How Does a Furnace Work?

February 13, 2020

If you have ever been cold, you know the value your furnace brings. When it fails to produce the heat you expect, you begin paying attention to how it works and what might be wrong. The process a furnace uses to heat your space is quite simple. Taking the time to gain a basic understanding helps you keep it working well and find issues when a problem occurs. 4-Step Furnace Process Most modern furnaces use a process called forced air. They operate on the following four basic principles. Step 1: Produce the heat. A furnace produces heat by burning a...

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Are Heating Tune-Ups Necessary?

January 7, 2020

It is essential that you have your home heating system inspected at least once a year. This may make it easier for heating components to operate safely, quietly, and efficiently. Make Sure All Parts Are Clean and Lubricated Fans, motor blowers, and other heating system components work their best when they are clean and properly lubricated. A service professional may be able to take steps such as replacing an air filter or wiping down parts that are covered in dust, pollen, or other particles. At in Martinsville, we will also clean and inspect air ducts to ensure proper airflow throughout...

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Furnace Tips for the Holidays

December 18, 2019

Winters in Virginia can do a number on your furnace if you aren’t careful, but we’ve got four great furnace tips to keep everything in working order. 1. Change the Filter on Your Furnace Changing the filter on your furnace can be one of the easiest ways to keep it from breaking down over the holidays. A new filter makes it easy for your furnace to circulate warm air, and this puts less strain on the machine. In addition, a new filter can help keep your home’s air clean and eliminate circulating pathogens. 2. Make Sure Your Thermostat Is Dialed...

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How to Cut Heating Costs This Winter

November 8, 2019

At , we’re proud to help homeowners in Fieldale and throughout the surrounding areas minimize their heating costs. In that spirit, let us consider some strategies that are effective in reducing heating bills for most homes. Take Advantage of Localized Heating Zoned heating lets you set a different temperature for each zone in a house. Even without a zoned system, you can benefit from the underlying principle. Local heating options include natural sunlight through windows, fireplaces and space heaters. If the family is concentrated near these areas, you can drop the heat by 5 or even 10 degrees. Set the...

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What to Do Before Turning on Your Furnace

October 17, 2019

Turning on a heater that is new or hasn’t been used for months requires a few safety checks. You don’t want a mishap or poorly functioning system. That’s why you should do the following before turning on the furnace. Check the Thermostat Modern thermostats are technologically “smart,” but they still require some manual attention. Is the thermostat set for heating? If the device still registers air conditioning mode, then it won’t automatically heat the interior when cold weather starts. Therefore, don’t overlook small details like setting the right temperature. Request a Furnace Inspection and Cleaning How will you know the...

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Does Your Boiler Need to Be Repaired?

April 4, 2019

In some situations, you might be unsure when to call in the professionals. Below, we’ll provide you with some information that can help you determine when a problem is a serious concern. Pressing Issues If your heat or hot water stops working suddenly, then there’s obviously a problem. It may be as simple as turning the system’s thermostat up, but more often than not, there’s something more serious going on. It may be a pressure issue, a broken valve, or something more significant that needs to be addressed. Another situation in which the red flag will be clear is when...

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