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Space Heaters: Good Idea, or Energy Sucker?

Space Heaters: Good Idea, or Energy Sucker?

Are you a fan of space heaters? Some people love them, and small dogs too, those little guys can never get enough of that concentrated blasting of heat. But when is using a space heater a good idea, and at what point will it start adding up? It might relieve some of the house heating burden from your furnace and warm your immediate vicinity, but at a certain point, those little suckers will run up the electricity bill faster than you can say Chihuahua. Lucky for us, the U.S. Department of Energy did a study, effectively generating a cost/benefit analysis of space heater use, and we would like to share those findings with you, so you can stay informed and make the best decisions for your workspace, home and wallet.

So where’s the line where space heaters actually make sense?

Well, according to the Department of Energy, space heaters “can be less expensive to use if you only want to heat one room or supplement inadequate heating in one room.” So, if you generally spend most of your time in one room of the house, or plan on getting some work done in your home office: turning the thermostat down, and plugging in a space heater to warm up one small area could be cost effective. But it’s a slippery slope, because if you forget to turn it off, you’ll have one hot room, and a very high energy bill.

This is what we know, space heaters can provide some much needed comfort when your joints start to hurt, but they are not more cost-effective than central heating systems when used for larger areas. Another statistic the government shared is that, when used to heat a whole home or business, gas furnaces use 43% less energy than using electric space heaters.

So, before you consider using space heaters to solve your spacial heating issues, think about why you even want one to begin with. Are you uncomfortable with your current situation? Why might that be? A good way to answer these questions would be to give your friends at Bold City Heating & Air a call 904.299.8684. We can come out and assess your system and give you tips on how to use it more effectively and efficiently to stay comfortable all season long.

If you would like to know more about keeping your home and air, fresh and clean contact us anytime at Bold City Heating & Air. We are happy to help! Give us a call 904.299.8684 and be sure to check our list of specials, because right now we are offering $30 off a system tune-up (regularly $99, now only $69). Experience the BOLD difference.

Spring Cleaning Advice

Spring Cleaning Advice

Spring is right around the corner! This year, it’s going to officially show its lovely face on Wednesday, March 20. So with that being said, we’ve got a spring cleaning hack we would like to share with you, for when the time comes to clean house!

Being cooped up all winter, with the weather being less humid, and our skin getting dry… You don’t want us to share the numbers when it comes to dead skin cells, but let’s just say, right around this time of year, we’re living in the THICK of it. Whether we see them or not, we shed tens of thousands of skin cells every minute!!! And because we don’t see all of it, dusting and cleaning up might not be a huge priority. Well, it should be. And in the spirit of spring, we’ve got a trick up our skincell-covered sleeves we’d like to share with you.

You know how the fan setting on your thermostat can control the blower? Usually, it is recommended that you leave it set to AUTO, to conserve energy and only heat or cool when the temperature rises or falls. Well, here’s our little secret, adjusting your thermostat blower setting can aid in dusting your home!

When you are ready to get to it, and you’ve laid out all your cleaning supplies – switch your thermostat blower to ON, and then get to work! You want the constant circulation for when you are cleaning. You see, as you start dusting or vacuuming, all that dust (and all the aforementioned skin cells) gets kicked up into the air, and because the air is circulating, it’s immediately sucked into the return vent! It guarantees a higher success rate of all that dust getting captured by the air filter. Then, of course, when you’re done, please remember to switch the thermostat back to AUTO.

If you would like to know more about keeping your home and air, fresh and clean contact us anytime at Bold City Heating & Air. We are happy to help! Give us a call 904.299.8684 and be sure to check our list of specials, because right now we are offering $30 off a system tune-up (regularly $99, now only $69). Experience the BOLD difference.

Bold City Heating & Air Gave Thanks!

Bold City Heating & Air Gave Thanks!

As active members of the Jacksonville community, we are so proud to have a presence here, and watch as the city grows into such a great place to live. One of the main components to an attractive city is the people who live here. We are so fortunate to have the military presence and influence that exists here in our large city, because it makes us feel safe knowing there are so many service members living among us. And this awareness got us thinking about how we could show this appreciation to these people, who have sacrificed so much for Americans to feel safe.

We decided on a social media driven giveaway campaign calling on the Jacksonville community to nominate a worthy veteran, family member or friend, who has made a positive impact on their lives. It was an opportunity to nominate a real hometown hero, whose commitment to serve was still as strong as the day they enlisted. In order to spread the word, we combined our social media efforts with an appearance on a WJXT morning show segment to promote the giveaway.

