Why Programmable Thermostats are Beneficial in your Home

 

Adding a programmable thermostat to your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit is an easy project that you can quickly do on your own. You simply purchase a thermostat, and then remove your old unit from the wall, noting where and how the wires are connected. Next, you connect the wires to your new thermostat. It’s important to read over your new thermostat’s installation and setup guide in order to take advantage of all that it can offer your system. You can also contact us and we can install the programmable thermostat for you.

 

There are several benefits for having a programmable thermostat, the first one is that you will save money in the long run. With programmable thermostats, you can adjust the temperature to the exact point of your own personal comfort. For every degree you raise or lower the temperature in your home during the heat of the summer or the cold of winter, you can save up to 2 percent on your utility bill. You can create a schedule that follows your family’s routine, and keeps the temperature warm while you’re there, but eases up on the energy usage when you are away.

With the help of a programmable thermostat, your family and friends can feel more comfortable in your home all year long, and you can avoid major hot or cold spots in different areas of your house.

Using a programmable thermostat can eliminate all of that time spent in front of your manual device. You can set a schedule one time per season, and then forget about it, so you can focus on feeling comfortable instead.

Another benefit of programmable thermostats is that they allow you to take advantage of the different times of day and the temperature variations depending on the position of the sun and the season. During the colder parts of the year, you can reduce your heating power and let the warmth of the sun help take over the warming duties. During the cold winter nights, you will likely need to boost your HVAC’s heating power to help keep your family comfortable.

Spending the small amount of money that is needed for a programmable thermostat can be one of the most cost effective investments for your residence. You can expect to take advantage of additional energy savings that may be reflected in a lower utility bill. If you have any questions about a programmable thermostat, contact us, and we can advise you on the options.

 

Why Cleaning the Ductwork is Important

 

 

You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if you notice visible mold growth inside hard surface ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists. Also notice if the ducts are infested with vermin, rodents, or insects. Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for mold 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.

How to Prevent Duct Contamination

Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, committing to a good preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination.

To prevent dirt from entering the system:

Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system. Also remember to change filters regularly. If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently. Be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.

During construction or renovation work that produces dust in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust. Remove dust and vacuum your home regularly. (Use a high efficiency vacuum cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts).

If you need to have the ductwork cleaned in your home, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the system, and schedule a cleaning. This can help the air in your home to be clean, as well as having an efficient furnace.

Maintaining the Filter for your Furnace

 

When the furnace heats up, another control turns on the blower fan, which circulates warm air throughout the house. In the case of a hot-water system, a pump circulates hot water into radiators located throughout the house.

 

It is best to have us conduct inspections and adjustments on your furnace. This way we can ensure the parts and components are working efficiently with one another. When we inspect the HVAC system, we can check the furnace, thermostat, ductwork, and filter.

 

The best place to start on your furnace is with the filter. A dirty filter will cause excessive strain on your furnace, increase heating costs and reduce the life of your equipment. Make sure that the furnace filter has a cover over the slot, ensuring an efficient return-air system. Not having a cover poses a safety issue.

 

Also remember to never operate the furnace without a filter in. This can cause dirt and dust to get into the moving parts of the HVAC system, and causing further damage. It will also allow the dirt and dust to circulate back through the air in your home. If you or your family members suffer from allergies or asthma, having clean air in your home is important.

 

If you ever notice anything out of the norm with the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. This way we can inspect the furnace system for you, and keep it operating as efficiently as possible for you.

 

Reasons why you should Not Ignore Furnace Maintenance

 

Keeping your home warm and comfortable is important. To accomplish this, you should make sure that your HVAC system is inspected on a regular basis.
If you are not taking proper care of your furnace, the air filter becomes damaged and will produce poor and sometimes harmful air in your home. Because furnaces can clog, and clog quickly, dust, debris, and noxious mold can accumulate and cause serious harm to the air. If your filter cannot keep unwanted particles out any longer, the furnace and duct will have these airborne particles building up and infecting your home. When you ignore your heating and cooling systems for too long, there will be much worse consequences than just dust particles in the air. Over time, system neglect will make your home susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning. This poison is both odorless and colorless, so it’s extremely difficult to identify and can pose a serious and potentially deadly threat in your home.
No one wants to live in an uncomfortable home, but that’s unavoidable once your furnace dies. If you notice anything out of the norm with the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. This can help to prevent any further issues with the unit. It can also reduce the chance of a costly repair bill in the long run. If you are not sure how often the filters should be inspected or changed, we can also advise you on a schedule for them. This will help to capture the dirt and dust in the air of your home, keeping the air quality the best that it can be.

If the HVAC system is starting to wear out, you will be money ahead by purchasing a new one. This will reduce the amount of frequent repairs that would otherwise be needed on your old system. If you are not sure what system would be beneficial for your home, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct unit.

