Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for November, 2016

Take a Stand This Cold and Flu Season

Monday, November 28th, 2016

All of the hand sanitizer you own could not protect you from germs and particulate in the air that make you sick. During cold and flu season, which typically starts around December, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants and irritants certainly don’t help the situation.

Your heating system has a blower fan that sucks in air from your home before heating it and blowing warm air back out. And with it, a lot of contaminants can recirculate as well.

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The Truth about Electric Heating Systems

Monday, November 21st, 2016

People find lots of different ways to stay warm when the cold picks up. While you might love to huddle up by the fire with a blanket on, many homeowners don’t have this option. And so, they have to seek out an alternative.

Electric heating systems are sometimes preferable to gas heating, due to the lower risk to your home and family, since you don’t have to worry so much about carbon monoxide or gas leaks. But there are some things we think you should know about the different kinds of electric heating systems available to you.

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Can I Skip a Boiler Tune Up This Year?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

We get this question often, from homeowners who aren’t too certain this service is really necessary each year. Others think that, since their boiler is new, it shouldn’t have any problems yet. And others simply don’t want to pay for a service if they aren’t sure it’s necessary.

But annual boiler service is preventative. It’s not meant to solve any problems that are noticeable now, but to prevent issues from coming up when you need the heat to work the most—the middle of winter. And too many homeowners learn this the hard way.

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What You Should Know about the Heat Exchanger in Your Furnace

Monday, November 7th, 2016

We focus on educating homeowners about the importance of regular heating maintenance, changing air filters, and gas and carbon monoxide safety. But for the most part, we don’t expect our clients to know very much about the various parts of the heating systems in their homes. That’s why we’re here.

Still, it may be helpful for you to know a bit about a key component of your furnace—the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is responsible for transferring heat to the air moving into your home. But it can be responsible for a major safety concern as well.

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