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More Than One Path to Success

Did you know until 1950, all students were taught both academics and basic vocational skills? School was utilized to educate and prepare young minds for the rest of their lives, with encouragement to go down whatever career path they showed interest in and a natural ability for. However, as time went on there was a push to prepare all students for a college education, leaving vocational training on the back burner.

A comprehensive list of skills, abilities and interests that could lead to vocational training.

So how does this affect young adults entering the work force today? No two students are the same, resulting in a multitude of different learning styles and a wide variety of skills. Some students excel at math, history and biology, and others are better at thinking mechanically and strategically or creatively. Some people learn well in large classrooms, while others thrive in hands-on learning and prefer to participate to best comprehend new information. Most importantly, not everyone goes to a traditional four-year college – so why are we preparing everyone for the same path?

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 68% of high school students attend college, while over 30% are entering the work force with neither academic or job skills. Furthermore, of the 68% attending college nearly 40% will not finish, resulting in wasted time and a heap of student loan debt to deal with. Around one-third of the remaining 28% that do finish college, end up with jobs they could have earned without a four-year degree. College can be a student’s path to success, but for some there is more than one path.

“Turning your passion into your job is easier than finding a job that matches your passion.” –Seth Godin

It’s time we bring back vocational training in the high school setting as a potential career path. The negative predisposition against vocational education is destructive to the process of encouraging students to seek training wherever their natural gifts and preferences lead them. Many of the skills most needed to compete in the global market of the 21st century are technical and vocational. The absence of qualified applicants in many of these fields is costing us economically as a nation. These jobs are left empty because younger generations perceive less value in being an HVAC specialist or electrician than an engineer or a medical professional. All the while, young adults are entering lifelong careers that are not fulfilling and don’t best suit their natural talents, not to mention they don’t encourage growth and entrepreneurship.

HVAC technician enjoying a successful and happy career thanks to vocational training.

If you know a young talent who excels at working with their hands or tools, likes building things, or is a detail-oriented problem solver, encourage them to seek out apprenticeship programs or internships and strive for what makes them happy. Choosing a career path that leads to a lifetime of happiness is one of the most important goals we can set for upcoming generations.

Programmable Thermostat – Save with Comfort, Convenience, and Connectivity

Wish you had some extra cash for a vacation or that new furniture set you’ve been eyeing? We can help make saving money on monthly energy bills easy. Investing in a programmable thermostat can reduce your monthly energy bill by up to 20%, so you can keep that extra money in your pocket to save for whatever you choose.

Programmable thermostat from Vilandre Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for energy savings and ideal home comfort.

 

Saving Money:

How exactly does a programmable thermostat save you money? It will give precise control over your heating and cooling, helping to reduce wasted energy. You will have the power to adjust the temperature every hour of every day, while home or away. For the most advantageous savings, utilize a ‘setback’ period for around 8 hours. While at work, sleeping, or both, set the temperature lower and reduce your energy bill by 10 to 20 percent. For every degree that you adjust the setting lower over an eight-hour period, expect to take one percent off your heating or cooling bill.

The Thermostat for Your Lifestyle:

As technology has advanced, so has the user-friendly interface of the programmable thermostats we offer, all with easy setup – no manual needed here – and some even offering voice activation. You have the option to preset the temperature for different times of the day, whether home, away, sleeping, or even on vacation. Many allow for weekend versus weekday settings, and some have Wi-Fi, giving you the option to change your settings from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. Other options offer alerts that notify you when the air filter should be changed or if the temperature is not staying within the desired range.

Programmable thermostat from Vilandre Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for energy savings and ideal home comfort.

 

Don’t Compromise Your Comfort:

Remotely control your comfort settings for optimum relaxation. As the seasons change, so will your ideal temperature for comfort. If you prefer to sleep colder and have a warm home upon waking, you can set your thermostat to do just that. No worries about the heat or cool settings when headed out on vacation, because you can change the temperature from your phone while waiting for a flight or riding in the car. These devices allow you to enjoy the full benefits of your HVAC system while saving money.

