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Top 6 Questions Our Heating Contractors Hear

Got a Question? Our Heating Contractors Have the Answer

heating contractorsThe heating contractors at Brown’s have been around a while. We’ve seen it all and have heard a lot of questions along the way. That’s what we’re here for!

We’ve put together some of the top questions our heating contractors get every week, especially during heating season. Read through our answers below, there’s a chance you might have the very same question.

How often do I need to clean my air filter?

The answer to this question will vary depending on your environment. Typically, our heating contractors advise that you inspect your filter monthly. If you live with a smoker or someone in your home has allergies or asthma, it is advised to check even more regularly than that. Larger 4” and 5” media filters may only need to be changed twice a year.

Look for a dirty, darkened or clogged appearance which can indicate a diminished airflow and efficiency as well as a decreased HVAC performance and air quality. In fact, a heavily clogged filter may cause your furnace to shut down—this is a built in protection mechanism in the furnace.

How often do I need to schedule maintenance service?

Most heating contractors recommend that you hire a technician to inspect and tune-up your furnace in the fall, before heating season begins. For older units, regular maintenance is a must to inspect components for damage and tune-up the parts to increase energy efficiency. Manufacturer warranties require yearly preventative maintenance and will ask for documentation for most claims.

How long should my furnace last?

If your furnace has been well-maintained it has the possibility to last over 20 years. But like most equipment, many things factor into the lifespan of your HVAC.

What can I do to decrease my heating bills?

Heating bills got you in a sweat? Not to worry, the Brown’s heating contractors know all the ins and outs for energy efficiency to help you save.

  • Start by installing a smart thermostat to help you program your heat output during the day and night.
  • Seal up any air leaks around windows and doors to prevent heat from escaping.
  • Throw on a sweater or an extra blanket at night so you can lower your temperature by a couple of degrees to help you cut back on energy usage and lower utility bills.

These efforts, in addition to having your HVAC equipment serviced regularly, will also help you to extend the lifespan of your unit.

What size furnace do I need?

Bigger is not always better. If you end up with a furnace that’s too big for your space, it will get to the desired temperature quickly then shut off. When that happens, you may end up decreasing the lifespan of your unit due to frequent on-off cycles. On the other hand, a furnace that’s too small will end up running constantly to try to keep up with the temperature demands. This results in soaring energy bills and major stress on your equipment.

If you’re unsure what size is best for your home, the Brown’s heating contractors can help!

Brown’s Heating Contractors Are Here Day & Night

Understanding your furnace can help you maximize energy usage, comfort and efficiencies. Never hesitate to ask questions. We’re here to help!

At Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, we offer a variety of dependable heating solutions for residential and commercial properties throughout Monmouth and Ocean County, NJ and surrounding areas including emergency service.

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To learn more about special financing promotions, contact your local heating services expert over at Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing at 732-741-0694 or visit www.brownshc.com/financing  for instant approval.

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