Remember to Have the Furnace Inspected at the Sign of an Issue

 

Having the furnace inspected is recommended and one of the most important things you can do. It can help you to notice a sign of an issue before it turns into a problem that is much worse. Noticing an issue at the first sign can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run. It will also help decrease the chance of an unexpected breakdown when you least expect it.

Having the furnace inspected also helps to locate any issues such as a carbon monoxide leak. When the heat exchanger in your furnace becomes cracked, gases like carbon monoxide can escape into your home. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly. For your family’s safety, it’s important to inspect your furnace regularly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s also wise to install a carbon monoxide detector outside of each bedroom to protect and alert family members. If you are not sure about a detector, make sure to ask us, and we can advise you how many to purchase and where to place them.

Also, the inspection can help inspect the furnace’s internal parts wear out over time, which could cause it to stop working. We can inspect the furnace and replace any parts that may have worn are increasing their chance of failing. If you notice an issue with the furnace, make sure to contact us as soon as possible so we can inspect and repair it for you. This can help you to have a warm and comfortable home this winter for you and your family.

Replacing the Filter Should Not Be Ignored

 

Keeping your HVAC system and furnace in the best condition as possible is important. Make sure to contact us for regular maintenance inspections, so that we can ensure the efficiency of it. You can also inspect the system between visits. One of the main parts to remember to check is the filter itself. This is because the filter will clog with dirt and dust over time. By changing it when recommended, you can have better air quality in your home.

 

Remember to never operate the furnace without a filter, this is because the dirt and dust can get into the system and cause damage to the parts of the furnace. It is recommended to have an extra filter or two on hand, so you can replace it when necessary. You can also contact us if you are not sure what type of filter is right for your HVAC system.

 

The filter helps clean the air of dirt, dust, allergens, and other pollutants. If you find that it is difficult to breathe in your home, or a family member suffers from allergies or asthma, the filter may be the culprit. Make sure it is clean, and able to perform at top efficiency. By having a clean filter, you can help ensure the air in your home is as clean as possible. If someone in your home smokes, or if you have pets, the filter will need to be replaced more often, due to the hair and dander a pet has. You can also contact us if you are uncertain how often to change the filter in your home. Also make sure to contact us at any issues you notice. By recognizing an issue at the first sign, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run for your furnace system.

Furnace Inspections are Needed

In order to have the furnace and HVAC system working as efficiently as possible, you will want to make sure it is inspected regularly. If you are not sure how often that the furnace and system should be inspected, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on a schedule.

The first thing to remember is to inspect the filter on a regular basis. The filter is designed to capture dust and dirt particles that are in the air of your home. Also remember to never operate the furnace without a filter. This is because the dirt can get into the parts and components and cause further wear and tear to the system. The filter will also illuminate those particles from going to the air and lowering the air quality in your home. If you have pets, someone who smokes, or a family member with asthma or allergies, changing the filter more regularly is recommended.

Having the furnace inspected also means checking the ductwork for any leaks or cracks. If this happens, heat that is produced will escape from the ductwork, causing the heater to work harder, and waste more money in the long run. By having the ductwork inspected and cleaned, you can help prevent an issue with the system.

We can also check the thermostat in your home. If the actual temperature is different than the set temperature, then the thermostat may have an issue. A programmable thermostat is recommended because you can set the temperature based on your lifestyle of you and your family. There are several different types of thermostats to choose from, so we can help recommend one based on your home and family. The thermostat allows you to lower the temperature when you are away, and then increase it before you get home. This allows the home to be warm and comfortable, without wasting heat through the day. Anytime you notice an issue with the furnace system, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it as soon as possible.

Ductwork Cleaning is Recommended for your Home

It is important to keep in mind that dirty air ducts are only one of many possible sources of particles that are present in homes. Ductwork cleaning is important because pollutants that enter the home both from outdoors and indoor activities such as cooking, cleaning, smoking, or just moving around can cause greater exposure to contaminants than dirty air ducts.

You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if you have substantial visible mold growth inside the ductwork or on other components of your HVAC system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems. If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced. Make sure to contact us and we can inspect the ductwork for you.

Another sign that a ductwork cleaning is needed is if you see rodents or insects in the ducts. If the ductwork is infested with vermin, make sure to contact us for an appointment. Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers. If any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually suggests one or more underlying causes.

If not properly installed, maintained and operated, ductwork components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits.

If someone in your household suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms or illnesses and if, after a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts may be needed. It is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not indicate that your air ducts are contaminated with heavy deposits of dust or debris; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned. Make sure to contact us at the first sign of any issue you notice for your HVAC system. This can help you save time, money, and stress in the long run.

 

Furnace Efficiency is Important

Furnace efficiency is something that everyone should be aware of. In order to improve the efficiency of your furnace now, taking a few simple steps will help reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown later. Make sure to contact us so we can come and inspect the furnace and system for you. If you have a forced-air system, then you can improve its performance by making sure the filter in the furnace isn’t clogged. How often you need to change the filter will depend on your individual home and system. Check it every month or two until you have a sense of the right routine. We can also advise you on what the schedule should be for your heating system.

