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Is Your Furnace Ready for Winter?

If you can’t seem to stay comfortable or keep your heating bills down, first hire a qualified home heating contractor like Chino Heating & Cooling to help evaluate your home or business heating system and determine the best actions to take. It may be that a component of the system was improperly installed or needs a tune-up. In many cases, the furnace isn’t the problem, but rather that your insulation, windows, weatherproofing, or ducts need help.

A new heating system should be sized no more than 25% over the peak heating demand. For example, if your home’s peak heating demand is calculated to be 60,000 Btu per hour, you should select a heating system with a heating output between 60,000 and 75,000 Btu per hour.

What are  common problems you can have with a furnace?

A clogged air filter is a common issue with a furnace. If the air filter in a furnace is filled with dust, pet hair, or dirt, the system is unable to deliver an adequate amount of warm air to the home. We can change your filter and give your system a maintenance checkup to look for any potential issues.

If you’re having trouble maintaining a warm temperature in your home, your thermostat may be the problem. A thermostat that offers an unreliable temperature reading can cause you to adjust the heat when you don’t need to. Our technicians can run a check on your thermostat and address any problems that come up.

A worn-out fan motor is another common issue with a furnace. If this fan isn’t working properly, the system can’t distribute heat throughout a home. Our professionals can diagnose the problem and replace the fan motor if necessary.

What are the benefits of replacing an inefficient heating unit?

An inefficient heating unit can result in high-energy bills. The system is using more power than it needs to. An efficient heating unit can be used with less frequency and it’s designed to conserve energy. A homeowner can save money on the monthly heating bill with an up-to-date system.

Improving the energy efficiency of windows and doors

Windows and doors can raise your heating costs if not properly maintained. Here are some ways to make them more energy efficient.

  • Seal up drafts by adding weather stripping to doors and covering windows with plastic. These are easy and inexpensive ways to conserve energy because they help keep warm air in and cool air out.

  • Repair or replace broken or cracked window and door glass so that drafts can’t get through.

  • Install storm doors and windows. Storm windows and doors can decrease heat loss by up to fifty percent.

  • Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to allow warm sunlight into your home. Then close them at night to keep the warm air in. Consider investing in insulated curtains for especially cold rooms. These will act as a second barrier against the cold air.

  • Install thermopane windows. Old windows are typically very drafty and inefficient. Consider replacing your windows with thermopanes, which can increase the energy efficiency of your home by up to seventy percent.

Capture the sun’s warmth by opening shades on south-facing windows during the day. And cover all windows at night. Use a program­mable thermostat to set back the temperature ten to 15 degrees when you’re away or asleep. Clean or change your furnace filters once a month or as recommended. If you have a fireplace, close the damper and doors when it’s not in use.

If you are in need of diagnostics or services before the next season change, contact us at (928) 636-2955 or email.  Check out our great Google reviews and we look forward to hearing from you.

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