Bud Matthews Services Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Is a Ductless System Effective for Home Heating?

Monday, November 26th, 2018

ductless-mini-split-on-the-wallIf you think of a central heating system for a home that doesn’t use any ducts, you might first think of a hydronic boiler system. It’s true that boilers don’t need any ductwork because they send heat into rooms by circulating hot water into terminal points, such as radiators. These objects radiate heat off in waves directly into the rooms.

But unless a home was constructed to work from a boiler system originally, using a boiler isn’t an option for a new heating installation or replacement—not unless the home undergoes extensive restoration. What we mean when we talk about “ductless heating” is a ductless mini split heat pump, a forced-air system that is able to provide multiple rooms with heated air, but doesn’t need a ventilation system to transport the air.

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The Way Furnace Energy Efficiency Is Measured

Monday, November 12th, 2018

money-savings-houseEnergy efficiency is a major concern homeowners have when they are shopping for new appliances. Because furnaces are vital for home comfort and consume large amounts of energy during the winter, their efficiency ratings are important to consider when the time comes for a new system installation.

If you are currently in the process of replacing a furnace, or putting in the first furnace in a home, you might be wondering how to read efficiency ratings. We’re glad to help, and we can deliver any furnace service in Durham, NC and the surrounding areas you may need.

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Uneven Heating: Why It’s Happening in Your Home

Monday, October 15th, 2018

cold-sweater-manWe know the weather is still warm, but it’s already time to consider your home’s central heating—because soon it will be one of the most crucial systems in your house. We strongly advise you have regular maintenance for your heater with our technicians. We make it simple with our HVAC maintenance agreement. Once you have this service completed, your home’s heating system has the best chance of running through the winter without major problems.

However, maintenance cannot stop all problems, particularly for an old heating system. One trouble you may run into is uneven heating around your home. Family members may start to complain about their rooms feeling too cold, while elsewhere you may encounter rooms becoming too stuffy. Why does this happen? There are several possible explanations.

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How Ductless Heating (And Cooling) Saves Money

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

ductless-wall-unitIt’s midwinter, and you’re debating replacing your old heating system with a new one. Or you’re considering a new house construction or remodeling in the coming spring. We recommend you think about having a ductless heating system installed, i.e. a ductless mini split heat pump.

There are multiple reasons to look into ductless systems, such as the improvements in indoor air quality and the flexibility they offer for homes. One benefit that’s often overlooked is the savings a household can enjoy thanks to a ductless heating system. Compared to standard forced-air systems like a furnace, a ductless mini split heat pump can save 30–40% off energy costs.

Below are some of the ways you’ll recoup the costs on a ductless heating installation—and then keep on saving:

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The Season of the Fireplace—But Does Yours Need Repairs?

Monday, December 11th, 2017

fireplace-holiday-coupleWhen the holiday season at the end of the year arrives, it’s time to put the hearth in a home to good use. Fireplaces rarely serve as the sole heating system for a modern household. They’re mostly there to provide atmosphere and beauty. A great fireplace offers an addition to a home that’s almost impossible to best when it comes to winter cheer. (Yes, you can stream images of a fireplace on your television monitor, but it’s not quite the same, is it?)

However, if you have a fireplace in your home, you should know if it’s in good shape to use before you put in the first crackling fire of the season. Let’s take a look at fireplace repair in Durham, NC and if you need to have it done.

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Our HVAC Maintenance Agreement Is What Your Heater Needs This Fall

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

open-furnaceNow that it’s officially fall—there’s no arguing it when the calendar says “October”—it’s time to start planning. And we don’t just mean for a Halloween costume or party. This is the time of year to start preparing your home for winter weather, getting everything squared away before the real cold temperatures strike, and they can strike much earlier than we want them to.

There are a number of important steps you can take for your plumbing to prevent dreaded pipe freeze, but in this post we’re going to talk about how to stop you and your family from freezing: arranging for maintenance for your home heating system with our HVAC maintenance agreement.

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Why Do Slab Leaks Happen in the First Place?

Monday, February 6th, 2017

big-question-markPlumbing leaks of any kind present big problems for a house. Perhaps the number one problem is that they are difficult to find in the first place. It often requires a number of concerning signs before a homeowner even recognizes that leaks are happening somewhere, and even then it will take the work of licensed professional plumbers to actually detect the leak location and repair it.

All of this is doubly true for the slab leak. This is a leak that occurs down in the concrete foundation of a home. There are a few signs you can watch for that will indicate a slab leak is happening in your house: odd behavior from the water heater, the sound of running water in the basement, noticeable cracks along the basement floor, and skyrocketing water bills. You can always test to see if a leak is happening by writing down the readings on the water meter, and then stopping all water use for an hour. If the reading changes in that time… there’s a leak.

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Danger: Cracked Heat Exchanger in a Furnace

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Putting the word Danger! right at the front of a title of a blog post about furnaces may make it sound like gas furnaces are inherently hazardous pieces of equipment. The truth is that natural gas furnaces—which are found in more homes than any other type of heater—are built for safe operation. If you take regular care of your furnace through annual maintenance inspections and prompt repairs when necessary, you shouldn’t expect to run into any dangers.

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A Furnace’s 1st Day on the Job: Notice Any of These Issues?

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The furnace that does the important job of keeping your home warm has probably been “on vacation” for most of the summer and well into the fall. But it’s almost time for the furnace to get back to work: temperatures are dropping, and winter lurks right around the corner.

When you turn your furnace on for the first time during the season, keep a close watch for any signs that it’s malfunctioning. You want to have repair issues taken care of as soon as possible—that way you won’t end up with a non-working furnace on the coldest day of the year!

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How Often Should I Schedule Fireplace Cleaning?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Regular fireplace cleaning isn’t simply about making sure that your home’s hearth looks as attractive as possible (although that alone is worth scheduling the service). It’s also an important measure for safety and the efficiency of your fireplace. And you need to make sure that you only schedule it with skilled fireplace experts who know how to do the job and leave your home looking as clean as they found it.

How Often Should I Arrange for Fireplace Cleaning?

If you use your fireplace regularly during any season of the year, such as winter, then the cleaning should be done annually. It doesn’t take long for the burning of logs to leave soot and creosote along the bricks, masonry, and firebox. Creosote is potentially highly dangerous: it’s unburned wood energy, and it’s extremely combustible. If it develops too thickly along the fireplace bricks and mortrar, it can cause a chimney fire and other damage.

But What if I Have a Gas-Burning Fireplace?

You will still need regular cleaning. Natural gas burns cleaning and doesn’t leave creosote deposits. But it can become dirty in the firebox (the place where the gas is combusted) and along its burners. A professional needs to clean both to ensure that the fireplace can ignite correctly and won’t waste energy as it runs.

We’ll Do the Full Fireplace Cleaning Job That You Need

You don’t have to worry about your fireplace when you choose to call us for service. No matter the type of fireplace, we’ll see that it’s clean and your home is kept safe. In addition to fireplace cleaning, we also take care of fireplace inspections and full fireplace restorations to give you back your glorious old hearth for warming up the house.

Talk to our fireplace experts today and see what we can do for your fireplace!

For all your home service needs in Durham, NC, call the professionals at Bud Matthews Services.

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