Another way to improve the furnace efficiency is to have a programmable thermostat. This is beneficial because you can program the heat to come on when you actually need it, you will not waste money heating an empty house. There are some thermostats that you can control remotely through your smart phone or computer. A thermostat only turns a heater on or off. Contrary to popular belief, turning the temperature way up will not make the house heat up any faster.

Ceiling fans can also improve the efficiency of your furnace. To distribute heat throughout the room, find the small switch on the main body of the fan that reverses the fan’s direction. When you do not feel a breeze, that means the fan is blowing air upward, circulating air without cooling the room. Hot air that is trapped at the ceiling will be forced down along the walls.

Remember to visual check the ductwork in your home. You can increase the efficiency of the system by sealing all the joints to permanently keep the ducts from leaking hot air. If you are not sure if the ductwork has a leak in it, we can inspect it for you. Noticing an issue at the first sign can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run. By having the system regularly inspected by us, the furnace efficiency can increase for your home.

Filter Inspections are Beneficial

Keeping your HVAC system maintained is important. You will want to inspect it regularly to ensure it is operating at to efficiency levels. Filter inspections is one of the most important parts of the system, because it collects the dirt and dust that is in the air of your home. By checking it on a regular basis, you can determine when it is clogged and will need to be replaced. Make sure to check the filters regularly, or when can do filter inspections for you.

One of the most common system breakdowns is because of a dirty filter. As dirt accumulates, air can’t pass, or worse, the system overheats. The motor then has to work harder. In a best-case scenario, your unit will need to be repaired. In the worst case, if your unit is older, not replacing filters could put it over the edge and require you to buy a new one. Filter inspections will help you to be aware when a new filter is then needed.

Changing a filter can also help lower energy costs. When that clogged air filter is working harder, more energy is being used. And when it requires more energy to make your heating work, it causes your energy bill to increase. When you consistently change your air filter, you can save from 5 to 15 percent on your utility costs. Replacing your filter is an easy, inexpensive step to take to save money, extend the life of your system and improve your indoor air quality. It also decreases the amount of energy your family uses.

A clean filter also helps to improve the air quality. This is particularly important if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. Dirty air filters worsen the air quality and can exacerbate symptoms. If you have pets, it’s even more important because pet dander will accumulate in the system and then spread allergens throughout the household. When shopping, look at the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) number, which ranges from 1 to 12. The higher the number, the better the filtration is.

If you are not sure how often to inspect the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the schedule, and also set up an appointment to look at your HVAC unit. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide in your Home

 

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that can be generated in your own home without your knowledge. It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, which makes it very difficult to detect. Appliances such as space heaters, gas stoves, furnaces, heaters, and refrigerators can all emit carbon monoxide if poorly ventilated. A gas leak can also be a major cause of carbon monoxide emission. Even though carbon monoxide detectors are standard in most homes now, it is still important to recognize any signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide leaks in case your detector has problems.

Inspect High-risk Areas

Because of carbon monoxide’s nature, it is very difficult to detect. Make sure all appliances in your home are well-ventilated. Using appliances in an enclosed space can lead dangerous emissions. An idling car, for example, can fill up your garage with carbon monoxide, which can rapidly spread to your home.

Examine Symptoms

People affected by carbon monoxide generally show flu-like symptoms, or indigestion, headache, nausea, and light-headedness. This is another reason why most people do not make the connection with carbon monoxide. If all the members of the household have similar symptoms, and feel better when they are away from home, this could be an indication of carbon monoxide inside. Also remember to look for other signs in your home that can indicate risk factors.

Look Around the Home

There are some reliable indicators that should draw your attention to the presence of carbon monoxide. A stale, stuffy smell in a clean home is a warning sign. If you notice a burning smell, this is also a red flag. The smell may not be from carbon monoxide itself, but from other toxic gases being emitted by malfunctioning equipment. Excessive moisture on windows and walls, especially if they are close to a fuel-burning appliance, is also an indicator. However, the condensation could also be the result of excessive moisture in your home, so you need to rule out other possibilities before you can conclude that it is a carbon monoxide leak. If you have a pilot light on your gas stove, observe it for inconsistencies. If it continually goes out, it could be malfunctioning and emitting carbon monoxide. If the flames and pilot light on your gas stove are always blue and they are turning yellow, have it checked out. Be alert and on the watch for the smell of natural gas when you turn on a fuel-burning appliance.

If you notice an issue with the air quality in your home, or HVAC system, make sure to contact us. We can come and inspect the system to ensure it is working efficiently. It is important to have the issue inspected at the first sign, before delaying too long and it causes worse problems in the long run. By having the system checked regularly, your home will be warm and enjoyable this winter.

