Climate Masters Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

“Is Ductless Heating Right for My Home?”

Monday, March 15th, 2021

modern-living-room-with-ductless-air-handler-on-wallIt may seem odd for us to be talking about heating at all, during this time of the year. After all, it’s not like we need our heaters once spring hits. But if your heater was struggling this past winter, then it’s not a bad idea to look into your replacement options sooner rather than later. This is especially true if you’re considering a heat pump system—that is, a system that operates not only as a heater, but as an air conditioner as well!

Ductless systems have become increasingly popular for climates like ours—where summers are stifling hot and winters are mild (not to mention short). But, is a ductless system right for your specific home? These systems operate on heat pump technology, and as the name implies do not rely on a network of ducts. Rather, they consist of one outdoor condenser unit connected via refrigerant, power, and condensate lines to up to 4 indoor air handlers that can be mounted on the walls inside your home.

These systems have what’s called a reversing valve, which is the component that allows you to switch between heating and cooling mode.

But is this right for your home? Read on to find out!

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How to Help Your Heater Perform At Its Best

Monday, December 7th, 2020

woman-huddled-under-blanketWinter is right around the corner! True, that doesn’t mean much for us here in the sunshine state. “Winter?” you may scoff, “that’s something other states get, not us!”

It may be true that our “chillier” season is brief and pretty uneventful compared to our neighbors up north and in the Midwest. But the fact is that it does get cold enough to use our heaters. Given that your HVAC systems make up half of all your energy use, and you use your AC system about 9 months out of the year if not more, it makes sense you want to save as much money as possible when winter does roll around.

You can do that by using your heater as efficiently as possible. How do you do that? Read on!

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Don’t Ignore This Threat to Furnace Safety

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

woman-covering-mouth-and-looking-concernedAre you using a gas-powered furnace to warm your home this winter? This is a great choice for homeowners in our area. Our winters may be brief, but we can certainly have some chilly days and nights. And you need a powerful and safe heater to get you through the cooler temperatures. That said, there is a potential threat when it comes to gas furnaces that is important for homeowners to be aware of. A cracked heat exchanger.

Before we go any further, it’s important that we clarify—gas furnaces are not inherently dangerous, and cracked heat exchangers are a relatively rare occurrence, particularly in newer furnaces. But they are still a very real threat, which we’ll get into more detail about below. Keep in mind, you will significantly reduce the risk of ever being surprised by a problem of this magnitude by keeping up on your annual furnace maintenance sessions.

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3 Reasons Not to Skip Furnace Maintenance

Monday, October 26th, 2020

technician-working-on-furnace“Wait,” you might be wondering, “furnace maintenance? In Florida?”

Well, yes. Here’s the thing… sure, we don’t use our heating systems for very long in Florida. We’re sure there have been some summers where you felt like you barely used yours for a week before temperatures crept back up. But the fact is, it does get chilly at the peak of winter, especially at night. And when that happens, you want a fully functional and efficiently operating heating system to keep you and your family comfortable.

The only way to ensure that your furnace is in great shape is by scheduling routine tune-ups for the system. Read on as we uncover 3 very important reasons you shouldn’t skip out on furnace maintenance.

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End-of-Season Heating System Care

Monday, February 17th, 2020

technician-working-on-furnaceWe can’t exactly say our weather around here is predictable, but we can say that you typically don’t have to worry about using your heater much longer this season. Before you shut if off though, it’s important to tackle any heating repair needs that might be lingering—delaying these can be a big mistake.

Ignoring problems within your heater can result in much bigger issues, and could leave you with a completely broken down heater when you need it this time next year. Depending on the circumstances—i.e. if the problem is ductwork related—the problem you’re having could even impact your air conditioner, too.

How do you know if you have heater problems that need attention, though? Read on and learn about some of the symptoms of heating system problems.

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Potential Ductless Heating Repairs to Be Aware Of

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

ductless-air-handlerAre you considering a more efficient way of heating your home? Considering how briefly we deal with chilly temperatures when compared to the rest of the country, it makes sense that you want to pay as little as possible for your heating needs.

If you’re looking for a new and better performing heating system, and you also could use an air conditioner upgrade, you’d do well to consider the installation of a ductless heating and cooling system! These are year-round HVAC systems that don’t require any ducts—they eliminate air quality problems that other HVAC systems can present and allow for effective cooling and heating.

That is, if they’re installed correctly.

Without professional installation, you can run into a number of unique ductless heating repair needs. Of course, even with professional service, eventually your system will need a repair or two due to wear and tear. But it’s important to be aware of just how severe repair needs can be without a pro on your side.

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Signs of Impending Furnace Failure

Monday, January 20th, 2020

vent-in-wall-near-floorIs your furnace about to go? They don’t last forever, but trust us, we know the stress of dealing with a failing furnace when you need it! True, St Augustine residents don’t struggle with chilly temperatures nearly as much as in other parts of the country. However, the contrast in temperature during the winter absolutely necessitates a fully functional heating system.

And that’s where we come in! When you trust our team for your installation, and maintenance, services, you can count on a reliable system. But again, there’s going to come a time where replacement is just necessary. It’s important that you not ignore the signs this is the case, as doing so can become a safety issue—particularly if you have a gas-powered furnace.

So, what are these signs? Read on!

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Boost Heating Efficiency This Winter!

Monday, January 6th, 2020

money-symbol-on-seesaw-with-house-animationWinter is officially here! Sure, that doesn’t mean much for those of us in the state of Florida, but given the stark contrast in temperatures between summer and winter, functioning heaters are a necessity.

As necessary as they might be, however, nobody wants to pay an arm and a leg to use theirs. Particularly considering how much we all spend to keep our homes cool in the summertime. Excess spending can be a real drag!

The good news is, you don’t have to forgo heating system use in order to save money. There are some simple tips you can follow that will boost heating efficiency in your home and therefore cut costs.

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Heat Pump Won’t Switch Modes? Here’s Why!

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

logo-of-sun-and-snowflakeWhen it comes to the weather in Florida, it’s fairly predictable—it’s always hot, right?

Well, if you’ve lived in our area for even just a year or two, you know that’s not always the case. Sure, we don’t get snow in the fall and winter like other states along the east coast. But when temperatures drop, the contrast is enough to make us very thankful for our heating systems.

One of the most common types of heaters used within our climate is the heat pump system—because we do have mild winters but very hot summers, the refrigerant process of a heat pump is the perfect year-round, 2-in-1 HVAC system.

If you already have one in your home, you’re using one of the most efficient heaters you can find! Though, if you’re reading this particular blog post, it likely means you found it won’t switch to heating mode. Why is this happening?

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Have a Happy Holiday with a Safe Furnace

Monday, December 9th, 2019

gas-burners-of-a-furnaceIf there’s anything we can say with confidence about your heater here in the St. Augustine area, it’s that you want yours to operate as efficiently as possible, right? We may not need to run our heaters as often or as long as other parts of the country—but when we do run ours, we need it to operate well and not cost an arm and a leg.

More important than that, however, is how safely your furnace operates, and yours may not be, if it has a cracked heat exchanger.

Furnaces are not dangerous appliances. They wouldn’t be so widely used and sold if they were. But if you are using a gas-powered heating system and not properly caring for it, it can become dangerous, especially as it ages. And the most common reason for this danger is a cracked heat exchanger in a furnace older than 10-15 years old. Read on to learn more!

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