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How to Get Your Furnace Prepped for Cold Weather

Autumn is here and freezing temperatures have already arrived. Chilly days and nights that are close to freezing temperatures are when you rely on your heating system the most. Is your system ready to keep you comfortable? Brace yourself for more months of cold weather and plan now to get your furnace ready. Here are some helpful tips on how to get your heating system prepped for cold weather.

Tip #1: Change or clean your air filters.
Your air filters might be small, but they have a huge job. They help keep allergens, dirt, and dust out of the air you breathe, and they also help prolong the life of the system. By the time they start looking dirty, they are starting to block the airflow of your furnace system. That means your system is working harder to do its job. That means the system’s lifespan could be shortened and damage could occur to the machine.

Tip #2: Get your ductwork sealed.
Most of the time, you won’t know if your duct work is sealed or not. However, a lot of times, ducts in the home have cracks, holes, or leaks that cause air to leak out. That means you’re wasting hundreds of dollars in energy each year! Leaky duct work also allows harmful particles into the air you breathe. Wondering how can you determine if your duct work is leaky? Our team at Specialty Heating & Cooling will help! We are Aeroseal Duct Sealing specialists. This patented solution fixes leaks from the inside out. It uses an injected sealant to the ducts, so when the air enters the ducts, the particles collide and stick with leak edges. This seals them and allows the air to move into your home!

Tip #3: Don’t ignore weird noises.
Just like you wouldn’t ignore a strange noise on your car, you should also not ignore sounds coming from your heating system! If you ignore these, the system could malfunction and cause serious damage to the internal components. That could mean you’ll have to pay for a costly repair. So, call right away so one of our experienced technicians can take a look more closely at what could be going on.

#4: Schedule maintenance on the system.
Need a professional to examine your system? Fall is the perfect time to schedule a furnace tune-up. We will clean the internal parts, run an energy efficiency check, clean the air filters, and make sure all the components are working at their peak. If we see any issues, we will address them.

With the right maintenance and inspection of your heating system, you will be able to rely on your heating system to keep you warm, no matter how chilly those Pacific Northwest nights are.  So, whether it’s preventative maintenance, a furnace repair, or a complete system replacement, Specialty Heating and Cooling has the experience that you can count on to get the job done right. Contact us today for your appointment!

Why should you install a ductless heating and cooling system?

Summer is over and autumn has officially started. If you’re thinking of getting a new heating system installed before the cooler weather hits, autumn is a great time to get this done. Ductless heating and cooling systems are wonderful options to meet your home comfort needs and the best part is, you can use one system all year long. This system will keep you warm in the winter months and cool during the hot summer days. Here are some reasons why you should consider putting a ductless heating and cooling system in your home this year.

Reason #1: They’re easy to install.
Our experienced team of professionals know how to get a ductless system installed quickly and efficiently, usually within just 1 to 2 days, depending on the scope of the specific job. To install the system, there will usually be a small hole in the wall to connect the indoor unit pipe to the outdoor compressor unit. You won’t need to worry about painting over anything or patching any sheetrock – it will look great once our team gets everything completed.

Reason #2: They will save energy.
Energy efficiency is very important for homeowners today. Ductless systems will not use excess energy and electricity like electric baseboard or wall heaters or other old heating systems. That means you’ll not only save energy, but you will see a savings on your utility bill each month.

Reason #3: They don’t require significant maintenance.
Don’t worry about complicated maintenance with a ductless system. Just make sure you clean the air filter on a regular basis, then call us to set up annual maintenance/tune-up appointments.  You won’t have to worry about a thing – we will check and tighten the electrical connections, make sure the parts are in good working order, and clean the air vents and humidifiers. With regular maintenance, you won’t need to worry about excessive break downs in the middle of the cold autumn and winter days.

Ductless systems can be used in a variety of different home styles and designs, no matter how big or small the space. They’re a great solution for homes because they can be configured easily, where as traditional HVAC systems can’t.

