What is a High Efficiency HVAC System

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A high efficiency HVAC system is something you may have heard about. But do you know what it means? The furnaces that are available today are more efficient than the systems that were installed just a decade or two ago. This is partially due to the fact that furnaces built better. This is because of new technology and features that have emerged in the heating industry in recent years. It has allowed high efficiency furnaces to do two things. They extract more heat out of the gas they consume.  Also they only use the amount of energy that’s necessary to get the job done at any given time.

A Newer furnace

Newer furnaces use an electronic ignition instead of the gas powered pilot light. Those that were used in older furnaces. This ignition is only used when the furnace needs to turn on. It makes it more energy-efficient than keeping a small flame burning at all times.

Many high efficiency gas furnaces come with two stage heating. The lower stage consumes less energy and is used a majority of the time, while the higher stage only kicks on when it’s very cold out and more heat is required.

How they work

Similar to two-stage heating, a variable blower operates at different capacities. This depends on how much it’s needed at any given time. When more airflow is needed a faster speed is used. Usually this happens when the filter is clogged. When the blower detects that less airflow is needed, it switches to a lower speed to conserve energy.

In order for the combustion process to work properly, your furnace needs to draw in a certain amount of air. Unlike furnaces with unsealed combustion, which utilize the heated air from around your home can be different. Sealed combustion furnaces draw in air from outside in order to conserve energy and improve safety levels. If you notice an issue with your furnace, call us. No matter the age of the furnace, it will need to be looked at.

 

This winter, the Furnace should operate Efficiently

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To keep your furnace lasting as long as possible, you will want to make sure it is maintained regularly. Efficient operation is a function of good regular maintenance. No matter what type of furnace you have, there are several things you can do to keep your heating system in top condition.

Poor Efficiency

If you notice that the furnace is not operating as it should be, there are some quick tips you can do to try and locate what the issue might be. The first thing is to make sure the unit is receiving power. Look for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers at the main entrance panel. Some furnaces have a separate power entrance, usually located at a different panel near the main entrance panel. Some furnaces have fuses mounted in or on the unit. If the unit has a reset button, marked RESET and near the motor housing, wait 30 minutes to let the motor cool, then press the button. If the unit still doesn’t start, wait 30 minutes and press the reset button again. Repeat at least once more. If the unit has a separate power switch, make sure the switch is turned on.

 

The thermostat

Check to make sure the thermostat is properly set. If necessary, raise the setting five degrees. For a unit that uses gas, check to make sure the gas supply is turned on and the pilot light is lit. If it uses oil, check to make sure there is an adequate supply of oil. After doing this, if there is still an issue, it is recommended to contact us so we can come and inspect the furnace for you.

Clean the furnace this winter

Dirt is the biggest enemy of your home’s heating and cooling system. It can waste fuel and drastically lower efficiency. Dirt affects all three basic components of the system, so cleaning is the most important part of regular maintenance. Lubrication and belt adjustment at the furnace are also important. You will also want to inspect the filter on the furnace, by doing so, you can help remove the chance of air strain for the furnace.

Signs the Furnace Filter should be Changed

 

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A furnace filter should be checked regularly. Keeping your home warm and comfortable is important for you and your family. You will want to make sure that the furnace and HVAC system is in the best condition possible. This will help to ensure your home is heated this winter as well as when it is cold. There are some signs to notice if the filter needs to be replaced. Without a filter, the furnace will not work properly, and wear out sooner than it typically should. If the filter is noticeably gray in color, and you can see dirt and dust built up on the filter media. You may also notice if your home is dustier than usual, or the heating system is cycling longer than usual. The furnace filter is a key player in home comfort and indoor air quality. Changing your furnace filter regularly offers several benefits.

 

 

Filter issues

The furnace system will improve if your filter is clean. The furnace filter is an integral component of your heating and cooling system. When the furnace filter is dirty and clogged with contaminants, air cannot circulate properly through the system. Your equipment will work harder to move air, stressing the system. This can cause breakdowns and overheating. A clean, regularly changed air filter will also allow air to move properly through your system and keeps out contaminants, keeping your equipment healthier. If a clogged air filter does not allow air to circulate through your HVAC system properly, it is also restricted from entering your home. A dirty air filter can limit the amount of clean air moving into your home, causing discomfort. No matter what issue you see, make sure to contact us.

