Posts Tagged ‘Heating Installation’

Don’t Break Down with Your Heater; Install a New One Instead

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Some strange and unusual weather has moved through Texas so far this winter, and we won’t know what to expect for the next two months… or three, for that matter. It’s time to take stock of the heater you have working in your house to protect you and your family from the cold. How old is your current system, and has it experienced a recent string of malfunctions, repair needs, efficiency drops, or an increase in the costs to run it?

If you answered “yes” to any of those, then it might be time to have a new heater installed—before your old one breaks down for good.

However, you want to be sure that new heating installation in Madisonville, TX is your best choice. Call the professionals at Ardon Maintenance today to learn about your home heating options. 

When to Replace

Before you get into the serious decision-making process, consider the age of your heating system. Different systems have different lifetime expectancies. For example, heat pumps in general last for fewer years than furnaces, and furnaces last fewer years than boilers. Check the manufacturer’s expected lifetime for your unit. If it has already exceeded it by a few years, then put replacement high up on your list of options. You’ve already gotten an bargain from a heater that has worked for that long, and it’s cheaper to find a higher-efficiency replacement before you start needing to pay for more and more repairs.

Analyze your heating bills for the last few years. If you notice a steady increase that isn’t from standard inflation on fuel costs, then your heater is likely losing its original energy efficiency. Look at how much more you are paying, and compare it to the cost of a replacement with a unit that has superior energy efficiency to your current heater even when it was new. Sometimes the benefit will leap right out at you.

Finally, consider your current heater’s repair needs. If you find that, in addition to annual maintenance, you also have to schedule repairs frequently, then your heater is coming to the end of its service. A new heating system will start saving you money immediately with its trouble-free performance.

Talk to a Contractor About Your Options

If it’s time to replace, take the opportunity to look into different heating systems and their benefits. Talk to our Madisonville, TX heating installation experts at Ardon Maintenance. They’ll help you decide if you should replace, and what you should replace it with.

Why the Size of Your Heater Matters

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

“What size heater should I get? Well, the largest one, of course! Whatever I can afford and will fit in the space. You can’t have a heater that’s too large, right?”

“What size heater should I get? Hmm, let’s go for something small that won’t drain too much power. If the heat feels low, I can just turn the heater up a bit higher. I’ll end up saving money, right?”

The response the both of these is: “No, that’s not a good idea: you won’t get the benefits you think, and it will cost you a great deal of money in the future.”

Sizing your heater so it fits the needs of your house is a crucial part of heating installation. We’ll explain here what will go wrong if you end up with an incorrectly sized heater.

Look to installation from the certified professionals at Ardon Maintenance for your heating installation in Midway, TX.

A heater that’s too large

Bigger isn’t better in this case. A heater that too large for the space it is supposed to warm will rapidly reach its target temperature. Too rapidly: the thermostat will signal for the heater to shut off before it has completed its heating cycle. This is called “short cycling,” and it causes immense wear on the heater’s components. The heater will age rapidly, needing numerous repairs and eventually breaking down long before its manufacturer’s expected lifetime. Short cycling also will lead to cold rooms in a house, because the heater will turn off before it can spread the warmth evenly.

A heater that’s too small

If the heater is inadequate for a home’s size, it will need to run almost continually to keep it evenly warm, and this will drain energy, leading to high bills, and also cause it to run down and eventually break. It’s important to remember that a thermostat is not a throttle: if you set it at a higher temperature, it won’t create more heat, or produce it faster. It simply tells the heater to remain on longer. You won’t save money with a heater that’s too small, you’ll only wear it down faster and drive up your bills. (And you probably still won’t get enough warmth.)

So how do you find the right size heater?

The answer to that is simple: consult with expert installers. You will need trained installers eventually anyway to handle putting the heater into your home, so bring them in on the process at the beginning so they can properly size your heater. Using special calculations, they can take many factors in your home and come up with a good idea of how many BTUs (British Thermal Units) are required to keep it pleasantly warm.

Ardon Maintenance has the experience and training to help make your heating installation in Midway, TX go smoothly and end with you having the perfect-sized heater to keep you warm through the cold days.

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.