Posts Tagged ‘furnace’

Furnace Running Constantly?

Whenever a cold snap hits – lower than 25 degrees here in Atlanta Metro – your furnace or heat pump may seem to run constantly, leading you to believe that perhaps your unit is too small and unable to keep up.   There is a simple explanation for this.  Every unit is installed with a “set point”.  This is a temperature determined by the United States Air Force Weather Data Service that reflects the typical coldest winter day for the area. Our set point here in the Atlanta area is 21 degrees F.  That means that whenever the temp dips below 21 degrees, your heating system should theoretically run nonstop in order to overcome the cold.  In fact, once an outside temp reaches below 21, your indoor temp could be several degrees below the thermostat setting.  This is perfectly normal. Why do our heating systems need a set point?  A set point is used to correctly size a system before installation.  By knowing where the furnace or heat pump will be installed, the installing company can determine how big the unit needs to be to keep up with the area’s weather.   A correctly sized furnace or heat pump makes the home […]

Broken Furnace in Buford or Gwinnett County and Beyond?

I’ve had a couple inquiries lately about our service area and realized it’s not posted anywhere on our site!  So until we remedy that situation, here are the areas we serve: Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Cumming, Braselton, Hoschton, Oakwood, Dacula, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Norcross, Lilburn, Alpharetta, Roswell, Atlanta 30350, Atlanta 30345, Dunwoody 30338, Chamblee, Doraville, Tucker, Decatur. We are always expanding our service area so if you are not listed above, still give us a call to doublecheck.  If not, we would be happy to refer you to another quality contractor!

Cheap Furnace Filters are Better Than Expensive Ones

Have I ever steered you wrong? Okay, there was that time I thought Starkist tuna was really chicken from the sea – oh no, that was Jessica Simpson. Sorry, I get myself mixed up with her all the time! Anyhow, I feel I have been pretty straight up with you. This entry is no exception. (Let’s just say, I haven’t made a whole lot of “inside-the-industry friends” from this blog.) Expensive pleated filters aren’t worth the money. Why? Because if your house is like most homes in Gwinnett, you have significant duct leakage; the average is about 30% lost to unconditioned areas. If that’s true, then when your hvac kicks on, it’s creating a negative pressure inside your home and your furnace is working overtime to keep up. Stuffing a nice, plump, pleated filter in it is like stuffing a blanket over your mouth when you’re trying to run uphill. Make sense? If you will not be sealing your ducts any time soon, be smart and buy the $1 filters and change them every 30 days. Now I didn’t say that these cheap filters would actually help filter your air, just that they won’t cut off your system’s circulation and […]

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