Heating Articles

Thermostats 101

February 5, 2019

Thermostats are the brains of the HVAC system. They facilitate heating and cooling so the temperature in your house is where you want it to be.

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Keeping Your Heat During Extreme Cold Weather

January 30, 2019

With the record-low temperatures and extreme conditions most of the country is currently experiencing, our 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning professionals want to share some insights and tips with you to keep your indoors cozy.

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Heating My Entire Home?

January 17, 2019

If your furnace seems to be producing heating inconsistently around your home to you, you’re not alone. Many homes have varied conditions from room to room causing inconsistent heating or cooling.

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How Does My Gas Furnace Work?

November 13, 2018

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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Fall HVAC Maintenance

October 9, 2018

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 Howell, NJ, you need to think about preparing your HVAC system for fall maintenance. Maintaining your heating and cooling equipment…

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Furnace Maintenance

September 28, 2018

Change the Filters The first thing you should do for your gas furnace, or any of your HVAC systems, is to change the air filter. This should be done at least once a year, but as many as 3 or 4 times depending on the manufacturers specifications. The air filter traps dust and debris from…

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Dual Fuel Systems in New Jersey

January 2, 2018

A dual fuel system sounds more Batman-like than it really is. It can solve a lot of issues for homeowners, but it’s really nothing more than a combined HVAC system comprised of a heat pump and a gas or oil furnace (or boiler). It’s got the best of both types of heating, allowing more homeowners––especially…

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Heating Preservation 101: Steps to Take Before the Technician Arrives

January 17, 2017

Trying to Fight the Chills? Here’s What You Can Do You already know something’s wrong with your heater and you’ve called 1st Choice for help. But what can you do in the meantime to preserve heat and prevent your once cozy home from becoming an igloo? Providing furnace repair in Holmdel, NJ, and the surrounding…

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The Price is Right!

December 16, 2016

Get All the Answers You Need With Our Transparent Pricing When you’re at a restaurant, you get a bill that lists each food item and its cost. And after you go to the doctor, you get a bill that shows everything you were charged for—down to the very last test. Why shouldn’t there be the…

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Making Waves with Our New Maintenance Plans

October 14, 2016

Enjoy Year-Round Comfort with Routine Tune-Ups Summer storms might be through for the year, but there’s another fear on the horizon for Jersey Shore homeowners: hurricanes. In a matter of days, an approaching storm can go from mild to monstrous. As you check your phone for the latest hurricane updates, there’s something else to consider:…

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Steer Clear of These Common Furnace & Heating Problems This Winter

January 8, 2016

Temperatures have dropped, and it’s time to make sure that you don’t get left in the cold this season. Below, we cover the most common heating and furnace problems that people face in their New Jersey homes, so you can ensure that your HVAC unit fights off the chill all winter long. Learn About Other’s…

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Tank or Tankless? Choosing Your New Water Heater

December 15, 2015

Hot water is essential to daily life (think showers, laundry and dishwashing), so it’s easy to understand how selecting the wrong water heater can become the bane of your existence. Choosing the right water heater can make all the difference when it comes to your comfort. Just imagine being stuck in the shower when the…

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How to Maintain Your Furnace: Top 7 Tips

October 21, 2015

We know, it’s quite a downer that the summer is gone. It’s time to prepare for the upcoming winter, and a big part of that is taking care of your heating system. Unfortunately, only when something goes wrong is when individuals pay attention. Regular maintenance and periodic checkups by a licensed heating professional are highly…

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Guide to HVAC System Ratings

May 28, 2015

HVAC System Ratings for Heating The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating is set by the U.S. Department of Energy, and it is expressed in percentages. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the heating system, and the less energy required to heat your home or hot water. For example, a new high-efficiency furnace…

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