Save Energy This Winter

Savings from energy efficiency in a jar.

Do you worry about high energy costs of heating in Little Rock in the winter? After all, running your heater is expensive but it can feel like you don’t have much choice when it’s so cold outside. However, there are some simple things you can do to save energy so you don’t have to pay as much.

  • Put plastic film on your windows. If you have older windows, adding a layer of plastic film to the inside of them can help keep your heat in and the cold out. You can get this in kits at the hardware store and apply it yourself.
  • Cover the cracks. Even in newer homes, air can escape from the smallest cracks around your windows and doors. Fill these in with caulk or make draft snakes to lie under your doors.
  • Use space heaters. These can be cheaper to operate than your home furnace. Keep your furnace on a setting high enough to keep the pipes from freezing, then use space heaters to warm only the spaces you’re in. This is especially useful if you work from home in your office. Heat the office and not the entire house to save.
  • Use your gas fireplace. While gas fireplaces won’t heat your entire home, most of them can effectively heat a smaller space. If you spend a lot of time downstairs, let your fireplace heat you rather than your furnace. 

At Airmasters Heating and Air Conditioning, we are happy to talk to you about how to save energy and money in Little Rock this winter. Give us a call and we’ll come assess your home and help you decide which solutions might work best for you. And, if you’re in need of heating services don’t hesitate to call us today!

The Problems with DIY Heating Repair

A DIY heating repair toolbox.

We know there are a lot of DIY enthusiasts out there. With the advent of YouTube instructional videos, many people love tinkering with things in their home and solving home repair problems themselves, rather than calling in a professional. They feel like it saves them money and they get a kick out of feeling like they can fix everything.

While we don’t want to get in the way of anyone’s fun, we caution people against working on their heating systems themselves. Over the years, we have seen these kinds of repairs cause more harm than good and we would hate to see that happen to you. Here are just a few of the things that can go wrong!

Physical Dangers

Safety is a huge part of the training that every HVAC technician receives. It’s easier than you might think to get injured while working on these systems. 

If you’ve ever worked with metal or had a factory job, you know how sharp those pieces can be. They are deceptive sometimes, too. Something may look benign but, the minute you touch it, you have an injury worthy of a hospital visit. Don’t let that happen to you!

When you work on an heating system, you also run a significant risk of getting shocked. There are a lot of electrical components and, unless you know how to work with them, you can give yourself quite a jolt!

Risks to Your Home

While some HVAC repairs are easy – or look easy on YouTube! – most of them are actually fairly complex and involve quite a few steps. Mess just one of these up just a little bit, and you have a major problem or something that will become a major problem fast! Fixing these DIY goofs often costs more than just calling us in the first place, and you may end up without heating until we can fix it, too!

Voided Warranties

If you have a heating system that is under warranty, unlicensed repairs may void that. You’ll need to read your warranty carefully to make sure, but most require professional servicing and repairs. Since you probably wouldn’t throw your warranty into the fire, don’t void it like this, either.

Professional HVAC Help

No matter what you need for your HVAC system, our experts at Airmasters Heating and Air Conditioning would be happy to help you out. We offer:

We’ll give you a competitive price and make sure you’re completely satisfied with the work we’ve done before we leave. Contact us today or whenever your heating system isn’t running the way you think it should. We’ll be there soon and get you comfortable at home again fast!

Should I Keep My Heater at One Temperature All the Time?

Adjusting the heat in Little Rock.

We talk to our customers about energy efficiency all the time. One of the questions we get asked the most is “Should I keep my heater at one temperature all the time?”

The short answer is that yes, you should, in many situations. However, there are few times when you don’t need to do that. 

Thermostat Options for You

Most of the time, the best solution for energy efficiency is to set your furnace at one temperature and leave it there. The lower you set it, the less your heater will have to work. Even if you set it higher, though, it’s better to set it and leave it.

However, a programmable thermostat allows you turn your heat up when you’re home and down when you’re gone, without ever experiencing discomfort. Just tell the thermostat when you’re coming home and it will get your house toasty warm before you get there, while still allowing you to keep your home cooler while you’re gone. 

You can take the level of control one step farther by choosing a smart thermostat. In addition to allowing you to program different temperatures for different times of day, this will allow you to control your home’s temperature via smartphone. If you come home unexpectedly, you can make sure your house is already warm when you get there.

If you’re interested in a thermostat that offers more control, contact us at Airmasters Heating and Cooling today. We’ll help you get the perfect model for your home so you can save money all winter long! We offer comprehenive heating services in Little Rock, and are here to help you!

