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Four Easy Ways to Save Money on Heating

February 19th, 2018

natural-gas-furnace-burnerWith all of these storms lately, you’re probably spending a lot of time indoors with the heater on. Your heating system is a great comfort—at least until you get your monthly bill. We know that heating your home can cost quite a bit, but there are some simple things you can do to lower those bills without so much shivering.

Think the only way to save money on heating is to shut off your system altogether? Sure, this is an easy step to take, but the advice we have below isn’t that much more difficult. Here are 4 easy ways to keep bills low without missing out on comfort.

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Will a Furnace Run Without Electricity?

February 5th, 2018

circuit-box-electrical-electriciansDuring a winter storm, many homes in our area are left without power. While there are certainly ways to cope with the lack of lighting, there’s one system you cannot go long without: the furnace. However, if you have a gas furnace, you might not worry too much about this possibility. After all, the natural gas line is not affected by a power outage, right?

While it’s true that you should still have natural gas coming to your home during a regular power outage, that does not mean all gas appliances will still work. Unfortunately, most furnaces will not work in the event of a power outage in your home, and we explain why (and what you can do) in today’s guide.

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Furnace Repair FAQ: Is My Thermostat Broken?

January 22nd, 2018

thermostat-open-repair-glovesHere is a common scenario that happens in the modern home. You notice that the heater has not cycled on in quite some time. The air is getting chilly, so you go to the thermostat. You try turning it a few degrees warmer, but nothing happens. You call out to your spouse, or say to yourself, “I think the thermostat is busted!”

As heating technicians, our jobs would be a lot easier if the thermostat really was the source of most heating system breakdowns. While this is rarely the case, it is possible that your thermostat is at fault for your low heating or complete system shutdown. Read on to learn when this is the case, when you can solve the problem on your own, and why you may have to call in our expert technicians.

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How to Get Healthier Air from Your Heater

January 8th, 2018

sick-woman-indoorsEvery forced-air heating system, like a furnace, has a filter (or it should). When you run your heater, it first sucks in air from around the home and then heats it before blowing air back out to the rooms. Any dust or debris in the air could get sucked in and forced out with it, but the furnace helps to prevent this and protect your heater from damage that could be caused by that incoming debris.

However, this doesn’t mean that air coming out of the vents is always healthy. With winter comes viruses, bacteria, and other potential causes of illness that are airborne, so you should consider taking additional steps to protect your indoor air quality. Here are our suggestions.

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Diagnosing Noises from Your Heater

December 25th, 2017

woman-ears-covering-handsThe hum of your heating system as it starts its cycle as usual is, of course, nothing to be alarmed about. You know the normal noises your heating system makes, which means you know when something is off. Typically, a sound from your heating system may not mean that your system is in any immediate danger, but it often still means you should call in technicians ASAP.

Want to know what those noises really mean? Check out our guide to some common sounds below, but be sure to reach out to your local technicians for boiler or furnace repair the moment you notice a problem!

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A Quick Guide to Furnace Safety

December 11th, 2017

house-smoke-detectorAs winter draws near, there are a lot of things to concern yourself with around the house. Winterizing the home means covering windows, filling up air leaks and tackling drafts, packing up the garden hose and winterizing the outdoor faucets, and insulating wherever you can. It means checking the storm drains again, inspecting the fireplace and chimney, and digging winter décor and blankets out of storage.

But perhaps the simplest step, you may think, is to switch that thermostat over to heating mode and turn up the temperature. Well, experts say there’s more to it than that. With all the work you have this winter, let’s not forget about home safety, first and foremost—particularly when it comes to a furnace that runs on natural gas.

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4 Common HVAC (Heating & AC) Misconceptions

November 27th, 2017

thermostat-manual-dialHeating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems may not be the simplest of systems in a home, but you know enough to get by. You know how to use your thermostat—for the most part—and how to save some energy while you use it. For example, you should shut the vents in a room you’re not using so you don’t waste it…right? Most HVAC experts would tell you that one’s not quite right.

Homeowners mean well, but many of the things they think they believe about air conditioning and heating systems are just common misconceptions. We want to help clear up the idea of closing up vents and other common myths in today’s guide.

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How to Make Your Heating System More Efficient

November 13th, 2017

money-out-chimneyAs the temperatures outside drop, the cost of heating your home becomes higher and higher. This is to be expected, of course, as the furnace has to run for longer to keep you warm. However, at some point during your homeownership, you may find out that you pay much more than you should have to! Maybe a neighbor tells you that they pay way less than you do to heat a similarly sized home, or perhaps you’ve just realized you’re spending more than you did last year.

It might be possible to get your heating system running at a higher efficiency so that you can save more over time. Read our tips and speak to our team to learn more!

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5 Signs You Need Heating Repair

October 30th, 2017

heater-radiator-womanWorried your heater could break down at any moment? If you don’t know the signs that a heater needs repair, maybe you should be. It’s never fun to have to repair a heating system, but it’s even worse when your heater has broken down completely, calling for an emergency repair that could cost you even more.

Experts say it’s important to repair a heating system early in order to avoid sudden system breakdowns and higher repair costs. In addition, the sooner you repair your system, the lower your monthly bills may be, and the longer your system can last. Check out the signs you may have a heater in need of repair sooner rather than later.

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Finding the Right Heating Technicians for Your Home

October 16th, 2017

This year, we were awarded contractor of the year!

In some parts of the country, heating systems are used so sparsely that they rarely have to deal with a technician at all. However, in our climate, heating systems suffer a lot of breakdowns. Calling in technicians can become a regular thing—especially if you don’t work with a quality company and end up having to call in someone else to fix their mistakes! It’s always better to find the right technician to work with the first time around, and to choose a company you’ll want to work with time and time again.

How can you find the right company for the job? While it might require a bit of trial and error, following our tips can help you find a contractor you feel safe and comfortable having in your home. For more information, or to schedule your HVAC service in Fairfield, OH, give Bartels Heating & Cooling a call!

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