Ideal Services Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

How Zone Control Gets You in Control

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Of course, we are all looking for ways to save a few extra bucks each month. So, we cut back on take-out, nights out, and morning coffee runs. But, did you know that you can start saving more money each month by ensuring that your home is energy efficient? When your heating and cooling systems are energy efficient, you’ll spend less time worrying about costly repairs and high utility bills, and instead, pocket some extra money to be used however you wish.

Managing your budget starts by changing the ways in which you interact with and take control of your HVAC systems. Installing a zone control system gives homeowners ultimate control over their home heating and cooling systems, increasing efficiency and lowering monthly costs. Below, we will be discussing the many advantages of installing a zone control system in your home. Keep reading to learn more. 

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Benefits of a Hybrid Heating System

Monday, February 11th, 2019

ventIf you own a heat pump, you are likely well aware of its benefits: it’s versatile, efficient, and quite effective at providing you with year-round comfort. But, what happens when it gets too cold? An electric heat pump is a great alternative for the traditional heater and air conditioner, however, in areas where temperatures drop too low for the heat pump to effectively heat the home, a hybrid heating system might be your best option.

Of course, winters here in North Carolina aren’t what our neighbors up North would call “harsh”, but temperatures have been known to drop significantly during the winter season. We believe that it is always better to be prepared, and having the right combination of HVAC systems can drastically improve your energy efficiency during a particularly cold winter season. Hybrid heating systems allow you to enjoy the efficiency of a heat pump without having to worry about energy costs when the weather becomes too extreme. Keep reading to learn more. 

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When to Call an HVAC Contractor

Monday, January 14th, 2019

call-for-serviceIt is a common misconception that the only time homeowners should reach out to their HVAC contractor is when they have an emergency, but we are here to tell you that this isn’t true! Your heater and air conditioner need regular services to keep them running efficiently and effectively. Most services that your systems require are definitely not DIY, so be sure to find a reputable contractor in your area.

Not every HVAC job does require a professional, though. For instance, changing your air filter and dusting the top of your system are things that you can do yourself. So, if you find yourself unsure as to what jobs warrant a phone call, you’re in luck. In this post, we will be discussing when to call an HVAC contractor. Keep reading to learn more. 

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Don’t Let Amateurs Service Your Heater

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Sometimes an attempt to save money can end up costing you a lot more in the long run. This is often the case when homeowners hire amateurs to service their heaters. Sure, a “quick-fix” might provide a temporary solution to your problem, but odds are, the problem itself will be left unresolved. Hiring a qualified HVAC technician is the best way to ensure that your heater issue will be properly diagnosed and corrected.

There are plenty of people willing to work on your heating system, but many don’t have the training or experience necessary to properly perform your heater services. There are many qualities that you should be looking for when you hire someone to work on your heater. Below, we have outlined a few of them.

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Early Signs That You Need Furnace Repairs

Monday, December 17th, 2018

An efficient furnace can provide you with all the warmth you desire during the winter season. Here in North Carolina, temperatures have already dropped below 55 degrees, so you’ve most likely turned your furnace on. We depend so much on our heating systems to keep ourselves and our families comfortable throughout even the chilliest of days. So, when a problem arises, you will want to contact a trained HVAC technician for furnace repair in Raleigh, NC. 

There are many tell-tale signs that suggest that your furnace is in need of repair services. Below, we have listed some of them for you. If you notice any of the following, don’t hesitate! Contact a professional before more damage occurs.

Strange Sounds

If you’ve heard strange noises coming from your furnace, it’s time for a repair. Furnaces are not inherently noisy. In fact, the only sound you should hear from your furnace is the soft whooshing of air blowing through the vents. Strange noises include:

  • Screeching: is likely a sign that the blower motor in the furnace is not working properly. This is the mechanism responsible for circulating warm air throughout the home.
  • Clanking: indicates a serious problem with the furnace’s blower wheel. If this is the case, turn your furnace off immediately and contact a professional to prevent further damage.
  • Banging: suggests a dirty blower. The noise is caused by a delay in ignition due to build-up. The gas builds up, and when it ignites, a small explosion occurs inside the furnace.
  • Rattling: could mean a cracked heat exchanger, which is a very serious and potentially dangerous problem. A cracked heat exchanger could allow carbon monoxide to leak inside the home.

