My Pipes are Frozen! What Should I Do?

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It’s that time of year again when the chill of winter has returned and the temperatures can dip down quickly. When the freezing cold temperatures hit, an unfortunate side effect can be frozen pipes. During extreme cold, water supply pipes are often subject to both freezing and bursting, and that can wreak havoc with your home.

As a plumbing company, Boelcke likes to help people prevent frozen pipes as much as possible. That’s why we’re always happy to share tips on how you can keep your pipes from freezing, like the ones offered by The American Red Cross. But, what if your pipes are already frozen? In this article, we’ll offer some steps you can take to help thaw your pipes safely, and hopefully, avoid or minimize damage. Keep reading to learn more!

4 Steps You Can Take if You Have Frozen Pipes

If the temperatures are below freezing, and you turn on a faucet and only a trickle of water comes out, it’s likely a frozen pipe. Frozen pipes are most common against exterior walls of your home, or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.

  1. First things first. Shut off the water main and open any faucets that are connected to the pipe. This step is crucial because it reduces pressure on the pipes, and can help minimize any flooding if the pipes burst.
  2. Next, thaw the pipe if you can. Use a hair dryer or space heater to thaw the ice blockage. Do not leave it unattended, and make sure any flammable materials have been removed from the area where you will be heating the pipe. Also, never use an open flame.
  3. Then, check the pipes for any leaks. Even with the water shut off, there should be enough pressure in the pipes to reveal any leaks once the ice blockage has thawed.
  4. Finally, call Boelcke to help. We can check out your pipes for any additional ice blockages, and we have the proper equipment to thaw your pipes, get them working again, and make any needed repairs. It’s especially important to give us a call if you’ve had severely frozen pipes, as this can weaken piping material and cause leaks or fractures down the road.

Keep in mind, frozen pipes need to be taken care of properly in order to prevent a disaster. That means, as soon as you discover your pipes are frozen, you need to take the above measures and give Boelcke a call as soon as possible. Our skilled master plumbers can help you get your frozen pipes thawed, and in the unfortunate event of a burst pipe, we can make the repairs needed to your plumbing.

Trust Boelcke for the emergency plumbing services you need.

Frozen or burst pipes mean you need help right away. At Boelcke, we proudly provide our customers with 24-hour emergency plumbing service. If you live in Stevensville, Coloma, St. Joseph,or the surrounding areas and need plumbing products and services for your home, give Boelcke a call at (269) 429-9261. We’ll help you get the plumbing services you need quickly and professionally.

The Holidays are Here Again – Keep Your Plumbing Running Smoothly.

women preparing for thanksgivingThe holidays are that wonderful time of year when family and friends gather in your home for food, festivities, and fun. While this season is for special times with those you love, it can also be the time of year when your home’s plumbing system has to work extra hard to keep up with the demands of a full house.

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Nobody wants to think about experiencing a plumbing issue in the midst of a celebration. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your plumbing running smoothly. In this article, we’ll talk about five steps you can take to steer clear of plumbing issues during the holiday season, and how Boelcke can help if there’s a problem. Keep reading to learn more!

