Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for December, 2016

Adjusting the Thermostat for Cold Weather

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about heating is how to properly set the thermostat during extreme heat and cold. Since it’s winter now, we’re going to focus on how to best set the thermostat to deal with chilly weather. You might be surprised to learn the truth about how thermostats operate and how you can help save energy and give your heating system a long service life.

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How to Change the Batteries in Your Thermostat

Monday, December 19th, 2016

The thermostat is an essential part of your HVAC system, even though you may not think of it as having the same role as the air conditioner or the furnace. But without a working thermostat, you can’t communicate to your cooling and heating system, and it won’t be able to sense the temperature.

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Boilers vs. Furnaces: Which Is Better?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

When you are considering the new heating system options for a home, you have many different choices available. One of the big divides is between a furnace, which is a forced-air system, and a boiler, which is a radiant heating system. The type you choose will have a major effect on the house itself, since a furnace uses a ventilation network to distribute heat, and a boiler uses water pipes.

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There’s a Burning Smell Coming from the Furnace—What’s Wrong?

Monday, December 5th, 2016

As outdoor temperatures continue to fall with the first day of winter closing in (December 21), gas and electric furnaces all across the Tri-State area are going to turn on and get to work. During these early days of heating a home, you may run into a strange burning smell coming from the vents when the furnace is on. This is alarming, but it may not be an actual repair issue. We’ll look a bit further into the burning odors from furnaces and why it happens.

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