Protected: Preventing Furnace Breakdown in Cold Weather

Protected: Preventing Furnace Breakdown in Cold Weather

We get very cold winters in the Spokane Valley, WA area. Preventing furnace breakdown is crucial to keeping our properties warm. Although furnaces do a great job for most of the season, they can encounter issues when the temperatures drop severely low. Below we will show you a few ways to prevent this. Clean Your Furnace Filters Furnaces have to perform extra hard during cold weather, which is why it’s essential to check, clean, and replace your filters accordingly. You should even check the filters before it’s time to change them. Furnace filters that get clogged force your unit to work harder than normal. Your owner’s manual may advise changing the filters anywhere from two to six months. This time period can shorten based on items such as: Number of people on the property. Number of pets on the property. Be sure to take into account whether or not occupants have allergies. How often the furnace is used. Has the winter been irregularly cold? You may need to check the filter or filters once every month and replacing it when necessary to help your unit run efficiently. Click here to get an estimate for how much a furnace breakdown could cost you. Do Not Set Thermostat Impulsively It happens to all of us. You come in from the cold and want to get warm now. It’s tempting to crank the temperature up, but you are putting unnecessary strain on your system. Turning up the thermostat is actually unlikely to make a big difference except to put an extra workload on your furnace. We recommend adding a few extra layers...

Smart Thermostats Are A Smart Idea

With all the buzz about connected, or smart, homes Wi-Fi thermostats have been getting plenty of attention from manufacturers and homeowners. We think they’re a great idea for a couple of reasons. The major benefit is convenience. With remote access to your heating and cooling system your home will be comfortable at precisely the right time. If you’re out of town and forget to adjust the thermostat before leaving, it’s easily adjusted when you’re away and can be returned to normal just before returning home. Plus, it can alert you to system problems in your absence. The other benefit is cost savings. Many thermostats now offer an energy conservation analysis. One study showed a saving of 20% is possible. Several models will respond to your daily activity and adjust the temperature accordingly. There are a number of factors to consider including price and compatibility. We carry and install several brands and will be happy to help you upgrade your home to a smart...