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Boiler Problems to Watch Out for This Season

December 5th, 2016

Utah is one state where you will see a lot of boiler systems—and for good reason. They provide reliable heat to homeowners throughout the state during what can be a few months of bone-chilling weather. One of the biggest benefits of boilers, too, is that they generally have fewer repair needs than other heating systems such as furnaces and heat pumps.

The reason for this is because boilers have a much smaller number of mechanical parts than other heating systems, meaning they have fewer components that wear down. They don’t need these components to circulate hot water throughout your home. However, no boiler is immune to problems, and you might still need to call for repair service at some point during the service life of your boiler.

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Is Your Home and Family Ready for a Utah Winter?

November 29th, 2016

Whether you’ve only just recently moved to Utah or you have lived here your entire life, winter may still pack a surprising punch when it hits with full force. It’s essential that you prepare your home and family each year for this inclement weather, as both your health and comfort depend on it. This starts by scheduling maintenance to ensure that your heating system is ready to do its job.

It’s never too late to schedule heating maintenance if you haven’t done so already—once a year is advisable, and twice a year for heat pumps. Making sure your heating system is working is just the beginning, though. We’ve shared some tips below on how to prep both your home and your family for the chillier temperatures.

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Prepping for a Cold and Dry Winter

November 28th, 2016

According to local news sources, many parts of Utah are expected to experience a much drier winter than normal this year. Is your home prepared? If you’ve had your heater maintained within the last year, then chances are you think you are prepared, but as important as this service is, it’s not the only factor of home winter preparedness.

One appliance that we highly recommend to our customers is a whole-house humidifier. And it’s not enough to just go buy one on your own. To ensure that your humidifier works as efficiently and effectively as it should, it’s imperative that you have it professionally installed and serviced. Keep reading to learn more about how a humidifier will help you prep for a cold and dry winter.

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Why Should You Choose Whole-House Air Filtration?

November 21st, 2016

If you use a central air conditioning system to keep your home cool and comfortable during the summer, and a furnace to stay warm during the winter, then you may be putting the quality of your indoor air at risk. This is also true if you keep your windows and doors open often to allow for natural ventilation.

When you use your central HVAC system or leave your windows and doors open, you are inviting airborne pollutants—dust, dirt, pollen—into your home. They can infiltrate your home through leaks in your ductwork or simply from the outdoors. Does this mean that you should stop using your HVAC system as much, or keep your doors and windows closed up more? No, the solution is a lot more convenient than that—a whole-house air filtration system.

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Watch for These Gas Fireplace Issues

November 14th, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the importance of fireplace maintenance, stating that routine tune-ups will ensure that they consume fuel as they should and vent as they should. Maintenance also keeps you safe from potential fire-related dangers.

Without maintenance, you can run into a number of problems. Although that’s not to say that even a well-maintained fireplace can’t run into issues. It’s important to be aware of what can go wrong to make sure you keep your family and your home safe. Keep reading for a few of the most common gas fireplace problems that homeowners deal with.

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Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Furnace

November 7th, 2016

Furnaces have the capability to last for many years—that is, as long as you schedule prompt repairs and annual maintenance to reduce the risk of emergencies. However, even with the best care, no furnace can last forever. Eventually, you will need to install a new furnace in your home.

It’s important that you recognize when your furnace has reached the point where it’s no longer useful. This way you can have it replaced before it completely dies on you. Keep reading to learn some of the signs that it’s time to replace your furnace.

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When Was Your Fireplace Last Serviced?

November 1st, 2016

One of the most common, and unfortunately dangerous, misconceptions about fireplaces is that they do not need to be maintained. Fireplaces and their corresponding chimneys or flues are typically made of sturdy material, and therefore their construction can stand up for a long time—perhaps giving off an illusion that they are indestructible.

However, this is a hazardous mistake to make. Fireplaces must be serviced on an annual basis to ensure that they consume fuel and vent as they should, and to also avoid the possible fire-related dangers. Make sure you rely on a team of professionals who are highly trained and experienced in this type of maintenance work, such as the members of our staff. In the meantime, read on to learn more about the importance of routine fireplace maintenance service.

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How to Reduce Your Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

October 31st, 2016

The weather is slowly but surely cooling down, and soon you’ll be using either your fireplace or your heating system on a regular basis. If your heater is gas-powered, however, are you sure it’s ready to safely do its job? However minor the risk may be these days, there’s still a possibility that your gas-powered appliances can leak carbon monoxide into the house.

Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of the fuel-burning process. In order to vent safely outside, all the components of your heating system and/or fireplace need to be in good working order: the flue pipe, vent pipe, chimney, etc. However, something can go wrong, and it’s important to know how to prevent it.

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Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

October 24th, 2016

With the weather as nice as it has been in recent weeks, it may seem premature to start thinking about frozen pipes. However, winter is well on its way, and when it hits you don’t want to be stumped by a plumbing emergency brought on by frozen pipes.

Frozen and subsequent burst pipes are one of the most common reasons for emergency plumbing service calls during winter. We are of course happy to perform appropriate repairs as needed, but we also want to help you prevent this problem from happening at all, if possible. But what exactly can you do?

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Keep Warm Efficiently This Winter with a Heat Pump

October 17th, 2016

Temperatures are slowly dropping, showing that while we aren’t quite in the throes of winter yet, it’s not very far off. In fact, you might already need a heater to get through the chilly nights we’ve had. And hopefully if you already have a heating system, it’s ready to do its job effectively and efficiently. When you live in Utah, it’s vital that you have a reliable heating system in your home!

If you are considering a new heating system installation or replacement this year, you’d do well to thinking about a heat pump. This system has plenty to offer homeowners of all types. Keep reading to learn more about heat pumps and their benefits.

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