Archive for October, 2013

Types of Mobile Home Heating Systems to Consider in Fenton, MI

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

A mobile home grants you enormous freedom to travel around the country, visiting relatives and seeing natural wonders. But no matter how much time you spend outside your mobile home with family, friends, or enjoying the great outdoors, you will also spend many hours inside it as well—especially when cold and rainy days strike. Having an effective heating system installed inside your mobile home is a necessity.

The heaters in mobile homes are unlike those in cars, which aren’t used to warm up a large living space. For effective heating in a mobile home, you’ll need to purchase a special system and have professionals install it. Davison Heating & Cooling has a reputation for excellence with residential heating installation, and we apply that same skill to mobile homes. Trust the Fenton heating specialists at Davison Heating & Cooling with your mobile heating needs.

There are different types of mobile home heaters. Here are a few to consider:

Heat pumps: These combined units use electricity to work as both heaters and air conditioners. In cold weather, a heat pump shifts heat from the outdoors and moves it indoors. For hot weather, the operation reverses, and you get cooled air in your mobile home. Heat pumps tend to struggle with extremely low temperatures, however.

Furnaces: Similar to house furnaces, mobile home furnaces use ducts to move heated air throughout your living space. These furnaces are specially sized to fit the needs of a mobile home, but they offer the same flexibility about fuel source as other furnaces: they can run from electricity, natural gas, or propane. A furnace will usually fit inside a closet in your mobile home.

Hydronic heat: These systems use heated water and air convection to give you warmth. Heated water is sent to radiators around the mobile home, where fans force air across the radiator units and into the interior. They offer “zone” control for different parts of your mobile home. They can also provide you with hot water for sinks and showers.

Our mobile home experts at Davison Heating & Cooling can help you make the choice of heater that will fit your vehicle. They will also make sure it gets installed properly and works safely. Don’t trust your mobile home heating in Fenton, MI to amateurs: call the professionals at Davison Heating & Cooling.

How Does a Furnace Actually Work?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

There are numerous appliances in our daily lives whose workings remain a mystery to us. This applies to both old and new technologies. The operation of a smart phone can seem just as fantastic as the operation of a reliable furnace. Furnaces have kept people warm for more than a hundred years, but aside from the basic knowledge that furnaces “burn something” to provide heat, not many people outside of the HVAC industry understand exactly how they perform their vital job.

Davison Heating & Cooling takes pride in the work we do with all types of heating services we offer in Waterford, MI. Installation and repairs on a variety of furnaces are a major part of our job, so we know how furnaces operate down to their tiniest component.

Here’s a simple breakdown of how furnaces keep you warm

Furnaces are forced-air comfort systems: they use blower fans to distribute heated air through a network of ducts that spread around a home. The heated air comes out vents to provide warmth. But a furnace first has to raise the temperature of the air before it distributes it into a home’s living space. The various types of furnaces achieve this with different methods.

Gas furnaces, the most common seen in homes, use a silicon nitride igniter to light the burner inside a combustion chamber. Jets from the burner create heat using natural gas. The heat then passes into the heat exchanger. Here, the heat raises the temperature of the air. Blower fans then take this heated air and begin the forced-air distribution process. Propane furnaces operate similarly, instead using propane to provide fuel for the burner.

Electric furnaces, which are popular because they take up less space than other models, have an electrical ignition. The ignition starts a series of heating elements that contain electric coils. As current passes through the coils, they turn hot and transfer this energy to the air. The more heat the thermostat calls for, the more of these heating elements come on. The heated air then goes through the standard forced-air distribution.

Furnaces remain a top option for homeowners because they offer flexibility in sizing and fuel sources. It’s rare that we can’t locate a furnace to match a customer’s home. However, furnaces do have drawbacks, and another type of system may do a better job for you. Make sure you consult with experts, like those at Davison Heating & Cooling, before you make any serious choices about installing new heating in Waterford, MI.

Types of Fireplaces to Consider Installing

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Modern heating systems are all well and good, but sometimes nothing beats an old-fashioned fireplace. They are romantic and atmospheric, evoking the old fashioned comforts of home and providing a centerpiece to family life that doesn’t center around computers or TV sets. A fireplace in Davison, MI means more than just a cheap and easy way to fend off our Michigan winters. If you’d like to install a fireplace into your Davison home, you have several options to choose from.

Here’s a brief list of fireplaces to consider installing.

  • Traditional models. A traditional wood-burning fireplace is based around a chimney, which carries smoke up and out of the home. Modern versions sometimes contain gas lines to help start the fire, or even to keep it running in the absence of wood. They’re very easy to maintain, though installing a new one is a tremendous undertaking requiring the services of a professional.
  • Direct vent gas fireplaces. These are a lot simpler and easier to install than traditional fireplace, requiring only a small pipeline to vent gas out of your roof or a nearby wall. They provide plenty of heat, as well as the romantic flickering light we all associate with fireplaces.  That makes an attractive options for homes that can’t support a more traditional chimney.
  • Electric fireplace. Electrical fireplaces make another flexible and appealing option for homes that can’t support a chimney. They generate heat like an electrical heater does, in frame designed to resemble the burning wood of a traditional fireplace. They can be found as stand-alone models, or can be inserted into existing fireplaces that (for whatever reason) isn’t functioning. As electric models, they don’t generate the mess that traditional fireplaces do, and are still simple to install and operate.

If you’re looking to install a fireplace in Davison, MI and want to discuss types of fireplaces to consider installing with an expert, call on Davison Heating & Cooling to help. Our trained experts can inspect your home and give you a variety of options to consider, then perform the installation with professionalism and care. Contact us to set up an appointment today.

When Should I Replace My Heater?

Friday, October 4th, 2013

If you’ve had the same heater in your home for many years, or it was already in your home when you moved in, then you may have wondered when you’ll need to replace it. Any machine that receives enough use, no matter how well maintained it is, will eventually need a replacement.

So when should you update your heating system in Flint, MI? The simplest answer is right now… if you’re only considering the most convenient time to get replacement installation done. The fall offers the most opportunities for scheduling the work, since HVAC specialists have lighter workloads between handling summer heat and winter cold emergencies. If you decide to get a new home heating system, act before the winter arrives. Davison Heating & Cooling is ready to get the job done fast and efficiently so you’re prepared for the cold.

Here are a few specific signs that urge you to consider a new heater installation:

Sustained higher energy bills: Any spike in your power bills that isn’t attributable to a change in seasons (such as when heaters start working regularly in winter) might come from a variety of sources that don’t necessarily mean your heater needs replacement. But if those high bills remain constant from month to month despite repairs, then your heater might be wearing down past the point where fixes will do any good.

Loss of heating power: As with higher energy bills, a decline in heating performance could come from specific maintenance needs. If the heating in your home is uneven, it’s usually issues with vents or the thermostat, or possibly flaws and breaks in the ducts. But a general, house-wide loss of heating that resists repairs often indicates a system too aged to do its job.

Increased repairs: Look over the past two to three years of maintenance requirements for your system. If you’ve kept up regular professional maintenance on your system (once a year at least) but you still have to schedule repairs at a steady rate, then you may have reached the point where the cost of keeping the old system running is higher than the cost of replacement.

Making the decision on your own to replace your heater is a risky proposition. Installing a new system is a large project, so rely on professional advice before you make a choice. Contacting a company like Davison Heating & Cooling, one with a team of NATE-certified technicians who have years of experience with heating in Flint, MI, will help you make the informed decision about replacement.

Davison Heating & Cooling can do the replacement fast and efficiently when you’re ready for it.