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7 Basic Furnace Safety Tips

7 Basic Furnace Safety Tips

October 22, 2019

For many homeowners, the arrival of autumn signals the need to turn on their furnace and hope nothing goes wrong. Don’t be a part of that crowd. Taking a few actionable steps to guarantee your comfort and safety is not too time-consuming and can really reduce your fuel expenditure.

1. Keep Flammables Away

Keeping flammables away from your furnace sounds intuitive, but sometimes you are pressed for space and may be tempted to use the furnace closet to store some of your items. You want to keep the area around your furnace clear of objects, especially ones that are flammable. You can always find some space for your boxes of stuff in a garage or attic.

2. Clean With a Vacuum

Use a vacuum to remove dust and other debris that may build up inside and around your furnace. It is recommended that you do this once a month to prevent these particles from accumulating and becoming a fire hazard. Certain types of furnaces may require cleaning inside the burner compartments, so don’t hesitate to call your local heating expert to ask for further details about your specific model.

3. Replace the Air Filter Regularly

Changing your air filter regularly will keep your furnace operating optimally so that you do not incur unnecessary fuel expenses. More importantly, replacing the air filter on a regular basis will reduce the chance of your furnace breaking down and requiring repair.

4. Inspect the Vent Pipe

This task only requires taking a few minutes to check your vent pipe for deterioration and obstructions. If you spot any blockages or loosening joints, let reliable heating professionals know and they will remedy the matter.

5. Check the Vents in Each Room

Leave vents open so as to facilitate the optimal operation of your heating system. Keeping too many vents closed can cause your furnace blower to break down. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, leave vents open even in rooms that you do not use.

6. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide poses a great danger in homes where combustion is taking place in a dirty and inefficient furnace. This harmful gas is undetectable by human senses and in large amounts can be fatal. The best way to guarantee the safety of your loved ones is to install a carbon monoxide detector.

7. Schedule Professional Maintenance

A competent HVAC technician will perform all the necessary safety checks and repairs required for your furnace to function optimally throughout the fall and winter. Homeowners in the Peoria, IL, area can contact Bratcher today to arrange a visit from one of our friendly and courteous, NATE-certified experts.

Our services include installation and replacement for AC units, boilers, and heat pumps. We also specialize in high-efficiency geothermal systems and fireplace installation.

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3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Heating Technician

3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Heating Technician

March 19, 2019

3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Heating Technician

The last thing that any homeowner wants is to be stuck without heat in the throes of a bitter winter. Heating systems aren’t something that can be fixed by a DIY enthusiast. Instead, they require trained professionals for both maintenance and repairs. Here are some of the main reasons you need to hire a heating professional.

1. It Can Save You Big Later

Heaters are expensive to replace. Even a surprise heating repair can add up to sizable costs. When you have your heater inspected and serviced by a professional, it can help prevent further problems down the line.

Qualified professionals can anticipate future maintenance issues and can help you diagnose and fix problems before they become either unfixable or prohibitively expensive. In other words, by spending some money now, you can save on expensive services later.

2. Professional Repair Is Safer

Heaters can be hazardous if something goes wrong. At the very minimum, when handled incorrectly, they can become a fire hazard. With that in mind, you don’t want just anyone servicing your heating system. An experienced and professional repair technician will know the various pitfalls that can cause a heater to become a hazard and will perform the service in a manner that makes it safe for future use.

3. It Preserves the Warranty

Manufacturers don’t want just anyone working on their products. There’s a valid reason for that. You don’t want someone who’s not adequately trained to make changes and adjustments to a complex heating unit.

In most cases, unless a professional technician works on the unit, any warranty will be voided by the manufacturer. By trying to save a few dollars by foregoing professional help, you put yourself in a position where you can cost yourself thousands if the unit fails in the future.

If you feel that you may have any issues with your heating system, then you should take action. At Bratcher Heating and A/C, we offer a full range of heating and air services to customers in Peoria, IL, and the surrounding areas. We also assist customers with indoor air quality. Contact us today for more information about our services!

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What Should You Look for in a Heating Repair Company

What Should You Look for in a Heating Repair Company

February 21, 2019

If your heating system is giving you troubles, you may need heating repairs from a qualified team. Here are some of the things to consider before you hire a heating repair company.

They Must Be Licensed and Experienced

Your HVAC system is one of the most expensive systems in your home. You want to be assured that the company you entrust to replace or repair it has adequate training. Various states require heating repair companies to have proper licensing. Before a technician gets the licensing, he or she must have been in the industry for at least five years and must have a minimal level of bonding and insurance.

Bratcher Heating & A/C has been here for many years and has substantial experience providing heat pump and furnace repair. We also offer free energy consultation and provide diagnostics and maintenance services.

Home Evaluation

A good heating repair company will professionally install a new system. Before this step, however, a good company will also do a thorough evaluation of your home and come up with the best heating solutions for your residence.


Efficiency is a very important quality in a heating company. When you are scouting for an upgrade, you need the most efficient equipment that meets your needs. Your contractor should be able to advise you on the Energy Star-rated models that fit your budget. As stated above, one of our services includes offering free energy consultations, so you can rest assured that you’ll be hiring the right company when you work with us for repairs or installations.

Bratcher Heating & A/C has been in business for many years. This means we have substantial experience in all the services we offer. Over time, this experience has served a wide array of customers. Our goal is simply to make your home energy efficient. Contact us through a phone call or email today if you’re in Peoria, Champaign or the Bloomington area. We will be glad to serve you.

