Tips To Lower Your Heating Costs

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Who doesn’t want lower heating costs in the winter? Try these options and all us at One Source Home Service today if you’d like even more strategies to reduce your Colorado Springs heating bill in the winter. 

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Use Space Heaters Strategically

Don’t use space heaters to heat large areas. However, they are perfect to heat up an office or a small room. If you work from home and you’re the only one there, turn on a space heater rather than paying to heat the whole house. When you’re done using the room, remember to turn off your space heater to keep your home safe.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

Most ceiling fans have a switch on the fan body that will make it change directions. This helps the hot air circulate lower in rooms, rather than collecting up at the ceiling. It can help you stay warm even when you’re keeping the thermostat set lower. 

Close the Right Vents

You don’t want to close more than 5 vents in your house at a time so you’ll want to do it strategically so you can funnel the warm air where you want it. If you have large open areas, close the upstairs vents because warm air will flow up anyway. 

Check Your Furnace Filters

If your furnace filter is dirty, your furnace will have to work harder – and use more energy – to keep your home even slightly warm. Simply changing those furnace filters regularly can keep your Colorado Springs furnace working efficiently so you won’t have to spend as much on energy costs.

Call For Home Heating Advice and Help

We can help you implement these strategies or suggest even more. Contact our Colorado Spring heating experts at One Source Home Service today for more tips to save you money on energy bills during the winter months!

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Furnace Won’t Turn On? Here’s What To Do!

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The temperatures are steadily decreasing, and before long, you’ll be switching your furnace on for the first time this season. Chances are, it will come on without a problem, but what happens if your Colorado Springs furnace won’t turn on? Do you know what to do when your furnace won’t turn on in Colorado Springs?

A furnace that won’t turn on is a fairly common problem, and fortunately, it’s often easy to fix. Here’s what to do if your furnace doesn’t fire up like it should!

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What to Do When Your Furnace Won’t Turn On

  1. Check Your Circuit Breakers. Even if you use a gas or propane furnace, some of the components run on electricity. If your furnace doesn’t switch on, the circuit breaker could be shut off. Check your circuit breaker panel to make sure all switches for your HVAC system are set to “ON.”
  2. Check Your Thermostat. If your furnace isn’t turning on, the thermostat may have lost its programming or reset. It may even simply be set on the wrong setting. For test purposes, set your thermostat about 10 degrees hotter than the current temperature to see if the system turns on. Also, double check to make sure it’s set to “HEAT.”
  3. Check the Drain Pan. Drain pans collect water that has been removed from the air by your HVAC system. When the system is working as it should, the water should be pumped out or drained automatically. If the pan is full of water, a triggered float switch could be preventing your furnace from turning on. If this is the case, make sure the pan’s drain is clear or that the pump is working properly.
  4. Check Your Furnace Filter. If you’ve been neglecting your filter, it could be seriously clogged, and a safety feature may be preventing your system from turning on.
  5. Check the Pilot Light. Many modern furnaces won’t kick on if the pilot light is out. This is a safety feature designed to prevent pumping natural gas or propane into your home.
  6. Check Your Natural Gas or Oil Supply. Lack of fuel could prevent your furnace from turning on. The best way to check your fuel supply is trying another gas appliance in your home, such as your stove. If it doesn’t work either, contact your gas or propane company.

When to Call for Professional Furnace Repair

If you’ve checked everything above and your furnace still won’t turn on or if you can smell gas or propane, you need help from a professional HVAC technician. For furnace repair in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas, depend on One Source Home Service for fast, affordable help when your furnace won’t turn on, call us today!

Key Differences Between Boilers and Furnaces

Homes in the Colorado Springs area we serve have some form of central heating. These systems heat the home as a whole, rather than requiring the use of multiple space heaters to keep different areas of the home warm. 

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There are two types of heating systems that are the most common: boilers and furnaces. While they can both heat a home effectively, they do it in very different ways. At One Source Home Services, we offer heating services for both types of systems.

Understanding the system you have can come in handy when you’re thinking about replacing it and you want to know what would be best in your house. It is also useful when you need to talk to a technician about maintenance or repairs.

Boilers

Boilers heat water in a tank, then circulate that water throughout the house via pipes. At the end of each pipe is either a radiator or a baseboard heater. These disperse the heat throughout the home. 

Boilers are more expensive heating systems to install than furnaces but they generally last longer and have lower repair and operation costs. You can choose to only heat part of a home when you have a boiler, rather than having to heat the entire thing. They are often more energy-efficient than furnaces and produce cleaner heat, too.

