Good Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts During the Winter

January 20, 2023

Your HVAC system uses a system of ducts that wind through your Jacksonville home to get heated air to where it is needed. Over time, your home’s ducts can fill with dust, reducing the efficiency and effectiveness of your heating and cooling system. To help improve your home’s comfort, you can have your ducts cleaned to remove all of the built-up dust and debris. Many people opt to have their ducts cleaned during the spring or summer. However, winter is also a great time to take advantage of these cleaning services from McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning. Here are a few benefits of duct

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Can Heat Pumps Help Us Solve the Climate Crisis?

January 2, 2023

If you ask anyone that lives here, they’ll tell you that Jacksonville, FL is a great place to live. However, if we don’t do something soon to address the growing climate change crisis, it won’t stay that way for much longer. Scientists predict that numerous parts of the Jacksonville area are now at risk of nuisance flooding and that we should already expect stronger and more destructive storms to hit in the coming years. But what, if anything, can Jacksonville homeowners do to help the situation? The surprising answer may lie in a technology that’s already available—heat pumps. Here’s everything

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Why Don’t Furnaces Use Pilot Lights Anymore?

December 20, 2022

In the not-so-distant past, all gas furnaces relied on a standing pilot light for ignition. A standing pilot light has a constant flame that instantly ignites the gas coming into the furnace whenever the heating system turns on. Nowadays, it is quite rare to find any furnaces that still use a standing pilot light. Unless your furnace was installed before 2010, it most likely instead uses either an intermittent pilot light or some form of electronic ignition. The primary reason that furnace manufacturers have moved away from standing pilot lights is to improve energy efficiency. Standing pilot lights waste quite

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How Can You Tell if Your Furnace Needs a Humidifier?

December 18, 2022

Modern furnaces do a great job of heating homes. Here in Jacksonville, FL, they help residents get through the cold of winter without running up massive energy bills. They do have some drawbacks, though. One of the biggest among them is that they can make the air in your home quite dry. In an area like ours, where the outdoor relative humidity tends to be high, that’s a bigger deal than you might think. The good news is that the addition of a whole-house humidifier to your furnace can solve the problem. First, however, you’ll need to

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4 Common Causes for Loss of Heat

November 20, 2022

Most people are familiar with the concept of heat loss, but they may not be aware of the various factors that can contribute to this phenomenon. In many cases, heat loss is caused by a combination of factors, making it difficult to identify a single culprit. Some of the most common causes of heat loss include poor insulation, drafts, and leaky windows. By taking steps to address these issues, homeowners can help to keep their homes warm and comfortable all winter long. Read on to learn about the most common causes of heat loss. 1. Poor Insulation

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Understanding the Effect Windows Have on Your Heating System

November 10, 2022

Even though Jacksonville typically experiences fairly mild winters, there are still plenty of times every year when it is necessary to heat your home. The type of heating system you have and the size of your home are two of the biggest factors in determining how efficiently your home is heated and how high your energy costs are. Another important factor that many people don’t consider is the number, size and location of all of the windows in the home, and here is everything you need to know about how windows affect your home’s heating. How

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The Importance of BTUs for HVAC Equipment

October 18, 2022

Fall days in Jacksonville can be both a blessing and a curse. While the temperatures might be going down, that famous Jacksonville humidity still rears its ugly head far too often. What do you do when it’s too cool to run your air conditioner but too humid to stay comfortable in your home? The good news is that your air conditioner may have a setting that’s specifically designed to deal with scenarios just like this called “dry mode.” If you want to learn more about dry mode and how to use it effectively in your home, check out this guide

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How to Fight Mold That’s Growing in Your Air Conditioner

October 10, 2022

Your air conditioner works hard to distribute cool air throughout your Jacksonville home. Sometimes, though, your air conditioner may start sending out mold spores along with the cool air it’s designed to send out. Since these mold spores can be harmful to your health and home, it’s important to tackle the root cause of the problem as soon as possible. Understanding what’s causing the mold growth in your air conditioner can help you attack it more quickly so it doesn’t cause chronic issues. When addressing mold in customers’ air conditioners, here are a few things that the pros at McGowan's Heating & Air Conditioning

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What You Should Know About Using a Home Warranty for HVAC Repairs in Florida

September 19, 2022

Having a home warranty gives consumers increased peace of mind. While their home insurance policies will cover the damages caused by storms, floods, and other unexpected events, their warranties will cover issues resulting from aging and normal wear. Also known as a home service agreement, the warranty that you’ve purchased for your Jacksonville, Florida home can help when major appliances and systems malfunction or fail. The following is what you need to know about using it. Florida Home Warranties Distinguish Between Home Appliances and Home Systems Before attempting to use your home warranty to cover the

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Why Should I Call an AC Technician to Replace an AC Unit Motor?

September 13, 2022

During the summer months, having a functioning air conditioning unit in Palm Coast is a must. Florida summer temperatures can get very hot. Being inside your home, even with open windows, can get uncomfortable if you do not have a working air conditioner. If your air conditioner breaks, you want to get it fixed quickly. You might be tempted to go online, watch a tutorial video or two, and then attempt a DIY repair on your AC unit. However, although it might seem relatively simple, your air conditioning unit is complicated. For your safety, the best performance

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