Let’s Talk Gas Furnace Safety: Combustion Analysis

Monday, November 5th, 2018

furnace-oldI have plenty of important roles as the HVAC blogger dog for Russell & Abbott and the community we serve. I keep people informed about ways to save energy with their air conditioning systems, how to improve their heating during the winter, ways to boost their air quality. I even occasionally offer advice about pets—hey, it’s the least I can do for my furry brothers and sisters!

But there’s no HVAC blogging job that’s more important to me, or a subject more important to our Russell & Abbott team than SAFETY. We want all of our customers to have HVAC systems that keep them safe as well as comfortable. That’s why we make combustion analysis an essential part of our service for furnaces.

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Do You Know This Dark and Dirty Secret?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Dirty-secret-oliveOh, I hope I didn’t scare you away with that title! Or maybe … I got your attention? Well, you’re reading this, so it must mean you’re interested in hearing this big secret. Okay, I’m just gonna lay it out there, give you the real dirt, which is that …

DIRT is the #1 reason for HVAC system failure.

It isn’t age! A system wearing down can lead to an AC or heating system failure, but dirt and grime are much more likely to get to it first. Dirty is like a wave of devious little spies getting into the tiny parts of the HVAC system and then sabotaging it. (For my canine friends, think of it like a massive flea attack. Yeah, they’re small, but they’re nasty.) This dirt means an expensive repair call for the system—or worse, an expensive call to replace it.

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Olive Explains HVAC Filters!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

air-fliter-cuTime to talk about filters. No, not the kind you put on your email account to stop spam from flooding your inbox. (As a blogger dog who’s on the internet a lot, I know all about spam. Do you know how much spam I get from shady dog food companies promising me “a shinier coat in 10 days or your money back”?)

The filters I’m interested in are the ones on your HVAC system. These filters don’t do the job of cleaning the air so it’s healthier to breathe. (If you’re interested in air quality, we do offer options for that.) Their job is protecting the interior of the HVAC cabinet to stop dirt and other debris from interfering with the work of the furnace, AC, or heat pump.

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“But Did You Know?” The Most Common Furnace Problem!

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

question-mark-badgeHere’s a little quiz I came up with to test your furnace knowledge. (Don’t worry, I’m not actually going to grade this! Even if you get it wrong, you’ll learn something important.)

What is the most common trouble furnaces have during the winter?

  1. Children tampering with the thermostat
  2. Cats tampering with the thermostat
  3. Accidentally setting the thermostat to Celsius rather than Fahrenheit
  4. Lack of maintenance

Ready with your answer?

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Olive’s Halloween Safety for Pets

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

olive-pumpkinI love Halloween! It’s true that I’m not a black cat, I’m a black dog, and maybe that doesn’t seem as spooky for the season. But I’ve discovered that over in England, “black dogs” are famous types of ghosts who haunt creepy crossroads and crumbling castles, and they have neat names like “Padfoot” and “Barghest.” Arthur Conan Doyle used these black dog legends for his Sherlock Holmes novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, and…

Okay, I’m getting off topic. The point is, I love Halloween and so do a lot of pets. But … you need to make sure your furry family members stay safe during this time of year, because there are some potential hazards. And they don’t include spectral ghost dogs. I’ve taken some tips from Pet MD and the ASPCA for Halloween Pet Safety:

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Why You Should Keep Your Outside Heat Pump Clear in Winter

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

winter-weather-illustrationIt’s almost March—but keep in mind that most of March is still officially winter, and our weather often acts just like it. March has a notorious way of walking in through the front door all full of smiles, only then try to try to exit the house by battering down the back walls! I know, I’ve seen it happen: I work as an HVAC dog, and know exactly when the expert team here at Russell & Abbott gets busy during the year. March can get hectic with calls to fix broken heating systems.

(I should bring this up when I’m on the topic: even with spring just around the corner, never ignore a repair issue with your heater! Having the heater fixed right away helps ensure the problem doesn’t worsen, create a health hazard, or put you at risk of a heating system that won’t work at all the next time you really need it.)

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How HVAC Systems Can Help Improve Your Health

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The winter colds are going to be here soon! I can already feel the static electricity that’s making my fur stick to the brush. Heating systems will soon start turning on—and a new set of health problems are going to confront us when the cold sweeps in. Tuning your heating system up is just one step you can take with your HVAC preparation. You can also make some changes to help the HVAC system protect your health during this time when your immune system can be weakened.

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Olive Recommends: Do Your Cold Weather Prep When the Weather Is Great

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

I’ve been looking for the weather forecast for the next few weeks—a standard part of my daily routine as an HVAC expert dog—and, wow, but I’m going to get some great walking time in! With the exception of some scattered rainstorms (which I don’t mind that much), we’re going to be enjoying some fabulous weather, with highs in the 80s and lows in the upper 60s. It’s one of the most beautiful times of the year here in East Tennessee…

…and that also means people probably aren’t thinking much about their home heating systems or getting ready for winter weather. But this is actually one of the best times to think about it!

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Schedule Fall Maintenance Now and We’ll See You in September!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Most people don’t think that dogs are into planning. We just go with the flow, whether it’s walks, treats, or food. But this isn’t true of all dogs, and it’s certainly not true of me. I plan my time to take naps on my favorite couch so I can properly balance it with working on my blogs, handling PR events, and posing for new photos. I understand the importance of planning ahead… especially when it comes to taking the best possible care of your home’s heating and air conditioning system.

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Why Combustion Analysis Is Important for Your Heating Safety!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

You might have noticed that I talk about regular heating maintenance a lot on my blog. There’s a good reason for this—several, actually. (I’ve already listed eight of them!) But one reason that always rises to the top is safety. As a dog, safety is extremely important to me: you’ve probably seen many of my furry brothers and sisters who work as service dogs protecting humans. In fact, there are dogs specially trained to detect dangerous gas leaks! So I definitely know something about why it’s vital to keep your gas furnace working safely.

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