Family enjoying comfort control benefits from a programmable thermostat by Vilandre Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

 

How to Start Saving:

If you are worried about the cost of a new programmable thermostat, we have a variety of options to fit into every budget. Give us a call or contact us via our website to discuss your options with one of our HVAC specialists. Our technicians will come out, install, and take the time to make sure you fully understand all of the features and functions of your new thermostat, and we are always a phone call away if questions should arise.

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Pros and Cons of Going Tankless

If you are pondering whether or not to go tankless for your next water heater, we are here to help you decide with some pros and cons. Read on to learn more!

First, let’s establish the two types of water heaters – traditional and tankless. Traditional water heaters store and preheat on average 30 to 50 gallons of water in a tank. This water is used whenever someone does laundry, showers, washes dishes, etc. As the water is used, the tank refills and reheats again. Tankless water heaters use a heat source, like electricity or gas, to warm cool water on demand whenever you need it, rather than storing it.

We’ve done the research for you to help you decide if a tankless water heater will fit the needs of your home.

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  • Energy savings – tankless water heaters use 30 to 50 percent less energy than units with tanks. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates gas-fired tankless water heaters save each year an average of $100 in energy costs and about $44 in electricity bills, compared to traditional water heaters.
  • On demand – referred to as “on demand” because they heat water only when you turn on the faucet; you no longer have to pay to keep 30-50 gallons of hot water on hand.
  • Continuous supply of hot water – this is ideal if you have a family member that uses up all the hot water taking extra-long showers, or if you need to fill a Jacuzzi tub. If more capacity is needed, multiple tankless heaters can be hooked up together.
  • Compact design – smaller than a standard water heater and can be mounted on an interior or exterior wall.
  • Warranty – tankless water heaters typically have a 15+ year warranty, while traditional models only come with a six-year warranty on average.
  • Environmental benefits – besides wasting less energy, you are also preventing a rusty tank from ending up in a landfill when you go the tankless route.
  • Life expectancy – most tankless water heaters last well over 20 years, about twice as long as traditional models.
  • Tax rebates – many gas-powered tankless water heaters qualify for a $300 federal tax rebate, and many states offer similar incentives.

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  • Upfront cost – at initial purchase and install you will see a higher bill than if you chose a traditional water heater.
  • Special venting requirements – tankless units have high-powered burners, requiring a dedicated, sealed vent system that has to be installed by a professional.
  • Utility conversion – if your home utilities are electricity-only, your electrical system may need an upgrade, which requires hiring an electrician to ensure the proper voltage, amperage, and circuit breaker are in place.

The most important thing to remember when selecting your next water heater is to consider your household’s needs first. Select the unit that best fits your water usage, lifestyle, and budget. Be sure to get an estimate on installation as well as equipment, and have your water heater professionally installed. Unless you are a professional, this is not a do-it-yourself job. To further discuss options with our plumbing experts and what might fit your home best, contact us via our website or call 701.775.4675.

Five Solutions to Low Water Pressure

Are you bothered by a low water pressure problem? This issue can be frustrating and make minor tasks like washing dishes and clothes, showering, or watering plants take longer than necessary. It can also increase the amount of water you are using, which in turn increases your water bill.

A good way to tell if you may have a problem is your toilet cistern, which generally holds about 7.5 liters of water and should take no more than 1 minute and 40 seconds to refill. If you hear your toilet filling for longer, it could be a signal of a pressure issue. You can test water pressure on your own with a kit; normal pressure is around 50 PSI (pounds per square inch), so if your results show it’s below 30, you’ve confirmed a problem.

