Balanced Air, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Forecasting the Future of Your Home’s Heating

Monday, March 15th, 2021

analog-clockWe’re not here to show you how to use crystal balls or perform magic tricks or anything like that. We want to help you forecast the future the same way the weather forecaster forecasts the weather—using current facts and predictive models.

It’s easier than it sounds, and we hope that by the end of this post you’ll have a better understanding of where you need to go with your household heating in Land O’ Lakes, FL. You will still need to rely on professional services when it comes to realizing that future, but since you’re already on our website, you know the people to call for that part!

Let’s forecast by asking a few basic questions: 

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Last Chance for Heating Repairs? (Well, If You Need Them, Don’t Ignore Them!)

Monday, March 1st, 2021

outdoors-winterWe know the title makes it sound as if this is the last chance you’ll ever have for heating repairs. Of course it’s not. Nor do we mean you should schedule heating repair in Clearwater, FL if your heating system is working fine and showing no signs of anything going wrong. (If there is, we’ll catch it during heating maintenance in the fall.) We just wanted to startle you a bit with a reminder that you should never ignore a heater in trouble, even if it’s late in the winter season. And yes, that includes a warm place like Tampa Bay. 

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Can My Gas Furnace Become Dangerous?

Monday, February 15th, 2021

natural-gas-furnaceBurning natural gas in any appliance produces byproducts that can potentially be harmful to people. This is the basic way that combusting fuel works—after all, a fireplace can be dangerous if the smoke from the fire isn’t allowed to vent up the chimney and instead gets pushed into the home.

This is a way of saying that, yes, a gas furnace can become dangerous the same way that combustion of any kind in a home can create dangers. That doesn’t mean that it’s common, or that you should feel afraid that your gas furnace is always on the verge of becoming a danger for your family. The modern gas furnace is built to extremely high standards and must pass numerous government requirements before one can be allowed into a house. 

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My Furnace Is Making Weird Noises! What’s Wrong?

Monday, February 1st, 2021

surprised-by-loud-soundAlthough odd noises coming from your furnace may be annoying, there is a good reason to be thankful for them: they can warn you when something is wrong that needs the help of HVAC professionals to correct. Furnaces aren’t yet advanced enough where they can automatically determine what their malfunctions are and communicate the data to their owners. Maybe someday we’ll have that technology. For right now, you’ll have to settle for paying attention to warning noises so you know to call us for furnace service in Wesley Chapel, FL.

Anyway, let’s look into what these sounds might mean…

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Midwinter Blues? It May Be Time for a New Heating System

Monday, January 18th, 2021

setting-thermostatA Florida winter may not be a bone-chiller, but it can get damp and drafty—especially for a home that doesn’t have a proper heating system in place. 

But let’s say that you do have a good heating system installed. Professionals put it in and it’s provided reliable heat for you through several winter seasons. Now you’re starting to feel the pinch of cold. You just aren’t feeling comfortable indoors. You check the thermostat, and it’s set where you usually have it. You start to push it up further to see if that will help… 

Whoa, stop right there! If you are having to raise the thermostat from the setting you usually find comfortable, something is not working with the heater (or possibly the thermostat). If you’ve had your heating system for more than a decade, it may be time to consider getting a new one.

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Why You Aren’t Getting Even Heating in Your House

Monday, January 4th, 2021

airflow-diagramAlthough Florida doesn’t suffer from rough winter weather, proper heating for a home can still be a challenge. A problem that people often run into—and a problem you’re apparently having because you ended up at this blog post—is when the heating system runs, but it sends the heat around the house unevenly. Some rooms may be getting too hot, while others won’t warm up enough. Due to our mild winters, this can sometimes go undetected until the heating system is in serious trouble.

We’ll take a look at some of the reasons your house may be having this uneven heating trouble and see if you’ll need to schedule heating repair in Clearwater, FL, or maybe even a new heater installation. 

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What’s the Best Heating Choice If I Want to Save Money?

Monday, December 21st, 2020

piles-of-billsIf you want to save money on heating during the winter, you’ve already made a great choice: you live in a state that has warm winters!

But a climate like Florida’s does present a specific challenge during winter: we still experience cool weather, enough that we need to have home heating systems, and finding a heating system that works at the best energy-efficiency for the short period it runs can be tricky. For a place where winters are often below freezing, putting in a powerful gas furnace is the easy choice. But a powerful heating system may be a wasteful heating system for Florida. 

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You Had AC Maintenance, Do You Need Heating Maintenance? (Yes!)

Monday, October 26th, 2020

cold-house-warm-houseWe already answered the question right in the title. That’s because we don’t want there to be any misunderstanding about the importance of routine heating maintenance for a residential central heating system—even in a warm climate like what we experience in Tampa Bay. Taking your heater for granted year after year can leave you stuck with a major problem one day, and we want you to avoid that.

We find it’s not difficult to convince people to have AC maintenance in Wesley Chapel, FL each spring, although we still have to stress reminders. (We understand how easy it is to put off important “chores” like this, but they do need to be done.) It takes more work with heating maintenance, and we’re here to put in that work in this post. Below are your reminders of why heating maintenance is essential each year.

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Electric Furnaces and the Tricky Thing About Efficiency Ratings

Monday, December 9th, 2019

heating-elementShopping for a new heating system isn’t exactly most homeowners’ idea of fun—especially during the holiday season. But if you have to replace your old furnace because heating repair in New Port Richey, FL won’t keep it running, then you don’t have much choice.

You do, however, have many options when it comes to furnaces. This is where things can get tricky. There are many types of furnaces available today with energy-saving features and extremely high efficiency ratings. You have to be careful when looking over efficiency ratings because they can be misleading. To ensure you end up with the best new furnace installation to meet your needs, arrange for the replacement with our technicians. We provide honest solutions that take care of your family’s comfort and which will match your current budget.

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Fall HVAC Maintenance: Now’s the Time to Schedule It

Monday, October 28th, 2019

furnace-repair-technicianYou may not think of winter as a “rough” time for weather in the Tampa Bay Area. The mild winters here are one of the reasons we’re a major vacation destination. But mild doesn’t mean we never run into chilly days. Our homes need to have effective heating systems we can trust to come on when we need them, and not to waste money when they run.

This is why we recommend you schedule HVAC maintenance in the fall to prepare your heating system and to ensure the ventilation system is also in good shape. If you have a heat pump, this is especially important: a heat pump works all year round, and after a summer of handling the heat in your home, it might not be in the best shape to handle cool weather. A heat pump must have bi-annual maintenance service to keep it in great shape.

There are other reasons why staying current with annual fall HVAC maintenance is essential:

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