Design Comfort Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating’

How Can a Malfunctioning Thermostat Impact Your Heater?

Monday, December 11th, 2017

man setting thermostat When it comes to selecting a thermostat for your HVAC system, there are a variety of options to choose from. Finding the right one can help you save considerably on your heating—and cooling—costs. If you’re already considering upgrading your thermostat, be sure to get in touch with our HVAC professionals, so we can lead you in the right direction and ensure that the installation is done correctly.

You might not realize just how much the poor installation of a thermostat can impact your heating system—which is the last thing you should have to deal with this winter. That’s why we do not recommend doing the installation on your own. In fact, installing your thermostat yourself could actually invalidate the equipment warranty on the device. Any thermostat system can wind up damaging your HVAC system, by sending it the wrong signals, if it’s improperly placed in your home, or otherwise installed shoddily. Our Salt Lake City, UT heating technicians have the knowledge and the skill to make sure this doesn’t happen.

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Choosing the Right Furnace for Your Home

Monday, October 12th, 2015

For countless homeowners throughout the nation, the furnace represents the ideal home heating solution. By heating air and then distributing that heated air throughout your home via a system of ductwork, a furnace can heat your living space in a very effective, very prompt manner. In order to ensure that you are able to fully enjoy the benefits of your furnace in Holladay, UT, you need to do more than just invest in a quality product from a dependable manufacturer. You must also be sure to choose the furnace that best suits your home and personal user preferences. When you work with the professional furnace technicians here at Design Comfort, you can count on this being the case.

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Why Radiant Heating Deserves Your Consideration

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Forced air heating is probably the most popular residential heating method out there. This type of heating includes systems such as furnaces and heat pumps. However, there are other options which are well worth your consideration, including radiant heating in Holladay, UT. If you are thinking about investing in a new home heating system, it is important that you consider any and all available options. You just may find that there is a heater out there that suits your needs and preferences, but which you just have not encountered before. Read the following information, and schedule service with Design Comfort if you decide that residential heating is right for your home. 

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How Does Routine Heating Maintenance Benefit Me?

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Keeping your home warm and comfortable throughout the coldest time of the year is a goal that you share with all homeowners. The key to getting the very best performance that any home heating system has to offer is to schedule routine heating maintenance. Having your system maintained on a regular basis by a trained professional can benefit your heating system, your comfort and your budget in a number of ways. If you are looking for truly exceptional heating maintenance in Salt Lake City, UT, then you are in the right place. Give Design Comfort a call today, and know that your heating system is in capable hands.

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When to Consider Heating Repair Services

Monday, September 28th, 2015

After a long, hot summer, moving into the cooler time of the year can actually come as something of a relief. However, you must know for certain that your heating system is in great working condition if you hope to live comfortably as the “cooler time of the year” transitions into the full-fledged winter season. As well-made and routinely serviced as your heater may be, remember that no heater is ever going to offer 100% reliability. With that in mind, it behooves you to learn to recognize the signs that your heater is in trouble. Below you’ll find a few examples of instances in which you should schedule professional heating repair in Salt Lake City, UT. If you notice these issues, call Design Comfort to schedule service.

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Should I Schedule a Heating Replacement?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

After a long, hot summer season, the idea of cooler weather may be one that you welcome with open arms. Of course, this idea may differ somewhat from the harsh reality of the coldest time of the year. Regardless of whether or not you are eagerly anticipating the winter season, though, you are wise to take any necessary steps in ensuring that you are able to live comfortably throughout the coldest time of the year. To do so, you just may require a heating replacement in Salt Lake City, UT. Determining if a replacement is necessary can be tricky, though, especially if your system has not totally failed. Keep the following tips in mind, and call upon the experts at Design Comfort if you suspect that you could benefit from a heating replacement before winter sets in.

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Choosing Your New Heating System

Monday, September 14th, 2015

You may not be ready for summer to end, but this reticence on your part will do nothing to prevent the onset of winter in just a few short weeks. With this in mind, it is in your best interest to schedule your heating installation or replacement services  before the winter season can really get underway. Our technicians are only to get busier the closer heating season comes. If you are serious about enjoying reliable, consistent heating in Salt Lake City, UT, then schedule your heating services  with a member of our staff. Design Comfort is here to ensure that you have the right heating system in place for  your needs.

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Why Is Thermostat Upgrade Part of Heating Service?

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Thermostats have a lot of unacknowledged power. Why? Many people tend to overlook the fact their thermostat is the control center for their heating system, and as such, wields a great deal of power over the system itself. If you are installing a new heating system, why not take advantage of the opportunity to also upgrade your thermostat? Thermostat installation is an important part of our Design Comfort heating services in Sandy, and we’ll explain more about why this is below.