A few measures you can take to identify the origin of your problem and possibly increase water pressure include:

  • Defective valves – Locate your main water valve and make sure it is all the way open. It can unexpectedly slip without any sign or indication, and if the valve is turned off or even closed slightly, your water pressure can be dramatically impacted. If your pressure is low, this is a good place to check first!
  • Check elevation – If your house is located higher than the water storage tank, pressure will be difficult to maintain. If possible, have your tank elevated higher than your house to ensure the best water pressure possible.
  • Check for water leaks – Damaged pipes allow water to seep out, much like a straw with a hole in it; visually inspect water pipes for cracks, leaks, or debris buildup. If you are unable to find any leaks, turn off your main water valve to your home or structure and immediately check the water meter reading. After waiting a couple of hours, check the meter again and if the number increases, that’s a sign you have a leak.

 

  • Check pressure regulator – Locate the pressure regulator below the hose connection attached to your home. When a pressure regulator isn’t working properly, you will notice low water pressure at every faucet in your home. This kind of plumbing repair is best left to a professional.
  • Mineral deposit buildup – Over time, mineral deposits can gather and clog water pipes, blocking faucets and showerheads and restricting the flow of water. To remove mineral deposit buildup, try scrubbing the affected areas with a toothbrush using a commercial cleaner or a simple solution of white vinegar or lemon and baking soda. If that doesn’t do the trick, you may need to hire an expert.

Sometimes your city’s pressure may just not be what you hoped. The best solution here is opting for a pressure tank and pump. The pressure tank, incorporated into your plumbing after the main shutoff valve, will keep the volume of water in your system high and maintain pressure at a more stable level. To boost the pressure beyond that, you would need a pump to go with the tank, which takes the low-pressure water coming into your home and increases the PSI before sending it through the pressure tank. The right pump depends on a number of factors, and if you would like to discuss your options we would be happy to help.

More than likely, to fix your water pressure a professional plumber will be needed. However, identifying and sourcing low water pressure causes yourself may help isolate the problem so you can more easily describe symptoms to an expert. If you have low water pressure in your home, we can help you diagnose the problem and give you all of your available options to solve the issue. Contact us today to enjoy better water pressure in no time.

The How and Why of Summer Gutter Maintenance

Warm weather is here, and so are the summer projects! From falling leaves to spring rains, the gutter’s hard work is done — making summer the perfect time for proper maintenance. Gutters are an important component of a home; they help maintain the integrity of your foundation and should be cleaned twice a year to keep debris and other material from clogging the system, as well as preventing water from leaking into your home or building, which could cause extensive damage. Additionally, gutter maintenance eliminates standing water that creates an ideal breeding ground for insects like mosquitoes. This can help to reduce the spread of harmful diseases, such as West Nile, heartworm in your pets, and the recent increase in cases of Zika virus you have been seeing on the news. Health officials are expecting mosquitoes in the U.S. to have Zika virus within the next month, so gutter maintenance is more important now than ever!

In addition to these benefits to your family’s health and home, with regular maintenance a gutter system can last 20 to 30 years. This month’s edition of ‘The Advantage’ brings you a great checklist of summer maintenance on your gutters to keep them holding strong and doing their job year after year.

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  1. Give your gutter system a thorough cleaning. Use gloves to remove debris like sticks, needles, leaves, and any other remnants. Remove any empty nests. Don’t forget to check for wasp nests as well; if found, call a pest control company for safe removal.
  2. Scoop out mud with a trowel if necessary.
  3. Clean with a brush and gentle abrasive or soap. As you scrub, watch for areas that seem especially troubled and go back to them when you’re looking at roofing drainage. Keep in mind that areas with a lot of mold, algae, or moss could signal a drainage problem.
  4. Once they’re cleaned, flush the entire system with a garden hose. This will help locate leaks, which we will discuss later.
  5. Use the hose to wash out your downspouts to make sure they’re not clogged. Note, downspouts aren’t meant to withstand the same water pressure as a house drain, so just run some water down; it’s not necessary to shoot water at it.
  6. While you’re up on the ladder cleaning, it’s a good idea to also check out your roof. Your gutter system and your roofing work together. Make sure that you fix any areas of poor repair, and watch for gutter problems that could be causing issues on your roof.