If you’re ready to make the jump and install a new ductless system, let us help with the selection and installation process. We’ll provide you with several options and go over what specific discounts or rebates are available. Our team will discuss how the system will be integrated into your home’s unique layout and we’ll work within your budget. We will also help you with the paperwork and answer any questions you might have so you are ready to go. Then, we’ll get the installation scheduled and before you know it, you’ll be ready to stay comfortable all year long!

Should you repair or replace your heating & cooling system?

Your heating and cooling system is put to the test every year when the cold weather hits. Then when the summer starts in, it works hard to keep your home cool and comfortable. If your heating and cooling system is older and you’re wondering if you should repair or fully replace it, here are some tips.

Tip #1: Don’t wait for your heating and cooling system to break down.
Whether it happens in the next few weeks or when the hot days of summer are upon us, your outdated HVAC system isn’t built to last forever. Once it breaks down, you’ll be left in a lurch, trying to find help to get it repaired or replaced and this can be stressful. A broken down system could also be a safety hazard. Furthermore, when your system is broken and you are forced to replace it, you may not have time to research your options and find the best system within your budget. This can add another level of frustration or stress to the process.

Tip #2: Add up the cost of repairs.
Have you had your system repaired often in the last few months or years? It’s likely that the cost of those repairs is adding up quickly and over time, you’ll need to weigh if it’s worth the cost of continual repairs versus biting the bullet and just replacing the whole system.

Tip #3: Start researching.
If your system is 15 years old or more, it’s likely that a full replacement is needed. If you replace your unit before it breaks down, you’ll have time to do your research and read up on the various heating systems that are available right now. We are proud to carry a variety of affordable systems that will keep you comfortable in the upcoming months and years.

Not sure which one is right for your home? We’re happy to come take a look at your home or office and assess what system would work best for the space and most importantly, your budget guidelines. Our experienced team is well-versed in a variety of heating and cooling systems. This year, there are a variety of tax credits, utility incentives and manufactured rebates that can help offset the cost.  In addition, we have a wide range of financing options available if you need it. With the right unit in place, you’ll be ready for a more comfortable, more enjoyable seasons in the years ahead.

How to Avoid Furnace Hazards

 

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The temperatures are dropping and the official winter season will be here in just a few weeks. When this happens, most homeowners crank up the heat inside their homes to stay comfortable. However, if your furnace isn’t maintained the right way, you could be putting yourself and your loved ones at risk. It’s important to educate yourself on proper furnace maintenance as well as what the potential hazards are so you can be safe and operate your furnace the safest way possible.

Tip #1: Beware of faulty or broken furnace parts.
Furnace hazards oftentimes are a result of malfunctioning or faulty parts. This could be manufacturer errors in the furnace, or older furnaces sometimes have parts that break or wear down over time, which could pose a safety risk. In addition, if you don’t follow directions properly on how to operate the furnace, you could be creating the potential accident to happen.

Tip #2: Have your furnace inspected on a regular basis.
You should always inspect your furnace regularly to make sure there isn’t something obvious wrong with it, but you should also have a certified HVAC specialist come out and look at the machine regularly, especially before the start of winter. That way, you could be sure that any potential issues are identified and fixed before they become hazardous or potentially dangerous.

Tip #3: Always complete repairs in a timely manner.
If something breaks down on your furnace – even a small part – get it repaired right away. The longer you let repairs sit undone, the greater chance you have for a potential hazardous issue to arise. In addition, don’t attempt to repair anything by yourself. A trained professional should always take care of any furnace repairs in order to avoid personal injury or greater damage to your furnace or the surrounding property.

Safe indoor heating is important during the winter, so understanding how your furnace operates and taking the time to be sure that it’s working at its maximum efficiency is key. Contact us today for a furnace tune-up or repair so you can be ready to tackle the cold winter air with warmth inside your home!