How Do You Choose the Right HVAC Contractor

February 12, 2019

Here in Treasure Valley, we get the extremes of temperature from cold winters to very warm summers. Your HVAC system is a substantial investment in your home, and it’s also a source of safety and comfort. It’s essential to choose the best HVAC contractor for the job. An unreliable, incompetent, or unscrupulous contractor can waste your money and time and potentially endanger your family’s safety. The following provides some tips for finding the most competent, safe, and reliable heating or cooling contractor. Narrow Down the List Online Google reviews by customers aren’t filtered by negative and positive reviews. Yelp reviews, however, are filtered. Yelp places the negative reviews at the bottom of the page, where you have to click through further. Look for a BBB rating of A or better. Ask for Referrals Ask for customer referrals, but don’t just leave it at that. Be sure to call those prior customers to see if they’re still happy with that contractor. Don’t Accept Estimates Over the Phone When you call a reliable HVAC contractor, they’ll come to your home in order to examine many factors, including your insulation, the number of windows and registers, and several other items before they can...

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Air Changes From Season to Season

January 26, 2019

As the weather gets cold, the air flow in your house will change. You may notice the home feels humid and there is the presence of more allergens. Most people don’t want to deal with the indoor air quality they experience during the wintertime. If you take a few steps, however, you won’t have to worry about this issue anymore. You can enjoy the cool temperatures with the right approach. The staff at can assist you with expertise. The Humidity Issue in Your Ventilation Here in Idaho, wintertime increases the humidity in our homes. Unfortunately, that can promote allergen growth. Bacteria thrive indoors during cold weather, and our allergies will respond poorly to the new conditions. If your heating system doesn’t receive regular maintenance, mold hidden within your ventilation system may grow. The heat pump will provide warmth with humidity, and airborne allergens will accumulate. If you want to protect the air quality, you’re going to need to take care of your home’s humidity. Heating and air conditioning systems will eventually develop mold, but you can rely on a technician to fix the problem. Professionals can identify the sources of humidity in your house for you. The staff at can...

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How Does an HVAC System Work?

January 5, 2019

If you’re like most property owners in Meridian, ID, the HVAC system in your home or commercial building was probably a significant investment. “HVAC” is short for “heating, ventilation and air conditioning,” and in general, these systems contain some or all of the following components: Furnace or heat pump Evaporator coil Condensing unit Refrigerant lines Vents and ducts Thermostat These pieces of equipment work in concert to help ensure that the interior of your home or place of business remains at a comfortable temperature. How Do These Components Work Together in Your Home? As the central command unit of your property’s HVAC system, the thermostat controls the other components. The other main components include the furnace, which is designed to convert fuel or electricity into heat. Evaporator coils condense humidity from the air while condensing units act to cool air in conjunction with the use of a refrigerant. The ceilings, walls and crawl spaces of your building contain HVAC air ducts. These ducts carry warm air from your furnace and cold air from your air conditioner. Vents are the points through which temperature-controlled air enters living spaces. Vents should be kept dust-free, and ducts must be insulated and well-sealed. Common...

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Importance of Furnace Maintenance

December 13, 2018

Winter is here and it is incredibly cold outside. Though we may depend on our furnace to provide heat to us, it can break down at any time. Lack of maintenance to your heater can cause it to malfunction when you need it the most. The last thing you want to do is be stuck without heat during the coldest months of the year. Having an HVAC professional maintain your heater for you will help keep it running longer. Here are some reasons why it is important to regularly maintain your furnace. Allows Furnace to Run as Smoothly as Possible Your HVAC technician will be able to inspect and clean your heating system to ensure that it is running optimally. Experts recommend that you should service your furnace every 6 months to ensure that it is running optimally. Failure to maintain your furnace could lead to a buildup of pollutants that can be spread throughout your home. Keeps Your Family Healthy As mentioned previously, failure to maintain your furnace could lead to a buildup of dust and animal dander throughout the air. This could lead to allergy issues for your family members. Don’t risk their health! Make sure you get...

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3 Benefits of Furnaces

November 29, 2018

The first winter chills are just around the corner, which makes it vital to have a furnace in your living space. A furnace ensures that you enjoy cool, refreshing air during the hot summers and provides just the right amount of heat during the cold winter season. A/1 furnaces are loved for their efficiency which more often than not translates in arguably low utility bills. Here are other benefits that you are sure to enjoy with the right kind of furnace. 1. Higher Flexibility Furnaces are not limited to the type of fuel types that they can run on. You can use natural gas, fuel oil, and LPG among other sources. They are also available in a host of models that are suitable for different types of houses. Power sources for houses vary from one house to the next, and this could be a point of concern for different appliances. There is however very little to worry about when dealing with furnaces as the available varieties are designed for a host of power sources. 2. Energy efficiency A/1 Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. based in Carroll County offers gas and oil furnace that guarantee high energy efficiency. They are powered...

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How Often Should My Furnace be Replaced?

November 9, 2018

As the chill of winter sets in, Idaho furnaces are put to the test. Temperatures drop to freezing and below, and furnaces may break while experiencing such heavy use. When a furnace dies, homeowners often wonder if they can get by with repairing the furnace, or if they have to replace it. It’s a difficult decision to make simply because of the cost of furnace replacement, and the answer can be tricky depending on the age of the furnace and how effective it is at heating the house. How Often Should You Replace Your Furnace? The average furnace lasts approximately 18–20 years, though the actual number depends on the furnace itself and the level of care put into maintaining it during its lifespan. If a furnace is regularly and professionally maintained it can last the full 20 years, but a furnace with deferred maintenance may give out sooner. Signs Your Furnace Needs to Be Replaced There are a few ways to determine if your furnace needs to be replaced, based on its age and efficiency: Age Furnace: A furnace within two years of its natural lifespan will begin to break down more readily, and the cost of repair will increase...

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Benefits of Switching to a Ductless System

June 12, 2018

Go Ductless! Ductless heating and cooling systems are a simple, efficient alternative to traditional electric heaters and furnaces. Ductless systems offer easily controlled heating and air conditioning to keep you comfortable all year. Ductless heating and cooling systems are ultra-quiet and designed to provide maximum year-round comfort, control and efficiency while cutting your electric heating costs by up to 50%. How do ductless systems work? Unlike standard electric heaters, which create their own heat, ductless systems pull existing heat from the surrounding air and use it to heat your home. They also reverse this process to cool your home. Ductless heat pumps distribute warm or cool air more quietly and efficiently than traditional electric heaters. Benefits of a ductless system A ductless heating and cooling system increases your ability to control and maintain your home’s temperature. Using a ductless system as your primary heat source will ensure that your entire home is comfortable, even on the coldest days. Benefits include monthly savings, increased comfort, heating and cooling in one system, air purifying filters, easy, low-cost installation, no duct-work required, and rebate opportunities. Is a ductless system right for you? Ductless heating and cooling systems can enhance comfort in a variety...

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