Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog

Take a Stand This Cold and Flu Season

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

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?

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

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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4 Things to Know When Shopping for a New Furnace

October 31st, 2016

We know it can be difficult to tell what direction to go in when you’re looking around for a new furnace. You might be unsure of where to start or which type of furnace is right for your home. You may be worried that you’re getting ripped off with a furnace that claims to be more efficient than others on the market. If you want to make sure you get the right furnace for your home, check out our expert advice.

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The Right Thermostat Setting for Heating Efficiency

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?

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

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

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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Don’t Skip This Important Service This Season

September 26th, 2016

Heating maintenance (or a heating tune-up) is one of the most important services you can schedule for your home before the winter starts! We’re barely moving into fall, but that does not mean it’s too soon to start thinking about the performance of your heating system. Wait too long, and you may be too late!

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