Do Plants Help Indoor Air Quality

February 20, 2020

There is a lot of talk about what living plants can do for indoor air quality. However, is this just marketing hype, or is there some science to support it? What Plants Do for the Air Most of us remember taking a science class in school where we learned about plants. This included the process of photosynthesis and how plants help create oxygen and clean the air. There is not much debate in the scientific community on their general usefulness for the planet. This hypothesis is at the global level, however, with billions of plants around the world. Can one...

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HVAC Troubleshooting Tips

February 10, 2020

Your HVAC system will benefit from getting extra care and attention in between scheduled tune-ups. In the event that the unit develops problems, you can safely carry out minor adjustments to improve its performance. Not every issue requires special tools or advanced skills. 1. Check and Replace Filters As you use your HVAC system throughout the year to achieve and maintain comfortable indoor conditions, dust and debris build up on its inner components. The good news is that a filter is in place to protect the system’s most vulnerable parts. This filter needs to be replaced at least every 90...

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What Are the Different Types of Heating Systems?

January 20, 2020

Heating systems come in a variety of types that combine heat generation with a distribution system. The generator usually burns a fuel like natural gas or creates heat from an electric current. The heat is then moved to each room of your living space through vents or radiators. Below are the five most common types of heating systems. Furnaces Typically furnaces burn fuel like natural gas, heating oil, or propane to generate heat quickly. Some, however, are electric. Because they excel at providing heat fast, residential furnaces usually are paired with a forced air distribution system. They are a good...

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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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