How Much Is a New Furnace?

November 13, 2023

A home’s HVAC system is one of the major investments you’ll make in your home. According to Forbes, the national average for a new furnace is about $5,000, with the options ranging from about $3,000 to over $10,000, which includes the new unit, installation, and disposal of an older unit. The following factors will affect how much you can expect to pay for your new unit. What Size System Do You Need? Furnace size refers to the heating capacity of a unit, usually measured in either British Thermal Units (BTU) or tonnes, which is a factor of BTU. Generally, the larger the unit, the more it’ll cost. It’s important to get the proper size unit for your home to avoid unusual strain, increasing the operational costs and the number of repairs, and shortening the unit’s service life. Are Your Installing a Standard or High-Efficiency Unit? Next, consider the rated efficiency of the new unit. Standard efficiency systems have an efficiency rating of between about 80% and 89%. High-efficiency systems run between 90% and 98%. High-efficiency systems have modulating burners, variable-speed fans, and dual heat exchangers. All of this allows the unit to run in very small increments so that you...

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Deciding if a Tankless Water Heater Is Right for Your Home

October 20, 2023

When your old hot water tank leaks all over your floor, you might wonder if there’s another option. A tankless water heater may be a great option for your Cheyenne home. Also known as on-demand or instant water heaters, tankless water heaters give you the hot water you need while taking up less space in your home. Before selecting a tankless water heater, examine the pros and cons of these systems. Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater In addition to saving space in your home, a tankless water heater offers other benefits that make this an excellent choice for your home. Tankless water heaters only consume energy when you turn on the hot water for the sink, shower, washer, or other appliances. These water heaters use less energy than tank water heaters. You may notice a decline in your energy bills over time. Tankless water heaters also may last longer than traditional water heaters. There is a lower risk of leaking with a tankless water heater. The Downsides of Installing a Tankless Water Heater There are a few drawbacks to choosing a tankless water heater. These water heaters are often more expensive to purchase and install. If you’re on a...

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3 Ways to Determine Whether You Should Repair or Replace Your Furnace

September 19, 2023

Your furnace is critical for keeping your home both comfortable and safe over the Wyoming winter. When there’s a problem, it’s sometimes stressful thinking about whether this is the time you’re going to hear that it’s time for a replacement. Consider these three telltale signs that you should consider installing a new furnace. 1. How Old Is Your Current Unit? The average central forced air gas furnace should last roughly 15 to 20 years when properly maintained. Some people have pushed their system to well over 20 years in some cases. Even if your current unit seems to be running strong, you risk suffering a catastrophic failure and experiencing significantly reduced heating efficiency as it ages. If your current system is more than 15 years old, start planning for your replacement. Planning ahead allows you to take advantage of off-season savings while also avoiding an emergency replacement in the middle of a major snowstorm. 2. Repair History Consider the cost of repairs for your furnace over the last two heating seasons. Multiply that total by the age of your system. If that equals more than the cost of a new system, it’s time for a replacement. Conversely, consider the cost...

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Maintenance That a Furnace Needs

August 15, 2023

Maintaining your furnace to keep it in top-notch condition helps ensure a cozy and comfortable home during the chilly winter months. Regular maintenance promotes optimal performance, energy efficiency, and longevity of your heating system. This article explores the essential maintenance tasks required to keep your furnace running smoothly and efficiently. 1. Schedule an Annual Furnace Tune-Up An annual tune-up by a professional HVAC technician is one of the most critical maintenance tasks for your furnace. The technician will inspect and clean the different components of your furnace during the tune-up and ensure everything is in working order. This preventive measure helps you detect potential issues early on and makes it so your furnace can operate efficiently throughout the heating season. 2. Check and Clean the Blower Motor The blower motor is responsible for distributing warm air throughout your home. During furnace maintenance, the HVAC technician will inspect the blower motor and ensure it’s free from debris and is operating efficiently. A clean and well-maintained blower motor provides consistent airflow and optimal heating performance. 3. Inspect the Gas Line and Connections Checking the gas line and connections for gas furnaces is crucial for safety and performance. The technician will look for...

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Differences Between Ducted Mini-Splits and Ductless Mini-Splits

July 17, 2023

Finding the best HVAC system for your home can feel overwhelming, given all the options available. Mini-splits have become popular because they are highly energy efficient, relatively easy to install, and provide advanced filtration to improve indoor air quality. Here is more information about mini-splits and the differences between the ducted and ductless mini-split varieties. Mini-Splits An HVAC professional can install a mini-split heat pump using existing ductwork or as a stand-alone heating and cooling system. In cooler months, a mini-split pulls heat from the outdoor air and transfers it indoors. Conversely, in warmer months, it pulls heat out of indoor air to cool your home, similar to how an air conditioner works. These systems are more efficient at heating your home than traditional options and may result in lower utility costs during cold weather. In terms of cooling, a mini-splits efficiency is equivalent to the best central air conditioning systems. Ductless Mini-Splits A ductless mini-split is an excellent option if your home does not have existing ductwork. Ducts are time-consuming and expensive to install. Alternatively, when installing a ductless system, a HVAC technician will only have to drill a small hole in the wall of each room where you...