Fortunately, the campaign was a great success and we found our recipient, and had the privilege of announcing the winner live on the News4Jax Thanksgiving Morning Show. Aaron Dunn, who served as Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard, was the man who made the cut, and we believe him to be a wonderful choice to express our gratitude. He was present, along with his family, to receive his gift, and we were so happy to make the presentation. A few weeks later, the big day arrived, and on November 28th, Bold City Heating & Air donated the brand new HVAC system to Aaron, at his home for him and his family.

Bold City Heating & Air, as well as the greater Jacksonville community as a whole, feels fortunate to be surrounded by so many hard working and selfless veterans – and it was our pleasure to show our appreciation to one very deserving veteran and his family on Thanksgiving Day.

We love our veterans and the people of Jacksonville, and we will continue to look for opportunities to give back to our community that we feel has given us so much.

Buying a home? Get an HVAC inspection!

Buying a home? Get an HVAC inspection.

As if home buying wasn’t complicated enough, we are about to lay some information on you that will add one more element to the home buying experience. But, don’t be mad! This addition could save you a major headache and possibly some money in the end. So, hear us out!

When you are about ready to purchase a home, it’s pretty standard these days to get a home inspection – to make sure everything is on the ‘up and up’. It also provides peace of mind, knowing you are purchasing a sound structure. And, if the inspection sheds some light on some areas that need work, you can use that to your advantage when it comes time to negotiate the terms of purchase. That being said, it may come as a surprise to you that many home inspections rarely include a complete and comprehensive HVAC inspection. They will check to make sure all is in working order, but depending on the season, this system check could fall short.

So, it is recommended that you procure a secondary inspection of the HVAC system in the home you are considering, to ensure the system is in full, safe, working order. These are intricate systems, and if they’re not thoroughly examined, you could experience unexpected and costly problems. Don’t put yourself in a position to get caught by surprise. You have enough to worry about when purchasing a home, so unexpected expenses should not make that list. Catching a problem on the front end with your HVAC is an easy fix, as opposed to a major repair or replacement later on in your system’s lifespan.

Bold City Heating & Air offers home inspections any time of year, whether you’re buying, selling, or just want to see what’s going on in there. We’ve got you covered. Knowing what to expect is a tremendous stress reliever in a very stressful world – and establishing a trusting relationship with your local HVAC experts can ease the burden of home ownership.

So, if buying a house is in your future, consider an additional HVAC inspection by your friends at Bold City Heating & Air, and experience the BOLD difference.

Ten things I love about HVAC <3 Valentine’s Day Edition

Ten things I love about HVAC <3 Valentine’s Day Edition.

I love the way your air vents blow, and your timely gentle breeze.

I love how I rely on you, the way you operate with such ease.

I love your bulky system components, and how you adapt to all seasons.

I even love the sounds you make, but can’t pinpoint those reasons.

I love how comfortable you make me, no matter what time of year,

Whether heating or cooling, you always keep it in gear.

I love how you always read the room and know the perfect time to turn on,

It’s like you know me better than those algorithms created by Amazon.

I love how I can update you, with a smart thermostat,

So I can make adjustments, no matter where I might be at.

Because of floating allergens, and toxins to beware,

I love the way you keep me safe, by filtering the air.

I love the way I can maintain you, by one simple phone call.

But mostly, I love how Bold City Heating & Air knows you, inside, out and all.

Bold City Heating & Air loves all things HVAC – So give us a call 904.299.8684 with all your heating and air conditioning needs, to make sure you stay in love with your system for years to come!

Is this thing on..?

Is this thing on..?

The last thing you want to be asking yourself in the middle of winter: Is my heat pump working? Fortunately, we can provide you with a couple of “quick fixes” or troubleshoots to check for yourself. And if you just can’t wait, then of course, call the experts at Bold City Heating & Air, and we will come check it out for you.


Troubleshoot number one:

If your heat pump is reaching the temperature you set, but it doesn’t feel warm exiting the vents, your body is actually playing a little trick on you! And, the good news is, your heat pump is working just fine! We’ve noticed many of our customers calling to ask whether their heater or furnace is working properly based on simply feeling the air exiting the vents. Properly working heat pumps blow air that is warm, but at a temperature that can feel cold to us. They usually produce air anywhere from 85-93°F, but because our body temperature is higher than that, around 98.6°F, that air feels “cold” to the touch.


