It’s Freezing Out There! Reliable Home Heating to the Rescue!

Brennan_iciclesAs you may have seen on local weather reports, freezing temperatures will be the norm this week in the Seattle area, particularly overnight. The Weather Channel is reporting that highs are only expected to be in the low 30s for most of the week with freezing rain a possibility this weekend.

KOMO News reported that Western Washington would be pummeled by a frigid blast coming down from Canada early this week and that some areas could even get a few snow flurries this weekend!

The Most Important Part of Preparing for the Cold

The cold weather has many homeowners already buckling down to protect their pipes, plants and pets from the chill of impending winter. But some homeowners are neglecting one of the most important parts of this process — evaluating whether their home heating system has what it takes to protect them and their family from the cold for the long haul.

A New Furnace for the Holidays

If your home heating system is already sputtering along this fall, chances are you’ll be battling to heat your home all winter long. Why not schedule a new gas furnace installation to replace your aging furnace system? Not only are new heating systems far more efficient than older systems, but many come with long-time to lifetime warranties that provide peace of mind along with the assurance that your heating system will be reliable throughout winter.

Choose Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning

At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star home comfort systems. Looking for Seattle furnace installation, heating products, thermostats or other climate control products? We are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the products to keep your home the perfect temperature all year long. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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Replace Unsafe Space Heaters with Reliable Central Heat

Replace Unsafe Space Heaters with Reliable Central HeatEveryone’s interested in saving money on home heating costs, but not every option for doing so is in your family’s best interest.

Some homeowners attempt to save money on home heating by using one or more space heaters in their home, rather than relying on central heat.

However, space heaters are riskier, leading to more fires and consequently more deaths and losses of property than central heating units, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Dangers of Space Heaters

Many people are aware that they must keep any combustible items, such as curtains, clothing or furniture, at least three feet away from a space heater. But we all know life happens. In a busy day, a bag of groceries or pile of laundry could be hastily placed too close to a space heater and forgotten, or your children or pets could accidentally bump a space heater closer to an ignition source. So even well-meaning, safety-conscious people can fall victim to a house fire caused by a space heater.

Because space heaters are not the most efficient way to heat a room, many people place their space heater too close to their bed to stay warm at night and inadvertently put themselves at risk of a fire.

Central Heat

While central heat is a safer way to heat your home, it’s still important to ensure your furnace is in good working condition. You can gain peace of mind by scheduling regular inspections and hiring a professional to make any necessary repairs. We recommend that homeowners replace an old, malfunctioning heating system with a modern heating system that’s not only more efficient, but also safer for you and your family.

Choose Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning

At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star home comfort systems. Looking for Seattle furnace installation, heating products, thermostats or other climate control products? We are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the products to keep your home the perfect temperature all year long. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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5 Ways to Winterize Your Home

Brennan_Fall HomeFall is here in full force, and temperatures in the Seattle metro area have already started dipping into the 40s overnight. As you’re all too aware, with increased usage of your home heating system comes increased energy bills.

The good news is replacing a 10-year-old furnace with a new high-efficiency furnace can save you up to 50% in operating costs, and the new furnace could last you 15 to 20 years!

In addition to replacing your aging furnace, you can take steps now to winterize your home and cut back on wasted energy that contributes to high energy bills. Here are some ideas:

Seal Drafty Doors and Windows

Keep heat from escaping through drafty doors and windows by either rolling up a bath towel across the bottom or creating a custom-made “draft snake” for the same purpose. The Daily Green has some great tips for making attractive draft snakes that add a touch of charm while blocking energy-sapping drafts.

Change Furnace Filters

During heating season, you should clean or change your furnace filter at least once a month to maximize the efficiency of your heating system, according to the Daily Green. An even better idea could be to have a permanent filter installed rather than a fiberglass filter and ensure you clean it regularly.

Run Your Ceiling Fans in Reverse

Since heat rises, running your ceiling fan in reverse can create downward airflow that channels that warm air toward you and keeps your home feeling warmer. This circulated air also allows your home to heat itself more evenly, so that your home heating system doesn’t have to work as hard. This small step can cut your heating costs as much as 10%, the Daily Green noted.

Have Your Heating System Tuned Up

Just like your car needs a tune up to run at its best, your heating system needs routine checkups and maintenance to run as efficiently as possible. Having a heating technician inspect and tune up your unit can help shave 5% off your heating costs, the Daily Green explained.

Consider Energy-Efficient Windows

Last but not least, using a window insulation kit to seal up your windows entirely is a good means of keeping the hot in and cool out. An even better option is to have a set of energy-efficient windows installed that will help you realize an even greater amount of savings over time.

Choose Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning

At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star home comfort systems. Looking for Seattle furnace installation, heating products, thermostats or other climate control products? We are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the products to keep your home the perfect temperature all year long. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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The History of Home Heating

History of Home Heating

Old fashioned cast iron radiator

These days when cold weather strikes, all we have to do is adjust our thermostats to enjoy the consistent warmth of home heating.

It wasn’t always that easy to heat a home during winter, though. Before the advent of the home furnace, people labored to gather and burn wood — and later coal — to stay warm during the cold months.

