Design Comfort Blog

Is Winter Too Late for a Heater Tune-Up?

January 16th, 2017

Winter is certainly here, and with it are the chilly temperatures. You may think that this means it is too late to invest in maintenance for your heating system. But it’s not! Even though we’re officially in the winter season, there is still plenty of cold weather to last us, and there’s no reason to risk getting through next few months without a completely reliable heater. If you haven’t had your heater checked in the last year, there’s no better time than now to schedule it. Continue Reading

Tips for Buying a New Heater

January 9th, 2017

This is definitely not the time of year you want to need a new heating system, but nevertheless it may be the case that yours is on the fritz and it’s time to shop for a new one. Many homeowners just look at the sticker price of the heater they’re considering and base their purchase off of that single factor. However, the initial cost of a new furnace or heat pump is just the beginning.

You’ll need to pay monthly to keep your heating system running, schedule routine maintenance, pay for repair services, and replace it once it breaks down. Finding the right heater to match both your needs and your budget can be a complicated process, but it doesn’t have to be. Our professionals are on your side to help you make an educated decision. Continue Reading

Can Regular Heating Maintenance Really Save You Money?

January 2nd, 2017

It’s no secret that one of the services we push is that of HVAC maintenance. Heating maintenance, in particular, is one of those services that is as necessary as locking the door to your home each night—it protects your property and your family. If you have a gas-powered heating system, then maintenance gives our professionals to check that everything is in good shape, and that nothing is in need of repair that could cause a fire or some other emergency.

Still though, customers are often still hesitant to invest in heater maintenance, because they simply don’t see the cost benefits. Why pay for a service for your heating system when energy costs are already so high these days? Well, there are a number of reasons to do so. Keep reading to learn more. Continue Reading

Why a Water Softener Should Be Your Next Home Purchase

December 26th, 2016

Hard water is not a problem that is unique to any one part of the country. It affects just as many homeowners here in Utah as it does anywhere else. The good news is that hard water isn’t particularly unhealthy. It’s water that consists of high amounts of mineral contents—typically calcium and magnesium—that your body can safely absorb.

However, just because hard water won’t make you ill doesn’t mean it’s good for your quality of life. In fact, in addition to impacting how you cook and clean, after time hard water can actually damage your plumbing system to the point that you need repiping or leak repair. Continue Reading

How Does Your Thermostat Impact Your Heater?

December 19th, 2016

Your heating system’s thermostat, which serves at the “brain” of the unit, controls when you heater cycles on and off, enabling you to precisely control the temperature in your home and raise or lower it as needed. Though this all probably goes without saying, most homeowners take the functionality of their thermostats for granted. A faulty or broken thermostat could actually have a pretty big impact on how your heater works. Continue Reading

Plumbing Problems: When It’s Time to Call a Professional

December 10th, 2016

There are few plumbing problems that the average homeowner can resolve on their own—a small clog, a loose connection, maybe. Some plumbing problems simply require the touch of a professionally trained plumber, such as the members of our staff. Trying to resolve a plumbing issue on your own can actually end up causing more harm than good to your plumbing system. Keep reading for some scenarios that definitely call for professional help. Continue Reading

Is Your Furnace Ready to Be Replaced?

December 5th, 2016

Chances are that with the cooler temperatures we’ve experienced recently, you’ve turned your heater on already this season. If so, then hopefully you haven’t noticed any detrimental problems with it. How do you know when something is wrong with your furnace, anyway?

Are there clear signs that a furnace needs extensive repairs, or is in need of replacement? While some furnace problems might be hard for the average homeowner such as yourself to prevent or detect, there are certainly some telltale signs that your furnace is ready to be upgraded. Continue Reading

Should a Tankless Water Heater be Your Next Home Appliance Installation?

November 28th, 2016

Is your home’s water heater in need of replacement? If it’s broken down recently or if you are tired of paying for increasingly frequent water heater repairs, then this may very well be the case. Whatever your reasons are for scheduling the replacement of your water heater, remember that there are far more options today than there were 10-20 years ago.

There’s nobody saying that you have to stick with the same type of water heater that you’ve always had. For example, you may do well to consider the installation of a tankless water heater—which offers many benefits. Continue Reading

Start Saving Money with a High Efficiency Furnace

November 21st, 2016

The furnaces on the market today are all much more energy efficient than those on the market even just a decade ago. But that doesn’t mean that all of the current models are created the same. There’s still a pretty big difference between furnaces when it comes to efficiency as well as price. Therefore, you really need to know what you’re looking for if you want to get the best deal out there.

One of the most important factors you’ll want to keep in mind when selecting a new furnace is its efficiency. All furnace systems come with an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating, which reflects just exactly how energy efficient they are. Continue Reading

Electric or Gas: Choosing the Furnace That Is Right for You

November 14th, 2016

Natural gas-powered furnaces are among the most popular types of heaters in modern homes. In fact, many heating companies recommend them due to their low costs of operation and the effectiveness of their heating. However, an electric furnace is not a bad choice either. It has its own set of benefits that may fill your needs as a homeowner. Sometimes, and electric furnace may even be a better choice for you, such as in the scenarios we’ve listed below. Continue Reading