At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating Installation’

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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HVAC Installation: How to Determine the Right Company

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Winters are comparatively mild here in South Jordan, UT, which makes now the perfect time to install a new HVAC unit. If your old system gave up the ghost when the weather turned, or even if it’s simply costing you and arm and a leg every time you run it, the winter gives you the time you need to plan your operation and have a new A/C in place before you need it.

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Do You Need to Replace Your Heater?

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Fall has arrived and winter will be along soon enough, which means that Salt Lake City, UT homeowners are preparing their heating systems for another run. But if your heater has exhibited problems in the past, now is the right time to consider replacing it, before the snow falls when you can schedule a replacement session at your leisure. It can be tough to tell when you need to replace your heater or whether a simple maintenance session is enough to do the job. Specifics vary from home to home and only you can decide when the time is right. But here are a few simple guidelines to help you along.

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How Energy Efficiency Factors Into Furnace Installation

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Saving money is important to many homeowners when it comes to installing large appliances, but when it comes to saving money on furnaces, inexpensive units may actually come with a price tag later on. When you want to save money on a furnace installation, it’s best to think about the cost benefits over time. An electric furnace is cheaper and less time-consuming to install, but the cost of running an electric unit is a bit more than running a gas furnace. And a gas furnace can still run inefficiently if it does not have a high AFUE.

Learn about how to get the most out of heating installation in Salt Lake City with our guide to furnace efficiency ratings, and be sure to schedule service with the knowledgeable professionals of At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air.


You can find out how efficient your unit is by checking the AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency), a measure of how much energy a heating system uses to heat a given space. A higher percentage indicates greater efficiency. An AFUE of 80%, for example, uses 80% of the energy it consumes to heat your home, while the rest of the energy escapes elsewhere. Many furnaces today have an efficiency rating of 90% AFUE or more, and the most efficient units receive the coveted ENERGY STAR label.

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ENERGY STAR seals and the AFUE number are a great starting point in determining your environmental impact and how much you can save from month to month. However, these energy ratings will mean almost nothing if your unit is not installed correctly. Proper installation involves some complicated factors that often include some difficult equations and professional expertise. If your furnace is too big or too small, it may waste energy trying to get your home to the proper temperature. If the venting system does not allow combustion gases to vent properly, it will shut off frequently, also wasting energy. Even a loose screw can have an impact on the operation of the furnace.

At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air provides professional heating installation in Salt Lake City by professionals with years of experience. Call us today!

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Why AFUE Ratings Matter When Installing a New Heater

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Of the many technical specifications you will find on a furnace, boiler, or radiant heater, one of the most important to understand is AFUE. When you are planning a new heating installation in Salt Lake City, UT, the AFUE of the unit is crucial. In this post, we’ll explain what this rating means and why you need to know it.

At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air is available to assist you with any needs you have for your upcoming heating system installation in Salt Lake City. We install all kinds of heaters and can help you navigate the maze of models and specifications to the right system for your home.

Just what is AFUE?

The initials AFUE stand for annual fuel utilization efficiency. This is a measure, expressed as a percentage, of how thoroughly a heating system converts its energy source into heat. If a heating system has an AFUE rating of 80%, it means that for every 100 units of heating fuel made available (natural gas, propane, oil), the heater returns 80 units of heat (measured as BTUs, British thermal units). The higher the AFUE rating, the more completely the heater burns its fuel and the less fuel that becomes exhaust waste.

Standard AFUE ratings vary widely according to unit. U.S. regulations require furnaces to score equal to or higher than 78%, and to qualify for the U.S. ENERGY STAR label, they must have an AFUE of 85% or above. Boilers tend to score higher AFUE than furnaces, and gas power in general has superior AFUE ratings than other fuel sources. High efficiency condensing furnaces can sometimes reach 98% AFUE.

Just how important is AFUE?

Knowing how high a heater’s AFUE rating is will help you predict how much you can expect to spend on your heating bill. This is a key factor in determining your yearly budget. If you compare the AFUE rating of your current heater to that of the one you plan for the replacement installation, you’ll have an idea of how much less (or possibly more) you will spend each year.

In general, heaters with higher AFUE ratings will cost more to install upfront. You will need to balance your long-term savings with your immediate budget to decide what AFUE rating is the best for you. However, you don’t need to make this choice on your own. Professional installers will help determine how much savings you can expect from a heating system over the years. Although AFUE is a very important factor for choosing your heating installation in Salt Lake City, UT, it isn’t the only factor.

Take the time to contact At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air and speak to our heating installation professionals. If you start with skilled installers, you will end up with the right heater for your home.

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What to Look for When Buying a New Heater

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Are you in the market for a new heater? Has your existing one failed permanently? Are you starting from scratch in a new home? There are numerous factors to consider when shopping for a new heater. You need to make sure that you have high quality equipment at all times, but also that you hire a quality contractor so that it runs according to manufacturer specifications. At Your Service Heating and Air offers excellent heating installation services in Salt Lake City, including furnaces, boilers, and comprehensive radiant heat systems. Let us find you a new heater.

  • Budget. First and probably foremost, you need to find a heater that works within your budget. This is especially important, because it can help you choose right off the bat what system types and brands will or will not work for you. Know what you can spend and work with your contractor to find a system that meets your budgetary requirements while also being effective and efficient.
  • Size. When shopping for a new heater, you need to make sure that your heater is appropriately sized. This is an incredibly important factor to the future success of your heating system and to the future comfort of your home. You simply cannot expect an overly small or large heater to perform properly. An overly large heater will be inefficient and may be subject to additional wear and tear. An overly small heater will have to work too hard to keep up with your heating requirements.
  • Type. A furnace is an effective and powerful heater that is often used throughout homes in our service area. It uses gas or electricity to create thermal energy. Ductwork draws in your home’s air, heats it, and then returns it to the living space. A boiler, on the other hand, does not heat your air, but rather heats objects within your living space. This ensures that your heat does not merely rise to the ceiling and stay there.

Call At Your Service Heating and Air today for professional heating installation in salt Lake City.

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