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Signs You May Need New Furnace Installation This Winter

With the days getting colder, you are going to start relying on your furnace more to keep you and your family comfortable. However, if your furnace does not appear to be keeping up, you may want to consider having it replaced now before you are left without a reliable heat source this winter. If your heater seems to be underperforming, but you are unsure whether you are in need of new furnace installation, here are a few signs that your furnace may need replacing.

You Can’t Seem to Get Comfortable

Your furnace is meant to keep you and your family warm throughout the cold months. If it does not appear to be doing its job properly anymore, and you keep turning your furnace higher to no avail, then it may be time to consider having it replaced.

Frequent Repairs

When considering whether or not to replace your furnace, it is also important to consider how much money you have spent repairing your furnace in the last five years. If you have had it repaired multiple times, and/or repairs to your furnace have cost 1/3 of the cost to replace the appliance, then you will want to consider whether it is worth putting more money into maintaining your aging furnace, or whether it may be time to have it replaced.

Your Furnace is Old

The average lifespan of a furnace is 15 years. If your furnace is this old, you will want to consider having it replaced sooner rather than later as a furnace this old will likely start encountering issues soon, and may stop working on you suddenly. Additionally, it is likely not as efficient as it could be, so having it replaced could save you money on your energy bills.

Contact us to learn more about the signs you can lookout for indicating that your furnace needs to be replaced.

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Why It's Time to Invest in Thermostat Replacement / Upgrade to a Digital Thermostat

Homeowners are quite aware of their rising electrical bills. Many are working on ways to reduce electrical bills by conserving energy with their heating and air conditioning units. Not only will installing a digital programmable thermostat save you money but it will also conserve energy.

The digital thermostat will control the temperature based on air produced, air quality, and energy levels with a touch of a button or from your smartphone. You can download an app and control the temperature of your house while you are out so it will be nice and cozy when you arrive. It helps control the air in your house without the need for you to constantly change the thermostat based on how it feels in the house.

Advanced Technology

A digital programmable thermostat is one of the best thermostats on the market. It can be installed in almost every type of home which provides room temperature control. It has a number of features, including touch-tone feature along with live weather forecasts and alert systems. These highly advanced thermostats are much more sophisticated than most thermostats. The traditional or older thermostats allow you to control the temperature for the whole house. Since some rooms are hotter than others and some rooms are not being used, the new digital programmable thermostats allow you to control each room separately, which allows the temperature to either increase or shut off, which in turn saves you money on energy.

Features

These kinds of thermostats are great for climates that change often, and not just change with the seasons but those that can change in a day. Instead of manually changing the temperature in the house, the thermostat will automatically adjust to the weather changes. Another feature is that it allows easy access to your HVAC system through a wireless connection. You can control your HVAC systems while using a computer, smart phone or even a tablet. So when you are away on vacation, work, or out for an extended period of time, you can easily control the temperature in the house. For more information, please contact us.

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Four Ways to Improve Your Home's Indoor Air Quality This Winter

Winter is here, and the cooler weather means you're spending more time inside. While staying warm and avoiding the slushy weather of Texas winters is always a good idea, more time indoors means more exposure to indoor air. Indoor air quality should always be a concern, but in winter, improving the air you're breathing is of the utmost importance. Here are a few things you can do to improve the air quality in your home.

Change Your Air Filters

Your HVAC system is equipped with numerous air filters all in place to keep dust, pollen, and allergens out of your home. However, these filters get dirty and clogged over time. Though it may be tempting to ignore a dirty air filter, changing them will go a long way towards improving your home's indoor air quality.

Deep Clean Your Air Vents

Dust, debris, and pet hair all love to collect around the air vents in your home, and frequent cleaning will keep these particles from going airborne. Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust without damaging the finish on your vent covers.

