SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Alternatives to Oil and Propane Heating

Monday, December 31st, 2018

blue-question-markThe cost to heat your home with oil or propane is only rising with each year. Across the nation, natural gas is the cheaper, cleaner alternative. But even if you don’t have access to natural gas, you can still benefit from switching to electricity.

In this post, we’ll explain why switching to gas or electricity is more convenient, along with advice on which heating system you should use for those fuel sources.

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Should I Replace My Furnace?

Monday, November 5th, 2018

gas-burnerThe days are getting colder, and you’re probably already starting to rely on your furnace for warmth during the day. As you use your furnace more and more over the next few weeks, you’re going to be putting a lot more strain on the system. Before we get too far into heating season, it’s a good idea to make sure that your furnace is up to the task of dealing with that strain over the next several months. If your system doesn’t have enough in it to get you through the whole winter, it’s probably a better idea to replace it now than to wait for it to break down in the middle of the season.

The best way to tell whether or not your system needs replacing is to have a technician examine it for you. Before you take that step, though, consider the symptoms below for some additional guidance.

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Why You Might Want to Install a Boiler System This Winter

Monday, January 29th, 2018

boiler-installationThere are a lot of different home heating systems available on the market today, each of which is suited to a different set of individual circumstances. If you’re in the market for a new home heating system, it’s a good idea that you take a close look at each heating system type.

That way, you can determine which one would provide the most benefit for your needs before installing it. Have a look at some of the unique qualities a boiler can bring to the table, including the advantages it can offer to your home this winter.

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Now is a Great Time for Furnace Maintenance

Monday, January 1st, 2018

gas-furnaceWinter is the time of year when furnaces are placed under the greatest amount of stress. We’re going to assume that you’re already using your furnace on a pretty regular basis to keep your home warm and comfortable, which means that it’s got a much higher chance of developing some sort of issue.

The way to mitigate that added likelihood of problems cropping up is to schedule preventive maintenance. Read on to find out why furnace maintenance is such a good idea, and why you should have it done as soon as possible.

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Heating Options to Consider This Season

Monday, November 20th, 2017

gas-burnerLooking for a new heater to keep your home comfortable this season? You have a lot of options to choose from, if you are. Each heating system has its own set of advantages, and is suited to different home situations. You’re going to want to make sure that you carefully consider the pros and cons of each type before you install one, just to make sure that you get the best one for your needs. Let’s have a look at a couple of the more popular heating types available on the market, and why you might want to consider installing one of them.

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Should I Replace My Heating System This Fall?

Monday, November 6th, 2017

gas-burnerWe’re already getting deep into heating season, but there is still time left to get your climate control situation in order if you haven’t already. If your current heating system is unable to get you through another winter, now would be a very good time to install another one.

If you’re not sure whether or not you need to replace your system, it’s a good idea to have a look at the list below. These are not the be-all, end-all indicators of whether or not a system is near the end of its life. However, they are a good way to help determine whether or not you should call for further consultation with a professional.

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Make Absolutely Sure That Your Furnace is Sized Properly

Monday, February 27th, 2017

It can be pretty tempting to rush through the selection process when getting a new furnace, especially if your home doesn’t currently have a working heating system. However, there are some considerations that you really shouldn’t ignore.

One of those considerations is furnace size. A furnace that is either oversized or undersized can cause very serious problems for you, both in terms of comfort and cost efficiency.

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What to Look for in a New Heating System

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Choosing a new heating system to install can be kind of like going to the dentist: you know it has to happen (because the consequences for not doing it are worse) but that doesn’t mean you’re going to enjoy it. A lot of homeowners have this attitude when it comes to shopping for a new heating system; they just want to find something that works and get it installed as quickly as possible.

While it can be tempting to cut corners in the decision-making stage, it’s a really bad idea to actually do it. If you’re not careful when selecting your new heating system, the one you try to install may not end up working at all. Know beforehand which factors to pay attention to, and how they fit into your heating needs.

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Symptoms That Indicate Boiler Problems

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Boilers have a well-earned reputation for longevity. They’re resistant to problems, far more so than other heating systems. This is primarily because they have fewer moving parts than other systems, and therefore fewer ways for issues to occur. However, they are not completely immune to issues. Boilers can still develop problems, and so if you own one you still need to be on the lookout for signs of an issue.

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Check These Things Before Calling for Heating Repairs

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Typically, when your heating system stops working, the best thing to do is to call for repairs. However, there are certain times that perceived heating problems are actually caused by factors that don’t require professional repair. If your heating system is not working properly, check the following things before calling for repairs.

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