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5 Common Home Heating Mistakes

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With cold temperatures in full swing, you’re likely spending more time indoors with the heater turned on. To help you keep energy costs in check while maintaining home comfort, we’re sharing five of the most common home heating mistakes and how you can avoid making them.

1. Heating Your Home When Nobody’s Home

Are you regularly out of the house for more than a few hours at a time? Whether you’re at work or away for the weekend, it doesn’t make sense to heat a home when no one is there. A programmable thermostat can help you regulate the temperature to your daily schedule. You can also program it to warm up the house before you return home or wake up in the morning. Making this one change can save you substantially on your monthly utility bill.

2. Leaving Windows Open or Unlocked

Besides being a safety concern, open and unlocked windows let in cold air. If it’s cold enough to turn on the heat, first check to make sure windows are securely closed to prevent cold air from infiltrating your home and letting warm air escape.

3. Forgetting to Turn Off Exhaust Fans

Exhaust fans are great for reducing moisture and unpleasant odors from your home. However, they also draw warm air out. So, make sure to turn off exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen once you’re finished using them.

4. Cranking the Thermostat

Turning your thermostat to a temperature higher than you need doesn’t heat your home faster. You’ll only be running it longer than you need to, resulting in higher utility bills. In other words, only turn the thermostat to the temperature you want.

5. Neglecting to Schedule Regular Maintenance

Your heat pump or furnace is a complex piece of equipment that requires regular upkeep to stay efficient. If you haven’t scheduled a tune up lately, give Bruce’s a call today at 480-968-5652. A tune up of your heating unit, includes identifying and addressing small issues before they become major problems, helps extend the life your HVAC system, and keeps your utility costs down.

Call an HVAC expert at Bruce’s today at 480-968-5652.

Furnace Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore

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January is the month when furnaces are actually being used throughout the greater Phoenix area. In fact, evenings and early mornings can be downright chilly. But, what about those noises? If you’re furnace is making unusual sounds, keep reading…

Noises are an indicator that your furnace likely needs maintenance or repair. Some sounds are even clues that your furnace could be putting your household at risk. Here’s what to listen for:

  • Clicking – A clicking sound may mean a faulty flame sensor or a malfunction between the ignition and the gas. Both of these problems require immediate attention.
  • Rattling – Intermittent or continuous rattles coming from your furnace can be a signal that you have worn or broken components in the motor or fan. Again, you’ll want to get this checked out sooner than later.
  • Screeching – Screeching or squealing sounds can possibly be a faulty belt or fan motor. Both are simple fixes but require the assistance of an experienced HVAC technician.
  • Chirping – Does it sound like a bird is in your furnace? No, you’re not going crazy. It could be a problem with the fan belts, or you just may need a seasonal tune up.
  • Booming – This is the big daddy of furnace sounds that can alarm unsuspecting homeowners – and for good reason. Especially in older models, a booming sound can indicate a buildup of gas from a delay in the ignition. Call an HVAC contractor immediately – especially if you also smell an odor of natural gas.

A Safe, Efficient Furnace Begins with Maintenance

Routine maintenance on your furnace is essential for ensuring it remains in good working order. If it has been more than a year since the last inspection of your furnace, give Bruce’s a call. We can help you identify the noises of your furnace and get it back to running in tip-top shape.

At the first sound of furnace trouble, call Bruce’s at 480-968-5652.

How to Hire an HVAC Company

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In Arizona, we’re known for our spectacular weather. But we still get chilly temperature dips in the winter, and of course, summers can be brutal. Naturally, you rely on your home’s HVAC system to keep you comfortable throughout the year. This means having a reliable source for both regular HVAC maintenance and unexpected repairs. Regardless of the size, brand, or type of system you have, you don’t want to take chances with a less than professional HVAC company. Before you schedule service with any service provider, it’s just common sense to follow these tips:

Check Out the Company’s Website

These days, an online presence is essential for any HVAC company. Take a look at their website, read their blog posts, and find out about their services. Do you see a professional site or lots of typos, grainy images, and outdated information? A website is often a reflection of how a business is being managed.

Research the HVAC Company’s Reputation

A qualified HVAC company will have plenty of experience and a proven track record of success. This means happy customers who leave online reviews. Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, and Google Reviews should all be consistently favorable.

Ask about Credentials

So, their website looks good, and there are some positive reviews. The next step is to find out about their credentials. Credible HVAC service providers will always be licensed and insured. This information should be available on their website. You can also call to ask if licenses and policies are kept up to date. Copies of documents should be made available upon request.

Get an Estimate

Service rates can vary widely amongst HVAC companies. While you want to choose a quality company, you also want to pay a fair price for service. Trustworthy service providers will provide you with a clear, written estimate for work that needs to be done before starting.
At Bruce’s, we understand just how important your HVAC system is to you and your family. This is why we’re here to provide you with professional, reliable, friendly, and affordable service.

Call us today at 480-968-5652 to find out more about our services or to get an estimate on repairs, maintenance, or replacement.

Don’t Forget Your HVAC System in 2021

With the year coming to an end, you may be pondering New Year’s resolutions. While some may plan to hit the gym more or better budget their money in 2021, you can resolve to make your HVAC system a priority. Here’s how to do just that.

  1. Check your system’s vents and registers to ensure furniture or household items are not obstructing them.
  2. Schedule monthly air filter replacements. This will optimize your system, improve your indoor air quality and save you money on monthly utility bills.
  3. Schedule twice per year maintenance tune ups for your HVAC system – ideally in the spring and fall. Regular maintenance checks increase the overall efficiency of your HVAC system and substantially decrease the chance of having mechanical problems and breakdowns.
  4. Upgrade to a programmable thermostat which can enable you to control what times of day your HVAC system runs. This will decrease energy costs and lessen the burden on your system.

Haven’t thought about your HVAC system recently? It’s important to remember what an important role it plays in keeping you and your family happy and healthy all year long. By following these simple resolutions, your system will run smoothly and efficiently throughout the year.

Stay Up to Date with Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating

At Bruce’s, we understand how important home comfort is in the Greater Phoenix area. That’s why we are dedicated to making it as easy as possible to keep your HVAC system running throughout the year. This includes offering a comprehensive preventive maintenance plan that can help you stay on track. Call us today to learn more at 480-968-5652.

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2021!

Wishing You and Your Family a Happy Holiday

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Christmas 2020 will not be like any other Christmas. But, perhaps even more than ever, it’s important to be grateful this holiday and to appreciate what we all have. At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you. It’s our wonderful customers that make our business possible. We appreciate each and every day for you trusting us to be your HVAC service provider.

We know that you have many options when it comes to repairs and installation. We’re thankful to be able to serve you. And, as a reminder, we’re always here to help ensure your home comfort. Even on Christmas day, we can assist with your HVAC needs. Our line is open, and we do understand that HVAC issues can come up at the most challenging of times. If you have a furnace or heat pump-related challenge this holiday, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re always here with 24/7 emergency service. Call an expert at 480-968-5652.