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10 Reasons to Look at the Bright Side When a New Furnace Lands in Your Stocking

[fa icon="calendar'] December 15, 2017 at 2:41 PM / by Home Services Expert

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It's that time of year again: Some Chico area homeowners are getting an unexpected “gift” for Christmas or the new year.

The box is so big that it takes several technicians from Experts in Your Home to carry it indoors. But the anxious faces around us tell us this is no time to exult, “Ho, ho, ho!” – not when our guests are probably thinking, “Oh no! Oh no!”

Hold the “bah-humbugs!”

If we've seen it once, we've seen it a hundred times: a homeowner faced with a cracked heat exchanger is forced to replace the furnace at the end of the year. This major expense never comes at a “good” time, but the holiday season is arguably the worst.

While the Experts do everything we can to make this major household investment affordable for our customers, we think the second greatest gift we can give at this anxious time is reassurance that investing in a new furnace results in some impressive benefits.

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Why Choose Experts In Your Home for Your Chico Heating Repairs?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 11, 2017 at 2:53 PM / by Home Services Expert

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If you're new to the Chico area, then you know you have to put first things first.

You have to find a bank. You have to figure out where your favorite grocery stores are located. You should learn how to get to the nearest hospital and emergency clinic. And you probably should identify a mechanic who can change the oil in your car and perform repairs.

Daily life goes more smoothly when you're prepared to deal with life's expected and unexpected events, including heating repairs to your heating, ventilation and cooling system. Now that winter is approaching, learn why your neighbors have made Experts in Your Home the premier HVAC company in the Chico area.

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Staying Warm While Keeping Your Furnace Set Low

[fa icon="calendar'] November 8, 2016 at 9:35 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Of course you've already had your home heating system tuned up. You've also sealed and insulated your home and have made a commitment to checking your air filter every few weeks.

But still: the chill remains.

You can warm up to a previous Experts in Your Home article: “Save Money & Stay Warm: Home Heating Efficiency Tips,” which focuses on home energy tips. But if you're still feeling chilled, it's time to take matters into your own hands. The only question is, Will you stop at some quick “self-winterizing” tips or call the Experts to make some more permanent changes to your home?

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Save Money & Stay Warm: Home Heating Efficiency Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] October 28, 2016 at 10:54 AM / by Home Services Expert

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You know how those first few heat waves of the summer can make you feel overheated. But if you're like most people, you adapt to the warmth fairly quickly.

But the first few cold snaps of autumn? Now that's a different story. Physiology studies show that it takes longer for most people to adapt to cold temperatures.

While your impulse may be to turn up the thermostat to stay warm, you don't want to bust your household budget to pay your heating bill, either. Fortunately, these two goals are not mutually exclusive --- as long as you follow some straightforward home heating efficiency tips from Experts in Your Home:

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Hold that Blanket: Why You Shouldn't Be in a Hurry to Cover Your Air Conditioner

[fa icon="calendar'] September 26, 2016 at 4:08 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Experts in Your Home understands the inclination, and it's a good one: when the temperatures in northern California begin to fall, many homeowners want to protect their air conditioner with a cover or insulating blanket.

Their motivation makes perfect sense: they want to protect their investment from the cold, the wind and maybe even the snowflakes to come.

While you won't do any serious harm to your compressor by covering it, it would be inaccurate to say that you're failing to be proactive by not covering it – at least based on the climate of northern California.

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Get Ready for Fall - Now Is The Perfect Time for a Home Heating System Tune-Up

[fa icon="calendar'] September 13, 2016 at 9:43 AM / by Home Services Expert

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If you've been diligent, you've been keeping your furnace free of dust the last few months – both dusting it with your trusty feather duster and vacuuming around it.

Now, when you stop laughing, you'll let Experts in Your Home explain why you should schedule your fall furnace inspection and tune-up – and why you should do so before you fire up that dusty metal contraption for the first time this season.

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Home Cooling Help: Where to Begin When Installing a Whole House Fan

[fa icon="calendar'] April 29, 2016 at 3:19 PM / by Home Services Expert

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You can make certain assumptions about the weather in northern California. One of them is that your electricity bill is going to increase – maybe even soar – over the summer months.

This is an entirely reasonable assumption – unless you decide to install a whole-house fan.

The home experts and pun lovers at The Hignell Companies like to say that we're big fans of whole-house fans because we know they can help homeowners save big money on their summer electric bills – provided that the fans are used correctly.

Some of the questions we hear most from customers may help you decide whether a whole-house fan is right for you:

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How a Home Heating Technician Can Help Your Furnace Last Longer

[fa icon="calendar'] March 18, 2016 at 9:20 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Californians are known to love their cars, and their affection often shows up in how they care for them and how long they last.

Regular oil checks? Check. Regular air filter checks? Check. Regular fluid checks? Double check.

And if these car lovers hear a strange noise coming from their engine or their brakes, they step on the gas to their favorite mechanic, knowing full well that a complex piece of machinery such as their vehicle only makes strange noises when something is wrong. Better to get what is hopefully a minor problem fixed now before the car stalls or breaks down, resulting in a much more costly repair (not to mention more inconvenience, stress and worry).

If you're one of “these” Californians, then The Hignell Companies already is speaking your language. We just have to persuade you that the key you hold to caring for your car so capably is the same key that will unlock the answer to ensuring that your furnace lasts longer, too. It comes down to one word: maintenance.

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Things a Heating Repair Technician May Check in Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] March 11, 2016 at 12:15 PM / by Home Services Expert

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You know how quickly dust can accumulate on your computer screen. And you know how dirt and rain can congeal on your car windshield to form a foggy, blotchy haze. And neat freaks everywhere would certainly “freak” if they didn't clean their kitchen counter after (and maybe even before) preparing a meal.

When dirt gets in our way, we clean it up. It's a nuisance, and it can sometimes be unhealthy.

Dust and dirt also accumulates and congeals on your heating system, contributing to malfunctions that trigger many of the heating repair calls that The Hignell Companies makes to northern California residents during the fall and winter.

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Is an Energy Star Rated Heating System Really Necessary?

[fa icon="calendar'] March 7, 2016 at 9:04 AM / by Home Services Expert

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At this time of year, it's common to hear two types of groaning noises emanating from homes throughout Northern California.

The first type of groan streams from 15 to 20-year-old furnaces closing in on the very last days of their service lives. (Those furnaces; they get noisy as they come to a halt.) The second type of groan streams from the owners of those furnaces who are coming to terms with making what is often an unexpected purchase and always a significant one.

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