First Choice Heating & Cooling Blog

What to Look for in Professional Heating Contractors

January 30th, 2023
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You just moved into your new home, you have a laundry list of services that need to be done to get it in top shape, and you’re feeling overwhelmed. We’ve all been there.

When it comes time to choose your heating and cooling contractors to help you manage your furnace, air conditioner, and indoor air quality, you want the best of the best (and you shouldn’t settle for less).

Let’s go through the list of what you deserve from heating contractors in Highland and how they should help you take care of your home.

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How Long Does Heat Pump Installation Take?

January 16th, 2023
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You’ve seen that heat pumps can cut your heating and cooling costs in half. Your current HVAC system already has one foot out the door, so what’s stopping you from an upgrade?

Time. It’s important to know how much time these installations take so you can plan your busy schedule around them.

We’re here to tell you that heat pump installation doesn’t have to take a long time. We’ll break down everything you need to know before calling for your first heat pump installation right now.

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How to Know If Your Boiler Needs Immediate Repair

December 19th, 2022
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Your boiler isn’t on the fritz, but it’s showing signs of giving out before long. But wait, how do you know when it’s showing those signs? Without experience handling boilers or knowing a lot about them, it can be difficult.

Boiler repair in Fenton is your best option if your boiler begins to show any of these signs. Do your best to go through this checklist first to determine if you need repairs or replacement.

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4 Ways to Make Your Electric Furnace More Efficient

December 5th, 2022
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Electric furnaces have proven to be an energy efficient alternative to gas and oil furnaces, but they can still run into issues. You enjoy lower energy bills and more efficient heating, but there’s a huge possibility that you can make your electric furnace even more efficient.

Electric furnace efficiency can be achieved through internal and external means. Let’s talk about what you can do to improve energy efficiency before your next maintenance call.

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Can My Boiler Overheat? Or Even Explode?

November 28th, 2022
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Boilers can overheat, and they can cause explosions in rare circumstances if the conditions are right. Let’s get this out of the way right from the start: if your boiler exhibits signs of overheating or runs the risk of exploding, this is an emergency and should be treated as such. That’s when you call for boiler repair as soon as possible.

Let’s talk about why it can overheat, what causes it, and the two different types of ways your boiler can explode so you know what the risks are.

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Boilers Need the Same Level of Maintenance as Furnaces

November 7th, 2022
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We all know that furnaces require annual maintenance, but many homeowners can often overlook the fact that their boiler needs the same level of care. Boiler maintenance helps prevent long-term problems from popping up and prolonging extensive, expensive repairs. Here’s how similar your maintenance schedule should be for your boiler and furnace.

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The Basics to Know About Your First Heat Pump

October 24th, 2022
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If you’re considering getting a heat pump instead of going for a standard heater, there’s a few things you should know. Let’s talk about some benefits and disadvantages about your heat pump, as well as how they work differently in summer vs. winter. It’s important to know everything you can expect after your first heat pump installation.

How Heat Pumps Work in Summer

During the summer months, warm air from inside your home moves into your heat pump unit. That heat transfers into the cold liquid refrigerant, the refrigerant turns into a low-temperature gas, and then the cold air moves through your ducts into your home.

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How Can You Tell Your Old Heat Pump Is Done?

October 10th, 2022

Air-conditioner-repairmanFall is one of the times when your home’s heat pump will get a break. A heat pump works to both heat and cool a house, so between the summer and winter it won’t need to work as often. 

But while your heat pump stays dormant for a stretch, we recommend you think about whether it’s ready for another round of cold weather. We don’t mean scheduling regular maintenance for it: that’s something you should do every fall with a heat pump. We mean considering replacing your heat pump because it’s past the point where maintenance or repairs are effective. It’s always better to replace a failing heat pump before it breaks down completely. That way you can avoid becoming trapped without your central comfort system and paying high costs to run the heat pump during its last year or so.

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What You Didn’t Know About the Efficiency of Electric Furnaces

September 26th, 2022

money-saving-chimneyEfficiency. It’s one of the big buzzwords of the 21st century. When people shop for home appliances, they look for efficient devices that can lower energy demands and help the environment. Efficiency ratings can create confusion for homeowners, however, and one good example is with furnaces. 

Furnaces are the most common type of heating system found in residential buildings, and they account for an enormous amount of either natural gas or electricity consumption during a year. The right high-efficiency furnace can make a huge difference in utility bills. Unfortunately, when it comes to electric furnace efficiency, people unfamiliar with how efficiency ratings work can make assumptions about how much energy the furnace could potentially save. We’ll clear up this misunderstanding to help you look for the right electric furnace for your household.

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The Incredible Secret of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

September 12th, 2022

geothermal-heat-pump-diagramGeothermal heating and cooling may seem a bit like magic to homeowners—especially for homeowners who only recently found out that a geothermal HVAC system is a possibility for them and not something that’s out of reach. A geothermal heat pump has much greater energy efficiency than a standard air source heat pump, and it manages to pull off this trick through the simple concept of placing loops down in the ground rather than having the heat pump release and draw heat from the outside air.

What makes using the earth so much more efficient than the air? We’ll let you in on the secret in this post…

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