6 Tips to Keep Your Plumbing Problem-Free this Holiday Season

  1. Know what to throw away. In the midst of a busy holiday meal, it can be tempting to scrape plates into the sink. However, this can lead to buildup in your drains, which inevitably can cause your sink’s plumbing to clog. Make sure your sink strainers are in place, and scape plates and serving dishes into the garbage.
  2. Keep your garbage disposal clear. There are certain foods that you should avoid putting down your garbage disposal. Bones, eggshells, fat, grease, and string vegetables like celery and squash should not go in your disposal. They can clog your unit, or cause issues with the blades and motor.
  3. Avoid toilet clogs and overflows. You know what’s safe to flush down your toilet, but your guests might not. As a rule of thumb, items like baby wipes and diapers, personal products, cotton balls, swabs, pads, and cigarette butts should never be flushed down the toilet. Clogs can happen, though, so it’s always a good idea to have a plunger nearby.
  4. Properly dispose of grease. Grease is the word when it comes to common drain problems. Dumping grease down the drain is never a good idea, as it can solidify and cause a clog. Not to mention, grease attracts anything else that might slip down your drain, such as food particles and hair, causing a large clump in your drain pipes. Pour grease into a can that can be disposed of when it cools, or wait for grease in pans to solidify and scrape it into the trash.
  5. Give your drains some extra TLC. Because your sinks and tubs will likely be working overtime this holiday season, you can help keep your drains in good condition with some common household items. Baking soda and vinegar can help keep drains running freely. Start by running hot water down the drain. Next, pour a solution of 1 cup of baking soda, one cup of water, and one cup of vinegar into the drain. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes, and flush with hot water.
  6. Keep the hot water flowing. When you have guests staying over during the holidays, and you’re working hard to prepare those fantastic holiday dinners, your hot water heater is working overtime, too. It’s good practice to have a professional plumbing service, like Boelcke, inspect your hot water heater annually to make sure it’s functioning properly. And, if your hot water heater is more than 10 years old, it’s time to consider replacing it.

Can Boelcke help me if I have a holiday plumbing problem?

Despite your best efforts, you could run into a plumbing issue that needs professional attention. That’s where Boelcke comes in. We provide a complete range of plumbing services, so no matter what your concern may be, we can help get your toilets, sinks, and drains back in working order promptly and professionally.

We can even help you get ahead of the game by inspecting your plumbing and fixing any problems that might be a cause for concern once your holiday guests arrive. Just give us a call at (269) 429-9261. We’ll tell you about the different bathroom plumbing products and services we offer, and help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

Could Ductless Heating Be Beneficial to My Home?

woman in sweater adjusts ductless heating systemWhen your home isn’t as comfortable as you’d like, it can be frustrating. Many homeowners have central heating for their homes but sometimes find that it doesn’t provide the comfort they need. Maybe they’ve added to their home over the years, or have converted previously unused spaces into living areas. Or, they live in an older home and notice some areas simply don’t seem to heat as well as others.

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Fortunately, there is a solution when it comes to targeted heating for your home that doesn’t involve obtrusive and inefficient space heating. That solution is ductless heating. Ductless heating systems can provide better home comfort and are highly efficient. Because they’re generally mounted high on a wall or ceiling, they won’t take up valuable living space and are whisper-quiet, so all you and your family will notice is better comfort.

5 Different Ways Ductless Heating Could Benefit Your Home

Not sure if you and your family could benefit from ductless heating? Here are a few different applications in which ductless heating can improve comfort in all the living spaces in your home:

  1. Additions: If you have an added space that doesn’t have access to your home’s ductwork, a ductless system can help. Ductless heating can help keep an addition, finished basement, or converted space warm without having to use a space heater.
  2. Outer Buildings: Do you have a garage, workshop, or shed outside your home that you’d like to use during the cooler months? There’s no need to give up your hobbies once the snow flies! You can install a ductless unit and enjoy warmth all winter long.
  3. Old Baseboard Heat: If you have an old, inefficient electrical baseboard heating system that you’ve been thinking about replacing, you may want to consider ductless. Most homes with baseboard heat don’t have ductwork, which is not needed with ductless heating systems. And, ductless heating is generally much more efficient than electrical baseboard heat.
  4. Balancing Heating: In some homes, especially older ones, there are areas that are connected to ductwork butt are difficult to heat. A ductless system can provide heat to these areas, making the heating throughout your home more even. What’s more, this can help your central heating system not have to work as hard to heat your home and operate more efficiently.
  5. Remodels: If you’re remodeling a space in your home and don’t want to add to the cost by changing or adding more ductwork, a ductless heating system can be an ideal option. Not to mention, changing or adding to your home’s layout can mean you need a larger furnace, which you won’t have to worry about if you choose ductless for the renovated space.

And, ductless systems can provide year-round comfort.

Most ductless systems use heat pump technology in order to operate. Heat pumps work by extracting the heat in the air from one space and transferring it to another. In the colder months, ductless heat pumps are able to extract heat from the air outside and bring it into your home. In the summer, they can do the exact opposite – extract heat from the indoor air and pump it outside. As a result, your ductless system can provide you with heating in the winter and cooling in the summer, making it a year-round comfort solution.