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After the gutters are cleaned, take the time for a good visual inspection to see if and where there are any obvious areas that need attention right away. Walk around your entire gutter system looking for loose or hanging fixtures, clogs or leaks. Move sagging areas upward with pliers. Make a note of rusty areas or holes, and ensure that you replace extremely damaged areas and fix gaps or leaks. If you question your inspection or see any major problem areas, call our service professionals to conduct an inspection. If the damage is extensive, replacement of the gutter system may be needed.

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The gutter should be sloped towards the downspout, about 1/8″ per foot to keep water flowing. If not sloped properly, water can collect in the gutter and eventually overflow into the structure. Overflowing water is generally the cause of basement leaks.

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Follow the flow of water out of the gutter to see where it goes. If you made any exterior improvements to your home or changes in landscaping, it may have shifted the drainage patterns that water from the gutter follows. You can mimic rainfall with a garden hose and check to ensure that the water is flowing completely away from the home’s foundation and is not creating puddles in areas around the yard that may create mulch washout or breed insects, especially mosquitoes.

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Run a bit of water through the gutter to find smaller leaks. If you find a leak, you can either call in a gutter professional or fix it yourself with a patch of metal flashing adhered with roofing cement, or by applying gutter or silicone caulking around a clean, dry piece of gutter. If your gutter is sagging, it could be on the threshold of collapsing. The gutter sags from the weight of debris or from not being installed properly. A broken spike or hanger may also be the cause; installing new hardware can repair these components.

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Gutter guards close off the ends of the gutter and have a screen over the top, making it difficult for animals, insects, leaves, and other unwanted pests to get in. They can be installed by a professional and will prevent clogging and other related issues. Depending on your surroundings, gutter guards can also make routine cleaning easier by eliminating excess leaves, sticks, and animal nests that often find their way into your uncovered gutter.

Summer generally sees less precipitation than other parts of the year, making it the ideal time to work on long-term gutter maintenance. If you’re thinking of installing new guttering or downspouts, now is the perfect time to do so. Give us a call and we will be happy to come out and give both our professional assessment and an estimate for seamless gutter.

Air Conditioner: Repair vs. Replace

Are you wondering if it is time to replace your air conditioner, or if it is worth your investment to repair? Then this month’s installment of ‘The Advantage’ is a must-read for you! We are here to help weigh the options so you can make the best choice for you, your home, and your wallet.

There can be a lot to mull over with this decision. To help simplify the process, we have a great list of some of the first things you should take into consideration when deciding between repairing or replacing.

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  • Age of your unit – Energy Star recommends air conditioning units older than 10 years be replaced. So if yours is under 10, lean toward repairing. They may very well last longer than 10 years, but will lose efficiency over time, costing you more in the long run with repair costs and increased utility bills due to decreased efficiency.
  • Maintenance history – If you know the maintenance history of your unit and it has been inspected regularly over its life, it will likely last longer than one that has not, so repair is definitely a viable option.
  • Moving – Determine how long you plan to live in your current home. If you intend on moving soon, a repair will likely be a more cost-effective choice.
  • Noise – Is your unit excessively noisy or does it turn off randomly? It may be over-exerting itself and in need of a check-up. Annual or semiannual routine maintenance plans can help prevent these problems before they occur and keep your entire HVAC system running more efficiently.
  • 5000 Rule – Multiply the age of the equipment by the repair cost, and if that exceeds $5,000, then you want to replace. If less, repair.

