December 2014

Heating System Preventative Maintenance in Sonoma & Glen Ellen

The logic of it is inescapable:  have your heating system professionally maintained once a year, and it’s bound to serve you better and cost less to run.

And yet, most people resist and put off getting the work done?  Frankly, they’re afraid they’re going to get bad news regarding a needed repair or, quite frankly, that repair problems will be invented in an effort to drive up the cost of the service call.boden

Last thing first.  If you’re really concerned about phony heating problems suddenly appearing out of nowhere, then you may just have the wrong heating company working for you.  Honest folks who depend on your satisfaction and favorable comments wouldn’t stoop to such tactics.  Enough said on that score.

And then there’s the other matter – you know, what if a legitimate problem is found, one that you’d rather not deal with at the moment as the cost to repair it simply isn’t in your budget?  Well, consider the following:  we have yet to meet the furnace that was able to repair itself.  And not only is the problem not going to get better by leaving it alone, it’s only going to get worse and, ultimately, more costly to repair.

And now back to the moral of our story:  as in, the whole point of annual heating system preventative maintenance is just that, i.e., to help prevent repair problems in the first place.  When we’re able to do that, we’re also able to prolong the life of your system, provide you with cleaner indoor air, and help lower your monthly heating costs.

Also, don’t forget the safety factor.  Your heart of your gas furnace, for example, is the heat exchanger.  Left unattended, heat exchangers can eventually crack, thus releasing harmful gas and carbon monoxide into your indoor air.  And there’s nothing good about that.

Truth be told, the home comfort professionals at Boden Plumbing Heating & Air derive  our greatest satisfaction out of helping you heat and cool your home at the lowest possible annual cost.  And one of the best tools we have to achieve that goal is annual heating system preventative maintenance.  So why not call today and schedule one of your own.  Oh, and as for reporting phony problems with your furnace.  Our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau tells you it just ain’t so.

What to Look for in a New or Replacement Furnace in Santa Rosa and Sonoma Valley

blogIf you’ve decided not to wait for your furnace to completely fail on you and go ahead and replace it proactively, first of all, good move.

Why? Because that gives you more time to make an informed and more comfortable decision. Especially when you consider that, with proper maintenance, the next furnace you buy should last you for up to 20 years.

So, as you begin to weigh your options, here are a few very important factors to keep in mind:

The Contractor

Nothing’s more important than who you hire to size and install your new furnace. We’re not saying that all furnaces are created equal, but there are so many good brands on the market, it’s difficult to go wrong and even more difficult to find huge differences from one brand to another. That’s your professional heating contractor comes in. They start by properly sizing your system which is crucial to its ultimate longevity and your annual energy savings.

Variable Speed Model

If your current system is built during the Jurassic period, then no doubt it runs at a single fan speed. By contrast, today’s variable speed furnaces allow you to control exactly how much heat you receive at any point during the day. Equally important, a variable speed system will save you gobs of money on your home heating costs as they operate in a continuous fan mode, which means no sudden blasts to heat to get things warm again, just a nice steady flow, all day and night long.

Indoor Air Quality

If you or any member of your family struggles with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory ailments, you can do yourselves wonders by purchasing a new furnace with a built-in, whole-house air purifier. These are designed to trap more than 99% of airborne pollutants as they attempt to pass through the system’s filter. Plus, the filters themselves are low maintenance and require cleaning only about every 6 months.

Balanced Humidity

No need to tell you that indoor winter heat is a dry heat. So dry, at times, that it can cause bloody noses, dry, itchy skin, and other problems. But you can avoid all that with a built-in humidity control system where you can maintain balanced humidity levels all year long for greater indoor comfort and lower heating and cooling costs.

At Boden Plumbing Heating & Air, we understand that buying a new furnace can be a complicated and difficult process, but not when you choose us. We’ll explain all your options in easy-to-understand language and, more importantly, give you more than one option to choose from. That way, you’re more likely to get exactly the right new furnace for your family’s needs, home, and budget. Call us today to request a free in-home consultation.