Heating & Cooling FAQIf I am going to replace my old gas-guzzler furnace, do I need to replace it with the same BTU capacity?
In most cases the answer is ‘no’, you won't need as large of a furnace. With today's furnaces obtaining 80% to 90% and more in efficiency you don't need to spend the extra dollars on the larger units. Some of the older units waste as much as half of their heat by sending it up the flue. A Blue Mountain comfort specialist can help you in deciding what system is right for your home.
How will I know it's time to replace my system?
That’s easy. When your system starts giving you more problems and the problems are not cost effective to repair it’s time to replace the system. Newer equipment is more energy efficient. The money you save in reduced utility costs pays back your purchase price of a new system sooner than you might think. A Blue Mountain comfort specialist will evaluate your system for efficiency, integrity and safety. Then, if a new system is right for you we will present a number of options that will fit your budget and your lifestyle.
Is there anything I need to do to get my heating system ready for winter?
Most heating systems are very reliable and will provide you with comfortable heat when you need it…providing you take good care of the system. Blue Mountain highly recommends that your furnace system be cleaned and inspected by one of our professional technicians every year before the cold harsh winter sets in. One of the biggest killers in the home is carbon monoxide. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that can be emitted by your furnace. Even low levels of carbon monoxide have been shown to be dangerous to all especially those with heart and lung disease, the elderly, pregnant woman, and children. Carbon monoxide poisoning produces flu-like symptoms, headache, sore throat, rapid heart beats, memory loss, thinking difficulties, and sensitivity to light, sound, smell, etc. As the seasons change you are going to close your house up tight and ask your furnace to work hard all winter long. Trust the pros at Blue Mountain about a Precision Care Maintenance Program to give you peace of mind that your furnace is ready to keep your family safe and warm.
How long should a central air conditioner last?
The useful "life" of an air conditioner can vary greatly. Such factors as climate, maintenance care, and quality and capacity of the original equipment can increase or decrease the service a system will give by months or even years. On the average, a residential central air conditioner will last from ten to fifteen years. The Blue Mountain Precision Care Maintenance Program includes an annual inspection and cleaning of your system to assure you are kept cool and comfortable all summer long.
How Serious Is Indoor Air Pollution?
Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health but may not know that indoor air pollution also can have significant harmful effects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor levels of many pollutants may be two to five times, and occasionally more than 100 times, higher than outdoor levels. At Blue Mountain we can help you control the quality of your indoor air by offering many humidification, dehumidification and filtration options.
We have a heating oil system. Can these systems be ‘tuned up’?
Yes! If you heat your home with oil, you may be able to save over $400 per year in energy costs by having your heating system tuned up. Regular maintenance and servicing will keep your boiler operating at peak efficiency. Blue Mountain offers an tune up plans to assure that your system is running at peak efficiency all winter long.