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5 Myths About Your Home Heating

The heating professionals at Black Hills, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning want you to understand how to heat your home effectively, efficiently, and economically. Don’t be misled by these common myths.

Bigger is Better.

You may think that a larger furnace will keep you warmer in the winter. It is true that a furnace that is too small will not be able to keep up with your heating needs, however a furnace that is oversized will work just a poorly to heat your home.  When a furnace is oversized, it will cycle on and off more frequently, putting more stress on components, wasting energy, and causing greater variations in temperature.

An appropriately sized furnace will save energy and wear by running in long, even cycles rather than short bursts. When purchasing a furnace, be sure to hire a contractor who uses an industry-standard calculation, which accounts for your climate as well as the house’s size, design, and construction, when determining the appropriate furnace size of your home.

My Furnace works fine, so I don’t need to replace it.

If your furnace is at least 10 years old, it will lack the efficiency of new equipment.  Be alert to the following signs that your furnace should be replaced, even it if still kicks out the heat.
  • Your utility bills are higher than they have been in the past. Furnaces often lose efficiency as they age, particularly if they have not undergone regular maintenance.
  • The furnace is making strange noises. This often happens when a furnace nears the end of its life. If the blower runs more than in the past or turns on and off more frequently, or if you hear popping, squealing, banging, or rattling coming from your furnace, it would be wise to begin shopping for a replacement.
  • You have had the furnace repaired in the past two years. Furnaces break down more frequently during the last two years of their lives. This more problematic the older the furnace is. It can take longer to get replacement parts for older furnaces, which leaves you and your family waiting in the cold.
  • The burner flame is yellow. The flame should be blue. A yellow flame indicates a possible carbon monoxide hazard.

I don’t need regular HVAC maintenance. Failing to obtain annual maintenance for your HVAC system shortens its life and increases the risk of introducing carbon monoxide into your home.  You wouldn't let your car go over a year without an oil change.  Maintaining your furnace is just as important.

My utility bills are reasonable.  New high-efficiency equipment offers technology advances that will certainly save you money on your utility bills.

Hot and cold spots in my home are normal. Hot and cold spots indicate that your furnace is not able to appropriately distribute the air in your home.  Variable speed motors and zoning systems now available can eliminate this issue in most homes.

At Black Hills, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning, our goals is to offer top quality Heating Replacement and Installation services. When you contract with Black Hills, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning for all of your heating needs you’ll benefit from our wide selection of heating options available to you, you’ll also benefit from our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Service and Installation for all of our valued customers in the South Puget Sound.

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