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  • Breakdown occurrence/energy bill – Has your air conditioner broken down multiple times while running over the last few years? Have you seen an increase in your monthly bill? Then it probably can’t handle your needs, and replacing may be in your best interests. Repairs can often add up and cost more than a new system altogether.
  • Changing temps – If your system is not keeping your home at a constant temp or within a few degrees of your setting, it can be caused by a number of issues. Having one of our HVAC specialists come out and inspect your system and possibly hire a qualified technician to run an energy assessment of your home is a great starting point. Ultimately, your unit may be going out and it might be time for an upgrade.
  • R-22 (refrigerant) – If your system requires additional refrigerant, you likely have a coolant leak. Topping off a system with R-22 refrigerant, also known as Freon, can cost over $100 per pound, and fixing the leak along with putting in several pounds of refrigerant can wind up costing anywhere from $550 to $1,000. If your unit takes R-22 and it develops a leak, replacement is likely your best option as repairing a leak, adding refrigerant, and replacing your compressor can cost you about the same as buying a new unit. Not to mention R-22 prices have soared in recent years due to the EPA’s eventual phase-out of the chemical. HVAC manufacturers quit producing units “charged” with R-22 in 2010, and production of R-22 will end in 2020. It will be replaced with a more environmentally friendly refrigerant, R-410A.

If you are still pondering, try visiting this website to check the efficiency and potential cost savings of your equipment. Still can’t decide whether to repair or replace? Give us a call or visit our website, and we would be happy to assess your system and give our professional opinion.

Springtime Maintenance Saves You Money

Have you ever wondered if a HVAC maintenance plan is worth it? This month’s edition of ‘The Advantage’ is here to tell you why having a plan in place is a good idea for both you and your budget.

Warmer weather is well on its way, and it’s time to dust off that air conditioner and be sure it is in working order. If it’s time to repair an old HVAC system or even have a new one installed, be sure to ask our service technician about our extended HVAC service contract or maintenance plan agreement. These plans have a set fee to guarantee you get our ongoing services and routine maintenance to your HVAC system.

There are many benefits to a regular HVAC maintenance plan, such as:

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Inspections and professional cleanings to your air conditioner before summer and your heating system at the beginning of winter ensure that your HVAC system is running properly, and can also help extend the life of your equipment. A heating or cooling tune-up will test your thermostat operation, motor, wiring connections, drainage system, and more. Having one of our qualified technicians inspect your system a couple of times per year can help identify issues while they are still minor and less complicated to fix, rather than waiting until they become major issues that cause damage to your system, resulting in expensive repairs or replacement.

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A clean filter traps dust, dirt, and other allergens to keep your air clean. Of all illnesses, 50% are either caused or aggravated by polluted air, according to the American College of Allergists, meaning that nasty cold going around your household could actually be caused or worsened by filter problems. At each maintenance visit, we will be sure you have a clean filter and can even supply specialty filters if needed.

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Tune-ups provided with your HVAC maintenance plan result in savings on your monthly electric bill over time. Your gas or electric furnace, heat pump, and air conditioner might be silently costing you more than necessary, but our technicians can spot potential issues that are affecting your system’s efficiency and help to optimize its performance for more affordable utility costs.

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Some manufacturers require routine maintenance as a term of the warranty. If regular maintenance is not performed the warranty could be voided, giving them the right to deny any claims for repair work due to poor or improper maintenance. An unfortunate event such as this could leave expensive repair costs up to you as the homeowner, so be sure to thoroughly review the terms and conditions of your warranty and schedule maintenance as needed.

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We offer our emergency services with or without a routine maintenance plan. If you discover a problem with your HVAC system, simply call us. We’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to make any repairs or replacements you may need. You can rest assured that your equipment is being well taken care of, running efficiently, and will last you a long time. Sit back and relax, knowing that your system is running at its best and that if anything goes wrong, we’ll be here to help.

We stand behind all of our work with our 100% satisfaction guarantee, ‘The Vilandre Advantage’. A routine maintenance plan is a low-cost, effective way to protect your HVAC system. Whether you are installing new equipment or have an existing system in place, it is always a good time to call us and set up a routine maintenance plan that works best for you and your family.

6 Tips to Save Money While You’re on Vacation

As winter arrives in North Dakota, warm, sunny beaches start to call our names! Are you heading out on a winter vacation? More than likely you have had the mail held and asked a neighbor to keep an eye on things while you are away, but did you remember to ready your electricity and HVAC system for your absence? It is important for not only cost savings, but also safety reasons.

