Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for December, 2016

Warning Sounds That Your Furnace Needs Repairs

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Natural gas furnaces are the standard way that homes receive heat during the winter. Although there are other types of heating systems, some which are gaining popularity, the gas furnace remains the kind of heater found in the majority of households around the country thanks to their heating power and reliability.

But no furnace can be 100% reliable. There are some ways that a furnace can send out warnings that it needs repair work. One of them is odd sounds. Below is a guide to warning sounds that will tell you it’s time to contact our heating professionals for repairs.

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My Heat Pump Won’t Switch over to Heating Mode!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

With the temperature here in North Carolina dropping as the official date of winter arrives, you’re going to need to have your heat pump change over into its heating mode, where it will probably remain for the rest of the season. Normally, this isn’t an issue: you simply set the thermostat to provide you with warm temperatures, and the heat pump automatically starts the process of running refrigerant in a different direction so that it brings heat from the outside to the inside of the house.

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Burning Smells from Your Furnace: What They May Mean

Monday, December 12th, 2016

We’re at the point of the year when furnaces are going to start coming on in homes all around Raleigh, putting in their first full day of work since the early spring. Furnaces that received a timely inspection and tune-up from a professional should be off to a good start.

But wait… is that burning you smell from the vents when your furnace starts running? Is something already broken? Is it an emergency? Should you call for help right away?

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An Energy Recovery Ventilator: Great for Winter AND Summer

Monday, December 5th, 2016

To keep as much heat trapped as possible indoors and prevent cold drafts in winter, a house must have extensive insulation and air sealing. This may help with comfort and energy efficiency, but it also leads to a build-up of indoor contaminants and air that can be too humid or sometimes too dry.

What can you do about this? Open up the doors and windows for some fresh air? No, that just ruins the whole point of having a home insulated in the first place. All the energy used for the heating system simply goes to waste.

But what if you could recover that energy and use it to heat up fresh air coming from the outside? That’s just what an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) does, and it’s a great solution to unpleasant indoor air during winter.

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