Russell & Abbott Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating System Installation’

“Grandma Heat”: How We Find Just the Right Heating for Comfort and Savings

Monday, October 18th, 2021
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Did your grandma have something like this in her home?

Hey everybody! Happy October, a fun time of the year—but also one where I have to get serious about discussing cold weather. It’s coming up fast and everyone here at Russell & Abbott wants you and your family to be safe and cozy through the season. But we don’t want you to have to pay too much to be cozy, and, unfortunately, many people don’t realize they’re paying for extra heat they don’t need.

That’s where our team comes in! I’m going to explain how we can find the ideal amount of supplemental heat for your heat pump so you can make it through the iciest winter day without burning through your bank account. Except we don’t call it “supplemental heat.” We call it “grandma heat,” and I’ll dig into why below.

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Just What Is a Condensing Furnace?

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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Part of my job is keeping track of developments in comfort technology. Most dogs are interested in only one type of heating technology, which is their fur. I love my fur, but I also love knowing about furnaces and the ways they keep making it easier for humans to stay cozy in winter.

So today I want to talk about one of the best developments in furnace technology, the condensing furnace. Sort of a funny name, but it’ll make sense when I explain it. If you are considering getting a new furnace in Louisville, TN, a condensing furnace might be on your list if it suits your home and current needs.

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Can a Heat Pump Possibly Match a Furnace’s Performance?

Monday, December 28th, 2020
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Let me first make an important statement about comparing a heat pump to a furnace: Home heating is not a race. When you’re searching for a heating system for home comfort, the goal isn’t to get the “swifter, faster, stronger” unit, the world-record holder, Earth’s Mightiest Heating System, the One Heating System to Rule Them All. No, you’re looking for … here it comes … the heating system that makes your family comfortable without wasting energy. Or, put even simpler, you’re looking for the heater that is the right match for your house

The question of a heat pump vs. furnace comes down to whether a correctly sized and installed heat pump can provide your house with energy-efficient comfort that would match a correctly sized and installed furnace. 

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The Heat Load Calculation With a New Furnace—It’s Super Important

Monday, November 30th, 2020
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This is the time to start bundling up. I have my permanent fur coat and don’t need to worry much about that, but I know that humans have it much harder when temperatures start dropping. You might be in the situation where you know you need new heating in Knoxville, TN and you’re ready to schedule a furnace installation.

That’s great—just make sure you call our team because we take all the vital steps to ensure you have a furnace that works effectively and safely. 

There’s one part about our installations that I like to point out, because it’s what sets us apart. It’s the heat load calculation. We take this part of installing a furnace seriously, because if it’s done wrong, you’ll end up with a furnace that either doesn’t heat the home enough or wears down rapidly from strain.

What’s a heat load, Olive?

It’s the HVAC term for the amount of heat a space needs to create a comfortable temperature. When we know the heat load of a house, we know how powerful a furnace to put in. 

A heat load calculation can be done several ways. Many of those ways are bad, I won’t sugarcoat it. Plenty of contractors do a heat calculation quickly and leave in guesswork. There should never be guesstimates when it comes to heat load calculations! There are multiple factors that must be figured, and if a contractor makes a guess at most of them, the chance of getting the final result wrong is high. 

Just to give you an idea of what goes into this calculation, here are some factors we need to know: the size of the house, number of windows and the direction they face, the insulation amount, number of people who live in the house, number of heat-producing appliances, number of lights, and more. We make sure to do this precisely so you’ll have a heater that’s the right size for your home.

What happens if the calculation is done wrong?

You get a furnace that is either too small for your house or too large. I think you can figure out why a furnace that’s too small is trouble: you won’t have the amount of heat you need to stay warm, and the furnace will run and run and run as it tries to reach the temperature you have set on the thermostat.

What about one that’s too big? That can’t be that awful a problem to have. Well, yes it is. An oversized furnace will short-cycle, which means it will shut down early, then turn back on, then shut down early, and on and on. This can lead to early repairs and an early replacement. It can also create uneven heating because the furnace doesn’t run for long enough.

We don’t “guesstimate,” we do it right!

You deserve a furnace that does the exact job you need it to do, and our Russell & Abbott team will see that you get it. Call us for heating options for a new installation, and we’ll do our best work to make sure you have the right heating system for this winter and many more.