The Greeks and Romans

As you might imagine, an enclosed wood-burning fire was the earliest way of heating one’s home. The ancient Greeks are thought to have invented central heating, but Roman engineers are credited with making the most advances in central heating through their hypocaust system.

A hypocaust system heated certain buildings in the Roman Empire — such as homes, villas and public baths — by conducting furnace-heated air through empty spaces under the floors and within the walls, according to the BBC. Sadly, this involved the use of slave labor to stoke the fire in the furnace so that wealthy Romans could enjoy the warmth that was funneled into buildings.

Monks Revive Central Heating

In early medieval times, German monks used a simpler system in which a furnace room pumped heat through channels under the floor in their abbeys. However, Cistercian monks in the 13th Century revived the Roman hypocaust system “using river diversions combined with indoor wood-fired furnaces,” according to Wikipedia.

Water and Steam Based Heat

In the early 1700s, the Russians and Swedes were designing central heating systems that distributed heat through water to warm palaces and heat greenhouses, respectively. Later, Angier March Perkins, who was born in the U.S. but did most of his work in the UK, invented a steam heating system in 1832 so that the Governor of the Bank of England could grow grapes in the cold climate.

The Radiator and Furnace

Eventually, a Polish-born Russian named Franz San Galli invented the heating radiator in the 1850s, transforming the face of central heating forever. By the end of the 19th Century, cast iron radiators heated many American homes by use of a coal-fired boiler in the basement that directed hot water or steam to radiators in every room of the home, according to Sustainable Dwelling.

In 1885, American inventor Dave Lennox built the first riveted-steel coal furnace. The Lennox furnace manufacturing business in Iowa has since evolved into a global corporation called Lennox International, a heating and air conditioning powerhouse and a brand recognized worldwide. Better and better versions of the furnace were invented over time and the rest, as they say, is history!

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At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star home comfort systems. Looking for Seattle furnace installation, heating products, thermostats or other climate control products? We are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the products to keep your home the perfect temperature all year long. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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Now Is the Time to Schedule Furnace Maintenance

Fall Furnace Maintenance SeattleWith the upcoming arrival of fall comes many vital fall chores around your home, like winterizing your lawn, getting the chimney cleaned and re-caulking windows and doors against the cold.

In the middle of all these responsibilities, don’t forget the importance of having your heating system inspected and scheduling any necessary maintenance.

Why Is Furnace Maintenance So Important?

Planning an annual tune-up of your heating system in the fall will ensure the system is working as efficiently as possible before the first winter storm hits. Being proactive about heating maintenance can also help you beat the rush on scheduling heating services after the chilly weather settles in.

Aside from clearing out any gunk that could be bogging down your furnace or boiler, a heating service technician can make sure you have fresh air filters, oil filters and nozzles and that your system is working at its highest level possible so you can enjoy your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the next year.

Annual maintenance can even help you significantly cut down your heating bill and even more importantly, prevent a costly heating system breakdown in the middle of winter.

Choose Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning

At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star home comfort systems. Looking for Seattle furnace installation, heating products, thermostats or other climate control products? We are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the products to keep your home the perfect temperature all year long. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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Fall Is Coming: Is Your Furnace Ready?

Fall is coming! Is your furnace ready?

Fall is coming!

Despite the toasty temperatures we’re experiencing in the Seattle area this week, fall is just around the corner — Sept. 22 to be precise.

While most people are thinking about football season, pumpkin spice lattes or Thanksgiving plans, it’s a great idea to think ahead to your home heating system.

Chilly Temps Around the Corner

With the fall season comes progressively shorter days and cooler weather that’s chilly enough to make you kick on the furnace in the morning and evening to stay comfortable. We offer a number of home heating options that can help you keep your home warm when the winter storms arrive.

Heating Products and Services

Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning offers gas furnace installation, repair and maintenance. We carry products from leading manufacturers like Lennox, including Lennox Signature Collection high-efficiency furnaces.

In addition to gas furnaces, Brennan offers high-quality heat pumps, water heaters and even gas fireplaces and logs. Other innovative heating options we provide include hydronic heating systems, which use hot water instead of air to heat your home.

Choose Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning

At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star home comfort systems. Looking for Seattle furnace installation, heating products, thermostats or other climate control products? We are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the products to keep your home the perfect temperature all year long. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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Air Conditioning Keeps High Humidity at Bay

Brennan_water droplets 2While most people purchase AC systems to enjoy cooler temperatures in their homes, fewer people are aware of the role air conditioners play in reducing potentially hazardous in-home humidity.

High humidity in your home promotes the growth of mold, mildew and dust mites, all of which can irritate those with allergies and cause otherwise healthy people to itch, sneeze and cough, according to an article by The Weather Channel. High humidity can also trigger asthma symptoms from which air conditioning may provide some relief.

An Invisible Threat

Even though you typically can’t see the indoor allergens that thrive in humidity, they are very much alive in the home, growing on your home’s surfaces, carpets and even pillows and mattresses. To grow effectively, these allergens need a warm, humid environment.

