When you need heating and furnace services in Hayward, San Jose, and the Bay Area, call ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. We serve homeowners throughout the south and east Bay. Call us to schedule your heating tune-up, or for heating repair. We also install new furnaces and heat pumps.

Here’s what you need to know about both gas and electric furnaces

At ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we get a lot of great questions from our customers. Here’s a common one that homeowners want to know more about: when it comes to gas and electric furnaces, is there a difference?

The answer, simply put, is yes. Gas and electric furnaces have different installation needs, operate in very distinct ways, and often result in very different energy costs for the homeowner. In this article, we’ll break down the differences between these two types of systems and provide you with a starting point for deciding which one might be right for your home.

If you’re looking for a new heating system here in Hayward and the Bay Area, your next step is to contact our team. We offer free in-home estimates on new gas and electric furnaces, as well as other types of heating systems such as heat pumps. We can help match your home to the perfect new system.

Get to know: Gas Furnaces

How do gas furnaces heat your home?

Gas furnaces heat your home by combusting fuel—in this case, natural gas—in a sealed chamber within the furnace, and then transferring the heat energy released to air on the other side of the heat exchanger. This heated air is then blown out of the furnace and into the air ducts of your home, where it gets distributed to individual rooms. The furnace continues to burn fuel until the home is heated to the desired temperature.

As a Carrier dealer, we install both gas and electric furnaces here in Hayward and the Bay Area.

A Carrier gas furnace is an energy-efficient option for your home.

The efficiency of a gas furnace can be measured by its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. Essentially, an AFUE score indicates how much heat energy the furnace is able to extract from its fuel, with the remaining going to waste. The higher the AFUE, the less natural gas the system uses to produce more heat. AFUE is a great way to compare one gas furnace against another gas furnace. However, there are limitations to using AFUE to evaluate all types of furnaces, which will be discussed in the electric furnace section below.

Evaluating gas furnace efficiency

Since the early 1990s, the U.S. federal government has mandated that all new furnaces have a minimum AFUE of 78%. This score indicates that the furnace is able to convert 78% of the gas to heat, with 22% waste. Most modern furnaces, however, do a lot better than that federally mandated floor. In fact, many top-tier gas furnaces are able to convert 95-98% of their fuel, partially due to advances in design that better capture heat energy and conserve gas.

Buying a gas furnace

If you’re interested in installing a gas furnace in your home, compare the AFUE of different models when making your decision. A gas furnace with 85% AFUE may cost less initially, but paying more for a furnace with 95% AFUE will eventually pay off through lower winter heating bills. To further balance the scales, there may be local utility rebates in your area to reimburse you for the installation of a high-efficiency gas furnace.

Get to know: Electric Furnaces

How do electric furnaces work?

Unlike gas furnaces, electric furnace operation does not involve any form of combustion or flame. Instead, they generate heat energy by running electricity through resistor coils inside of the furnace. These coils become superheated. The furnace’s internal blower then moves air through these coils, heating the air so that it can be distributed to the rooms of your home. In many ways, the hairdryer on your bathroom sink is a miniaturized, handheld electric furnace! Both systems operate using the same principles.

Evaluating electric furnace efficiency

As we hinted at above, AFUE is not a great means for evaluating electric furnace efficiency in the real world. Why? Well, all electric furnaces are somewhere between 95% and 100% AFUE, with many being able to transform all the electricity they use into heat energy. Great, you might think. Sounds like an electric furnace is a more efficient option than a gas furnace.

Well, not exactly. Despite often being more efficient, electric furnaces are costlier to operate than gas furnaces in a vast majority of cases because those two energy sources are priced differently. In most parts of the country—including here in California—natural gas is far cheaper than electricity. This is one of the main pitfalls of exclusively looking at AFUE as a means of interpreting just how much you’ll pay on your monthly heating bills.

Buying an electric furnace

So, if electricity is that much more expensive than gas, why install an electric furnace? There are several factors that may make an electric system right for you:

  • If your home does not have natural gas, electricity is the next best choice compared to oil or propane furnaces.
  • Electric furnaces do not need an exhaust setup to dispose of byproduct gases.
  • It is possible that renewable energy makes electricity somewhat less expensive in the future. If you have rooftop solar, the cost of running an electric furnace is greatly reduced.