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The Wonderful Invention of Furnaces

The Wonderful Invention of Furnaces

December 13, 2018

The furnace is one of the most important home appliance inventions in history. The entire concept of central heating and cooling was started in 1919, and home comfort has never been the same since.

Inventing the Furnace

Alice Parker is credited with being the inventor of the first central heating system. After 1919, homeowners were able to regulate the environment around the entire home at once while heating it with greater efficiency. In 1935, Alice’s work led to even more efficient heating methods – the first electric fan-fueled by coal and the air wall furnace with distributed ductwork.

The Furnace vs. AC Units

If you have ever compared having a furnace to using individual room conditioning units, then you understand the huge difference that a furnace can make. Not only do you get more heating power for your money, but you also get a quicker response and more efficiency. You have lower heating bills and a more comfortable home life.


You also get much better air quality when you use a furnace in your home instead of the alternative. The improvement in your life is instant when the air that you breathe is as clean as it can be. You also help to avoid things like allergens and bacteria that would otherwise make their way indoors from the outside. Having a furnace is especially important if you have young children or old people in the house. These people are much more susceptible to lower indoor air quality, and they need all the protection that you can give them.


If you do not currently have a furnace in your home, upgrading to centralized heating does not have to be as expensive as you think. As long as you have the right installation specialists, you can move into the world of furnaces in an inexpensive way.

The Best Heating Company in Central Illinois

For all of your heating needs in and around Peoria, the dedicated experts at Bratcher are here to help. Whether you need installation, maintenance or emergency repair, give Bratcher a call or an email today.

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Benefits of Routine Furnace Maintenance

Benefits of Routine Furnace Maintenance

October 25, 2018

A heating system is one of the most important and valuable investments within your home or business property. It keeps your home’s temperatures warm, and there is nothing as bad as having it malfunctioning on a freezing day. Your family is left exposed to uncomfortable living conditions; a situation that can be avoided by scheduling regular maintenance for your HVAC system.

1. Averts Costly Repairs Down the Road

When you have your furnace regularly checked by a professional, it makes it possible to spot looming problems early before they become emergencies. Emergencies are costly and come when you least expect them. Regular maintenance also ensures damaged or worn out parts are repaired or replaced before they cause damage to other components and hamper the operation of the system. Routine maintenance is like an ounce of prevention which is better than a pound of cure.

2. Ensures Optimal System Efficiency

With time, a heating system develops inefficiencies caused by clogged or dirty filters, worn out motors, or perforated ducts that make it perform below its optimal levels. If not cleaned regularly, the unit ends up working harder than usual to maintain temperatures at the required level. This causes it to draw more power and energy bills rise. Regular maintenance helps keep the unit at its optimal efficiency and prevents your utility bills from rocketing.

3. Prolongs Lifetime of Furnace

A furnace is a costly investment that you can’t afford to make now and then. Just like your vehicle, keeping your unit serviced often ensures it lasts longer and saves you the hassle of buying and installing a new one every few years.

4. Provides Greater Home Comfort

A smooth and efficiently running heating unit will not only give you peace of mind money-wise but also offer many benefits which are as a result of clean and better indoor air quality. Regular maintenance ensures components such as air filter screens are replaced, making them more efficient in air purification and hence improving the home’s comfort generally.

Certified Furnace Repair Contractor

Anyone who has endured even one Illinois winter knows the importance of keeping their furnace operating at its best to comfortably heat a home or business. Contact Bratcher today for your next furnace maintenance.

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The Importance of Emergency HVAC Service

The Importance of Emergency HVAC Service

October 5, 2018

A heating or cooling emergency requires urgent attention to restore the function of your home’s HVAC system. If you have ever encountered a malfunctioning air conditioner in the midst of freezing winter months or scorching summer days, then you know the importance of having an emergency HVAC service. If you haven’t, it’s good to understand why it’s beneficial to have a professional emergency HVAC service provider on call at all times.

1. Ensures Quick Comfort Restoration

If your air conditioning unit or heating system were to malfunction during the freezing winter months, your family would suffer a great deal because of exposure to harsh-cold temperatures. They won’t be able to get a hot shower, have good indoor air quality, or enjoy warm indoor temperatures, leading to a decline in their living comfort. But with quick and efficient emergency HVAC service professionals on call, your system will be back up and running in no time.

2. Ensures Family’s Safety

An HVAC system breakdown, particularly in the coldest winter and hottest summer days could pose a significant danger to your family. Temperatures could go extremely high or low depending on the weather outside and endanger your family members especially kids. Plus, a malfunctioning AC could be experiencing electrical issues which could lead to a blackout or in extreme cases a fire. Emergency HVAC service can quickly identify the source of the problem and resolve it before it becomes a safety hazard to your family.

3. Prevents Further Damages

When your AC or heating furnace shows a sign of breaking down or starts malfunctioning, you need to have it checked immediately. One damaged part of the system can cause damage to other components if not repaired quickly. Emergency HVAC service ensures such problems are resolved on time and can save you thousands of dollars (money that would have been incurred to fix more damaged parts if you had decided to wait).

4. Guarantees Substantial Cost Savings

In addition to saving you massive repair costs, emergency HVAC service also ensures you do not incur expensive utility bills resulting from the performance inefficiencies of a malfunctioning AC. For example, each time a faulty unit tries to start, it draws more power and causes energy bills to skyrocket.

Your Central Illinois Heating Contractor

When your home or business’s heating system requires service, you should consider calling us at Bratcher. We offer comprehensive service for furnaces and boilers, as well as air conditioning units and geothermal systems. Give us a call today!

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