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    Warning Signs You Need a New Furnace

    Last updated 4 months ago

    An old furnace is not only inefficient and expensive, but it also presents a major safety risk. One of the major warning signs that you need a new furnace is if it is more than 16 years old. The average life expectancy of a furnace is between 16 and 20 years. If the cost to operate your furnace is increasing, or if your furnace has required several repairs in the last two years, it will be more cost-effective for you to replace the furnace rather than keeping it. If your furnace makes strange noises or is ineffective at heating the home, replace it immediately. Older furnaces emit dry, dirty air that can people in your home to experience flu-like symptoms. In worst cases, an old furnace will develop cracks in the heating exchanger and emit poisonous levels of carbon monoxide.

    For more tips on when to get a new furnace, call Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning of Gaithersburg, MD at (301) 825-9065. Serving the Montgomery County area since 1981, our HVAC company can maintain, inspect, repair, or replace your furnace for a great value. Visit our website to learn more about our heating and cooling services.

    What's the Best Thermostat Setting for Winter?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    The setting on your HVAC thermostat has a profound affect on both your comfort and your heating bill. In fact, turning your thermostat back 10 or 15 degrees for just eight hours a day could save you up to 15 percent per year on your heating bill. To ensure that your thermostat is at the right setting this winter, follow these steps.

    Check Your Home’s Insulation
    Before you start thinking about adjusting your thermostat, call an HVAC professional and have them inspect your home’s insulation. If there is a draft in any room of your house, the HVAC professional can apply caulking and weatherstripping to the doors, windows, and cracks in the wall or ceiling. Also, invest in heavy drapes that will improve heat insulation at night.  

    Use a Programmable Thermostat
    If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, call your local HVAC company to install one before winter. Program the thermostat to a lower temperature, such as 56°F, when the house is empty or when everyone in the house is asleep. Re-heating your home is less energy intensive than keeping your home at a warmer temperature. Program the thermostat to return to a more comfortable temperature, such as 68°F, one hour before someone is expected to come home.

    Consider Less Expensive Ways to Stay Warm
    If you, a roommate, or a family member is cold in the home, there are several ways to generate heat without using the heater. Invest in an electric heating blanket for the couch and a thick wool blanket for sleeping. Use a space heater to generate more heat in a certain room, and remember to make a hot beverage and put on an extra sweater when you get cold, rather than raising the temperature on the thermostat.

    Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning is a locally owned and operated HVAC company with more than 30 years of experience serving the Montgomery County area. To learn about how we can make your home more comfortable and energy efficient before winter, call us at (301) 825-9065 or visit our website.

    Is Your Furnace Ready for Winter?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    The weather in Montgomery County is cooling down fast. But if you are getting chilly in your home and are considering turning your furnace on, you should first do some basic maintenance tasks on the system. By doing so, you will ensure that the unit runs the way it’s supposed to.

    To get your furnace ready for winter, first turn off the power to the system and vacuum out any noticeable debris that has collected around the unit. Next, put a new air filter in, inspect the fan belt for any signs of damage, and apply a small amount of oil to the furnace’s oil bearings, if necessary. Afterwards, put the cover back on the furnace and flip the power switch to the on position.

    To ensure that your furnace gets the right level of maintenance, it’s essential to hire an experienced air conditioning professional. Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has been providing high-quality air conditioning services in the Gaithersburg area for more than three decades. Call us at (301) 825-9065 to get started today!

    Furnace on the Fritz? When to Repair or Replace [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Do you hear strange sounds coming from your furnace? Is your home not nearly as toasty as it once was? If so, it may be time for you to repair or replace your furnace. Regular furnace maintenance can help prevent bigger problems from developing, but even well-maintained furnaces will eventually need replacement. In this infographic from your Gaithersburg, Maryland, furnace contractor, you’ll learn how to spot the signs that you need furnace replacement or repair. If you are ever worried that your furnace is unsafe, rely on Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning to inspect your HVAC system, perform quality furnace maintenance, and give you an accurate diagnosis. Please share with your friends and family, and stay one step ahead of winter in Gaithersburg this year!

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    Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Bad indoor air quality can cause a number of serious medical problems, including hypersensitivity pneumonitis and lung cancer. As a result, it’s important to ensure that your indoor air is as clean as possible to keep your home safe and your family healthy.

    This video discusses some easy strategies that you can do to improve your indoor air quality. For instance, when the air gets dry during the winter months, you can use a small humidifier to add moisture to the air. And when excess humidity gets into the air in the summertime, you can use a dehumidifier to balance the air out.

    At Presidential Heating & Cooling, we are committed to making the air inside our Montgomery County customers’ homes as clean as possible. To have your HVAC system inspected or your air quality checked, call us at (301) 825-9065.

     

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