Vital Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Biggest Reasons to Get a New Furnace This Fall

Monday, October 11th, 2021
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As you prepare for fall, you might look at your current furnace and wonder if it’s time to replace it. Regular maintenance for a furnace in the fall can usually get the heater through the winter, but even maintenance has limits. No furnace will last forever, and getting a new furnace can make a huge difference for your home. 

Below we’ll look at the best reasons to retire your current furnace and arrange for a new furnace installation in Indianapolis. Call us with any questions you have. If you’re uncertain about getting a new furnace, we can consult with you to help you make the best decision.

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A Most Vital Fall Service: Heating Maintenance!

Monday, September 13th, 2021
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September means fall, even if the official start of the season isn’t until later in the month. As the change of seasons begins to descend on Indiana, homeowners start to make preparations for colder weather.

Few prep jobs are more essential—more vital—than scheduling heating maintenance in Indianapolis, IN. September is a great month to have your furnace maintenance appointment scheduled so you and your family can have few comfort worries in the months ahead.

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Rate Your Furnace’s Performance for the Winter

Monday, March 1st, 2021
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At the end of winter, we recommend you take a few moments to think about your furnace’s performance over the past season. If you have a relatively young furnace, you probably enjoyed consistent heating from it without any concerns. Older furnaces may start to encounter troubles, and it’s a good idea to consider if any of those troubles indicates a need for furnace service or even a new furnace installation in Indianapolis, IN. Planning is critical for ensuring you continue to receive the highest quality heating and energy efficiency from your HVAC system.

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How Much Will a High-Efficiency Furnace Save Me?

Monday, February 15th, 2021
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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?

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How Long Can I Expect to Keep My Heating System?

Monday, January 18th, 2021
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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.

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Why You’re Getting Cold Spots When the Heater’s On

Monday, January 4th, 2021
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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!

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Setting the Thermostat in Winter—The Best Tips!

Monday, December 21st, 2020
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“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.

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Why Sign Up for Advantage Life Plan Membership

Monday, December 7th, 2020
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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.

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Does a Gas Furnace Make the Air in My Home Drier?

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
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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.

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5 Furnace Warning Noises That Can Mean It Needs Repairs

Monday, November 9th, 2020
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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.

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