Deciding between a gas and electric furnace

If you’re not sure what type of furnace is right for your home, our recommendation is that you give our team a call. There are several factors to consider when choosing between a gas and electric furnace, not to mention the potential option of installing a heat pump or ductless heating system. During your free in-home estimate, one of our technicians can talk you through your options and help you find the heating system and solution that’s right for your home.

Also, during your estimate, be sure to ask us about our financing on new furnaces and heating systems, available with approved credit.

How to properly shut down your furnace after winter

For most U.S. homeowners, the official end of winter comes when they switch their thermostat from its “heating” setting to either the “off” or “cooling” one. As everything thaws out in the spring, the days start getting longer and the nights become warmer. The home’s furnace—once essential to indoor comfort—is no longer to be used until the following fall and winter. However, that’s not the end of the story. Few homeowners know this, but you actually can—and should—shut down the furnace itself after winter. In this article, we’ll review the reasons why a furnace shutdown is necessary, the benefits of doing so, and how you can keep your furnace in great condition throughout the calendar year.

What is a furnace shutdown?

Surprisingly, many U.S. homeowners leave their furnaces running throughout the calendar year. Seasonal furnace shutdown tends to be a home maintenance item that gets left behind in the busy days of spring. While modern furnaces can be left on year-round without any significant safety or mechanical issues, you have the potential to save energy by shutting it off. This applies to both gas and electric furnaces.

Have an ABC technician shut down your furnace after winter.Shutting down a gas furnace

Most natural gas furnaces have a standing pilot light that requires a steady flow of some gas to keep lit. While the natural gas use for the pilot may seem minuscule, it can really add up: most homeowners waste about $50 every year keeping the furnace pilot light running during the off-season. Add up those costs through successive years, and you could save hundreds by just making a small change to your spring cleaning checklist.

To shut down your gas furnace, turn off the gas valve supplying fuel to the system and its pilot light. You should see the pilot go out. Make sure you leave a note reminding yourself to turn the gas back on in the fall so that your heating system can get back to work heating your home.

Shutting down an electric furnace

As with all the electric appliances in your home, electric furnaces continue to draw power even when they are not in use. Sometimes referred to as “vampire appliances,” this passive energy use can sap your home’s energy efficiency and spike your energy bills. In the context of your electric furnace, you can avoid this by shutting off power to the circuit the furnace is on. Just double-check that nothing else is on that circuit that you might need.

Caring for your furnace after the winter months

Besides shutting the system off, there are several things you can do to care for your furnace in the spring:

Clean the area around the furnace

If you’re like many American homeowners who have their furnace in the basement, a storage closet, or garage, you’ve probably been tempted to store things next to it or near it. However, this is not recommended. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Fire Hazard: For obvious reasons, anything flammable should be kept away from the furnace. Leave at least two feet of space between the furnace and any stored objects, and keep ignitable materials—such as paint, oils, rags, cardboard boxes, clothes, or wood stain—away from the general vicinity.
  • Airflow: Your furnace requires air intake and outflow to work properly. Putting too many objects around the furnace can restrict this airflow, leading to efficiency, performance, and functionality problems.
  • Filter: Add vacuuming around the furnace to your spring cleaning to-do list. If the area around your furnace is full of dust, dirt, or lint, the furnace’s intake filter is going to become dirty faster. Any lint build-up—common in homes where the furnace is next to laundry machines in a basement or closet—can also present a fire hazard.

Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Wherever your furnace is, you should have a properly working smoke and carbon monoxide detector. While rare, a crack in the furnace heat exchanger or flue pipe could lead to the leakage of dangerous carbon monoxide gas into the home. Also known as “the silent killer,” carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is colorless and odorless, making it difficult for humans to detect on their own. That’s why a working carbon monoxide detector is critical. Be sure to check the batteries and test the device every spring.

If you have reason to believe that something is wrong with your furnace or that you have a potential carbon monoxide leak, turn the system off and call an HVAC professional immediately.

