At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

The Perks of Using Local Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Services in Utah

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

When looking for heating, air conditioning, plumbing, indoor air quality, water treatment and water heater services in Utah, potential clients usually weigh which provider is best to consider. Although it’s inevitable to face some roadblocks while searching for this kind of professional help, the reality is there are a lot of advantages that it can offer. If you’re looking to take advantage of the above-mentioned services for your home, here are the top six benefits you’ll likely get.

The Perks of Using Local Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Services in Utah

Cost-effective – Plumbing, heating and air conditioning companies in Utah have competitive rates. The best ones can provide high-quality services without the need for clients to pay extra for miscellaneous expenses. Also, contracting all-in-one service providers can help you save money on your plumbing, heating, air quality and air conditioning needs.

More Seamless Processes – Local plumbing, heating and air conditioning providers in Utah are known to be advanced and tech-savvy, as they largely depend on technology to perform their tasks. This wealth of knowledge allows them to get more done in less time and prompt feedback to a client that needs information right away.

Familiarity is the Key – Using local plumbing, heating and air conditioning services from service providers around Salt Lake City poses a great advantage in terms of familiarity. Their access and familiarity of the local networks and resources in town lets them utilize the most practical solutions.

Greener Business – With the increase in environmental awareness today, service providers in Utah are integrating greener interventions and strategies into their home operations. Hiring local talent for your plumbing, heating and air conditioning needs in Salt Lake City has its own share of environmental benefits. With a new, green, energy-efficient HVAC system, you can make sure that the environment becomes a thing to factor in.

Prompt Assistance – One of the major perks associated with contracting a local service provider is that you can get on-site and prompt help. When you are having an issue with plumbing, heating or air conditioning, you don’t have to get stressed out in reaching out to far providers via chat bots or any virtual chat system. The service provider can send a skilled worker directly to your house to assist you.

When it comes to ensuring your family’s safety and comfort at home, you need to make certain that you’re using services from a dependable plumbing heating and air conditioning provider in Utah.

At Your Service Plumbing Heating and Air has a team of highly skilled and experienced workers and contractors who can help you and ensure that you and your family are comfortable. You will discover that we can make your home life so much easier and more convenient.Top of Form

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Common Causes of Furnace Short Cycling Issues, Part 2

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the common culprits associated with furnace short-cycling. Furnace short-cycling, which involves the furnace turning on and off too frequently and failing to provide adequate heating to the home or building in question, can arise from several different possible causes, and can lead to significant strain on HVAC components in addition to substandard heating.

When you visit the team with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, however, any short-cycling risks will quickly be a thing of the past. We offer detailed furnace repair and maintenance services, and have addressed numerous such concerns for Utah homeowners in our many years as HVAC professionals. In today’s part two, we’ll dig into a few additional potential culprits if you notice short-cycling taking place in your furnace.

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Blockage Issues

We noted overheating as the primary cause of many short-cycling issues in the furnace, and one underlying reason the furnace may overheat is a blockage that stops it from letting the proper heat out. There are a couple such potential blockages to watch out for:

  • Heat grates: If too many vents in your home are closed, or if there are blockages somewhere near the heat grates themselves, the furnace will not be able to send heat to enough places. This will build up heat inside the furnace, leading to overheating. Check to ensure at least three-quarters of your grates are open and not blocked by furniture or any other items.
  • Exhaust vent: In other cases, your exhaust vent may be blocked by animals, birds, snow or ice. This stops carbon monoxide from being expelled through the exhaust flue, which can be dangerous while also causing short cycling.

Improper Furnace Size

Another cause of furnace short-cycling actually goes all the way back to installation: If your home has a furnace that’s too large for the space, short cycling may take place. This is because the furnace has too large a capacity and creates more heat than the home needs, leading to overheating.

Thermostat Location

Finally, you may experience furnace short cycling because your thermostat is too close to some kind of warming source, whether a heating grate or the furnace itself. In this situation, the thermostat will think the entire home has reached the proper temperature even in cases where this isn’t true. Luckily, it’s usually simple to relocate the thermostat to a more central location, one that receives an even temperature distribution and is therefore a better representation of the entire home’s temperature at a given moment.

For more on possible reasons for your furnace short cycling, or to learn about any of our HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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Common Causes of Furnace Short Cycling Issues, Part 1

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

The last thing any homeowner wants during the cold Utah winter period is a malfunction in their furnace, and one possible such issue is known as short-cycling. Referring to issues with a furnace that is not turning on and off appropriately, short-cycling can be caused by several different possible culprits, and will bring results that range from limited heating capability to major stress on the system that causes it to wear down much faster than usual.

