We Did It for Your AC in Fall—Now Let’s Grade Your Furnace in the Spring!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

checkmark-greenLast fall I had everyone who reads my blogs on the regular (thank you for that!) do a mental exercise. Not too tough, like a Sudoku. All you had to do was give your air conditioning system a grade like in school: A to F. That helps you to plan ahead about your comfort system and take measures during the downtime period.

Now I want all of you to do the same for your furnace. Warmer weather means furnaces will soon go into hibernation—although we can never count out cold surprises during April—and attention starts to move to the AC. So it’s time to give your furnace a grade for the season it just handled, and you’ll have an idea if you need to schedule furnace service in Knoxville, TN during the spring.

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March Doesn’t Mean You Can Let Your Heater Limp to the Finish Line

Monday, March 9th, 2020

dont-forget-post-itI find March a stressful month—because it can never decide if it wants to be winter or early spring, and it swings back and forth. I see our team keep busy helping our customers with their heating systems, and they’re also doing important AC maintenance service for members of our Comfort Club. (If you haven’t signed up yet, enroll today and get on the schedule for your AC care!)

I’m not quite ready to talk about air conditioning systems yet, because heating can still be an urgent affair in March. What I want to talk about today is the heating system you have that isn’t doing its best. Are you thinking of letting it limp on until the warm weather comes to stay? Nobody here recommends that!

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Let’s Talk About a Furnace That’s Just Too Noisy

Monday, February 24th, 2020

woman-shocked-by-loud-noiseWho likes noise in their house? I’m not talking about the sounds of a busy household—we all expect that type of noise. Even as a dog, with my super-hearing, I can adjust to kids and raucous game nights.

But you can always ask people in your house to lower their voices when it gets too loud. What if there’s a piece of equipment in the house that’s making far too much noise, and it’s not something you can shut off when you get tired of it? As you can tell from the title of my blog, I’m talking about a noisy furnace. When it’s cold outside, you don’t have the option to shut off a loud furnace. A noisy furnace also isn’t something to ignore, since it can mean the heater either needs repairs ASAP or must be replaced.

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How an Amateur Repair Can Really Mess Up Your Home’s Heater

Monday, February 10th, 2020

hands-opening-heating-cabinetYou may have read about “Chuck in a Truck” before if you’re a regular at my blog. Chuck in a Truck is a handy term we use at Russell and Abbott for unlicensed, inexperienced amateur HVAC “technicians.” Usually, Chuck in a Truck’s only credential is “has a truck.” Maybe with words and a phone number stenciled on the side for that extra touch of—class, I guess? Trusting Chuck in a Truck to fix your heating system is the same as trusting someone who claims they’re a doctor because they can show you a business card.

“But what can really go wrong, Olive?” Plenty! An amateur accurately and safely fixing your heater is more about luck than anything else. (“Good Luck with Chuck in a Truck.” Hmm, I like that.) Below I’ve listed some of the ways an amateur can mess up your home heating system.

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Misunderstandings About the “Furnace or Heat Pump” Choice

Monday, January 27th, 2020

home-basement-furnaceWhen it’s time to have a new heating system installed, take my advice—don’t make a hasty choice! This isn’t like getting a bad haircut (as I’ve seen happen to some of my poodle friends) where the mistake corrects itself fast. A heating installation is supposed to last for a decade or more. Replacing a heater years early because it wasn’t right for your house is a big inconvenience and expense. Taking time to consider your options and how they’ll work with your house is key to getting the right installation at the start.

I’m pleased to say you don’t have to make the choice on your own! You’ve got me, for one, to give advice. Even better, you have our Russell & Abbott team.

Today, we’re going to offer you new perspectives on one of the big choices for a new heater: the heat pump or the furnace.

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Can My Furnace Hurt My Home’s Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, January 13th, 2020

woman-with-thermometerYour gas furnace has a straightforward job: keep your family feeling toasty warm all through the winter. Okay, it also keeps your pets toasty warm as well. I know most of us have fur coats, but make no mistake—we need to have comfortable environments to stay at our healthiest.

Because you’re asking me about indoor air quality and your furnace, you might be worried the furnace is doing, well, something to the air your family breathes. The simple answer is, yes, the furnace can harm indoor air quality. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid potential troubles. You can trust our team to help with better heating and better indoor air quality in Knoxville, TN.

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What Is a Variable Speed Furnace?

Monday, December 30th, 2019

gas-furnaceOne of the big jobs I do as an HVAC blogger dog is to keep up with changes in heating and cooling technology. Maybe a greyhound is better suited to this job because comfort advances move with incredible speed. But I still stay on top of the news, because it’s important for me to inform customers about the options they can investigate when planning a new heater installation.

In this post, I’m going to look at the variable speed furnace. This is a type of furnace that offers several excellent benefits for the right home. Stress on the right home—there’s no such thing as an HVAC installation that works for all homes. This is why I recommend you work closely with our Russell & Abbott family when you’re planning on a new furnace install or any other HVAC system.

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When a Furnace Goes Bad, Maybe It Needs to Be Replaced

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Trane xb90 furnaceIt’s getting to be the bundling-up time of the year—Thanksgiving is over, December is here, decorations are going up, and snow will soon arrive. And if you’ve got a furnace that isn’t getting the job done, ‘tis the season to get a new one.

If you’ve kept up with my blog, you’ll know that I’m always a careful watchdog when it comes to suspicious HVAC “contractors” who are looking to get a fast buck from customers by telling them they need to get new ACs or heaters every ten years. Honest and trained technicians like the ones at Russell & Abbott will always tell you when a furnace repair in Knoxville, TN is the better option. We aren’t going to pressure you into purchasing a new system when it’s unnecessary.

But today I’m here to talk to you about when it is necessary. Don’t just take my word for it on this blog! Please call our team for an expert—and honest—opinion about that faulty furnace.

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A List of the Best Thermostat Settings (For All Purposes)

Monday, November 18th, 2019

thermostat-operationHey everybody, I’m here to talk about a favorite topic: easy steps you can take to improve home comfort and energy savings. I often write about the big problems, like busted furnaces and what can happen if you don’t schedule routine HVAC maintenance. But this really is a straightforward method that can make big improvements. It’s straightforward, people often overlook it …

… and it’s learning how to best set and adjust your thermostat!

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Olive’s All-Important Fall Reminder That Heating Maintenance Is Great!

Monday, November 4th, 2019

dont-forget-post-itThere’s so much I love about fall. And I probably love big piles of leaves the most! There’s nothing like running and jumping into a crisp stack of red and yellow leaves and rolling around in them. Plus, I adore the crisp weather. It’s ideal dog weather, the right balance for having a shiny black coat.

Here’s something else that I love in fall—heating maintenance. You probably think I’m a bit nuts to say that because heating maintenance sounds like it’s a chore. And who likes chores?

But here’s the good news. When you rely on our Knoxville, TN, HVAC professionals for your heating maintenance, we take over the “chore” part. You won’t have to do anything but call us. It’s so easy. And once we’re done, you’ll see all the benefits that make fall heating maintenance great.

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