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If you’re searching for air filters for your HVAC system, you’ll immediately come across several different choices, not all with obvious answers. One of the big choices you’ll face is “fiberglass air filter vs. pleated air filter.” When you’re shopping for options, you’ll often gravitate toward the less expensive choice. This isn’t always ideal, even if it may seem like the right option for your budget.
To make the best choice, you’ll have to weigh several factors, including price, how often you need to change to filter, and the filter’s power. Below we’ll provide a guide that will make this easier. We’re available to help you make the best choice for filters as well as develop a schedule for how often you need to change the filter. Keep in mind that the type of filter will have a large impact on how effectively and efficiently your HVAC system operates—the right filters will immensely benefit your comfort and budget.
Furnaces run through heating cycles: you should expect the furnace in your home to turn on and off several times during an hour when the thermostat is set to supply your house with heat. These cycles last from 7 to 20 minutes on average depending on how much heat your home needs. If the furnace begins to run in shorter bursts of only 2 to 3 minutes, it’s a problem called short-cycling that you’ll need to have professionals investigate.
The opposite problem can occur: a furnace that seems to run most of the time without cycling down. This kind of “nonstop” furnace will waste money while raising the temperature of your house far higher than you want it. When you notice this occurring, don’t try to get around it by just lowering the thermostat. The furnace may have a serious malfunction, and you’ll want our help with heater repair in Colorado Springs, CO.
March is a time to celebrate the vital role of women in American business and society and honor the unique qualities of women that help shape each. Peak Home Performance is fortunate to have such women help lead the company and the people in it. Shanon Gallegos and Taryn Long are co-owners of the Colorado Springs-based heating and cooling company. They are also sisters. Growing up with their mother, Mary Smith, in the mountains of Vermont, they learned valuable life lessons that made them the women they are today. Each with their individual strengths and gifts, Shanon and Taryn bring the necessary “female-attributes” to the Peak Home Performance team, creating a culture of caring, communication, and attention to detail.
This is a situation nobody wants to run into during a cold winter in Colorado: going to adjust the thermostat so the furnace will come on, but the furnace’s burners simply won’t light. Without lit burners, the furnace won’t provide any heat.
If this happens to you, you may need to call our expert technicians to handle furnace repair in Colorado Springs, CO. If you can’t find a simple reason for the furnace’s failure, such as a dirty filter (we’ll talk about this more in a moment), please don’t attempt to do any repairs on your own since it’s potentially very dangerous. Our technicians will quickly diagnose the problem and have your furnace restored.
Below are several of the most common causes of furnace burners failing to light.
With each year, more homeowners are choosing to have ductless heating and cooling systems installed for their homes. Although these ductless systems (also known as ductless mini split heat pumps) are not ideal for all homes and all situations, they have several excellent uses we recommend homeowners consider the next time they’re looking for a new HVAC installation.
A quick reminder of how ductless mini splits work: They operate similarly to standard heat pumps, circulating refrigerant to either move heat into a home or move it out. Unlike the standard heat pump, which uses a single indoor unit that pushes air into a network of ducts to spread it through the rooms, a ductless mini split system has multiple smaller air handlers that attach to the outer room walls. The air handlers each have their own refrigerant coil and blower so they can send conditioned air directly into the living space—no ducts needed.
Here are some of the best applications of ductless heating and cooling.
Natural gas furnaces are the most common type of heating system found in homes across the country. Although people sometimes worry about the safety of using a gas furnace, these models would not be so widespread if they regularly created hazards for homes and families. Modern gas furnaces have many special safety features to help them operate with little chance of danger.
However, gas furnaces can develop safety issues. If you have a natural gas furnace to warm your home, you’ll need to know some important information about how to ensure the heater runs at its safest. Below are several safety tips that will help you and your family enjoy a worry-free winter each year with your gas furnace.
In Colorado, you depend on your HVAC system the most during the winter, and that means a rise in energy bills as you run your furnace more often to heat the house. Keeping a furnace running efficiently is vital at this time of year, or else your energy bills can rise unnecessarily high.
The good news is that it isn’t difficult to maintain temperature efficiency in your home. In this post, we’re going to look at the best tips for enjoying energy-efficient warmth for your household through the winter.
The indoor air quality in our homes affects us throughout the year. Winter, however, presents several special challenges. When homes are closed up against the outside cold, it allows for many allergens and other pollutants to build up indoors. Winter is also a prime period for colds and flus to circulate through a home. Finally, the low humidity of winter can create unpleasantly dry indoor conditions.
We have good news on all these fronts—our team at Peak Home Performance has indoor air quality solutions that can help you enjoy a more comfortable and healthier winter season. Below we’ll look at ways we can help you overcome the winter indoor air quality blues.
November is the month to get serious about your home’s furnace. When the winter weather starts, the furnace will become the most important appliance in your house. It will work daily to keep your family warm and safe. Although modern furnaces are built to high standards of performance, they require special maintenance attention each year so they can work at their best and enjoy a long service life.
Your furnace needs to have regular maintenance from professionals before each winter begins. Our team at Peak Home Performance can do this job for you, and our maintenance program makes it easy and affordable. We’ll see that your furnace runs safely, experiences few repair issues, works at high energy efficiency, and brings you peace of mind through the winter.
But … there’s a vital maintenance job you’ll have to take care of through the winter on your own. Don’t worry, it’s not a difficult one: you only have to regularly change the filter’s air furnace. (If you aren’t sure how to do this, our team is glad to help show you during your maintenance appointment.) Unfortunately, homeowners sometimes forget to do this job. To help you remember, we’ll shine a light on why changing the filter is such an essential part of keeping your furnace running at its best.
We like to say at Peak Home Performance that there’s no HVAC problem we can’t conquer. But we’re about more than finding home comfort solutions for the local community. After all, we’re a part of that community as well, and we want to do our best for everyone who lives here. We treat our customers like our friends and neighbors, because that’s exactly what they are!
This is why we take our dedication to the community and move it beyond the world of quality HVAC services. We support many organizations because it’s the best way for us to give back.
Here are a few of the ways Peak Home Performance gets active with community support:
Thanks to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Walk MS, we’ve had the opportunity to sponsor a mini-golf hole to raise money—yes, mini-golf for MS! We have our own teams playing as well, and it’s always a terrific time to spend a day with team members while mini-golfing to support this important fundraiser.
We also sponsored a mini-golf hole to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region. This organization provides mentoring to children and teens to help them overcome obstacles and find success in their education. We can’t think of a more important contribution to the community than investing in our children and their futures.
We sponsored the Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club for the 2021 season. This soccer team opened a new stadium in downtown Colorado Springs in April of this year: Weidner Field. This is all part of the City of Champions program, and we’re proud to be involved with it!
We’re trusted Home Service Providers for nine Home Depots and five Sam’s Clubs throughout southern Colorado. To help people make the best choices about their home HVAC, we hold local events at Home Depots to answer customer questions. Just this last weekend we were in beautiful Parker Colorado at the local Home Depot, where we got to meet people and provide them with expert advice, from DIY projects to repairs and services that require trusted experts. Sharing our knowledge is one of the best ways we have to support the community. If you see our table at your local Home Depot, come over and say “hi!”
Our passion at Peak Home Performance is to always do what’s right, and that reaches beyond seeing that we keep your home and family comfortable at affordable prices. We do right by the community, and we’ll continue to serve customers and support organizations that make this an even better, healthier, and more enjoyable place to live.