Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

AFUE Ratings: Know How Well Your Furnace Holds Up

Monday, January 13th, 2020

We reckon if you’re a homeowner with an adequate furnace, you’ve probably heard the term AFUE before. While many homeowners don’t know what this means or don’t really care what information it describes, if you’re ever looking to rate the efficiency of your system compared to other heaters, then the AFUE rating is the primary way to do so.

So, today we’re going to talk about everything you need to know in regards to the AFUE rating of a furnace, what it means and what to pay attention to when you’re looking at a furnace installation or replacement. HVAC in Aubrey, TX isn’t all about just buying the cheapest furnace you can get your hands on—you’re going to want the cheapest, most effective, and most efficient heater that you can get your hands on. That’s where we come in.

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What Is a Smart Home and How Can It Help You?

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

For anyone that’s not a millennial, the words “home automation” can be a bit of a boogeyman. While we’re constantly reminded of cheesy science-fiction movies from the ’80s filled with computers gone rogue, reality doesn’t seem to agree with that characterization. Home automation systems are simpler and more convenient than many homeowners realize. Let us explain.

Home automation in Plano, TX involves combining your heater, air conditioning, air quality systems, and anything else that runs integral to your home comfort into one device. That means your home’s temperature, air quality, and even your blinds can be easy to adjust on your phone or a tablet. Why journey around frustratingly to your thermostat, your windows, or any other appliance in your home when you can control it from the palm of your hand, or even when you’re not home?

Interested? Well, keep reading!

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Could You Benefit from a Boiler?

Monday, November 18th, 2019

To our northern friends, when they think of Texas, they probably think of heavy heat and sunshine with our long hanging cowboy hats. While they might be right about the cowboy hats sometimes, outsiders don’t often know just how cold it can get here. With temperatures dipping below freezing this week, it’s a good reminder that furnaces and electric heat pumps are not the only types of heater that could provide you comfort this year.

Why not look into upgrading your home heating system to accommodate a boiler? Not only do we provide boiler repair in Frisco, TX for those who already have them, but we always love installing boilers for willing customers that are tired of dealing with the frigid temperatures. Boilers are powerful, provide comfortable heating, they’re efficient, and require little maintenance. If you’re looking to combat these chilly temperatures with a new boiler, keep reading!

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Here’s How to Choose a New Heating System

Monday, March 25th, 2019

warming-feet-at-radiatorIs it already time to choose a new heating system? With winter having just ended and warmer days on the horizon, you might be thinking that a heating system should be the last thing on your mind.

But actually, replacing your heating system at the end of winter might just be the best time. Not only can you consider how well your heater served you through the previous months, but you won’t have to sit in the cold while you wait for a new heater to be installed.

Here’s how you can start planning your new installation:

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Is It Time for Furnace Replacement?

Monday, March 11th, 2019

old-furnaceAre you so excited to replace your furnace that you can’t even sleep at night? When you’re at work, you can’t think of hardly anything but your brand-new, shiny furnace?

Well, okay, maybe that’s just us… We are an HVAC company after all.

But if we told you that a brand-new furnace could substantially cut your heating and energy costs, then maybe some of our enthusiasm could be contagious.

The tricky part is knowing when the best time to replace your furnace actually is. After all, no one wants to replace it sooner than they really have to it. But on the other side, replacing it too late is not going to wise for you financially.

So, down below, we’ve listed our tips on figuring out when the best time to replace is.

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Symptoms of Urgent Furnace Problems

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

heating-system-repairsAs much as we urge homeowners to have their furnaces fixed at the first sign of dysfunction, we know the truth: many people won’t call for repairs until their furnace has stopped working completely.

With a furnace, that’s not something you want to try and get away with. The combustion of gas is perfectly safe… when your furnace is running properly. Neglecting a furnace repair issue can do more than just drive up the cost of your energy bill. In this post, we’ll go over three furnace issues that you won’t want to ignore.

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Trust a Heating Repair Service for Electric Furnace Problems

Monday, March 26th, 2018

heelectric-furnace-repairFurnaces tend to come in two forms: gas-fed furnaces which rely on natural gas for their fuel, and electric furnaces, which depend on power from your home’s electrical grid to function. Gas-fed furnaces make a lot of sense for city and town residents who have access to municipal gas lines.

But for those homes outside the civic grid – and we have a number of them in our area – the electric furnace makes a much easier option. It runs on your home’s electrical grid – a vastly simpler way to provide heat – which unfortunately entails its own set of parameters when it comes to repair. If you own one, and it needs repairs, make sure you contact a professional who knows how electric furnaces work.

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Call a Heating Repair Service if Your Heat Exchanger Is Cracked

Monday, January 29th, 2018

heating-repair-serviceMost homes in the area use forced-air furnaces to stay warm. They are effective and cost-efficient means of heating the household: using gas-fed burners to heat the air, which can then be blown into your home with a fan.

The heat exchanger plays a vital role in that process, and while it’s intended to last for many years, older heat exchangers can develop cracks and fractures, which are a serious problem. If yours develops such issues, you need to call a heating repair service immediately. It’s all the more important to keep a close eye on your system now, since you’re likely using your furnace more often in January than you are any other time of the year.

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Furnace Service Plans Provide Numerous Benefits

Monday, December 4th, 2017

furnace-repair-servicesWinter is on its way, and we’re already experiencing the drop in temperature that comes with the season. Soon, you’ll be running your heating system every day. The last thing you want to deal with is an unexpected breakdown just when the weather takes a turn for the freezing. That’s why we recommend a furnace servicing session now, before the weather gets much colder. It can provide a number of benefits to your home, and help your system handle the winter much more easily.

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The Pros and Cons of an Electric Furnace

Monday, November 20th, 2017

electric-furnace-installationIf you’re in the market for a new furnace, now is the time to consider your options. The weather is cooling, but not yet freezing cold, which gives you time to explore the possibilities and make a decision that;’s best for you. Most homes in the area use furnaces of one kind or another to keep warm, and that, in turn, leads to a simple choice. Is a gas furnace right for your home, or would you do better with an electric model? Electric furnaces have their benefits and drawbacks, and if you’re looking for a new system, you should think about how they might benefit your home.

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