Denver HVAC Blog

The Denver Heating blog aims to give consumers the resources to make common heating and air conditioning decisions and maintenance.

Denver HVAC technicians will post stories and how-to's for common heating problems.


About Denver Heating Company

Our top-quality heating and air conditioning services make Denver Heating the top choice for your comfort needs. Each staff member at Denver Heating is personally trained, licensed, and hard-working to ensure professional performance. We've served the Denver metro for over 10 years and pride ourselves in our commitment to our clients, and thoroughly enjoy making your Denver home a place of peace and comfort.

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Furnace Repairs - Air Conditioner Repairs - HVAC Maintenace - Air Duct Cleaning

Altitude Comfort Heating and Air Partnership

Denver Heating and Altitude Comfort have agreed on an affiliate partnership!

We have strengthened our company by adding Altitude Comfort as an affiliate partner to help better serve the Denver metro with heating and air conditioning services.  Altitude Comfort is a great company and brings 10+ years of experience to our team.

Altitude Comfort installs and repairs residential Heating, Furnaces, Air Conditioning, Water Heaters, Evaporative Coolers (Swamp Coolers) as well as installs Duct work.

 They've been serving the Colorado front range for over 10 years with quality residential HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) service.


Popular Denver Furnace Types

Modern gas furnaces use electrical ignition instead of a pilot light. HVAC manufacturers switched away from pilots because they are slightly dangerous, waste gas, and cause service calls when they go out. The average HVAC companies will re-light your furnace for free, but this is not a call they want to go on.

Electrical ignition is divided into three types. Usually electronically ignited furnaces are more efficient because they are newer and more care went into their design. One type of ignition is the intermittent spark pilot. The system basically just takes sea normal spark pilot ignition system and links it with the thermostat. When the thermostat calls for heat, first the electronic igniter lights the pilot, then furnace operation works normally from there. Once heat is no longer needed, the furnace and pilot stop.

Intermittent hot surface ignition was invented by Honeywell, the masters of pilots and thermostats. Instead of a spark, the system uses a hot loop of wire and electronic sensors to see if the pilot is lit. The sensor is built into the central heating units digital controls.

Intermittent hot surface ignition was invented by Honeywell, the masters of pilots and thermostats. Instead of a spark, the system uses a hot loop of wire and electronic sensors to see if the pilot is lit. The sensor is built into the central heating units digital controls.


Air Handler Parts

AC Parts - Air HandlersThe air handler is the part of your central heating system that does all the physical work of keeping your home or business at a comfortable internal temperature. It consists of a blower, and heating and cooling mechanisms housed in a sheet metal frame. There may be other important parts of the cooling process housed outside the air handler. There can be cooling coils or heaters mounted in the ductwork, but most ventilation units use the air handler primarily, and all use it to push air. 

The sheet metal housing is called a air handler cabinet. The metal is usually thick and rust-resistant. Some air handlers are modular and can be reassembled on site, with a different flow direction. It is not recommended to use the heavy metal for structural stability, but the cabinet should hold its weight by itself. When working on air conditioning services in Denver, I noticed that these multi-flow air handlers are very useful because they can be refitted for a new job without replacing the whole unit.


Air Conditioner Repairs

Even the highest quality air conditioners need periodic maintenance. As HVAC equipment gets more advanced, the air handlers do their jobs better but the systems become more complicated. Most units only need routine maintenance, but if a complicated HVAC system does get damaged you may need a HVAC specialist to fix it. It can be hard to get companies to honor warranties because they realize that everything breaks eventually. Sometimes it is better to have your Denver HVAC company talk to the manufacturer for you. If you do have a problem with your central air or heating system, your HVAC technician starts with a diagnosis. Sometimes this can be as simple as lighting a pilot or flipping a switch, while some digital zone control systems require programming knowledge to set up. Before replacing a whole system, a good air conditioning services Denver company will consult with other technicians or the manufacturer for a second opinion. There are often multiple repair options if your furnace needs to be fixed so ask your contractor for them.


Energy Star Denver HVAC

Ensuring your Denver HVAC system meets Energy Star and other Standards

Heating and cooling account for more than half of the energy use in the average Denver home. You need heat to keep from freezing in Denver, and the piercing summer sun takes up money in cooling a Denver home. HVAC - Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning is just what it says: the way you keep your home warm or cool. In a green state like Colorado, everyone is trying to do their part to reduce energy use... and save money. In Denver, heating is a matter of survival, while few can give up air conditioning now. One way to keep Denver air conditioning costs down is to make sure your Denver HVAC system meets federal Energy Star guidelines.

These tips will not only lower your heating bills and emissions, they will also make your HVAC system work more effectively - and keep you comfortable all year.

The easiest, and often overlooked step is to replace your air filters. Check your air filter every month, because especially in times of heavy use, Denver heating and air conditioning needs to work at optimal condition. Change your filter at least every 3 months. A dirty filter wastes energy because the HVAC needs more power to move the same amount of air through the clogged filter. Clean filters prevent dust and malfunctions to your heating system caused by dust. A dirty HVAC system can fail, and you do not want your heating in Colorado to fail during January.


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