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Now is a Good Time to Schedule Heating Maintenance

Monday, September 5th, 2016

We only have a few weeks of warm weather left. Soon, it will be time to shut off your air conditioner and rev up your heating system. Before that happens, though, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have preventive maintenance services conducted on your heating system. Read on to find out more about the benefits of heating maintenance, and why you should schedule it during the fall season.

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Ways to Save Energy in Homes This Winter

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Are you looking for ways to save energy in your Woolwich Township area home this winter? We have a few tips and maintenance tasks that you can use to help save energy on heating your home. Even if you have a high-efficiency furnace, boiler, or heat pump, you could still be saving more money with these guidelines:

  • Consider Upgrading to Renewable Energy
    If you heat your home with electricity or gas, you could save a lot of money in the long run by switching to a renewable energy source, such as geothermal or solar. Heating with a geothermal heat pump can also save on the cost of hot water since these systems can be used to work with a water heater. If you live in an area that is not heavily shaded, consider installing solar panels to help reduce your energy consumption and lower your utility bills.
  • Install a Programmable Thermostat
    With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust temperatures automatically, and many of them are designed to work with multistage heat pumps and dual fuel systems. They are easy to use, and many come with humidity control settings for your whole-home humidifier. 
  • Schedule an Annual Inspections
    The general consensus among heating experts is that heating inspections should be scheduled once a year. You should also have your heating system tuned by a certified technician who is trained to check for any hidden problems, such as a cracked heat exchanger that could lead to carbon monoxide intrusion in the home. They will also test efficiency levels to ensure that your heating system is working properly. 
  • Switch to a Different Fuel
    If you use electric heat, you may want to think about switching to natural gas if it is available in your area. We can install gas piping for new heating systems, whether it’s a furnace or boiler. For homes with existing fireplaces or wood stoves, consider installing a high-efficiency gas furnace or boiler that can be vented through the chimney or vent pipe. As a professional for advice if you aren’t sure what type of fuel is more cost-effective for your home.

If you have questions about how to save energy or how to properly maintain your heater for better performance, call the Woolwich Township heating and home efficiency experts at SPS Mechanical for professional advice.

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Gas Furnace Safety Tips

Monday, January 14th, 2013

For residents living in Woolwich Township, gas furnace safety is something every homeowner should be aware of during the winter. With a few tips, you can reduce the chances of hazardous situations. Don’t hesitate to call the technicians at SPS Mechanical any time you need a furnace repair or routine maintenance visit.

Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to make sure your gas furnace is working safely. It’s also important to make sure that the general area around the furnace is clean to avoid fire hazards. This could make a world of difference with just a few extra hours of work each year.

Here’s a basic gas furnace safety guideline:

Ventilation:

  • Make sure there’s no airflow restriction by regularly cleaning the fan blower and other components.
  • Check the condition of your ventilation system to ensure that there are no obvious signs of damage or that there’s nothing blocking airflow.
  • Change air filters as often as necessary.

Routine Maintenance:

  • A routine maintenance visit is essential to preventing carbon monoxide leaks and other issues with the heat exchanger and other components. Furnaces should be inspected by a professional contractor annually to ensure that everything is working safely.
  • For gas furnaces, make sure the pilot light in gas furnaces is burning properly and on at all times, even when it is not in use. This is for safety purposes and efficiency. Call a technician if you are having problems with your burner.
  • Annual maintenance should also include a professional inspection and cleaning of ductwork and ventilation systems.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

  • Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home if you have any gas appliances, especially gas furnaces and boilers.
  • Test the carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarms often.
  • Make sure your CO detector is up to code, or ask a technician if you aren’t sure.

Call the Woolwich Township gas furnace specialists at SPS Mechanical today for more safety tips or to schedule a routine maintenance appointment with one of our qualified technicians.

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