Use Your Ceiling Fan to Stay Warm All Winter

A ceiling fan.

Most people use ceiling fans all summer long, only to turn them off in the winter because they figure that they don’t want to be any cooler than they already are. However, if you know how to heat your home with a ceiling fan, you can stay warmer than ever this winter.

Install Ceiling Fans in All the Right Places

Reap ceiling fan benefits by installing ceiling fans strategically. Putting them in all the rooms where you spend the most time means that you can use them to stay warm whenever you’re in those rooms. 

Since hot air rises, you may also want to install them wherever you have vaulted ceilings. That way, your hot air will not just collect up high and stay there. Instead, it will get recirculated throughout your space. 

Change Your Ceiling Fan Direction in the Winter

In the winter, ceiling fans should spin clockwise. Most of them have a switch on the body of the fan. Just flip this and turn on the fan to make sure it’s turning the right direction.

When you switch your fan so it moves clockwise, you shouldn’t feel very much wind when you turn it on. This eliminates the “wind chill” from the fan experience, so you don’t end up colder than you want to be. Instead, it spins the air up toward the ceiling, where it can absorb any heat that has risen. Then, it pushes the heated air outward and keeps it moving until it circulates down to the floor level.

If you use your fan consistently, you may notice that you can turn your heat down and still feel warm in your house. Since fans cost less to run than your heater does, you should save money and still feel comfortable. 

Would you like to reap these ceiling fan benefits for yourself? Contact us at Airmasters Heating and Cooling about installing one or our other heating services today! We’ll help you choose economical and efficient fans so you can stay warm, spend less, and thrive in your house this winter! Make your appointment now.

Why Won’t My Furnace Heat My Home?

A person who is cold at home.

If you turn your furnace on and your home won’t heat, it’s easy to panic. After all, who has the time and energy to deal with getting repairs done? Instead of worrying, though, check the following things before you call in an expert. 

You Have Dirty Air Filters

If your air filter is dirty, your heater won’t be able to get the air that it needs to heat and pump into your home. You should change your filter every 1-3 months, though the exact timing will depend on where you live and how often you run your comfort systems. If you can’t see light through your filter or you can see dust and dirt in it, it’s definitely time to change it. 

Your Pilot Light Went Out

Without a pilot light, your furnace can’t heat. If you aren’t confident lighting it, call in one of our professionals to do it for you. If your furnace has an auto-light feature, you can use that to get the furnace heating again. 

Your Gas Got Turned Off

If your gas lever got bumped or you turned it off and forgot, your furnace won’t be able to heat. Make sure the lever is turned fully toward the “on” position, then see if your heater will heat. 

If your heater still won’t heat or you’re not confident troubleshooting it yourself, contact us at Airmasters Heating and Air Conditioning today. We’ll send out an expert and get your heat back on soon! You can rely on our team for all of your heating needs all winter long.

Is it Time to Replace Your Furnace?

A furnace replacement from Airmasters.

It’s getting cold soon and many homeowners wonder if it’s time to replace the furnace. Some wait with baited breath every winter when they turn theirs on for the first time, wondering if it will work or not. If you’re thinking that it might be time to get a new heater, here are some warning signs to look for.

  • Your heater is old. Most furnaces run for about 15-20 years. That assumes some regular maintenance and a few repairs here and there. If yours is about that old, talk to your HVAC technician about your replacement options. You might find that a new furnace is cheaper than you’d thought. 
  • Your energy bills keep going up. As they get older, most furnaces don’t work as efficiently. This means that they need more and more energy to run well. Newer models are more energy efficient and are designed to retain that efficiency for longer. If you are spending way too much on energy, consider replacing your furnace.
  • The temperature inside is inconsistent. Maybe your furnace seems to run fine sometimes but not others. Maybe your home starts out warm in the morning but is cold by the end of the day, or different areas of your home are drastically different in temperature. This can be a sign that your furnace is on its way out. 
  • You are repairing your furnace a lot, or needed furnace repairs are expensive. At some point, it’s a better investment of your money to get a new furnace, rather than to repair the old one. We can help you figure out when this is. If you had to do a lot of work on your furnace last year, though, it’s probably time to think about a new one. 
  • Your furnace is loud. Most of us know about what a furnace sounds like. If you hear unusual noises coming from yours, like clunking or banging, it’s time to have it looked at. Similarly, squeals and screeches can mean it’s time to get a new heater. 
  • You smell strange smells. It’s normal for a furnace to smell a bit “off” the first time you start it. It’s probably just burning out dust that got inside of it over the summer. If, however, you smell sulfur or rotten egg smells, turn off your furnace and call someone immediately. You could have a gas leak, which can be deadly. Most of the time, leaking furnaces need to be replaced.
  • You have humidity problems. Have you noticed moisture around your furnace or your vents? This can indicate a significant problem with your furnace. Whenever major furnace repairs are necessary, it’s a good idea to consider simply replacing the unit. 