Inspect the air registers

Take a walk around your home this spring and check out all the air supply and return registers. After a long winter of use, they may be getting pretty dusty. While you’re dusting the rest of your home, use a stepladder to clean these out thoroughly. This helps ensure that both your air conditioner and furnace are getting the air intake they need to function properly.

Another note: if you want to maximize the energy efficiency of your home, avoid keeping multiple registers closed in different rooms. This might seem counterintuitive: after all, doesn’t it make sense to shut off the flow of cold or hot air if you’re not using that room? However, in a whole-home forced-air setup, your furnace and air conditioner work to cool or heat the entire home. That heated or cooled air is still being pushed through the air duct to that closed register, so all you’re doing is making it more difficult for the system to make your home comfortable.

In fact, in most homes, it’s most efficient for the registers and doors to each room to be open.

Schedule your fall maintenance appointment

While the furnace is on your mind, you should take the time to call your local HVAC company and schedule a fall maintenance appointment. For most cooling and heating companies, annual tune-up appointment slots tend to fill up fast in the fall, as people call last-minute to schedule service. By calling in the spring, you can be one of the first to reserve your spot, ensuring that your gas or electric furnace gets looked at before the weather cools down.

While you’re on the phone, be sure to ask the HVAC team if they offer any kind of maintenance club or program to their customers. These recurring maintenance programs take the hassle out of having to remember to schedule annual tune-ups. Plus, most companies offer additional benefits as a ‘thank you’ for enrolling.

Here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, for instance, our Guardian Maintenance Club members get a call from our team to schedule their fall tune-up and we provide them with priority service, a service discount, and a 90-day no-breakdown guarantee on top of it!

For all your furnace shutdown and service needs, call in an expert

No two homes are quite the same. If you want service advice and furnace shutdown guidance tailored to your home and your heating system, our recommendation is that you contact a local HVAC service professional in your area. They will be able to walk you through the shutdown process and advise you on how to best prepare your air conditioner for the warmer weather ahead—which will include a seasonal tune-up.

Here in Hayward and the Bay Area, ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing is your trusted team for furnace maintenance services. For all your heating needs, call us today.

What are the benefits of smart thermostat installation?

By now, you probably know a friend, neighbor, or family member who has a smart thermostat in their home. These new thermostats are becoming increasingly popular in U.S. households, whether installed on their own or in tandem with other devices to transform the space into a “smart home.” Yet, what are these thermostats, and what makes them so special? In this article, we’ll review the reasons why smart thermostat installation makes sense and help you evaluate whether or not a smart thermostat is right for your home.

For expert HVAC services here in Hayward and the East Bay, call us here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. We’re your local thermostat repair, service, and replacement professionals.

Energy savings through all seasons

Automation for your cooling and heating system

A new smart thermostat has the potential to save you money on your cooling and heating bills. It does this by automating something that has been a manual action for decades: adjusting the thermostat. When you leave for work every morning, you need to remember to turn the thermostat up by a few degrees so that you aren’t wasting energy. Yet, for busy, working homeowners, that can be easy to forget. What’s more, you come home to a hot house that you then have to quickly cool down during peak hours, which can spike your energy costs.

You should consider smart thermostat installation for the potential energy savings and increased convenience.A smart thermostat automates this entire process, ensuring that you are not paying extra to cool (or heat!) your home while you are away. You can also schedule the thermostat to gradually start cooling your home down before you return, which further reduces energy use.

Check for utility company rebates

Some smart thermostat brands, such as Nest, have also partnered with local utility companies to create “energy conservation event” programs. When you sign up, your utility company will give you a rebate in exchange for participating in energy conservation events.

When the temperatures start to rise, this gives the utility control over your thermostat during peak hours, allowing them to pre-cool your home and then let it “coast” through the period of time where energy use is at its highest. This reduces demand on the grid and can save you serious money on the hottest days of the year here in the Bay Area.

How much can you save?

Exact performance can vary from model to model and from home to home. However, in general, homeowners can expect to save about 10-15% on their annual cooling and heating costs by upgrading to a smart thermostat. This could add up to more than a hundred dollars per year, which means that—along with any local utility rebates—the thermostat could pay itself off in about a year or two.

