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Preventing Furnace Breakdowns in Extreme Cold Weather


The most important thing you can do to is to have regular maintenance performed on your system by a professional.

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Tips to prevent frozen pipes

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With the bitter cold temperatures we have been experiencing this week, a lot of people are suffering with frozen pipes and burst pipes. We have a few tips of things you can do to help prevent this from happening:  If your home has a crawl-space: -Consider putting heat tape and insulation on all water lines within the crawl space; at minimum you should cover all openings into the space, including any vent openings. -If you can do so safely, you may also consider putting an electric heater in the crawl space. -If you have access to the crawl space from within the home, you can leave the access door open to allow some heat to make its way into the space. If your home has a basement: -If your basement is normally closed off, open any heat vents that are in the basement and open any doors that lead to the main area of the home to allow heat to enter the basement. -If you do not have heat vents in the basement, a good option is to run portable electric heaters there to help heat the area. If you live in a slab home that has the main water line entering the home in a garage closet, you should consider placing portable electric heaters there to help heat the area.

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The Importance of Air Conditioning Maintenance

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The Importance of Air Conditioning Maintenance

Your air conditioning unit needs to be well maintained to keep functioning efficiently. There are simple things you can do on your own to maintain your air conditioner, and along with an annual air conditioner tune up by a professional at MasterTech, you can greatly improve the life expectancy of your AC system.

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How to repair my broken furnace

Having furnace problems or think you may need a furnace repair? Before you call an expert there are several things you can do to avoid a possible unnecessary service call if your furnace is not heating properly! I don’t want to be too obvious, but… -Check your thermostat. Make sure the battery is not dead and all the setting are working correctly. -Next, if you have liquid propane, check your fuel levels. If they are okay, then it’s to the furnace room. Bring a flashlight, a piece of paper and a pen. Double check that the furnace is plugged in (yes, some of them have plugs!) All furnaces should have a master safety switch. It looks like a light switch most of the time. Make sure it’s turn on. If you’re experienced and comfortable with an electrical tester, use one to make sure your electricity is functioning properly. There are many types of furnaces and varied types of controls. Any one of them may be keeping you in the cold. The basic furnace controls monitor the flue gases, the pilot ignition sequence, the gas flow, combustion air flow and air circulation flow. Additionally there are control boards and other electrical controls. If you’re adventurous, you can open the furnace and find an electrical diagram that may help you understand the furnace. I must stress that if you choose to work on your furnace yourself, please be careful. There are several places you or someone in your family could be hurt. If you choose to call MasterTech, write down the brand name on that pen and paper. We would be proud to provide you with experienced assistance in repairing your furnace and not only keep your family warm, but safe too!

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Why You Should Have a Heat Pump Installed?

For a homeowner, affordable HVAC which does not break down during seasonal changes and does not require costly upgrades on a regular basis is critical. Most residents of Columbia do not mind paying extra to engage professional plumbers and maintenance technicians from top firms like MasterTech for carrying out critical activities like heat pump installation. In locations like Columbia and surrounding areas where residents experience both extreme heat during summers and cold winds during winter a heat pump is an essential gadget to keep air and temperature within a home clean and manageable.

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Should I Install an Oil or a Gas Furnace?

Even today, there continues to be a long standing debate as to which kind of furnace is more suited to homes in Columbia. Some individuals prefer to use gas furnaces, while others have opted for the oil-based alternative. The reality is that the comparison is not black and white. Ultimately, the decision between an oil and gas furnace will come to down to two important factors – energy efficiency and cost.

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Why You Should Upgrade Your Central Air Units to be More Energy Efficient

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If you have recently purchased a home in Columbia, or are looking to conduct renovations on an existing property, one of the things that you will have to pay attention to is the heating and cooling system. Central air unit installs are significant investments so it is important that you conduct extensive research, and consult qualified and experienced professionals before making a decision. Fortunately for residents in Columbia, services like MasterTech can provide you with all the information you need to select a central air unit that is ideal for your home. Professionals in the area have been serving homeowners in Columbia for numerous years, and constantly stay up to date with the latest advancement and improvement in central air technology.

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Have Your Home’s Air Quality Tested

When you return to your home in Columbia after a long day’s work, you should have the assurance and peace of mind in the knowledge that the quality of air in your home is of the highest level. The air quality in your home is dependent on a number of factors, most notably the efficiency of the air filters in your central cooling and heating system. When left unmaintained, these air filters can begin to function poorly, thereby increasing the risk of pollutants and harmful gases entering your home, and adversely affecting your health. A number of service providers, like Master Tech, offer air filter inspections to homeowners and residents in Columbia. With the assistance of licensed professionals, you can benefit from safe and breathable air, allowing you to sleep without a worry.

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How to Lower Your Winter Heating Bill

Replacing older equipment saves money in the long run

High heating bills are common during the winter season. Heating costs are responsible for more than fifty per cent of an average Columbia home’s utility bills. Moreover, heating equipment can also cost quite a good amount of money. It is important to invest in a heating system that exactly matches the requirements of your home to reduce heating bills. An energy efficient heater may require slightly heavy initial investment, but you can save a lot of money in the long run as your bills will be significantly lower. The thermostat must be set low during the winter, especially when you’re not at home. Make sure that your heater is serviced by a professional heating and cooling company before the onset of winter as a serviced heater works with higher efficiency and consumes lesser energy, reducing your heating bills.

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Is Your Heat Pump Installed Correctly?

Proper Heat Pump Install Necessary for Ventilation and Air Flow

Most buildings and offices have windows that don’t open and there will  be many doors through which people and come in and go out.However these are not enough to allow the adequate airflow required to keep the indoor air from turning stale and stagnant. Similarly, the air in your home is bound to get stale at a quicker rate especially during the winter months as your doors and windows will be closed most of the time. A lack of fresh air in any space makes it a breeding ground from mold and bacteria, making it essential to undertake heat pump install to keep health hazards at bay.

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