Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

Four Easy Ways to Save Money on Heating

Monday, 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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How to Get Healthier Air from Your Heater

Monday, 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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A Quick Guide to Furnace Safety

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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How to Prevent Furnace Repair

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

heating-furnace-repair-technicianMost people never call in a contractor until something in the home breaks. And yet, when it comes to your heating system, many of the repairs you make within a year are largely preventable. The furnace is something you want to avoid repairing in the middle of the winter, when you need your heating system the most. Getting ahead of furnace repairs and maintenance early in the season will help you keep things under control later on.

Let our expert technicians help you understand why it’s important to keep a furnace well-maintained, and what you can do to prevent repairs. Follow these tips in order to make sure you’re safe and comfortable in colder weather.

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Which Heating Installation Is Best for Your Home?

Monday, September 18th, 2017

natural-gas-burners-flame-furnaceThe chill of winter gives you an excuse to curl up in bed with a blanket for a little longer, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best way to keep warm. Of course, your home’s central heating system is the most effective way to cool off, assuming you have one that’s the right fit. Sizing, efficiency rating, style of heater, and more have an effect on whether you feel warm enough throughout the winter (and not just on lazy mornings spent in bed).

Let our heating experts help you locate the best heating installation for your home—before temperatures drop any more. Give yourself time to consider your options, if you can. Contact our team, and check out the guide below for a primer on the best heating installations for any home.

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3 Reasons to Replace an Older Thermostat

Monday, February 20th, 2017

thermostat-manual-dialThe thermostat is the only part of the heating and air conditioning systems you really interact with. So by now, you may have gotten used to the settings or perhaps the little peculiarities of the controls. Many people keep the same thermostat around for years, even after major heating repairs or even system replacements.

But if you have an older thermostat that has not been replaced for quite a while—perhaps not since before you moved in—it’s time to consider moving on. You can get a thermostat that is much easier to navigate or has far more options than you’re working with now.

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Boiler Kettling: What Is It? Should I Be Worried?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Bang! Pop! Clank! We’ve heard homeowners describe a common boiler noise in many different ways, but it’s usually the same culprit: kettling.

Boiler kettling is something that has many causes and many solutions, but the fact remains that you should always have a professional heating technician provide the service it needs. This is the only person who knows just how to diagnose the issue and how to safely make repairs without causing further harm.

Still, it’s nice to know what may be the cause, and whether or not your home is in danger. Check out more on the basics of kettling in a boiler in the guide below.question-mark

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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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