Convenience and comfort

Most of these thermostats are compatible with both smartphone apps and voice-activated home speakers. This makes checking and changing the temperature easy, whether you’re cooking dinner in the kitchen and can adjust it with a voice command or you’re on vacation and need to turn down the temperature for the house sitter.

Using the smartphone app for your thermostat, you can adjust the schedule from anywhere you are. In the winter, for instance, you can have your thermostat start turning up the temperature when you leave the office, so you return home to a space that’s nice and cozy.

Beyond the efficiency and convenience of a new smart thermostat, most models are sleek and stylish additions to your home. While that probably won’t influence your decision to upgrade to one, it certainly doesn’t hurt their case!

Call us to learn more about the benefits of smart thermostat installation

Not every smart thermostat is compatible with every cooling or heating system or setup. If you are unfamiliar with thermostat replacement, or would like an expert opinion, give us a call here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. We’re the premier cooling and heating company of Hayward and the East Bay, and our friendly, experienced technicians specialize in smart thermostat installation.

We can help you determine what thermostats are compatible with your wiring and HVAC systems, and then expertly install the unit for maximum efficiency moving forward.

4 DIY energy upgrades you can make in your home

Owning a home takes a lot of work and money. On top of the mortgage, property taxes, and maintenance costs, Bay Area homeowners can be in for a rude awakening when they open that first summer electric bill. Here’s the good news: there are actually quite a few ways for homeowners to make their home more efficient and lower their energy bills. In this article, we’ll review some DIY energy upgrades you can make in your home this summer for greater comfort and savings.

One of the best DIY energy upgrades is adjusting the temperature of your water heater.

Lowering your water heater temperature is one of the best DIY energy upgrades you can make in your home. If you’re not sure how to do this, call us and have a plumber from ABC adjust the temperature of your water heater.

Start with a home energy audit from our team

Before you can start upgrading your home, you need to know where to start. That’s why we recommend that you call our team to schedule your 26-point home energy assessment. Our certified energy experts run through a professional energy audit, finding the places where your home is both saving and wasting energy. We then translate the data from our tests into easy-to-implement recommendations for improvements.

While some of our recommendations—such as upgrading to a new, more efficient air conditioner or adding attic insulation—require the assistance of a professional HVAC technician, there are many projects that homeowners can tackle immediately to put their home on the road to future savings. If you do have ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing work in your home after an energy audit, we’ll perform another set of measurements after the upgrades have been completed so that you can measure the positive change in your energy efficiency.

Tackle these DIY energy upgrades and start saving!

Add weatherstripping

A majority of the energy used in the home typically goes to the air conditioner and furnace. That means homeowners here in the Bay Area spend a lot of their utility bill cooling and heating their home, depending on the season. Anything you can do to retain more of that cooled or heated air is going to have a positive impact on your energy use and costs.

Here’s a low-cost, easy way to prevent the loss of cooled and heated air: add weatherstripping around your doors and windows. You’d be surprised how much energy is wasted by drafty exterior entryways. Efficiency-boosting weatherstripping can be found at any hardware store, and the minor investment is typically well worth the results.

Lower your water temperature

Without knowing it, many homeowners keep their water heater at a much higher temperature than it needs to be. This is especially true since many manufacturers set the default temperature at 140 degrees, while the minimum temperature recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is actually 120 degrees. Why the difference? For one, higher temperatures in the tank kill off harmful bacteria faster, although the DOE notes that 120 degrees works just as well in that regard for most households.

Too high of water temperature actually has a number of negative effects. First, it can pose a serious scald risk, especially to children. Second, any additional heat in the water heater tank means additional pressure on the tank itself. Finally—and most relevant to this article—continually keeping water hotter than it needs to be for household use wastes money.

Your water heater should have a temperature dial where you can adjust the temperature setting. By lowering the tank temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, you can save between 6-10% on your home’s energy costs. Not sure how to do this? Be sure to talk to the plumbers on our team for water heater service.

