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…

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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…

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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…

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Programmable Thermostats (Opportunities and Limitations)

Programmable thermostats are known to help create a comfortable in-door environment while saving money. The trick is to come up with an efficient pre-set schedule during the day. Depending on your daily routines (and thermostat model), you may choose six or even more temperature settings per day. There are digital, electromechanical and mixed system available.…

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Myth Busters: Heating Edition II

Cozy Slippers and Cocoa

Heating your home efficiently can be tricky which is why we addressed four heating myths back in February. Now it is time to address myths #5 through #8!     Myth #5: Space Heaters Are an Effective Alternative to Your Furnace   Solely relying on space heaters can become costly during the wintertime, because they…

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Myth Busters: Heating Edition

Even though we all heat our homes during the winter, there is still a fair amount of misleading information about how to keep your family cozy in the most efficient way. Let’s bust a couple of these heating myths! Myth #1: Floors and walls are always cold during the winter This may be true in…

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Propane Tanks *oink oink*

Propane tanks are often called “pigs” because of the shape of the tank and its short legs.  Some people make this point abundantly clear as you can see from these photos… Now, a lot of people think of pigs as cute and if you think so (or if you think Miss Piggy is cute), you…

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In an Emergency, Doug’s is There!

Emergencies have a tendency to happen at the worst time, especially when it’s very hot or very cold out and never during regular business hours. This is why Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning is proud to offer our 24-Hour Emergency service. We have a special line setup for HVAC emergency situations in order to reach…

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5 Heating Myths Every Home Owner Should Know

Myth 1: Reduce monthly heating costs by closing unused room vents. For homes with forced air heating systems, the system balances the air pressure to properly heat your home. Closing vents actually throws this system off and forces your furnace to achieve the same results from adjoining rooms which might make it work even harder.…

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