Pros and Cons of Gas Furnaces for Heating

Are you considering a new installation for your heating needs? One option is a gas furnace, a popular choice for providing excellent heat for your home. Gas furnaces have both pros and cons, which you should consider before choosing this heating source for your home. Here are some of the basic benefits and disadvantages to consider before you choose a furnace for your heating needs.

Gas Furnace Pros

Natural gas furnaces are one of the most common types of furnaces, and for good reasons. Many towns and cities have easy availability to natural gas, a convenient fuel source that is piped directly to the home. Some of the pros of a gas furnace include:

  • Gas furnaces are efficient, using less energy and a clean source of fuel for combustion. A small amount of electricity is needed, but energy use is low, and the cost is low for heating compared to many other heat sources.
  • Good air quality. Gas furnaces filter the air from your home to remove contaminants, helping improve air quality.
  • Quick heating. Compared to heat pumps and some other heating options, gas furnaces can provide quicker heating in colder weather.

Gas Furnace Cons

While adding a gas furnace can be quick and convenient for many homeowners, it is not always the best choice. Retrofitting an older home for new duct work and gas line connections can be time consuming and expensive. Another issue is safety. While rare, gas leaks are possible, which can pose a risk to your home and family.

If you are in the market for a new heat source, consider a gas furnace. If your home is already equipped with the proper duct work and easy gas connections, it can be an efficient, effective heating option with low cost benefits.

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Western Aire Heating & Cooling
264 Buchanan Highway
Dallas, GA 30157
(770) 505-7426

Ductless Mini Splits for Single-Area Climate Control

There are times when you need to add heating and cooling to a room or area, but connecting it to a home’s main HVAC system is not possible or would not be efficient. There are options for providing a single area with climate control, without adding duct work or connecting it to an existing furnace or air conditioning unit. Ductless mini splits are the perfect solution for providing an efficient heat and cooling source to a garage, spare room or other confined areas. Here are some of the benefits of using mini splits in your home.

  • No ductwork. Adding duct work to connect a garage or addition onto your central HVAC system can be expensive. Mini splits are individually operated and can be added anywhere you need heating and cooling.
  • Energy efficiency. A separate heating or cooling unit can be an energy-efficient option for rooms that are rarely used or do not have their own vents. It is more efficient to only use the climate control when needed, instead of heating or cooling rooms that are not in use.
  • Ductless mini splits can be installed with programmable thermostats that can help keep energy costs low. Program to turn heating or cooling down or off as needed to save on electricity when not in use.
  • If you want climate control in zones, mini splits can be used for individual rooms to manage costs and differing climate needs. This can be perfect for keeping rooms “warm” in the winter, but not at the temperature of the rest of the home.

If you are interested in installing a ductless mini split in your home, contact your local HVAC service to learn more about the cost and options available.

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Western Aire Heating & Cooling
Marietta, GA 30066
(770) 505-7426

Why Keeping HVAC Equipment Updated is Profitable

Whether you own a small to medium business or run a large corporation, overhead costs are always a concern. Heating and cooling your business is a major expenditure that can cut into profits. While it can be expensive to invest in new HVAC equipment and upgrades, it is a wise investment to make. Often the money you spend on improving your cooling and heating system can lower your overhead and even pay for itself in the long run. 

Options for Improved Commercial HVAC Efficiency

If your commercial HVAC system is outdated, you are most likely paying more in energy bills than is needed. HVAC systems have vastly improved in efficiency in the last decade, both at the residential and commercial levels. There are many different options to improve efficiency depending on the type of business you run and the region where you live. Regardless of the type of HVAC system you use, one option that can improve your efficiency is automation.

Installing a commercial HVAC automation system allows you to have better control over your heating and cooling use. These advanced systems allow for customized climate control management 24/7, giving you a more precise application to control your HVAC use. While there is an initial investment, there is an excellent return in efficiency savings. Many companies can cover the cost of installing automation within a few years with their energy savings. This coupled with upgraded HVAC equipment that uses less energy can have a sizable impact on your overhead and profitability.

Stop wasting money on your industrial heating and cooling bills. Check into upgrading your HVAC equipment and switching to an automated system to save money and increase your profits.

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JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

Mildew on My Woodwork: What’s Wrong?

When you notice your wood baseboards or window sills are covered in mildew, it can be alarming. Not only is this unhealthy and bad for your expensive woodwork, it can mean there is a problem with moisture in your home. Mildew growing on surfaces is a sign that you may need to consider a change in your HVAC system.

