Heating Articles

How Do I Keep My Heat During Extreme Cold Weather?

February 15, 2022
How Do I Keep My Heat During Extreme Cold Weather?

With the record-low temperatures and extreme conditions most of the country is currently experiencing, our Vailes Home Improvement professionals want to share some insights and tips with you to keep your indoors cozy while Old Man Winter blusters away outdoors.

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Heat Check: As Winter Approaches, Is Your Heating System Ready?

December 20, 2021
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Here’s a fun fact: on average, heating systems are responsible for about 40 percent of our homes’ energy use in cold weather. It pays to plan ahead when it comes to heating season, so we’ve created a checklist for you with a few things to keep in mind as you’re preparing for the chilly weeks and months to come!

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What’s That Scent Coming From My Furnace?

January 31, 2019
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If your furnace is producing a strange scent, you should always treat it with caution. While the cause for the odor may be benign, it could just as easily be harmful to inhale. When in doubt, always open windows to ensure ventilation, and evacuate your home. For your convenience and protection, our Vailes Home Services…

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How to Save Money on Your Heating Bill this Winter

January 15, 2019
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Is your energy bill too high in the winter time? Are you looking for ways to cut costs? There are a number of simple things that you can do at home to save you money. Some of them are big projects but most are simple things that you can do in your day to day…

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Six Ways Your Furnace Keeps You Safe

December 21, 2018
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Your fuel-burning furnace has a number of mechanisms that allow it to run safely and effectively. These features prevent fires and protect your indoor air quality. They also work to prevent internal errors from damaging large portions of your furnace. From the team at Vailes, here’s six ways your furnace is working to ensure your…

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Is My Furnace Overheating?

December 18, 2018
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Just about any electrical appliance has the potential to overheat. Furnaces are no exception. As a homeowner, you need to take precautions to lower the risk of an overheated unit. You should also be wary of the associated symptoms, so you know when to take action. Remember, if your system gets too hot, you should…

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Heating My Entire Home?

November 18, 2018
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If the heat your furnace produces seems somewhat spotty to you, you’re not alone. Many homes have varied conditions from room to room causing inconsistent heating or cooling. On cold days, this can be a nuisance. For example, you may be confined to only a few rooms in your home. Or you might have to…

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Why is My Furnace Leaking Water?

October 26, 2018
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You just discovered there’s a puddle water on the floor in front of your furnace. What does this mean? Why would your furnace be leaking water? In most cases, it’s not a big repair, so don’t panic. It could be a few different things. However, you will need a certified professional to take a look…

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What Is a Furnace Flue and how do I Prevent Problems with it?

October 12, 2018
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The furnace flue is a pipe or vent that expels exhaust from your home. It keeps you and other people in your home safe from breathing harmful gases. In addition to air quality hazards, some of the fumes are flammable. The exhaust prevents these gases from coming into contact with the open flame on your…

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Your Furnace Fan Settings: On vs. Auto

December 18, 2017

On your thermostat, there’s a furnace-fan setting for either “On” or “Auto.” Which option is the best choice? There are devotees of both settings, each believing their setting is the optimum one to choose. But in reality, it’s more of a pros-and-cons type of situation. It really depends on which benefits are a priority for…

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