Maintaining the Furnace Filters

 

The furnace and heating system is an important part of your home. Sometimes the filter is forgot about until a much larger issue forms. The other parts and components of the heating system should also be inspected. This includes the ductwork and thermostat. If the ductwork is clogged, air will not be able to get through as efficiently. If there are cracks or punctures in the ductwork, it could cause the heat to be lost. This will make the furnace work harder and longer than it should. With lost heat, it can end up costing you more money each month on heating bills. If you notice that the actual temperature is different than the set temperature, there could be an issue with the thermostat. Checking for issues early on can help to notice any signs of an issue. By catching an issue early on, you can help to prevent a much larger one from forming. It can also help to reduce the chance of a costly repair bill when it is fixed.

 

 

The filter is an important part of the furnace. Without a filter, the life of the furnace will be significantly reduced. It will cause parts to becoming worn out sooner than they should. This is because the dirt and debris will cover the interior of the heating system. It will also result in poor quality air being distributed throughout your home from the ductwork. The filter is designed to capture and trap any dirt, debris, or pollutants that are in the air. This helps to prevent these harmful contaminants from going through the heating system. It is recommended to never run the furnace without a filter in it.

 

 

Since the filter captures the pollutants and dirt that are in the air, it is important to inspect the filter on a regular basis. The filter of the heating system should be kept as clean as possible. When inspecting the filter, make sure to clean it off as best you can. Also check when it is recommended to change the filter. Over time, the filter will become so clogged that it will not be able to allow the air through efficiently. When this happens, a replacement of a new filter will be needed. If you are unsure how often the filter should be changed, we can help to recommend a schedule for you.

 

 

By investing in a good quality filter and inspecting it regularly, you can help to improve the quality of air in your home. The filter will capture the dirt and pollutants to avoid them going through the ductwork. This will also prevent the debris from being blown out through the registers and vents in the home. You can also contact us and we can advise you when the filter should be inspected and changed.

Keeping your Home Warm and Comfortable in the Winter

To help improve your overall home comfort this winter, make sure that the furnace system is operating efficiently. This not only provides warmth, and a comfortable home, but it will also make for a pleasant home for you and your family. By improving your heating system in your home, you can also improve the air quality as well.

 

There are many types and sizes of air cleaners on the market. These can range from relatively inexpensive small models to sophisticated and expensive whole-house systems. Some air cleaners are highly effective at particle removal, while others, including smaller models, are less effective. Air cleaners are generally not designed to remove gaseous pollutants.

 

The effectiveness of an air cleaner depends on how well it collects pollutants from indoor air and how much air it draws through the cleaning or filtering element. A very efficient collector with a low air-circulation rate will not be effective, nor will a cleaner with a high air-circulation rate but a less efficient collector. The long-term performance of any air cleaner depends on maintaining it according to the manufacturer’s directions. Another important factor in determining the effectiveness of an air cleaner is the strength of the pollutant source. Small air cleaners, in particular, may not remove satisfactory amounts of pollutants from strong nearby sources. People with sensitivity to particular sources may find that air cleaners are helpful only in conjunction with concerted efforts to remove the source.

 

To help improve the efficiency of the heating system, it is recommended to check the air filter on a regular basis. When it is recommended, make sure to change the filter. If you are not sure how often this should be done, we can advise you on a schedule. The air filter is important because it will capture dirt and pollutants that are in the air of your home. Over time, the filter will become clogged with the dirt. This will prevent proper air flow to the furnace and heating ducts. By having a clean air filter, you can help improve the warmth and comfort of your home.

 

The most important thing you can do for the air quality in your home is to have the heating system maintained on a regular basis. This will help to ensure the parts are working efficiently and effectively with one another. If you notice an issue between regular visits, make sure to contact us. This can provide a warm and comfortable place to be in while the weather outside is cold.

 

Common Heating Repairs to Know

Keeping your home warm and comfortable is important. If you notice that the home is not heating as efficiently as it should, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. This way the issue can be resolved so you are able to keep the monthly energy bills from increasing. It is important to have regular maintenances done for your heating system. This way you can help to prevent further issues and a costly repair bill from happening.

Not Heating Properly

One of the most common heating problem that happens is insufficient heating or no heating at all. This can be very frustrating, especially when it is very cold outside. Insufficient heating can be caused by a number of different things but is most often due to a clogged air filter. If you have a heat pump or a furnace then you have an air filter that keeps dirt and insects from getting pulled into the working parts. Without regular changing, your air filter can get clogged and restrict the flow of air into your home. Less air means less heating. Make sure to contact us if you start to notice poor heating in your home. If the thermostat is different than the actual temperature, it could mean there is something wrong with the furnace. It could also indicate an issue with the thermostat.

Odd Noises

Another very common problem is unusual noises coming from the heating system. If your heater begins making strange noises it is best to call us. These types of problems do not just fix themselves and normally just get worse with time. If your furnace or heat pump is squealing it is likely that the fan belt has gone bad. A rattling sound could mean a carbon monoxide leak, which means that you should not operate your furnace until the issue is inspected. Even if the noise is subtle, it is recommended to contact us before a much larger issue occurs.

