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Measuring tape.

Why Size Matters for HVAC

Recently one of our certified contractors met with a customer who wanted a bid on a new furnace and air conditioner. The comfort advisor met with the wife who was prepared with size specifications that her husband had provided. He wanted a 5-ton air conditioner and a 125,000 BTU furnace. Upon inspection of the current…

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Graph of carbon monoxide levels.

Carbon Monoxide Monitors – An Important Line of Defense for the Ones You Love

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration…

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How does your tech get paid.

How Does Your Heating and Air Service Technician Get Paid?

It may surprise you to know that many technicians are paid a commission as all or part of their pay for repairing your furnace or air conditioner. In and of itself, paying a commission to repair technicians is neither good nor bad. As long as you are aware of it before you make a buying…

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10 DIY Furnace Tips

10 DIY Furnace Tips

As autumn approaches, and the weather is starting to cool off, it’s time to think about your furnace. Sometimes that old, dependable furnace doesn’t start right up after sitting dormant all summer. Before you call a service company, try these simple steps and you may avoid a service charge. Have you replaced the batteries in…

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Nate Certified Technicians.

Why do I want a NATE Certified Technician?

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is a non-profit industry certification program for technicians in the heating, air conditioning, indoor air quality and refrigeration business. The organization was founded in 1997 and is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization. In fact, NATE is the only certification organization actually governed, owned and operated by the HVAC/R industry.…

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6 Tips for choosing a good HVAC company.

6 Tips for choosing a good HVAC company

Make sure they are licensed. This is easy to do, just go to http://dopl.utah.gov/ and click on “Verify a License”. Make sure they employ NATE-certified technicians. Every major equipment manufacturer recommends that you have your heating and cooling equipment serviced by a NATE-certified technician. Go to http://www.hvacradvice.com and click on “Find a Contractor with NATE…

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Common AC problems.

Air Conditioner Not Cooling Properly? Here Are 3 Common Explanations

If your air conditioner breaks down completely, it’s obvious that there’s a major issue that needs to be taken care of by a certified HVAC technician. But a slightly more perplexing problem is when your air conditioner is blowing air but that air is not cold enough. Today we’re going to talk about why your…

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No $29 tuneups.

Beware of $29 Tune-Ups

You see them in the mail every month, furnace and air conditioning tune-ups advertised for $29, $39 and $49. Don’t be taken in by these offers, they are not what they seem. This list of what a $29 tune-up includes is taken directly from a HVAC company’s website: Check your thermostat Inspect AC filters Make…

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Dirt is Your Air Conditioner’s #1 Enemy

When customers call with an air conditioning problem, the first thing many contractors ask them is whether they have changed their filter. Often the reply is “why would I change my furnace filter, when the problem is with my air conditioner?” The fact is that the air handler on your furnace blows air warmed by…

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Aging HVAC system

Quick Repair or Replace Guide for Your Aging HVAC System

Unfortunately, furnaces and air conditioners don’t last forever. Depending on the environment, usage, and service record a forced-air furnace or air conditioner should last between 15-18 years. Eventually, no matter how well you maintain them, you are going to be faced with the decision on whether to repair or replace your system. Here is a…

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