Install an Air Purifier

At Green Leaf, we're happy to carry and install high-quality air purifiers that work in conjunction with your HVAC unit to keep the air you breathe clean and clear. These units work throughout your entire home, boost the effectiveness of your HVAC filters, and significantly reduce allergens.

Schedule Furnace Maintenance

Winter often leads to an increase in furnace use, and a furnace tune-up can boost the efficiency of your unit while taking care of any buildup or problems reducing the system’s output. Best of all, our experienced technicians will be able to spot early warning signs of damage or problems in your system and fix them before they leave you without heat in the middle of the night.

Contact Green Leaf today for more information on how we can help you improve your home's indoor air quality. Breathe easy, stay comfortable, and trust the experts at Green Leaf.

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Furnace Maintenance to Ensure Toasty Toes in the Winter

Your furnace is something you may not be thinking about in the warm months when you don't need it. But when the temperature takes a sudden plunge, and your previously forgotten furnace is turned on and doesn't heat your house, it becomes your first priority. What does your furnace need in order to be effective and safe through the cold winter months?

One of the easiest things you can do on your own is to make sure to change your furnace filter when it gets dirty. The filter prevents dirt from entering the furnace and becomes clogged with dust, debris, and other impurities. Heating experts may recommend replacing the filter every four to six weeks during the winter. Filters are very affordable and sold in home improvement stores, and even most grocery and "big box" stores. Sizes are not standard, so check your existing filter to find out what size you need.

Gas furnaces have vents that conduct the warm air around your home. Sometimes those vents and vent covers become clogged with debris. You can improve the effectiveness of your furnace by periodically cleaning these vents. Start by taking off each vent cover. Wipe with a damp cloth, and clean the inside of each vent with the hose attachment of a vacuum cleaner.

Other maintenance that may be more complicated includes cleaning the blower, which is behind the filter system, inspecting the fan, and checking that the thermostat is in working order. Yearly maintenance done by professionals will include inspection of all of these elements to ensure that each component is working the way it should. Performing this maintenance in a timely manner will help you get the most out of your furnace, and will cut down on high repair or replacement costs.

If your toes are freezing, contact us to help you warm up by getting your furnace in top shape this winter!

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Five Reasons Your Neighbor Got a New Furnace Installed

Does it seem like everyone is replacing their furnace? Do they know something you don't? Well, maybe they do. There are many reasons to replace your furnace before it breaks down. Here are five of the most common reasons your neighbors may have for purchasing their furnaces now. 

  1. Older furnaces use more fuel and oil at a faster rate than new models. New furnaces need to meet higher energy standards. They use better materials and the latest technologies available to increase performance.
  2. Many homes have undergone additions and upgrades to meet the needs of the growing family. This means that their heating needs changed, too. New furnaces can take up less space and still provide increased heating efficiency.
  3. Older units may need expensive repairs that are not cost-effective. A new furnace can spread this expense out over time while allowing you to take advantage of any rebates or replacement incentives offered by the dealer or manufacturer.
  4. Most homeowners are worried about the environmental impact of the current heating system. This has led to extensive research for a better system that provides them with the efficiency necessary to keep their homes comfortable while meeting their responsibility to their communities.
  5. Last but not least are the various tax credits, grants, and loan assistance programs available to anyone interested in replacing their old furnaces. Federal, state, and local governments have a variety of energy improvement programs available for people to take advantage of. 

Contact Green Leaf A/C and Heating to find out about the various programs available to help you get your new furnace installed without breaking the bank. Ask them about any programs that involve new energy benefits and any factory rebate programs available. Install the right furnace for your home or property and save money at the same time.

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Customer Reviews & Comments

Average rating for Green Leaf A/C and Heating is 4.99 stars of 5 stars - based on 92 reviews

I talked to Eddie last night ,he told me they would be here around 10 AM. Todd was here at 10AM did the repair. He was very knowledgealbe, and very friendly. Green Leaf is a great HVAC company very customer oriented. I will muse them again and again. Thank You Eddie and Todd.

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