Heating Articles

How to Save Money on my Heating Bill this Winter

December 13, 2017
HVAC technician with a homeowner in Lawrence

There are a number of simple things that you can do at home to save you money during the winter season. Call Smith Service Company Today.

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Heating System: Heat Pump vs. Furnace

November 7, 2017
Man with a pink blanket wrapped around him wondering why life is just so strange.

Looking to install a new heater in your home? Your two most popular choices in Lawrence, KS, are a heat pump and a furnace. But which one to choose?

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Fall Maintenance for Your Heating System

October 11, 2017
Beautiful fall day in Lawrence

Here in Lawrence, you need to think about preparing your HVAC system for fall maintenance. Why is maintenance important?

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What Does AFUE Mean?

March 14, 2017
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While an air conditioner’s efficiency is measured by its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, an electric or gas- or oil-fired furnace’s efficiency is measured by its AFUE, or Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This standard measurement is given in percentages, letting you know how much of your fuel is actually used to heat your home…

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How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

February 27, 2017
Dirty air condition filter: Air conditioning's filter is a device made up of knitted string

Out of sight, out of mind. This is especially true for furnace filters. When you have a clean furnace filter in place, your furnace will run optimally, keeping your home an ideal temperature. A dirty filter will inhibit the performance of your furnace. It may even cause your furnace to fail. What kind? There are…

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How Does My Gas Furnace Work?

January 20, 2017
Blue flames from a gas furnace in Lawrence. Kansas.

Gas furnaces create heat by burning natural gas. This gas is usually methane combined with other carbon-based gasses. The Ignitor The process starts with the ignitor. The ignition source for older furnaces is a pilot light, newer furnaces use an electronic starter. With a pilot light, the regulator supplies a very small bit of gas…

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Don't Skip Your Annual Furnace Maintenance

December 15, 2016
A smiling HVAC technician and his furnace.

A furnace is crucial to comfort in Kansas winters, yet it is often ignored when it comes to home maintenance. Usually your furnace is in a basement, closet or other low traffic area of your home, making it easy to overlook. To avoid costly, inconvenient, and possibly dangerous emergency repairs, you should always remember your…

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3 Reasons to Consider a Geothermal Heat Pump

November 20, 2016
Geothermal heat pump diagram for a house in Eudora

Geothermal heat pumps have been in use since the 1940s and heat and cool homes wonderfully. They use the constant temperature of the earth for their heat medium instead of the outside air temperature. In Kansas, there are many options specific for this climate and terrain. Different models offer many possibilities for more comfort and…

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