HVAC Articles

Why Is My Thermostat Blank?

December 26, 2018

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5 Ways to Increase Your HVAC’s Efficiency

December 5, 2018

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Fall HVAC Maintenance

September 19, 2018

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How Often Should I Change my Furnace Filter?


March 10, 2017


Out of sight, out of mind. This is especially true for furnace filters. When you have a clean furnace filter in place, your furnace will run optimally, keeping your home an ideal temperature. A dirty filter will inhibit the performance of your furnace. It may even cause your furnace to fail. What kind? There are…

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What Does Nate Certification Mean?

December 28, 2016

NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. NATE is the nation’s largest certification organization for HVAC and refrigeration technicians. It’s important to note that almost everyone in the HVAC and refrigeration industries recognizes and supports a NATE certification, although not everyone in the industry is NATE-certified. It’s a discretionary certification, and technicians can service equipment…

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Happy Holidays!

December 21, 2016
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Zone Controls for Heating and Cooling Efficiency

September 26, 2016

Do some areas of your home stay warmer or colder even as you adjust the temperature? If you have a large home in Fort Collins or a home with multiple stories and you are not using more than one thermostat you most likely have uneven distribution of your heating or cooling. A zone control system…

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What Can Cause an HVAC Emergency?

March 3, 2016

There are a few things that might lend to an emergency HVAC breakdown. If you do have an emergency in Fort Collins or surrounding communities, Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning offers 24/7 emergency service. More often than not, the older your system is the more likely it is that you will have a system…

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How to Reduce Uncomfortable Humidity in Your Home

July 23, 2015

While the Front Range is relatively dry in terms of relative humidity, we can still get some sticky days in the summer, and some homes have unique conditions that make the indoor air more humid. The good news is that a variety of strategies are available to reduce humidity in your Fort Collins area home. This…

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How to Read the EnergyGuide Label When Purchasing an HVAC

July 2, 2015

You’ve seen the distinctive yellow EnergyGuide label on new appliances, and you probably have a vague idea of the federal program’s purpose: for comparing the energy use of one appliance to others of the same type. The label is particularly useful for energy-intensive appliances, such as air conditioners and furnaces, because the potential savings are…

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Getting a New HVAC System? Consider These Things First

June 18, 2015

Getting a new HVAC system is a decision that will impact your household budget and the comfort of your family for the next 10 to 15 years. To help you make the wisest equipment choice, discuss your options with a reputable HVAC professional and consider the following key factors. Lifetime costs – Go beyond the…

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How to Troubleshooot Your A/C When It’s Blowing Hot Air

June 9, 2015

It’s certainly distressing when the cooling system is blowing hot air. At the same time, though, you may have an inkling of hope that you can troubleshoot your A/C since it is actually running. You’re right. Many problems can be resolved without a call to your HVAC technician. Here are a few tips. Thermostat Check…

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5 Air Conditioner Sounds That May Signal a Problem

June 2, 2015

Despite an unusually wet, cool spring here in northern Colorado, the summer is shaping up to be another hot one. The last thing you need is to hear are strange air conditioner sounds as the temperature starts to soar outside. If you hear any of these five sounds, call in a professional to take a…

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Prolong the Life of Your HVAC System With These Simple Tips

April 21, 2015

No one wants the disruption or expense of replacing an HVAC system before its time. An A/C or heat pump system should last at least 10 years, and a furnace 15 years or more. However, if maintenance is lacking, these systems often fail early. Use these tips to prolong the life of your systems and secure energy…

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How Can Whole-Home Humidifiers Benefit Your Health?

March 26, 2015

During the winter, your home’s indoor air can become uncomfortably dry due to low humidity. Noses, throats, skin and sinuses can dry out, resulting in respiratory and other health problems. Fortunately, increasing home humidity levels with a portable or whole-home humidifier can help prevent these problems and raise your comfort level. Low Humidity in Your Home Low…

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What Parts Make Up the HVAC in Your Fort Collins Home?

