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G Dull IILINWOOD, NEW JERSEY – October 28, 2022 – In celebration of First Responders Day on October 28th, Clay’s Climate Control has announced the winner of this year’s Fourth Annual Furnace Giveaway to a deserving First Responder within their community. This year’s winner is G Dull II, who proudly serves as a Lieutenant at the Bargaintown Fire Company in Egg Harbor Township.

“When I got the call, I thought it wasn’t real at first,” Dull said. “ I didn’t expect it. I knew a friend of mine had nominated me but I never thought I would win. I was next to my wife and I told her. I said ‘we won, we won!’ We just got a new house and the furnace is outdated so this is a great surprise.”

Dull has been a volunteer firefighter since he was 17 years old when he started out in the Junior Firefighter program at the firehouse. Now at the age of 28, he enjoys serving his community. Dull grew up watching his father serve the community as well. Working at EHT public works, Dull’s father used to service the fire trucks. Dull often came by as a kid to visit and play on the trucks, which his father believes always inspired him.

When asked why he nominated his friend, Phil Battistelli stated, “G always puts his community members before himself and is a great example of what it means to be of service.”

“G is a true hero in our community and we are thrilled to gift him and his family with a free furnace,” said co-founder of Clay’s Climate Control Jen Pierce. “As lifelong members of South Jersey, we appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community that has also supported us all of these years.”

Co-Founders of Clay’s Climate Control Jen and Clay Pierce make their commitment to the South Jersey community a priority. In addition to their annual First Responder Furnace Giveaway, the couple also sponsors local community events and supports CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Community Food Bank of NJ, Jewish Family Service, and Mainland Regional High School, just to name a few. 

For more information about Clay’s Climate Control, visit 

About Clay’s Climate Control:

Clay’s Climate Control LLC is a family-operated company located in Linwood, NJ. Founded by Clay and Jen Pierce in 2001, the company provides a professional, stress-free experience for their customers’ HVAC repair, maintenance, and installation. 


How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

HVAC system maintenance Snow and freezing temperatures might seem far off, but the winter chill will set in here in New Jersey before you know it. Once the first snowstorm hits, the last thing you want to discover is a malfunctioning or failing heating system. Regular preventative maintenance can help address issues sooner and prolong the life of your equipment, but failing to schedule your HVAC tune-up before it’s too late can lead to breakdowns and costly repairs. Below we share some of the most essential winter preparation tasks you should add to your checklist, winterizing your HVAC system. 

Change the filter.

Replace your air filters frequently, at least twice a year. Filters filled with dust and debris can cause an HVAC breakdown because dirty filters can cause your system to work harder. Keep plenty of backup filters on hand, so you don’t have an excuse for not having a replacement. Additionally, check and clear the air vents throughout your home. Your vents can also accumulate dust and debris, causing ventilation blockages and inefficient airflow.

 Turn your heating system on before the cold weather.

During the fall season, before it’s time to power on your heating system for the winter, fire up your furnace at least three times to ensure everything is functioning as expected. Set your thermostat to your desired winter indoor temperature and let your house reach that climate before turning it off. If you don’t know the best temperature for a heater in the winter, the experts at Clay’s Climate Control can help.

Conduct a visual inspection.

No matter where your heating system is located, whether in the basement or attic, it’s a smart idea to perform a visual inspection before you power your unit for the winter season. Keep the area around your heater clean and clear. Remove dirt and debris and any items stored around the furnace to ensure airflow to the unit isn’t blocked. If your furnace is hard to access, consider calling a professional. 

Turn the heat down.

Do you know the best temperature for a heater in the winter? To achieve the most comfortable indoor temperature and save energy and money on your monthly utility bills, experts recommend setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home, then lowering the thermostat 10-12 degrees at night or during the day when you’re not home. Lowering the heat can shave at least 10% off your heating bill. 

Winterize outdoor HVAC equipment.

