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5 Signs You Need a Furnace Replacement

Over the course of a Utah winter, the professionals at Gunthers see a lot of heating systems. We work hard to keep those systems running, even when the furnace has seen better days. However, there comes a time when every homeowner has to face the fact that it is time for a furnace replacement. 1. Age of the Furnace If your furnace is more than 15 years old, you can congratulate it on a job well done, but you should also think about replacing it. Older furnaces cost more to maintain and are less energy-efficient than newer models. You will...

Why Are Some Rooms Colder Than Others?

If you're finding that some rooms in your home get too hot while others require that you put on a jacket, you have an uneven heating problem. There are a variety of reasons why there can be a major temperature differential in your building. Some of these issues can be resolved easily while others require the assistance of an HVAC professional. Taking the time to resolve uneven heating issues can make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient.   Examine Air Registers In order to heat a room, hot air needs to be able to freely enter it. Making sure that...

Are Furnaces Good for Your Health?

Gunthers has served American Fork and the surrounding areas since 1910. Our company highly recommends furnaces as a means of heating homes, but we know that some homeowners have concerns about them, so we want to address them.   Furnaces Are Not Inherently Unhealthy Furnaces sometimes get a bad rap but are not really any more dangerous than heat pumps and other heating technologies. There may be fewer concerns when it comes to electric furnaces, but the added considerations are generally well worth the savings that come with natural gas, oil or propane.   Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector The...

What to Do Before Turning on Your Furnace

Autumn’s here, and temperatures are plunging. Soon, it will be time for you to switch to your furnace again. Your heater has been sitting idle for many months, though, so you should follow a few steps before you turn it back on. Scheduling preventative furnace maintenance with a qualified HVAC technician can help you make sure that your furnace will run safely and efficiently throughout the winter months.   Inspect Your Furnace   Your furnace needs to be inspected. You’re checking to see that your furnace is free of any dust or soot. Remove any potentially combustible items such as...

Understanding Airflow in Your Home

If you've been wanting to save money on your energy costs, it's much simpler than you might think. When the heating or air conditioning system has to work harder to blow the air throughout your home, it's taking up much more electricity than necessary. Also, rooms that aren't receiving as much airflow will not receive the benefit of the filtration that your HVAC system provides.   Keeping your home at the right temperature year-round provides health benefits to everyone and especially to those with breathing troubles and allergies. Gunther's is happy to provide you with simple DIY remedies to help...

Issues That Commonly Affect Thermostats

There are many common thermostat issues. You may set yours to a certain temperature and then notice, after a while, that the temperature is not as cold or warm as you’d like. Why are you and your family sweating when you set the thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit? The fact is, thermostats can malfunction like everything else. Here are some reasons why:   Dirt Dirt can influence how well the thermostat works. If the system shuts down or doesn’t achieve the set temperature, the cause may be a build-up of dirt and grime on the components of the thermostat.  ...

Tips to Conserve Energy at Home

Most households use a significant amount of energy each season whether they want to illuminate specific rooms of the home or cool the interior setting during the warmer months of the year. Unfortunately, the cost of energy isn't always cheap here in American Folk and can lead to high bills each month. If you want to save more energy throughout the year, here are a few basic tips to follow.   1. Close Your Drapes One of the main reasons air conditioners work harder than necessary is due to a warm interior setting. Make it a point to close your...

How Often Should I Replace My Plumbing Appliances for Maximum Efficiency?

Do you have a home with older or outdated plumbing fixtures? You've probably heard that newer items can be more energy efficient. If you want your fixtures to be as efficient as possible, here is what you need to know about replacing them. Signs You Should Replace Fixtures Before replacing your fixtures, you need to find out if they are energy efficient. Ultimately, you'll want to update your plumbing appliances for maximum efficiency every 10-15 years. You may want to talk to Gunthers about plumbing services if you notice any of these problems: Increasing utility bills Appliances that use way...

Top 5 Causes of AC Airflow Problems

Airflow problems with your AC unit can lead to uncomfortable hot and cool spots throughout your house. You may also notice surges in your heating/cooling bills. Do not let these airflow issues go unaddressed because they can end with your AC unit's compressor being damaged over time. 1. Dirty Condenser UnitThe condenser unit is usually on the outside of your AC system. This means that it can easily get obstructed with dirt, debris, and leaves. To prevent airflow problems, make sure that there is a clear path to the condenser unit and that nothing is sitting on top of it....

Importance of Commercial AC Services

When the summer heat strikes, it is important that your business is prepared. Although high-quality commercial air conditioning doesn’t exactly come cheap, the truth is that the potential benefits it can provide to your business far outweigh the costs. In fact, after reading about these amazing benefits, you might soon realize that investing in commercial cooling services might just be one of the smartest business decisions you’ll ever make. Improve Employee ProductivityIt’s a simple fact that a happy employee usually means a more productive employee, and there is no better way to help keep your employees happy during the hot...