When you visit the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’ll provide the kind of furnace repair and upkeep services that prevent short cycling and all other potential issues from taking place within your furnace and overall HVAC system. If you’ve never dealt with short-cycling before, this two-part blog series will dig into what it is and its numerous different potential causes, plus how you can ensure your furnace isn’t at risk of any of these.

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Short Cycling Basics

As we noted above, short cycling is a condition related to the on and off cycles of your HVAC system. When a furnace is short cycling, that means it’s turning on and off far too often, way more frequently than a normal system would be. In many cases, it turns itself on and then off again so quickly that barely any heat is actually provided to the home before it shuts back down. As we also noted, this can lead to not only poor heating and an uncomfortable home, but also major strain on the HVAC components involved that often causes a need for earlier replacement.

Our subsequent sections will dig into the common reasons for short cycling, plus how you can prevent their risks.

Overheating Issues

The most common cause of furnace short cycling, and one that may play a role in certain other sub-causes as well, is the furnace attempting to protect itself from potential damage by turning off ahead of time. When furnaces overheat, they risk cracks in the heat exchanger, which can spread harmful carbon monoxide gas – the furnace is built to protect against this.

For this reason, the key to preventing short cycling is avoiding factors that lead to furnace overheating. The most common such factor is restricted air flow, whether due to poor ventilation or some other cause.

Furnace Filter Clogging

One such potential cause of restricted air flow: An HVAC filter that has gone too long without being changed or cleaned, and is therefore clogged and blocking air from flowing properly. This prevents air from returning into the furnace, which will overheat it and cause it to turn off. Filters should be replaced regularly to avoid this.

Flame Sensor Malfunction

In other cases, the flame sensor or flame rod in your furnace will shut off almost immediately after lighting. This tends to relate to issues in the inducer motor, where flame sensors do not properly register a flame and shut off the gas valve prematurely. Our team will be happy to clean or replace your flame sensor if we discover this is the cause of short cycling.

For more on the potential causes of furnace short cycling, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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Factors Influencing Furnace Replacement Costs, Part 1

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

As the full-on Utah winter begins to get into swing, some homeowners around Salt Lake City and other areas might be discovering that their furnace isn’t in the optimal shape to carry them through this season. In cases where this is due to aging or significant wear-and-tear that can’t simply be repaired, furnace replacement is the prudent move.

When you visit At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’re here to help with all furnace replacement and installation services as needed. Perhaps the single most common question we get from clients in this situation, naturally, is regarding the cost of the new furnace and installation when the time comes – we can’t necessarily give a cover-all answer right here, as this will depend on several factors. This two-part blog will go over a number of these factors and what you need to be thinking about when it comes to the pricing of your new furnace and its installation.

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Furnace Type

The simplest and likely most obvious factor here is the type and brand of furnace you’ll be purchasing. There are a wide range of such options available on the market today, with at least a half-dozen major brands available and likely even more in most cases.

You’re looking at several things when it comes to the make and model of the furnace you choose. For one, you want to know the basic capacity and heating type – there are gas, electric and even oil models available. For another, you’ll want to look into the sorts of features that are present, including any that are considered rare or more valuable and might up the price. Will these be worth it to you in the long run? Our pros will answer any questions you have to help you evaluate this area.

Room and Equipment Size

Another vital factor in furnace selection is the size of not only the unit itself, but also the room it will be placed in and, most importantly, the square footage of the home it will be heating. This is an area where our team of HVAC professionals will be highly valuable – we’ll explain to you how to convert square footage into the sort of furnace size and capacity you require, plus work with you to ensure the room you plan to place the furnace in is properly suited to house it.

Other Component Installations

In certain cases, your home might require new ductwork, vents or returns, or other components that have not been previously installed or require replacement. These will naturally up your price – how much will depend on exactly what needs to be installed and the precise services you’re receiving here.

For more on the factors influencing the price of a new furnace installation, or to learn about any of our HVAC services, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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Using the Fall to Prepare the HVAC System for Cold Season

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

With summer now fully in the rear-view mirror and fall in full swing, homeowners around Utah are looking to ensure their home’s HVAC and temperature control systems are ready for the cold winter ahead. This transitional season is important for a few important heating areas, both in terms of home comfort and ensuring costs don’t rise during the cold season.

When you call the team with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’ll provide you with numerous related services here, from boiler or furnace maintenance services to thermostat upgrades and air quality control offerings. Let’s go over several of the areas that are most important this time of year, whether you’re handling parts of this yourself or counting on our HVAC professionals to get the job done for you.

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Finishing Off Summer Season

Just before you get to winter prep areas, it’s important to ensure that your warm season components are taken care of first. In fact, some homeowners intentionally plan to have both air conditioner and furnace inspection done at the same time during the fall, checking on basic connections or airflow issues from both units that may have developed over the stressful summer.