Why Upgrade Your Thermostat?

Here are some of the reasons why you may want to consider upgrading your thermostat along with other heating services you may be engaged with:

  • Precision – if you’ve been using a slide or dial thermostat, you know that you can’t set an exact temperature; instead, you have to aim for a range. While this may not seem like a problem, having your heating run at 2-3 degrees higher than you want it can be costing you money in energy usage. With a digital thermostat, you can set an exact temperature that is easily seen and read.
  • Programmability – do you drive yourself crazy trying to remember to turn down your thermostat as you leave for work every day and turn it back up when you get home? Wouldn’t it be nice to set a program that allows you to do that? With a programmable thermostat, you can do this.
  • Better energy efficiency – programmability and precision allow you to better manage your heating, which can result in better energy efficiency.

Types of Thermostats

There are three main types of thermostats:

  • Digital – precise face, intuitive, easy-to-use buttons.
  • Programmable – a digital thermostat that you can program, allowing you the convenience and benefit of programming your heating for a full seven days.
  • Smart – using smart technology, a smart thermostat allows you to remotely access your thermostat so that you can change settings, program, and monitor and track your energy usage.

Don’t let your thermostat be under-utilized; call Design Comfort today and see how upgrading your thermostat can help both you and your heating system.

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Standing Pilot vs. Intermittent Pilot: What’s the Difference?

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The pilot light has been a staple of home heating systems for decades. The continuous flame underneath furnaces and boilers across the country has gained wide recognition as the ignition source for the heater. It has also become notorious for going out for no apparent reason. This, combined with recent advances in technology, have led to the rise of intermittent systems. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two systems.

Standing Pilot

The standing pilot light is the traditional ignition source for most natural gas-fueled combustion heating systems. It is comprised of a small burner, a gas valve to supply the burner, and a thermocouple. When the pilot light is first lit, usually by a button on the outside of the heater, the thermocouple registers the heat and sends an electrical current to the gas valve. This current keeps the gas valve open and supplying fuel to the pilot light. As long as the thermocouple keeps registering the heat from the pilot light, the flame can stay lit indefinitely. When the flame goes out, the current stops and the gas valve closes. This is a safety measure to prevent the home from filling up with gas.

There are a couple of issues with this kind of system, the first of which is wasted energy. The pilot light stays lit 24/7, consuming fuel even when you aren’t using the heater. It’s a small flame, but when you consider the months that you likely aren’t using your heater it can add up quickly. The second issue is the pilot light’s propensity for blowing out. While it can often be relit easily, if the pilot light does go out it prevents the entire system from starting.

Intermittent Pilot

The intermittent pilot light is an electric system, designed to combat some of the biggest flaws of the standing pilot. Rather than keep a flame burning all the time, the intermittent pilot only lights when needed. The system responds to the command for heat by using an electric spark to ignite the flame. A sensor registers the flame and lights the main burner, at which point the pilot light goes out.

This technology solves both of the standing pilot light’s main issues. However, it is a much more complicated system, and often more costly and difficult to fix.

If you’d like to know more, call Design Comfort. We provide heating services throughout Salt Lake City.

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Why It’s Important To Use Professionals for Heating Service

Friday, October 17th, 2014

When you arrive home from work on an especially chilly night, you expect your furnace or boiler to keep your house cozy and warm. But if you schedule heating service with an unskilled technician, you may come home to a unit that just doesn’t do the trick. Similarly, if you attempt to repair, maintain, or even install a system on your own, you risk damaging your system further or requiring premature heating replacement. This guide details why these heating services should only be completed by a professional.

Heating Maintenance

There are a few steps you can take to maintain your heater, such as changing the furnace filter every month and watching out for any repair needs. But this is not enough; the components of your heating system wear down over time and use a lot more energy to run, raising your heating bills and increasing your risk for repairs. With professional maintenance, a technician cleans and adjusts some components and reports any major problems back to you. Using a professional with a trained eye for maintenance may lower your utilities and prevent problems from occurring later on.

Heating Repairs

Many do-it-yourself guides attempt to teach those without experience about common home repairs. Unfortunately, these guides are not always written by experts. Issues such as loud noises or reduced heating may be symptomatic of a whole host of problems, and a trained technician is the only person who can pinpoint the damage and decide on the most reliable repair method. If you attempt repairs on your own, you may not target the correct component and you risk damaging your system even more.

Heating Installation

Finally, heating installation is a complicated process that always requires the help of a professional. If you choose the incorrect boiler or furnace size for your home, you may not get the heating ability that you need or it could consume a lot of energy. Choosing a professional installer lends peace of mind that you have the heating power you need and a system that won’t fail suddenly.

If you need heating service in Salt Lake City, call on Design Comfort for quality installation, maintenance, or repairs.

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