In addition to being a threat to your health, high humidity can also be a threat to your home, promoting rot and inviting pests.

The Solution

Air conditioners, dehumidifiers and proper ventilation are key to getting rid of potentially harmful humidity in the home, the article explained. Pay careful attention to the areas of your home that create the most moisture, such as your bathrooms and showers, and make sure that you have vent fans installed to cut back on this moisture.

Also, remember that humidifiers and dehumidifiers can be installed to work in conjunction with your AC system. Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning even offers electronic air cleaners than can trap and filter up to 98% of pollutants from your home’s heating and cooling system.

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At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star air conditionersfurnaces and other climate control products. We are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the air conditioning system that is perfect for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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Trouble Sleeping? Air Conditioning Can Help!

Brennan_Sleeping girlIf you’re one of the many people who loves sleeping in a crisp, cold room — perhaps bundled under blankets — then you’re already well aware of the role air conditioning plays in helping people sleep in the summer. Available research shows that cool temperatures in your home help you get a good night’s rest, according to a recent article in the Huffington Post.

The best temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees, the article explained. On the other hand, temperatures higher than 75 and lower than 54 degrees were shown to disrupt sleep. A good-quality AC system can help ensure your home’s temperature is ideal for catching some Z’s.

Why Do We Have Trouble Sleeping When It’s Hot?

The human body initiates sleep best when our body temperature drops as a result of being at rest, the article noted. People whose core body temperatures are higher than average and physically active people may have an especially difficult time falling asleep since their bodies have trouble cooling down. For these people, temperature is of the utmost importance when it comes to falling asleep quickly.

Optimum temperature is not only important for falling asleep more easily, but it’s also important for achieving a deep, restful sleep, the article explained. Cooler temperatures were shown to help people get more of the deep sleep their body needs. On the other hand, high temperatures led to more wakefulness at night, especially if humidity compounded the heat.

What’s the Big Deal About Sleep Anyway?

Insufficient sleep is described as a “public health epidemic” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not getting enough sleep can lead to a decreased ability to concentrate and remember information; poor performance at work; and even death or injury when people fall asleep at the wheel, operate industrial equipment when drowsy, or perform medical procedures on too little sleep.

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Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning can help you cool your home effectively so that you’ve got a better chance of sleeping soundly. We offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star air conditioners, furnaces and other climate control products. We are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the air conditioning system that is perfect for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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A Digital Thermostat for the Modern Home

Digital Thermostat Seattle

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In a day and age where you can do everything from paying your bills to programming your TiVo on your smartphone, isn’t it time your heating and air conditioning system got up with the times? Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning offers a high-tech product that can help you control your home’s temperature from any Wi-Fi-connected device, including your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

The Perks of Wireless Control

The Lennox iComfort Wi-Fi thermostat helps you stay connected at all times to your home’s thermostat through your wireless network. By making use of cloud connectivity, you can monitor the temperature of your home at any time from any place and adjust it to the temperature you want.

This capability comes in handy in all kinds of circumstances, such as if you forget to program your thermostat before you leave for vacation, if your in-laws are dropping by sooner than expected and you’d like to cool or heat your home for them from the office or if you’re coming home from work early and would like your home to be at an optimal temperature when you arrive.

What Else Does It Do?

Along with offering 24/7 access to your home’s thermostat, the Lennox Wi-Fi thermostat provides self-monitoring that will notify you or your dealer if your system needs to be serviced or if a maintenance issue arises. This smart feature can give you peace of mind that your thermostat is operating as it should.

The thermostat also features a sleek, user-friendly touch screen, a five-day weather forecast to help you plan your thermostat settings in advance, humidity control and even an exterior “skin” you can customize with a photo or color that integrates well with your home’s décor.

Choose Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning

At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star air conditioners, furnaces and other climate control products. We are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the air conditioning system that is perfect for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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Central Air Conditioning Important to Home Buyers

Central Air Conditioning Important to Home BuyersWant to boost your chances of getting top dollar when you sell your home? You might want to install central air conditioning. A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors revealed that central air conditioning was the most important feature to home buyers out of 33 home features listed in the survey. To be specific, 65% of buyers considered this feature very important, the survey results showed.

Central air conditioning was considered significantly more important to home buyers than other in-demand features, such as walk-in closets in the master bedroom, having a home that was cable/satellite/Internet ready, or even having an en-suite master bathroom! Even more telling: 69% of home buyers who had purchased homes with no central AC reported that they were willing to spend $2,520 more for a home with central air, according to the survey results.

Enjoy AC Now, Sell Home at Top Dollar Later

Suffice to say, having a central air conditioning system installed in your home yields more than just short-term comfort — it can also lead to long-term gain! Consider the fact that homes with central air are relatively scarce in the Seattle area due to our mild summers, and it’s easy to see how you are providing a rare feature to potential buyers.

So if you’re thinking of remodeling or making some upgrades to your home that will boost its resale value, consider having central air installed. You’ll ensure your home is hot on the market and cool during the summer.

Choose Brennan Heating

At Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star air conditioners and we are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the air conditioning system that is perfect for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.

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