Can Boelcke help me get ductless for my home?

We sure can! We’re pleased to provide our customers with quality ductless systems that can help them enjoy better home comfort all year long. When you need ductless heating from a qualified specialist, you can trust Boelcke Heating and Air Conditioning. We can help meet all your home heating needs, large or small. Simply give us a call at (269) 429-9261, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Annual Heating Maintenance is Important – Here’s Why.

cozy fall window with leaves, pumpkin, and candleAutumn has arrived, and while it’s definitely one of the most beautiful times of the year in Michigan, it also means that cooler temperatures will arrive sooner rather than later. Most homeowners use this time of year to take care of any household maintenance and repairs that need to be done before the winter arrives, such as cleaning out the gutters and sealing any drafty areas around doors or windows.

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This is also a great time of year to make sure your home’s heating system is in good working order. The best way to do that is by getting it the annual maintenance it needs. When you choose to have your heating equipment maintained yearly, you’re helping to ensure that your family won’t be without heat once the temperatures dip down, and your system will be able to perform both effectively and efficiently.

Is there anything I can do to help my heating system perform better?

While professional maintenance is very important for a variety of reasons, let’s talk about a few things you can do as a homeowner to help your heating system perform better this year, and into the future:

  • Consider a thermostat upgrade. If you have an older, dial-model thermostat, it’s definitely time to consider replacing it. Today’s thermostats not only help you regulate the temperature in your home more easily, but they can also help improve your home’s energy efficiency. A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for when you’re home, away, and sleeping, while smart thermostats can “learn” your family’s habits and can easily be connected to your other smart home devices.
  • Change your furnace filters regularly. During frequent system operation, your furnace filter can quickly become dirty and clogged. This can lead to poor indoor air quality and can diminish your system’s efficiency. Check your filter at least once a month to make sure it isn’t clogged with dirt, dust, and debris, and change it out if it is. If you’re not sure how to change your filter, your HVAC professional can help you.
  • Make sure the area around your furnace is clean. Make sure there is plenty of space around your heating system – don’t stack storage containers or other items against your furnace. Sweep any dust or debris away from your equipment, as it can easily be drawn into your ducts and circulate around your home. Along the same lines, make sure to keep the area around registers clear – if obstructed, it will be harder for your heating system to deliver heated air efficiently throughout your home.

Do I still need to get professional maintenance each year, too?

The short answer is yes. There are many reasons why you should get professional heating maintenance every year for your home, including:

  • Better heating system efficiency
  • More effective home heating
  • Maintenance of equipment warranty
  • Fewer expensive repairs
  • Longer system life
  • Improved indoor air quality

Can Boelcke help me get the seasonal heating maintenance I need?

Definitely! Our skilled technicians can help you get the heating maintenance you need. They’ll perform a tune-up that ensures your system is cleaned and lubricated, so it runs smoothly. And they’ll take care of any minor concerns before they become larger — and more expensive — repairs. By getting the heating maintenance you need for your system, it can run more efficiently — helping you save on energy costs.

When you need heating maintenance from a qualified specialist, you can trust Boelcke Heating and Air Conditioning. We can help meet all your home heating needs, large or small. Simply give us a call at (269) 429-9261, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Can a Power Outage Cause Damage to My Home?

lights on in a home during a stormDuring the later summer months, the weather can turn stormy. Thunderstorms are more likely to roll through, bringing with them heavy rains and damaging winds. As a result, the chance of a power outage becomes higher. It’s likely that we’ve all experienced a few power outages in our lifetime, and while it can be fun for a while to play board games and chat by candlelight, a prolonged power outage can start to cause trouble.

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In this article, we’ll talk about some of the problems that can occur during an outage, measures you can take, and how Boelcke Heating, Air Conditioning, & Plumbing can help. Keep reading to learn more!

Areas of Your Home Where a Power Outage Can Cause Problems

Power outages can certainly cause inconveniences, such as no internet or no phone. However, there are certain areas in your home where power outages can actually cause some expensive damages, or can even be dangerous. Below, we’ll talk about some things you should be on the lookout for during an outage, and steps you can take to stay as safe as possible.

