Archive for January, 2013

Madisonville Heating Tips for Heating Your Home Affordably

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Call Ardon Maintenance any time you would like tips on heating in Madisonville TX. We are here to help you out with all your heating needs, including home efficiency and other needs. Here are some ways to help get you on the track to affordable heating.

  • Heating Upgrades
    Even smaller upgrades, such as a new thermostat, can help with heating costs. Programmable thermostats save energy because they allow you to automatically set back your thermostat when you don’t need to use your heater as much.
  • Insulation
    Adding insulation to an older home is a great way to make it more affordable to heat your home, especially if you have an older single stage furnace. Sealing cracks and other weatherization techniques are also a good idea.
  • Water Heater Improvements
    Many people forget that heating their hot water costs money too! If have a tank water heater, consider insulating your tank. If it is warm to the touch, then you probably need a water heater blanket. Turning down the thermostat on your water heater will use less energy as well. If you aren’t sure how to do this or what the proper settings are, consult your owner’s manual. You can also call us if you have questions about proper temperature settings for all the equipment in your home.

While there are many ways to improve the heating system in your Madisonville home, a high-efficiency heater is one of the best ways to get affordable heat. Contact Ardon Maintenance for your next heating installation in Madisonville TX.

Madisonville Heating Installation FAQ: Which Heating System is Right for Me?

Monday, January 21st, 2013

When it comes time for you to replace your heating system, this might be a question that you ask yourself. While this largely is a matter of personal preference, there are some objective factors that you can consider. If you need any help figuring out which heating system is right for your home in Madisonville, Texas, it’s probably best to call your local heating contractor. At Ardon Maintenance, we provide complete heating services in Madisonville, TX. We thought it would be helpful for our customers who are looking to replace their system if we put together a quick list of some of the things you may want to think about as you decide which system you want.

Initial Costs

One of the main things you might be thinking about is the initial cost. Furnaces, generally, are one of the least expensive systems to install. Electric furnaces typically cost more than gas furnaces. Boilers, on the other hand, can be one of the more expensive systems to buy up front. Heat pumps typically fall somewhere in between those.

Pros and Cons of Forced-Air

Here are some of the advantages of forced-air systems like furnaces and heat pumps. First, new systems are typically very cheap to operate. They also allow you to filter your air and control the humidity levels in your home all in one system. They also can be very inexpensive to maintain and repair. However, they can cause issues with allergies because they move air through your home which can pick up allergens like dust, pet dander, mold and more.

Pros and Cons of Radiant Heating

Radiant heating, like hot water boilers and radiant wall and floor heaters offer a number of advantages and disadvantages as well. Many people report that they prefer radiant heat to forced air heat. Obviously, this is personal preference. Air quality can potentially be better in radiant systems because it doesn’t move the air around. Hot water radiators also allow you to only heat the rooms that you’re using which can potentially reduce energy consumption. However, boilers are expensive to install and they can be expensive to fix.

Fuel Type

Fuels should also be something that you think about before you decide which heating system is right for you. Gas is almost always cheaper to buy compared to electricity. However, if you don’t currently have a gas line running into your home, it can be very expensive to put one in.

If you have any questions about heating installation in Madisonville, make sure you contact Ardon Maintenance today.

Madisonville TX Heating Tip: Common Heating Repairs

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Be sure to call the Madisonville TX heating technicians for routine maintenance or repairs to ensure that your heating system works when you need it. While maintenance helps to prevent repairs, there’s always a chance that you will need an emergency repair. Here are some common heating repairs.

More often than not, we get calls for repairs when there’s a simple solution, such as changing an air filter. Air filters help ensure that there’s enough airflow by keeping larger particles, such as pet hair and dust, from getting into your heating system. If the air filter is not changed, it will get clogged and cause a number of issues, such as not enough heat or no heat.

There are other causes of the heater not providing enough heat or no heat at all. For instance, the pilot light igniter or thermocouple—a safety feature that shuts off the heater when there’s a hazard—could be broken or needs replacing. A faulty thermostat could be another cause of not enough or no heat. Make sure you know how to use your thermostat and that it is on the right setting.

Strange or loud noises could mean that you need a repair. Rattling noises in a gas furnace could mean a cracked heat exchanger, which could cause a carbon monoxide intrusion. A loud banging noise on a gas furnace may mean that there’s a delayed ignition, and this is also a dangerous situation. That’s why it is very important to call for heating repairs if you notice any of these issues.

Keep in mind that with our maintenance plans, our technicians will provide routine maintenance to help pinpoint any issues early on before they lead to any potential problems. We tune any type of heating system, and if any of the components are not working properly, the entire system will suffer.

Call the Madisonville TX heating repair experts at Ardon, contact Ardon Maintenance today!

Huntsville TX Heating Tip: Why Heating Maintenance is Important

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Even though Texas doesn’t get a lot of cold weather, those of us who live in Huntsville, TX know that there are a few months that actually get pretty cold. Having a good heating system during the winter months is critical to your comfort in your home. While most people understand that regular oil changes and maintenance is good for your car, few people apply that principle to their heating system. When you need to heat up your home, you want to know that when you flip that switch that the system will come on. Regular heating maintenance in Huntsville TX is a great way to make sure that happens. Ardon Maintenance is proud to offer fast and reliable heating maintenance and repair throughout the Huntsville, TX area. We thought that we would share some of the benefits that we’ve seen for our customers who have regular heating maintenance. Contact Ardon Maintenance today!

Benefits of Regular Heating Maintenance in Huntsville TX

When you schedule regular heating maintenance with Ardon Maintenance in Huntsville, TX, one of our highly trained heating technicians will visit your home on a regular basis. As part of maintenance plan, we visit your home several times during the year to perform maintenance on your equipment.  During those visits, we thoroughly inspect and clean your heating system. Here are some of the benefits of this service.

  • Reduced repairs – When you have a trained expert inspecting your heating system, we will find small issues or problems and repair them. This keeps them from developing into larger, more costly repairs in the future.
  • Improved efficiency – With time, your heating system will start to wear out and develop small issues. This small problems may not present themselves immediately but they can cause your heater to have to work harder which reduces its efficiency. With regular maintenance our technicians will be able to repair those problems and increase the efficiency of your system.
  • Extended life – Often, catastrophic heating failures are caused by some small problem that was overlooked or not noticed. With regular inspection, our technician will catch those problems before they wreck your heating system.

If you need any kind of heating maintenance in Huntsville TX, call Ardon Maintenance today. We provide heating maintenance for all types and brands of heating systems. Call us today!