HVAC – Why are Tune Ups So Important

Our home heating system is just one of those things we tend to just not think about. We set the thermostat to our preferred temperature and that’s that, out of sight, out of mind. Preventative maintenance is an easy thing to forget about. Who wants to spend money on that anyway? Until of course we wake up to a freezing house or are forced to take a cold shower. Then it becomes an emergency and we can think of little else until it is taken care of. Why Preventative Maintenance is so important It keeps your family comfortable and safe A heating tune up ensures that your system is running smoothly, efficiently and most importantly…safely. What your technician does depends largely on the type of system you have and the type of fuel it uses. In our area there are three common types of systems – furnaces (forced air), boilers (radiators) and heat pumps. Your technician is trained to service them all to run optimally and to help avoid unexpected breakdowns. Any heating unit that burns fuel is particularly important to have inspected. Furnaces with a crack heat exchanger have the potential to release carbon monoxide into the air. Furnaces or boilers with clogged flue pipes or chimneys pose the same risk. You may be surprised how common it is for birds or other critters to build nests and cause problems. No matter how well maintained your system is, it is always best to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home. It saves money Believe it or not, preventative maintenance, or tune ups as we call them, saves...
What’s in your water?

What’s in your water?

Water. It is vital to sustaining life yet is something that most of us take for granted. We turn on the faucet and there it is. As long as our water doesn’t smell or taste funny we tend not to give it a second thought. Yet do you truly know what’s in your water. Whether you have municipal water or have well water, its important to know that your water is as pure as possible. Hidden dangers in your water can not only carry health risks but over time can cause extensive and costly damage to your plumbing system and the equipment and appliances that use it.   In our area hard water is a particularly common problem. Hard water contains dissolved calcium, magnesium and, in many cases, iron. Most homes have hard water, whether it is supplied by a private well or a municipality. In many cases, homeowners don’t realize they have hard water or the constant and expensive harm it causes.   Many mistake the telltale signs of hard water and blame the problems on inadequate cleaners and detergents and poor performing appliances. Or they resign themselves to the fact that these problems are simply a way of life. Dry skin and hair, bathtub ring, spots on glass and silverware, dull, dingy clothing, disappointing performance and a shortened life expectancy of water-using appliances are all problems frequently caused by hard water. Most don’t realize how much time, money and energy is spent fighting the hard water battle.   Scale is another common problem that can lead to costly repairs. As water travels through the earth, it picks...