Advanced Mechanical Services Blog: Posts Tagged ‘gas furnace’

Does a Furnace Dry Out the Air in a House?

Monday, November 12th, 2018

gas-jetsThe gas furnace is such a common type of home heating system that there are few objections to having one installed. Yes, people sometimes have concerns about using natural gas in a house, but if a furnace receives annual professional maintenance and proper care, it rarely poses any safety hazards.

But there is one negative often raised about the gas furnace, which is that it dries out the air in a house. Because dry air makes the inside of a house feel colder than it is and can also lead to health problems, this isn’t a situation anyone wants. But is there any truth to this?

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Furnace Installation Is Everything! (Even More Than the Furnace)

Monday, October 1st, 2018

old-furnaceNow that it’s October, that means it’s fall—no question about it, even if we still have lingering hot weather. This is the best time of the year to arrange for upgrades to your residential heating system, such as a professional furnace installation in Fair Lawn, NJ. HVAC contractors have less crowded schedules in October, and you’ll have enough time to find the ideal new furnace for your needs before the major cold weather strikes.

When it comes to furnace installation, we often hear people ask about the best brands. There are many excellent furnace brands, and you really can’t go wrong with any of the leading ones as long as you work with a professional HVAC installer. Because—and here’s the big secret—the actual installation work is far more important than the furnace brand being installed.

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Summer Is Often a Good Time to Install a New Gas Furnace

Monday, August 6th, 2018

furnace-gas-with-pipesIt’s a hot summer, and August is often the hottest month. So the idea of even thinking about a gas furnace may seem absurd and even uncomfortable to you. The air conditioning system in your home is doing the most amount of work that it ever does, why would you decide that now is when you should arrange to have a new furnace installed?

There are a couple of reasons to force your head into thinking about cold weather and have a professional installation of a gas furnace in Paramus, NJ. Below are a few reasons we think that late summer is an ideal time to get serious about heating upgrades.

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Shutting Down Your Furnace for the Season

Monday, April 30th, 2018

furnace-burnersApril has been a cold month so far here in the Northeast! Sometimes it feels as if the winter will never end. But we’re almost there: the turning point where you won’t need your home’s furnace working on a regular basis. This brings up a good question: should you take any special steps to shut down the furnace for the summer?

What kind of furnace do you have?

If you use an electric furnace, there isn’t much you need to do about the furnace before summer arrives. You simply have to stop using it. We recommend changing out the filter before you switch over entirely to the air conditioner, since the AC and furnace use the same filter—and with all the work the furnace has had to do, the filter may be clogged. All the other work necessary to keep an electric furnace in good shape will be taken care of during the regular maintenance appointment in fall.

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How Your Gas Furnace Stays Safe

Monday, April 16th, 2018

furnace-with-pipesHave you ever thought that your natural gas furnace might be dangerous? Or have you resisted the idea of even installing a gas furnace because you think it might create health hazards in your house?

You’re not alone: people are often concerned about gas-burning appliances in their homes because they could release carbon monoxide or cause explosions. However, modern natural gas furnaces are designed to run at high safety levels, and they have to pass many regulations in order to be permitted to work in homes. As long as you keep your furnace well-maintained and have it repaired promptly when anything seems wrong with it, there is little chance that it will create any dangers.

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Watch Out for Mid-Winter Furnace Problems

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

furnace-repair-technicianIt’s now mid-winter, and the days are still only gradually getting longer—while the weather continues to grow colder. There’s still a good stretch of frigid weather to go before the spring thaw. The furnace keeping your home warm during this time has already undergone plenty of stress, and with so much work left to go, you want to make sure the furnace keeps working away.

It’s vital not to wait when you need to contact professionals in Paramus, NJ for furnace repair services. We’re going to look at some of the common furnace issues that strike this time of year to help you be aware of when to call us for a cure to your furnace troubles!

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Why Is My Furnace Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

Monday, December 25th, 2017

electrical-wires-hvacIt’s a frigid day or night outside. Your home needs heat from the furnace for comfort. You go to the thermostat, adjust it up to an energy-saving temperature (we recommend 68°F), and wait for the furnace to kick in.

And it does—only to immediately shut down because a circuit breaker tripped.

Obviously, this isn’t something you want to happen! You can go to the electrical panel, reset the tripped circuit, and try the furnace again. It may have been a small glitch, and the furnace will continue to run without problems. But if the circuit breaker trips again, you have a bigger problem affecting the furnace. In many cases, you’ll need to call on heating repair in Livingston, NJ from professionals. This way you’ll soon have your comfort restored and your family will be happy and safe again.

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The Hoboken Furnace Emergency Repair

Monday, October 16th, 2017

burners-natural-gas-furnaceIf you use a furnace during the winter to warm your home—and based on how common furnaces are, you probably do—it won’t have put in much work so far this fall. But it won’t be long before you have it fired up and working to send warm air around the house to keep your family comfortable and safe during winter.

But you want to make sure that your gas furnace is safe as well. Natural gas furnaces are not “dangerous” devices. They are designed with special safety features and should run for many years without the danger of toxic gas leaks or combustion hazards. If you remember to always have your furnace inspected and tuned-up in fall (you can arrange for this with our maintenance plan) the chance of the furnace becoming unsafe is low.

But it can still happen, and knowing the warning signs so you can call for emergency furnace repairs from our technicians is very important. Take some time now, before the furnace gets to work, to familiarize yourself with the warnings.

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Why Installing a New Gas Furnace Can Be a Big Money-Saver

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

furnace-burnersAlthough nobody really wants to schedule the installation of new home furnace right in the middle of winter, it’s often necessary if an old furnace isn’t doing its job due to age. It doesn’t have to be a major hassle, either. You only need to call on experts who can do the job fast and right. Our experienced technicians are happy to see that you have a great new gas furnace installation in Hoboken, NJ.

Putting in a new furnace costs money, of course, but it can also help you start to save money. Current furnaces have superior energy efficiency than old models. Furnaces once had AFUE ratings of 56% to 70%, which means they wasted anywhere from 44% to 30% of their natural gas fuel supply when generating heat. But there are now furnaces with AFUE ratings of 98.5% (meaning a mere 1.5% fuel waste), and the ENERGY STAR standard for furnaces is 90% AFUE. Switching from a furnace that has less than 90% AFUE to an ENERGY STAR-certified unit can mean significant savings on utility bills.

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Why a Condensing Furnace Can Be a Big Money-Saver

Monday, January 9th, 2017

To indicate how efficient a gas furnace is—i.e. how well it converts natural gas into heating power—manufacturers use a measure called annual fuel utilization efficiency or AFUE. This is a percentage that shows how much of the furnace’s supply of gas is changed into actual heat and how much is lost to exhaust or natural heat bleed. For example, a furnace with an AFUE of 80% converts 100 units of fuel into 80 units of heat, with 20 units wasted. The measurement is averaged out over a year rather than through a single test.

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