However, boilers take longer to warm a room or a home and the whole thing can freeze if exposed to a very low temperature. Boilers may raise humidity levels so much that a separate dehumidifier is needed and a boiler problem can mean significant water damage to your home.

Furnaces

Furnaces force air through a series of heat exchangers that warm it up. Then powerful fans blow it through a series of ducts until it enters rooms through various heat registers. The warm air warms the entire home.

Furnaces are cheaper than boilers, though installing ductwork can be very expensive. You usually have to heat an entire home when you have a furnace, even if you aren’t using it all. They produce dry air and will never freeze up.

However, furnaces require more repairs than boilers and don’t have as long of a lifespan. They also require air filter changes every few months to keep them running well. If the dry air they blow is a problem, you may have to install a separate humidifier. 

Which One is Better?

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to heating systems. The system that’s right for you will be determined by the particulars of your situation. If you’re not sure which one to get, contact us at One Source today. We’ll send someone out to help you choose the new heating system that is right for your home and your family.

Rely on us for all of your boiler, furnace, and other heating needs all winter long. Just give us a call and we’ll have someone to your door in no time. Trust One Source with all your heating needs! Give us a call to make your appointment now!

When Do I Need a New Boiler?

At One Source Home Services, we would be happy to help you replace your old boiler with a new one. When you work with us, we aim to make the process quick and easy for you so you can get warm again soon.

In fact, sometimes the hardest part of the process is deciding that it really is time to replace your boiler. Our experts would be happy to evaluate your Colorado Springs boiler and give you our professional opinion. You can also look for some of the following signs and make the decision on your own. 

Signs That It’s Time to Consider a New Boiler

If you notice any of the following signs, it’s time to start thinking about a new boiler:

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  • Your boiler leaks. A major boiler leak can be a major problem. After all, no one wants to deal with water damage! Most boilers start with small leaks before the big one comes. If you see these, consider replacing the unit.
  • Your boiler needs frequent repairs. Even if each boiler repair is relatively inexpensive, the cost adds up over time. The need for frequent repairs can also indicate that your boiler is failing. 
  • You see yellow flames. The flames should be blue. If they aren’t, your boiler isn’t burning fuel properly and you may end up with too much carbon monoxide in your house.
  • Your fuel bills keep going up. If there’s not another explanation, chances are good that your boiler is getting old and working less efficiently. Eventually, these costs may get too high to make it worthwhile to keep the boiler. 

Get a New Boiler from One Source Today

If it’s time to get a new boiler or if you’re considering one, bring in one of our boiler experts today. We’ll evaluate your current boiler to make sure that replacement is the right option. If it is, we’ll work with you to help you find the perfect new boiler for your family.

Choose your new boiler and, as soon as it’s available, we’ll install it for you. With Colorado Springs boiler service from One Source, we will make sure that everything is working according to the manufacturer’s standards before leaving, so you can be sure you’ll stay warm this winter. Get your Colorado Springs boiler installation completed fast when you call One Source Home Services today!

Air Pros Donates a Free Furnace to Local Veteran

At Air Pros, over 70% of our company is made up of veterans. This means that we understand what it means to serve our country and the challenges that veterans can face when they move from active service to the civilian side. We want to help them make this transition however we can. Sometimes, this means that we get to offer them what we know best: heating and cooling.

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Adam Brown served in the U.S. Army for 20 years. He was deployed in Kuwait, Iraq, and South Korea and he has suffered everything from ankle injuries to memory loss because of his experiences in the Army. Since he left the Army, it’s been hard for him to find a job and keep working at it because of these injuries. Paying for a new furnace was something he didn’t feel like he could do this winter.

Air Pros was excited to be able to help Adam get the furnace he needs to keep his family comfortable this winter and through many cold, snowy days to come. We matched him with a great new furnace and installed it, too, so he could be absolutely sure that his family would stay warm all winter. Thank you, Adam, for the service you gave your country. We hope this furnace gives you a leg up as you continue your journey.

6 Sounds You Don’t Want To Hear From Your Air Conditioning or Furnace

When summer is coming on, it can be surprising how quickly we adjust the thermostat from giving us a little heat in the morning to take the chill off the house to switching on the air conditioning to combat the afternoon heat. Even if the furnace has been working well throughout the winter, if you start hearing one of these seven sounds, you may have a problem and need to contact an HVAC professional before it turns into an even larger repair bill.

