Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Should You Replace that Older Boiler Already?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

You expect your home’s boiler to last a long time. After all, boilers are not cheap—and that’s because they are made to be durable and to resist corrosion and other issues. The good news is that boilers do last longer than many other types of heating systems.

However, you should not assume a boiler will last much longer than 15-20 years. If your boiler is experiencing issues repairs may be possible. And a good technician will look for the most cost-effective solution first and foremost.

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4 Steps Toward More Efficient Heating

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Everybody wants to save some money, but life’s comforts and necessities come with a cost. Heating, for example, can account for nearly half of your monthly utilities!

These tips can help you save more money on heating over the years, although you may need to make an investment upfront. Call our friendly office staff for more information!

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3 Reasons to Schedule Furnace Maintenance Today

Monday, December 5th, 2016

If your furnace fails in the middle of winter, what will you do? Will you be able to bear the chilly temperatures that hit your home for more than a few hours? In most cases, a call to an emergency heating technician is necessary. But that means unexpected costs and a lot of stress that you were not prepared to deal with.

But when you schedule furnace maintenance each year, you may never have to worry about this possibility. In today’s blog, find out how furnace maintenance makes your life a lot easier.

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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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The Right Thermostat Setting for Heating Efficiency

Monday, October 24th, 2016

It’s one of the great debates of many households: which temperature should you set the thermostat to when it’s cold out? It’s difficult to say, since each person may have a different preference, but we do have a few recommendations for better energy and fuel efficiency. If you want to save money on heating costs this year, talk to your family about implementing these changes.

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What Should You Do to Get Your Home Ready for Cooler Weather?

Monday, October 17th, 2016

As temperatures start to take a dive, you may begin to worry about whether or not your home is ready for the cold season ahead. Here at Bartels Heating & Cooling, we get ready for the heating season by keeping our trucks well-stocked and giving all of our technicians the training they need to repair and maintain heaters. And as a homeowner, there are ways you can prepare your home for the changing of the seasons as well.

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Does Your Furnace Need Repair? Take Action Today

Monday, October 10th, 2016

When a furnace breaks down, you cannot afford to wait to get the service you need. Furnaces may seem sturdy and reliable—and they typically are—but one small component out of line can soon wear out the entire system, leaving you without heat.

This year, do your part in preventing a furnace breakdown by scheduling your annual fall maintenance visit and by scheduling repairs the moment your furnace breaks down.

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Protect Your Home from a Carbon Monoxide Leak

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous substances that can be found in a home. And it comes from some of the appliances you use every day! Your gas stove, dryer, and heater can all produce carbon monoxide, but there should be a ventilation system in place to keep it out of your living area.

The furnace runs on and off throughout the day, and it’s key that you keep this part of your home well-maintained, so that you don’t have to worry about a potential leak. Learn more about how to safeguard your home below.

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