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15 Winter Heating Safety Tips

15 Winter Heating Safety Tips

As the temperatures continue to drop around our service area (East Bay, Sacramento, San Jose, and nearby), more and more people will be relying on their favorite heat source to keep warm and comfortable in their Northern California home. Whether that means a gas furnace, space heater, fireplace, or some combination, we want you to be safe

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What Is a Heat Exchanger and Why Is It Important?

What is a Heat Exchanger and Why Is It Important?

What Is a Heat Exchanger in a Furnace? The heat exchanger, also known as a fire box or “chamber,” is made up of coiled tubes (though not “coils”) which contain the hot combustion gases. When the blower kicks on and cool air flows over the gas-to-air heat exchanger, the air gets warmer without having to

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Do Furnaces and Heaters Dry Out the Air?

Do furnaces and heaters dry out the air?

In the winter, we all experience the effects of dry air on our skin, hair, breathing passages, and hydroscopic (moisture-absorbing) possessions. We’ve written about how to get relief from dry air, different types of humidifiers, and the effects of dry air and humidity, but we’ve never answered the question “do furnaces and heaters dry out

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How to Inspect and Clean Furnace Intake and Exhaust Pipes

Inspect and Clean Your Furnace Intake and Exhaust Pipes

With winter coming, many of us are getting our homes prepared for the colder weather. While scheduling a professional furnace tune-up, changing filters, and testing smoke and CO detectors are essential, so is checking the furnace’s intake and exhaust pipes. Often, furnace problems arise from blocked airflow in your intake or exhaust pipe. Even if

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An Inside Look at Your Furnace

An Inside Look at Your Furnace - Service Champions

As a homeowner, it’s a good idea to know a little bit about how your furnace works. It will help you understand the dangers of natural gas and carbon monoxide, along with ways to increase efficiency and save money. An Inside Look at Your Furnace A traditional gas furnace is part of the forced air

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What Are the Different Types of Furnaces?

What Are the Different Types of Furnaces?

Furnaces remain the most popular choice for home heating due to their high efficiency, low operating noise, long lifespans, compatibility, and more. Furnaces have great flexibility—there’s almost always a furnace to fit a home. Also referred to as a forced air system, the furnace acts as the core of your home’s central air system, used

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What Is AFUE? Understanding Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

What is AFUE? Understanding Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

Did you know that heating equipment is normally the largest energy user in the home, accounting for around 45% of energy bills (US DOE)? Given the high expenses related to heating equipment, it’s important to make smart decisions regarding heating system replacements, repairs, and maintenance. If you are concerned about the costs and efficiency of

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Electric Heating Options | Electric Heaters for Your Home

Electric Heating System Options

While most homes are heated by forced air or hot water, electric heating can make sense in certain circumstances. For instance, if you live in an area where electricity is cheaper than gas/oil (very rare) or extending central heating ductwork is impractical, electric heating may be a smart choice. Keep in mind that electricity is

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7 Benefits of Forced Air Furnaces

Forced Air Furnace Benefits and Advantages

A forced air furnace is a heating system that burns either gas, fuel oil, or propane for heat. Using return ducts, it takes air from inside your home, heats it, then delivers the warm air back into your home via supply ducts. Forced air furnaces have many advantages over other home heating methods. Below are

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