Put your lights on a timer

In addition to upgrading any older light bulbs to LED or CFL bulbs, you should also watch your household lighting use. Policing yourself or kids when it comes to turning off the lights can get, well, old for everyone in the house. We recommend that homeowners add timers to control when lights turn on and off for the night.

If you want to take things a step further, use smart switches or bulbs that allow you to control the lights from your smartphone. That way, if you forget to turn off the lights when you leave, you can always do it on the go. This upgrade is convenient and will help you cut down on your home’s energy use.

Upgrade to a smart thermostat

Just like your lights, there’s a lot of energy waste that occurs because humans just aren’t good at remembering to do small, repetitive tasks on a daily basis. For many homeowners, adjusting the thermostat back up when they leave is easy to forget, yet—as a mistake repeated day after day—can really lead to a spike in unnecessary energy use and higher electric bills.

A smart thermostat solves this problem by allowing you to put your home on a schedule that accounts for when you’re regularly away from home, such as days you’re at work for 8 hours. With this control, you can have the air conditioner take a break while you’re gone, and then set your home to cool back down 30 minutes before you walk through the door.

Not all smart thermostats are the same! Look for ones with other helpful features, such as learning technology that allows the thermostat to program the most-efficient schedule on its own. If you have questions about smart thermostats and which models are compatible with your HVAC systems, call our team.

For more energy-saving advice and projects, call your friends at ABC!

As it turns out, there are quite a few projects that Bay Area homeowners can take on themselves to improve their home’s energy efficiency. Many of these upgrades have twin benefits: they both make your home more comfortable and lower your energy bills. Just remember: some of the most impactful energy upgrades—from upgrading to a new air conditioner to having new insulation installed—will need to be handled by a professional. Don’t forget to plan and budget for those changes if you really want to start saving.

If you’re ready to get started using less energy and saving money, our home energy audit is a great place to start. With a checklist from our team, you’ll be able to start knocking out items and watch your electric bill decrease every month.

Here’s why you should schedule your spring heat pump tune-up

As implied by their name, heat pumps should only be used in the wintertime, right? Not at all. Heat pumps are unique in that they don’t actually generate heat, just transfer it both inside and outside your home. ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing wants to show you the importance of a spring heat pump tune-up.

A heat pump tune-up in the spring could prevent a number of problems in the summer.

A heat pump tune-up in the spring could prevent a number of problems in the summer.

Why you should schedule a spring heat pump tune-up

Heat pumps work hard

Because heat pumps operate year-round providing your home with both heating and cooling, they work twice as hard as furnaces and air conditioners. That means you need to be extra vigilant about taking great care of your heat pump, so it continues to operate effectively and efficiently for as long as possible. Without regular maintenance from the seasoned pros here at ABC, your system can see minor issues spiral out-of-control due to the regular use and wear-and-tear on your heat pump.

Get ready for the warmer months of the year

Something else to think about is the fact that if your heat pump develops issues over the winter, scheduling a tune-up now means you don’t have to worry about those issues carrying over into the warmer months of the year.

An ounce of prevention is undoubtedly worth a pound of cure when it comes to appliances. That goes double for your heat pump. Staying on top of your HVAC maintenance by calling our team is sure to be the smart play in the long run.

Optimal performance

Just as you perform better at work when you’ve had a good night’s rest, a good meal, and exercise, the same principle applies to your HVAC systems and your heat pump. With proper upkeep and regular maintenance, your heat pump will continue performing at its best, keeping you and your family comfortable no matter what the weather is outside.

Save money

Heat pumps and other HVAC appliances can cost you money when you don’t take proper care of them. For instance, clogged air filters compromise the overall operation, which means they have to work harder to move air. This costs you unnecessary money in the long run. Keep that from happening with a tune-up.

Here’s what to expect during your heat pump tune-up

During your heat pump’s tune-up, you can expect it to be cleaned, and the air filter may need to be changed. Additionally, your pump may be low on refrigerant, which could indicate a leak. You can also expect the compressor and electrical components to be inspected.

At ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we’re here for all your air conditioning, plumbing, and heating needs. Give us a call if your heat pump needs services or a tune-up—no matter what time of year it is.

When do you need an expert for common furnace problems?

