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Will Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Lower Energy Costs?

If you're concerned about heating and cooling costs, closing vents in rooms you aren't using probably seems like an easy way to save energy and money. After all, you'll be cooling or heating less square footage, so it only follows that closing your vents would deliver savings. The truth is that closing vents in unused rooms actually does the opposite. This can waste more energy because your air conditioner or furnace will be forced to work harder and push excess air to other areas of your home. How Closed Vents Affect Pressure and PerformanceYour system operates with a blower that...

How Do I Check My Home For Air Leaks?

If your home is leaking air, it's costing you a lot of money. When you heat or cool your house, you want that warm or cool air to stay in your home to bring the temperature to a comfortable level. If you suspect a leak, then there are several areas inside and outside of your home that you should check. Exterior Places to CheckThe basic idea when looking at your exterior is to look for areas where two different building materials meet. Make sure to check these areas thoroughly: Where your chimney meets your siding Where your foundation meets the...

Tips for Minimizing Heating Costs This Winter

The winter months can feature periods of cold weather during which you want nothing more than to remain inside. However, keeping your home warm costs money. Let's look at some ways in which you can keep your home comfortable without harming your household's financial situation.Schedule a Furnace Tune-UpYour furnace will work more efficiently if it is serviced at least once a year. At Gunthers in American Fork, we can perform a wide range of tasks to keep your furnace running well all winter. Specific services include furnace repair, maintenance, and installation of new units. We also offer commercial heating services, which means...

How to Control Static Electricity in Your Home

Static electricity is a nuisance. It can even present a danger when there’s enough of it. Let us look at what it is, what causes it, and how you can ensure your home is static electricity-free. How Dry Air Affects Static Electricity Static electricity is an electric charge that builds up in a fixed location. It's attracted to hair, dust, and other materials, which is what causes the shock. When the air is humid, water molecules are present on surfaces that block the buildup of electrical charges. When humidity is low, those molecules aren’t present, which is why static electricity...

5 HVAC System Sounds You Don’t Want to Hear

Are you hearing strange noises from the HVAC system in your American Fork, Utah, home? While some noise is typical as your unit ages, there are some noises that can spell trouble for your system. If you hear any of the HVAC noises listed below, it could be time to place a call to your HVAC technician.  1. Rumbling Rumbling noises coming from your furnace are often a sign that there is a problem with the burner. Typically, this noise occurs when the burner is dirty. As your HVAC system works to push out heat, it will begin to build up...

Guide to Choosing an HVAC System

One of the most important investments and purchases that you could make for your home is the purchase of a new HVAC system. When you are looking for a new HVAC system, you will find that there are plenty of options available. There are several factors to consider that will ensure you make the right purchase for your home.  Consider Your Climate for Heating One of the most important factors to consider is your climate. If you live in an area of the country that has warmer winters, you could be OK investing in a heat pump. These tend to...

Can Furnaces Run Without Filters?

At the heart of keeping your furnace running efficiently is routine maintenance and proper cleaning. By ensuring your furnace is serviced on a regular basis, you are much more likely to enjoy savings on repairs and heating expenses. Here at Gunthers serving the American Fork, Utah, area, we are committed to providing superior service to each customer. Our goal is to make sure you stay comfortable in your home all year long.  The Importance of Using a Filter on a Furnace Many customers are aware that they must change the filter on their cooling system every 30 to 60 days. What they fail to understand, though,...

Benefits of Using a Humidifier in the Winter

Humidifiers add moisture into the air, which results in a variety of benefits for your health and your home. There are several ways to use humidifiers, especially in the winter when the air is drier than other times of the year. Humidifiers are part of a complete heating and cooling system for a healthy, comfortable home. Soft, Supple Skin, Lips and Hair Since winter brings cold and dry air, your skin's moisture is depleted causing dry, dull flaking and sore skin, lips, and hair. A humidifier helps prevent this premature aging and helps maintain soft, supple and youthful skin and healthy hair. Shortens Duration of Colds  Sinus infections, flu, and...

Benefits of a VRF System

Now that winter is on its way, you’ve got plenty of time to think about whether or not your air conditioning system is still up to the job of keeping you cool during the summer months. If your AC unit is more than ¾ of the way through its life expectancy- then it’s best to replace it now with something modern and efficient. One great option many people are considering is a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system.   The Benefits of a VRF HVAC System With a new VRF AC unit, you will enjoy; Quieter operation Consistent comfort Improved energy...

How to Know I Need a New Boiler

Your boiler is one of the household appliances that are usually used intensively. An unexpected breakdown of your boiler can be frustrating and costly. In fact, certain boiler failures can pose a significant danger to you and your family if they aren’t spotted in good time. Regular professional maintenance is key to keeping your boiler in good condition throughout the year. However, just like any other mechanical appliance, your boiler wears down over time. With time, you could find yourself staring straight at some of the warning signs that you need to replace your furnace. Here are some of the top...