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Furnaces

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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Is Air Conditioning More Expensive Than Heating?

When configuring the cost of living, there are many important and necessary factors to take into consideration. One primary point is the cost of utilities, particularly air conditioning and heating. This monthly cost can fluctuate depending on a few variables, such as the size of the house or building, the geographic location of the property (and the seasonal weather there), in addition to a few other relative factors, yet the question still remains: is air conditioning more expensive than heating? Imagine the energy needed to compress and circulate clean, cool air, specifically during a dry or humid summer. Or if […]

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My House Has Ductwork – What Kind of Furnace Can I Use?

Many homes in North America rely on a central furnace as their main heating source. Though alternative sources of heat are available, what if your house already has ductwork? What kind of furnace will work with pre-existing house ductwork? When exploring your options, it’s helpful to know what kind of furnaces are available and which ones work best with your home’s pre-existing HVAC system. How a Furnace Works A furnace works to heat your home by blowing heated air through a system of ducts. It is then dispersed throughout the house through air registers. Typically, if your home has ductwork, […]

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Does It Matter Where Furnaces Are Located in a Home?

If you’re having a new furnace installed in your home, chances are you’ll have to do some homework first. There are plenty of factors you’ll need to consider, such as the size of the furnace in relation to the size of your home. The type of fuel is another major consideration, as well as how you’ll access it (i.e., you may need to have a gas main installed for your furnace). One element you’ve probably already taken into consideration is the location of the furnace. Where are furnaces usually located within the home? Does the placement make a difference? As […]

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Can You Add a Heat Pump to an Existing Furnace?

Today, one of the most advanced methods of modern heating is the heat pump. By making use of electricity to transfer heat from place to place, heat pumps can dramatically reduce a home’s energy usage while still keeping it comfortable during the cold winter months. Even better, your heat pump can also double as an air conditioner during the summer, as it’s also able to transfer heat outside of the home, cooling it down. You can install a heat pump directly, which is often all a home needs to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the year. But can you add […]

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Why Is There a Burning Smell Coming From My Heater?

As the weather turns colder, it’s time to switch from air conditioning to heat. But what should you do if you suddenly sense a burning smell coming from your heater? You don’t necessarily need to panic or call the fire department. There could actually be a number of different reasons for that smell. And some are more serious and concerning than others. In order to know what to do, you will need to figure out what the cause is. So, how can you tell what the issue may be? Read on below to find out more. Why is there a […]

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