Does My Furnace Really Need a Filter?

February 3, 2019

As the chill of winter sets in, one of your best friends becomes an easily overlooked appliance: your furnace. Your furnace takes care of you by keeping your home warm and inviting, so it’s only fair that you return the favor and perform some basic maintenance. One of the most important items on the list: making sure it has a new, clean filter. The Purpose Your furnace filter acts like a shield to protect your furnace from ingesting contaminants. Without a filter dirt, dust, hair, and anything else floating through your home will find its way to the

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What is an HVAC System and How Does it Work?

January 7, 2019

What is an HVAC System? First and foremost, HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. This system provides heating and cooling to residential and commercial buildings. You can find HVAC systems anywhere from single-family homes to submarines where they provide the means for environmental comfort. Becoming more and more popular in new construction, these systems use fresh air from outdoors to provide high indoor air quality. The V in HVAC, or ventilation, is the process of replacing or exchanging air within a space. This provides a better quality of air indoors and involves the removal of moisture, smoke,

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Complete Guide to the Best HVAC Terminology

December 30, 2018

Do you know what an air handler is? How about bioaerosols? No? It’s okay. Here at Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning we not only know the ins and outs of your HVAC equipment, but also want to educate you on exactly what we are working with. So if you want to impress your HVAC technician next time they come to service your furnace, read on to learn the best HVAC terminology and how it relates to your system at home. HVAC Terminology A Air Flow Air flow relates to how much air is moved

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Ultimate Showdown: Traditional vs. Tankless Water Heaters

December 23, 2018

Have you ever wondered if a traditional hot water heater or a tankless water heater is better for you, your family, and your home? You’ve come to the right place! Here at Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning your comfort is our #1 priority. Read on to learn more about traditional and tankless hot water heaters. About Traditional Water Heaters Traditional hot water heaters have been used in homes for decades, but is it the right choice for you? A traditional hot water heater constantly stores heated water. These tanks can range from 20 to 80 gallons

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The Truth About Buying a New Air Conditioner

December 9, 2018

Buying a new air conditioner can be very stressful, am I right? Not only that, but when you’re not educated about all the in’s and out’s of buying a new AC, that’s not cool, at all. So it’s time you know the truth. Because while this can be an overwhelming process, education is your friend and we’re here to teach you all you need to know about buying a new air conditioner. 1. Price of a New Air Conditioner Typically price is the main factor when deciding if you are going to purchase a

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Does Rain Damage My Heating System Over Time?

November 23, 2018

We like to think of HVAC systems as an investment, and it’s only natural to want to protect and maximize your investment over time. Noting this, many homeowners become weary of the effect that weather will have on the HVAC system, which is typically located outside of the home. Here’s a closer look at the effect Mother Nature can have on your equipment, and what you can do about it. Rain and Your AC System In the case your basement, crawl space or area where your HVAC unit is installed floods, then it could destroy the

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How to Make Sure Your AC System is Environmentally Responsible

November 16, 2018

When you think of making your home environmentally friendly, chances are you will be thinking of things like turning off lights when you leave your room, making use of reusable tote bags at the green grocery store, or even starting a compost pile in your backyard. Another way of making your home more environmentally friendly during summer is to make your air conditioning system energy-efficient. Practicing good habits when using your AC system will help you conserve energy in your home. The good news is that saving energy with your AC unit does not mean that you

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Indoor Air Quality Effects on Health

November 9, 2018

The air we breathe can have effects on our health. Indoor air pollution has been ranked by federal scientists as one of the most important environmental problems in the US. Most Americans spend approximately 22 hours daily indoors. Indoor air pollutants include poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur oxide, microbial and chemical volatile compounds. Common symptoms of indoor air pollution include: Sneezing Fatigue Coughing Dizziness Watery Eyes Respiratory congestion Below are some of the causes of indoor air pollution and their effect

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How to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

November 2, 2018

Whether we have an extreme heat wave, that’s bad enough to require our Seattle homeowners to crank up their air conditioner for days on end, or we’re experiencing an atypical cold snap where you rely on your heating system, the comfort of your home is as vital as its energy efficiency. Our experienced team of Brennan heating and cooling specialists are eager to help you have an energy efficient home without having to sacrifice comfort to do so. Annual Seasonal Inspection and Maintenance Service An annual preseason inspection will detect problems with your system before they

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How is a “Smart” Thermostat Beneficial?

October 25, 2018

Thermostats control the internal temperature of your home and are essential to provide energy efficient heating and cooling. New advances in technology have now produced “Smart” thermostats which automatically monitor and can control home temperature to within 0.5 degrees based on your energy usage patterns and needs. There are 2 basic types of “Smart” thermostats which include those which can “learn” and those which are programmable. What is a “Smart” thermostat? A “Smart” thermostat is a programmable thermostat which is connected to the internet over your WiFi network. This allows you to use your

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