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Do Plants Help Indoor Air Quality

We all love the lush look of a room filled with natural greenery, but do plants really help improve indoor air quality? This is a commonly repeated "fact," but few people are aware of the science behind it.What Plants Do for Your Indoor AirThe problem with indoor air is that all sorts of pollutants can build up when air is stale and trapped. Plants may not help with some of these pollutants, like dust and ozone. However, they do have the ability to filter out small amounts of volatile organic compounds. At the same time, household plants also release minimal...

How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

Maintaining a home furnace is essential to maximize the lifespan of the furnace unit itself as well as its overall functionality. Knowing when the time is right to change your furnace filter is imperative to prevent potential cloggings, breakdowns and unnecessary wear and tear on your heating unit and the system itself.Make and Model Before you change your furnace's filter, be sure to research the make and model of your furnace. Consider the date your furnace was installed as well as the last time you replaced your furnace filter. Because not all furnaces are created equally, some may require more...

Why You Should Invest in a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats are on the cutting-edge of thermostat technology, which means there are tons of ways they can benefit your home. At Gunthers, we offer top-quality smart thermostats as part of our heating and cooling services in American Fork, UT. Take a look at a few of the key benefits of adding a smart thermostat to your home. 1. Lower Utility Bills Although smart thermostats have a higher sticker price than plain old programmable thermostats, they’ll actually save you more money in the long-run. Your smart thermostat adapts to your schedule and habits, which makes it highly energy-efficient compared to...

What Heating Systems Are Best For The Environment?

More and more homeowners who are concerned about preserving the environment are investigating methods of heating their houses that don’t rely on the use of fossil fuels. A number of heating methods exist that take advantage of renewable resources without generating harmful emissions. Innovative Wood Stoves Wood stoves are a popular heating alternative. Wood releases carbon dioxide as it burns, but it’s the carbon dioxide that was once in the tree from which the wood came, so the net carbon gain is zero.While traditional wood stoves produce smoke and other pollutants, newer stoves that have been certified by the EPA...

5 Common Boiler Problems

Boilers are more likely to break down during the cold months of the winter, which are, of course, the worst of times to have them break down. They're more likely to be working hard, though, when it's cold outside, and that hard work can cause boilers to break down. If your boiler goes out, you can count on the professionals at Gunthers to get it up and running again. We travel throughout the American Fork, Provo and Orem areas for all your heating, cooling and plumbing needs. The winter months are also when you turn the boiler back on after...

Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your Kitchen Appliances

There will come a time when your refrigerator, stove, or dishwasher will no longer run as efficiently as it could. There may also come a time when your kitchen's appliances will look dated or unappealing in general. These may be signs that it is time to buy new appliances for this space. Is Your Refrigerator or Dishwasher Leaking? If you notice water pooling around your refrigerator, it could be a sign that a part is broken or a line is clogged. The same could be true if your dishwasher leaks or if you see water pooled inside of this component...

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...