Jim McDonald & Sons Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Don’t Gamble with a Gas Furnace: Safety Tips

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Gas furnaces are built for safety these days, but no amount of precision manufacturing can prepare a system for neglect. Furnaces, just like any other heating system in the country, break down and have trouble when they haven’t been tuned-up, cleaned, or functioning properly. The problem with a gas furnace is that, unlike other heaters, it can sometimes lead to pretty serious safety concerns that are not present in other heating systems.

When taking the time to seriously think about your heater’s condition and the quality of your HVAC systems, we want you to think very hard about how your gas furnace is doing. Do you need heating repair in Venice, FL? If the answer to that question is yes, then give our team a call and we can help you out. If the answer to that question is “no” or “I don’t know,” then we implore you to keep reading while we talk about why it’s so necessary to keep your gas furnace in working order!

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Gas or Electric: Which Furnace Is Right for You?

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

To invest in a gas or electric furnace, that is the question. Regardless of what a commercial might tell you, these systems have fundamental differences that must be reconciled by every homeowner that’s doing their own due diligence.

While we’re not going to necessarily tell you which furnace to get when looking at options for heating in Sarasota, FL—we’re definitely on board with telling you about their major differences. If you’re a homeowner that’s struggling to differentiate between a gas or electric furnace, then let us take you on a journey where we talk about their efficiency, effectiveness, and examine exactly how they work. Once you know the major points that separate these two systems, you’ll be better equipped to decide which is right for your home.

Well, let’s get started!

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Could a New Thermostat Be What Your Heater Needs?

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Let’s be honest, thermostats aren’t necessarily where most of your attention goes when you think of quality temperature control. This isn’t by accident! Heating in Venice, FL is a huge investment and your heating system is by far the biggest chunk of that investment. However, your thermostat is like the brain of the system, and without a functioning brain, your HVAC system could be ruining your budget.

So, we’re going to go through a few of the benefits you might receive from a smart or Wi-Fi thermostat, so you’re given enough information to make a quality decision on what’s right for your system. If any of these benefits sound like they could help you save money or make your life better, then they’re definitely worth investing in.

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Keep Your Furnace Efficient, Replace Your Filter!

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Usually, when we write about furnace filters, there are two kinds of people we’re writing to. The first is the slightly annoyed furnace owners in our area that exclaim “oh no, I totally forgot to replace the filter,” and they close out the tab.

The second kind of customer that we’d like to reach when we talk about furnace filters are the people who say, “What? My furnace has a filter?”

So, for all you homeowners out there that didn’t even know your furnace had a filter to be replaced, there’s no need to feel guilty. A lot of amateur HVAC technicians don’t even tell their customers about the filter and this is one of those things that separates our team from the rest. We’re invested in the life of your heater, while we help you avoid heating repair in Sarasota, FL for as long as possible.

So, let’s start with step one!

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Combat Chilliness with a Ductless System

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Before you say anything, we get it—it doesn’t get cold very often in Sarasota. However, there are a few nights a year where you’re glad you’ve got a system to keep you cozy. Wouldn’t you want that heating system to be the most reliable and efficient system that money can buy?

Well, let us introduce you to the ductless heating system. It’s an efficient heating system that runs at a fraction of the cost that a normal furnace would run, while being environmentally friendly and perfect for our warmer climate. They don’t require invasive installation procedures and are have improved drastically in the past few years with technological advancements.

If you’ve ever thought about trying to install a heating system that’s perfect for your home, but a furnace doesn’t quite seem to cut it—it might be time to look into ductless systems in Sarasota, FL.

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4 Signs of Imminent Furnace Repair

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Furnaces require more attention than many homeowners believe. This isn’t just because they’re important heat producers for you and your family, although that’s a good reason in and of itself. It’s because a furnace in disrepair can often be a safety hazard since many of them consume natural gas and produce hazardous fumes that are harmful to breathe in.

While we know that furnaces aren’t used as much here as they are up north, that doesn’t negate the fact that they can be a health hazard when left in disrepair. If any of the signs we mention below sound familiar, make sure to contact our team for furnace repair in Sarasota, FL. We’re on a mission to make sure that every home in Sarasota and Manatee County are safe and secure from any problems that could arise from a gas furnace.

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It’s Time to Go Ductless

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Ductless HVAC systems are in huge demand these days and for good reason! They’re incredibly efficient, easily maintained, and provide a versatile comfort experience that is unmatched by other air conditioners or heaters. Here in Florida, we rarely need to use our heaters. For the few times a year that we do need heat, we don’t need very powerful heat. That’s why a ductless heat pump can easily fulfill your heating needs while also providing year-round air conditioning as well!

If ductless heating in Sarasota, FL sounds at all interesting to you, then we urge you to keep reading. We’ve provided a list down below with some of the great benefits that you could enjoy with a ductless heat pump. If you’re on the fence and still not convinced, give us a brief moment to try and convince you! It could save you money in the long run.

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