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How to Get the Most Out of Your Heating System

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Freeport TX, heating systems need to perform at their best without costing you too much in monthly energy bills. Heating is a necessity, not a luxury, and when the temperatures fall, you need a reliable furnace or similar heating system to keep the cold at bay. A lot of people end up paying more than they have to for that right, especially during the winter months. You don’t have to accept that. A few common sense tips can help improve overall efficiency and lower those monthly bills.

Here’s how to get the most out of your heating system.

Proper maintenance is the biggest key to heater efficiency. Over time, your heater’s internal components will accumulate dust and other debris, and Freeport’s seaside air can lead to corrosion of metal components after a time. A routine maintenance session can keep all that in check: cleaning off the dirt, replacing small components like screws and bolts, and targeting problem areas for more extensive repairs later. Doing so before heating season begins in earnest will reduce strain on the system, helping it perform better and preventing the waste of energy.

You can also reduce costs by considering upgrades to your existing system. For example, if you have an older thermostat, you can replace it with a new digital thermostat, that lets you automatically turn the heat off and on to avoid running the heater while you’re away at work. Ductless mini split heating systems are another smart choice, especially if you have a large home. They allow you to turn the heat on in just a single room or two (presumably the one you’re using) while leaving the rest of the home untouched. Both options will help you cut down on heating costs without surrendering the comfort of a warm and cozy home.

If you live in Freeport TX, heating issues need to balance basic needs with affordable costs. Knowing how to get the most out of your heating system can accomplish that, along with a reliable heating service to keep your system running. Switzerland Air can handle any heating issues you may have, while keeping your system running efficiently and lowering your monthly costs.

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Problematic Furnace Noises to Listen For

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Texas has mild winters, but that doesn’t mean we won’t receive some unpleasant shocks as well as stretches of weather that hover at uncomfortably cool temperatures. You still need excellent heating from your gas furnace, so keep a vigil for early signs of possible trouble. Or maybe “vigil” isn’t the right word, since it implies using your vision. Your ear is the best sense to tell if your West Columbia homes furnace has started to develop repair problems.

Modern furnaces don’t make an extraordinary amount of noise (older models sometimes sounded like snoring bears with sinus troubles!), so anything unusual that comes from the vents or the cabinet should stand out. Switzerland Air has serviced many malfunctioning furnaces, and we have a list of the common noises in your furnace that might indicate trouble. Call us if you hear any of these sounds—don’t try to do the diagnosis or repairs yourself.

Groaning

Likely cause: The motor bearings are worn down.

Repair: Lubrication on the bearings might fix this if the damage hasn’t gone too far. Otherwise, the bearings will need replacement before the motor is damaged.

Rumbling

Likely cause: If the sound comes from the furnace cabinet, it means the gas burners are dirty.

Repair: The burners will need cleaning.

Clanking or Squealing

Likely cause: A loose blower motor fan belt.

Repair: Tightening the belt will fix this, unless it is gotten cracked or dented, in which case it will need replacement. This repair should be done soon to prevent a loose belt from causing damage to other components.

Loud rattling

Likely cause: A crack in the heat exchanger.

Repair: This needs immediate professional repair because of the danger of a carbon monoxide leak. Shut off the gas supply to the furnace and call an HVAC technician to see to this problem.

Because of the danger of toxic gas exposure and explosions, experience is a must when attempting to repair a modern furnace. The best technicians to handle the job are those with NATE-certification. (North American Technical Excellence, the only certification the entire HVAC industry recognizes.) At Switzerland Air, we are proud that all our technicians have NATE-certification. When you call on us to service your furnace in West Columbia, TX, you’ll know you’re getting a top-level technician.

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The Heating Season is Approaching: Is Your System Ready?

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

When winter rolls around, you need to have a heater installed in your home that you can depend upon for responsive and effective service. It is absolutely critical that your heating system be installed and serviced by a professional so that it gives you years of excellent service. There is simply no other way to be confident that your heater is ready for winter. During this period before the heating season begins in earnest, it’s beneficial to determine the status of your heater: does it work properly? are there any issues? is it efficient? Such questions should be taken seriously so that you are well prepared this heating season. At Switzerland Air, we offer excellent heating services in Angleton, TX, including preseason maintenance tune-ups.

If you own a heat pump, then your heater endures year-round wear and tear as it has to combat both the heat and the cold. This type of system requires more attention than a split central air/furnace setup. At the end of a long cooling season, it’s a great idea to have your heat pump inspected, cleaned and adjusted by a professional so that it is ready to switch over to heating when that first cold snap arrives. Keep an ear out for signs that your heat pump is not working properly, such as any strange or loud sounds. If you notice that your energy bills have risen, that can also be an indication that your heat pump has become inefficient for some reason.

Remember to change the air filter. This is an important consideration for owners of forced-air distribution system, whether central AC, gas furnace, or heat pump. Over time, your air filter accumulates a significant amount of dust, dirt, pollen, dander and other debris. When it gets clogged, it can actually lead to higher energy expenditure and airflow problems as your heater struggles to push your heated air past the debris. By keeping your air filter clean at all times, you can avoid any unnecessary wear and tear or potential damage that this can incur.

Call Switzerland Air today for excellent heating services in Angleton, TX. We can make sure that your heater is in good hands.

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How to Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Heating System

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Effective heating in Sweeney, TX might not feel like a big concern when the summertime mercury rises. But our winter nights can get awfully cold. And when those infrequent snows fall, you want to be ready with a reliable heating system. This is doubly true in a town like Sweeney, where heating system repair might mean calling in someone from Houston, where waiting even longer for someone to arrive and service your heater can be near unbearable. In light of that, it pays to know the difference between a heating problem that merely needs repairs, and one that suggests you need a whole new system.

Here’s how to tell when it’s time to replace your heating system.

  • High bills. Heating bills are a fact of life, but if they climb higher than you expect even though you’re not using the heater and more than normal, it may be time to replace the unit. This is especially true if you’re paying a lot of repair bills, but the unit doesn’t seem to be getting any more efficient. A new unit can not only lower your bills, but can also feature benefits like a programmable thermostat and zone controls which you might not have on your existing unit.
  • Failure to function. Along those lines, if your heater constantly struggles to adequately warm your house, replacement may be the best option. In some cases, a repair service can correct whatever the issue is, but as time goes on, your unit’s ability to perform its job may necessitate the installation of a new heater.
  • An old unit. Any heater that is older than 10 or 15 years should probably be considered for replacement. It’s not a hard line: if your heater is well-maintained, it can last for quite a while – but if your heater is old and other problems start cropping up, it may be time to consider a replacement.

If you can tell when it’s time to replace your heating system and/or want a more reliable form of heating, call upon the professionals at Switzerland Air. We can spell out your options for you and help you make the best choice for your home before installing your new system with efficiency and consideration.

Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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