It’s been rather cold here in Pittsburgh. And when it’s cold, there is no worse time for your furnace to stop working. We wanted to write this blog for all those folks up in the middle of the night to a frozen home. Here are a few things you should do if your furnace stops working and you need a temporary fix.
Boilers were the first kind of central heating that people could have in their homes. This meant no more wood or coal fires to warm up the entire house during the cold winter months. As technology advanced, so did the effectiveness and efficiencies of boilers. If your boiler needs repaired or replaced, it may be time to consider a combi boiler, as they have a number of tremendous benefits.
Of all the features available in high-efficient and high-performance furnaces, variable speed is one of the most beneficial. Variable speed furnaces provide high efficiency and comfort. Most blower fans on furnaces run at a constant speed and are either on or off. Variable speed will increase or decrease fan speed to meet heating needs. Today we’re going to take a look at how this blower works and some of the best advantages of installing a variable speed furnace in your home!
When your boiler or radiator system needs to be replaced. It’s been a blog theme recently, that now is the time for a heating system checkup. Today, we want to talk specifically about your home boiler and radiator system. A maintenance checkup or inspection is always a great way to dive into these systems! Not to mention, a great way to make sure that they are in good shape. Lord knows that losing heat as the weather changes is one of the last things that you want to deal with! Maybe you’ve missed a few regular annual boiler/radiator inspections. Below are some signs that your boiler or radiator system needs to be replaced.
Time for Another Checkup
Boiler and radiator system checkup. It’s been a blog theme recently, that now is the time for a heating system checkup. Today, we want to talk specifically about your home boiler and radiator system. A maintenance checkup or inspection is always a great way to dive into these systems! Not to mention, a great way to make sure that they are in good shape. Lord knows that losing heat as the weather changes is one of the last things that you want to deal with!
Furnace repair. Well, it is the “dog days” of summer here in Pittsburgh! I’m not quite sure why they call them the dog days. Because not too many dogs that I know of want to be outside in the heat! I know, not a good joke! Maybe we’re just ready for some cooler weather. And with that said, now is the time. The time for thinking about how my furnace might operate this coming winter. Perhaps a maintenance checkup/inspection would be in good order in the very near future…..
Does your home have a whole house air conditioning unit? I might say for most of you that’s another silly question (as was my comment on the water heater some weeks back). But actually, not everyone has an air conditioner these days. If you do have an air conditioning unit older than 10 years, it might be time for an AC service checkup. In general, you can expect a well-maintained air conditioner to last about 15 years. It’s good to know that we here at Proudfoot can install a new AC unit for you. Not to mention the ability to maintain and service them.
In the Pittsburgh area, there are a ton of older homes. I’m talking about homes that are in the 60 to over a 100-year-old age range! These homes in many cases were built close to the steel industry plants and mills of many years ago. This was before the big suburbia boom of the ‘50s and early ‘60s. It was common for folks to smell gas and other industrial odors. But it’s now 2018, and the city is becoming cleaner. The air is fresher and we are focusing on bringing fewer pollutants into the air. But with these older homes in Pittsburgh, we also have a lot of older gas lines coming into these homes underground.
As pipes age, they may become cracked or damaged. And sometimes they can be disconnected by things like surrounding tree roots. As a result, the odorized natural gas that flows through them will begin seeping to the top of the ground. You may notice a strange or smelly odor in your yard, especially a rotten egg-like odor. This may turn the grass in certain areas of your yard brown. A leaking gas line underground can cause the grass and vegetation above to turn brown and die. Dry spots in moist areas or dead plants surrounded by live, green plants is a classic indication that it could be time to replace the gas line coming into your home. So what should you do when you smell gas?
This Pittsburgh Weather
It’s Pittsburgh in May! And as always here in Pittsburgh, it just doesn’t seem to be “typical”. For those of you out of town, about a week or so ago, it began to feel like summer! I had a good friend tell me that his wife switched from using the furnace to using the AC in just one day! He told me he was glad that his AC was working properly as he hadn’t done any AC service since last fall.