Cleaning the Ductwork this Fall

Just like replacing your furnace filter, air duct cleaning should be a part of your routine maintenance for any home containing a central air conditioning system, and there is no better time to have the ductwork cleaned than the later part of the fall season.

The air in your home could have pollutants because windows are often kept open at night to avoid running your cooling system. Increased foot traffic in and out of the home carrying with it air contaminants is also a reason. More time being spent outside means more time for you to accumulate contaminants that can find their way back inside your home and in your air duct system can lead to a decrease in air quality.

The fall is the best time to hire an HVAC contractor for air duct cleaning for a variety of reasons. The fall is typically a slow time for heating & cooling companies, which allow them to schedule dates much faster and usually offer seasonal discounted rates. With winter right around the corner, it is important to make sure any potential pollutants are removed so you and your family are not stuck breathing in dirty recycled air. This can often lead to health problems heading into the months where children and adults are much more susceptible to illnesses.

Many air duct cleaning also offer routine maintenance furnace tune-ups. Air duct cleaning can be a great opportunity to also have your furnace inspected to avoid potential furnace repair heading into the cold months ahead. Many factors go into your air duct cleaning cost, which can include the size of your home, layout of the ductwork, and also the amount of ductwork in your home.

If you are not sure if your home is in need of ductwork cleaning, there are some things to consider. If your home has pets, small children, anyone with allergies, or residents who smoke, duct cleaning is recommended. You can also contact us and we can advise you on if the ductwork needs to be cleaned.

Reasons Why the Thermostat May not Work

If your thermostat is having problems, whether it’s new or old, call us to help. Before jumping to the conclusion that your furnace is broken, know that it could be a malfunctioning thermostat, among other things, from heating and cooling systems that seem to have failed to an overworked system or duct work that needs attention. Most thermostat issues aren’t major issues so chances are, that caught early, it’s not going to be an emergency.

Check the power source. Your thermostat may just not be connected right or at all. A blown fuse, tripped circuit breaker or dead batteries will prevent the thermostat from turning on your furnace. Clean up any dust, dirt, spider webs and other debris. Any of these things can coat the inside of the thermostat and interfere with both electrical and mechanical functions of the thermostat. Put this on your get-ready-for-winter cleaning list. Just use a soft, clean brush to clean the inside components gently. Don’t get anything wet. Also you can use a can of compressed air, such as is used for electronics, to clear debris.

Check for any loose wires or terminal screws inside the thermostat. Make sure wires aren’t corroded or detached. Never remove the thermostat cover without removing the batteries or turning off the power at the fuse or breaker box. Tighten screws and secure loose wires if needed.

It may be time to replace your thermostat is it’s old. They aren’t meant to last forever and an old thermostat may be costing you a lot of money in wasted energy and time spent tinkering with an outdated model. There are great programmable thermostats available now that are easy to use and simple to connect to your existing HVAC system. With any issue you start to notice, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the system for you.

 

Preventing Air Pollution in your Home

A lack of proper air exchange can cause the air in your home to be up to five times more polluted than outside air. This can cause increased problems in those with asthma or allergies, and can result other serious health risks. Common sources of home indoor air pollution include:

  • Dust, pet dander, and pollen
  • Excess moisture from bathing and cooking
  • Smoke and fumes from fireplaces, candles, tobacco, and gas appliances
  • Harmful organic compounds released by some cleaners, adhesives, paints, and other products
  • Radon gas that can be emitted naturally by the ground in certain areas

Whole-House Ventilation Systems

One of the biggest trends in creating healthy indoor air is whole-house ventilation. There are two types of whole-house ventilation systems.

Heat Recovery Ventilators: HRV systems remove heat from the inside air before it’s exhausted to the outside, and use it to warm the incoming air.

Energy Recovery Ventilators: ERV systems manage both heat loss and the humidity in the air. An ERV system transfers some of the moisture in the humid air stream to the dryer air stream to recover the energy trapped in the moisture.

The bathroom is the biggest source of moisture in the home. The best line of defense against moisture in the bathroom is a quality vent fan. Install one in each bathroom; and use them during and for 15-20 minutes after bathing to remove excess moisture that can cause mold and mildew.

Also remember to change the air filter every one to three months. Install a high-quality air filter on your central heating/cooling system and replace it every one to three months to keep the system operating efficiently. Replace the air filter on your vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, which captures much finer particles than standard vacuum cleaner filters. Another option is to install a central vacuum system that exhausts the air outside your home. Use only cleaners, paints, adhesives, and building materials that are low in VOCs or contain no VOCs. Make sure new cabinets, furniture, and building materials such as plywood, particle board, and oriented strand board used in your home are not made with adhesives that contain formaldehyde. Some houseplants have been shown to actually absorb harmful VOCs from the air. Plants that provided the most benefit include philodendron, peace lily, snake plant, dracaena, and bamboo palm. If you ever notice an issue with the air in your home, make sure to contact us and we can inspect it for you.