Scraping Sound

A loud scraping noise, a grating metal-on-metal sound, coming from inside your furnace could be a serious problem with the blower wheel. Maybe the wheel is coming apart from the shaft and scraping the casing or in some other way the motor is causing the wheel to scrape the casing. Turn off the air conditioning and/or furnace immediately and call a Colorado Springs HVAC service company.

Fast Clicking/ Flicking Sound

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Remember that sound when you were a kid and attached a playing card to the spokes of your bicycle wheel? If you hear that kind of fast thwapping sound from your furnace, something might be stuck on one of the blower wheel blades or one the housing around the wheel. While your air conditioning (or heat) may be working just fine, this stuck object is causing resistance and it will cause excessive wear on the motor. Get it cleaned up by an HVAC technician.

Squealing Sound

A squealing noise from the blower motor could be caused by a belt wearing out. That’s normally not an expensive air conditioning repair and best taken care of before the belt stretches further or breaks.

Grinding Or Metal Groaning Sound

A bearing problem in the blower motor will make a dull repetitive groan. Some blower motors have ports for adding lubricant, but some are sealed. Adding lubricant will often eliminate the groaning sound, but you have to use the correct oil, not WD-40. An HVAC company doing an annual maintenance inspection on your air conditioning or heating unit would like do this kind of lubrication.

Rattling Sound

If you hear a rattling sound from your central air conditioning unit outside of the house when the air conditioning is coming on, the hardware around the compressor could be loose, and you should contact an air conditioning service repair professional soon.

Popping Sound Or Banging Sound

If you turn on the furnace for heat and you hear popping sounds or a distinct banging sound (like from a cap gun), the furnace probably has dirty burners that need to be cleaned. The gas is not being ignited right away. Instead it’s building up and then igniting in a mini-explosion. You’ll want to get furnace or heating maintenance by a professional immediately.

Call Colorado Springs HVAC Pros

When operating properly, your HVAC system should be fairly quiet, but if you’re hearing one of these seven sounds you really should contact One Source Home Services in Colorado Springs to come in and repair the problem before it turns into an even bigger problem.

Cold Spots In Your Home? Here’s What You Can Do.

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Do you find yourself wearing a sweater in some rooms of your house but just a t-shirt in other rooms of your house? Or maybe you walk from one room, through a central room, to another part of the house and find that one spot is just a bit chillier. These “cold spots” in your home are especially noticeable when the temperatures are cool — during fall, winter, and spring — but it’s possible in some areas that they may exist all year ’round.

So, what are “cold spots” in your home, anyway?

Your home’s HVAC system works on a simple premise. Air is drawn through vents (internal vents and/or external vents) and pushed into your furnace. From there, the air is warmed and then forced out through the ductwork in your walls, through vents, and into the rooms of your house.

But here’s the thing: air is invisible but it acts a lot like water. It flows in easy, meandering ways around a room, invisibly bouncing off of walls and furniture. In fact, if you could see the air flow from a vent, you’d notice that it moved and flowed from vents outward throughout the room but it stops and redirects when it hits an obstruction.

Therefore, some areas of your home may not get air flow. The air just sits there. And, depending on the air flow and air pressure in the house, the ambient temperature (and temperature fluctuations) inside your home and outside, as well as other factors, cold spots can be created. Simply put, warm air isn’t flowing there; it flows around or is stopped.

You may especially notice cold spots by windows or exterior doors (no surprise there) but you may also notice cold spots near exterior walls, which could indicate that the insulation has degraded slightly. Or, you may notice cold spots in unusually shaped rooms, or rooms where the HVAC ducts aren’t venting into the center of the room.

These are just a few of the reasons, and it really depends on a number of factors.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do about it. If you want a simple, temporary solution, add a small fan nearby to circulate the air more effectively in the room. Another option, in rooms that are larger but not too unusually shaped, consider a ceiling-mounted fan.

However, some homeowners want more effective fixes for challenging cold spots, especially in hard-to-reach places. For these scenarios, consider getting a duct work leakage test to find exactly where the cold air is sweeping out of your air ducts. From there you may want to think about installing extra vents to get the air flowing into that area.

There are other options of course, but this is a great starting point. Your home should be comfortable — you shouldn’t have to avoid one area of your home just because it’s colder than other areas!

If you notice cold spots in your home, there’s lots you can do about it so take a walk around your home and make note of all the cold spots… and see if you can’t transform them into comfortable warm areas! For more info on your home’s HVAC system, call your Colorado Springs electrician at One Source Home Service today!

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