How to Select a New Hot Water Heater

How to Select a New Hot Water HeaterA hot water heater takes years to wear out, so you may not think about replacement until it breaks down or stops producing enough heated water. The current market has an overwhelming variety of options that may not have existed when you bought your last water heater. Here are some tips to help you pick the right one. Read More »

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Here’s How Your Water Heats Coming From a Tankless Water Heater

Here's How Your Water Heats Coming From a Tankless Water HeaterYou’ve been considering the purchase of a tankless water heater system for some time now but do they really work as well as some people say they do, or are they for limited applications? Here are things to consider . Read More »

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Time to Replace Thermostat Batteries? Some DIY TIps

Time to Replace Thermostat Batteries? Some DIY TIpsYou’ll need to replace your thermostat batteries periodically to stay in control over the heating and cooling systems in your home. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to call for HVAC repair when they notice that display has gone blank in their thermostat, only to be told that all they need is to replace thermostat batteries. Read More »

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What Kind of Backup Heating Source Does Your Heat Pump Need?

What Kind of Backup Heating Source Does Your Heat Pump Need?Heat pumps provide evenly distributed heat by absorbing warmth from outside of your home functioning as a reverse air conditioning system. This type of heat is very comfortable, consistent, and not as intense as a gas or oil furnace. There is a maximum difference or delta T that is the range between inside and outside temperatures. Below 35 degrees, the energy efficiency drops. If the outside temperatures drop below freezing, the heat pump is unable to extract heat from the frigid air. A backup source of heat maintains the indoor temperature at the desired setting. Read More »

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Heating Tips for Warren and Lake Orion Homeowners

Heating Tips for Warren and Lake Orion HomeownersIt’s just about time to switch from the air conditioner to the furnace. Operating home heating equipment can be expensive and even dangerous without the right heating tips in mind. Use the following information to stay warm, comfortable and safe this winter. Read More »

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AFUE Is the Key Word When Shopping for Furnaces in Our Cold Climate

AFUE Is the Key Word When Shopping for Furnaces in Our Cold ClimateThe Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating tells you how much value you get for every dollar spent on heating. Basically if you paid X dollars for oil or gas towards heating of your rooms, AFUE will tell you what fraction of the amount showed up in your rooms as heat. So, if your AFUE rating is 80 percent, then it means that for every $100 spent on heating, you only get $80 worth of heat in your rooms. The other $20 goes out through the chimney or is lost in other ways. Each heating furnace or boiler is assigned a Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency number. Read More »

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Having Bad Luck With Your Gas Furnace? Troubleshooting Tips

Having Bad Luck With Your Gas Furnace? Troubleshooting TipsThe gas furnace in your West Bloomfield home has provided you and your family with years of dependable service, but lately you seem to have nothing but bad luck with it. Familiarize yourself with these basic gas furnace troubleshooting tips so you know when to call for professional HVAC help and when you may be able to solve the problem yourself. Read More »

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HVAC Efficiency Standards Have Been Tweaked for 2015 — What You Need to Know

HVAC Efficiency Standards Have Been Tweaked for 2015 -- What You Need to KnowFederal standards for heating and cooling equipment are changing. The new 2015 HVAC efficiency standards will affect you whether you live in Clawson, Troy, or any of the other towns that experience typical Michigan winters. Planning now for the 2015 HVAC efficiency standards can save you money when you need to replace HVAC equipment.  Read More »

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How to Extend the Life of an HVAC System and Get More Bang for Your Buck

How to Extend the Life of an HVAC System and Get More Bang for Your BuckHomeowners can extend the life of an HVAC system by observing maintenance guidelines suggested by the manufacturers. It’s equally possible to reduce the expected service life of a system by neglecting recommended procedures. The industry benchmark for residential HVAC service life is 15 years. That’s an averaged figure assuming 10- to 15-year life for a central air conditioner and 15 to 20 years for a gas-fired furnace. Many will last longer—some will fail sooner. Factors that influence system life include: Read More »

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What Is So Wrong About an Over-Sized Furnace?

What Is So Wrong About an Over-Sized Furnace?Selecting a new furnace for your home is a very important decision, especially in areas like Farmington, Rochester, Utica and Bloomfield where the winters are long and cold. One thing you must keep in mind when you are choosing a furnace is that bigger isn’t always better. An over-sized furnace can create a number of problems that will make you regret your choice.  Read More »

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