Warning Signs You Need Furnace Repair

December 19, 2018

A furnace is a great way to heat your home. But the sudden loss of functionality in the dead of winter can be a serious problem. No matter what age or condition your furnace is in, it’s up to you to keep it in good working order with regular maintenance. Still, there are certain problems that can be difficult to detect if you don’t know what you’re looking for. So here are some critical signs that could mean your furnace is in need of repair. Changes in Efficiency If your heating bill has suddenly gone through the ceiling and is not commensurate with your heating needs, then your unit is probably struggling to work through some kind of obstruction, disconnection, or other hidden problem. If the issue isn’t readily apparent, it’s probably in your best interest to call on the professionals to diagnose and repair the problem. Weak Air Flow Sometimes it’s just an unresponsive thermostat, which is an easy fix. But if the air flowing out of your vents or registers is weaker than it should be even though the unit sounds like it’s working hard to crank out heat, then you’ve definitely got a problem. This is usually...

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Does My Home Need a Humidifier in the Winter?

December 13, 2018

Nothing is more important than your indoor air quality, especially during the harsh winter months. If you are experiencing certain symptoms, you may need a humidifier for your indoor air. Take a few minutes to figure it out using the best practices below. The Symptoms If you experience arise and static electricity around your home during the winter, then you definitely are in the market for a humidifier. Static electricity means that you may be in line for allergies, nosebleeds, costs, dry skin and chapped lips. Over time, dry air can lead to cracks in your wood furniture and gaps in your wood flooring. Not only are these things uncomfortable, but they can get very expensive to fix if you do not take care of them immediately. What is Happening to Your Indoor Air During the winter months, most people tend to “hibernate.” The doors and windows are shut tight, and the furnace gets a little bit of extra attention. You may be increasing the temperature of the air in your home, but you are not necessarily increasing the moisture in the air. Because the home is so locked up, the moisture from the outside air does not have a...

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How to Find the Best Furnace for My Home?

December 10, 2018

So you are upgrading to central air, or you may be moving into a new home entirely. How do you know which furnace or heating system is right for you? There are a few signs that you should be aware of when you are looking to upgrade so that can get the best bang for your buck without having to backtrack. Here are some of the top ways to identify the best furnace for your home. Sizing Your Furnace The size of your furnace should coincide with the size of your home. If it is too big, you will end up overpowering your home and paying too much every month on your heating bill. If your furnace is too small, then you will not be able to control the temperature around your entire property. Use a free online furnace sizing calculator to understand a range that you should consider. You should still talk to your furnace expert, but with this back of the napkin calculation, you will be able to have an informed conversation that will lead to a better decision. Efficient Use of Power Take a look at the efficiency ratings on any furnace that you are looking to...

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How to Save Money on Energy Bills This Winter

November 28, 2018

Your utility bill shows the impact of extreme temperatures in winter and summer alike. Try these money-saving ideas to keep costs down without sacrificing comfort. If you have any questions on whether your HVAC system might be running up the electric bill in Gilbert, AZ, contact Collins Comfort Masters. In the meantime, try out these simple tips and tricks. Sun is Free Open the curtains on the southern side of your home in winter to let in some natural heat. Close your window dressing as soon as the sun dips below the horizon to trap in the heat. Bundle Up I​​nstead of immediately turning up the thermostat in winter, put on a sweater and fuzzy socks. Throw blankets are fun to cuddle up in and an area rug insulates the floor from drafts and heat loss. Use Ceiling Fans Ceiling fans help you achieve better airflow in you follow these simple directions. Set fan counter-clockwise to push hot air up in the summer and clockwise to keep the heat in the room during cooler months. Adjust the Thermostat Before Sleeping The U.S. Department of Energy says you can save 10 percent on your heating bills by adjusting the thermostat down...

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Should I Turn My Furnace Off When on Vacation?

November 18, 2018

The holiday season is almost here. You and your family may be looking to go on vacation to escape the cold Arizona winter as the holiday season quickly approaches. There are some things you should do before you leave your home for a brief respite in warmer conditions. In an attempt to keep energy costs down while the house is vacant, some people choose to turn the furnace off before they leave for vacation. Nobody’s home, so no need for keeping the heat on. At least that’s what most people think. But wait, is turning off the furnace when on vacation a good idea? There’s a bit of confusion on whether it’s smarter and even cost efficient to completely turn off the furnace before leaving for vacation. No, it’s not. Here’s why. Why You Should Keep the Heat Running But leaving the furnace running when you are not home makes no sense, right? Well, not quite. It does make sense because it protects you from unplanned expenses. The plumbing in your house is protected from freezing by indoor air. Shutting the furnace down could freeze your pipes and cause them to burst and flood your home. Is saving a few...

