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Thermostat Troubleshooting

A thermostat is a heat-activated switch. It has a temperature sensor that causes the switch to open or close which in turn completes or disrupts the electrical circuit that runs your heating and cooling system. The first thing to check if your HVAC system is not working is your thermostat. Things to Check: Is the […]

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Oil Furnaces vs. Gas Furnaces

From an environmental stand point and at the global level, gas is better than oil because natural gas produces 25 percent less carbon dioxide than oil. From a safety stand point oil is better because oil is not explosive and creates no harmful fumes. Gas furnaces are the number one cause of carbon monoxide related […]

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What Does AFUE Mean?

While an air conditioner’s efficiency is measured by its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, an electric or gas- or oil-fired furnace’s efficiency is measured by its AFUE, or Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This standard measurement is given in percentages, letting you know how much of your fuel is actually used to heat your home […]

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How Often Should I Replace My Furnace Filter?

Out of site, out of mind. This is especially true for furnace filters. When you have a clean furnace filter in place, your furnace will run optimally, keeping your home an ideal temperature. A dirty filter will inhibit the performance of your furnace. It may even cause your furnace to fail. What Kind? There are […]

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How Do I Know If I Have a Cracked Heat Exchanger?

Your helpful neighbor suggested the issue you’re having with your gas furnace sounds like it could be due to a cracked heat exchanger. What’s a heat exchanger? How can you tell if that’s what the issue is? What should you do about it?  Don’t ignore the possibility. A cracked heat exchanger in a gas furnace […]

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Why Do I Need to Schedule a Furnace Inspection?

A furnace is crucial to comfort in Alaska, but it’s so often ignored when it comes to home maintenance. Often our more visual home-maintenance projects take seniority over those harder to see, thus easier to ignore. To avoid costly, inconvenient, and possibly dangerous emergency repairs, you should always remember your regular furnace maintenance tasks, as […]

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What is Short Cycling?

Short cycling means short run time and short off time, that your furnace is turning on and off quickly and not providing the heat that your home needs. This can happen for a number of reasons. A furnace that is too big for your home is often the culprit. When your home heats too quickly, […]

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Furnace Repair and When It Is Time For a Replacement

What are the signs I need a new furnace? A new furnace is a big investment and can be a heavy cost for any homeowner. It can be hard to make the decision replace your current furnace, every furnace will need to be replaced at some point in a home’s life. In Alaska it is […]

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A Programmable Thermostat

What the big idea about a smart programmable thermostat? It makes it easier for you to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient throughout the year. It’s WiFi connected, so you can monitor your systems remotely from your computer, smart phone or tablet. If you are on vacation or just at work all day, you […]

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The Different Kinds of Furnaces

In Anchorage there is probably few appliances that are more essential to your home comfort than a furnace. There are three different types of furnaces available, and a few things that factor into which kind will work for you. You should consider your heating requirements, duct work and insulation, size of you home and number […]

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