Are Annual Furnace Inspections Necessary?

January 10, 2020

Requesting a service technician to visit your home and perform an inspection seems like a good plan. Why do some homeowners feel cautious about asking for help? They may worry about the cost. If so, they may not be looking at the overall big picture. The nominal charge for an inspection could save a lot of money. Make Necessary Repairs Right Away An annual inspection allows a technician to look over your furnace closely. He/she might notice a problem that should be fixed right away to prevent the heater from outright breaking down. For example, worn parts that won’t last...

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Home Comfort Resolutions for 2020

December 21, 2019

With the year drawing to a close, it’s time to look ahead to 2020. As you consider your New Year’s resolutions, why not plan to improve your home comfort? These resolutions will help you reduce your heating and cooling bills, save energy, and keep your Orchard Park home comfortable throughout 2020 and the years to come. 1. Keep Air Filters Clean Regularly changing your air filters is one of the simplest ways to keep your heating and cooling system functioning its best. Keeping your filters clean will ensure your HVAC system is running efficiently and give your indoor air quality...

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Furnace Tips for the Holidays

December 7, 2019

The holidays are a time for wrapping presents, decorating the tree, and baking cookies with your loved ones. All these fun activities make it easy to forget about mundane chores like preparing your furnace for cold weather. Unfortunately, winters in Orchard Park typically include lots of snow and frigid temperatures. Here are some simple furnace tips to ensure that your home stays cozy and warm this season. Change the Furnace Filter When the filter is dirty, the furnace requires more energy to perform. It also puts additional strain on the fan motor and may cause it to overheat. Indoor air...

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5 Signs You Need a Furnace Replacement

November 15, 2019

Few things are more inconvenient than discovering your furnace is ready to quit. Of course, this always occurs during the winter when you genuinely need it. If your furnace is more than a decade old, you should start thinking about replacing it. Let’s consider some of the signs that you may be due for a new heating system. 1. Your Energy Bill Has Increased An unexpected spike in your utility bill could be a sign that your heating system has a problem. Evaluate your energy costs from the last few months and take note of any discrepancies. If there’s a...

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3 Ways to Clean Your Furnace

November 7, 2019

Throughout the cold season, your furnace works hard to keep your family warm and comfortable. To improve its efficiency, it’s important to keep your furnace clean. A dirty furnace can waste energy and be responsible for extra dust in your house. So, how do you go about cleaning your furnace? In this article, we’ll show you three essential ways to keep your furnace squeaky clean. 1. Change the Filter of Your Furnace Look for the access panel of your furnace. It’s usually located on the outside of the unit. The access panel opens to the inside of your heating system....

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Why Air Filters are Important for Your Heating System

October 21, 2019

Without an air filter in your central heating system, the interior components of your heater would get dirty and be placed under excess stress. The quality of the air in your home would also decrease as particles and pollutants build up over time. Having clean air filters in your heating system is important for a variety of reasons. Protecting Your Heater’s Interior An important function of the air filter is to protect the heat exchanger of your system. If dust accumulates on this component, it can reduce the efficiency of your unit and cause your energy bills to increase. Having...

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Thermostat Best Practices for Fall

October 11, 2019

has been serving Orchard Park and the Greater Erie County area with heating and cooling services for more than 70 years. We know how integral your thermostat is to being comfortable this autumn and winter. We also know that thermostat efficiency makes heating costs more affordable. Avoid Adjusting Settings Too Much The weather can be a bit erratic in the fall, and perhaps the biggest mistake homeowners make is over-adjusting the thermostat. This can cause the furnace or heat pump to be worked too hard and operate in an inefficient manner, which leads to higher energy bills. Consider an Upgrade...

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What is Balanced Ventilation?

September 22, 2019

Ventilation is more than just the movement of conditioned air throughout a home or business. Such aeration is also crucial to introducing fresh air and releasing spent air. As homes become better sealed, indoor air pollution is a growing concern. The EPA warns that the pollution within our walls can be 10 times or more the outdoor levels. Mechanical and Natural Ventilation has served Erie County, NY, and the neighboring communities for nearly 70 years. A focus on ventilation is an important aspect of what we do. Natural ventilation is the fresh air that enters your home through seams, gaps,...

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AC Dangers: What You Should Never Do

September 10, 2019

You may think that air conditioners don’t require a lot of maintenance or care, but they suffer from malfunction and failure over time with normal use. Many homeowners aren’t aware that they’re making mistakes that can lead to a few AC dangers. Here is how you can avoid common problems and keep the appliance operating efficiently during the warmer seasons. 1. Failing to Repair Emerging Issues It’s easy to put off repairs that are needed with your AC system because you don’t have the time or may not want to spend the money. Unfortunately, failing to repair emerging issues that...

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3 Easy Ways to Be More Energy Efficient

August 13, 2019

Between rising electricity costs and trying to take care of the planet for future generations, many people are looking for ways to be more energy efficient. By making a few changes in your home, you can make a big impact on the energy you consume. This will help lower your monthly bills and reduce your carbon footprint. 1. Install Energy Efficient Appliances If you have older appliances in your home, they are likely consuming a lot of energy. Replacing older appliances with energy-efficient models can help conserve energy. Energy-efficient appliances can use up to 50% less energy than their non-efficient...

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