December 18, 2014

The term HVAC actually stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Every home owner should know a little about their HVAC system, if only to realize when it’s time to call in the professionals for a yearly maintenance checkup. Here is a list of some of the parts of the HVAC system. Furnace. The furnace is where…

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Using an HVAC Contractor With NATE Certification Comes With Tangible Benefits

November 6, 2014

When you need installation, repair or maintenance of your heating or air conditioning equipment, insist it be performed by a technician with NATE certification. NATE is an acronym for North American Technician Excellence. The organization is a peer group set up to ensure excellence among heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. Only after undergoing and…

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Don’t Delay: Schedule Your Furnace Checkup Today

November 4, 2014

The time of year when you depend on your furnace to keep you and your family warm is quickly approaching. So, before the cold Colorado winter is in full swing, schedule a furnace checkup to make sure your furnace is ready for winter.  If you are familiar with the workings of your furnace, you can perform some…

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What Level of HVAC Customer Service Should You Expect?

October 30, 2014

As with every other service professional you deal with, you should always get top-tier HVAC customer service from your HVAC professional. Because your heating and cooling systems are an integral part of your home as well as your home life, you should expect nothing less than first class service. As a general rule, you should…

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A/C Out? It Could Need a Refrigerant Charge

August 12, 2014

It’s your A/C’s job to keep you and your Fort Collins home cool. When your A/C stops cooling, or working sufficiently, any number of things might be responsible for causing it to falter. One of the culprits could be a refrigerant leak or an improperly charged system. If your A/C is low on refrigerant, then the unit…

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R-22 Phaseout is Happening Now — What You Need to Know

July 17, 2014

Due to government regulations regarding R-22, the most common refrigerant used in air conditioning and the target of an ongoing phaseout because it depletes the earth’s ozone, homeowners should be aware that at some point, they will have to replace their A/Cs with equipment that uses new refrigerants. The good news is that when you…

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Jump to the Front of the Line — and Other Benefits of an HVAC Maintenance Agreement

July 15, 2014

Any big HVAC breakdowns during the summer can cause a lot of frustration and inconvenience, not to mention can be very expensive to repair. You can’t stop all problems from occurring, but with proper ongoing maintenance you can catch a lot of problems before they cause big issues. While you can do some maintenance on…

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DOE Will Implement Higher HVAC System Efficiency Standards

July 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) attempted to implement higher HVAC system efficiency standards for HVAC equipment several years ago that would have had a serious financial impact on homeowners in northern states. HVAC industry leaders brought the DOE to court over their decision and the court ruled against the DOE. It ordered the DOE to work with…

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Planning a New Home? Consider These 4 Types of HVAC Systems

July 3, 2014

Building a new home in the Fort Collins area (or anywhere really) is exciting for a number of reasons. One important reason is the chance to do everything right, creating the home environment you (or your buyers) truly want. Among the many decisions you’ll need to make is how to heat and cool the house.…

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A/C Problems to Avoid

July 1, 2014

The top three A/C problems technicians find on service calls are: Improper operation Improper maintenance Improper refrigerant charge Two out of three of those you can troubleshoot yourself before calling a technician. Improper Operation Believe it or not, the first thing you should check is the thermostat. Is it set to cool? If not, flip…

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A/C Making Strange Sounds? Tips for Determining What’s Up

June 24, 2014

A functional A/C makes summer a lot more pleasant, and if you live in a place where it routinely gets very hot, an A/C unit is pretty much essential. However, even the best air conditioners have problems, and one of the most common customer complaints is an A/C making strange sounds. While it can be…

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Help Your A/C’s Performance This Summer

June 19, 2014

As energy costs continue to rise in the Fort Collins area, keeping your home cool during the summer may prove to be an expensive proposition. If you would like to keep your house comfortable, while reducing your utility bills, consider these guidelines to help optimize your A/C’s performance: Use Only Matched Components: All of the…

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Reading the Signs for When It’s Time to Replace the A/C

June 17, 2014

The decision to replace the A/C requires considering several factors. It’s a not-too-soon/not-too-late scenario: Ideally, you want to upgrade after you’ve gotten the maximum service life out of your existing unit but before it begins costing you lots of money in high-priced repairs and overall outmoded efficiency.  Here are some guidelines to help you make…

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Adding a Zoning System May be the Solution to the Hot or Cold Spots in Your Home