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Below are six tips to remember when the packing is done and you are almost ready to set sail in paradise.

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Reset the thermostat on your HVAC system to 60 degrees. This will save you money without risking frozen pipes and flooding, while still preventing moisture from building up on your primary heat exchanger, which could cause a possible shortage as well as mildew problems. Temperatures below freezing make it unsafe to turn the thermostat entirely off, and in our area we have the humidity working against us. We also tend to turn the heat back up to 72 or higher upon our return, causing extra stress to the HVAC unit. A programmable thermostat makes it convenient to remotely check on the temperature in your house and slowly increase the heat back to a comfortable setting over a couple of days, helping to prevent overworking your HVAC unit.

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This lower temperature will prevent water in the lines and tank from freezing and causing damage, but won’t keep hot water on hand that you are not going to be using. If you are not quite sure how to change the water heater to its “vacation” setting, give us a call!

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Turn off the water supply to washing machines and toilets; this can help avoid an unexpected leak while you’re away. Double-check the insulation around water pipes that are close to unheated areas and add insulation if needed, as an added precaution to prevent a frozen pipe while you’re away.

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Be sure all interior doors are open. This will keep the heat circulating throughout the entire house and create less of a chance for cold spots where a pipe could freeze or a plant might die from inadequate warmth. If you have someone checking your home, it is a good idea to place a thermometer where it can easily be seen to notify the person of any dangerous temperature drops in your home.

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Set your refrigerator to 42 degrees and freezer to 5 degrees, to save money while also reducing the odds of returning home to spoiled food. If you are heading off on an extended vacation, donate or discard perishable food items and unplug your fridge to save even more. Also, unplug any “vampire appliances” that continue to use energy even when they are not in use, such as televisions, lamps, entertainment systems and coffee makers.

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If you don’t have motion detectors, it is a good idea to consider investing in them, especially when going on extended vacations. If you do, make sure all the lights are in working order and time them to come on in the evening as the sun sets. You could even set a radio on a timer to ward off possible burglars.

We hope these tips help you have a wonderful, stress-free vacation! If you would like additional information on the care and maintenance of your HVAC system, or help with prepping your system for an extended vacation, or to schedule services to make sure your system is running optimally, contact Vilandres and we would be happy to come give your unit a tune-up before your trip begins.

Preventing Costly Repairs: Furnace Edition

October is Furnace Maintenance Month. As we gear up for evenings inside, enjoying family, sports, and cuddling up with a good book, a warm and cozy home is a must. Having a properly maintained furnace will not only keep your home comfortable, but also help to save you money by operating as efficiently as possible.

If you have a gas furnace, your home is being heated by the burning of natural gas or propane. This process involves a flame and a combustible material, demonstrating the importance of keeping your furnace maintained. A neglected furnace can lead to problems, from costly repairs and replacements to dangerous malfunctions like gas leaks. We recommend an annual furnace tune-up; this inspection can pay for itself by increasing efficiency, resulting in lower utility bills, and detecting potential problems, leading to fewer breakdowns.

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No heat

This one seems pretty obvious, but you usually realize there’s a problem once it’s too late. Test your furnace before it gets cold to be sure it is putting out heat. Also check the corresponding circuit breaker’s on/off switches before making a service call.

Carbon monoxide monitor goes off

If your household uses gas appliances, you should have a carbon monoxide monitor. Carbon monoxide is created as a result of incomplete combustion. It is known as the “silent killer” because it’s undetectable to our five senses and can be a deadly poison.

If the alarm goes off:

  • Shut down your gas appliances
  • Open your windows to bring fresh air in
  • Leave your home and call the fire department
  • Call a professional to come and test all of your gas appliances (especially your furnace) to see if they are venting exhaust correctly

Utility bill suddenly increases

It is not uncommon for your utility bill to go up in the winter because the furnace is working harder, but if there is an unusual spike in your bill and there has not been a change in utility rates, then your furnace may not be working properly and is in need of service.

