Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Why Is My Furnace Dripping?

Monday, February 19th, 2024

In colder climates, furnaces are some of the most reliable and common heating systems we use. They’re affordable, safe, efficient, and use natural gas which is plentiful in our local communities. However, they’re very different when compared to a heat pump or an electric furnace. Electric furnaces function more like space heaters where a gas furnace runs more like a stove or fireplace.

With all that said, we’re here to address an important issue that customers can get concerned about–a dripping furnace. How does water come out of your furnace? And why is it showing up now when it didn’t last year?

These are excellent questions and ones that we’ll get to in the blog post below. But don’t hesitate to call our team for expert furnace repairs in Cedar Rapids if you notice your furnace dripping. This is a problem that requires professional support.

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Is a Ductless Heat Pump the Best Option?

Monday, February 12th, 2024

Many homeowners are face to face with a conundrum this season. 2024 is indeed a great year to start investing in heat pump technology, but the estimates of ductless heat pump installations when compared to conventional furnaces or boilers can be hard to understand.

For instance, you might see a ductless mini split system quoted at several thousand dollars more to set up than a conventional heating system, even if they’re both providing you with heat. This might seem like a dealbreaker and might shake your faith in heat pump technology, but we promise that there’s a silver lining to all of this. These quotes and estimates, even if they’re accurate, don’t show the full picture of what ductless HVAC in Cedar Falls is and how it might save you money elsewhere.

So, to answer the main question of this blog post–yes, a ductless heat pump is the best option for a lot of our customers. But in order to figure out why, we’ll need to sink our teeth into some data.

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“Why Is My Air Filter So Important?”

Monday, January 29th, 2024

A great deal of issues we see with heating system during the winter are due to a clogged air filter. These components are absolutely integral to how a heating system operates, and if customers neglect them, then problems are bound to happen in the near future. This is just a part of heating and cooling a home.

But why are air filters so important? And more importantly, what does changing an air filter really do?

These are excellent questions and places where we can try to make your life a bit easier. There aren’t very many trustworthy resources where customers can figure out the importance and practical uses of their air filter, which is why we hope our blog can give you the information you need. Just make sure you call our team for expert HVAC services in Cedar Rapids, IA.

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3 Tax Season HVAC Tips

Monday, January 22nd, 2024

It’s almost tax season! Whether you’re bound to pay a lot of money, or you’re about to get an influx of cash, we’re sure that everyone is thinking about their finances now. This is a particularly good time to start re-evaluating your financial plan, how much money you’re making, and some long-term investments and goals that might help you make it through another year.

Times are tough, there’s no questioning that. It feels like things are more expensive than ever, which means that even someone with an influx of cash might want to make a careful investment. So, is a new HVAC system in Cedar Rapids, IA a good investment to use all that cash for? Or is a new HVAC system going to help you throughout a year where things might be tight?

The answer to both of those questions is yes, but it depends on your unique situation and your home. Let’s talk about three tax season HVAC tips that can answer those.

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Don’t Panic: A Guide on Buying a Replacement Heater

Monday, January 15th, 2024

Your heater is starting to sputter out of control and we still have a few months of cold weather left. That can be a scary predicament and a lot of homeowners would feel the stress and pressure in this particular instance. We get it.

We want to start by saying one important thing–don’t panic. Panic can cause customers to purchase systems and services cheaply and without enough research, causing them to require an early replacement eventually or to be unhappy with their new heating system. We get that you need heat and there’s no time to wait, but you don’t need to buy a system that won’t keep you happy.

In other words, we’d like to talk about how a heater replacement in Cedar Falls can be an opportunity to improve your home, your comfort, and your budget in the future. But the first step is to calm down and keep reading our post for a guide on buying a replacement system.

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3 Awesome Reasons to Choose Our Team This Winter

Monday, December 4th, 2023

So, your heating system has finally decided to call it quits after almost a decade of dutiful service. You’ve probably called for help numerous times this year and it’s finally becoming financially unfeasible to keep fixing this machine. Now, with such a large purchase on the horizon, things are getting financially tight and you’re probably looking for reasons to invest in a professional team.

After all, an amateur or family friend installing a system you purchase would probably be a lot cheaper, right? And that doesn’t sound so bad. But in truth, you’ll likely end up paying more and dealing with some serious consequences if you purchase amateur installation or service.

On the other end of the spectrum, our services like installation and replacement might seem more expensive in comparison, but they’re well worth the cost. Let’s talk about three distinct reasons why you’ll want to choose our team for heating in Waterloo, IA.

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3 Tips for Winter Efficiency

Monday, November 20th, 2023

What if we told you that your heating system could run just as effectively but with a slight reduction on your monthly heating bills? Wouldn’t that sound like something “too good to be true?”

Well, it’s the focus of today’s blog and something that we think a lot more homeowners should be aware of. Yes, your heating system is working just fine today, but it could work with better efficiency which means it would use up less fuel or electricity as it ran. This is a huge part of your home’s performance because that money saved on your heating bill could go into your savings or pay for something else around your house that desperately needs it.

To make things easy for our readers, we’re going to split this blog into three distinct tips for better winter efficiency. And, if you need a little extra help along the way, feel free to stop reading and call our team for heating in Cedar Rapids.

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It Might Be Time to Go Geothermal

Monday, November 13th, 2023

We rarely talk about geothermal heating and cooling systems on this blog, primarily because they’re niche systems that only certain customers are interested in. But we’re quickly finding out that the more people learn about these amazing new HVAC units, the more interested people are.

So, we’d like to take today to inform the general public on what geothermal heating and cooling systems are and how you can benefit from a geothermal installation in Cedar Rapids, IA. We’ll mainly talk about how energy efficient these systems are, and how exactly they can bring an abundant amount of heat into your home during the wintertime by only making a small dent in your electricity bill.

If you’ve ever been interested in geothermal technology, or you think your home is ready to take the leap to a newer and more eco-friendly method for heating or cooling your home, then keep reading!

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What Exactly Is the Heat Exchanger?

Monday, November 6th, 2023

If you were to ask HVAC technicians about the most important component in your gas furnace, many of them would likely say the heat exchanger. But to explain what this component is and why it’s so important, we’d need to dive into the internal processes of your furnace and see where all the pieces come together.

Don’t get us wrong, if you’ve been told by a licensed technician that your heat exchanger is faulty or is in need of repairs, don’t ignore this advice. A broken heat exchanger can lead to devastating consequences like leaking gas or carbon monoxide in your home. Also, if your heat exchanger is having problems, then it’s likely there are other issues inside your furnace as well that need to be addressed.

All of this can be fixed or at least addressed properly with professional furnace service in Waverly, IA, but as you’ll soon find out, the more you know about your furnace’s components, the more comfortable you’ll be with getting help.

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5 Quiet Signs of a Disgruntled Furnace

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Furnaces come in all shapes and sizes, which means that when they’re encountering problems, they display themselves with different symptoms. Sometimes, a furnace will make a booming noise, and other times it will click rapidly as it tries to start up. And sometimes, unfortunately, a furnace will make no noises at all and will work incorrectly until you detect something else.

What kinds of symptoms could be displayed that aren’t sounds? Well, that’s what this blog topic is going to cover. Heating systems are machines that work exactly as well as their parts require them to. Any slight change in how a furnace would ideally or efficiently work, is usually a sign that something is misaligned, broken, or not set up properly.

Our team can help you when encountering this kind of problem. Before you panic, make sure you schedule an appointment for heating repair in Cedar Rapids, IA with our team. Then, we’ll get into the details!

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