Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with the Defender CO Detector!

November 23rd, 2020
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One of our core values here at Brown’s Heating & Cooling is “Safety First”! This is why we can’t say enough good things about getting the right carbon monoxide (CO) detector in your home. If you have a gas furnace, gas oven, or any gas-powered appliance, there is a danger of gas leaks and therefore, CO exposure. Think you’re not at risk? You should probably know every year there are fatalities due to excess carbon monoxide exposure, and low-level exposure over a long period of time is just as dangerous as high-level exposure.

Fortunately, you need only to reach out to our team to learn about a new low-level CO detector called the Defender Low Level Carbon Monoxide Monitor. For a limited time, we are offering $200 off of your furnace purchase, if you already have a CO detector or monitor in place, or free CO monitor with your furnace purchase. Even low levels of exposure can pose a significant risk to your health, and many don’t alert you until levels are quite high. This monitor makes all the difference. Read on to learn more about the dangers of CO exposure and how this monitor helps.

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Heed These Signs You Need Water Heater Repairs

November 9th, 2020
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Let’s face it, we get some pretty variable weather around our part of Colorado. But no matter what season it is or what the temperatures are outside, there is one type of heating system you’ll always need all year round, every day. That’s your water heater!

This is one of those systems that’s easy to take for granted. As homeowners we typically just expect that we’ll have hot water from the taps when we need it. But when you consider the amount of strain that a water heater goes through (it works 365 days a year, after all) you can probably understand that you can’t expect your water heater to work 100% free of problems.

At some point, you might need to give us a call for professional water heater repairs. We’ll be happy to help! But of course, you have to know that you have a problem to begin with, right? Read on as we uncover some of the telltale signs that something is amiss with your water heater.

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What to Do If Your Heat Pump Is Stuck in Cooling Mode

October 26th, 2020
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There’s no denying it—it gets cold around here in the wintertime! Perhaps you’ve gone to turn on your heat pump for the first time already this season only to discover its stuck in cooling mode and won’t switch to heat. This is of course very frustrating—you’re going to need a reliable heating system, very soon!

The first thing you should do if you notice this issues is check your thermostat if you haven’t already. Make sure it’s set to heat. This might seem obvious, but there’s always the chance that a family member switched it back over because they preferred a different temperature setting than you.

Assuming you checked this, however, and the heat pump is blowing out cool air even if you tried switching it to heating mode, it means the heat pump is stuck in cooling mode. The good news is, we have an explanation and a solution! Read on…

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5 Benefits of Furnace Maintenance

October 12th, 2020
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Do you know when the best time to schedule furnace maintenance is?

Well, it’s a year or less from the last time you had furnace maintenance done!

That’s right, what matters most in this case is how often you have maintenance done. For furnaces, maintenance is recommended once a year. Alternatively, if you have a year-round heat pump system then you’ll want a tune-up done twice a year.

Now, as for the best time to schedule this service–that would be now. Early fall is before you need your system the most, and it’s the time where technicians aren’t as busy out on emergency repair calls and such. Read on as we uncover 5 of the top benefits of routine furnace maintenance!

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3 Reasons to Hire a Pro for Your AC Installation

September 28th, 2020
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Has the time come for you to get a new air conditioner? Perhaps you already know exactly what you want or think you know what you need and are ready to buy it and put it in.

We really have to discourage you from rushing into this task. It pays to have a trained and experienced professional handle this kind of job. Alternatively, rushing into a job like this can leave you sacrificing efficiency and comfort, especially if you try to install the system all on your own. Read on as we uncover three reasons you should only trust a pro for your AC installation.

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How to Detect an AC Refrigerant Leak (And Why This Matters)

September 14th, 2020
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There’s a fairly common misconception about AC refrigerant that often leads homeowners to mistakenly put their climate control systems in harms way. What is that misconception? That refrigerant is a fuel.

Yup, many people think that refrigerant depletes from an air conditioner like gasoline does from a car. This is a dangerous misconception, unfortunately. That is, it’s dangerous for the air conditioner itself. The problem is, if your air conditioner is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak. And if there’s a leak, a number of problems can occur, not excluding a complete air conditioner break down. So what should you do about it?

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3 Ways We Can Help Improve Your IAQ

September 1st, 2020
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The air quality in your home can be just as important as the temperature of that air for your home comfort. It might sound like a strange concept but your indoor air quality really can make or break your ability to enjoy the environment in your home. This is why we include indoor air quality (IAQ) services as a part of our HVAC services in Fountain, CO.

So what factors can help or hinder your home comfort and how can you address indoor air quality? We can answer these questions and provide you with solutions to help you boost your IAQ.

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6 Sounds You Don’t Want Your AC Making

August 17th, 2020
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With the way technology is going, it seems like by now there’d be a way for our air conditioners to diagnose themselves when there is a problem, and shoot us a text message telling us what the problem is. This actually probably isn’t too far off in the future, but for now, it’s not a reality.

This means that homeowners have to rely on other methods to detect the warnings their cooling systems are sending out. Maybe it is a drop in cooling power, or an unexpectedly high utility bill. Or, you may have HVAC circuit breakers that are constantly tripping.

One of the most common signs, however, that something is amiss with your cooling system is strange sounds. A “strange” sound is really anything outside of the normal noises you hear when your AC runs. You hear it every day, so if something alarming comes up, it’s best not to ignore it.

We’ve listed six of the most common sounds people call us about, below.

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Should You Go Ductless This Year?

August 3rd, 2020
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If you’re coming across a blog about installing a new HVAC system this time of the year, chances are that there is a little desperation behind the decision–you need an effective and efficient cooling system and you need it now.

But as tempting as it is, we really have to encourage you to slow down. This is not a purchase you want to rush into, as you can be matched with the wrong AC system for your house, or even matched with the wrong sized air conditioner for your home, which can lead to efficiency and performance problems later on down the line.

Additionally, while you may have always had a ducted system, you could do well to consider the benefits of going ductless! Read on as we uncover some of the perks of this option.

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“What Is Short-Cycling, And Is It Really That Bad?”

July 20th, 2020

Residential air conditioners go through a lot throughout the years, particularly in our area. Wear and tear can lead to issues like refrigerant leaks, failed capacitors, and even breached air ducts. Fortunately, most of these repairs can be pretty simply fixed by our technicians and even prevented with routine maintenance.

There’s one thing that natural wear and tear shouldn’t lead to though, and that’s short-cycling. Wondering what short-cycling is?

Listen to your air conditioner–really listen to it! When the compressor cycles on, it should do so long enough for the temperature in the room to reach the desired setting on your thermostat. If it doesn’t reach this temperature, but cycles back off, only to cycle back on and repeat the failed process a few minutes later then it is short-cycling. Why does this matter?

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