Is It Normal to Smell Gas Near a Furnace?

March 16, 2021

Gas furnaces are a cost-effective, energy-efficient solution for home heating. If you’re standing near the furnace in your Bellevue, NE, home when the furnace turns on, you might catch a whiff of the unpleasant aroma of natural gas. The odor comes from mercaptan, a type of chemical added during the refinement process so that it’s easier to detect a gas leak. There’s only one situation in which it’s normal to smell gas from your furnace. Read on to learn about when that is and what you should do if you smell gas near your furnace some other time.

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How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter?

January 5, 2021

A furnace filter might not be the most complex part of a furnace, but it does serve an essential purpose. A filter reduces dirt, dust, dander and other contaminants in the furnace and air ducts by capturing them. Over time, expect a filter to become “full” and require replacing. How often should filters be replaced, though? A Standard Duration for Switching Filters A standard recommendation for replacing a furnace filter suggests once every 90 days. The filter’s thickness could factor into how often a replacement becomes necessary. With thicker filters, the “switch time” might be every

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3 Reasons for Servicing Gas Fireplaces Annually

December 3, 2020

Most people don’t think about their gas fireplace until it develops a problem. However, you need annual service for a number of reasons—ranging from safety to how long it lasts. 1. Safe Operation Just like your gas furnace, your gas fireplace is an appliance that needs regular maintenance to operate safely. It produces carbon monoxide when it burns gas. When you have your gas fireplace receive its annual service, the technician will make sure it’s operating within safety guidelines. If you smell gas or your carbon monoxide detector goes off, leave your home

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Tips for Winterizing Your House on a Budget

November 16, 2020

Whether you’re fond of winter or not, there’s no avoiding cold weather — unless you live in the tropics, that is. All across the United States, energy rates and overall consumption increase in the winter, leaving Americans with higher utility bills. Fortunately, you can reduce your wintertime utility costs by winterizing your home. Keep reading to learn about these budget-friendly winterizing options. Turn to Homemade Draft Snakes Most people don’t appreciate the doors in their houses. They protect you from intruders, give you privacy, and block out pests. However, doors are notorious for cracks, all but

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Learn About the Lifespan of Your Furnace

October 20, 2020

Winter weather can be frigid in Bellevue, NE, and you’ll need a reliable furnace to keep your home safe and comfortable. If your furnace is getting old, you might wonder how long it will last. Let’s discuss furnace lifespans, what can extend them and some signs that your furnace’s lifespan is coming to an end. Typical Furnace Lifespan A typical furnace lifespan is 20 to 25 years. There are a few factors that affect the lifespan of each furnace. If your home is poorly insulated, the furnace will have to work harder. If you

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