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Why do I need a maintenance plan from my HVAC Contractor?

At Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning we want to help prevent as many HVAC breakdowns as possible and to help people understand why it is so important to have a regular HVAC maintenance program. Unchecked complications can lead to costly repairs or sudden failure are often the result. HVAC systems need to be regularly checked by a dependable heating and air conditioning specialist. Reliable maintenance is a service that examines, tests, and fixes essential components of the HVAC system. Professional …
Air Conditioning

York Mini-Split System

The YORK Mini-Split system is a highly-efficient with a flexible heating and cooling system that doesn’t require any duct work. Keep reading to find out if YORK mini-splits could be right for you. According to The U.S. Department of Energy, one of the main advantages of mini-splits are their flexibility for heating and cooling individual rooms. If you have certain rooms you use a lot more than others, this gives you the flexibility to heat and cool those rooms without …
Air Conditioning

The Mitsubishi Mini-Split. Is it the Right Solution for Your Home?

If you have never heard of a mini-split, you are not alone. No, the mini-split isn’t some kind of ice cream dish like the banana split, it’s a heating and cooling system installed in homes and business without ducts.  One of our favorite products is the Mitsubishi mini-split. As Mitsubishi states, these systems, “provide superior comfort, lower energy costs, zero emissions, and ultra-quiet heating and air conditioning in any climate.” The systems have been gaining in popularity for many years, …
Air Conditioning

Stay Healthy and Comfortable this Summer with an Aprilaire Dehumidifier

In the Quad Cities, it can be in the 50s one day and in the 90s just a couple of days later. The effect is jarring, and a good reminder every season comes with its own heating and cooling needs to keep us safe and comfortable. While temperatures in the 90s are unusual for May, it is a reminder summer will be here before we know it, along with prolonged stretches of warmer weather and sometimes severe heatwaves.  Air conditioning …
Air Quality

Would Your Home Benefit from a Bryant Heat Pump?

Bryant makes some of the best heat pumps available. As All Things HVAC reports, Bryant is one of the oldest brands in the industry and is now a subsidiary of Carrier. Bryant has one of the most comprehensive product lineups in the industry, which is one of the reasons we recommend their products. We can find the right heat pump for your needs. Heat pumps are an alternative to gas furnaces. As Bob Vila explains, “A gas furnace generates heat …
Air Quality

How Clean is the Air in Your Home?

We are now at the end of Winter and your home has been closed up all season. It’s time to look at the air quality in your home to see how you can breathe a little easier. As you look to turn on your air conditioner for the season, be sure to have your system checked first. An annual check-up for your air conditioning unit will give you greater efficiency, it extends the life of your equipment and it improves …
Energy Efficiency

What temperature is too cold for a house?

Many people in the Quad Cities have had minor (and major) freak-outs upon looking at our heating bills this winter, particularly those who use natural gas, which is most people in this area. As KWQC warned in October, later verified by the Quad City Times, and the final proof in those heating bills that triggered a lot of freak-outs, natural gas prices have nearly doubled since the previous winter. So many of you may be wondering, what temperature is too …
Furnace

Meet Francisco Troche

How time flies! It has been almost nine years since Francisco joined the team at Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning. Francisco started working for us as an installer in 2014, right out of trade school. After he graduated from Moline High School, Francisco went to the Midwest Technical Institute. When he finished there, he joined Doug’s and has been with us ever since. It was clear from the start, Francisco was going to be a valuable addition to the team. …
Air Quality

What are the most common indoor air pollutants?

One of the most wonderful things about the Quad Cities is the variety of homes in our neighborhoods. There are a lot of areas of the country where every house in every neighborhood looks the same, as if they’ve been stamped onto lots with cookie cutters. We have a lot of beautiful new homes in the area, and we have a lot of wonderful old homes. Whether your home is a hundred years old or you just built your house …
Furnace

Can an old furnace explode, and how can I tell if my furnace is dying?

Fireworks are fun outside, not so much indoors! Do you have to worry about your furnace causing indoor fireworks? The short answer is, not likely. Heating fires are more often caused by space heaters than furnaces. Modern furnaces have too many safeguards in place, so explosions are not something most people should worry about. Even if your furnace is unlikely to explode, that does not mean it is necessarily healthy. Hopefully, everything is fine, but it is worth looking for …
Air Conditioning

Key Terms and General Information for HVAC

  We all have to start somewhere when gaining knowledge on a complex subject; we have all been there before. There is no need to stress about sounding like you know what you are talking about in the heating and air conditioning world, use this blog as your guide. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)  has the goal of creating a comfortable and acceptable indoor air quality.    ACH  Air Changes Per Hour is a measure of the air volume …
Heating

How to Remotely Control a Boiler

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