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Is a Geothermal System Right for Your Home?

Monday, November 6th, 2017

animated diagram of a geothermal systemWhen it comes to where we live, a reliable heating system is an absolute necessity. Could you imagine going through even one Utah winter without one? It would be unbearable. Of course, it could be possible if you don’t properly care for your heater—which includes having it routinely maintained, and replacing it when its time.

If you are considering a new Ogden, UT heating installation within the next year or so, you’d do well to consider a geothermal system—which can be used for year-round comfort!

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Is Spring the Best Time for New Heating Installation?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

As spring grows and the summer approaches, heating your home will slip further and further from your mind. But if you’ve considered replacing the old war horse heater in your house for a new system, spring is the ideal time to have the work done. This might sound strange at first—isn’t this a time for air conditioning installation?—but you should consider a few of the advantages of choosing spring for putting in a new heater in your home.

At Rentmeister Total Home Service, we know plenty about the benefits of springtime heater installation. We’ve worked on heating system installations in Salt Lake City, UT since 1953. When you call us, you’ll receive quality work from experienced HVAC technicians who will make your satisfaction their #1 priority.

Here are some reasons we think you should have your new heater installed this spring:

Ease of scheduling

Winter is a busy time for heating repair. Summer is a busy time for air conditioning repair. Spring isn’t a busy time for either… and that means you’ll have an easier time scheduling your heating installation with a professional HVAC company. Their downtime is your gain.

You can pick a warm day when you don’t need a heater

The flexible scheduling of spring also means you can select a warm day when you have no need for a heater. Although most installation takes less than a day, you still won’t have to encounter any inconvenience from chilly weather during the time your old heater moves out and the new one is still in the process of being hooked up.

Extra time to work out the kinks (if any)

Your heater will not face a serious test until winter weather arrives. This gives you an opportunity to make sure that the new system runs the way it should and doesn’t require any adjustments or tune-ups. The early cool days in the fall will tell you if the heater is ready to take on the winter. If you hired skilled installers, however, you should find no major faults with your new heater.

If you want quality, call Rentmeister Total Home Service for your heating installation in Salt Lake City, UT. We handle many types of heating systems—furnaces, heat pumps, geothermal—all from trustworthy brands. Contact our specialists today, and they’ll help you pick the right system to replace your old one.

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Components of a Centralized Heating System

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Here in Salt Lake City, the majority of homes use centralized heating systems to keep their homes warm in the winter. These systems are distinctive because they generate their heat in one place, then use fans or blowers to move it throughout your house via a system of ducts.  They work very well and because natural gas is inexpensive, they tend to remain very cost effectives as well. A Salt Lake City heating system installation company like Rentmeister Total Home Service should be able to help you with your furnace as a matter of course.

The help you better understand how the system works, here’s a quick breakdown of the components of a centralized heating system.

  • Ignition switch/thermocouple. The ignition switch takes the place of the pilot light on older units. The thermocouple controls the flow of gas into the furnace, ensuring that it only does so when the ignition switch is activated. (That keeps your house from flooding with gas if there’s a problem with the ignition.)
  • Burners. The burners’ job is very simple, keep the gas lit while the heating process continues. Because the burning gas contains trace toxins, it can’t be sent into the home directly. So…
  • Heat exchange. The heat exchange is basically a long tube made of metal with openings at either end. The hot gas from the burner passes through it and warms it, which in turn warms the surrounding air. Toxins from the gas then move into a venting pipe, safely out of the system where they can’t cause any harm
  • Blower. The blower is essentially a fan, which moves the air heated by the heat exchange on into the ducts.
  • Ducts. The ducts simply serve as conduits for the hot air: hidden in your attic or crawlspaces and moving the air through vents into the various corners of your home.

The components of a centralized heating system all need to move in sync in order for your heater to work. When they don’t, you need to call upon Rentmeister Total Home Service. We’re based in Salt Lake City, heating installation and repair rank among our specialties, and we’re dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Hybrid Heating: Are You Ready to Save Money?