Troubleshoot number two:

If your heat pump is not reaching your set temperature, it’s entirely possible you could be dealing with one of these likely suspects:


Outside unit is blocked – Your heat pump pulls air from the outside into your home. If it is struggling with the airflow due to the outdoor unit being blocked by debris, that could explain the issue. Simply inspect the outside unit, and remove any blockages you might see that could be leading to improper airflow, and the problem should be solved.


Refrigerant charge is low – Now, this might sound like an oxymoron, however, your heat pump pulls heat into your home through refrigerant. Therefore, if your refrigerant levels are low, your heat pump will have a hard time bringing enough heat into your home to warm it up properly. Unfortunately, for a problem such as this, you’ll need a heating technician to come out and evaluate your refrigerant levels to determine if the system needs to be recharged. If levels turn out to be low, there is likely a leak that will need to be fixed.


Air filter is dirty – Air filters catch dust, debris, and other yucky stuff that’s floating around in our air. And eventually, all filters fill up which can lead to an airflow issue. So, check your air filter and change it out if necessary. We recommend replacing the filter every three months, as a good rule of thumb.


If you’re having any issues or have some more questions, give the experts at Bold City Heating & Air a call at 904.299.8684 – we’ll be happy to come out and take a look.

Here’s the Best way to VOID your Furnace Warranty

Here’s the Best way to VOID your Furnace Warranty

Warranties are great. Oftentimes, they soften the blow when it comes to the purchase of most major appliances, like a furnace, for example. BUT the tricky thing about most warranties is the fine print. Most furnace manufacturers will void your warranty if you don’t schedule annual maintenance – and you don’t want that.


Luckily, your experts here at Bold City Heating & Air are here to help make sure that doesn’t happen. We know how to ensure you maintain your warranty, and we’re here to provide the necessary inspections required by these companies to keep the warranty valid. You see, manufacturers are fully aware that if a system hasn’t been maintained regularly, not only will your system need more repairs, but it will also likely break down, or die permanently. Basically, the manufacturers don’t want to pay for something that could have been prevented through routine maintenance. Now, not all manufacturers require annual maintenance, but most do – so if you are not sure, you should follow up with your HVAC installer to check warranty requirements.


The More You Know:

If you’re on the right track with maintaining your furnace, here are a couple more things you can do to stay in good standing with the manufacturer. The first would be to register your product, if you haven’t already done so. Most installers should do this for you, but it’s a good practice to follow up and do it yourself as well. You should simply need to locate the model and serial number and find the “product registration” page on their website.


Next would be to ALWAYS use a licensed professional, such as the experts at Bold City Heating & Air for all of your HVAC needs. Not only will this ensure that you get the best quality of work, but you will also cover all of your bases by satisfying this requirement from the manufacturer.


So, let’s keep those warranties, and work together to make sure your furnace is running smoothly for years to come! Call Bold City Heating & Air today at 904.299.8684 to discuss all your HVAC needs, and remember to ask about our Preferred Customer Program.


As a TEAL customer, you’ll enjoy:

  • Two system maintenance & cleaning visits
  • 10% discount on parts, labor, filters and accessories
  • Priority scheduling
  • One FREE service call / system diagnostic
  • Option to apply membership cost towards a new system

The Unintended Consequences of Closing Vents

The Unintended Consequences of Closing Vents

It sounds like a great idea. One that you feel extra smart and special for thinking of. You’re not the only one, so many people have the brilliant idea that if they close a vent in a room you don’t use that often, you can redirect that heating or cooling into the rooms you inhabit more frequently. It makes sense in theory, however many older heating and cooling systems are not set up to support the significant pressure changes that closing particular vents could end up causing.


Air pressure changes in your duct system is the initial and most impactful consequence of closing individual vents. This can lead to some unforeseen problems that you might need to address. The first problem you may encounter is increased duct leakage. When you close the vents, especially if it’s multiple vents, you change the air pressure in your system, which could in turn, expose some of the weaker areas in your internal duct system. It’s good to know where these leaks are, however, it’s not a weakness you want to exploit.


This leads to our next issue with closing vents, which is: overworking the system. Older blowers have a fixed speed for the air pump. So, without a computer telling the pump that a vent is closed, it’s going to keep pushing the air at the same rate it always has. But this system was likely given a certain pressure to adhere to based on the number of vents, and the size of your house. Older systems are set to maintain a particular air pressure to make sure it always has enough “umph” to make it through your entire home. Closing random vents throughout the house will affect this equation.


This problem can cause our next and worst inevitability, which is the potential for a cracked heat exchanger. With the increased pressure, leading to the air pump having to push harder to maintain the same air flow – this could lead to a very dangerous outcome. A cracked heat exchanger has the potential of allowing the leak of the deadly gas, carbon monoxide. This is not a machine you want to become damaged in your home. It’s completely fixable (call us)! But if you are unaware of the damage, the consequences could be catastrophic.