Even if you don’t take this approach, take a little time to inspect and clear out the outdoor AC condenser unit area. Trim back shrubs or vegetation and remove debris that might both block airflow and provide shelter for winter pests.

Changing Filters

The fall is also a great transition period to change your air filters during, especially if it’s been a month or two on this already. Quality air filters not only keep the home full of fresh, clean air, but they also keep several components of the HVAC system working smoothly and prevent them from wearing down earlier than normal. While they should be changed at regular intervals throughout the year, the fall period is a good time to ensure there’s a switch-out made in particular.

Thermostat Considerations

This is one of the periods of the year where you’ll want to ensure the thermostat is in good working order as well, because it will have the task of changing over from cooling to heating formats. Programmable or smart thermostats make this process simple – if you’re still using an older manual thermostat, speak to our team about modern options that come at a low cost.

Quality Inspection

Finally, for the best possible winter HVAC preparation, bring our team in for a yearly inspection and maintenance appointment. We’ll cover your entire system from top to bottom, including a keen eye for certain areas non-HVAC professionals often can’t spot.

For more on important fall HVAC services to get your system ready for the cold season, or to learn about any of our quality plumbing or heating and air programs, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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General Tips on HVAC and Optimal Temperature Ranges

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

While HVAC systems cover several specific areas related to air circulation, air quality and overall comfort, perhaps their simplest task is regulating temperature. The furnace keeps you warm during the long winter; the air conditioner keeps cool air flowing during the sweltering Utah summer.

When you work with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, you get a full range of temperature-related expertise, from basic air conditioner and furnace repair and upkeep to quality thermostat service and many other areas in between. Not only will we assist you with maintaining the optimal temperature in your home throughout the year, we can also provide expertise on the proper temperature ranges for several distinct purposes or situations. Here’s a basic primer:

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General Temperature Range

On a day-to-day basis, humans are generally comfortable in a relatively wide range of temperatures. We generally recommend keeping the thermostat set between 68 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit – toward the former in the winter, and toward the latter in the summer with energy efficiency in mind.

As you view these ranges, it’s important to remember that thermostat setting isn’t the only factor at play here. During the summer, for instance, you can use fans and window drapes to cool down the home during the day, limiting the strain on your system.

Infants and Babies

If you have any new children in the home, it’s generally best to drop your temperature range just a bit from the above. Babies do best in temperatures ranging from 65 to 75 degrees. To get an idea of the ideal number for your child, feel their ears or chest at various temperature settings to track if they feel too hot or too cold.

Animals

For owners of traditional home pets, namely dogs and cats, there’s rarely any need to deviate from your day-to-day temperature settings. These animals do just fine within this range, and even within wider ranges in many cases (some homeowners set their thermostat higher or lower when the leave for work, which is usually just fine with dogs or cats at home).

If you have a rarer animal, however, such as a fish, lizard or rodent of any kind, things could vary here. Do some research in advance to find out the specific temperature your species thrives in.

Sleep Temperature

What about at night? Generally speaking, the recommendation here are to lower the temperature range. Research consistently shows that humans sleep best in temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees, mainly because the body’s temperature drops during sleep.

Trips and Vacations

Finally, any prolonged absence from the home is a great opportunity to save some money on heating or cooling costs. If you’re taking a summer trip, you can often shut your thermostat off altogether, or at least set it to a very high number like 85 or 90. During winter, you have to keep the system on just to avoid frozen pipes and related water issues – but you can still lower the temperature to the 50-55 degree range without any issue.

For more on the proper temperature range for various situations, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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Combining HVAC and Landscaping Areas for Efficiency

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

combining hvac landscaping efficiencySpring is here for Utah homeowners, and that means it’s time to consider a few post-winter HVAC areas to ensure your system is ready to go for the spring and summer. For those who maintain theirs, it’s also an important time of year for landscape design and preparing the property for the growing season.

The pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, though, are here to tell you that this is one period of the year where these two areas might combine briefly. That’s right, our heating and air conditioning pros can offer you some basic expertise on how you can intelligently utilize your landscaping in ways that directly benefit your HVAC system, including saving you major costs on your bill each month. Let’s look at a few themes that are important here.

Natural Shade Options

Are you looking for a way to lower your AC and energy bills in the summer without impacting your comfort or indoor air temperature at all? Your best bet is the natural option available to you: Shade.

