Is There a Burning Smell Coming From Your Furnace?
HVAC Maintenance

Is There a Burning Smell Coming From Your Furnace?

If you have turned your furnace on for the first time, and you are smelling a burning smell, do not immediately call the fire department. Chances are that this odor is normal and will dissipate in just a few minutes. However, in some rare cases, this odor can be something more severe. So when should you worry about a smell coming from your furnace? Keep reading to find out. Smelling Burning Dust  When you first turn your heater on, and you smell a dusty smell, chances are that this dust is just burning off the heat strips of your HVAC...
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6 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter
Home Maintenance

6 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Winter is on the way, and the impending cold weather brings special home maintenance concerns with it like frozen pipes and an increased risk of house fires. Here are some ways to prepare your home for the freezing temperatures ahead: 1) Protect The Pipes Water expands as it freezes, and if it freezes inside a pipe it could burst that pipe. The resulting damage can require expensive repairs. Consider the following steps to prevent such damage: • Insulate water pipes that run through unheated places like an attic or garage • Drain water from outdoor sprinkler systems and faucets • Cover outdoor...
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How Much Does a New Furnace Cost?
HVAC Maintenance

How Much Does a New Furnace Cost?

So you need a new heater, but how much is it going to cost? Finding a flat-rate answer online can be tricky because everyone's HVAC system is different. The type of heater you need installed will affect the price, and the cost of labor varies based off the difficulty of the job and even individual companies. There are a lot of factors that influence how much a new heater costs, but we'll cover some of the major components and help you get a better understanding of how much you can expect for the cost of a furnace replacement. The Average...
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When’s the Last Time You Cleaned Your Air Ducts?
HVAC Maintenance

When’s the Last Time You Cleaned Your Air Ducts?

You are constantly cooling and heating your house year round. It is important to understand how your HVAC system really works. One of the biggest parts of your heating and cooling system in your home is your ducts. When is the last time you cleaned your ducts? Here are a few reasons why you might want to be asking yourself this question. How do air ducts incorporate themselves into your home  First, you should know a little more about the ducts in your home. They are connected to your central air and furnace systems. These ducts then carry cool or...
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Importance of Heater Maintenance in the Fall
HVAC Maintenance

Importance of Heater Maintenance in the Fall

A heater has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. With annual heater servicing, it can be extended to a few more years because of the regular heater repair. The most critical time to maintain your heater is in the fall when the winter closely approaches. This is to get ready for the winter season and ensure that you are warm and comfortable. Even when your heater is new, it is essential that you observe routine maintenance to ensure that it works in high performance during the days you need it most. With routine maintenance, your heart will be at...
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HVAC 101 Guide
HVAC Maintenance

HVAC 101 Guide

Welcome to the HVAC 101 guide. The following information is going to support you in learning about home heating and cooling equipment for optimal home comfort. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) arrangements are one of the most important purchases behind a home and vehicle. So it's important to know before you buy. Heating and cooling processes are also the largest users of power in the house. When purchasing a new heating and cooling arrangement or just getting your current system serviced, you will benefit from investing in efficient equipment and educating yourself to make an informed decision. Renewing an ineffective...
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Signs You Need a New Heater
HVAC Maintenance

Signs You Need a New Heater

Residential houses require a heating system to provide warmth, especially during cold seasons. Nowadays, there are different types of heating systems that are specifically designed for residential dwellings. The heating system can be combined with other cooling equipment to form the overall climate control system referred to as the hvac (heating, ventilation, and cooling). Regardless of the type of heating system used, the main aim is to transfer thermal energy throughout the living space. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the indoor temperatures should not be lower than 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Below are some of the warning signs that...
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Why You Need a Trane… HVAC That Is.
Trane Heating and Cooling

Why You Need a Trane… HVAC That Is.

A nice cooling system can make your life a lot more pleasant. That's the reason you need to know about a reputable HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) company in your area. If you reside in the Boise, Idaho region, then that company is without a doubt Ashley Heating Air & Water Systems. Our firm has been a tradition in the local HVAC world since all the way back in 1919. We install, repair and maintain residential air conditioning units and heaters. We offer a range of pertinent accessories including heat pumps as well. It doesn't matter if you need...
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Signs You Have Been Using The Wrong Size Of HVAC
HVAC Maintenance

Signs You Have Been Using The Wrong Size Of HVAC

Key factors among them the size of the house and energy requirements take precedence in determining the right size HVAC system. It is, therefore critical that homeowners engage professional heating system installers early on for guidance on the right sized system for your home. Note that having a system too large or too small for your household is highly inconveniencing. It not only leads to uncomfortable energy levels but may also force an increase in energy bills. How then do you tell if you have been using the wrong size HVAC for your home? Here are a few tips: 1....
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Summer to Fall Home Maintenance
Home Maintenance

Summer to Fall Home Maintenance

We wish we could tell you that switching out the spring and summer linens for autumn colors and placing a few pumpkins and gourds on the front porch constituted summer to fall home maintenance. You're going to need a weekend and a few supplies to bring your home up to winter standards, though. We'll walk you through it, both inside and out. Exterior Maintenance Check The Roof The roof is the first defense of your home. If rain, snow, and ice get through the roof, it gets to you. Check for loose or missing shingles, separated flashing, and anything that...
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End of Summer AC Tune-Up
Air Conditioning

