Find the Air Leaks and Save Energy

Air leaks throughout your home can be a major drain on your energy dollars. They pull air out of your home as well as letting it enter. You have probably experienced air leaks as cold drafts during winter or overly hot rooms during the summer. How Pros Find the Air Leaks The easiest way to identify where the leaks are is to ask a licensed energy auditor from Smith & Willis in the greater Denver area to find them. Professionals use specialized equipment to find the exact locations of the leaks and the degree of infiltration. At the end of
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Choose the Right HVAC Contractor for Your Home

When you need a professional HVAC contractor, it may seem daunting to find the right company. You want to find a good contractor that’s known for doing quality work. If you don’t pick the right company, you may end up with an improperly installed HVAC system. The right HVAC contractor will save you time and money on your next heating system. Here are a few ways to find the best company for your home. Do Your Research You always want to do your research before hiring a company. There are plenty of online sites dedicated to HVAC reviews. Social media
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How Does a Furnace Work?

Smith & Willis has been installing furnaces in the Denver area since 2002. Denver gets cold in the winter, so having a working furnace is a must. Many of our clients are curious as to how their furnaces actually work so they can better take care of them. How an Oil Furnace Works First, the thermostat must be turned on. This makes the burner at the bottom of the unit spray droplets of oil and air into the combustion chamber and ignite. The hot gas flows through the heat exchanger and then out of the exhaust stack. The blower pulls
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Keep Furnace Filters Out of the Recycling Bin

As an environmentally conscious person, you probably try to recycle as often as possible. Therefore, it’s only sensible that you’d wonder whether furnace filters are recyclable as well. It turns out that simply tossing a filter into the recycling bin isn’t the best way to care for the environment or for your own health. Put Safety First Furnace filters can be made from a variety of materials. One of the most common is fiberglass, and that’s a substance you definitely can’t dispose of in your household recycling bin. Unless you specifically know what materials were used to make your filter,
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Ideas for Lowering Your Winter Heating Bills

It’s nice to be warm and comfortable in the winter, but that can come with a price if you’re faced with a high utility bill. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can lower your energy bills in the winter. Things You Can Do Today There are several things you can start doing right away to lower your heating bill. First, you can simply turn down the thermostat a few degrees. While every system is different, you could potentially save hundreds of dollars a season. Since hot air rises, you can use any ceiling fans in your favor. There should
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Benefits of Financing a Heating System

There’s no doubt about it – winter is fully upon us here in Commerce City, CO. That means there’s no better time to consider replacing your existing heating system. Best of all, you don’t need to shell out a ton of money to do it. With our financing options, you can enjoy a new heating system with a payment solution that works for you. Here are four important benefits of financing a heating system: 1. Saves Money Our heating systems are energy efficient, which is critically important in Commerce City. These systems can help reduce your energy bills by a
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The Wonderful Invention Of Furnaces: A Walk Back Through Time

There are many things that we take for granted in today’s modern world. We don’t usually take the time to think about years ago when common things like heating and cooling systems weren’t readily available. It’s thanks to the ingeniousness of inventors, (probably some really cold ones) hundreds of years ago that created the wonderful furnace that we couldn’t live comfortably without. Here is a walk back through time to pay tribute to the wonderful invention of furnaces. The Furnace Concept is Thousands Of Years Old Believe it or not, humans began using fire to cook food all the way
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3 Heating Hacks

The easy way to stay warm in Winter is to just keep your furnace blasting all day long. If you’d rather give it a break now and then and save on utility bills, here are three heating hacks to stay nice and cozy without spending a bunch of extra money: Shower With the Door Open Two of the big concerns with Colorado Winters: the cold and the dry climate. By showering with the bathroom door open, you can release all that precious steam into the rest of the house instead of keeping it stored up in the bathroom. As long
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Should I Turn My Furnace Off When on Vacation?

You might be tempted to turn your furnace off for safety reasons while you’re away on vacation. The thought that your furnace might set your house on fire means you won’t have peace of mind while you’re trying enjoy some time away. Simply put, it’s a bad idea to turn off your furnace, especially if you’re taking a vacation during the winter. Colorado winter weather is especially hard on homes and you don’t want to risk damaging your home. You can take solace in the fact that furnaces come with safety switches that protect your home in the event there’s
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How Can You Find the Best Furnace For Your Home?

Because each home is different, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question “what’s the best furnace?” Whether you opt for a geothermal heat pump or traditional oil-burning furnace, you’ll want to consider factors like your home’s size, your typical heating needs, and your budget. Learn more about how some of the most common heating systems stack up for Denver metro homeowners. Oil Furnace These furnaces use heating oil to generate heat; a series of fans then circulates this heated air through your home’s HVAC ducts. Oil furnaces are most commonly powered through an oil tank located in a home’s backyard.
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