4 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving

November 13th, 2023
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Thanksgiving is almost here and it’s a holiday that celebrates being thankful. If you’re hosting a traditional meal with family, or having a “Friendsiving” instead, there’s one thing that’s required above all others to ensure a successful event and that’s a comfortable home.

That’s why we’re giving you 4 essential tips to get your home ready for Thanksgiving–and the rest of the holiday season. If you’re not entirely certain that your furnace is up to the task of keeping your guests warm and cozy, it’s not too late to call us for furnace services

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5 Spooky Sounds Your Furnace Shouldn’t Make

October 16th, 2023
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We’re well into fall and that means you’ve been using your furnace for a while now. “Spooky season” can be the time of year when your furnace starts to emit some moans and groans as it struggles to perform. It doesn’t mean your furnace is haunted; it just sounds like it is. 

Let’s go over 5 scary sounds a furnace will make that mean it’s time for furnace repair in Bozeman, MT. That way, you’ll know to give us a call. The last thing you want is a minor issue turning into a major nightmare of epic proportions.

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How Would You Rate Your Heating System So Far?

October 2nd, 2023
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We’re well into fall and here in Montana, you’ve probably been using your heating system for a few weeks. By now, you should have a good idea of how your heating system is doing. How confident do you feel about its ability to get you through our harsh winters? 

Here’s an easy way to determine how well your heating system is doing: give it a report card! Consider its performance up until now and assign it a grade from “A” to “F” using our grading scale below. If it hasn’t been the best student, schedule heater repair or maintenance now to ensure it’s ready for the remainder of the season.

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Water Heater Efficiency: What To Look For

September 18th, 2023

We’re always talking about HVAC efficiency on this blog and hopefully by now, you’ve learned how doing a bit of research on a new system can save you money when you opt for higher efficiency. Sure, that initial cost may be a little higher, but you’ll reap the rewards of saving money across the lifespan of the heater or air conditioner.

Well, something that’s not as well known is the fact that water heaters vary in efficiency ratings too. You may not think it’s as important as the efficiency of your HVAC systems, but consider this:  your water heater accounts for almost 18% of your home’s energy expenditures!

That’s why it pays to do some research when deciding on a new water heater. Read on to learn what you need to know. Then contact us if you have any follow-up questions about water heater service in Gallatin County, MT.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch Modes?

September 4th, 2023
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It’s Labor Day and that means you’re probably giving one last hurrah to summer. Unlike some parts of the country that will continue to enjoy warm and sunny weather, here in Montana, Labor Day weekend means fall is just around the corner. And that means you’ll soon be using your heating system.

If your home uses a heat pump system for heating your home, you’ll be making the switch from cooling to heating. But what if you try and switch your heat pump from cooling to heating mode, only to discover it’s still outputting cold air? This is actually a common problem with heat pumps, so don’t worry. Read on to learn what might be going on with your heat pump.

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What Are Cold Climate Heat Pumps?

August 21st, 2023

Many homeowners in Montana wonder if a heat pump will be enough to heat their homes on the coldest winter days. A popular option for homeowners who want a heat pump but who don’t have a backup heating source like a fireplace has been a dual-fuel system. This consists of a heat pump along with a backup heating source such as a furnace. 

However, cold climate heat pumps are being designed to work in climates such as ours where temperatures are in the single digits for many days of the year. Cold climate heat pumps (CCHPs) go by several names including high efficiency heat pumps and cold weather heat pumps. Let’s learn more about these systems below so you can decide if heat pump installation is right for you. 

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What To Look For In A Commercial HVAC Contractor in Montana

August 7th, 2023

Here in Montana, we certainly have our periods of hot weather. Not only that, temperatures can be unpredictable. No Gallatin County business can be caught without an effective commercial AC system to keep residents, tenants, customers, and employees happy. Even on a mildly warm day, a commercial space without a working HVAC system will cause discomfort to everyone in it.

It’s probably easy to locate a number of “HVAC professionals” who are perfectly willing to work on your commercial HVAC systems. But how do you know they have the experience needed to work on these systems? Let’s go over what to look for when choosing a commercial HVAC contractor. Choosing a company wisely can make or break your business.

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What Are My Options for Improving My Home’s Indoor Air Quality?

July 24th, 2023
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Indoor air quality is a topic that’s been on the minds of a lot of Americans. With the recent wildfires in Canada bringing ash, soot, and smoke to much of the northern and eastern US, indoor air quality services are something that are in high demand as more and more people are feeling the effects of poor air quality in their homes.  

Many people will purchase a single air purifier and think that’s good enough. However, they have many shortcomings. To truly tackle the problems caused by poor air quality, you need whole house solutions. Let’s go over your options for improving your home’s IAQ and why those big-box store air filters just won’t cut it.

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Yes, Your Mini Split Needs Maintenance

July 10th, 2023
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If you have a mini split AC, you’ve undoubtedly been enjoying its cooling power and the zone control it brings to your home. Although it might seem like your mini split will quietly hum along forever without any need for servicing, it’s still a complex piece of equipment that requires regular maintenance to keep performing well.

Although mini split tune-ups should be performed by a professional HVAC company twice a year, there are a few maintenance tasks you can–and should be doing–as a homeowner.  Let’s go over the tasks you can complete and also what happens during professional maintenance. These maintenance tasks are essential to the continued functionality of your mini split.

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Why Does My Montana Home Need an Air Purifier?

June 26th, 2023

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is an issue that’s on the minds of more and more homeowners. Even in Montana, many homes suffer from poor IAQ. In fact, studies have shown that the air inside a home can be 3-5 times worse than the outside air! 

Especially concerning is the frequency of wildfire smoke in our area. Montana has seen an increased number of days with poor air quality due to wildfires. Wildfire smoke can spread from burn areas that are hundreds of miles away. 

If you’ve been wondering how your home could benefit from whole house air purifier services, keep reading to learn more about the solutions we offer.

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