If you need your furnace replaced, our experts at Airmasters Heating and Air Conditioning would be happy to help you out. We’ll evaluate your needs, your desires, and your budget, then help you select the right furnace for you. We’ll get it installed fast, so you won’t be uncomfortable in your house for very long.

How to Stay Warm While Your Heater Gets Fixed

A family staying warm during a heater repair.

Finding out that you need heating repairs in the dead of winter isn’t just stressful. It can also be dangerous. If you and your family get too cold, it might be hard to get warm again or you might get ill. Here’s what you can do to stay warm while we are in the process of fixing your heater. 

Space Heaters

If you have space heaters, now is the time to turn them on. You can also turn on your gas fireplaces or start fires in your traditional ones. Use whatever alternate heating methods you have. 

Turn on the Oven  

If you don’t have other heating methods, turn on your oven and open the door, You may have to huddle around it but it will emit enough heat to keep you from freezing. 

Drink Warm Fluids

Heat up coffee or tea and drink it regularly. This will help to heat your body from the inside out. Holding a warm mug can also keep your fingers and hands from getting too cold. 

Stay in One Room

Body heat is a real thing. Get everyone in your household in one small, enclosed room and shut all the doors and windows. If you can add a space heater, great, but it may not be necessary. As long as you all stay there, you’ll be much warmer than you would be on your own. 

If your heat goes out, call Airmasters right away. We’ll get it fixed fast so you can get on with your life. 

How to Make Your Heater Last

A well optimized heating system in Little Rock.

At Airmasters Heating And Air Conditioning, we know that your heater is a major investment, and we know you’d love to make it last as long as possible. Here are a few things you can do to help take the strain off your heater so it can be energy efficient and experience less stress and strain than it otherwise might. 

Change the Filters

Change your filters at least every 6 months and up to every month depending on the type of filter, how dirty it gets, how much you use your heater, and more. We can show you how to check it and, if necessary, change it.

Clean it Out

Find the places where dust can gather in your furnace and remove it. If there’s dust on your fan blade, for instance, removing it can save significant wear and tear on your unit. It may not seem like much but it makes a big difference. 

Test it Regularly

Even if you aren’t going to use your heater for an extended period of time, turn it on now and then to make sure it’s working. You can also call in a pro to check each part separately. 

Take Care of Repairs ASAP

If you suspect you need furnace repairs or you know for a fact that you do, get them done right away. This gets your furnace back working normally again fast and saves wear and tear.

Contact us at Airmasters for help extending the life of your furnace or for more tips on doing so.

Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter!

A heater being serviced in Little Rock.

Did you know that just a little bit of furnace maintenance can go a long way? Spending a few minutes getting your furnace ready for winter can mean the difference between a winter full of furnace repairs and one free from them entirely. Here’s what you can do this fall to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm this winter.

  • Replace your filter. Even if you do nothing else, change your furnace filter. These need to be replaced regularly, anywhere from once a month to twice a year, depending on your particular system and how often you use it. When the filter is dirty, your furnace has to work extra hard to get clean air to heat. This can mean that it heats poorly or that it burns out prematurely due to overwork. Be proactive and buy several filters now so they are there and ready for you to use them. 
  • Clear your vents. If your vents are covered, it doesn’t matter how much hot air you have because it won’t get where you need it. Move drapes, furniture, trash cans, and more until your vents are completely clear. You may also want to make sure that dust and debris haven’t gathered in or around your vents because these can hamper airflow, too.
  • Check blowers and burners. Dust and debris can build up inside your furnace, too. Gently remove as much of this as you can because it can be a fire hazard, as well as causing the need for furnace repairs later on. You may also want to make sure your burner is aligned properly and that your blower is oiled so the furnace motor will run well. 
  • Schedule professional furnace service. The best way to make sure you get the furnace maintenance you need is to call us and schedule an appointment. We’ll come out, check every component of your furnace, and let you know if everything is working well or if you need repairs before winter comes. If you do, we’ll get them done and make sure your furnace service is complete before you need to use it. 

At Airmasters, we want to make sure your furnace is working well for you this winter. We would love to help you do that. All you need to do is call us and let us know you want to schedule a maintenance visit. We’ll have a furnace professional out to you soon!