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5 Troubleshooting Tips When Your Dual Zone HVAC Is Not Working

Is your dual-zone HVAC not working? Or does it not seem to be operating at peak efficiency? There are several culprits that might be responsible, however, there are usually steps you can take to correct the issue. We’ll discuss five of the most common dual-zone HVAC problems and their solutions below. Common Problem #1: Air Isn’t Flowing Properly Once you have had a dual-zone HVAC system installed in your home, you will likely notice a significant reduction in energy costs, due to the fact that you are no longer wasting energy in unnecessary areas of the home. However, over time, […]

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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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Can You Put Furniture in Front of Baseboard Heaters?

For buildings that don’t have access to traditional ductwork, or for homeowners who are simply trying to save a bit of money on their heating bills, baseboard heaters are a great alternative method for providing warmth on cold days. They manage to sidestep the need for a bulky furnace as well as a complex system of ducts, which means they can be effective in any number of different buildings. Baseboard heaters do have their limitations, however. It’s worth doing a little research into their strengths and weaknesses and trying to see if they are right for your home. Can you […]

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5 Tips for Choosing a Furnace With a Small Ecological Footprint

The modern homeowner has to make more decisions to make based on the state of the world than ever before. It’s no longer enough to just keep your yard trimmed and your paint fresh. You need to keep the ecological footprint of your household in mind when making any major decisions. Adding solar panels, cutting back on water usage, and mindfully reducing energy usage can all make a difference, but if you really want to shrink your carbon footprint, you need to address your furnace. Depending on how much you use it, your HVAC system may contribute a large portion […]

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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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