Residents in Las Vegas tend to forget that a heating system can be a crucial part of your home. But that’s understandable when you have a scorching hot sun blazing above you. But don’t let the heat distract you from the strong possibility of a cool night or a chilly winter. AC Repairs Las Vegas does more than just AC work. We have years of experience in a wide variety of heating systems as well. So if you think you might need to replace an old system, or are looking for some answers to your common heating questions, you’ve come to the right place. By the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll be a minor heating expert yourself!
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A popular choice for keeping any home warm is a gas furnace. They’ve been around since the first patent was filed in 1919, so you know it’s a trusted system. Understandably, that’s probably not enough to convince you to go gas, so here’s some more details.
How It Works
when your thermostat registers that your home has fallen below the set comfortable temperature, your gas furnace kicks in. A small valve opens to allow natural gas into the burners inside the heating chamber.
The air that is pulled from your home and into the gas furnace circulates around the heating chamber and also warms. Once the air is at the desired temperature, it’s released back into your home to keep you cozy.
If you’ve ever lit a fire, you know that it instantly releases heat around it. The same works with a gas furnace. It’s a speedy system, so you don’t have to spend a minute longer than necessary in the cold.
Additionally, repairs on a gas furnace are relatively cheaper than other heating systems. So when the worst happens, you don’t have to fear for your bank account.
Gas furnaces, while effective, tend to have a shorter lifespan than their electric counterparts. In fact, the average lifespan for a gas furnace is only 10-20 years.
You’ll end up going through the gas furnace installation process a few times in your life if you stay in the same home.
One of the most noticeable downfalls is that the burners in a gas furnace are known to make some noise.
For some families, it can be disruptive to a relaxing evening or catching some sleep.
Something you may not think about is that, in order to run a gas furnace, the furnace needs to be hooked up to gas. Unfortunately, some neighborhoods either don’t have gas lines or they do have gas lines, but not connected to your home. It can easily run you $250 or more to have gas lines installed for your home if you want to go the gas furnace route.
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If the gas furnace doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, no worries. There are other valuable heating options out there. One of our favorites is the electric furnace. It’s similar to the gas furnace, but has it’s own set of pros and cons that you may find fit your needs better.
How It Works
Similar to the gas furnace, the process all starts when your thermostat notices your home is colder than you’ve set it for. That’s when the electric furnace comes to life and begins to send electricity through a set of coil conductors. As the electricity courses through the conductors, they heat up to very warm temperatures.
Air is then pulled from your home and pushed through the conductor chamber, where the air is warmed from coming in contact with the electrified coils. Once the air is warm enough, it’s sent back into your home.
An even better benefit to an electric unit is that it has an average lifespan of 20-30 years! That’s much more than a gas unit. So once you invest, you’ll have the system for a lengthy amount of time.
If the noise of a gas unit was turning you off from buying one, you’ll appreciate the silent activities of an electric furnace.
One big pro of an electric furnace is the cost of the unit itself. When you want to get a furnace installed, an electric furnace can easily cost half of what a gas one would run you. So you get to keep a little extra cash in your pocket.
So here’s the big drawback to an electric furnace. It, of course, uses electricity. And when you use electricity, it shows up at the end of the month on your electric bill. The cost to run this type of furnace monthly can be a pain in the butt, but if the pros sound go to you, then it may be worth it in the long run.
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If you’re still feeling completely lost on which unit is the better choice for your home, have no fear because AC Repairs Las Vegas is here! (Cue superhero theme music.) We’d be more than happy to work one on one with you to help you choose the right unit for your needs. And then we do the dirty work and handle installation for you. You can sit back, relax, and wait for the warm air to kick in. Our customer service is second to none in furnace installation and we’re sure you’ll agree once you’ve worked with our knowledgeable and friendly staff.
A serious danger of having an old furnace in your home is the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Being continuously exposed to low levels of carbon monoxide emitted by an aging furnace can cause a range of side effects from headaches and lightheadedness to confusion and vomiting. Here are some simple ways to detect carbon monoxide leaking into your home.
If you experience any of the side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, or any of these signs of its presence are true for your home, call us immediately. We’ll have a technician out in no time to handle the situation and get your family back in a healthy home again.
PILOT LIGHT COLOR
If you have an older gas furnace, check the pilot light for the burners. It should run blue. If it’s any other color, especially yellow, it could indicate carbon monoxide.
Is your family suddenly experiencing chronic headaches or flu like symptoms that medicine just isn’t helping with? It could be from low level exposure to carbon monoxide.
CARBON MONOXIDE BADGES
You can find little testing “badges” in stores that you can place near the furnace. If the badge turns a dark color, it means carbon monoxide is present.
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It’s possible you might have some more questions that you really want some answers to. So look below at some of our frequently asked questions. If you still don’t see your question, dial up our phone number and one of our team members will be ready and waiting to help. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Q: How long does it take to install a furnace?
A: Every furnace is different, but the average is four to ten hours. In most cases, we can have your new furnace installed in one day, but there may be circumstances that lengthen it to two. We understand needing a new furnace can be disruptive to your busy schedule. That’s why our goal is to make the process as easy, non-invasive, and painless to you as possible.
Q: How much does it cost to install a new furnace?
A: While we need to take some case specifics into consideration when pricing, we do have some national average numbers to give you a good picture. If you want an electric furnace, it can cost anywhere from $670 to $2,000. And a gas furnace ranges from $1,200 to $2,400. Furnace installation costs are then additional. If you want a more exact quote, feel free to give us a call today and we’ll have one prepared for you.
Q: What is an HVAC system?
A: You might see this word used often throughout our website. But what does it actually mean? HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. So an HVAC system generally takes care of both heating and cooling, not just one or the other. But some companies use this term flexibly with their units, so be sure to ask for specifics about the specific system.
Q: What is the furnace replacement tax credit?
A: Sometimes the federal government will offer a tax credit for families who install a high energy efficiency furnace into their home. This is a going green sort of incentive to make an upgrade to a more efficient system. Unfortunately, there is no such tax credit for 2017. But, we will keep this updated if any more tax credits are added.
Q: What are some signs I need a new furnace?
A: Unless you have one of our expert technicians come out to inspect the unit, or if the unit simply stops working, there is no guaranteed way to know if you simply need a repair or need to replace your furnace entirely. But some common signs it’s time to find a new unit include strange noises, like grinding or screeching, a chance in the color of the pilot light flame on a gas furnace (it should be blue), or if your energy bills are steadily increasing with no obvious reason why. If you notice any of these, give us a call and we’ll take a look to pinpoint the root cause.
Q: How much does it cost to put in a new HVAC System?
A: This number depends on everything from the unit you choose to the duct work you already have in place. (Switching system types may require installing completely new duct work.) It is estimated that an HVAC switch out, when you change which system you have in your home, can cost between $6,000 to $8,000. If you’re installing a completely new HVAC system, with new duct work, it’ll cost between $9,200 and $12,300 on average. But be sure to give us a call for a more exact estimate on your home project!
Do you feel like a heating expert now? If so, then give us a call to meet our team and get your project started. If, however, you still have more questions, we’re ready to answer any and all you might have. We have years of experience in the Las Vegas area and want to put that knowledge to work for you. When you choose AC Repairs Las Vegas, you can expect only the highest quality materials, technicians, and customer service every time. And all with our guarantee to offer you the lowest price possible. We look forward to working with you to keep your home cozy and warm on those unexpected cold Nevada days.