Understanding the Differences Between Furnaces and Boilers

December 19, 2022

Both boilers and furnaces can be excellent options for heating your home during the winter. However, these units work in two completely different ways and provide different types of heating. Keep reading to learn about the differences between furnaces and boilers and how each type of unit works. Forced Air vs. Radiant Heating Furnaces work with a forced-air heating system, which heats the air inside the building. Boilers, on the other hand, are used to provide radiant heating. The boiler supplies hot water or sometimes steam to either radiators or under-floor heating. The

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How to Know if Your Furnace Has a Gas Leak

October 20, 2022

Gas furnaces are an effective way to heat your home, but they come with some risks. Both gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning can potentially occur if your furnace is old or damaged. It is essential to have your heating system professionally inspected and maintained regularly. In the meantime, look for the following signs to help you determine if your furnace has a gas leak. Rotten Egg Smell Natural gas is odorless and colorless, so on its own, it is impossible to detect. To overcome this issue, gas companies add a chemical known as mercaptan to

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Is It Better to Use a Space Heater or Furnace?

March 17, 2022

Over the winter, there’s constantly a struggle between staying comfortable and lowering your heating bills. Some people think that it’s better to keep your furnace lower and use a space heater where you want more heat. However, is that always a good option, or is it better to adjust your furnace? Consider the differences and how to determine if a space heater or increasing your furnace’s temperature is a better option for your home. Understanding the Difference Between Furnaces and Space Heaters The furnace manages the heat throughout your entire home. It does this by burning

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Can You Make Your Furnace Last Longer?

February 15, 2022

As a homeowner, you likely know that a new furnace can be a large investment. While the average furnace is estimated to last about 15 to 20 years, that doesn’t mean that yours can’t last even longer. In fact, with the right care practices, your furnace can last even longer than the manufacturer’s anticipated life expectancy. Get Yearly Maintenance One of the most significant contributors to a furnace’s lifespan is how often it’s serviced. To ensure that all the components of your furnace stay in good working order, you’ll want to get your furnace serviced by

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5 Ways to Reset Your Furnace or Heat Pump

January 12, 2022

Updated 4/30/24 Cold air has infiltrated Arlington Heights, IL, which means that it’s time to rely on your home’s heating system for relief. If your furnace or heat pump won’t respond, resetting it often does the trick. Although each make and model of heat pump or furnace will have a slightly different process for resetting, here’s how to get started and restore comfort to your home. 1. Start With the Thermostat In many cases, your heat pump or furnace isn’t receiving messages from the thermostat. A programmable or smart thermostat may

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