February 15th, 2021
If you’re reading this blog post, you probably are considering getting a furnace replacement in Indianapolis, IN at some point in the near future. Maybe your current furnace is starting to fall behind and you’re ready to get a new one once the winter weather is past. Or perhaps your furnace is already on the verge of failing and you think the time for a replacement is imminent.
Whatever the reason, you’re considering investing in a high-efficiency furnace with an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of 95% or higher. This can be a big change from an old mid-efficiency furnace with an 85% efficiency, or from an even older furnace with a meager 70% AFUE. How much can you expect to save with one of these high-efficiency systems?
February 1st, 2021
Odd noises from a heat pump can indicate a major problem with the unit, and it’s good to keep an ear out for them. For example, this bubbling sound you keep hearing … what does it mean?
The likely cause for this bubbling or a gurgling sound coming from a heat pump is that there are air bubbles trapped in the refrigerant line. This is a serious problem because it means air has gotten into the line through a leak. Losing refrigerant puts the entire heat pump at risk since the unit is designed to run at a specific charge of refrigerant—if the charge drops, it will eventually lead to a compressor burn-out and a system breakdown. If you call our professionals for heat pump repairs in Indianapolis, IN, they will find the leaks in the refrigerant lines, seal them, and then replace the exact amount of refrigerant lost. This will get your heat pump back to normal.
January 18th, 2021
It would be wonderful if your home’s heating system was forever. But furnaces, heat pumps, and radiant heating systems aren’t like diamonds—they wear out with time until they can no longer handle their jobs without costing too much in upkeep. You can delay having to replace your heater with regular maintenance. Professional maintenance done each fall will help the heater reach its maximum potential service life. But make no mistake, there is a maximum.
What is the maximum for your heater? Well, as with many things in HVAC, it depends. Service life expectancy is different depending on the heater type, its use, and its maintenance. We can give you some generalizations, but the best way to know for sure when you have a heating system ready to retire is to consult with our professionals.
January 6th, 2021
We’ve got some exciting news: Vital Heating & Air has been named a Superpro™ by HouseCall Pro! What does that mean? It means that we’ve joined an elite company of local home service businesses who use HouseCal Pro software. In fact, only 5% of HouseCall Pro users receive this recognition.
Each month, HouseCall Pro awards Superpro™ status to a company that has shown dedication to providing customers with a “transparent, modern, and online experience from day one, establishing a strong relationship for years to come.”
Although this doesn’t come as a surprise to us, since we are always focused on delivering the best experience to our customers, both online and in the real world, we’re proud to receive this recognition.
Vital Heating & Air: Your Comfort Is Vital!
January 4th, 2021
A central heating system is designed to provide comfort to an entire home—all the rooms connected to the ductwork of the ventilation system. Not every room will receive the exact same level of warmth because of factors like windows and insulation, but a well-installed heating system should still be able to keep the rooms heated to a general level that will keep everyone in the household happy.
However, this isn’t what your house is currently experiencing. For some reason, your home heating in Indianapolis, IN is uneven, and certain rooms are colder than they should be. You’ll want to find out why because this means irritable family members and guests forced to wear parkas when they’re in their rooms!
December 21st, 2020
“What’s so hard about setting the thermostat in winter?” you might ask. “When it’s too cold, I turn it up, and then I turn it back down if it gets too hot.”
That sounds simple enough. Common sense. But common sense isn’t always right, and in the case of adjusting the temperatures in your home to manage proper winter heating in Indianapolis, IN, it can lead to plenty of money wasted and excess strain placed on the HVAC system, leading to early repairs and possibly an early replacement.
Fortunately, it’s not difficult to learn energy-saving thermostat tips for the winter. We’ll go through them below and help you start saving power.
December 7th, 2020
It’s December, which might as well be winter even if winter doesn’t officially start until December 21, the date of Winter Solstice. We hope that you’ve already arranged for your home’s heating maintenance in Indianapolis, IN with us as a member of the Advantage Life Plan. If you have, great—you only need to read the rest of the post if you want reminders about what the Advantage Life Plan can do for you.
If you haven’t yet scheduled maintenance and aren’t a member of the Advantage Life Plan, please keep reading. There are many enormous benefits to joining, starting with getting the routine heating maintenance that makes all the difference during our tough winters.
November 23rd, 2020
You’ve probably heard this before: “Running a gas furnace during the winter may keep you warm, but it also dries out the air.” Since winter conditions are already drier than the rest of the year because more moisture has solidified out of the air, this can create serious problems for a house. Low humidity makes it harder to keep warm, which means running the furnace even more often. Low humidity also creates potential health problems by drying up sinus membranes, and it can cause damage to wood and painted surfaces.
But is it true that a gas furnace lowers indoor humidity?
The answer isn’t a straightforward one.
November 9th, 2020
Proper care for your home’s furnace with fall maintenance every year can prevent the majority of repairs the system may need over its service life. But you still need to be cautious and aware of issues that can arise with your furnace over the winter: the sooner you catch a potential trouble, the faster our technicians can repair it and the less large and costly it is likely to be.
Furnaces do not yet have full computer diagnostics that can alert you immediately to a specific trouble. They do have ways to warn you that something is wrong; you just have to know how to read the signals. One of the most common ways for a furnace to indicate trouble is with unusual sounds. If you’ve already spent one winter with your furnace, you know what sounds to expect from it. When something odd or loud interrupts those sounds, you may need to call us for service for your furnace in Indianapolis, IN. Below we’ve listed five common warnings sound to listen for.
October 26th, 2020
One of the main troubles you may encounter with your indoor air quality in Indianapolis, IN during the winter is the air that’s too dry. Humidity in the summer is an annoyance that makes the warm weather feel worse. Dry air may sound like a relief, but it brings its own set of problems—and during the winter months these problems can make life in your home much worse. We want you to know some basic facts about dry air in winter, the problems it causes, and what can be done about it.