First Choice Heating & Cooling Blog

Shutting Down the Furnace for the Summer

April 29th, 2019

furnace-burners-smallAt First Choice, we like to help our customers save money with their heating and cooling systems. Our summers and winters can force HVAC systems to put in an immense amount of work, which can make for steep utility bills. But there are many ways to cut down on energy costs, and one of them is partially or completely shutting down your home’s furnace during the summer.

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Changing to a Heat Pump—What Do You Need to Know?

April 15th, 2019

question-mark-badgeBetween the winter chill and the summer roast is the ideal time to have a new HVAC system installed. If you’ve suspected that your current heater and air conditioner are coming near the end of their usefulness, when air conditioning and heating repair in Highland, MI are no longer cost-effective, then talk to our HVAC installation pros. We’ll be glad to make your home happy with an excellent new AC and heater …

… or maybe we only need to install one system! A heat pump takes care of the heating and cooling needs for your house in a single installation. We recommend looking into a heat pump for your home if you plan to upgrade both your heater and AC this spring. Here are a few things you should know about making this change.

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Furnace Repair Cost vs. Furnace Replacement Cost: What You Should Know

April 1st, 2019

piles-of-moneyWhen the winter weather finally ends during spring is one of the best times to consider making a big change with your home’s central heating system. Most years you won’t need to make any major changes—as long as the furnace is receiving regular maintenance and hasn’t shown signs its losing efficiency/dropping in performance. (Always be on the look out for a spike in your heating costs as a sign the furnace may be aging rapidly.)

However, if your furnace has recently given you trouble, you may be thinking about putting in a new one. Or, you could choose to have repairs and keep the furnace running for a few years. When comparing the cost of repairs against the cost of replacement, there are a few things to keep in mind.

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A Late Season HVAC Fix: Air Duct Sealing

March 18th, 2019

duct-sealing-with-caulkingIt’s the official end of winter and the start of spring. Your HVAC system is going to make the change from cold weather to warmer weather, although the process can be a slow one with occasional returns of colder temperatures. You may still need to schedule heater service in Highland, MI before the warmer weather settles in.

We want to address a particular issue with your HVAC system that affects the heating system as well as the cooling system: leaks along the ducts. If your ventilation system needs sealing, we recommend you have it done as soon as possible so you have quality heating for the next few weeks, and so you’re ready to go with your air conditioning when you need it.

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The Winter Home Stretch and Your Furnace

March 4th, 2019

winter-sceneYep, it’s still winter. It’s plenty cold. But we’re now in March, and this means the first official day of spring is a few weeks away. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’ll instantly start to enjoy warmer weather—but it does mean we are in the home stretch.

This is an important time for the furnace in your home. This heater has already put in months of hard work to protect your family’s comfort. During this final stretch of winter is when it’s most likely to suffer from a malfunction or possibly even a full breakdown. Please don’t take for granted the furnace will sail through until the day when you can shut it off for the season! Here are a few things about your furnace in Fenton, MI to consider at this time of year.

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What to Do When Your Furnace Fails

February 18th, 2019

inside-a-natural-gas-furnaceIt’s the “Worst Thing That Can Happen During the Winter”—a home furnace that suddenly stops heating. If it’s a cold day, this can be a serious emergency.

What do you do when you’ve got a cold furnace? The right answer is: “Call an HVAC professional to repair it.” But that’s only part of the right answer. There are some checks you can make first to see if the furnace stopped working for a simple reason. Once you’ve eliminated these basic mistakes and errors, you can reach out to a professional to come in and find out what caused the furnace to fail and then fix it.

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What’s This “Tonnage” Mean for a New Furnace?

February 4th, 2019

furnace-with-pipesWhen the time arrives for a new installation of a furnace in Brighton, MI for your house, you’ll have to navigate plenty of numbers and stats aside from the price of the unit. For example, there’s the AFUE rating, which is how the energy efficiency of a furnace is rated. The higher the percentage, the more efficiently it uses fuel.

One number you’ll hear often is the tonnage of the new system. It’s vital that your furnace has the proper tonnage for your home. What does this actually mean, and how do you find the right tonnage?

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Your Water Heater Does More Work in Winter

January 21st, 2019

water-heater-tankThe Water Heater in Winter. Not exactly a dramatic or thrilling name for a story, but it’s a story we want to tell anyway, because it’s important for our customers and potential customers to know about issues they may face during the winter with their water heaters in Fenton, MI.

You can always count on our dedicated team of technicians if you need water heater assistance this winter (or any other season). If you’re interested in new water heater installation, we can provide you with a free estimate: simply call our offices to arrange for an appointment. We aim to make your home happy!

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Why You May Need Indoor Air Quality Services This Winter

January 7th, 2019

woman-with-allergiesWe’re an HVAC contractor for Howell, MI and the surrounding areas. And we focus on all the letters in HVAC: heating, air conditioning, and ventilation.

It’s that “V” we want to talk about today, because a big part of working on ventilation is helping homes enjoy better indoor air quality. We offer a variety of services to help improve ventilation and remove unwanted particles from circulating through a home’s air. And right now, in winter, is one of the times when you probably need indoor air quality help the most.

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Make Sure to Regularly Change the Furnace Filter

December 24th, 2018

man-holding-furnace-filterWe can offer plenty of advice for how to better and more energy efficiently heat your home during the winter. And we can offer plenty of heating services in Davison, MI to improve your overall comfort. But if we could only say one thing, only give a single piece of advice, it would be to regularly change your furnace’s air filter.

Thankfully, we have our own website and the space to elaborate on this advice …

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