End of Summer AC Tune-Up

As the weather cools off over the last two weeks of summer, you are probably using your air conditioner less and less. Fall is quickly approaching, which means you can enjoy cooler days and nights, hot beverages at night and leaves on trees changing color. Just as with anything else you use often, you should take the time to properly maintain your air conditioning unit as the seasons change. This will ensure that it is in tip-top working condition when you need to use it again next year. Change the Air Filter One of the easiest things you can do...
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7 Signs you Have Hard Water and What to do About it
Water Treatment

7 Signs you Have Hard Water and What to do About it

Clear and clean water is essential to a happy and healthy home. Most people view water as a naturally pure substance. However, water quality and composition can vary greatly according to where people live, even if you can't see it. Yes, water has a simple molecular composition, but it can contain other elements. This is called hard water. The potable water supplied to homes can carry mineral elements. This is true even after treatments by municipal water plants, and the best private well filters. These elements are typically safe to drink, but they can cause problems to the home and...
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4 Signs You Need a New A/C Unit
Air Conditioning

4 Signs You Need a New A/C Unit

The thought of installing or repairing your AC unit may seem daunting. The price alone can sometimes make you bury yourself in the sand instead of facing the problem. However, having properly working AC is important. If you ever hope to one day sell your home, you can be sure that potential buyers are going to be looking for functional AC. In fact, something like a functioning air conditioning is basically considered to be essential and should naturally just be a part of the home already. By not having an properly working AC unit on your property, your house is...
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How to Make my A/C Colder?
Air Conditioning

How to Make my A/C Colder?

Going through the summer months in your home without cold air can be a miserable experience. This is the primary reason why you should take measures to make sure that your air conditioning unit is working exceptionally well. For instance, you should have an experienced air conditioning technician service your air conditioning unit on a regular basis. However, there may come a time when your air conditioner fails to work at peak efficiency during the hottest period of the year. Getting hot air from your air conditioning ducts is not a good sign. We will now take a close look...
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All about air filters
HVAC Maintenance

All about air filters

Maintaining clean and quality in a living space is not only important, but also essential. Nowadays, due to constant degradation and pollution, it has become a difficult task to maintain clean air. Even the cleanest of places are likely to have invisible particles and dirt that can negatively impact the health of the inhabitants. This is where air filters come in. They are devices made of porous and fibrous materials to clean the air in a closed space. Air filters are particularly helpful to people with health conditions such as allergies and asthma. Since their inception in the 16th century,...
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Troubleshooting Uneven Heating or Cooling in Your House
HVAC Maintenance

Troubleshooting Uneven Heating or Cooling in Your House

If you own a home, at some point you will be confronted with uneven cooling or problems with even heating, especially if you own a large home. In fact, many homeowners with basements and attics have found a disparity between the temperature in these areas of their homes versus more common areas. Usually the lower levels are cooler while the higher floors are hotter. So what is the reason for this inconsistency? Well, there are a number of factors, and in this article, we will address some of the more common problems that can disrupt the flow of air in...
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Why Am I Running Out of Hot Water?
Water Heater

Why Am I Running Out of Hot Water?

A hot shower should be relaxing -- not a race against time. However, running out of hot water before you're finished is very common. This isn't something that you just have to live with, though, because once you know the cause, you also know the solution.   Too Much Demand on the Water Heater When too many people turn on faucets, or too many appliances start drawing from the supply at the same time, something's got to give, and it's usually your shower. Your home has a limited supply of heated water. Yes, large water heater tanks and tankless heater...
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Everything You Need to Know About Smart Thermostats
Air Conditioning

Everything You Need to Know About Smart Thermostats

What are Smart Thermostats? Normal thermostats allow you to change the temperature in your house—it's simply a control panel for the heating and air conditioning system. A computer thermostat gives a way to set the temperature and having it change temperatures based on the time of the day. The aspect that makes a smart thermostat so "smart" is how they observe and learn from common behaviors, remotely allow you regulate the atmosphere to make it more of a "smart home", give you energy consumption data as it's happening, and even adjusting themselves based on variables like humidity for instance. What...
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Don’t Become a Victim of a Dryer House Fire
Home Maintenance

Don’t Become a Victim of a Dryer House Fire

An estimated 2,900 house fires are started by dryers each year. This results in about $35 million in property damage, 100 injuries, and five deaths every year. Having a dryer house fire is a real concern for many, but there are a variety of ways to make sure your dryer doesn't catch on fire and burn down your home. Clean Your Dryer After Every Load Most people already know this, but you would be surprised how many people neglect this simple task. By emptying your lint catcher after you dry every load you are likely never going to have a...
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5 Tips to Save on Your Cooling Costs
Air Conditioning HVAC Maintenance

5 Tips to Save on Your Cooling Costs

As the temperatures rise, take preventative actions to cut down on your cooling bills. Whether you own or rent, the following 5 tips will make sure you won’t encounter a high energy costs this summer. 1. Ceiling fans or similar circulating fans. Using fans will make you feel 6 to 7 degrees cooker by taking advantage of the wind-chill effect. That means the fan isn't just cooling a space, it simply creates a more pleasant area. A spokesman for the Alliance to Save Energy, Ronnie Kweller, who promotes global energy-conservation leadership mentioned that you want to turn the fan off...
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