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When do I Need a New Furnace?

December 11, 2017

There are few simple things to take into consideration when thinking about a new furnace. How Old is Your Furnace? The average life expectancy of a furnace is 15 to 20 years. The closer your furnace gets to this age range, the more attention you should pay to the warning signs. Start shopping for a…

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Heat Pump vs. Furnace

November 21, 2017

Looking to install a new heater in your home? Your two most popular choices in Hudson, MA, are a heat pump and a furnace. But which one to choose? Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages when compared to the other. Here are some things to consider to help you in your decision-making process.…

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Different Types of Furnaces

November 7, 2017

There are three different types of furnaces available. There are a few things that factor into which kind will work for you. You should consider your heating requirements, ductwork and insulation, size of you home and number of floors, and your budget. One of the certified technicians at Chaves Heating & Air Conditioning can assist…

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Fall Indoor Air Quality

October 23, 2017

With fall now upon us in Hudson, MA, cooler temperatures are here to stay. This transition from one season to another most definitely affects your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). In cooler weather, people tend to spend more time indoors at home, so it’s important to be sure your IAQ is protected, keeping both you…

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How Does My Furnace Work?

October 11, 2017

Gas furnaces create heat by burning natural gas. This gas is usually methane combined with other carbon based gasses. The Ignitor The process starts with the ignitor. The ignition source for older furnaces is a pilot light, newer furnaces use an electronic starter. With a pilot light, the regulator supplies a very small bit of…

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All About Furnace Filters

September 19, 2017

Furnace filters. They’re one of those items not really on the top of everyone’s minds, but they are important and can have a big impact. With the right furnace filter, you can save money and improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) in one fell swoop. The primary function of your furnace filter is simply to…

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The Importance of Fall Maintenance

September 5, 2017

As the saying goes, “time and tide wait for no one.” Whether you’re prepared or not, the summer months and warmer weather are gone, moving aside for fall and cooler temps. That means here in Hudson, MA, you need to think about preparing your HVAC system for fall maintenance. Maintaining your heating and cooling equipment…

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AC Freezing Up in Hudson

Why is My AC Freezing Up?

August 23, 2017

A freeze up is when a layer of ice forms on the outside of your AC unit. Whether you have a window unit or a central air system the causes and effects of this, as well as the solutions, are the same. The ice build up on your AC unit creates an inability to cool…

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Why is My AC Making Noise?

August 3, 2017

Your air conditioning unit will always make some noise when running, and older units are louder than newer ones, so consider the age of your unit before getting too concerned about the noise that it is making. At Chaves Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend a maintenance inspection at least once a year to inspect…

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Does an Air Conditioner Kill Mold?

July 17, 2017

Your air conditioners can do several things––keep your home’s indoor air cooler than outdoor temperatures, help to keep indoor airborne allergens at bay, and help keep your home’s humidity low. But one thing it cannot do is kill mold. It can help prevent mold, but once it exists, your air conditioner cannot kill it. If…

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