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5 Tips for Maintaining Your FurnaceIn Fort Wayne, winter can be serious business. That's why it's important that your furnace is running right. Today's furnaces are generally very reliable, as long as you keep up good annual maintenance. Scheduling regular maintenance can help detect small problems so they can be corrected before they evolve into major repairs or even replacements.

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The Importance of Regular Furnace MaintenanceFall is here, which means it won’t be long before colder temperatures will be felt in the Hoosier state. Before winter arrives, it’s important to have your home’s furnace maintained and inspected by your local trusted HVAC company. Regular preventive furnace maintenance provides multiple benefits for you and your heating system. Here is an explanation of some of them:

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Radiant Floor Heating: Considerations for InstallationRadiant floor heating can provide a viable alternative to a conventional forced-air furnace. Blowing hot air throughout the house through ductwork brings certain drawbacks when it comes to temperature consistency and maximum efficiency. A hydronic radiant floor heating system, however, circulates hot water through a grid of tubes installed in the floor, turning the entire floor surface into a heat mass that radiates gentle, continuous warmth.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Are They Installed Properly?Your heating system, cooking equipment, and any other appliance that burns fuel create carbon monoxide (CO). Normally, this toxic gas is safely vented outside. A CO leak can be lethal, making it necessary to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. While manufacturer's instructions for CO detector placement vary, there are some general rules you should remember.

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Here's What You Need to Know About Heat ExchangersAll gas furnaces use a heat exchanger to transfer the heat the gas creates. Normally, heat exchangers sit next to the furnace burners and heat up just like a pan on the stove. These parts, made from metal, absorb heat and the air that the blower sends over it warms. It enters the ductwork and heats your home.

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Homeowners' Guide to Furnace ComponentsThere are many different components inside your furnace that work together to keep you and your family warm. Knowing what these components are and how they work is helpful when you're dealing with an HVAC technician and helps you see the significance of having your system regularly maintained. Here are the key components of your heating system.

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Replacing the Furnace Motor: ECM or PSC?Furnace motors are made to last for several years in most cases, but they don’t last forever. If your motor is showing signs of serious wear and tear or if it’s broken, you’ll need to consider furnace motor replacement. Keep in mind that you don’t have to automatically go with the same type as your current one. The following information can help you choose between an ECM and PSC motor.

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Save Energy this Winter with a Variable-Speed FurnaceColder temperatures will be coming to the Fort Wayne area soon, which means it's almost time to start heating your home. Having your furnace run most of the time when it’s freezing outside helps keep you warm, but also leads to high heating bills. You can save money this winter while still heating your home by having a variable-speed furnace installed.

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Learn the Basics about Radiant FlooringHomeowners are always looking for the best and most cost-efficient way to heat their home. Today, more homeowners than ever are considering radiant flooring. With steady improvements in radiant flooring, this system is now one of the best, as well as economical, ways to heat your home.

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Heat Pump or Furnace? Make the Best Decision for Your New Haven HomeThere are many factors to weigh when shopping for a new heating system. The energy source, for one, must be available. Additionally, system size and heat output should adequately meet, but not exceed your home’s load. In some instances, you may also consider additional services when applicable, such as home cooling and water heating.

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How to Interview Your HVAC ContractorIf you need a new air conditioner, heating system or HVAC repair work in your Fort Wayne area home, you likely will contact at least one HVAC contractor in your area for estimates. Comparing different contractors can be tricky, but you can increase the chances that you will hire the right professional if you:

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Hartman 9.19.13A long cold Indiana winter can cause your heating bills to skyrocket if your home isn’t properly insulated. The heat from you home will always move to colder areas, including your garage, attic and outside the home. This puts an unnecessary workload on your furnace in the winter and your air conditioning unit in the summertime, unless your home has a proper thermal barrier.

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