Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Furnace Comparison Guide for New Installations

Monday, September 11th, 2023

Furnace technology has advanced enormously in just the last decade. The furnaces of today are designed to be more energy efficient while reducing your carbon footprint. With greater energy efficiency comes a reduction in energy bills, and with how much you use your furnace during our cold, bitter winters, these are all benefits that homeowners are happy to reap! 

So what do you need to take into consideration when shopping for a new furnace? Some key things to consider are its fuel type, AFUE rating, and blower speed. Let’s take a look at these in depth.

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Don’t Forget To Change Your Filter

Monday, March 13th, 2023

There are plenty of highly important components in your heater and air conditioner that all require upkeep in order to keep these systems reliable. However, there is one part of your HVAC system that is often underestimated in its importance. It doesn’t move, it doesn’t make adjust the temperature of the air, and it doesn’t use energy but this part still has a big impact on your comfort.

We’re discussing the importance of your HVAC system filter and keeping a clean one in place. Let’s look at how this simple part can have a huge impact on your system and your comfort level.

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Why is My House So Cold?

Monday, January 30th, 2023

You’ve turned on the heater and are right to expect a prompt response from the system. However, it’s been close to an hour, and all you’ve got is an increase in your frustration and the number of complaints from everyone in the house who is too cold.

We understand why a stubbornly cold house would be frustrating and we want to help. Often, the lack of heat is one of the signs that you need a furnace repair. We will explain this and other warning signs below so you know when you need to schedule expert repairs.

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The Best Ways To Keep Your Garage Heated

Monday, December 5th, 2022
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We all know that garages are used for so much more than simply parking your cars–you may have a workbench you do projects from, your washer and dryer may be out in the garage, and you likely even have plumbing lines running through the space, whether behind drywall or exposed underneath your garage sink.

Chances are too, that you would like to be able to use this garage space all year long, not just when temperatures are warmer in the spring and summer. The good news is that it’s entirely possible to enjoy your garage, no matter the time of year. How? Read on!

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Carbon Monoxide Risks & Prevention

Monday, October 24th, 2022
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Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless, and invisible gas that can enter a home by way of a damaged or malfunctioning gas-powered appliance. Since many of our customers utilize a gas furnace in their households, we feel that it’s important to cover the risks of carbon monoxide (CO) exposure and what can be done to prevent this exposure.

First, we want to start by saying that gas-powered furnaces and other gas-powered appliances are not inherently dangerous. But if they are not installed and cared for properly, they can become so. Preventing problems with carbon monoxide exposure is simple… read on to learn more!

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Furnace This Fall and Winter

Monday, August 29th, 2022
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With all the heat and humidity that August brought, it may seem strange for us to already be talking about furnaces. But the truth is, when winter hits our area, it hits hard. The best thing you can do for your home and for your family is to be prepared!

This means making sure your air quality is taken care of, you have a generator ready in case any storms bring power outages, and you have scheduled heating maintenance. This last point is the one we’re going to talk about today.

HVAC maintenance is a service we recommend once for your furnace or heating system each fall, and then once more for your cooling system each spring. The timing of your HVAC maintenance appointments doesn’t matter as much as the consistency of these appointments. Each system should be professionally tuned up and maintained at least once a year.

Read on to learn why this is so important, especially if you have a gas-powered furnace!

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Common Heating Mistakes that are Costing You

Monday, January 3rd, 2022
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Did you know that the way you use your heating system could be costing you way more money than it should? Sure, your utility bills are going to rise in the fall and winter–this is expected in our area. But your bills shouldn’t be drastically higher.

Read on as we uncover some common heating mistakes you might unintentionally be making, and how to use your heater as efficiently as possible.

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4 Dangers of DIY Furnace Repairs

Monday, December 6th, 2021
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So let’s say that your furnace isn’t acting the way it should. And then let’s say you were lucky enough to find a video tutorial online that will help you fix this exact problem. Hey, no worries that the furnace in the video isn’t the same model, or that the person leading the video isn’t an HVAC pro! All you need is that video, some gloves, maybe a welding torch…

This is where we have to stop you.

Look, it’s not that we don’t have faith in your ability to pull off a DIY job, it’s just that we don’t think HVAC systems should ever be involved in a DIY job. After all, there’s a reason HVAC technicians get an education and specialized training to be able to work on these systems. Read on as we uncover 4 dangers of DIY furnace repairs.

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Holiday Home Safety Checklist

Monday, October 25th, 2021
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It may seem a little early to be talking about the holidays, but like it or not they are right around the corner. That said, the time to start thinking about your holiday home safety is now. What do we mean by this?

Well, there are some steps you should take to ensure that the events and festivities you enjoy during this time of year don’t do your household harm. This includes:

  • Installating/Maintaining a Whole-Home Generator
  • Changing the Batteries in Your Smoke and CO Detectors
  • Having Your Furnace Tuned-Up
  • Not Overloading Your Home with Holiday Lights

Read on as we dive a little deeper into each step on this checklist!

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The Cost of Not Maintaining Your Heating System

Monday, September 13th, 2021
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We probably don’t need to tell you just how important a well-functioning heating system is in our part of the country. We can deal with some pretty harsh winters, which can sometimes stretch into spring. A home’s heating system–no matter what type–is vital to helping your family getting through the cooler months comfortably and healthfully.

But even if you know how important it is to have maintenance done, you might be tempted to skip it. After all, it’s another cost to incur, and if your heater is on the newer side, who cares, right?

We really want to encourage our customers to put this notion aside and consider what they can save by having maintenance done, versus what maintenance will cost them. Because the truth is, skipping maintenance will cost you a lot more. Read on to learn the true cost of not maintaining your heater this fall.

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