MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Olathe’

Never Attempt Furnace Repairs Yourself

Monday, March 5th, 2018

new-heating-systemAs we approach the end of heating season, furnace repair jobs tend to take a big spike. Heating systems have needed to run throughout the ups and downs of our wild Kansas weather, and daily use for months is common during the winter. That means that furnaces–especially older furnaces–tend to run into trouble during the final weeks of the season, and repairs are not at all unusual.

Because we’re approaching the end of the season and your furnace may not be in use for that much longer, enterprising do-it-yourselfers may be tempted to fix problems with their furnaces themselves. That is a mistake. Repairing a furnace requires formal training, and while a given homeowner can do some basic troubleshooting–such as checking the thermostat and the breaker box to see if the problem is easily correctable–you should always call in a trained repair service if that doesn’t restore power to the system.

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Need Furnace Repair? The Air from Your Vents Can Tell You

Monday, February 19th, 2018

signs-heating-repairMost homes in the area keep warm by using forced air furnaces, which heat the air in a single location and then distribute it throughout the house via a series of ducts. Furnaces are dependable and inexpensive to operate, which is one of the reasons why they see so much use. But they also run into problems from time to time, like any system does, and when that happens you need a trained technician to perform repairs.

We often pride ourselves on self-sufficiency around here, and many homeowners like to conduct little do-it-yourself repairs around their homes. In cases involving your furnace, this is a big mistake. Heating systems are complicated and delicate, and most involve potentially dangerous components such as gas lines and flame burners. That means that you need training and licensing even to perform a diagnosis, much less repairs.

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Multi-Zone Heating Systems Can Lower Your Bills

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

ductless-heating-systemTemperatures are cooling with the arrival of fall, and soon enough winter will be here. If you’re in the market for a new heating system, now is the time to buy. You still have several weeks of comparatively warm weather to plan and execute a new installation, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of the new system all winter. Most of us are accustomed to either boilers or forced-air furnaces in our homes, both of which work quite well. But if your home can’t support such systems, or if you’re looking for a way to lower the costs of heating without skimping on quality, there’s another option. Multi-zone heating systems, or ductless mini-split systems, are well worth exploring.

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How to Lower Your AC Bills This Summer

Monday, July 24th, 2017

AC-upgrades-and-repairsKansas summers are blazingly hot, with healthy amounts of mugginess and humidity thrown in for good measure. A reliable air conditioner is as important as electricity and running water in those circumstances. Going without it can make your household miserable at best, and it may even become a health hazard at worst. That means you need your air conditioner to run for many long hours, and to a certain extent, you need to be prepared to accept higher monthly bills regardless of what steps you take.

But those high bills can often hide unnecessary costs, and while you will be paying more for your air conditioner during the summer, make sure you’re not paying more than is absolutely necessary. You can take a number of steps to lower your AC bills this summer. Some of them involve upgrades to your system which may require the services of a professional. Others, however, can be easily implemented by homeowners on their own (and indeed, you may already be practicing some of them yourself).

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Your Home Stays Safe with a Generator

Monday, May 15th, 2017

whole-house-generatorWe get our share of heavy storms in this area, and that can often mean losing power in your home for extended periods: hours, maybe even days. This can happen at any time, but rural parts of the region are especially vulnerable, since it can be some time before power companies get out to fix downed electrical lines.

The best way to keep your home’s electricity running is to install a generator on your property. It can be used in the event the power goes out to run vital appliances and ensure that you don’t need to leave your home in the event of a crisis. Now is a great time to have one installed, with warmer temperatures here and thunderstorms becoming increasingly common. The right service can help you select the proper unit.

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Considerations When Installing a Flat-Screen TV

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Families_and_Comfort_o_FAMILY_TV_facebook-meFlat-screen TVs have revolutionized home entertainment over the last few years: eliminating the need for giant, bulky box TVs and providing movie-theater conditions right in your own home. Advances in the field have made flat-screen TVs easier to afford than ever, and anyone who wants to kick back and watch their favorite movie, binge on a beloved TV show, or just cheer for the Jayhawks as they make another NCAA tournament appearance would do well to add one to their home.

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Call Professionals to Improve Your Outdoor Lighting

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

There are number of excellent reasons to consider improving the outdoor lighting for your home. Better lighting increases safety (especially on stairs and walkways), discourages crime, allows you more time to enjoy outdoor recreational facilities, and enhances the appearance of your home to increase its market value.

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Get a Great Deal on Installing an Air Scrubber Plus!

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Spring is allergy seasons. As the temperatures warm up, the pollen count rises… and that can mean some unpleasant times for people who suffer from even mild allergies.

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Late Winter Issues You May Encounter with Your Gas Furnace

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

We’re now in the final lap of winter, with a month left before the official start of spring. This doesn’t mean that we’re safe from cold weather, however, as even early spring can inflict some chilly days on us. Keep in mind that the furnace in your home has already put in a great amount of work over the last few months: plenty of wear-and-tear on it can mean trouble during these last cold spells. Below we’ve listed three common performance troubles you may see with a gas furnace at this time.

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Is Winter Too Late to Schedule Heating Maintenance?

Monday, January 18th, 2016

The period when HVAC contractors advise homeowners to arrange for annual heating system inspections and tune-ups is the fall. This helps homes get a head start on the winter weather, and it’s always a good idea to schedule maintenance for a system during the time right before it’s expected to take on the most work.

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