Furnaces Articles

Furnace Pressure Switches

January 15, 2022
Furnace Pressure Switches, Cheerful couple looking out of the window

Though you may not give much thought to the furnace in your Mahomet home, knowing a bit about it and how it works can come in handy. At Hoveln Heating & Cooling, our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals are always here to help and to answer any furnace questions you may have.

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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

December 9, 2021
Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?, Young,Woman,In,Plaid,And,Eyeglasses,Drinking,Hot,Tea,From

Did you finally turn your furnace on this winter only to have cold air blowing out of your vents? Or did your furnace stop working just when you started to need it most? There are a few reasons your furnace may be blowing cold air, and there a few things to check before you need to worry too much.

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What Does AFUE Mean?

November 15, 2021
What Does AFUE Mean?

While an air conditioner’s efficiency is measured by its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, an electric or gas- or oil-fired furnace’s efficiency is measured by its AFUE, or average fuel utilization efficiency. This standard measurement is given in percentages, letting you know how much of your fuel is actually used to heat your Illinois home and how much fuel is wasted.

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What Is Short Cycling?

December 15, 2020
What Is Short Cycling?, hand adjusting thermostat

Short cycling is a term used in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) world to explain a situation where a furnace or air conditioner turns on and off too frequently. The “short cycle” is the period of time that your HVAC equipment is actually running, and the shorter this cycle, the harder your system needs to work.

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Fall HVAC Maintenance

November 23, 2020
red front door with fall decorations, Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

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 Champaign you need to think about preparing your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for fall maintenance.

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How Can I Make My Furnace Last Longer?

February 14, 2020
Woman inside home enjoying the heat and wondering how she can make her furnace last longer.

The average furnace lasts between 10 and 15 years. But did you know you can take steps to make it last longer? There is no shortcut or hack to increase your furnace’s longevity. In reality, the key is treating your Champaign system with care and respect. With just a small amount of time and energy, you…

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How to Keep My Heat During Extreme Cold Weather

January 15, 2020
Couple trying to stay warm inside and keep the extreme cold outside.

We receive countless calls every time the temperatures drop below normal ranges, as homeowners here in Champaign encounter problems with their home’s heating system. With the record-low temperatures and extreme conditions most of the country is currently experiencing, our Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc., professionals want to share some insights and tips with you to…

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Video – Should I Set My Thermostat to ON or AUTO?

December 27, 2019
Video image explaining the different between the ON and AUTO settings on a home's thermostat.

On most thermostats, you can choose between ON or AUTO for your fan setting. ON tells your HVAC unit to run its fans all the time, even when the air isn’t being heated or cooled. AUTO means the fan only runs when your air is being treated. It might be a good idea to try…

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7 Furnace Maintenance Tips

September 10, 2019
Woman and child staying warm in home during autumn representing 7 furnace maintenance tips

It’s understandable that maintenance tasks often fall by the wayside. Many Champaign homeowners follow the mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Everyone is busy and many seemingly more important priorities tend to creep up every month to consume time and money.

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