Design Comfort Blog: Archive for October, 2013

Signs That You Need Heating Replacement

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Utah attracts winter vacationers because of our picturesque snowfalls and superlative skiing conditions. Compared to other states farther north, we experience milder winters: cold enough for snow, but not so cold that we can’t have fun in the snow.

However, any state with winters that produce steady snowfalls is one that requires its residents to have effective and durable heaters. Salt Lake City averages lows in the 20s from December through February, and lows in the mid-30s during March and April, mostly during the night. That calls for efficient indoor heating—and if you aren’t currently getting it from whatever system you have installed in your home, it might be time for a replacement.

For top-quality installation and general heating services in Salt Lake City, hire Design Comfort. We’ve made this city more enjoyable for our clients to live in since 1982.

Here are warning signs that you may need heating replacement before the mercury plunges:

Heightened heating bills

If you keep track of your power bills, you will know what to expect each winter when you start heating your home. If your bills increase without explanation, it usually signals that your heating system needs repairs. But if the inflation remains even with maintenance and repairs, then your heater might be approaching the end of its lifespan.

Continuous noisy operation

As with your power bills, you know what noises to expect from your furnace, boiler, or radiant heater while it’s operating. If you start hearing strange noises that repairs do not remedy, it’s a sign of extreme aging inside the system that has put it beyond the help of regular maintenance.

Reduced heating power

If your home no longer seems to get as warm as it used to, there are a number of possibilities to investigate, such as decaying insulation or thermostat malfunctions. However, your heater might simply no longer be up to the task. If this heating loss occurs in connection with the increase in power bills or a frequent need for repairs, then you probably should have a new heater installed.

Deciding on a heating replacement is a big step, so don’t make it lightly—or without professional advice. If you suspect your heating system is in its last days, get an HVAC technician to come to your house and inspect it. An expert can offer advice on the best replacement unit to get if it turns out that you will need a new heater.

You can rely on Design Comfort and our years of experience to guide you toward the best heater to install in your home, and then perform the installation so your new system will work for you for many years. We are one of the best places to turn for Salt Lake City, UT heating services.

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Benefits of Professional Heating Maintenance

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Salt Lake City heating maintenance means taking our local conditions into consideration before the heating season starts. We have our share of cold winter days and you need a reliable heating system to help keep your home cozy and warm. But we’re also a very dry climate, and the dust in the air can turn small problems into large ones very quickly. Heating maintenance can’t entirely prevent the need for repair, but it can reduce the risk of a breakdown, especially during inconvenient times when you really need your heater to function. Here’s a list of just some of the benefits of professional heating maintenance in Salt Lake City:

  • Improves efficiency. By tightening loose fittings, cleaning dirty parts and replacing worn small components, the technician reduces overall stress on the system. That helps it function more smoothly and use less energy in the process: saving you money when your monthly heating bills arise.
  • Reduces the risk of serious repairs. By reducing stress on the components of your heater, it reduces the chances that a more serious repair job will come along later in the season. If the serviceman spots a problem issue, you can both set up a time to address it before it causes more substantial damage or shuts the heater down unexpectedly during a cold front.
  • Allows a clean start to the heating season. Chances are your heater has sat unused during the warm summer months, accumulating dust and dirt in the process. That can cause damage when you suddenly shift to daily use of the heater. A maintenance session that includes a routine cleaning can prevent that, and allow your heater to “start the season fresh.”

If you see the benefits of professional heating maintenance in Salt Lake City and want to schedule a session, contact the experts at Design Comfort. Our trained staff of professionals will set up a schedule that works for you, then conduct the job with thoroughness and care. In Salt Lake City, heating maintenance is an essential part of keeping your household running. Call us today and make sure the job is done right.

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