Making Sure to Have Good Quality Air in your Home

 

Improving air quality in your home this winter is essential. Winter is the ideal time to turn up the heat and curl up under a blanket. However, all is not safe within areas of your home that you would least expect. Air quality can be a matter of keeping you and your family healthy this winter. Dust is the natural enemy of any happy homemaker and owner. Unfortunately, dust is more of an enemy than people realize. It can serve as an allergen to some and create respiratory to others. However, this is not the only enemy in the home. These include that formaldehyde, lead, radon and even some chemicals used in cleaning products. This could cause issues for people with asthma and worse due to exposure to some chemical residue. Make sure to purchase a HEPA filter. HEPA or High Efficiency Particulate Air, mechanically forces air through a mesh sheet that traps harmful particles such as dust mites, smoke, and tobacco smoke thus improving the air quality of your home.

In areas of constant foot traffic, use the HEPA vacuum multiple times. This prevents accumulation of these dangerous substances in your home. Using unaltered water without cleaning agents, mop the areas vacuumed. Despite using a vacuum, there could still be some residue of dust and allergens in these areas. Also use a doormat. When people constantly walk around your home, they are tracking dirt and other substances into your home. If you buy a big enough mat, much of these foreign substances will be left at the door.

In addition, burning wood in your fireplace may also affect the quality of air in your home. While this is a nice luxury, it does not improve the air quality in your home. If you do have a fireplace, use it only when necessary such as emergencies or on rare occasions.

Consider cleaning the ductwork as well. A lot of dust and dirt can build up within your ventilation systems in order to clog and congest the passageways. Wintertime serves as a catalyst to the problem because not only is the heating system running most of the time, we want to keep doors and windows closed to keep the heat in. Cleaning it will ensure that the any accumulated dust, mold, and allergens are removed from the HVAC system. This could potentially increase the performance of your system and create a better airflow within your home. If you notice an issue with the air quality, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.

Signs the Filter should be Changed

 

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. 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 for your home.

 

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 allows 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.

 

A dirty furnace filter makes components work harder, meaning they are drawing more energy to do the work. If you have a clean air filter, less energy is consumed, making your heating more efficient. The filter removes airborne contaminants, pulling them from the air before it circulates back to your living areas. If your filter is dirty, it 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 well as makes 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.

 

 

The Noises you Might Hear from the Furnace

 

Heating systems are an important part of your home. They help keep you and your family members warm during the cold winter months. It is important to understand when your heating system might be in need of repairs.  A common sign that your system might need repairs is when you hear the system making strange noises.  It is important to catch the need for repairs in time to have them fixed before they cause larger, more complicated issues.

If you are hearing a grinding noise, this can be a common noise heard from a heating system that is having problems functioning properly.  When you hear a grinding noise, it usually means that some of the parts in your heating system might be scraping against other parts in the system. The grinding noises could also be a sign that a bent fan blade is striking a metal component that is nearby, a part of the motor could be overheating, or a piece of debris could also be stuck in the blades of the fan.

A loud banging noise coming from your heating system could mean that your radiator is broken or not functioning properly.  Replacing a radiator can be very expensive and time consuming, so you want to be sure you investigate a banging noise immediately.  A banging noise that occurs when the heat kicks on is a sign that the radiator is in need of repairs.

Another common noise heard from a defective heating system could be a humming noise.  A common cause of this type of noise could be that the heating system is working too hard and might be in danger of shutting down.  The humming can be caused by the motors in the fan or some other part of the heating system working too hard to do the job it is designed for. If you notice an odd noise or anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the furnace and HVAC system for you.

The Importance of a Programmable Thermostat in your Home

 

If you are looking to save money on monthly energy bills, consider programmable thermostats. Regardless of the type of programmable thermostat you choose, you will save energy on your cooling and heating bills if you program and use the thermostat correctly. Keeping your home at the same temperature when no one is home uses more energy than adjusting it for your absences or when you’re sleeping. HVAC systems can cool or heat your home to your comfort level before you return or wake up in the mornings.

Remembering to adjust your thermostat day and night adds another task to your schedule and it is sometimes easy to forget. Having a device that does it for you automatically simplifies your life while cutting your energy consumption. If you use a heat pump for some of the heating in your home, a programmable thermostat will help you save energy during the winter.

You can choose among three different types of programmable thermostats that can be adjusted to your schedule. The first kind is the 7-day thermostat, good for households where family members have different schedules every day. The next type is the 5-2 model, which has settings for the work week and a separate one for the weekend. The last kind is the 5-1-1 model, ideal for families who have the same weekday schedule and a different schedule for each weekend day. If you choose a thermostat that has WiFi or a smart model, you can change the temperature from a smart-phone or anywhere you have online access. This feature lets you change the temperature remotely whenever you need to override the system. Some smart programmable thermostats allow you to lock the settings so that someone coming home unexpectedly cannot lower or raise the temperature to excessive levels, which would drive up energy costs. Some models of programmable thermostats have sensors inside them that tell you when to check the air filter. Changing your air filters regularly will keep your system running efficiently. If you have any questions about a programmable thermostat, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on which one might be best for your home.

 

Improving your Indoor Air in Winter

Having good quality air 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. 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.

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 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. However, in order 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, since these are more effective at removing germs from the air. If you notice an issue with the filter or air quality, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it 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.

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.

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.