Loud banging noise when furnace is turned on

Your furnace should be relatively quiet when it’s running, but if you hear loud bangs, clangs, groans, or whining sounds, certain components of your furnace, such as the ignition system or a moving belt, could be worn out or damaged. Any sound not typical of your furnace warrants a call to a service technician.

Furnace produces a strong fuel smell

It’s natural for an oil or gas furnace to produce a faint scent of burnt fuel, but if you’re smelling the strong rotten-egg smell of unburned gas originating from your furnace, you have a serious gas leak that needs to be looked at immediately. If you smell gas, leave your home right away and call the fire department.

Furnace turning off and on

When working properly, your furnace will turn on, remain active for a period of time, and then turn off again once the desired temperature has been achieved. Changes in this pattern, such as a furnace struggling to turn on or one that turns on and off constantly with very little result, indicate a problem with either your furnace’s efficiency or its parts. Not only does this behavior cost you extra money due to lost efficiency, but it also won’t heat your home very well. If you notice this cycling, call your heating service to take a look at your HVAC system.

Poor indoor air quality

Your HVAC system plays an integral role in the quality of the air inside your home. When your furnace is dirty or failing, you may detect a noticeable increase in the amount of dust on flat surfaces. Even if you don’t notice a change in your indoor air quality, an increased incidence of asthma, allergies, or upper respiratory illnesses throughout family members could be related to furnace function, and is a good indicator that you should schedule an inspection to determine whether repairs are needed.

Maybe your furnace is working, but do you know how efficiently? Is it clean and functioning properly or, maybe more importantly, is it operating safely? These are all questions that can be answered by scheduling an inspection by your local HVAC service company. Maintaining your furnace will improve the comfort and air quality inside your home, while helping you to save money on heating bills and preventing premature replacement of this valuable appliance. Do not wait until the cold weather hits and your furnace goes down to call – schedule your furnace inspection today!

Why Go Seamless

Welcome back to The Advantage! Last blog we had our minds on gutters, discussing how proper care and maintenance extends the life of not only gutters, but also the building they protect. We’re back today asking, “How do you know when it’s time to upgrade your gutters, and what are the most efficient options on the market available?”

Let’s start with when it is time to replace your old or worn-out gutters. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if any red flags are present indicating that gutter replacement is imminent:

  • Does the exterior of your home or commercial building have mold or peeling paint?
  • Are your gutters sagging or pulling away from your structure due to improper pitching (sloping)?
  • Is there standing water around your building attracting insects or mold?
  • Does the foundation of your home or commercial building have cracks or water in the basement?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, the next step is calling your gutter expert to assess and help you create a plan to best address and correct the problem.

When it comes time to replace your gutters, seamless gutters are the most efficient option available today. The seamless structure eliminates leaks in the gutter system and lessens the opportunity for debris buildup to occur. Conventional sectional gutter systems are made of many sections pieced together by snap-in-place connectors which over time can form leaks at the seams and likely cause wood rot behind the gutter. Where the seams meet on traditional systems is also where many of the blockage problems can originate. This means going seamless will result in less maintenance to the home or commercial building owner as well.

RaincarrierHouseAlthough there are many advantages to choosing seamless over traditional gutter systems, here are the top reasons from our perspective:

  • Custom measurements for exact fitting
  • Baked-on enamel finish never needs painting
  • Protects the value of your home
  • Eliminates unsightly seams
  • Greatly reduces the possibility of leaks
  • Many colors, materials, and styles to choose from
  • Preserves the architectural details of your home or building
  • Less maintenance

Seamless gutters not only have the potential to extend the life of your roof, but also protect your home or commercial building’s value. For more information about seamless gutters or to get an estimate, contact us – our services are always backed by our satisfaction guarantee, the Vilandre Advantage!