Climate Control Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Independence’

Is a Boiler the Right Choice for Your Home?

Monday, January 20th, 2020

pressure-gauge-on-boilerWhether you’re having a new home constructed or you need to replace a dying heater, the Comfort Bear is here to help! This can be a difficult decision—what is the best type of heater for your home? Should you just stick with what you’re used to? But what if it’s not as effective or efficient as it could be?

Most homeowners in our area are used to furnaces, and for good reason! But these systems require a network of air ducts to carry heated air into various rooms. This is fine, but if you don’t have room for ducts, or if your existing ducts are old and damaged, you might want an alternative.

The Comfort Bear can’t let another moment go by without suggesting that you consider a boiler installation! These heating systems operate differently from forced-air heating. They use a process called radiant heating, which is heating up objects in rooms so they send out heat waves throughout the space. Boiler systems can utilize radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor piping to spread warmth throughout a space.

Selecting a new boiler system for your winter comfort can be a hard decision, but there are a number of reasons why it’s a good decision!

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These Sounds Indicate a Furnace in Disrepair

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

natural-gas-jets-of-furnaceWhen it comes to home comfort, the Comfort Bear would like to ignore strange noises coming from appliances in the home—but ultimately this would be a bad idea.

It’s easy to deny that something may be amiss with our heaters when they start making an odd sound, since fixing it can be a nuisance. But just like the Comfort Bear, you shouldn’t neglect these signs of furnace disrepair.

A rattle may be something as benign as an easy-to-fix loose panel, or it could suggest a cracked heat exchanger which can lead to a hazardous carbon monoxide leak. It’s important to protect your family—if you hear anything outside of the normal cycling of your furnace and air whooshing through your vents, please give us a call. We’ve listed below some of the common sounds you should alert us to.

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Tips to Prepare Your Home Plumbing for Winter

Monday, November 25th, 2019

icicles-hanging-from-pipeThe Comfort Bear, here! Are you as ready for winter as I am? I might not hibernate as much as my friends do—I need to be there for homeowners throughout Independence! But I’m all about making my home as comfortable and safe as possible. How about you?

If we’re in agreement, then boy does our team have a suggestion for you—get an inspection from our professionals! We’ll conduct a thorough one, checking for any pending repair needs and possible leaks you may have occurring. Most of all, though, when you contact our team versus a competitor, you’ll get plumbers who actually listen. We believe that what our customers have to say is much more important than the tools in the toolbox. That said, we’re the team to call when you suspect a problem. But we do also want to help you avoid plumbing problems, which is why we’ve provided the guide below.

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Beware Common Indoor Air Quality Threats

Monday, October 28th, 2019

man-relaxing-in-homeMany homeowners don’t realize this, but the quality of their indoor air can actually be worse than that of outdoors. It’s hard to believe, when our outdoor air quality isn’t even that bad to begin with, relative to other parts of the country. But if you have a modern home, it means it was built “tightly” to allow for the best efficiency for your HVAC systems—and this type of construction also allows for allergens and other contaminants to stay trapped in your home.

This is great news for your energy bills, as your air conditioner and heater will operate more efficiently. But it’s not so great if anyone in your family is an allergy or asthma sufferer. With no air being able to escape your home, contaminants like dust, dirt, pollen and pet dander get trapped inside with you, and even the healthiest person can become ill—without the right indoor air quality products and services in place.

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“Why Is Water Leaking From My AC?”

Monday, August 5th, 2019

outdoor-unit-of-an-air-conditionerComfort Bear here! Have you been plagued by a leak near your air conditioner? Did you try calling a plumber to no avail? Well, this could be because the leak is coming from your air conditioner.

This one can be a bit of a head-scratcher—after all, does your air conditioner even use water to operate? No, it doesn’t, so what’s going on?

If there’s anything the Comfort Bear can’t stand during the summer, it is air conditioning problems that lead to discomfort. Unfortunately, this is one of those things that while on the onset is relatively minor, can grow into something bigger. A leaking air conditioner can be quite the issue. Read on to learn more!

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Reducing Humidity Is Key for Comfort in the Summer

Monday, May 27th, 2019

fan-familyComfort Bear here, ready to dispense some wisdom for you. Hold onto your seat, because this one’s a real mind blower:

You know how it gets hot and uncomfortable in the summer? You might think that it’s the high temperatures that have got you feeling gross and sweaty. But you’d be mistaken.

The truth is that it’s not the heat, it’s actually the humidity that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Sorry, what? You say you’ve already heard that expression? And you’ve heard it more times than you can stand it?

Okay, okay. But did you know that you can turn your home into a safe haven, free from the discomfort of high humidity, with the simple addition of a whole-house dehumidifier?

And not only will this help you feel more comfortable, but it can even save you money! Here’s the complete rundown:

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4 Signs You Need Air Conditioner Replacement

Monday, May 13th, 2019

For most of you humans, you tend to view your air conditioners as a luxury, and your heating systems as a necessity.

For Comfort Bear, it’s the exact opposite. If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you might remember how sentimental I got about having to replace my furnace, even though I barely used that thing.

But now you’re asking me to replace my air conditioner?

Just as a reminder: what you consider to be a “relaxing summer day” is a sweltering inferno for me. I need my AC to keep my fur cool!!

But no matter what you say, I don’t have to give up my AC that easily. Unless my air conditioner is displaying the right combination of issues, there’s really no reason to have my AC replaced so soon—and neither should you!

Here are the signs to look out for:

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Don’t Get Sentimental About Furnace Replacement!

Monday, March 18th, 2019

old-furnace“Comfort Bear, why are you clutching that furnace?” you may be asking. Well, you see, this furnace has been with me since the very beginning. And now, I’m suddenly being told that I have to replace it!

We’ve been through some intense winters together. In return, I vowed that I’d always be there for it: through all of its maintenance checks, through all of its repairs, every time it fails to start, even during that one time it triggered the carbon monoxide alarm…

Well, okay, maybe I’m being a bit sentimental. I guess it’s time to let go. When I think about it objectively, I suppose there are a lot of good reasons for knowing when to replace your furnace:

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Planning on Installing a Heat Pump? Here’s What to Expect

Monday, February 18th, 2019

ductless-heat-pumpHm? What’s that? It’s been a bit colder here in the Midwest, lately? Sorry, but I hardly noticed! I guess now that you mention it, it does feel a bit more like home …

Anyways, I’m sure you’re wondering what helpful tips Comfort Bear has for you this week. I’ve realized that some first-time heat pump owners may be a bit surprised with how their systems are operating—especially if they’ve been using a furnace their whole life.

So, for this post, I want those thinking about installing a heat pump to know what they’re getting into. Here are 5 things you should keep in mind:

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5 Common Gas Furnace Safety Issues

Monday, January 7th, 2019

technician-inspects-furnace-safelyThis is Comfort Bear, here to tell you more about furnaces. Lucky for me I don’t really need a furnace. To be honest, I’m already looking forward to the feeling of cool air from an AC unit blowing through my fur…

Sorry, spaced out there for a second. As I was saying: furnaces. Gas furnaces are incredible devices, and they’re crazy popular across the whole nation. Even so, you want to make sure it runs safely all year long. Gas appliances are safe when installed by a pro, but even then, they can fall into disrepair and invite some trouble.

Here are some of the common safety issues you can look out for with your own furnace:

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