June 10, 2014

A zoning system solves the problems associated with uncomfortable temperatures throughout your home and can also reduce energy consumption measurably over the course of the year. A zoned home is divided into similar sections that have either the same usage patterns or thermal characteristics. Each zone runs independently and if conditioned air isn’t required, that…

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Learn What the Terms AFUE, SEER, and HSPF Mean for Your HVAC System

April 22, 2014

The upcoming spring months can bring a variety of climate changes to the Fort Collins area so it’s important your HVAC system is working efficiently. AFUE, SEER, and HSPF are all measure of heating and cooling efficiencies; however, they vary on how the efficiency is measured and what it could mean for your heating and…

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Learn How Your Yard’s Landscaping Can Help Your HVAC System

April 17, 2014

Before the advent of modern HVAC systems, plants contributed to “natural” heating and cooling methods. Certain plants were selected for their siting, shading and screening benefits to help mitigate extreme temperatures, which kept families more comfortable. The same principles apply today. Did you know you can save money on your utility bills by designing your yard’s landscaping to work…

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Maintain Your Generator So That It Will Work Whenever You Need It

April 8, 2014

Up here in Larimer County, we’re strongly affected by weather conditions created in the foothills of the Rockies’ northern Front Range. Climatic extremes are no time to be without power. The answer is a generator. Like all machinery, though, it will need ongoing testing and service. Without a regular routine to maintain your generator, there’s no guarantee…

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Some of These Myths About Electricity Use May be Costing You

March 4, 2014

Cutting your home’s electricity use starts with your HVAC system, since in most households, it’s responsible for half of the energy you use. These are the most commonly held myths about heating and cooling that many homeowners perceive will lower consumption, but in reality, they increase it. Buying efficient HVAC equipment automatically saves money. While…

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Humidity Too Low? Improve More Than Just Health and Comfort

January 30, 2014

When you live in a dry environment such as that of Fort Collins, it’s pretty important to think about a humidification system for your home during the cold winter months. While a standard HVAC system ensures you have decent air quality in your home, most systems don’t maintain comfortable humidity levels. If the humidity level…

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Zoning System: Ask These Questions to Determine if You Need One

December 31, 2013

Have you ever walked into a room and wondered why it was so cold? Or ducked into the spare bedroom for an extra blanket and found it warmer than the rest of the house? If you find your house has areas which are constantly at a different temperature, or you seldom use some rooms, a zoning…

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Your New Furnace: ECM or PSC Motor? Well, That’s an Easy Choice

December 10, 2013

When you are replacing a motor on your furnace or installing a new system, the question of a furnace ECM or PSC will undoubtedly come up. PSC (Permanent Split Capacitor) motors have one speed which is controlled by a series of power reductions; as well as being less efficient, the motor isn’t easily repairable meaning complete replacement…

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For More Control Over Your Home’s Indoor Temperature, Upgrade to a Zoning System

August 8, 2013

With summer in full swing, it may seem that your air conditioning system gets hardly any rest, and your electricity bills might be the proof. If you’re like most other homeowners across the United States, you’re looking for ways to control your cooling costs without sacrificing any comfort. One of the best ways to do…

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Solar Attic Fans — An Affordable Method of Summer Ventilation

August 1, 2013

A properly vented attic keeps your home cooler while lowering your utility bills and combating condensation buildup, which can lead to mold, mildew and rot. Attic ventilation creates constant air circulation throughout the space and helps to dissipate moisture. Electric attic fans and passive ventilation have traditionally been used. But solar attic fans can function…

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R-22 Refrigerant Supplies Are Evaporating–Is Now the Time to Replace Your A/C?

July 9, 2013

If you have an older air conditioner, you may be aware that supplies of R-22 refrigerant — the kind that your cooling system probably uses — are drying up. Your HVAC technician may have mentioned this during your last A/C tune-up. The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered a steady reduction in production and consumption of the…

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Replacing Your HVAC System? Now’s The Time To Correct Any Problems In Your Ductwork

April 11, 2013

If you’re going to the trouble of replacing your HVAC system, it pays to ensure that your home’s ductwork is as efficient and problem-free as possible. Many heating and cooling inefficiencies in a home can be traced to ductwork problems. Now’s the time to work with your HVAC-system professional to correct these problems. Air leakage…

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