Furnace and Boiler Tips

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Doug’s Heating & Air Conditioning, a leading HVAC company in Moline, IL, has been providing heating and cooling services in and around the Quad Cities area for over 60 years. For furnace installation and repair, Doug’s is one of the most trusted service providers in Moline, IL. Doug’s is keenly aware of your property and comfort, so they never leave a mess behind. They also make scheduling easy with just a 2-hour window for service appointments. Customers in Moline, IL trust Doug’s for quality work and courteous service. Doug’s also provides a one year warranty on service parts and newly installed units come with a 10-year parts warranty when your furnace is installed by our factory-trained technicians. 

What is the difference between a Furnace and a Boiler?

Most homes in the United States are heated with either a furnace or boiler system. Furnaces use ducts to distribute heated air throughout your home. Boilers use hot water or steam to heat your home through radiators or radiant floor systems. Steam boilers are less efficient than hot water boilers, however there are high-efficiency versions of every option on the market today.

For Efficiency’s Sake

Furnaces and Boilers can be adjusted to increase efficiency. Upgrades like these can improve the safety and longevity of older systems. It is important to weigh the costs of these upgrades against the cost of a new system, especially if replacement is likely in a year or two. However, for older, otherwise completely sound systems there are a few ways to increase efficiency and longevity. Those include:
• Programmable Thermostats
• Upgrading Ductwork
• Adding Zone Control for Heat Distribution

Maintaining Your Furnace or Boiler

Regular maintenance on your heating system will ensure you have no heating issues for years to come. An annual inspection is highly recommended and monthly air filter checks are an effortless way to stay on top of any minor issues that could snowball into something major. When a service technician like

Doug’s comes to your home or business out to check your unit, there are a few things you need to make sure they check. These items include:

  • Checking the connection of your vent connection and chimney
  • Checking the integrity of the heat exchanger
  • Adjusting the controls for maximum efficiency
  • Performing a combustion-efficiency test

Replacing Your Furnace or Boiler

Before you buy a new furnace or boiler, we recommend you first improve the energy efficiency of your home. This could mean adding insulation or new energy-efficient windows. It is also important you have a heating contractor like Doug’s size your furnace. Purchasing a smaller unit will save money and will operate more efficiently in your home. Always look for an ENERGY STAR® label and a sealed combustion system will save you a ton of energy.

Meet Francisco Troche

Francisco, a service technician with Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning, has been with Doug’s since 2013 when he originally joined the team as an installer right out of trade school. A Moline High School Graduate, Francisco completed an intense hands-on program through the Midwest Technical Institute and was promoted to service technician within just a few months with Doug’s. He loves working at Doug’s because of the family-oriented atmosphere and he particularly enjoys his job as a service technician because he likes working with his hands while working outdoors. Francisco says that after joining the team at Doug’s he was quickly introduced to a whole new world and perspective. Francisco is licensed on HVAC, Forced Air, Geothermal Systems and holds an EPA Refrigerant License. He has several licenses and certificates that just keeps growing as a part of this team. In fact, one of the great things about being an employee at Doug’s is that they pay for him to

continue his education and keep up to date on the latest certifications, licenses and brands.

As a service technician with Doug’s, Francisco has a few furnace tips to keep in mind this winter.

  1. He strongly recommends checking your furnace filter monthly. He says it helps to associate this monthly check with the time you pay of your monthly bills. When your bills are due, run down and do a furnace check. This will make sure a minor problem does not snowball into an emergency.
  2. He also said that common sounds from your furnace could mean trouble. Most modern furnaces are equipped with new oilless and beltless motors, so when you start to hear a grinding or squealing noise that usually means the motor is on its way out. Thankfully, most York and Bryant furnaces have a ten-year parts warranty. We also need to note, Doug’s services all makes and models. So calling at the first sound of trouble will save on costly repairs or replacements if dealt with early.
  3. So the question that has been on everyone’s mind… where should the thermostat be set? Francisco says that is a personal choice. His wife keeps their home at a constant 70 degrees year-round. Happy wife, happy life! Changing the temperature will not hurt the system, so feel free to experiment to find what works for you. However most brands and experts agree that once you decide on a temperature it is best to keep it steady for efficiency’s sake.
  4. Last, Francisco says that your furnace should last about 15-20 years with regular annual maintenance.