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Are Multi-Stage Furnaces Better Than Single Stage Furnaces?

A common misperception that customers have is that having a multi-stage furnace is what makes the furnace more efficient. Although it may at the margin, any benefits from a multi-stage furnace are not primarily related to fuel savings. Comparing Furnace Models The primary people who can benefit from multi-stage furnaces are customers who are trying to prevent temperature swings in their house. An analogy would be: A single stage furnace is comparable to having a car that you can only floor the gas pedal or have it completely off. It gets you to where you want to go, but it will often overshoot the target, causing temperature swings and temperature fluctuations. A single-stage furnace has been the predominant method of heating for the last half century and has worked well. Some years back, they developed two-stage furnaces; the instant and most obvious benefit to a two-stage furnace is that the…..

Top Tips to Consider When Buying A New Furnace

There are a variety of factors to consider when you are looking at purchasing a new furnace for your home. Brand One of the first things people consider when purchasing a furnace for their home is the brand. But this is actually one of the least important factors. In our opinion, as long as you are dealing with one of the major brands, like Lennox, Carrier, Goodman, etc. – you are going to be fine! The key is, you just want the brand to be supported in the area. For instance, if the furnace were to break down in five or ten years’ time, you just need to have access to available parts, or more specifically, whatever company is repairing the furnace must be able to access the parts readily. To think that some furnaces break down and some don’t is a bit of a stretch. The truth is, there’s…..

How to remove air from your boiler system

Having air in your boiler system, also known as a hydronic heating system, is among the most common issues that you’ll get with a boiler. But the first issue you need to resolve is why you are having an air issue in the first place. It’s normal, when you first commission a system, to get a little bit of an air issue. The reason behind this is that new water (H2O, the O part of it being oxygen), when introduced, has a significant portion of air in it. However, over time the air is slowly removed with automatic air vents, and/or an air scrubber. So, the very best type of water in your boiler system is actually dead oxygen-free water, which takes a period of time to accomplish. The question is if your system is not new, if it is years old, and it’s developing an air issue, what causes…..

The truth about geothermal heating

People often ask us about geothermal heating, as there are many fantastical claims out there about how efficient it is, and how much money it can save you in utility expenses. The truth, in this case, comes in multiple parts. Indeed, geothermal heating system - installed correctly - can give you the most efficient heating arrangement that you can possibly get. Geothermal heating works, but it usually works by installing a network of pipes under the ground, thereby absorbing the heat under the ground, and bringing that heat inside, or doing the reverse when it’s in the cooling mode. Geothermal efficiency explained The reason why it can be so efficient is this: the air-source heat pump exchanges the heat with the air outside, and the air could go down to a freezing level. However, underground remains relatively even in temperature, somewhere in the mid-50s Fahrenheit. So, there’s a lot more…..

Is Duct Cleaning Worth It?

Something homeowners often ask us is whether they should bother getting duct cleaning done on their ventilation systems. Our history with duct cleaning goes back a number of years. One of the first systems that we used was called a “negative air system”. Doing so brings a big pipe through the front door, down to the furnace, and sucks air back to a duct cleaning truck sitting in the driveway. Additional pressurized air is then sent down each vent and, theoretically, all the dust is sucked out of the house. Alternative duct cleaning systems can be as simple as sending a hose down a vent line from the top, essentially like a shop VAC with a longer hose. Another system we’ve used in the past is called a “rotating brush system”, where it literally scrubs the ducts out. What we’ve found is, no matter what system you are actually using,…..