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Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

If something is failing or going amiss with your HVAC unit, chances are, your HVAC unit is letting you know something is not quite right. However, most of the cues come in the form of sounds that many of us may overlook. If you hear your HVAC unit grinding, squealing, screeching or squeaking, it is letting you know it needs help. I was unaware of these cues and overlooked them. It ended up costing me a lot of money in repairs. I want to make sure that does not happen to other people, so I made this website. I hope you learn how to interpret the noises your HVAC unit is making so you can get it the repairs it needs before you incur a costly repair, or worse, permanently ruin your unit for good.

Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

Worried About Future Heating Bills? 3 Points To Discuss With A Reputable Heating Contractor

by Billie Carlson

Rising costs for both home heating fuels and electricity are causing many homeowners to look for options that can help them reduce the amount of their future heating bills. While it is important to look at insulation levels, window quality, and other possible structure-related issues, homeowners who want to reduce the amount of heating fuel or electricity they need to heat their home may also want to discuss making some changes to their current heat source. 

Replacing to improve efficiency

In a normal economy, most homeowners cannot easily absorb the cost of installing a new furnace when their current one is still functional. With skyrocketing fuel costs and electricity rates, however, operating an older, less efficient furnace may be even more difficult to afford. If the current furnace has less than half its expected lifespan remaining or has required frequent service calls, homeowners may actually find that the installation of a new, high-efficiency furnace will enable them to have much more affordable monthly heating bills and help to eliminate costly service calls for repair issues. 

Adding a supplement heat source

Homeowners who already have a high-efficiency furnace may be able to further reduce their heating bills by relying on a supplemental heat source for some of their family's comfort needs. Installing supplemental heat sources, such as a woodburning stove, gas fireplace insert, or ductless mini-split system in areas that are known to be difficult to heat can allow families to feel more comfortable without turning up the thermostat on the central heating system. In locations where power outages are a common problem, homeowners may also want to consider adding a supplemental heat source that will still operate without electrical power, such as a wood stove or a gas or wood fireplace. 

Investing in geothermal 

Reducing dependence on electricity and heating fuels can also be done by investing in the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system for the the home. Geothermal systems utilize the temperature of the soil below ground level to both heat or cool the home, instead of burning fossil fuels or consuming electricity to perform the task. While the cost of installing geothermal heating and cooling systems is a significant expense, homeowners may find that the savings they see on their future energy usage bills can offset much of that cost. 

With fuel prices projected to continue rising, now is the right time to contact a reputable heating contractor to discuss your current heating situation and how it can be improved to help lower your future heating bills. Reach out to a local heating contractor to learn more.