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How a Heating Repair Service Can Save You Money in the Long Run.

[fa icon="calendar'] February 18, 2016 at 6:04 PM / by Home Services Expert

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pile_of_moneyParents try to impart all kinds of worldly lessons to their children: Wear that itchy scarf so you don't catch a cold. Keep that case on your cell phone to protect it from accidental drops and damage. Study for a final exam a little each day rather than cram like mad one long night.

Good advice? All of it. Making small investments in the short term almost always pays off in the long term. Put another way, it's called insurance.

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How to Know if a Heating Repair Technician Knows His Stuff

[fa icon="calendar'] February 5, 2016 at 2:30 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Next to our own immediate families, the people of Hignell Companies could not be prouder of the relationships we have developed with hundreds of customers – people who comprise our extended family.

Over the course of more than 60 years in the greater Chico area, we've built our business on two simple but important principles: to provide expert, efficient service and an unparalleled customer experience. Our customers trust us because we've earned it in the course of serving as their go-to home maintenance service.

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Steps to Buying a New Home Heating System

[fa icon="calendar'] January 18, 2016 at 10:35 AM / by Home Services Expert

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To varying degrees, most people have the pride of ownership gene.

It's what compels us to beckon friends and neighbors to take a look at our new stereo system, wide-screen TV, six-burner, gourmet-style stove or even front-load washer.

But in the more than 60 years that The Hignell Companies has been serving homeowners in northern California, we have never heard the gene extend itself to someone's new furnace. The looks of most furnaces probably have a lot to do with it: gray, boxy and drab, furnaces don't engender the “oohs” and “ahhs” of more visually appealing electronics and appliances with entertaining features. By contrast, a furnace “only” keeps you warm.

We agree – to a point. A furnace might be dull, but it also keeps you healthy and safe.

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How a Home Heating Technician Can Evaluate Your Old Heating System

[fa icon="calendar'] January 12, 2016 at 8:26 AM / by Home Services Expert

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The Hignell Companies often likens a furnace to a car: take good care of it through regular maintenance and you can extend its lifespan. And when the end is near, neither piece of machinery usually keeps quiet about it, with loud or peculiar noises signaling the need for repairs, especially during the final two years.

This is often, but not always, why many Chico area homeowners are prepared for the inevitability of replacing their furnace – and the investment seldom comes as a shock.

But since most furnaces have an expected lifespan of between 15 and 20 years, there's still plenty of room for debate: Should I repair or replace my furnace?

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When to Change Your Home Heating Air Filter

[fa icon="calendar'] January 6, 2016 at 1:42 PM / by Home Services Expert

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If you're a stickler about getting your car's oil changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, you've probably heard one of two verdicts.

Verdict one: You got there just in the nick of time because the oil level is low or the oil is filthy. And verdict two: The oil looks good and so it could be changed or it could stay put until next time.

If you put roughly the same number of miles on your car between oil checks, how are both verdicts plausible? Because while the mileage you place on your car is a factor, so too are the conditions under which your car operates. In the end, it behooves you to stick to a regular oil check schedule to forestall verdict one and ensure that your car continues to run smoothly.

You should treat your furnace air filter in exactly the same way – as a stickler for quality control.

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Keep Your House Warmer with These Simple Home Heating Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] December 30, 2015 at 12:54 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Sixty-eight degrees never felt so chilly, so you turn up the thermostat to 69 degrees. Then 70 degrees.

It seems hard to believe that only a few months ago, these temperatures felt fairly comfortable. But now you're chilled to the bone and ready to crank the thermostat to 72 degrees, knowing full well that as the numbers climb, so too will the amount you owe to the gas company.

Before you get too carried away, realize that there's no better way to keep your home warm than to block cold air from entering your home while keeping warm air from leaving your home.

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Tips to Humidify Your Home While Using Your Heating System

[fa icon="calendar'] December 14, 2015 at 1:58 PM / by Home Services Expert

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It can sneak up on you in myriad ways. You reach for a metal object and you get an electrical shock. You run a comb or brush through your hair and it's met with a shower of static. Or you might feel physical discomfort in the form of dry skin, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses or a nagging cough.

It can get worse if you ignore the signs of dry air in your home. You run the risk of inflaming the mucous membrane that lines your respiratory tract, increasing the risk of contracting the flu and other infections. Even your home can suffer. Dry air can cause wood furniture and hardwood floors to contract, splinter and even crack open along seams.

The solution lies with adding moisture to your indoor air. During the summer, “humidity” conjures up discomfort, but in the winter, it's vital to counteract the myriad effects of dry air.

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Is a Wood Stove the Best Way to Save on Home Heating Costs?

[fa icon="calendar'] December 10, 2015 at 2:42 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Whether it emanated from a traditional potbellied design or a more sleek, modern contemporary, the warm glow of a wood stove might have captured your imagination at your favorite bed-and-breakfast or restaurant in northern California. And if you pulled up a chair to sit next to one, there's no denying the warmth it radiates as the wood churns and burns inside.

So no wonder your wheels are turning: Couldn't I bring this same charm to my home? And wouldn't it help reduce my home heating costs?

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The Best Way to Set Your Heating System Thermostat in the Winter Months

[fa icon="calendar'] November 30, 2015 at 11:55 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Scientists and medical experts call it “acclimatization,” or the process by which people acclimate to temperature.

In healthy people who are generally in good physical condition, this process usually takes about two weeks, says Dr. G. Edgar Polk, a physiology professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. “This process is faster in response to heat, but slower in the cold."

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How to Reduce Fireplace Heat Loss for Efficient Home Heating

[fa icon="calendar'] November 25, 2015 at 9:14 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Like many people with a wood-burning fireplace, you might have mixed feelings about this classic slice of Americana.

Even when it's dormant, it can be a grand, architectural focal point, providing a frame for treasured family photos and keepsakes. And nothing can match the thrill of setting a mass of wood logs aflame, for a fireplace can quickly invigorate a room with warmth, comfort and romanticism.

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