Dirty furnace filter

A dirty furnace filter makes components work harder, meaning they are drawing more energy to do the work. Clean air filters mean less energy is consumed, making your heating more efficient. The filter removes airborne contaminants, as a result, pulling them from the air before it circulates back to your living areas. Dirty air filters will be unable to capture contaminants properly, so more will be left in the air you breathe. Airborne contaminants can cause health and allergy issues, as a result, can make your home appear dirtier. If you are not sure how often to change the filter, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule.

 

 

Improving your Indoor Quality

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Having good air quality is important no matter what time of the year it is. Since you will spend more time indoors during the winter months, it is especially important to make sure the air quality is the best it can be. In the winter, windows and doors are generally kept shut, so the indoor air is mostly recycled during these months. Germs that are either brought in from the outside or that take root in the home are re-circulated over and over again for many months unless the indoor air is purified during winter.

Healthy air quality

In order to maintain healthy winter air quality all season long, you need to have the proper air filtration arsenal set up within your home. You also need to know when to change your air filter during winter to ensure the equipment performs properly. A quality winter air filter is also important in commercial buildings, nearly a third of which 30% have poor indoor air quality.  For obvious reasons, cleaning and changing your air filter is necessary for your indoor air quality during winter.

Fresh air in winter

During the winter, an air filter keeps the indoor air fresh. When outdoor temperatures drop, this allows you to keep the air from getting stuffy without having to crack a window. The last thing you would want to do is lose heat. You would allow all the warmth generated by the heater or fireplace to escape the house. With heaters, especially, a cracked window could add to your energy expenses.

Check the Filter

For an air filter to keep the indoor air clean, the filter itself needs to be free of dirt deposits. Therefore, the filter should be checked once per month for deposits of dirt and dust. Clean the filter when necessary to allow for clean air filtration. If you are in the process of buying a new air filter, choose a HEPA model. These are more effective at removing germs from the air. If you notice an issue with the filter or air quality, contact us. We can inspect the HVAC system and air quality for you.

Proper Maintenance in Winter

Keeping your home warm and comfortable in the winter is important. This should include regular maintenance of the furnace system. Having a dirty furnace can result in an unnecessary loss of efficiency and can damage the furnace.

Make sure to check the filter on a regular basis, and replace it when necessary. Dirty filters should be replaced to prevent equipment from working harder, which results in energy waste and possible internal damage. Inspect the blower compartment as well. Use a vacuum to remove any dirt or dust, which can result in improper performance and low-efficiency. We can also inspect the furnace and filter for you, to ensure it is as clean as possible. If you have pets or anyone in your family smokes, you may need to replace the filter more often. You can contact us and we can advise you on the proper schedule that would benefit your home and furnace. Also remember to remove clutter from around the furnace. Items stored near the furnace are a fire hazard. They may also obstruct combustion air supply. This could cause incomplete combustion and the production of carbon monoxide gas.

You will also want to listen for unfamiliar noises. Set the thermostat on the heat option and move the setting above room temperature. If you repeatedly hear any new or unfamiliar sounds while your unit is operating, there may be a problem. Poorly performing burners can produce unfamiliar noises. Also notice any unusual odors. If you smell any unusual odors, your unit may be operating improperly. Units may emit unfamiliar odors if components are operating in abnormal conditions. You can also look for visible signs of a malfunctioning unit. Examples include unusual amounts of moisture on windows inside your home, visibly burnt components, or unusual dirt or rust accumulations on the vent pipe or in the unit. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us as soon as possible.

Having an Efficient Furnace

 

Having a warm and comfortable house is important for you and your family. If you ever notice an issue, it is important to call us as soon as possible, so we can inspect the furnace system for you. This can include the unit itself, filter, ductwork, thermostat, or some of the individual parts themselves. By noticing an issue at the first sign of it, you can help to reduce the chance of further wear and tear to the parts of your HVAC system.

 

 

One way to cut heating costs is to change your furnace filter often during the winter season, a time when heaters are highly used. Not only does changing the filter increase the lifespan of the furnace, but it also ends up saving you money. A clogged filter requires more energy, so be sure to change it once every three months to ensure an energy efficient furnace. It is important to replace the filter when recommended, over time they will become dirty and clogged. If you notice that the air quality is poor in your home, it could be caused by a clogged filter. If you are not sure how often to clean the filter, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the schedule and also inspect it for you.

 

The ductwork will also need to be checked for any damage, cracks, or punctures in it. If there is any damage to it, you will lose any heat that is produced from the furnace. This can also increase your monthly heating bills and further strain on the system. The more the furnace has to run, the sooner it may need to be replaced. If you notice any odd noises or issues with the furnace, make sure to schedule an appointment, so we can inspect it for you.

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 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.