Skylake Heating and Air Blog: Archive for November, 2016

What Happens When Your Ducts Leak?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Orem, UT homes largely depend on centralized heating and air conditioning systems that generate warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer, then blow them through your home with a system of ducts. The ducts are usually protected from damage since they’re tucked away behind your walls or in your attic. But wear and tear can take their toll on the bolts and connecting parts, and damage can sometimes occur from external sources such as animals getting into your attic. When that happens, leaks or even breaches can occur, and in those cases, they need prompt attention from a trained expert to  repair. 

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What Do You Gain from a Ductless Heating System?

Monday, November 21st, 2016

We see a lot of calls for heater replacement in the Salt Lake City, UT area this time of year, since heating systems have been in operation for a few weeks now. That gives homeowners time to determine that their older units just aren’t up for the job of heating their homes for another winter.

If you’re in the market for a new heating system, you might want to consider a ductless system, which eschews the model of centralized furnaces in favor of multiple units spaced throughout your house. Here’s a quick breakdown on how they all work.

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Beware of Gas Leaks with Older Heaters

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Homes in the Park City, UT area often use gas-fed furnaces, which are inexpensive and easy to use. But older furnaces whose warranty has expired run the risk of a gas leak, and that can be dangerous. Problems with the burners or breaches in the gas lines can spread toxins into your home, as can cracked heat exchangers, which are particularly dangerous. Even worse, older systems might not have the safety features to shut the system off in the event of a leak. If your furnace is more than ten years old and/or the warranty has expired, you should keep a close eye out for a potentially dangerous leak. How can you do that? There are a number of effective ways.

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Could You Use a New Thermostat?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Thermostats are supposed to last for a long time, with few moving parts and a very low chance of malfunctioning. The only exception is old mercury thermostats, which present a danger to your household and should be replaced immediately. Otherwise, there’s no reason to think you won’t be able to enjoy a reliable thermostat for decades.

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