Mildew flourishes in high-moisture air and unventilated areas. It is normal to have mildew appear in high humidity rooms like your bathroom, especially when it is not properly ventilated. However, it should be easy to control if you have a good HVAC system and air filter. Circulating and filtering the air helps remove moisture and mold spores from the air, keeping mildew at bay. However, if your HVAC system is not working properly, or there is high humidity in your region, you may experience mold and mildew in your home.

Combatting High Humidity

To stop mildew and mold, you must reduce the humidity in your home. Ideally, the humidity in your home should average about 40-50% to keep mold and mildew at bay. If you have been having mildew problems, call your local HVAC service. They can test the humidity in your air and do a complete inspection on your HVAC system. It may need a tune-up, new filter or duct cleaning to improve your air quality. If the humidity in your home is too high, they can recommend a dehumidification system that can be added to your HVAC to lower the moisture content in your air.

Mildew on woodwork and other surfaces should be taken seriously, as you may have mold growing in other areas in your home. Talk to your HVAC service company to find a solution to keep your home mold and mildew free.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
Buford, GA 30519
(770) 475-9528

Maintenance Checklist for Your Heating System

Whether you have a furnace or heat pump, maintaining your system can help it run more efficiently and extend the life of your equipment. Maintenance is key to keeping energy and repair costs low. Don’t wait for a problem to arise before you get your heating system the maintenance it needs. Here is a checklist of maintenance items that should be done throughout the year on your heating system.

  • Check and replace filters as needed. Many heating system filters need to be changed monthly or bi-monthly during the colder seasons. Make sure to check your filter each month and change out as needed. This improves your air quality and energy efficiency.
  • Check and clean vents. Blockages in your vents can waste energy when heating your home. Make sure all vents are delivering warm air and clean them as needed.
  • Program your thermostat. Save money on your heating bill by making sure your thermostat is properly programmed. Lower the heat when no one is home and set the max setting at 68 degrees when you are home.
  • Schedule a tune-up. At least once a year your heating system should be serviced by your HVAC company. Fall is a good time to get your system tuned-up, but if you missed your maintenance, it is better late than never. Get on a routine of servicing your A/C in the spring and your heating system in the fall to keep your HVAC system in good shape all year round.

Routine HVAC maintenance can ensure your heating system is ready to tackle the winter months. Keep up with filter and vent checkups every month to ensure the best efficiency for your heating system all winter long.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
3870 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Suite 340-129
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 475-9555

Is Your Furnace Telling You It Is Time to be Replaced?

Furnaces can last 10-20 years, sometimes even longer, but they do eventually need to be replaced. With ongoing repairs, a furnace may continue working, but that is not necessarily the best option. Replacing your furnace may be a major expense, but it can save you money in the long run. Your furnace may already be alerting you that it needs to be replaced. Here are some of the signs:

  • More noise. If your furnace is getting noisier each year, even with regular tune-ups, it may be trying to tell you it is time for new heating system. If your furnace is 15 years old or older, it is unlikely to quiet down with service, but the noise lets you know it is coming to the end of its lifespan.
  • Soot or rust around vents. Older furnaces that use fuel tend to create more CO2 that can lead to rust and soot in your ducts and around your vents. This can affect your home’s air quality, as well as drying out the materials in your home.
  • Higher energy bills. Does your heating bill go up every year? It may not be just higher fuel or energy costs; your furnace may be less efficient. Newer furnaces are more efficient and can help you pay for your new model over a few years of lower heating bills.
  • More repairs. If you are on a first-name basis with your furnace repairman, it may be time to replace your furnace. Repairs can keep your furnace running, but in the long run, it will cost you more.

If these signs are occurring with your furnace, talk to your local HVAC contractor about the new options available. You can save money off your monthly heating bill and have fewer repairs with the purchase of a newer, more efficient furnace for your home.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
5950 Shiloh Road East
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 475-9555

Signs that You May Need a Dehumidifier in Your Home

Humidity can be an issue, especially in certain regions of the country. The southeast is particularly prone to high humidity, which can affect the comfort and air quality in your home. Humid air is not just uncomfortable, it can cause damage to wood and other materials in your home. Mold can lead to expensive repairs and put your family’s health at risk. Here are a few signs that you may need to lower the humidity in your home with a dehumidifier.

  • Musty smell. The distinct musty smell of mildew is a sign you may have too much humidity in your home. This means there is mold in your home, whether it is hiding in cardboard boxes in the garage or growing in the corners of your bathroom.
  • Condensation on windows. If you notice constant condensation on windows or glass doors in your home, too much humidity may be a problem. This water condensation can ruin the trim and molding around doors and windows; it can also lead to dangerous black mold that can release harmful spores into the air.
  • Mold growth on walls, doors and ceiling is a bad sign. This means the air is humid enough to allow mold to grow on an open surface. Cleaning the mold off the surface is only a temporary fix – you need to control the moisture levels in your home.