  • Sump Pumps: If your home relies on a sump pump to keep water out of your basement, it can’t operate during a power outage. And that can be the time when you need it most, as power outages are often accompanied by heavy rains or other wet weather. If your basement floods, it can be dangerous to enter. Never try to use any appliances, outlets, or fuse boxes until they’ve been evaluated by an electrician.
  • Appliances: In today’s world, many appliances operate via microprocessors, which are essentially tiny computers. Because of this, they are more sensitive to fluctuations in voltage and can be damaged during a power outage. As such, you’ll likely want to unplug any major appliances, such as washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers, until the power is restored.
  • Food Spoilage: When the power is out for a prolonged period of time, it can cause the food in your refrigerator or freezer to spoil – and that can be very costly. Usually, food is safe in the fridge for 24 hours, and in the freezer for 36 hours – as long as you keep the door closed. If you’re unsure of your food’s safety, you should not eat it.
  • Medical Equipment: Some people rely on medical equipment that requires electricity to operate. If someone in your household does, you’ll want to make sure you have a backup power supply, such as a generator. You may also want to identify safe places that may have access to backup power, such as your local school, fire department, or hospital, where you can take your family member in need during an emergency.
  • Heating and Cooling Equipment: Like your other major appliances, many of today’s air conditioning systems and furnaces also use microprocessors. And they have components that can be damaged by the power surges that often occur at the end of an outage. As such, it’s usually a good idea to turn off any heating or cooling equipment when the power goes out.

Can a brownout cause problems, too?

Brownouts are when electricity is still flowing into your home, but at a lower volume than usual. You may notice that any incandescent bulbs you have are still providing light but at a much lower level. Brownouts can wreak havoc with sensitive items like computers and laptops, so to be on the safe side, you should unplug them during a brownout, especially if you don’t have a backup generator. You’ll also want to turn off any non-essential home appliances.

Can Boelcke help prevent a power outage from causing problems in my home?

While we can’t prevent power outages from happening, we can help keep you and your home safer if one occurs. At Boelcke, we’re proud to offer our customers quality Honeywell generators, which can help you avoid problems should a power outage occur. When you choose us to install a home generator for you, we’ll help you choose the best one for your home and lifestyle needs. And, you can count on our expert technicians to provide you with professional installation. Simply give us a call at 269.429.9261, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Could Plumbing Issues Be Making My Home Too Humid?

woman looks at possible leak in kitchen sink or faucetOnce the summer months roll around, most people notice that the air feels more humid. In your home, your air conditioning system can help keep the humidity down. Some homes also require dehumidification to keep home humidity at a manageable level. If you have a dehumidifier and air conditioning but are still noticing that your home is uncomfortably damp, it might be time to look for other issues.

Usually, an AC system coupled with a dehumidifier does the trick in homes that tend to hold in the humid air. If they don’t seem to be working, it’s likely that some of the moisture in your home is coming from something besides the humid outdoor air. It could be that you have a plumbing issue that’s making your home more humid than it should be. In this article, we’ll talk about some plumbing issues that could be a cause for concern. Keep reading to learn more!

5 Plumbing Issues That Might Be Increasing Your Home’s Humidity Level

The major plumbing concern that could be causing your home to be overly damp is, quite simply, leaks. Unfortunately, people may not realize that there can be leaks that aren’t always noticeable. If your home seems overly damp, or you’re noticing a musty odor or mold growth throughout your home, you might want to check for leaks in these areas:

