Skylake Heating & Air Blog

The Heating and Cooling Benefits of a Heat Pump

May 21st, 2018

For years, most homes were designed with a separate furnace and A/C unit. This system worked, but required more equipment more maintenance, and potentially led to more problems. About 30-40 years ago, HVAC engineers designed the heat pump (technically, the reversible heat pump) and integrated these two systems together in the same unit.

Think of how an A/C system operates – it relies on a closed-loop cycle of compression of a gas refrigerant to a liquid state, which then evaporates again to a gas and provides cooling through that evaporation. It’s the same principle that a refrigerator or automotive A/C uses.

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Boiler Services are Recommended Every Spring

May 7th, 2018

Spring is here, and most homes in the area are gradually turning off their heating systems and turning on their air conditioner. If you own a boiler or a similar type of heating system, now is an excellent time to schedule a servicing session to look it over. Doing so can provide a number of huge benefits , as well as making sure your boiler is ready to go next fall when you need it. What is a servicing session, and what kinds of benefits does it bring? Read on for the answers.

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The Advantages of Ductless Air Conditioning and Heating

April 23rd, 2018

ductless-air-conditioningSpring is here, and soon enough summer will be here. If your air conditioning system is on its last legs, you might want to think about getting it replaced, and now is the perfect time to do so. It will allow you to take advantage of the advantages that come with a new system, including improved efficiency and a much lower risk of repairs.

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Boiler Repairs Are Common Late in the Season

April 9th, 2018


Spring is officially here and summer won’t be too far behind . You’re likely still using your heating system such as a boiler, but that won’t last. Soon enough, you’ll be giving your boiler a rest and turning your air conditioner on.

Ironically, this is the time of year when breakdowns are most common. Having worked regularly for months by now, any problems with the system are likely to start making themselves known. In these cases, it’s usually best to schedule repairs now, when you have less needed of the system, rather than next fall when cool days can come at any time.

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Does Your Furnace Need Repairs or Replacing?

March 26th, 2018

heating-system-maintenanceWe’re coming to the end of heating season, and with warming weather comes the opportunity to assess the state of your furnace. Heating systems get put under a tremendous amount of strain during the winter months, and if you have an older system, you need to carefully check its status at the end of every winter. If it’s working fine, terrific. But if there are lingering problems, you need to determine if repairing the system is the best way to go, or if you need a new heater before next winter.

Ultimately, only you can make that decision. As the homeowner, you know your furnace better than anyone, and can probably tell when it’s ready to be replaced with a new one. However, there are some factors that can help make that decision easier.

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Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Spring

March 12th, 2018

air-conditioning-maintenanceCool weather is still here, but spring will officially be here in just a few weeks and before you know it, it will be summer. Your air conditioner will gradually see more and more use as the weeks go by, and the last thing you need is to be caught off-guard by an unexpected breakdown or similar repair issue in the middle of summer.

The good news is that our trained technicians can respond quickly to any air conditioning repair call and get your system back up to speed very quickly. But we believe that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure, and rather than reacting to an unexpected problem, we’d rather prevent those problems from ever popping up in the first place. For that, you need a timely maintenance session early in the season.

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Should You Replace a Faulty Heater Now?

February 26th, 2018

heating-system-maintenanceWinter is still going in full force, but spring will officially be here in just a few weeks, and while your heating systems are running on a daily basis right now, that will change when the temperature starts to rise. When heaters run into trouble late in the season — and they often do, since they’ve likely been running on a daily basis for months, and may even do so at the worst possible time — the homeowner can be faced with a tough dilemma. Is it more cost effective to repair the heater, or is replacing it the better choice? Ultimately only you can make that decision, There are, however, certain factors that can help guide you in the right direction.

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What to Look for in Boiler Repair Services

February 12th, 2018

heating-system-maintenanceAlong with forced-air furnaces, boiler systems are a common form of heating in our neck of the woods. They utilize heated water or steam to warm your home, piped through radiators and similar devices to provide comfort and healthy conditions during the coldest parts of the year. Boiler systems are effective and reliable, but they run into problems from time to time just like any other system, and when they do, you need a reliable repair service to turn to. (Never attempt to repair or even diagnose problems with your boiler system. It requires proper training and formal licensing to do so.)

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Signs You Need Boiler Repair

January 29th, 2018

boiler-repair-serviceCentral heating systems in our area often entail a boiler system, which uses heated water or steam to heat your home through a series of pipes and radiators. They’re cost-effective and very efficient, which is why they see a lot of use. But they can run into problems just like any other heating system, and when they do, they need to be treated by a professional repair technician with the skills to properly do the job.

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Heating Repair Services Need to Offer Quality Repairs

January 15th, 2018

heating-system-maintenanceWinter means our number of heating repair calls go up significantly. Our weather is simply too cold to go without reliable heating, and while maintenance sessions and similar preventative measures can cut down on the chances of a breakdown, sometimes things happen that no one can anticipate. When they do, you need to have a reliable repair service on your side that can do the job right.

So how can you determine that? There are plenty of heating repair services in the area, and selecting the right one can be more difficult than it seems. Only you can decide which team to go with. There are, however, a few telltale signs to let you know that the service you have picked will offer the quality repairs you need.

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