Stay warm,

Olive

Russell & Abbott serves Blunt, Knox, and Loudon Counties and surrounding areas. Contact us today if you’re looking for better home heating.

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Misunderstandings About the “Furnace or Heat Pump” Choice

Monday, January 27th, 2020

home-basement-furnaceWhen it’s time to have a new heating system installed, take my advice—don’t make a hasty choice! This isn’t like getting a bad haircut (as I’ve seen happen to some of my poodle friends) where the mistake corrects itself fast. A heating installation is supposed to last for a decade or more. Replacing a heater years early because it wasn’t right for your house is a big inconvenience and expense. Taking time to consider your options and how they’ll work with your house is key to getting the right installation at the start.

I’m pleased to say you don’t have to make the choice on your own! You’ve got me, for one, to give advice. Even better, you have our Russell & Abbott team.

Today, we’re going to offer you new perspectives on one of the big choices for a new heater: the heat pump or the furnace.

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What Is a Variable Speed Furnace?

Monday, December 30th, 2019

gas-furnaceOne of the big jobs I do as an HVAC blogger dog is to keep up with changes in heating and cooling technology. Maybe a greyhound is better suited to this job because comfort advances move with incredible speed. But I still stay on top of the news, because it’s important for me to inform customers about the options they can investigate when planning a new heater installation.

In this post, I’m going to look at the variable speed furnace. This is a type of furnace that offers several excellent benefits for the right home. Stress on the right home—there’s no such thing as an HVAC installation that works for all homes. This is why I recommend you work closely with our Russell & Abbott family when you’re planning on a new furnace install or any other HVAC system.

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Is a Heater With More Capacity Better?

Monday, February 25th, 2019

happy-family-with-dogI understand why the good folks out there looking for the best heating might think a bigger heater means better heating. I often think a bigger chew toy might be more fun, but then I find out I can’t drag around a plastic bone three times larger than my head! Getting a heater that’s got more capacity than your home needs can stick you with some serious problems. I’ll go over these with you below.

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Let It Snow! Free HVAC Equipment If It Snows on December 25!

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

onyx-equipment-presentHave you got your Halloween decorations stashed away and extra candy kept somewhere safe? (I.e. where your dogs can’t get to it? Chocolate is not good for me and my canine pals!) Then that must mean it’s already time to start thinking about the festive winter season.

No, I’m not here to get you stressed early about Christmas shopping. I’m here to make part of your season easier and possibly less expensive. This year we’re again holding our special Let It Snow! event. This is our way of embracing the holiday spirit and the season of giving!

If you purchase HVAC equipment from us between 11/1/18 and 12/20/18, and it snows two inches on Christmas Day (as measured at McGhee Tyson Airport), your purchase is FREE.

If you want more details about our HVAC equipment or you want to schedule installation service, call our offices today. If you’re looking for a new heating option for the coming winter, there’s never been a better time to arrange for it!

Stay warm (and hope for snow),

Olive

Russell & Abbott provides heating services in Maryville, Knoxville, Alcoa, Blount County, Knox County and Loudon County.

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The “Repair or Replace” Question Gets Easier With Our Onyx Equipment Offer!

Monday, August 27th, 2018

onyx_logoI recently watched a movie in theaters (as a local celebrity, I get discounts) about how humans and dogs first became friends. The movie shows how we dogs helped humans survive and have better lives. I now feel super-empowered, and I want to make sure I’m doing my canine part to improve the lives of the humans around me and make their struggles easier.

So I’m going to help you with one of the big struggles you and your fellow humans face: Should you repair or replace your old HVAC equipment?

Answering this question is much easier thanks to a tool we can offer you here at Russell & Abbott: right now you can save up to $500 off Onyx Equipment. This makes installing new equipment—the best new equipment—easier and more affordable than ever. If you’re on the edge about whether you should go ahead and retire your old AC or heater, but don’t know if it’s exactly the best choice for your budget, this offer is what you’ve been waiting for.

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Hey Olive, What’s This “Onyx” Stuff?

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

onyx_logoIf you’ve skimmed around my blog or maybe our site, you’ve probably noticed that I talk about “Onyx” a lot. I recommend it often. I don’t do that for just anything. For example, my taste in dog food runs to the high-quality canned food from specialty pet stores, not the discount cans from the supermarket that hardly have any meat in them. That’s not being ­picky—that’s just being a smart canine consumer and knowing what the best products are.

So what is “Onyx” and why do I recommend it?

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