Sometimes the best decision to lower your maintenance and utility bills is to replace your old furnace. Over time, the increased energy efficiency and dependability of the new furnace help it pay for itself. As St. Louis furnace experts, we have picked the most reliable and efficient units for St. Louis’ climate. Our technicians engage in ongoing training so they are experts in the newest furnaces on the market and can match you with the furnace that is right for your home.
Fresh Air services all makes and models of furnaces – new or old, Carrier or other brands. We have our regular hours from 7 am to 7 pm, but you don’t have to wait until our regular business hours to get your furnace repaired. Broken furnaces could start a fire or release dangerous levels of carbon monoxide so you can count on us all day, and all night.
If you’re in need of repair, we charge a flat rate for coming to your home or business and diagnosing your problem. Once the cause of your problem is determined, our technicians will offer you the right solution, along with any costs, prior to completing any repair. Your approval and satisfaction is our goal in every furnace repair.
Extend the life of your furnace and keep your utility bills low with ongoing maintenance. We perform a maintenance check-up every 6 months when you sign up for our maintenance plan. We’re so confident that this will keep your furnace and air conditioner in excellent shape that we offer a discount on all repairs and even a repair guarantee as part of your package.
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Types of Heating Methods
Unlike air conditioners, our homes can be heated several different ways. Our certified technicians can help you with the following heat sources in your home:
Most St. Louis homeowners own a gas furnace. Gas furnaces come in a variety of efficiencies and styles. New gas furnace efficiency ranges from as low as 80% to as high as 97%. The higher the efficiency, the lower a homeowner’s heating bills will be. The tradeoff is that a high efficiency furnace is more expensive to purchase. As a result, we recommend that homeowners plan to be in the home for at least five years to make a high efficiency furnace a financially sensible purchase.
Electric Air Handler or Fan Coil with Resistance Heat
Some of these heating sources use electricity and some use gas. Utility rates have a lot do with which utility is used when heating a home. For some homeowners, gas is the only option because of the way their home’s electrical system is set up. On the other hand, there are those who must rely solely on electric heat. Depending on the situation, a case can be made for all four heating sources.
Electric Air Handler / Fan Coil
Typically, these furnaces are installed in all electric homes. A resistance strip heat package is used. This type of heating can be expensive if it’s used as the primary heat source. Ideally a heat pump would be installed outside, in place of an air conditioner, as a way to generate more affordable heating bills.
Air-to-Air Heat Pump
An air-to-air heat pump (commonly just referred to as a heat pump) is located outside of the house just as an air conditioner would. In fact, an air-to-air heat pump gets installed in place of an air conditioner. It isn’t necessary to have both an air conditioner and heat pump. A heat pump serves as an air conditioner in the summer months and as a heat pump in the winter. A heat pump is simply an air conditioner that can operate backwards. It can provide heat by running in reverse to create a warm coil for air to blow across; a similar, but reversed, process is seen in our diagram on air conditioning.
Unlike an air-to-air heat pump, a geothermal heat pump employs water loops located in the ground to produce and transfer heat. Geothermal technology is currently superior to other technology as it uses a consistent 55 degree ground temperature to produce heat vs. the air-to-air that is working with fluctuating, and usually colder, outdoor air temperatures. Geothermal heating and cooling delivers impressively low utility bills. The up-front cost is two-to-three times more expensive than conventional equipment but given enough time, a homeowner will be rewarded for their investment.