Happy Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Fun Fact: A Humidifier Can Raise Your Efficiency

Monday, 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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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)

Monday, 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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Normal Cycling vs. Short-Cycling Furnaces

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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3 Ways You’re Taking Your Heater for Granted

Monday, 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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Furnaces: The Fast and Affordable Heater

Monday, November 26th, 2018

furnaceFiguring out what kind of heater to install isn’t always easy with so many options to choose from. Boilers, heat pumps, radiant heating… And we understand that some homeowners aren’t really interested in all of the options. When we hear that, we know that they’re really saying is they want something affordable, easy, and fast.

If this sounds like you, then look no further than the furnace. Furnaces are perhaps one of the most popular heaters in the nation—and it has been that way for decades. Down below, we’ll explain some reasons for why that might be.

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Is Radiant Heating Right for You?

Monday, November 12th, 2018

in-floor-heatingRadiant energy is a phenomenon we feel daily. You can feel it from the warmth of the sun, from a hot cup of coffee, or even the sidewalk on a hot day. As you know from those examples, radiant energy can give you a warmth that you experience in nature every day. It’s a world of difference from forced-air heaters, which just blows hot air around the room through a more artificial process.

Heating systems that use radiant energy are called radiant heating systems. While these heaters truly are something special, we want to make sure they’re right for you. We’ll explain what we mean down below.

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Three Heating Options Explained

Monday, October 29th, 2018

gas-burnersThere are several different heating options available, and they all heat your home through different methods and with different fuel sources. So when you’re trying to find the heating system that will work best for you, doesn’t that just make it all the more complicated? After all, you’ll be using that heating system for the next 15 years!

Sorry, we’re not trying to overwhelm you. But these are the questions you should be asking yourself months—possibly years—before installing a new heater. Installing a heater at the last minute isn’t a safe strategy. But don’t worry, we’ll go over some of your options below.

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