Saving Money on Heat

Is your energy bill too high? Are you looking for ways to cut costs? There are a number of simple things that you can do at home to save you money. Some of them are big projects but most are simple things that you can do in your day to day life that will help […]

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Why is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

Did you finally turn your furnace on this winter only to have cold air blowing out of your vents? Did your furnace stop working just when you started to need it most? There are a few reasons your furnace may be blowing cold air, and there a few things to check before you need to […]

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Oil Heating vs Gas Heating

Oil vs. Gas Heating options 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 […]

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Types of Furnaces

There are three different types of furnaces available. There are 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 of floors, and your budget. One of the certified technicians at Alkota Plumbing and Heating Inc. can […]

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Time to Schedule Your Spring Maintenance

The best time to schedule your system maintenance call is BEFORE something fails. Your furnace is too important to neglect, service yourself or wait until something breaks. Call the experts at Alkota Plumbing & Heating Inc. to come to your Anchorage, AK. home in once a year to do a routine furnace maintenance visit. If […]

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How Does My Gas Furnace Work?

Gas furnaces create heat by burning natural gas. This gas is usually methane combined with other carbon based gasses. The Ignitor The process starts with the ignitor. The ignition source for older furnaces is a pilot light, newer furnaces use an electronic starter. With a pilot light, the regulator supplies a very small bit of […]

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Your Furnace Filter: What it is and How It Works

Your furnace filter is the unsung hero of your furnace. It quietly does its job without any fuss and allows the rest of the furnace to do its job. It’s not a complicated item, but there are things you need to know about it to allow it to correctly do its job. Its Purpose The […]

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Plumbing Problems that Cost You Money

Plumbing Problems That Cost You Money Even though thinking an ostrich will hide its head in the sand to avoid danger is actually a myth, it’s no myth that many Anchorage, Ak, homeowners will ignore plumbing problems, hoping they’ll go away. That can be a costly mistake, as these problems almost never disappear on their […]

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Why Does My Pilot Light Keep Going Out?

The most common reason that your pilot light on your water heater keeps going out is a damaged, bent or dirty thermocouple. What is a thermocouple? The simple definition is that it is a device that measures temperature. More importantly it is the device that regulates the gas flow inside your water heater or furnace. […]

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Furnace Fan Setting: On vs. Auto

On your thermostat, there’s a furnace-fan setting for either “On” or “Auto.” Which option is the best choice? There are devotees of both settings, each believing their setting is the optimum one to choose. But in reality, it’s more of a pros-and-cons type of situation. It really depends on which benefits are a priority for […]

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