your budget, so finding ways to reduce the cost keeps more money in your pocket. One option that is growing in popularity is geothermal heating that is available at Conan Heating & Air Conditioning. How Does Geothermal Heating Work? Electric, natural gas, and other heating systems rely on some type of fuel source to warm air that keeps your Idaho Falls home comfortable during the winter. Geothermal heating eliminates the need for a fuel source by relying on heat that is stored in the ground around your home.

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Signs Of Poor Indoor Air Quality

February 8, 2021

Most homes have poor indoor air quality. There are several signs that you have a problem with yours. Thankfully, poor indoor air quality can be addressed. Consistent Cold Symptoms Poor indoor air quality can cause symptoms that are similar to those of a cold or flu. Among them are sneezing, coughing, dizziness and nausea. You might also experience irritated eyes, nose and throat. If these symptoms last for weeks, the problem is likely indoor air pollution in your home. Poor Sleep It’s difficult to get a good night’s rest in

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What To Do If You Smell Gas Coming From Your Furnace

January 5, 2021

Winter weather has arrived in Idaho Falls, ID, so you’ll be relying on your furnace for warmth and comfort. If you have a gas-powered furnace, it’s important to be aware of what a gas leak smells like. The mercaptans added to natural gas cause an odor similar to rotten eggs or sulfur. If you detect this odor, follow these four steps. 1. Open Windows If you smell gas in your home, open the windows. Only do so if you’re able to stay safe. Opening the windows allows the gas to ventilate to the outdoors. If you’re

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An Overview of Geothermal Heating

December 3, 2020

While it can get freezing outside during the winter, the temperature just 10 feet underground doesn’t differ from when it’s summer. It stays about 55 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Geothermal heating, also known as “ground source” heating, takes advantage of this by using the heat underground to warm your home. How Geothermal Heating Works Geothermal heating systems consist of a heat pump attached to a series of underground loops of pipe. The pipes are filled with a heat-conducting fluid. The heat pump is also connected to your home’s ductwork system.

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