Poor Air Filter

If you have a forced air system like a furnace or a heat pump then you need to make sure that the air filter is regularly changed. It can cause insufficient heating and also a whole host of other issues. Check the filter on a regular basis to make sure that it is clean and free from any build up of dirt and dust. If the filter is clogged, make sure to replace it when it as soon as you can. Not only will a clean filter help with the efficiency of your heating system, but it will also help to improve your indoor air quality. If you are unsure how often to clean the filter, we can advise you on a proper schedule.

 

Noticing Noises from your Furnace

 

Are the loud noises coming from your furnace keeping you up at night? Furnaces often start to make strange noises when a malfunction is occurring. If you notice anything out of the norm with your furnace and HVAC system, make sure to contact us.

Repeated clicking noises often indicate that there is a problem with your furnace’s ignition system. Your furnace’s spark igniter is trying to ignite your pilot light but is failing to do so resulting in your furnace not starting. To check whether or not your furnace problems are caused by an ignition switch malfunction you will want to figure out if your furnace has a pilot light or electric ignition and light the pilot to observe the ignition process to make sure it is functioning normally.

Banging, popping and rattling noises often indicate there is a problem with the blower assembly, motor or furnace burners. Rattling can mean a component in the system is coming loose. It’s important to repair that component before it breaks or disconnects completely.

If you hear extremely loud banging sounds shut the heating system off, something most likely has broken and disconnected. If you hear a banging noise when the furnace turns on followed by no hot air, dirty furnace burners may be to blame. Dirty furnace burners let gas accumulate in the furnace before the gas ignites. The delayed ignition from the gas buildup is what causes the loud bang. It is important not to ignore this noise. Doing so can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger, which oftentimes results in the need for a new furnace.

If you are hearing a loud noise when your furnace turns on but are not sure if it is coming from your furnace it could be caused by expanding and contracting air ducts. When your furnace blower starts it sucks in air and blows it out through supply ducts. This causes different parts of your ducts to contract and expand. A minor popping noise is natural, but when there is a loud pop or bang there could be a more serious problem caused by undersized ducts, closed vents or a clogged air filter.

Anytime you notice anything out of the norm with the heater or furnace, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the system to ensure everything is working efficiently and effectively. By fixing an issue at the first sign, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Reasons Why the Furnace may not Operate Correctly

 

Keeping your furnace working efficiently in the winter is beneficial for the warmth and comfort in your home. The best thing to do is to contact us so we can inspect the furnace and HVAC system for you.

Ensure that your thermostat is set higher than the temperature in your home.  Otherwise your electric heater or gas furnace will not turn on.  If there is an issue with the thermostat, you can tell by if the actual temperature is different than the set temperature in your home.

Another possible culprit for your heater blowing cold air is the batteries in your thermostat.  Some thermostats are connected to central power and some have central power with a battery backup, but what some people don’t realize is that there are some thermostats that work on batteries only, so check your thermostat and replace your batteries accordingly.  This can cause your heater to blow cold air due to improper temperature inputs from the thermostat.

A heater blowing cold air could be a result of a leak in your ducting.  Over time, the changing temperatures wear on all sorts of things and your ductwork is no exception.  Your ducts are usually in the attic and outside of your insulation, exposing them to the bitter cold. If your heater is blowing warm air but that air is venting into the attic or mixing with colder air from your attic, then the net result will be that your heater is blowing cold air.

Another possible problem is the accumulation of dirt and debris inside of ductwork, which can slow down airflow.  This problem is rarely severe enough to fully block airflow, but it is worth looking into.  If airflow is blocked too much, it can cause your heater to overheat which can cause it to kick off as a safety precaution.  No matter what issue you have, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the furnace for you

The Importance of a Clean Filter

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The most important thing you can do to save money on heating in is to regularly change your furnace filter. There are several reasons why changing your filter on a consistent basis can benefit you.

Extended Life of the HVAC System

As dirt and debris accumulate in your filter, air has trouble passing through, and your furnace has to work increasingly hard just to function at a normal capacity. Consistently clogged filters can cause overheating, clogged systems, and costly repairs. In worst-case scenarios, older furnaces may completely break down and require replacement.

Lowers Costs

When a clogged filter is causing your furnace to work extra hard, your monthly utility bills will increase because of the extra energy that is being used. The inexpensive cost of changing your furnace filter on a regular basis is nothing compared to the money you will lose if you let clogged filters run your furnace down.

Better Air Quality

Finally, keep in mind that filters serve a purpose for your health. They keep fine particles from pet dander, pollen, bacteria, lint, and other contaminants out of the air you breathe. When a filter is clogged, it cannot do its job, and you and your family will end up breathing all of these nasty particles in. Some of these might end up lodged in your lungs. This is not good for your health, and can cause a series issue for those with compromised immune systems or with allergies or asthma.

If you are not sure how often to inspect the filter for your HVAC system, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on a schedule and recommend when a clean filter should be added.