Your furnace is an essential part of your home, especially during the colder months. Regular maintenance can help with some common furnace problems, but there are times when it is best to call in a specialist to help.

If you are wondering if you need an expert, compare these three common issues with your own furnace to find out if you need an ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing professional to help with your furnace repair needs.

Common furnace problems can include issues with your thermostat that prevent it from communicating right with your heating system.3 signs you need furnace repair this winter

1. A lack of heating

If your furnace isn’t putting out any heat into your home, there is a problem. Rather than tackling this by yourself, hire an HVAC expert to determine and fix the cause of your lack of heat. It may be a simple fix or it may be an issue that requires new parts. Here are some of the most common causes of heating breakdowns:

  • The thermostat settings
  • The pilot light or electric ignition
  • Mechanical issues
  • No power or gas to furnace

Whether your system has completely stopped working or it’s just not heating quite like it should, call your friends at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for emergency heating repair.

2. A faulty pilot light or ignition

The pilot or ignition is what turns on the furnace. When it does not work properly, it will be unable to heat your space. This may be due to malfunctioning mechanisms inside the equipment, as well as clogs or drafts.

A trained professional can take care of your furnace problems safely and correctly so you do not have to go through a winter without proper heat in your home.

3. A noisy furnace

If you’re hearing loud clanging, squeaking, or even rattling sounds, they may indicate that there is something wrong with your furnace. In fact, a noisy heater could indicate issues with the following:

  • A lack of airflow
  • A burner that is clogged
  • A mechanical issue

All three of these could very quickly lead to a system breakdown. You need to call the pros at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for emergency heating repair.

Call ABC for solutions to common furnace problems

Here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we can help you with all your common furnace problems, so you do not have to worry about them. If your heating system is acting up in any way, contact our team today to hire an expert to solve your HVAC needs.

What are the 5 major signs you need a new furnace?

You and your family rely on your furnace to keep your home warm during the winters here in the Bay Area. But, if you’re seeing ever-increasing energy bills, hearing odd noises, or experiencing hot-and-cold spots in your home with your older furnace, it might be time to consider replacing it. In this blog, we’ll review the 5 major signs you need a new furnace.

At ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we not only offer furnace repair service, but we also offer free in-home estimates on new heating systems. To schedule your service, call us today!

Furnace Installation in HaywardHere are the signs you need a new furnace

1. Your heating bills are heating up

If it feels like you’re paying more on your heating bills every year even though you maintain the same temperature and use roughly the same amount of heating each year, the issue could be that your furnace isn’t as energy-efficient as it used to be.

Getting a new one could cool down your spending and boost your comfort.

2. You’ve had the same furnace for a while

Usually, furnaces last about 10-15 years, although they can last longer, if properly taken care of by a technician through a tune-up. However, it pays to be proactive. Instead of sitting around waiting for your furnace to run out of time, keep an eye out for the signs you need a new furnace discussed in this article. This could help you not only avoid a major breakdown during the colder months of the year, but could also help you save with the new system’s greater energy-efficiency.

3. There are odd noises coming from your unit

Is your furnace bumping, rattling, wheezing, or anything similar? It could be trying to tell you that it’s ready to retire. Even if you temporarily put an end to the noise, you should have a technician come out to take a look to determine whether you need to start looking for a new, quieter furnace.

4. You’re always changing the thermostat

Constantly being too hot or too cold no matter how much you adjust the thermostat could mean that your furnace isn’t spreading heat as evenly as it used to. Get back to being comfortable in your own home with a replacement.

5. Your burner flame is no longer blue

Upon taking a glance at the burner flame in your furnace, you may notice that it’s yellow instead of blue. This may indicate that carbon monoxide is pouring out from your furnace, which is highly dangerous. Should you ever notice a yellow flame, turn the furnace and gas off, leave the house, and contact a HVAC professional.

If you’re noticing theses signs you need a new furnace, call us at ABC!

To explore your options for a new, energy-efficient furnace, reach out to us here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. If you have any questions, be sure to contact us.

