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4 Benefits of Cleaning Your Air Ducts

June 10, 2019

Your home’s air ducts play a very important role in circulating air from your heating and cooling system into each room. Since the air that cycles through your air ducts is the same air you and your family breathe, you want that air to be as fresh and clean as possible. Any issues with your air ducts could cause your heating and cooling units to work harder, resulting in higher energy costs, too. Professional air duct cleaning refers to a process in which contaminants such as dirt and dust are removed. This will prevent these substances from recirculating throughout your home. As part of a periodic AC maintenance program, air duct cleaning comes with an array of benefits. Here are the top four reasons to have your air ducts cleaned on a regular basis. 1. Reduces Household Allergens Your air ducts may contain harmful contaminants like pet dander, dust, pollen, mildew, mold spores, and bacteria that could trigger allergies. Regular air duct cleaning relieves these allergy triggers, resulting in healthier living. 2. Improves Air Circulation Air ducts that are covered in accumulated dirt and grime could restrict the airflow of your HVAC system, resulting in increased energy costs and decreased...

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Saving Money With a Whole-Home Humidifier

May 21, 2019

A whole-home humidifier is often installed directly into your home’s central cooling and heating system. In contrast to a portable humidifier, a whole-home humidifier can humidify every single room in your house. Many people and research studies have conveyed the benefits of a portable humidifier, but how can a whole-home humidifier help you save money? Keep Warm Air Flowing in the Winter Months Once the weather starts to get cooler, our immediate reaction is to bump up the thermostat. In fact, the months with the highest usage of electricity are often in the winter and summer—for obvious reasons. Still, what if you didn’t have to raise the thermostat right away? What if you could save money on your winter heating bills by adding a whole-home humidifier? What many homeowners are realizing is that a whole-home humidifier actually makes the circulating air feel warmer. As a result, you can stop fidgeting with the thermostat. A certified HVAC specialist who can efficiently install a whole-home humidifier can help you save money on your energy costs. Prevent the Flu and Irritated Respiratory Systems Your health is your wealth. When you’re battling a tough cold, the only thing you can think of is getting...

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The Top Benefits of Product Warranties

April 10, 2019

When it comes to air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, and other heating and cooling equipment for the home, products usually include a warranty. Basic warranties often vary from one brand and model to the next. Certain aspects of these warranties are required by law, but they are also an opportunity to distinguish a product and give consumers confidence in a brand. Product Life Expectancy Confidence At Certified Service in Burbank, we work with all brands and models but are proud to be a Carrier factory-authorized dealer. A big reason for that is the product warranties that Carrier includes with its air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, and other equipment. If an AC unit is intended to last at least 10 years, you get some level of guarantee that out-of-pocket expenses will be mitigated or even eliminated should that particular unit not last that long. Reduced Total Cost of Ownership Another benefit is that you can have great confidence in the total cost of ownership of your products. If a new AC unit, for instance, were to falter or even fail within the warranty period, then much, if not all, of that cost would be covered by that contract. Home Value Many...

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Understanding the Core Differences Between Heat Pumps and Furnaces

March 14, 2019

If you’ve purchased a new home or you’re looking to upgrade the heating system that’s currently installed on your property, you should understand the differences between a heat pump and furnace, both of which are designed to provide for all of your heating needs. Once you know more about how these systems differ, you can decide which option is right for you. What Is a Heat Pump? A heat pump is a type of system that’s very similar to an air conditioner but with the added benefit of including a heating component. These systems can be placed in cooling mode during the summer, which allows them to operate as an air conditioner. A heat pump doesn’t create heat, which makes it very energy-efficient. Instead, these systems remove heat from the outside air before transferring it indoors, which is done with electricity. Heat pumps can also be zoned, which means that you can set the system to different temperatures for each room in your home. What Is a Furnace? A furnace is a system that makes use of fuel to create heat that’s circulated throughout the home. This heat can be created from such fuel sources as oil, gas or electricity....

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Trouble Ahead: Signs That Point to a Heating System Problem

February 19, 2019

The most obvious sign that your heating system has a problem is when it stops working altogether. If you had only known sooner, you wouldn’t be making an emergency repair call in the middle of the night. Here are some common warning signs that a heating system problem may be on the horizon. Your Furnace is More Than 15 Years Old Like many things in your home, furnace technology continues to improve each year. By the time your furnace is 15 years old, its ability to run efficiently has dropped a great deal, especially when compared to a more modern furnace. For example, most old furnaces can only heat at a single setting. Modern furnaces have low and high heating settings, burning less fuel over time. The same goes for the air handler in your furnace. Older models run at a single speed, while modern air handlers blow air at multiple speeds depending on demand. Loud Noises Every heating system makes some amount of noise as the burner ignites or circulating fans turn. However, when a system begins to fail, you may hear the high-pitched whining of a loose motor belt, the rattle of loose screws, or the scraping sound...

