When Is the Best Time to Have Furnace Maintenance Done?

Except for thermostat adjustments, most homeowners take their furnaces for granted during the winter months. Then, when warmer weather returns, the furnace slips completely off the radar, so furnace inspection and maintenance trips are never scheduled. Neglecting this important maintenance, however, leads to inconvenience and unnecessary expense if the furnace misbehaves during the next cold

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Furnace Red-Tagged? Now What?

During normal furnace maintenance or a utility company inspection, a technician may discover a problem with your furnace serious enough to require disconnecting it. In legal terms, it means the furnace is not in compliance with the Ontario B149 Gas Code. The technician may “red tag” the furnace, turn it off and notify the gas

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5 Reasons to Tune Up Your Furnace When You Set Your Clock Forward

An oil or natural gas forced air furnace is a critical component in a reliable home comfort system. Residential and light commercial furnaces are engineered to perform dependably through countless winter seasons, but they must be properly maintained to continue operating at peak efficiency. Qualified HVAC contractors provide comprehensive springtime tuneup services that incorporate a

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How Long Should a Furnace Last?

The furnace heating process is a model of simplicity and efficiency. When the thermostat threshold setting is triggered, a relay closes and activates an inducer fan. The volume of air flow increases until it is suitable for combustion. A valve automatically opens, and a measured amount of gas or heating oil is ignited by the

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Does My Gas Fireplace Need Maintenance?

Gas fireplaces are attractive, efficient and provide incredible warmth. They are also easy to maintain. This does not mean, however, that they require no care. To keep them running safely and reliably, owners should ensure that these fireplaces are professionally serviced and inspected at least once a year and cleaned at least once a month

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What Is Energy Star?

Created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992 as a voluntary program, Energy Star now sets international efficiency standards for consumer products in a variety of categories. This extremely successful program has been adopted by the European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand as well as the United States. Its goal

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How to Get Rid of Dust in Your House

Dust is unsightly, and it can trigger allergies and worsen respiratory issues in sensitive individuals. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely eliminate dust from your home because the majority of household dust comes from residents. It is made up of small skin flakes and fibers from clothing and upholstery. There are, however, steps you

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