There are numerous problems that can arise from closing vents in your home, too many, if we’re being honest. You could also end up having no issues at all! But it’s not worth the risk in our BOLD opinion. If you have any questions, or would like a system inspection – call Bold City Heating & Air at (904) 379-1648 and we would be happy to help


Here’s the “Bold” Guide to Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is extremely difficult to detect. This odorless, colorless, toxic flammable gas has been dubbed the “silent killer” due to the fact that if there’s a leak, it is undetectable by our five senses. Due to the fact that CO is used in most household appliances including air and water heaters, as well as gas stoves and fireplaces, the prevalence of this gas in homes poses a real threat at all times. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), During 2010–2015, a total of 2,244 deaths resulted from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, with the highest numbers of deaths each year occurring in winter months.

We at Bold City Heating and Air believe it is our privilege and responsibility to keep our friends and clients as safe as possible, so here are some tips to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your own home.

Install CO detectors in your home

Florida statute requires that Carbon Monoxide detectors be installed in any home or addition built after 2008. So more than likely, you should already have them, but if not, please go out and purchase a couple right away. The law states they should be installed within 10 feet of each room used for sleeping purposes a good rule of thumb is to replace batteries every six months (Spring forward, fall back, change batteries) to make sure they remain operable.

Check your HVAC vents for proper air flow

It may be tempting to close some air vents around the house to save money, thinking that if the air is blocked, you’ll use less energy. Well, unfortunately that is not the case. In order for your system to work properly, you need to make sure all vents are open and unobstructed. Not only can a blocked vent actually drive the cost of your heating and air up, but it can also cause your furnace to over work and inevitably, overheat. This can lead to a cracked heat exchanger, which could allow Carbon Monoxide to leak into your home. So, long story short, keep all the vents open people.

Schedule regular maintenance

The best way to ensure your system is working properly, and in order to prevent any leaks or mishaps, it’s a good idea to schedule regular system maintenance every year by a professional, or better yet, call the experts at Bold City Heating & Air and we will get you set up right! Give us a call at 904.299.8684 and experience the BOLD difference.

No matter which system you use, the primary benefits of a smart thermostat is the ability to save money and preserve energy efficiency for your household. And here’s an industry tip, in order to get the most out of your smart thermostat, give Bold City Heating & Air a call at 904.299.8684 and we will perform a system inspection to make sure your home is running as efficiently as possible.

Carbon Monoxide data sourced from:

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6608a9.htm

Florida Statute information:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/STATUTES/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0500-0599/0553/Sections/0553.885.html

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are the way of the future, and bring with them a multitude of benefits from saving you money to ease of use. Over time, they can become your personal temperature assistants, learning your habits and anticipating your needs!

Here are some benefits of upgrading your home system to using a smart thermostat.

It’s Easy

They say change isn’t always easy, but in this case, they’re wrong. Installation is a breeze, and most systems come with an accompanying app to help you seamlessly transition to efficiency. Contrary to what you might think, if you’re feeling intimidated, most smart thermostats install just like your old one did. You simply pop off your old thermostat, and plug in your new one, most installations should take less than 30 minutes. Then you’re off to the races in savings!

Fast Learners

No matter which system you choose, they all have the same basic abilities to learn your habits and self-adjust after a period of time. By intelligently monitoring your use, they can learn when you wake up in the morning, and at what temperature you like to sleep. The apps that accompany these devices can follow your phone to know when you’re out of the house. With this knowledge, the thermostat can then self-adjust to a more energy efficient temperature when you and your family are out of the house. Whether we like it or not, humans are creatures of habit, but with smart thermostats, that can turn into increased efficiency and comfort.

Money Saver

After the initial investment, smart thermostats are designed to save you money, and lots of it. Some systems boast an average savings of 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills after only two years of use. Because these devices have the ability to learn your routines, they quickly adapt to life as you know it, they become an active member of the household, adjusting the temperatures for you based on how you like it! Along with the ability to make adjustments remotely, as well as track your usage, energy efficiency and progress, you’ll notice the ease and comfort, but you’ll love the savings!

No matter which system you use, the primary benefits of a smart thermostat is the ability to save money and preserve energy efficiency for your household. And here’s an industry tip, in order to get the most out of your smart thermostat, give Bold City Heating & Air a call at 904.299.8684 and we will perform a system inspection to make sure your home is running as efficiently as possible.