Your primary tools here within a landscaping perspective are trees, which can provide major shade and sun cover to huge sections of your property. Many homeowners don’t fully appreciate just how much the sun plays a role in heating your home – simply stopping it from beating down on the outer areas of your house for a few hours a day can save you untold cooling costs, up to 20 percent of your energy bill in many cases. Prioritize tall, broadleaf trees that can reach up to the highest parts of your home, including covering the roof (another major heat transfer area). If possible, look for deciduous options that will show large leaves during the summer but then shed them during the winter, allowing sun to hit the home and assist with your warming needs.

For lower areas of the home, consider shrubs and bushes. These are particularly important for stopping reflected heat, which pings off driveways, sidewalks and other surfaces and shoots into your home. Many homeowners also place shrubs around the AC unit itself to keep it cool and shaded.

Trellis or Pergola

If trees or shrubs are not realistic given your soil or other considerations, or if you simply don’t want to wait for them to grow to the proper sizes, you can consider man-made additions here as well. A trellis or pergola is the perfect choice, an item you can place against the sunniest side of your home to shade it all day long from the sun. For optimal effects, cover this area in vines, leaves or other shade providers.

Water Features

For both ambiance and some cooling effects, consider water features like ponds, waterfalls or others in your landscaping. These will cool an entire yard space by a degree or two at least, making a significant impact on the temperature of air as it reaches your home.

For more on using landscaping to improve your HVAC efficiency, or to learn about any of our heating or cooling services, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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Preventing Pest Access Via HVAC System

Friday, January 18th, 2019

preventing pest access hvacOne simple reality of any HVAC system, whether in a home or business, is that it will have some connection to the outdoors. Air has to be exchanged between outdoors and indoors as part of basic heating and cooling operations, and this does present at least the theoretical risk of various outdoor critters – from tiny pests to larger rodents – attempting to invade.

Luckily, the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air are here to help prevent this from happening to you during our various heating maintenance services. Let’s go over a few of the broad basics on pests and your home, plus how you can prevent them from invading through various HVAC-related channels.

Pests, Warmth and Indoor Locations

In general, most pests and rodents are always on the hunt for warmth and food – especially during the winter when these are less available in outdoor areas. They will go to great lengths to seek out warm areas that provide moisture and any scraps of food they can find, and when it gets cold, this often means they look to your home for refuge.

Your exact pest risks may vary based on your area or other factors, but your HVAC system has several characteristics they’ll often go for. They love to flock to moisture areas, such as leaking water heaters. Some of them are capable of chewing through significant materials, as well, meaning you have to keep yourself protected. Our next section will go over just how you can go about this.

Tips for HVAC-Related Pest Prevention

A few basic tips we can recommend for keeping your HVAC system fully protected from any pests or other invaders, both during this winter and throughout the year:

  • Seal off entry points: One of the primary aspects of our heating and air services is inspections, and one element of these inspections is checking for entry points where air might be able to get in – but also various pests. We can help you with everything from protective screens to pinpointing draft areas, which may point you to the cracks or openings where pests are entering and allow you to seal them off effectively.
  • Ductwork: Duct material can wear down over time, particularly if you have any duct tape on your vents. Make sure you regularly check your ducts for leaks, as several pests may look to nest in them if you don’t.
  • Moisture: Any puddling water is an invitation for certain pests to gather and breed, so look to prevent this however you can. Seal outdoor areas and use dehumidifiers if certain areas of your home are too humid generally.
  • Pest control and inspections: Basic pest inspections and spraying can go a long way here, as can basic HVAC inspections to ensure your system doesn’t have any easy openings for pests.

For more on preventing pest access through your HVAC system, or to learn about any of our other HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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Should I Install a Furnace or Boiler?

Monday, September 10th, 2018

radiatorIf your only concern is whether your home is being heated or not—and whether the monthly energy bill is staying at a reasonable rate—you may not have given much thought to how your heating system works. But even if you’re already satisfied with the system inside your home, it won’t hurt to know how furnaces and boilers work. And when it comes time to replace your current heating system in Salt Lake City, UT, you might find that one is more suited for your needs than the other. In this post, we’ll break down some differences between the two to help you decide.

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3 Qualities to Look for With Professional Heating Repair

Monday, February 26th, 2018

heating-repair-serviceWe’re approaching the end of heating season, as winter enters its last few weeks and spring looks to return before too much longer. This is the part of the year where heating repair calls are the most common. Most homes in the area have been running their heaters on a daily basis for several months, and all of that strain inevitable takes its toll. A good heating repair service is invaluable during the last stages of winter, and if your heater runs into trouble, you want to make sure you contact the right service to help.

It can be difficult sometimes to determine which service is the right one, however. There are a number of them in the area and most of them will do a decent job. When it comes to your heating system, however, “decent” just isn’t good enough, and while only you the homeowner can ultimately decide which service will work best for you, there are a few guidelines you can look for that can help separate the merely decent services from the really good ones.

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