Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Furnaces’

What to Know When You’re Replacing a Heating System

Monday, March 28th, 2016

When a furnace breaks down, there are a lot of things on your mind. First, you’re concerned about finding a way to keep your family warm while you wait to have the new heater in place. Second, you might worry about the price of the brand new system and whether or not it’s in the budget. But we think there are a couple of more important things homeowners should know about purchasing a brand new furnace.

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Furnace Safety Tips for the End of the Season

Monday, March 21st, 2016

We may still have a few cooler days left for us in Lakewood, CO, but winter is coming to an end soon, which means your furnace will be out of commission for a while. Your furnace worked hard this season, so it’s important to give it a proper inspection and shut down for the season. Now is the perfect time to look back at how your heating system performed this season, and consider whether or not you need to have some repairs done, or perhaps even have your furnace replaced before next season. We’ve shared a few safety tips below for you to review.

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A Guide to the Safety Switches in Your Furnace

Monday, December 14th, 2015

When whole-home heating systems were first invented, a lack of regulation and poor knowledge of ventilation meant that furnaces and boilers were prone to unsafe operation. Carbon monoxide leaks, gas leaks and home fires were once all too common, but those days are long gone. Today’s furnaces have multiple safety switches to keep you safe—but they perform best with regular maintenance from a trained professional.

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Is Your Furnace in Need of Service?

Monday, November 30th, 2015

We want to make sure that homeowners get services for their heating systems in time, so that a sudden heating system breakdown doesn’t leave them in the cold. Scheduling maintenance early on in the season and seeking services for repairs as soon as there is a problem can help to make things a lot less stressful in the long run. Here’s how you can tell it’s time to repair or maintain your heating system.

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Enjoy Better Comfort from a Modulating Furnace

Monday, November 16th, 2015

The invention of the furnace long ago was one of the most important developments in home comfort technology. But the technology only continues to improve with each passing year. One of the newest advancements is the availability of modulating furnaces for home use. Installing a modulating furnace can make the winters easier to get through, and you and your family members are likely to notice a major difference if you are replacing an older unit.

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6 Fall Furnace Efficiency Tips

Monday, November 9th, 2015

You will need your heater to be working nearly full time for you this winter. Make sure it is running as efficiently as possible by following 6 of our favorite fall heating efficiency tips!

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A Quick Guide to Getting Your Furnace Ready for the Fall

Monday, September 14th, 2015

In just a few short weeks, you’ll most likely be shutting off your air conditioner for the rest of the year. Is your furnace prepared for the workload to come? One of the most neglected services in HVAC is the annual furnace maintenance visit. But as any technician will tell you, this is one of the best steps you can take to prepare your heating system for the fall. Take a look at why this is, and check out a few more tips for efficient furnace operation.

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Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

Friday, December 5th, 2014

If you’ve had your furnace for a few years now, you may start to wonder when you should replace your furnace instead of repairing it again and again. This actually depends on a few different factors, and will vary slightly for each furnace. Here, we’ll cover the best indicators for whether you should repair your furnace or have it replaced.

Frequency of Repairs

Every heating system is going to experience issues after years of use. Even the best-maintained furnaces will breakdown every once in a while. However, there is a pretty big difference between one or two repairs a year and multiple repairs over a few months. When your furnace begins to breakdown more and more often, it’s a good sign that you need to replace it. If nothing else, it will probably save you money on repairs.

Heating Bills Go Up

As your furnace ages, the various parts that make up the system will begin to degrade from everyday use. This will eventually cause these parts to break down. Before that happens, however, they will slowly decline in their ability to perform their functions. This will cause your furnace to become less efficient over time, resulting in more energy consumed and higher heating bills. Of course, your heating bill is likely to fluctuate a little from month to month. Keep an eye out for a steady increase, though. This is a sign that your system might be reaching the end of its lifespan.

Age

Age is one of those factors that’s a little difficult to put in perspective. The general rule is that if your furnace is older than fifteen years, it’s time to replace it. If the furnace is younger than that, you’re probably okay keeping it. This doesn’t mean that you should immediately replace your furnace as soon as it turns fifteen, however. Age should be considered along with the other factors affecting the furnace. If your furnace is older than fifteen and seems healthy, then go ahead and keep it. Be aware, though, that you could probably get a more efficient model for cheaper.

If you’re having problems with your furnace, call APC Plumbing & Heating. Our heating experts cover the entire Denver area.

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Benefits of a Two-Stage Furnace

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The name “two-stage furnace” may sound fancy, but what it describes is a furnace that runs on two stages to better accommodate for the coldest days of the winter. The first stage, at which the furnace will operate most of the time, has a low-level output. The second stage, which will operate on the coldest days, has a high-level output. Most furnaces operate at single-stage, so they are running at a high output level all of the time. A two-stage furnace can better accommodate your needs, making your heating very efficient. At APC Plumbing & Heating, we know that saving money is important, so if you are interested in a two-stage furnace, call us today.

What Are the Benefits of a Two-Stage Furnace?

Here are some benefits a two-stage furnace offers:

  • Consistent, even comfort – because a two-stage furnace runs at least 75% of the time at a low capacity, it runs for longer periods of time and provides more even heat distribution.
  • Increased energy efficiency – it may seem that because a two-stage system runs more, it will use more energy. If it were running at a high output, this would be true. But the system runs at a continuous low output, and as such, actually uses less fuel.
  • Quiet operation – a two-stage system doesn’t have to kick on; as such, you won’t hear it start up or operate.
  • Improved indoor air quality – low capacity allows the air filters in your system to capture more particles and contaminants because air is constantly moving through them; this can improve your indoor air quality.
  • Less system cycling – there is much less on-and-off cycling with a two-stage furnace, which can help reduce wear and tear on your heating system.
  • No big swings in temperature – a two-stage furnace doesn’t blast on and shut off once the desired temperature is reached, only to blast back on again. Instead, the heating is gradual, reducing dramatic temperature shifts.

If you’ve been looking for your heating to be more comfortable and energy efficient, a two-stage furnace may be just what you’ve been waiting for. Call APC Plumbing & Heating today and schedule heating service in Denver with one of our installation specialists.

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