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What Is the Most Efficient Electric Heating System?

Most methods of heating a building require some sort of combustible fuel, be it propane, natural gas, oil, or wood. Each of these fuel sources has its benefits, being able to generate a large amount of heat in a relatively short time. Nevertheless, they aren’t practical for many because this fuel requires a great deal of infrastructure to utilize: pipes, a furnace, and a dedicated ventilation system. That’s why many home and business owners prefer electrical heating. Of course, electrical heating is a fairly broad category in its own right. There are several methods that utilize electricity alone in order […]

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Does Furnace Efficiency Really Matter on My Energy Bill?

The average household in the United States spends a little over $2,000 a year on energy bills alone. By far, the largest share of this expense is generated by heating and cooling costs. The appliances you use can directly affect your monthly expenses. The more you know about how furnace efficiency translates into cost, the better you’ll be able to decide if and when it’s time to upgrade your home heating appliances. Ultimately, it’s possible to reduce your annual energy bill by 10 to 30 percent just by focusing on the efficiency of one item in your home—your furnace. How […]

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What Are the Benefits of a Hi-Efficiency Furnace?

A hi-efficiency furnace is a great choice for a home heating system. There are many benefits to choosing a hi-efficiency furnace, which include improved comfort, lower energy bills, a smaller carbon footprint, less noise, better indoor air quality, more environmentally friendly, additional rebates and works with smart thermostats. In this article, we’ll discuss each of these benefits in more detail. What Is a Hi-Efficiency Furnace? A hi-efficiency furnace is a type of home heating system that is designed to be more efficient than traditional furnaces. Hi-efficiency furnaces can range in efficiency from 80 to 97 percent. The higher the efficiency […]

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What Standards Does a New Furnace Need to Meet?

Your old furnace has seen its fair share of use. It’s been around as long as your family has had a home. However, furnaces become less efficient as the years take their toll. It’s time to start thinking about getting a new one. Don’t fret, though, finding a new furnace has become easier to do. And with just a little bit of research and knowledge, you’ll have all the tools you need to be informed and pick the right furnace for your home. So, how do you begin to choose a new furnace? Read on to find out. What Exactly […]

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What Does an AFUE Rating Mean?

When you’re in the market for a new heating system, it’s best to know everything you can to help you make a more informed decision. There is a long list of information on heating units you can familiarize yourself with, but one that should definitely be toward the top is the meaning of AFUE. The AFUE rating on your unit can end up saving you energy, increase the heating capabilities in your home, and even save you money. Professionals like Entek can provide you with the most accurate rating based on heat output and fuel input, but there are ways […]

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Can I Do Furnace Installation Myself?

When the time comes to replace your old furnace with a newer model, you may wonder if it’s possible to save some money by doing the work yourself. While furnaces are usually installed by certified professionals, you’re a pretty handy person, and you think you might be able to handle the task on your own. However, furnace installation is a complex task that can be dangerous if it’s not done correctly. We recommend that this is one task you always leave in the hands of a highly trained, experienced contractor. Read on to understand why. With a Furnace, Safety Is […]

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A Healthy HVAC in Vancouver WA Means a Healthy Home

Your home’s HVAC system does so much more than regulate your home temperature. It also helps maintain a comfortable environment and overall good health. Likewise, if you neglect your HVAC system, it could impact your health negatively. Entek has been servicing HVAC systems in the Vancouver, Washington, area for more than 75 years. Here are some of our top tips for maintaining a healthy HVAC system. Change Your Air Filters Regularly Just like outdoor air pollution, our homes can also be susceptible to indoor air pollution. For instance, we track dirt, pollen, and other pollutants into our homes on an […]

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5 Benefits of Upgrading to a Gas Central Heating Unit

Central heating is probably the most common HVAC system sold these days, but there is a little wiggle room when it comes to gas-powered or electricity-run heating units. The benefits of upgrading to a gas central heating unit are clear, with the number one benefit being the cost differential. There is also the potential for cleaner energy, depending upon whether the individual and the home use natural gas as opposed to propane or a dirtier gas. What’s more, depending on how your local utility company is run, it could be that having gas is even cleaner and more sustainable than […]

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Natural Gas Compared to Electric – Heating Your Portland Home

The best heating solution for your Portland home can depend on a number of different factors. You may be asking yourself what the costs will be. Which is better for the environment? Which is more efficient? When you’re not an HVAC expert, it can be quite confusing. Luckily, at Entek, we can help make the comparisons easier. Read on below to learn more about natural gas compared to electric and which is the best for your home. How Does a Natural Gas Heater Work Compared to an Electric Heater? Both natural gas furnaces and electric furnaces are forced-air systems. This […]

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Should I Run My Furnace Fan Continuously?

Some homeowners may wonder if they should run their furnace fans continuously, and it’s certainly a question that a lot of professional HVAC technicians hear. Some ask about the advantages and disadvantages of leaving the furnace fan in the On position. Others assume that a continuously running furnace fan signifies that something is faulty with the unit. The truth is, whether you should or should not run the furnace fan continuously depends on several factors. First, What Is a Furnace Fan? The fan is sometimes also referred to as a furnace blower, and it is the part of the furnace […]

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