  1. Tub & Shower Drains: Tub and shower drains can leak, especially those that are plastic or fiberglass, as these materials tend to flex when people stand on them. That can result in the seal around the drain breaking. Signs that this could be happening include water stains on a ceiling below the tub, or damp and loose tiles or flooring around the tub.
  2. Toilet Flange: The toilet flange is the space where your toilet is joined to the waste pipe. In the occurrence of a toilet flange leak, water will seep out every time you flush. This is very problematic, as it not only contributes to the dampness in your home, but it eventually destroys your flooring and subflooring, and, if your bathroom is located on a second story, the ceiling below.
  3. Sinks: Leaky pipes underneath your sinks can be sneaky. Sometimes, it’s a small leak that may not be readily noticeable, but over time will cause your sink base and flooring to rot. If you notice that items stored in an under-sink cabinet seem damp, old water stains near the plumbing, or a musty odor, chances are you have a leak.
  4. Water Heaters: Water heater tanks can start slowly, but then eventually burst – leaving you with a disaster on your hands. If you notice any puddling around the tank, it’s time to act. It could be a valve, which usually only requires a repair. But if the tank itself is leaking, you will likely need to replace it right away.
  5. Washers: There are many reasons why your washing machine might be leaking, including drain hose issues, a faulty drain pump, or even a clogged hose. Check for puddles behind or around the washer if you suspect this might be a problem. Leaks around your washer can damage flooring and cause wood rot, so they should be taken care of as soon as possible.

I think I may have a plumbing issue in my home. Who can help me?

When you choose Boelcke Heating and Air Conditioning to help with your leaky pipes, you’re choosing a full-service plumbing contractor who can help you get all the services you need. We’ll help to ensure the plumbing in your home is in tip-top condition. If you live in Stevensville, Coloma, St. Joseph, or the surrounding areas and need help with leaky pipes or appliances in your home, give us a call at (269) 429-9261. We’ll help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

When Should I Consider Ductless AC for My Home?

Smiling woman using air conditioner remote climate controller, switching setting comfortable temperature in modern living roomDid you know that the type of heating system you have installed in your home may dictate what type of air conditioning you can choose as well? Some people aren’t aware that certain types of heating systems, such as radiant or baseboard heat, often mean that a home does not have a system of ductwork. Homes that use these types of heat don’t require ducts as furnace systems do. That can make it difficult or impossible to install central air conditioning.

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Many times, homeowners with radiant or baseboard heat think that their only options for air conditioning are either window or room units. While these types of AC systems can help you stay cool, they are often loud, inefficient, and obtrusive. Fortunately, there is another option available – ductless air conditioning.

Tell me more about ductless AC.

Ductless air conditioning is just what its name implies – air conditioning without the need for ductwork. Ductless requires only a small-diameter tube to be installed between the indoor and outdoor components. For homes or spaces where installing ductwork is either impossible or impractical, ductless cooling is an excellent option. You can install one unit in a space to provide targeted cooling, or multiple units throughout your home to offer zoned cooling. The best part is that ductless cooling requires minimal installation, so you’ll be enjoying comfort – without a lot of mess – in no time.

What are five benefits of ductless cooling that I should know about?

We’ve already mentioned some of the great benefits of ductless, like the flexibility of installation and no need for ductwork, but there are still many more reasons why ductless cooling is an excellent option for your home. Here are five reasons why more and more homeowners are turning to ductless for their home comfort needs:

  1. Ductless cooling is highly efficient. Ductless air conditioning is about 40 percent more efficient than the average window unit, and that can help you save money on your energy bills.
  2. Ductless AC is quiet. If you’ve ever been in a room with a window air conditioning unit, you know how noisy they can be. Most ductless systems are as quiet as a whisper – letting you enjoy cool comfort in peace.
  3. A ductless system can help balance cooling in your home. If you have a room such as an addition or a converted living space in your home that does not have access to your home’s ductwork, your central AC system may be working overtime to keep that area cool. Adding a ductless unit to that space not only helps keep that area cooler but helps your current AC system operate more efficiently.
  4. Ductless air conditioning provides targeted comfort. Most ductless systems provide independently controlled units throughout your home, so you’ll have greater control over cooling specific areas of your home. And, ductless systems are easily operated via remote control, so you can adjust the temperature at the touch of a button.
  5. Some ductless systems offer heating, too. Many ductless units are built to provide cooling in the summer and heating in the winter, so if you have an older radiant or baseboard heating system you’ve been thinking about replacing, ductless can provide you with a one-stop cooling and heating solution.

I think I’m interested in ductless for my home. Can Boelcke help?

