Earthwise Home Services Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

You Should Switch to Dual Fuel System If You…

Monday, February 4th, 2019

cozy-by-cold-windowA dual fuel system is one that uses two different fuel sources interchangeably. Its primary mode of operation is a heat pump, meaning it cools you down in the summer and keeps you warm in the winter (all while using electricity). Its secondary mode of operation is that of a gas furnace, for those times of the summer where you want a little something extra.

That brief summary is probably not enough to really explain why anyone would want a hybrid gas and electric HVAC system. After all, why not just stick to one? Well, you might even decide one isn’t enough if you…

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Will You Need a Dual Fuel System This Fall and Winter?

Monday, November 26th, 2018

question-markBefore replacing your furnace with another furnace, or going straight to a brand-new heat pump system that you’ve heard so many good things about, consider the middle option: the dual fuel system.

To keep comfort and efficiency strong throughout the cold season, a dual fuel system might be just what you need. Allow us to explain further.

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How to Tell When You Need Emergency Heating Services

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

furnace-repair-servicesHeaters serve as far more than a luxury during our cold winter nights. You need yours to stay warm and comfortable when the temperatures drop, and if trouble arises, it can turn your home into an icebox in a matter of hours. This is problematic for any home in the area, but especially homes with vulnerable family members, such as infants or the elderly.

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Is It Time for a New Furnace?

Monday, February 5th, 2018

heater-maintenance-serviceOur winter temperatures don’t get as low as they do further east, but cold weather is still fairly common this time of year, and most homeowners will still need their furnaces to run on a daily basis in order to keep their homes comfortable. If you have an older heater and it’s on its last legs, a repair call may need to turn into a heating replacement rather than try to push it further. But how can you tell? What’s the best way to determine if a breakdown in the middle of winter is enough to warrant a new furnace, or if it can keep going with a little work?

In the end, only you can make that decision. However, there are a few firm guidelines that can help you on your way. They usually boil down to cost: whether it will cost you more in the long run to pay for a repair on an older system or invest in a new system instead of throwing good money after bad. There are two specific factors you should focus on to help make that decision.

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Why Are Power Levels So Important in a New Heater?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

heater-maintenance-serviceNo one likes to think about having to install a new heating system in the middle of the winter, but it does happen sometimes. When it does, you need to move quickly and get the new system installed before the cold weather turns your home into an icebox. Having said that, there are still some very important steps you need to take, most notably the power levels of the new system. Believe it or not, they can play a huge role in how effective your heater can be.

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What to Do in the Event of a Cracked Furnace Heat Exchanger

Monday, December 25th, 2017

heater-maintenance-serviceWinter is officially here, and our heating systems will be put to use daily: increasing the stress and strain on them considerably. A problem of any kind should be grounds for turning the system off and calling in a repair service, but few furnace problems are graver than a cracked furnace heat exchanger. If you suspect you have one, summon a professional technician immediately.

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Low Airflow Could Be a Sign of Furnace Trouble

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

low-air-flowWinter will be here this week, and chances are you’re already running your furnace on a daily basis. You need to keep a close eye on the system for signs of trouble. In most cases, there are usually telltale symptoms letting you know that a problem is getting bigger. By taking notice, you can call in a repair technician and get the issue fixed before it causes a sudden breakdown in the middle of a cold spell. And it’s simple enough to pay attention to anything that may be amiss.

Among the most common signs of a problem with your heater is a lack of airflow from the vents: either gone entirely or moving much more slowly than you are accustomed to. It may not sound like much, but low air flow is usually a sign of big trouble if you don’t get the issue addressed. If you spot it, shut the system down and call in a repair service immediately.

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Signs You Need Heating Repair Services

Monday, November 27th, 2017

heating-system-repairWinter is closing in fast, and with temperatures already dropping, chances are you’ve been using your heating system on a regular basis for some time already. If there are any problems with your heating system, now is the time to get them fixed. Doing so means you won’t get caught by surprise when a cold front hits and your heater suffers from a sudden breakdown. It also means you have time to schedule repairs at your leisure, instead of scrambling in the middle of winter.

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Maintenance Plans Help Your Heating System

Monday, November 13th, 2017

heater-maintenance-serviceFall is here and winter is just around the corner. That means your heating system needs to be ready to run every day without trouble, and if your system needs repairs or similar care, now is the time to find out about that. You can spot the signs of trouble by checking your heater, but few laymen can detect the kinds of potential problems that a trained technician can. That’s why we recommend regular maintenance for your heating system every fall, before the weather gets too cold.

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