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Heating FAQ: What Should You Know

white question mark on a blue backgroundWhen it comes to where we live, there’s no question: it’s absolutely essential that we have effectively and efficiently working heating systems within our homes to stay comfortable through the winter. In order to have this however, you have to properly care for your heating system.

This means keeping up on any Olympia, WA furnace repair needs that come up, scheduling regular maintenance for your system, and having your heater professionally installed in the first place. We’ve covered some commonly asked questions about heating system care below, to help guide you in making the right decisions for your heater!

Is Maintenance Really That Important?

Many homeowners see this as a luxury service rather than a necessity, which just is not the case. Regular heating system tune-ups are vital to the operational ability and lifespan of your heating, cooling, and indoor air quality systems. There are a number of benefits to staying on top of your heating maintenance appointments, such as:

  • Improved System Performance
  • Energy Savings
  • Increased System Lifespan
  • Less Chance of Emergency Repair Needs

Is My Gas Furnace Safe?

Gas powered heating systems cause concern for some households due to the risk of carbon monoxide exposure. The good news is, today’s furnaces are built with your safety in mind, and you have little to worry about so long as you properly care for your furnace as we outlined above. To make your gas furnace even safer, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Make sure that nothing flammable is stored by the furnace at any time.
  • Run your furnace before you actually need it—listen and look for any problems so that you can give us a call promptly if you suspect anything is wrong, rather than waiting until you need it every day to keep warm.
  • Change the air filters regularly during periods of use—we recommend every 1–3 months.
  • Check the furnace’s access panels. Make sure they’re secure, with screws properly in place.

Are There Benefits to Using a Heat Pump?

Sure! Many people are aware of the numerous cooling benefits of a heat pump—it works similarly to a conventional air conditioner in that it pulls heat from the home and expels it outdoors, bringing cooled air into the home, while doing so more efficiently than a conventional central system.

This process can be reversed in the winter to bring you efficient and effective heat. Since heat pumps tend to struggle to work as efficiently as possible in climates with regularly freezing temperatures, our area is a perfect spot for this type of system.

Heat pumps help you achieve even temperatures throughout your household, use less energy than conventional central AC systems or furnaces, and let you have less dependence on fossil fuels. Of course, different homes have different needs, and a furnace may suit you better than a heat pump or vice versa. Our team will be happy to discuss all of your options with you and help you make an educated decision about what’s best for you.

Contact Sound Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. today! We take your comfort as serious as you do.

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