We sure can! At Boelcke, we’re pleased to provide our customers with complete ductless services, including installation, maintenance, and repair. We proudly offer high-quality ductless systems from trusted manufacturers, so you can count on our systems to provide years of cool comfort for you and your family.  Simply give us a call at (269) 429-9261, and we will be more than happy to assist you with your ductless needs.

Does My Air Conditioning System Need Repairs?

air conditioning technician repairs outdoor component of AC systemWhen the summer weather arrives, most people enjoy relaxing in the cool comfort of an air-conditioned home. That’s why it’s so important to have an air conditioning system that operates both effectively and efficiently once the temperatures outside start to rise. But how can you be sure it’s working properly?

If you’ve been concerned that your AC system isn’t working as well as it should be, you’re not alone. Many homeowners notice that they’re not feeling as comfortable as they’d like, or note that their system is older and has needed a lot of repairs in recent years. But, they are also often hesitant to call for help – and that can end up being a costly mistake.

How do I know if my AC system is having problems?

Obviously, if your air conditioning system has completely stopped working, you definitely know that something is wrong. However, it’s likely that your AC system will give you an indication that there is a problem long before it stops working altogether. So, if you notice any of the following signs, it’s important to give your HVAC contractor a call:

  • You hear sounds like grinding or squealing coming from your AC system
  • Your utility bills are on the rise with no reasonable explanation
  • You’re smelling a foul, burning, or musty odor coming from your air conditioner
  • The air blowing out of your system is not cool
  • There is ice buildup on the outside component of your system
  • Your home humidity levels seem higher than usual
  • You have to keep decreasing the thermostat in order to keep your home cool

What if I need a new air conditioning unit?

If your air conditioning system is older, has not been properly maintained, or needs frequent repairs, it may be time to consider a replacement. There are occasions when repairs are simply no longer cost-effective. If that’s the case with your AC unit, your technician will explain to you why repairs aren’t practical and will talk to you about options.

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Nobody likes to think about having to purchase a new system, but you may save money in the long run. That’s because today’s AC systems are far more efficient than their older counterparts. Not to mention, many come with extended warranties, and there may even be rebates and incentives available to help with the expense. Generally, most companies also offer financing options for qualified buyers.

Can Boelcke help me get the repairs I need?

At Boelcke, we offer complete cooling services for your home. Whether you need maintenance, repair, or a brand-new air conditioning system, we can help you and your family stay cool this summer. Simply give us a call at (269) 429-9261, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Indoor Air Quality & Seasonal Allergies – What You Can Do!

woman blows nose into tissueOnce spring arrives and the flowers and trees start to blossom, do you suffer from seasonal allergies? While spring is a beautiful time of year, it can also be a miserable one for people with pollen and mold allergies. Unfortunately, if pollen and mold are present inside your home, you might not find the reprieve you need from the sniffling, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. Luckily, technology is available today that can help improve your indoor air quality.

What is indoor air quality and why is it important?

Simply put, indoor air quality is the quality of the air that circulates inside your home. People are spending more time than ever indoors, and today’s homes are built to be tight and energy-efficient. While that can help you save on utility bills, it also means that the air moves through your HVAC system time and time again. And, if there are allergens present, you might find you’re experiencing allergy symptoms 24/7.

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Having good indoor air quality, therefore, is important. Indoor air that is free of particulates like pollen, spores, pet dander, dust, and more is fresher and cleaner, and that helps keep allergy symptoms at bay. Fortunately, there are many products available that can help clear the air in your home, allowing you to enjoy better air quality and breathe easier!

What types of products can help improve my indoor air quality?

