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Why You Need An Annual Furnace Inspection

We recommend you have one performed on your furnace, no matter how old it is. Here’s why: If you have a new furnace, the warranty requires it to remain in effect. We perform all warranty work on Bryant and most other brands. On an older furnace, a pre-season tune up will extend the life furnace. With rising utility rates, the increased efficiency will pay back the service cost in a short period of time. Correcting a simple problem pre-season will likely prevent a more serious and expensive problem during the winter- when you least want to lose your heat. Contact us today to schedule your...
Staying Cool By Checking Your AC

Staying Cool By Checking Your AC

With the first hot days of summer coming up, it is important to make sure your air conditioner is working optimally. Spending a little time checking on your AC will not only help you stay cool, but also save you money on electric bills. Follow these few tips to help you stay cool this summer. Remove Any Cover Is your AC unit outside? Many households own AC units that reside outside, meaning they cover them in the winter months to keep snow off and forget to remove the cover in the spring. This cover needs to come off when the machine is in use, as extra weight on the machine will cause strain and a loss in efficiency. In fact, any obstruction should be cleared away from the AC. With outside units, this means sticks, bushes or dirt getting in the way of the ventilation. Simply clearing the way will help the unit operate more efficiently. Replace the Filter Every AC unit, whether outdoors or indoors, has a filter. Each day these filters pick up more debris than you would imagine. Extra debris in the filter will eventually cause the filter to tear, releasing debris into the system causing the machine to work less efficiently. Experts recommend that a filter should be changed monthly in peak seasons. Contact The Barton Boys with any questions on how to replace your AC filter. Clean the Inside The inside of the AC unit should not be neglected. Simply using a soft brush or vacuum on the inside of the unit will help the unit stay in good shape. The water pan is...
Signs to Look for When it is Time to Replace Your Furnace

Signs to Look for When it is Time to Replace Your Furnace

Only Mother Nature knows what this winter has in store for us…whether it will be mild or ferocious…it is always best to be prepared for the unexpected. The last thing you want is for your furnace to conk out when you need it the most. Unfortunately, if your furnace stops working during really cold weather, it can be quite uncomfortable, and possibly hazardous to your home and health. There is a chance that if your home heating system becomes inoperative it can be salvaged by a skilled professional…and we see nothing wrong with wanting to lengthen the life of your equipment. But just like the seasons, everything has its time. Don’t be left out in the cold this winter…know what signs to look for when it’s time to replace your furnace. Sign #1  The Furnace is 16+ Years Old The average life expectancy of a furnace is 16 to 20 years old. Some experts say if a furnace is 20 years or older, it is time to start shopping for a new furnace. Purchasing and installing a new heating system in your existing home can be extremely overwhelming. It is important to pair quality equipment and craftsmanship with a price that fits your budget. So it is best to not wait until your current furnace dies and then be in a rush to buy a new one. Depending on how the furnace has been serviced over the years, lengthening your furnaces life can be your best option – ultimately saving you money – not only from costly breakdowns, but on your utilities as well. A yearly furnace inspection will prolong the...
Benefits of Improving Energy Efficiency In Your Home

Benefits of Improving Energy Efficiency In Your Home

Why Is Energy Efficiency Important in Your Home? Our homes are a major source of energy used across the US.  As energy costs rise and the population grows, it is more important than ever for us to improve energy efficiency in homes.  Energy efficiency means doing more with less energy.  Not only does it lower your bills but it also benefits the world.  There are a variety of ways we use energy in our homes but one of the most common is heating and cooling.  Take a look at the benefits of improving the energy efficiency in your home and some great ways to save money on an energy efficient HVAC system! Save Money On Energy Bills: While you might think a new air conditioner seems costly, the money you save in the long run is worth it!  Air conditioners are now rated on a metric system called Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER).  The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient your air conditioner is and the more likely you are to save money. Improve Indoor Air Comfort: You may be surprised to know that the air in your home is full of pollutants that can directly affect your health.  An energy efficient HVAC system is a great way to circulate and filter indoor air.  For example, an energy efficient air conditioner will remove dust, dander, pollen and other pollutants in exchange for fresh, clean air that is better for your health! Reduce Moisture and Condensation: Residents of Spokane know the issues humidity and moisture brings all too well.  High moisture levels in a home can create air quality...