The Ultimate Guide to AFUE Ratings

January 4, 2022

When you are shopping for a new heating system, you might notice that many heaters include an AFUE rating. This is an important specification that tells you a lot about the machine’s performance. To pick the best heater for your home, you will need to learn what AFUE ratings are and how they work. What Does AFUE Mean? AFUE stands for the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency ratio. This is essentially the percentage of heat your heater generates from the amount of fuel it has. Whenever a heater runs, most of the fuel will go towards

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What Is the Cause Behind the Unusual Odors From My Furnace?

December 20, 2021

An efficient heating system is essential for your comfort and safety throughout the winter. But your equipment can break down unexpectedly. When you detect unusual odors from your furnace, it may indicate that your furnace is malfunctioning. Here are some reasons for the unusual smell and what to do about it. Dust Buildup in the Furnace As temperatures start to drop in River City, you may notice an unusual odor when you turn on your furnace. While the smell could portend a hazard, sometimes there is no cause for concern. If you notice

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Is Your Furnace Blowing Cold Air? Here’s Why

December 15, 2021

During the cold season, heating the house is the only way to make it comfortable enough for your family. It’s simple. All you do is fire up your furnace, and soon, the whole house feels warm again. But what happens if, when you do that, the furnace expels cold air? Here are some insights into what could be wrong. It Needs Time to Heat Up If you just fired it up and out comes some cold air, then you’re likely to panic. After all, the temperatures outside are dropping every minute. But if it has been

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What Size Furnace Do I Need?

December 8, 2021

Your heating system is an essential part of your home’s comfort and safety. One of the factors you need to consider when acquiring a new system is its size. Here is what you need to know about choosing the appropriate size furnace for your home. The Importance of Sizing When shopping for a new furnace, sizing is crucial for longevity, comfort, and energy efficiency. If the capacity of your equipment fails to meet your home’s heating requirement, it will be overworked. An undersized furnace will be running continuously, forcing internal components to deteriorate rapidly.

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Getting Prepared for a Furnace Replacement

November 17, 2021

Replacing your old furnace is an excellent choice. Newer furnaces are more efficient and can help you save money in the long run. They can also increase the value of your home. If you have made this decision and are preparing for the professionals at Gallagher's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning in Sacramento, CA, there are a few things that you should have prepared before your scheduled appointment. Make Sure the Entrance Is Accessible The first thing you need to do is to make sure the entrance where the furnace will enter the home is free and clear

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8 Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality This Winter

November 10, 2021

It may be surprising to learn that the air quality inside the average house is far worse and more polluted than outside the home. This is true at any time of the year, but the problem typically becomes even worse during the winter when most people tend to have their homes closed uptight. The good news is that there are a number of fairly simple steps you can take to ensure you can breathe easily and don’t have to suffer from poor air quality this winter. 1. Make Sure Your HVAC System Is Professionally Maintained

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Properly Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

November 3, 2021

The approach of winter can be challenging for homeowners. Not only do you have your normal household chores to contend with, but you also have to protect your property from the hazards that can accompany cold weather. You might have heard some horror stories from people who had their pipes burst. Fortunately, we have a mild climate in the Sacramento area, with only a dozen or so nights a year dropping below freezing, although some of our surrounding areas do get significantly colder. With a little preparation, protecting your home isn’t too hard. Here’s a quick checklist to prepare your

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7 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your New Furnace

October 20, 2021

The cold weather of the winter months is almost here, and if you’ve made the decision to purchase a brand-new furnace, you’ve done it at a great time. Having a new heating system that’s running smoothly and efficiently can make a monumental difference for your household when the weather gets chilly. That being said, to ensure that your new furnace isn’t wasting energy or at risk of breaking down, there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind when taking care of the appliance. 1. Regular Maintenance One of the most crucial things

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Is There an Ideal Temperature for Sleep?

October 13, 2021

If you are not in a comfortable environment, you will not get good sleep. There are a lot of factors that influence your ability to sleep, such as the amount of light in your environment, noise levels, and having a comfortable space to sleep on. What role does temperature play in your ability to have a healthy night’s sleep? How Temperature Affects Your Sleep Few things affect your ability to sleep as much as the temperature of your sleeping quarters. Studies have shown that the ideal temperature for sleep is 65 degrees Fahrenheit, but it can

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Humidifier Vs. Dehumidifier: Which One Should You Get?

October 6, 2021

Every area you reside in presents its own set of comfort challenges. During a particular time of the year, you’ll find that the air of a given place is either uncomfortably humid or exceedingly dry. Therefore, this makes the whole task of maintaining the ideal level of humidity in your home a bit more challenging. The best way to maintain the right levels of humidity in your home is by installing either a humidifier or a dehumidifier as part of your HVAC system. However, how do you know which one will best suit your needs?

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