If you have any of these signs of humidity or the humidity level in your home is constantly spiking above 50-60%, you should consider adding a whole home dehumidifier to your HVAC system. This can improve your air quality, protecting your home and family.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
3870 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Suite 340-129
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 475-9555

Benefits of Owning a Heat Pump

If you are considering upgrading your HVAC system, you may have wondered whether a heat pump could have advantages over a traditional heating and air conditioning system. Of course, air quality and comfort are important, so you want to ensure that the system you choose will give you and your family the environment you prefer. Here are some benefits that heat pumps offer to help you determine if this system would be a better choice for your home.

  • Energy efficiency. Heat pumps can offer savings on your energy bill. Heating costs can be reduced by up to 40% versus electrically heat.
  • Safe surfaces. Heat pumps do not create hot surfaces that can create an unsafe environment. This reduces fire hazards and burn possibilities for small children or pets.
  • Environmentally-friendly. Heat pumps do not use fuels that can harm the environment – no gas, wood, smoke or oils, just a transfer of air to heat or cool your home.
  • Lower humidity. The transfer of air allows for better control of humidity in your home. The air is automatically circulated and excess moisture in the air is collected in the unit as it passes through, draining outside to keep humidity levels low.
  • Temperature control. Heat pumps can bring in warm air or work in reverse to release warm air for temperature control. Use automatic settings to control when the pump is turned on for better energy efficiency.

Heat pumps are great for mild climates when winters are not too severe and summer heat is not overbearing. To learn more about the benefits of heat pumps and to determine if they are a good fit for your home, talk to your local HVAC service provider.

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Western Aire Heating & Cooling
Marietta, GA 30066
(770) 505-7426

4 Reasons to Reinsulate Your Home

Do you have adequate insulation in your home? Many older homes and some newer ones do not have adequate insulation for maximum efficiency. Some homes have little or no insulation, making it harder to keep them cool or warm. Since insulation is hidden away in walls, attics and crawl spaces, you may not know what amount of insulation you have. Here are four reasons to check your insulation levels and consider reinsulating if they are not sufficient.

  1. Energy savings. Insulation helps keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer during the winter. This added layer of insulating materials in your walls can reduce your energy usage and have a significant impact on your utility bills.
  2. Insulation settling. Even if you have insulation, it may have settled over the years. Investing in new insulation, preferably blown-in insulation, can improve the level of insulation in your home.
  3. Sound-proofing. An added benefit of more insulation is how it helps sound-proof your home. Keep outdoor noises dulled and reduce the sounds that leave your home for improved privacy. Adding insulation in the interior walls can help muffle sounds – this is perfect for noisy rooms like the kid’s play room or a theatre room in your home.
  4. Keep it green. New insulation can help you reduce the energy you use, reducing pollution and use of natural resources. Make sure to choose a green option in insulation like blown-in R19 that is made from recycled products.

A well-insulated home can make it more comfortable all year round and save you money on your energy bills. If you think you may be losing heat or cold air through thinly insulated walls, call your local HVAC service to have an efficiency evaluation performed.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
5950 Shiloh Road East
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 475-9555

Is Your Commercial HVAC Control System Out-of-Date?

In many manufacturing environments, controlling the air quality is vital for production. Many products require a stabilized temperature and high levels of air purity during production. While you can manually manage your HVAV system with an older pneumatic system, digital direct controls or automation systems offer a higher level of sophistication and management. If you are relying on an older control system for your HVAC system, it may be time to upgrade.

Upgrading to Automation

While digital direct controls offer more accuracy than traditional pneumatic systems for commercial HVAC control, automation offers more advantages. Automation reduces the need for constant manual monitoring on the production floor, regulating temperatures and air quality within set parameters. Automation can be retrofitted to an older system or integrated with a new HVAC system.

HVAC automation allows you to set your HVAC system controls to regulate all aspects of the environment and air quality. You can set fault detection alarms that can alert your management team 24/7 through remote access. This ensures that any issues are resolved immediately, reducing lost productivity and damaged products. Some other benefits include:

  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Automated data collection
  • 24/7 access to controls via computer/mobile devices
  • Off-site monitoring for multiple locations

Advanced commercial HVAC automation systems may require an initial investment, but can save your company money in the long run. Reduced labor, lower energy costs and increased productivity can all impact the savings that automated controls can offer for your commercial HVAC system.

If you are ready to upgrade the control system for your commercial HVAC, consider automation. Improve your ability to control your commercial HVAC system and see a return on your investment with better quality and higher productivity.

Posted on behalf of:
JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600