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Why Should You Consider a Two-Stage Furnace?

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Everyone knows that, in DFW, it’s hot. When we replace an HVAC system, the first thing we have check is that it is the new HVAC system is the right size to properly cool your home on the hottest day of the year. Since a large air conditioner must match up with a furnace of the same size, this means that sometimes we have to put in a furnace that is larger than what your home needs. A furnace that is too large can cause comfort issues, poor indoor air quality, and higher utility bills.

Why a Two-Stage Furnace? 

Our solution to this common problem is a two-stage furnace. The difference between a traditional furnace and the two-stage furnace is all in the name. Traditional furnaces have just one speed, so when you put the thermostat on to heat, it blasts you with 100% heating capacity. While percentages vary, a 2-stage furnace will start out at 50%-75% of capacity and then bring on the remaining heating capacity if needed to achieve the desired temperature. The reduced capacity creates a more comfortable environment that heats the home evenly.

Other Benefits

The most common application for the two-stage furnace we see is for the HVAC system on the second floor of a house. The second floor benefits from warm air rising up from below, so less heating is required to keep that area comfortable. The 2-stage furnace also corrects poor indoor air quality. When a traditional furnace comes on, it heats the house up quickly and then shuts down. This does not allow the air to circulate through the home and pass through the air filter to get purified. A two-stage furnace slows down the air flow so that more air can move through the system and the air filter. Two-stage furnaces are also quieter than their single speed counterparts.

It helps with A/C too!

Lastly, the metered air flow also helps in the cooling seasons to reduce humidity and improve comfort in your home. The air flows out of the vents in a uniform flow and doesnt hit you with a freezing blast of air. Go a step further and combo a 2-stage furnace with a 2-stage air conditioner to make a highly efficient and comfortable HVAC system.
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What To Do When a Furnace Repair Won’t Fix the Problem

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Most of us don’t think about our furnace until it stops working, but sooner or later we all will have that unfortunate experience. When we go out to check a furnace, every attempt is made to repair it. Despite our best efforts, sometimes a repair isn’t enough and replacement is the better route to go. Below are a few items to consider when deciding if your furnace should be replaced or repaired:

Frequency of Breakdowns

Since many breakdowns are tied to other parts of the furnace this is the number one consideration for furnace replacement. Are you calling your furnace repair company every winter for unexpected breakdowns? Is the cost of each breakdown slowly creeping up? We can help you navigate whether your money would be better spent on a new furnace versus repairing the existing one. 

Age

Sometimes it is just a number, and other times it is a reality. Due to our mild winters here in North Texas we get a lot of life out of our furnaces. Unfortunately, as time goes by efficiency goes down, and a new furnace could pay for itself in energy savings alone. Most new furnaces operate as much as twice the efficiency of older units. 

Maintenance History

You may take great care of your furnace or heating system, but how good did the previous owners do? A good indication is how well they kept up the rest of the property. If a lot things around the home visibly lacked maintenance, then odds are that the HVAC was neglected too. This neglect takes time off of your furnace’s life. A good tip when buying a home is to ask the owners for any maintenance records they have and contacting us to do a full inspection. 

Cost

Before you do anything, it has to make sense financially. We offer guaranteed pricing, warranties, and flexible financing options to help you with your decision should the furnace need replacement. 

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Fireplace Safety Tips

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Winter is here and although your furnace will keep the house comfortable through the cold nights, there’s hardly anything like enjoying a night at home with your family and a warm fireplace to sit around. Common sense will tell us that if you are going light a fire inside your home, safety should be the top priority. Every Winter, we hear of families being temporarily or permanently displaced due to a fire that broke out in their fireplace. Below are some fireplace tips to make sure that it is source of comfort and not concern:

Cleanliness

A clean fireplace is a happy fireplace. Make sure there is no debris or excess ashes in the fireplace before starting a new fire. Remove the cold ashes from the fireplace so that they don’t build up (Make sure they are completely extinguished!).

Overloading

Double check that the amount of wood you have in your fireplace is appropriate for the size of the hearth. Stacking too much wood can cause it to fall out of the fire as it burns down. Always use the proper safety guards to prevent wood from falling into the home.

Smoke

If smoke from the fire is present in the home, then something is wrong. Check that the flue is open and that the chimney is not blocked. Contact a professional chimney expert to verify that all parts of the chimney are functioning as they should to move smoke away from the home.

Have the Right Tools

It is a good idea to have an complete fireplace tool set so that you have what you need to safely and securely move the logs as the fire burns. Don’t be the person trying to move burning logs with a broom handle or your hands!
What fireplace safety tips are we missing?
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