Efficient Furnace

Holding the Dept. of Energy’s Feet to the Efficient Furnace


September 14, 2016 Elizabeth Noll
Summer is fading into fall and that means heating season is fast approaching, along with daunting energy bills it can bring with it. Fortunately, wasted energy (and money) lost up the chimney could come to an end thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) latest proposed minimum energy efficiency standard for gas furnaces, Continue reading


10 Things to Consider When Buying a Furnace

Plan ahead when making a new furnace purchase.

When winter rolls around there is nothing more important than your home heating system. That is why when you go to buy a furnace it is important that you take the time to learn about the different options available to you. Characteristics of your new furnace, such as efficiency, size, and type, all have implications on the amount of money you Continue reading

Fall Furnace Maintenance

Fall Furnace Maintenance

Don’t wait until temperatures plummet: Now is the absolute best time to perform basic furnace cleaning and maintenance. By tuning up your heating appliance, you can save the time and money that might have had to go into addressing a crisis—and of course, you can avoid the inconvenience (and downright danger) of leaving your family without heat during the coldest part of the year. Also, by performing these very basic furnace cleaning and maintenance tasks, you can actually prolong the life of your furnace and coax it into operating at maximum energy efficiency. Follow these steps now to keep the unit in tip-top shape through the winter. Continue reading


Most Common Furnace Problems

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When the weather is cold, the last thing you want to deal with is a broken heater or furnace. With proper maintenance, heating systems are usually reliable, but sometimes, these complex machines will stop working or operate inefficiently.  Read on for a guide on identifying the most common heater problems. Continue reading

Air conditioner woes

HOME FIX: Air conditioner woes

Q: I’m having a problem with air conditioning. The home’s bedrooms are warmer than the other rooms in the home, even at night when it’s cooler outside.

One worker with the air conditioning company told me it was because the furnace is in the garage at the opposite end of the home, and another suggested I change the type of filter we use. One worker even went under the home to see if the ducts were okay. I paid them for cleaning and servicing the air conditioner, Continue reading

Service Calls

Hot weather means more service calls for heating and cooling companies

The sweltering temperatures this summer have had people cranking up the air in an effort to get relief.

Heating and cooling companies like Vanport Mechanical tell us, they’ve been working overtime to keep everyone cool.

That’s because a lot of people have been running their air conditioners or central air, 24/7 to beat the heat.

Your heating and cooling system is one of the most expensive investments Continue reading