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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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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Why You May Smell Burning When You First Turn On the Heat

October 20, 2020

It’s not uncommon to catch a whiff of a burnt smell when you first turn on a heater. What is this, and why does it happen? Follow along for the quick scoop on this common and typically harmless phenomenon. What Causes It? When you’re regularly running the heat, you probably don’t experience that initial burning smell. It only happens when you haven’t run your heater in a while. You turn it on and then boom. It smells like something is burning. As soon as it comes, it also goes away. That

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4 Ways to Prevent HVAC Failure

September 20, 2020

Central HVAC systems are convenient, energy-efficient tools to heat, cool and ventilate homes. Unfortunately, many HVAC systems prematurely fail as a direct result of neglect. If maintaining your home’s market value and avoiding surprise HVAC problems sound good to you, follow these tips to keep your equipment operating at its best. 1. Check for Leaky Ducts Ductwork carries cooled or heated air throughout your home. However, many HVAC systems have leaky ducts that result in higher energy bills and poor system performance. Hiring a professional to conduct yearly cleaning and inspection of your ductwork is a

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