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

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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Cracked Heat Exchangers Require Heating Repair Services

Monday, January 15th, 2018

cracked-heat-exhcangersWith winter in full force and cold weather now the norm in our neck of the woods, your furnace is going to be seeing daily use for months to come.  You can’t always anticipate when a breakdown will occur, but they’re reasonably common this time of year and some of them can be quite dire.

Take the issue of a cracked heat exchanger, for example. It’s a dangerous situation that can actually shut your heater down, and if it happens to your system, you need to call in a repair service immediately.  It’s especially prevalent in older systems where the warranty has expired and wear and tear have taken a huge toll. Here’s a quick look at what it all means.

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Beware of Low Air Flow in Your Furnace

Monday, December 18th, 2017

low-air-flowWinter is almost here, and chances are you’ve been running your heater on a regular basis by now. That’s only going to become more frequent as 2017 draws to a close and low temperatures become a daily part of life. It’s very important to pay close attention to your heater and watch for signs of any trouble. If problems crop up, now is the ideal time to get them treated: before winter begins in earnest when you can schedule repairs at a time that is convenient to you, instead of having to run around to fix a broken heater in the middle of a cold spell later in the winter.

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Heater Repair Services Offer Benefits

Monday, December 4th, 2017

heating-repair-serviceWinter is almost here and most of us are using our heaters on a daily basis by now. That increased use means increased strain on the system as well, and that means an increased risk of a breakdown as the weather gets cold. A servicing session can catch many problems before they begin, and if you haven’t had your heater maintained in the last twelve months, now is an ideal time to schedule a session. But no system is fool-proof, and sooner or later your heater is going to require the services of a professional.

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Watch for Signs You Need Heater Repair Services

Monday, October 9th, 2017

heating-repair-serviceWe’re firing up our heaters more often these days, as the weather grows cooler and fall slowly turns to winter. If you have a problem with your heating system, now is the time to do something about it: when you still have several weeks before the cold temperatures really hit and you can schedule a repair session to deal with the issue at your leisure. That beats waiting for the problem to cause a breakdown – usually in the midst of a cold front – forcing you to scramble for repairs and possibly costing you a great deal more in the process.

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Do You Need a New Heating System?

Monday, September 11th, 2017

heating-replacement-servicesWith the official start of fall just a few days away, temperatures in the area are going to start dropping rapidly. When that happens, you need a heating system that can step up and provide warm, comfortable temperatures for your home all winter long. If there’s a problem with your existing heating system or you don’t think it will be able to last all winter, now is the time to schedule a replacement session. The comparatively mild temperatures of fall give you an excellent window to plan for such a session, and if your existing heater is on its last legs, then putting in a new one now will ensure that your home has the heating it needs all winter with no nasty surprises. But that still comes back to the basic question: do you need a new heating system?

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Time to Evaluate the State of Your Furnace

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Heating__dreamstime_xl_28529517_2-meWinter is slowly coming to an end, and while we still have several weeks of cool weather at least, the temperature is going to start climbing very soon. This makes an ideal time to evaluate the state of your furnace and to make plans for it in the off-season. Spring is perfect to schedule repairs and maintenance if your system needs it, and to plan for a replacement furnace in the vent your existing system just isn’t doing the job anymore. As the weather starts to warm up, you can take some steps to maintain your furnace and plan for further steps if necessary.

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Why Choose a Boiler Over a Furnace?

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Forced-air furnaces remain a popular choice for many homes in the Holladay, UT area. They do their jobs quite well and are simple to operate in conjunction with the ductwork in your home. But while they work well for some households, others may do better with a boiler system, which eschews the “blown air” model in favor of heated water or steam used to warm your home. If you’re looking at installing a new heating system, either now or in the spring, you should consider some of the advantages that a boiler system brings.

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