Southern New Jersey experiences extremely cold and bitter weather conditions in the winter. From freezing temperatures to blizzard-like conditions, it’s a good idea to fully winterize your outdoor AC unit before these extreme conditions occur. On a mild fall day, take some time to remove twigs, sticks, and other debris from your outdoor unit. Additionally, you can cover your HVAC unit with a waterproof cover to avoid snow and ice as it accumulates. 

Schedule a tune-up.

Regular maintenance ensures your heating system remains efficient, reliable, and safe during the winter. Furnaces and boilers should be serviced once a year, while heat pumps require maintenance in the fall for heating and spring for cooling. At Clay’s Climate Control, we offer superior HVAC preventative maintenance services to maintain a comfortable environment inside your home any time of the year.  

Why Choose Clay’s Climate Control to Help With Your Winter Preparation?

Don’t get left out in the cold this winter! When you contact the experts at Clay’s Climate Control, we offer timely and efficient heating installation and repair services to keep your home up and running all winter. We also offer emergency heating services – just give us a call, and we’ll handle it all!


What Is the Difference Between Heat Pumps and Furnaces?

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There are many different energy sources and heating options available to warm your home during the winter. Gas, propane, electric, coal, and oil are among the most popular choices. With that being said, many homeowners struggle to know the difference between each system. Because New Jersey experiences its fair share of below-freezing temperatures, what works for a home in this climate might not work for a home that experiences milder winters. 

Many homeowners throughout New Jersey rely on an electric heat pump or a furnace to keep their homes comfortable. While furnaces and heat pumps warm your indoor air when it’s cold out, choosing between the two systems can be challenging. Even though they serve the same purpose, how they go about heating your home is entirely different, and one might be more beneficial than the other. Several factors should be considered when choosing between them, including pricing and installation costs which vary based on the size and efficiency rating of the equipment.

Below, our professionals highlight the differences between an electric heat pump and a gas furnace installation to heat your home this season. 

Heat Pump for Your House

A heat pump is a system that moves warm air to where it’s needed depending on the season. These systems take heat from the outdoor air, transfer it to a liquid refrigerant, and then pump the refrigerant to a coil or heat exchanger inside your home’s ductwork. The air blows across the coil and heats up, distributing warm air throughout the rooms in your home. During the warmer months, a heat pump can remove heat from within your house, exchanging it for cool, conditioned air. 

Pros and Cons

To generate warmth, heat pumps run on electricity, drawing heat from the outside air and transferring it indoors. Because of this, they are typically recommended for homes in warmer climates. While they are more versatile—they provide heat in the winter and act as an air conditioner in the summer—they are prone to more wear and tear because they are used throughout the seasons. Heat pumps for your house are generally more energy efficient than a furnace, only if you live somewhere where the outdoor temperature is above freezing during the winter. Additionally, the average lifespan of a heat pump is significantly less than that of a furnace. Heat pumps generally last between 10-15 years, whereas a furnace lasts upwards of 20-30 years. 

Gas Furnace for Your Home

A furnace is a forced hot air heating system connected to the ductwork in your home. There are several different sources available, such as oil, gas, and electricity, to heat a burner. The heat from the burner then transfers to a heat exchanger, where a fan blows air across the exchanger, producing warm air throughout the rooms in your home. 

Pros and Cons

Furnaces use an energy source, like natural gas, to create their own heat rather than relying on moving the heat from the outdoor air. The biggest benefit of a furnace is that it will heat your home in any climate, regardless of the outside temperature. Because furnaces only provide heat, you will need a separate air conditioning unit to cool your home in warmer months. As far as efficiency goes, furnaces are more energy efficient in colder climates than heat pumps since they don’t run on electricity. With preventative maintenance, your furnace can last for up to 30 years. 

Why Choose Clay’s Climate Control This Season?

If you still have questions about the advantages of an electric heat pump or converting your current system to something more cost-effective, contact the experts at Clay’s Climate Control! Our team can help determine which heating system is best for your home and make recommendations to enhance your energy efficiency. Connect with us today at 609-916-1106 to learn more about our heating services.