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How Do I Know My Pipes Have a Leak?

November 8, 2018

Owning a home is a major responsibility and there are lots of people who have questions and concerns about things that might happen to their home. Examples include issues with home appliances, utility bills, and even repair issues with some of the heating, plumbing, and AC systems. One of the issues that homeowners often run into is a leaky pipe or faucet. For starters, the older a home is, the more likely something is going to go wrong with the pipes themselves. Sometimes this isn’t caught for an extended period of time. If this goes on for a long time, bigger problems could develop with the plumbing system itself. With this in mind, what are some of the ways that homeowners could spot a leaky pipe? Rising Utility Bills are the First Clue One of the first things that homeowners could spot with a leaky pipe is rising utility bills. When homeowners are paying their water bill, they may notice that this is higher than usual. A leaky pipe is essentially a plumbing system that never shuts off. Because of this, the water bills tend to rise. Instead of just ignoring this, homeowners need to ask why this might be....

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3 Tips for Furnace Efficiency

October 30, 2018

It’s bound to start getting colder as we move into the winter season and with the chilly weather comes the need to crank up your furnace higher. So how do you get to keep everyone warm in your home and still not have to worry about extremely crazy energy bills or your family’s safety? This is how. 1. Check/Clean/Replace Furnace Filters This is an easy start to increasing your furnace’s efficiency. The filter protects your furnace from dust, dirt and any airborne bits that can harm your furnace and reduce its efficiency. When the heating system is running the debris and dust gets clogged up in the filter obstructing airflow in the system. To ensure the efficiency is improved check and ensure the filters are clean. Duct cleaning and air filtration should be done on HVAC systems as often as needed. 2. Schedule a Furnace Tune-up In the same way, that one changes the oil in their vehicle that is how important a furnace tune-up is to keep it running efficiently. Maintaining your furnace will also prolong its service life. During the much needed annual furnace tune-up, our inspectors at Collins Comfort Masters will check the furnace for any wear...

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How to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

October 12, 2018

The average family spends more than $2,000 per year on utility bills, for heating, cooling, hot water and cooking, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Just think what you could do with the extra money if you could just reduce that amount by 10 percent or even five percent. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to increase your home’s energy efficiency and save your family money as well as reduce your household’s carbon footprint. Here are some easy ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency: 1. Seal Gaps in Doors and Windows Annually According to the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, sealing any gaps at least once a year is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency. All of these gaps cause conditioned air to escape your home. And, don’t limit yourself to doors and windows. Look for additional gaps in the attic, around electrical outlets, along baseboards and around pipes and wires that enter your home. 2. Invest in Energy Savings Investing in energy-saving devices and systems can also dramatically reduce your home’s energy use. For example, installing a programmable thermostat can reduce your energy usage by...

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Air Conditioners vs. Furnaces: What’s the difference?

October 2, 2018

When it comes to the comfort of your home or commercial space, both furnaces and air conditioners provide the comfortable environment you’re looking for. For decades, these two machines have been some of the most important pieces of equipment for your home or office — and for good reason. As these two machines work hard to provide the comfort you and your family desires, there are some differences between them to take note of. In this post, we’ll talk about how these two machines differ and which one is best for you. How Furnaces Work Your furnace starts when it receives a signal from the thermostat that tells it to turn on. Depending on the temperature you set, when the thermostat detects the air temperature dropping below that number, it activates the furnace. When the thermostat sends its signal to the furnace, the furnace gas valve opens and ignites the burner component beneath the combustion chamber. The gas valve works with the thermostat to regulate the amount of gas that flows into your furnace and heat your home. The Power of Air Conditioners Especially in warmer climates like Arizona, an air conditioner becomes vital for the comfort of you and...

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What is a SEER Rating?

September 30, 2018

At Collins Comfort Masters, clients often ask us what they should be looking for in a new air conditioning installation. One key feature everyone should look for is an outstanding performance. Efficiency is the main component of a well-performing air conditioner, but how can you measure it? An air conditioner’s efficiency is rated by its SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and the score is the ratio of the amount of cooling produced divided by the amount of electricity used to cool your home. Higher numbers mean that the air conditioner is more efficient, or it uses less energy to produce the same results compared to less-efficient models. What SEER score is right for you? When it comes to SEER scores, you want to invest in the right level of efficiency for your budget. To give you some perspective, here are some typical scores you’ll find in air conditioners. 10 and Under: Older models typically have these scores. They aren’t very efficient and result in higher energy bills compared to modern units. However, you can probably find a used unit at a great price. 13-14 SEER: This is a solid score that many homeowners choose and is...

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