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

It sounds like an overactive commercial. “Hybrid heating: are you ready to save money?” But when it comes to Salt Lake City heating installation, it’s not just hype. Hybrid heating refers to a heat pump married to a small gas furnace, which allows you to heat your home efficiently without succumbing to the problems offer by either technology alone. It works well in places like Salt Lake City, where our winters get cold, but not quite as cold as they do elsewhere in the country. And yes: a properly installed hybrid heating system can save you a great deal of money.

It starts with the heat pump, which combines the functions of a heater and an air conditioner into one single system. In the summer, it provides cool air and in the winter, it provides warm air… in both cases through the same closed-loop system that relies on refrigerant to do its job. Heat pumps cost a little more to install than traditional forced-air furnaces, but they do their jobs much more efficiently. Once they’re up and running, you can save a considerable amount of money in monthly heating and cooling costs, making them a prudent and judicious choice for heating your home.

There’s just one problem. When outside temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, their efficiency can drop along with it. We don’t always get that cold in Salt Lake City – our winter highs average in the mid-40s – but we do have those cold patches where the thermostat drops below freezing. That’s where the hybrid system steps in, with a small gas furnace to help the heat pump do its job. It provides you with the heating power you need to get through those cold nights while still keeping costs lower than a gas furnace alone.

And those money-saving tendencies also help hybrid systems improve the resale value of your home, helping to offset the cost of installation. “Are you ready to save money?” sounds like a rhetorical question, but with this kind of technology, it’s more than just lip service. The professionals at Rentmeister Total Home Service handle Salt Lake City heating installation service, and can advise you on the hybrid heating system that’s right for you. Give us a call today!

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What to Consider When Selecting a New Heater

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

**Rentmeister Total Home Service No Longer Services Boilers Or Radiant Heating Systems, We Apologize If This Is An Inconvenience**

You’ve reach the point where you need to get a new heater installed in your home. It probably took you a significant amount of time to reach this point. But you’ve only gotten over the first step. Now you have to decide on what kind of heater to get. Just a glance online will make your head spin from all the options: furnaces, boilers, dual fuel hybrid systems, geothermal, heat pumps, radiant floor heating…

Grab onto your head to stop the spinning. We’re here to help. At Rentmeister Total Home Service, we’ve done countless heating installations in Salt Lake City, and we can guide you to the right heater.

As you start your search, consider these important factors:

Fuel availability

If you already have a fuel source hooked up to your home, this will narrow your choices (unless you plan to shift to a different fuel source). This isn’t as restrictive as it sounds, since some heating systems, such as boilers and furnaces, come in a variety of models that use different fuels. But if you already have gas  connections in your home, you’ll probably want to stay with a gas-powered system. If you use electricity for all your power needs, then you should look into systems like heat pumps.

Sizing

This is one of the most important considerations when getting a heater, and also the one most homeowners overlook. A heater needs to fit your home properly to heat it efficiently. A heater that’s too small will not provide you with the whole-house warmth you need; one that’s too large will “short cycle,” turning on and off repeatedly, quickly wearing down and draining power. Picking the ideal-sized heater requires professional input. Hire an HVAC company to perform a heat load calculation to determine the best size to get.

Health

No, we don’t mean the health of your heater. We mean your health and that of your family. Some heating systems can have adverse effects on respiratory health, particularly for people with allergies, because they can spread dust and other pollutants from ductwork. If you are particularly sensitive to air-borne pollutants, then you may wish to look into heaters that don’t use forced air, such as a boiler or a radiant heating system.

Rentmeister Total Home Service offers a large variety of heating installation options: we install most types, from furnaces to geothermal heat pumps. We’re confident we can find the system that will give you the best comfort for your home. Don’t let the many choices bewilder you into making the wrong one: for help with your Salt Lake City, UT heating installation, contact Rentmeister Total Home Service.

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