Here’s Your New Year’s Resolution Checklist for Your Heater

January 3, 2022

New Year’s resolutions are about creating new habits that will help you have the best year possible. Part of having that kind of year is not just improvements for yourself, but improvements around your home. Here is a checklist of resolutions to consider that will help your heater work more efficiently to keep you and your family comfortable while reducing your expenses. Use Thermostat Programs If you have a system that is currently running efficiently, using your thermostat’s programs can give you an extra boost. In fact, they may help you save up to 10% of

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4 Ways to Winterize Your Heating System

December 16, 2021

If you’re planning on spending much of the winter bundled up at home with the thermostat on high, it’s important to consider the effect this will have on your heating system. The more regularly you’re relying on it to keep warm, the higher the odds get of it becoming worn out or broken down. Not to mention the fact that each day you’re putting strain on it, your monthly heating bills are getting more and more expensive. That being said, if you can find effective ways to improve the unit’s energy efficiency and give it consistent breaks from operating, you

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5 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for a Snow Storm

November 17, 2021

Snow storms are simply a part of the reality of living in the Midwest. While they may be beautiful to look at, they can also wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Here are five tips to preparing your heating system for the next major storm of the winter. 1. Change Your Air Filter Your filter is one of the primary devices protecting your furnace from airborne contaminants. A clogged filter causes less air to flow through your system, requiring longer heating cycles. These longer cycles cause excessive wear and strain on your equipment, leading to premature

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Why Your Heater Won’t Shut Off

October 13, 2021

You may have a problem with your heater if it won’t turn off. This is a common issue, and there are a few reasons why this could be happening. This article will give some reasons why your heater might be failing to turn off even when you expect it to. A Bad Thermostat The first thing to check is your thermostat. Your heater may constantly be working because your temperature drops even though the thermostat is set for a higher temperature. It may also be stuck in the “on” position because of ice buildup around the

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Issues You’ll Most Likely Face With Your Home’s Furnace

September 16, 2021

As a homeowner, you have a lot of responsibilities. One of those is ensuring that your furnace is properly maintained and repaired when issues develop. When you understand the most likely heater issues that you will face, you can better react to get your system fixed quickly. Broken Limit Switch Your furnace has a limit switch that measures the indoor air temperature that is running throughout your venting. Your thermostat relies on the limit switch to tell it when the indoor air has reached the set temperature that you have programmed into your thermostat.

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Quick Ways to Tell If Your AC Is Running Efficiently

August 3, 2021

You may not think much about your air conditioner’s efficiency until you get an outrageous bill. However, working to improve your efficiency now will not only reduce your utility costs but extend your system’s service life. Here are some easy things you can do to ensure your system is running efficiently. Check Your Air Filter The first thing to do is keep a close eye on your air filter. You know your system is operating inefficiently if there’s a lot of dirt or dust caked on the filter. Your system depends on its

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Going on Vacation? Keep Your AC On

July 26, 2021

Do you relish the idea of reducing your monthly bills while on vacation? The best way to save money at your home is to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. If you adjust your air conditioning settings correctly, you will achieve your goal. Every household is different, so be sure to take the following information into account. Importance of Keeping the AC Unit On Since you will be gone, shutting off the air conditioner might seem like a prudent idea. However, cooling your temporarily vacant home is crucial because too much heat can negatively impact the interior.

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How To Prepare Your Air Conditioner for the Summer

June 14, 2021

If you’re like most families, you rely on your home air conditioning system to create a comfortable indoor environment. It’s never a good idea to simply turn on your AC unit and hope that it will run for the entire summer without a problem. Rather, it requires necessary maintenance steps in order for the system to run at its optimal function throughout the scorching hot summer months. Below are the necessary summertime preparation tips that you’ll need to ensure that your unit remains energy efficient this summer season. Clean Your Drain and Condensation Lines As your

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How To Check Air Quality at Home

May 10, 2021

The air quality in your home has a direct effect on your health. That’s the main reason you want clean air at home. To ensure your family breathes healthy, clean air, you need to test it from time to time. Here is a simple guide on how you can check air quality in your Peoria, IL, home, provided to you by Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. Purchase Air Quality Monitor An air quality monitor will tell you exactly what the air quality in your home is like with clear, quantitative results. Look for a monitor that provides data on

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Should I Turn Off My Gas Furnace in the Summer?

April 14, 2021

Summer weather will soon arrive in Peoria, IL, which means you won’t need the heat from your gas furnace. With the coolest nighttime temperatures dropping into the mid-50s in July and August, your home will be plenty warm without the furnace’s heat. Read on to learn about why it’s a good idea to shut down your furnace for the summer season as well as some benefits and a couple of drawbacks of making this decision. Why You Should Shut Down Your Gas Furnace Every Summer Gas furnaces that are more than 10 years old usually have

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