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What Does Standard AC Installation Involve?

June 13, 2023

An air conditioner is key in keeping you comfortable. Whether you’re considering a new installation or a replacement, it’s a good idea to understand standard installation procedures. HVAC professionals can easily install a brand-new system to ensure you stay cool during the summer months. Here is a step-by-step guide to the AC installation process. Step 1: Pre-Installation Assessment The first step is a pre-installation assessment from an HVAC technician. This inspection allows the expert to understand your specific needs, evaluate the size of your home, and examine the existing HVAC system. Step 2: Old System Removal If there’s an old unit in place, the next step is its safe removal. The technician will disconnect power, refrigerant lines, and ductwork. These professionals will ensure proper disposal or recycling of the old system according to environmental regulations. Step 3: Installation of New AC Unit Next, the HVAC company installs the new central AC unit. The indoor evaporator coil is replaced, and the outdoor condenser unit is positioned appropriately. The technician ensures the outdoor unit is on a level surface and the indoor unit is correctly mounted. Step 4: Connecting the System Following the unit installation, the system’s components need to be connected....

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4 Basic Steps to Troubleshoot an AC Problem

May 10, 2023

Air conditioners tend to act up most during the hottest parts of the summer, and you probably just want some relief from the heat. While actual repairs are best left to trained professionals, there are some steps you can take to try to solve your AC problem. Try these four basic troubleshooting steps, then call for an appointment with a technician from Advanced Comfort Solutions if your AC is still acting up. 1. Check Your Air Filter A dirty air filter can cause a variety of symptoms, from low airflow to short cycling and many in between. The common 1- and 2-inch filter requires replacing every 30 to 90 days, depending on style and your air quality. Check your air filter and try replacing it to see if that solves your issue. 2. Make Sure Your Thermostat’s Set Properly Your thermostat has a number of settings that could affect your AC performance. Check to make sure that it’s in Cooling mode and that the fan is set to Auto. Then check the time on the thermostat and your programs to see if they need adjusting. 3. Clear Around Your Outside Condensing Unit Your outside condensing unit can get clogged with...

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The Drawbacks of Servicing Your Own Air Conditioner

April 19, 2023

One large part of maintaining a functional cooling system in your Cheyenne, Wyoming home is scheduling routine maintenance service. Professional AC tune-ups are key to optimizing the performance of your air conditioner and keeping breakdowns and other repair issues at bay. Before you service your AC on your own, read on to discover the potential drawbacks of do-it-yourself maintenance and repairs.   Your Warranty Could Be Voided Your AC manufacturer warranty, the coverage supplied by your home warranty, and all air conditioner protections provided by your home insurance plan could be voided. All of these protections come as the result of mutually binding agreements. Home insurance companies and warranty providers agree to pay for covered damages, and you agree to diligently maintain your AC equipment.   Among the most basic requirements for AC maintenance outlined in these agreements are hiring licensed professionals for all repair work and scheduling annual AC service. Allowing any unlicensed parties to service your home cooling equipment, including yourself, could leave you paying out-of-pocket when covered problems arise.   Proper AC Maintenance Extends the Lifespan of Your Cooling Equipment Professional AC service addresses far more than the cooling system components that you can see and access...

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Mini-split System Considerations

March 17, 2023

Mini-split systems are the latest innovative and versatile option for cooling and heating indoor environments. However, there are some factors to consider before deciding to purchase one. Initial Expense The cost of investing in a mini-split system depends on the number of rooms requiring unit installation or the overall size of the system. Primary cost may run 30% to 200% more than traditional central cooling and heating units. However, brands bearing the Energy Star label enable consumers to save money on utility bills in the long run.  Aesthetic Considerations Traditional units cool and heat multiple rooms by sending temperature controlled air via ductwork and venting. Mini-split systems require units to be installed in each room where climate control is needed. Each indoor unit is then connected to a single outdoor unit via invisible piping. Although the indoor units come in a variety of sizes, they are not as discreet in appearance. Thus, some consumers may deem them as an eyesore.     Maintenance Needs Forced air systems require filter replacement every one to six months to ensure clean and unobstructed air flow into and out of the system. On the other hand, mini-split systems come with a reusable filter that must...

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When Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

February 2, 2023

Over time, your home’s air quality periodically changes. This can manifest in allergy symptoms in members of your household, and you may notice small particles in the air that signify adverse air quality. A noticeable change in temperature throughout your home can also occur. These are indications that you need your air ducts cleaned. Your Ducts and Vents Have Become Clogged If you examine the air ducts and vents in your Cheyenne, Wyoming home and notice that they have become clogged by dust, dirt and other debris, it’s time to have a professional duct cleaning done. Advanced Comfort Solutions can provide you with these services so that your ducts can function efficiently again. Poor or Uneven Airflow A sure sign that you need professional air duct cleaning is when the air circulation throughout your home is poor or uneven. Whether you’re running the heat or air conditioning from your HVAC system, if the temperature is different from room to room or even from one spot in a room compared to another location in that same room, there’s likely an issue that needs to be addressed. A professional technician can get to the bottom of it and ensure that your ducts...

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