Happy Heating & Cooling Blog

Don’t Wait Until a Breakdown to Replace Your AC

April 15th, 2019

ac-replacementWhether you’re installing air conditioning for the first time, or if you’re replacing your current AC, there are a few ways you can go about doing research.

No matter what method you do choose though, there’s one method that we really advise against. It’s a method that gets homeowners in trouble time and time again by allowing them to install air conditioners they really didn’t want to install in the first place.

And just what is that method we speak of? It’s this one:

“Installing what you can because you have no choice.”

An overwhelming majority of AC installations in Colorado Springs, and in the whole country, happen immediately after the previous system breaks down. This doesn’t give the homeowner any time to do their own research into what would make the best AC for their personal needs. It’s an important decision—not just because it’s expensive, but because you’ll be stuck with that system for the next 15 years!

If you’re reading this now, it means you’re already on a good path. Here’s what you do next:

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Fun Fact: A Humidifier Can Raise Your Efficiency

April 1st, 2019

money-saving-see-sawIf you do an internet search for the phrase “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” you’ll find that a lot of people are absolutely sick of hearing this phrase.

But that doesn’t make the phrase any less true. Plus, the scientific reasoning behind it is something that you can take advantage of in your own home.

So whether you like it or not, here’s why it’s not the heat, but the humidity, that can help raise your efficiency in your home during dry seasons:

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3 Heater Problems That Occur from Lack of Maintenance

March 18th, 2019

boiler-maintenanceTechnically, winter is right at its end. We should be seeing warmer temperatures creeping up. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to stop using your heating system just yet. Likewise, that means you’re going to need to eke out just a bit more effort from your heating system. Now is a good time to check it over and ensure there aren’t any issues with a maintenance check.

Depending on which kind of heater you have, here are the most common issues that can occur when your system isn’t serviced frequently:

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Should You Switch to a Radiant Heating System?

March 4th, 2019

in-floor-heatingThe majority of homeowners use forced-air methods to heat their home. That’s the technical way of referring to heat pumps and furnaces: systems that use the air as the medium to transfer heat. While these systems are fast and effective, some homeowners find them to be lacking.

If you’re looking for a mode of heating in Colorado Springs other than forced-air heaters, radiant heating systems are about as different as you can get! However, switching from forced-air to radiant heating can be a big leap—but it makes sense if you fit the following conditions:

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6 Common Furnace Problems (And Their Solutions)

February 18th, 2019

furnace-inspectionIs your furnace not working the way it’s supposed to? It can be difficult to pinpoint the problem without actually being there to see it. But on the other hand, observing the symptoms and trying out some solutions might help you fix it.

We’ve listed 6 common problems seen in furnaces, as well as what you can do to resolve them. However, never hesitate to call in a professional when things get complicated!

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Don’t Forget About Air Quality!

February 4th, 2019

virus-cellsIn this cold weather, you’d do good to have your home sealed up. That way no cold air can get into the home. But if you seal your home up too well, it can actually be worse for you. We know how counter-intuitive that sounds, but it’s an unfortunate fact of air quality. Air quality inside the home can be several times worse than outdoor air quality, simply because that indoor air has nowhere to vent to.

Keeping air quality high and HVAC costs low is an on-going battle, but with the help from an indoor air quality expert in Colorado Springs, CO, you can find the solution that makes sense for your home.

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Normal Cycling vs. Short-Cycling Furnaces

January 21st, 2019

inspecting-thermostatWay back in the early days of HVAC, the game was simple: heat your home as fast as possible. Naturally, that meant installing the biggest and baddest equipment. And while that may have been effective, it certainly wasn’t cheap.

Now, we know that the best approach is one that balances power and efficiency. That’s why your furnace will naturally cycle on and off. Instead of blasting hot air continuously, it uses cycles to gradually warm the entire home. This also keeps it warmer longer, too.

So if your furnace is rapidly turning on and off, that can be a huge problem. It’s called short-cycling, and here’s what you have to know about it:

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Ductless vs. Ducted Heating: Is One Better?

January 7th, 2019

blue-question-markIn the world of HVAC, there are two approaches to heating your home: with or without a duct system.

If you’re not familiar, the ducts are the passages that transport heated air through the home. In a sense, they’re the middle-man between you and your heater. But not every system requires ducts, so that begs the question:

Is it better to have ducts, or not to have them?

We’ll spoil you now and admit that the real answer is “it depends.” But if you keep reading, we’ll walk you through that reasoning.

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Do You Need a Humidifier?

December 24th, 2018

blowing-noseDry air is one of those seasonal annoyances that we just have to put up with. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves year after year. But the truth is that a one-time investment in a whole-house humidifier can eliminate dry air in your home for good. Plus, when you look at the effects of dry air, you might reconsider if it’s really “just an annoyance.”

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3 Ways You’re Taking Your Heater for Granted

December 10th, 2018

three-thingsFor the first year or so that you’re running your new heater, you most likely won’t run into too many issues—especially if it has been installed properly by a good contractor. As time goes on, you might even start taking it for granted.

But there are a few things that you really shouldn’t take for granted if you want your heater to keep working efficiently for years and years to come. In this post, we’ll go over just three things that are simple enough to forget about.

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