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Furnace Fan Setting – “On” or “Auto”?

On your thermostat, there's a furnace-fan setting for either "On" or "Auto." Which option is the best choice? There are devotees of both settings, each believing their setting is the optimum one to choose. But in reality, it's more of a pros-and-cons type of...

Heat Pump Vs. Furnace

Looking to install a new heater in your home? Your two most popular choices in Hillsboro, Oregon are a heat pump and a furnace. But which one to choose? Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages when compared to the other. Here are some things to consider to...

What Does AFUE Mean?

While an air conditioner’s efficiency is measured by its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, an electric or gas- or oil-fired furnace’s efficiency is measured by its AFUE, or Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This standard measurement is given in...

How Do I Know If My Heat Exchanger Is Cracked?

  Your helpful neighbor suggested the issue you're having with your gas furnace sounds like it could be due to a cracked heat exchanger. What's a heat exchanger? How can you tell if that's what the issue is? What should you do about it?  Don't ignore the...

Don’t Skip Your Annual Furnace Maintenance!

A furnace is crucial to comfort in cold Oregon winters, yet it is often ignored when it comes to home maintenance. Usually your furnace is in a basement, closet or other low traffic area of your home, making it easy to overlook. To avoid costly, inconvenient, and...

How to Save Money on Heat this Winter In Oregon

  Is your energy bill too high in the winter time? Are you looking for ways to cut costs? There are a number of simple things that you can do at home to save you money. Some of them are big projects but a lot are simple things that you can do in your day to day...

What is Short Cycling?

Short cycling basically means short run times and short off times. In other words, it means your furnace is turning on and off quickly and, thus, not providing the heat your home needs. Furnace Size This can happen for a number of reasons. A furnace that is too big...

What Are The Signs I Need a New Furnace?

A new furnace is a big investment and can be a heavy cost for any homeowner. It can be hard to make the decision replace your current furnace, every furnace will need to be replaced at some point in a home’s life. How do you know when it is time to say good bye to the...

Why is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

Did you finally turn your furnace on this winter only to have cold air blowing out of your vents? Did your furnace stop working just when you started to need it most? There are a few reasons that your furnace may be blowing cold air and there a few things to check...

Different Types of Furnaces

There are three different types of furnaces available. There are a few things that factor into which kind will work for you. You should consider your heating requirements, duct work and insulation, size of you home and number of floors, and your budget. One of the...

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