Here’s why you should join ABC’s Guardian Maintenance Club

Between busy days at work and taking care of daily tasks at home, it’s easy to forget about what goes on “behind the scenes” in your home. Postponing maintenance on your heating and cooling system could lead to costly repairs down the line, but ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing has the solution. Just join the Guardian Maintenance Club!

In this blog, we’ll run through the reasons why you should join our maintenance club, from priority service to a discount on repairs.

Pictured: When you need air conditioning repair, call the friendly techs at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.We’ll help you remember

When you join the club, you won’t need to worry about remembering those maintenance tasks on your own anymore. We provide our club members with seasonal phone calls to remind you it’s time to perform maintenance on your HVAC system. All you need to do is schedule your appointment when we call.

You get priority service

Nobody wants to call for HVAC maintenance or repair service only to find out the company is backed up for days or weeks. We provide priority service for members of our maintenance program. If you call us to schedule an appointment, we bump you in front of non-members, including new customers.

We offer a 90-day guarantee

Spending money on HVAC maintenance means you don’t want to pay for repairs just a few weeks down the line. That’s why we offer a 90-day guarantee to club members. On the off-chance that your heating or cooling stops working within 90 days of your maintenance appointment, we’ll credit the cost of the maintenance service toward your repair.

You receive a discount

Joining our club means saving money. Members of the maintenance club receive a 15 percent discount on any services rendered. Whether we repair your furnace, install an entire system, or offer you our plumbing expertise, you’ll keep more money in the bank.

Your energy bill will thank you

Discounts, guarantees, and priority service are great, but they aren’t the only reasons to check out the Club. Routine maintenance means your systems work more efficiently. Efficient systems use fewer resources, so you may even see a drop in your utility bills.

Call ABC and join our maintenance club!

ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing has been keeping your HVAC systems running smoothly for more than 60 years. Contact us today to learn more about Guardian Maintenance Club or to schedule a service appointment.

Your guide to buying a new heating system this fall

Fall is a magical season when leaves change color, but it’s also the best time to prepare for another long winter. You might not want to think about buying a new heating system during the last few weeks of summer, but it’s actually the perfect time to consider a new furnace ahead of the start of fall.

If you are looking to upgrade to a new system this season, here are some things to keep in mind when shopping. Also, a good place to start is with a free in-home estimate from the team at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.

Tech Repairs Furnace in Hayward CAThe actual size of your home

It takes a properly sized unit to effectively heat your entire home, but it’s important to measure your whole building. If you simply work off of the square footage, you’re disregarding the extra power needed to provide warmth in rooms with features such as vaulted ceilings.

In addition, a furnace that is too small for your home will also struggle to keep up with the demand. It’ll be constantly running, using more energy than it should and leading to a greater risk of a heating breakdown.

How energy-efficient is the new system?

If you’re arranging for a new heating system installation, it’s worth considering energy-efficiency when deciding between designs. A high-efficiency furnace might have a higher initial cost, but you can make up for the extra expense through decreased fuel usage. You’ll also be more comfortable due to lower noise and even warmth.

At ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we’re a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer. We install new, energy-efficient Carrier furnaces and heat pumps, right here in the Bay Area.

Which type of fuel?

Furnaces require fuel to provide heat, and each one has its own advantages of disadvantages. For most homes, you can generally expect to use one of four different energy sources:

  • Heating oil, which is a fossil fuel that requires you to have your own tank on the property. While it does burn hotter and heat faster, it also costs much more than natural gas.
  • Natural gas, which requires a connection to a municipal supply. It’s much less expensive than oil, but it still produces greenhouse gasses, which can be minimized with a high-efficiency system.
  • Propane, which works similarly to natural gas, but requires you to have a storage tank and regular deliveries. Propane is less expensive than oil, but doesn’t burn as efficiently as regular natural gas.
  • Electricity, which uses a device called a heat pump to exchange cool air from inside your house with warmer air outside. They offer a combination of heating and cooling, but don’t work well in harsher climates. Luckily, this means that they’re ideal for the winter climate here in the Bay Area.

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Now you know what to look for in a new heating system, trust the experts at ABC Cooling & Heating to help you find the perfect unit for your home and budget. To learn more about our new furnace installation process or to request a free estimate, contact us today.