There are many different types of indoor air quality products on the market today. Here are five products Boelcke Heating & Air Conditioning proudly offers to our customers:

  1. Air Sterilization/Air Cleaners: You may be concerned about what’s floating around in the air inside your home. Harmful contaminants like mold, mildew, pollen, and bacteria can make your home’s air quality less than ideal. That’s why you should trust Boelcke to help with your air sterilization needs. We’ll provide air cleaners that will help ensure that you’re getting the air sterilization you need, by eliminating the pathogens you don’t.
  2. High-Efficiency Air Filters: Modern heating and cooling systems continue to use air filters to protect the equipment from dirt and debris. However, these filters aren’t the best at keeping out particles that make it harder to breathe easily in your home. Luckily, there are many types of permanent air filters available today that can keep the air in your home fresher and cleaner.
  3. Dehumidifiers: If your home is too damp, it can become a breeding ground for unwanted pathogens. Mold, mildew, and bacteria thrive in overly wet environments, and that can lead not only to issues in the structure of your home but health concerns as well. If you’re dealing with a moisture problem in your home, you likely need dehumidification.
  4. Humidifiers: Is your home too dry? Boelcke can help. When your home has the right humidity levels, you’ll feel more comfortable. You’ll also avoid issues like dry eye, itchy, flaky skin, and tight, scratchy throat due to overly dry air. Not to mention, you won’t have as much of a problem with static cling, or concerns about peeling, cracking furniture, and woodwork.
  5. UV Lights: When you’re dealing with spores, mold, bacteria, and other pathogens in your home’s indoor air, it can be unpleasant. Not only can the air have a bad odor, but it can also cause some health concerns, especially for those with respiratory illnesses. When you trust the professionals at Boelcke to help, we can install UV lights that will help destroy those pathogens and improve your home’s air quality.

When you need indoor air quality products for your home, Boelcke is ready to help you.

At Boelcke Heating & Air Conditioning, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with comprehensive comfort solutions, including indoor air quality. We can help you with a variety of IAQ concerns by offering a wide range of products that will help to improve your home’s air quality. Simply give us a call at (269) 429-9261, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Is it Too Late for Heating Maintenance?

technician checks furnace filter during maintenanceIf you’re like the average homeowner, your life is pretty busy. Work, school, and day-to-day life can certainly make it easy to forget certain things like heating system maintenance. If your heating system is operating properly, allowing your annual maintenance to pass by might be tempting, but you should know that it’s never too late to get your system the preventive care it needs.

There are many reasons why heating system maintenance is important.

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If you’ve been noticing a lot of dust in your home this winter, or your system isn’t operating as efficiently as it has in the past, there’s no better time than the present to call for heating maintenance for your system. In this article, we’ll share a few ways maintenance can benefit your system (even if it’s a little bit past due!)

5 Ways Heating Maintenance Benefits Your System

  1. Cleaner Indoor Air: If your heating system hasn’t been maintained this year, you may be noticing more dust in the air when the heat runs. That’s because your filter is probably dirty, as are some of the inner components of your heating equipment. With maintenance, you can rest assured your filter will be fresh and clean, and the inside of your system will be, too.
  2. Better Efficiency: As we mentioned above, when heating systems aren’t properly maintained they can get dirty. And that makes it harder for them to do their job properly. Even a dirty filter can diminish system efficiency. A clean system doesn’t have to work as hard, and that can save you money on your utility bills.
  3. Improved Comfort: Again, if your system is working harder than it has to, it might not be keeping your home as warm as you’d like. When you keep your system maintained, you’ll ensure it gets the tune-up and cleaning it needs to keep your home comfortably warm, no matter how cold it gets outside.
  4. Reduced Chance of Equipment Failure: Systems that don’t get the maintenance they need are often more likely to fail. This is due in part to your system having to work harder, as well as small issues going unnoticed before they become larger ones. Your technician will likely find any small problems during a maintenance call, helping you avoid a costly breakdown.
  5. System Warranty: Most manufacturers require that you have your heating equipment maintained on a regular basis, usually annually, in order to keep the warranty intact. If you have not maintained your system and you need repairs, your warranty may not cover them – causing you to have to pay out of pocket.

I forgot to call for maintenance this fall. Can I schedule an appointment now?

Absolutely! At Boelcke, your comfort is always our top priority. We want you and your family to stay comfy and cozy, no matter how cold it gets outside. If you forgot to call for maintenance this fall, no worries! We’ll be glad to schedule a maintenance appointment with you and get your heating system operating at its best and most efficiently. Just give us a call at (269)429-9261, and we will be more than happy to help!