Lower Heat Levels

If your furnace isn’t quite producing the amount of heat you expect, then there is likely a problem. Heat loss is indicative of several potential issues, such as clogged burners, faulty ductwork, or a lack of fuel if you use a gas furnace. In any case, a professional can restore the heat that you are used to.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is when your system turns on and off over and over again, rapidly, throughout the course of the day. Short cycling is typically caused by a lack of airflow into the furnace. This causes the furnace to overheat and shut down.

Short cycling is extremely inefficient. It takes a lot of energy for your furnace to start the heat cycle, so imagine just how much energy is used and wasted when it is constantly restarting.

Higher Heating Bills

If you’ve noticed your heat bills are higher, but you haven’t used your furnace any more than you normally do, then there is a problem somewhere within the system. When your furnace needs repair, it must work harder to do its job, thus decreasing efficiency. A lack of efficiency means paying more for heat.

If you are concerned about the well-being of your furnace, schedule repair services with Ideal Services Heating & Cooling. Our friendly technicians will accurately diagnose and fix whatever problem your furnace may face.

Contact Ideal Services Heating & Cooling to get started.

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Why Is My Furnace So Noisy?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

FurnaceHave you heard some funny noises coming from your furnace recently? This is a common complaint and, although it is quite common, it is in your best interest to know what may be causing this nuisance. We know how important it is to have a fully functioning, quiet furnace, especially during the chilly months. If your furnace is making strange sounds, it may be time for furnace repair in Chapel Hill, NC.

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Prevent Problems. Schedule Heating Maintenance.

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

cold-coupleNobody likes a downer. Nobody wants to be around the person at the party that seems bent on telling them about every little thing that could go wrong. We are not at a party, though, and you are here on our blog. That means you’re looking for good, reliable information, and that information can’t all be bright and sunny. The fact of the matter is that no heater is perfect, and you are going to need to schedule heater repair in Raleigh, NC, at some point.

To put a bit more of a positive spin on things, however, today we’ll focus on what you can do to keep any such problems to a bare minimum. The answer is pretty simple. Be sure to schedule heating maintenance, and to do so each year before you put your heater back into regular rotation. Will eliminate the risk of problems entirely? No, of course not. But it is hugely beneficial in a number of ways, and you’d have to be looking for trouble to ignore all that heating maintenance can do for you!

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Why Choose a Hybrid Heating System?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

chimney-moneyIt’s March in North Carolina, so chances are that you are already thinking ahead to the hotter time of the year. Even if you are ready to move past the heating season and to put the very notion of winter out of your mind for the foreseeable future, though, today’s post is for you. Why? Because now is actually a great time to have your heater replaced, and because air conditioning actually plays a role in today’s topic as well. More on that below.

First, let us just remind you that you are only going to get the best performance possible from your HVAC systems (hybrid heating systems included) if you schedule service with professional Durham, NC HVAC technicians. The fact that you are reading this means that you are well on your way to doing so. Schedule service with our team, and you can count on exceptional customer and technical services. And now, let’s review what hybrid heating has to offer.

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Is Your Furnace Still Worth Repairing?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

furnace-technicianLook, we get it—homeowners really need to be thrifty these days. Even if you have some money in the bank to deal with unexpected expenses, you may not want to tap into those funds until it is absolutely necessary. That is totally understandable. However,  you also need to assess some situations carefully when trying to save some money. You could wind up doing the exact opposite of what you intended to do. It’s not always about immediate savings, remember.

If your furnace has been limping along for the last season or two, but you are determined to wait for it to break down entirely before you go ahead and schedule a furnace replacement, you may be taking the wrong approach. Just because furnace repair in Raleigh, NC is still on the table, after all, does not mean that your furnace is really still worth repairing. It can be a bitter pill to swallow, but sometimes replacement really is the way to go.

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What Are the Benefits of Radiant Heating?

Monday, February 12th, 2018

While North Carolina is certainly not the most frigid of places in the US throughout the winter season, it definitely gets uncomfortably cold around here during this time. That is why you really need to have a great heating system installed in your home, even if you are not going to be using that heater as much as you do your air conditioning system. If you are in the market for a new heater, then you should definitely consider the use of a radiant heating system.

There are a lot of benefits that you’ll enjoy as the result of choosing a radiant heating system, but it is important to note that there is no such thing as a heater that is perfect for everyone. Working with our team means that you’ll have the information that you need to choose the heater that is perfect for your needs, though. Whether you’re looking to replace an old heater or you need to schedule heating repairs in Cary, NC, you can always count on our team for a job well done.

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