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5 Benefits of Regular Heating Maintenance

January 22, 2019

Whether you have a furnace or heat pump, maintenance is essential to the life and performance of your system. Scheduled maintenance will bring you peace of mind knowing that all the components of your unit will work when you need them most. 1. Your HVAC System Will Last Longer If you take care of your furnace, it should last 15 to 20 years. Preventative maintenance will lessen the likelihood that your equipment will break down unexpectedly. A professional HVAC technician can perform a routine inspection of your system to identify small issues that normally occur. Once they detect the issues, they can fix them before they turn into big problems. 2. Your HVAC System Will Operate More Efficiently If you neglect your heating unit, the components will wear down quickly. Consequently, all the equipment will work harder to produce the same level comfortable heat throughout the house. This results in an inefficient system that utilizes nearly twice as much energy and costs you twice. You’ll notice a significant spike in your energy bill each month. Regular heating maintenance solves this problem by keeping your HVAC performing at optimal efficiency. 3. You Will Spend Less Money on HVAC Repairs Preventative maintenance...

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4 Signs You Need Furnace Repair

December 14, 2018

Are you worried about the reliability of your Burbank furnace this winter? Furnaces have an expected useful life of about 15 to 25 years with proper preventative maintenance. If your furnace is nearing these ages and/or you have not had it inspected and repaired, you could experience a breakdown this winter. Here are a few of the common signs of an impending furnace failure. 1. You Feel Like You Are Always Repairing Your Furnace As furnaces get older, they need more frequent repairs. You may find yourself replacing the blower, heat exchanger, burners and pilot lights. These repairs can quickly add up and make you feel like your furnace is unreliable and near the end of its expected useful life. To determine if you should continue repairing your furnace or replace it, look at your repair bills over the last 12 to 24 months. If the repair costs are significant, you may want to have one of our professional furnace repair technicians at Certified Service in Burbank evaluate your current furnace and provide you with an estimate for a new energy-efficient furnace. 2. Your Furnace Is Always On If your furnace is constantly running, it’s a sign that it isn’t...

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Variable Speeds: Air Conditioners & Furnaces

October 10, 2018

People are always looking for ways to save money, and the best way to start is to review your current bills. The power bill is usually one of the first places to look, as a few lifestyle changes can cut down on energy use. That’s not to say your home must remain uncomfortable as you clearly want to maintain control over the temperature inside your home, but new technologies allow for the house to be comfortable while conserving energy which doesn’t have to be used. Variable Speed Compressor and Fan One new technology is the variable speed HVAC compressor and fan so instead of either being on or off, the system can run at partial speed and still maintain the ambient temperature in the home without using as much power. Late spring weather or even a rainy summer day may not need the full force of the compressor’s cooling efficiency, so running it at half power can still keep the ambient temperature comfortable and even. On a hot sunny day, it may be more efficient to run at full speed for maximum effective cooling. Likewise, the fan doesn’t need to run at full speed on most days. You still need...

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How is a Smart Thermostat Beneficial?

September 26, 2018

You may have been hearing about “smart” thermostats for a while now, but unless you were already on the lookout for something to replace your old manual thermostat, you also may not have made much of an effort to find out what a smart thermostat actually does – and more importantly, what it can do for you. Here are just a few of the benefits of adding a smart thermostat to the heating and cooling system in your own home. Smart Thermostats Learn From You After your smart thermostat is installed, you can go about your normal routine when it comes to setting the temperature in your home – your smart thermostat will take notice. Over time, this will allow it to predict and automate your heating or cooling routines for you, making it a cinch to maintain the comfort level you want in your home with little to no effort. Convenient Features Many smart thermostats come with an array of useful features that are not only convenient but helpful and informative for you as well. These include simple things, such as reminding or alerting you of maintenance related details – like letting you know when it’s time to change...

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How to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

August 30, 2018

Your heating and cooling equipment use a significant amount of energy to keep your Burbank home comfortable. Depending on how much energy your HVAC system uses, you can end up with utility bills that skyrocket, especially during summer and winter. Thankfully, you can make your home more energy-efficient with the following HVAC tips. Switch to a More Energy-Efficient HVAC System One of the biggest ways to use less energy in your home is to have a more energy-efficient HVAC system installed. Older heating and cooling system tend to use more energy than newer ones, partly due to wear and tear. These older systems also aren’t made to be as energy-efficient as newer ones. In some cases, switching to a different type of heating and cooling system can be a more energy-efficient option, such as replacing a furnace and central air conditioning unit with a heat pump that heats and cools your home using less energy. Have Routine HVAC Maintenance Done Ensuring that your HVAC system is in optimal condition with routine maintenance also helps make your home more energy-efficient. A well-maintained heating and cooling system operates more efficiently and uses less energy overall. Having routine maintenance done annually can reduce...

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