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Ensuring that your Furnace is Cleaned is Important

Keeping your furnace maintained and in good working condition is important. You will want to have it inspected on a regular basis to ensure that it is still working efficiently and at top performance. If the system is starting to wear down and fail, it should be repaired as soon as possible. Neglecting proper maintenance now can lead to expensive repairs in the future. If a small problem is detected now, the proper parts can be ordered and replaced in a timely manner. If a problem occurs during the winter when you need your furnace most, hourly rates will likely be higher and you will likely be more frustrated with the process.

Like other mechanical items, a furnace has moving parts. We can inspect the moving parts and lubricate, clean, or replace them so your system is running as efficiently as it can. If a furnace is poorly maintained, it can work overtime. The more your furnace runs, the more money you pay your utility company. A properly-tuned furnace will run more efficiently, reducing your heating bills.

The furnace system in your home has several parts to make it run efficiently, so having them inspected will help increase the performance of it. The furnace, ductwork, thermostat, and filter are all things that should be checked. If you start to notice an issue with your furnace system, make sure to contact us so we can inspect them for you. This can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Remember to change your filter regularly. Clean filters can help your furnace run more efficiently. It is recommend changing your filter monthly. You can also improve the air quality in your home by changing the air filter, especially if you own pets or someone in your family smokes.

Reasons to Check the Filter Regularly

 

There are several reasons why you need to check the filter on your furnace regularly. The most common reason a heating system breaks down is because of a dirty filter. As dirt accumulates, air cannot 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. Replacing the filter is an easy way to lengthen the life of your heating system.

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 skyrocket. When you consistently change your air filter, you can save from 5 to 15 percent on your utility costs.

Good air quality is 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. If you find the air quality poor in your home, it may be time to change the filter. You can also contact us and we can advise you on a schedule to check the filter. Also, we can inspect the filter for you and recommend when a new one may be needed. Changing the filter helps to improve the air quality, as well as the efficiency for your furnace system.

 

Furnace Inspections are Important

 

When you have a home, you will want to make sure that the furnace system is operating correctly. Make sure to have the furnace inspected by us, so you can ensure it is efficient and working properly when you will need it to be. Having your furnace inspected gives us an opportunity to check for possible issues and correct them before they turn into problems or emergencies. Here are seven reasons why you should schedule your furnace inspection now.

Longer Lasting Furnace

The longer you put off having an annual inspection done on your furnace, the more likely you’re going to have a breakdown. During an inspection, we may find small problems that if left unchecked could result in a major repair. Preventative maintenance for your furnace guarantees that all the parts in your furnace work together to heat your home safely and reliably for years to come.

Carbon Monoxide Leaks Avoided

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 is important to inspect your furnace regularly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. It is also wise to install a carbon monoxide detector outside of each bedroom to protect and alert family members.

Remove Dirt & Rust or Replace

A proper inspection includes checking for rust and dirt that can build up on the burners for the furnace. This type of buildup can create pockets that trap gas and cause hot spots on your furnace’s heat exchanger. Even if your furnace is new, it still requires inspection as different factors can cause rust and dirt to accumulate. The furnace’s internal parts wear out over time, which could cause it to stop working.

Improving Efficiency

Neglect your furnace’s annual inspections, and particles like dust and dirt can accumulate on any moving parts. This causes your furnace to work harder than necessary to maintain the heat in your home, which compromises efficiency. It will also cause the parts to run more difficult with one another and also wear out sooner. During an annual inspection, we will clean your furnace’s parts and make sure they work together properly. Your furnace is at its most efficient when its parts are clean, without anything preventing it from working correctly.

Change the Filter

A clean furnace filter catches dust and debris before it has a chance to circulate through your house, which can affect your indoor air quality. However, this is not the only time your furnace’s air filter should be replaced or cleaned during the winter you should check your furnace filter every month. If you are not sure how often to change the filter, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the schedule.

Ductwork Cleaning Importance for your Home

When you are in your home, you will want it to have the best air quality possible. Ductwork cleaning is important for a variety of reasons. Duct cleaning services use specialized blowers, vacuums, and brushes to clean out the supply, intake, and return ducts throughout your home. Duct cleaning should also involve a thorough cleaning of the air handler, registers, grilles, fans, motors, housings, and coils of the HVAC system. Ducts in your home may be dirty and need cleaning after remodeling. By making sure to clean them, you are removing the dirt and dust that was created when the remodeling was done in your home. If your home has been remodeled, especially if there was asbestos abatement, lead paint removal, or significant dust, your ductwork may need to be cleaned. Ducts should be sealed off during home renovations; but if they weren’t, dangerous dust and debris may become lodged inside the ductwork.

If there is evidence of animal infestation or nesting in your ducts or HVAC system, have the animals removed then clean the ductwork and HVAC unit. You should also have the ductwork cleaned if you have pets in the home. This is because the dirt, hair, and dander can get into the ductwork. If there is visible mold growth inside the ductwork, the ducts and HVAC system should also be cleaned. If noticeable debris, pet hair, odors, or other contaminants are being released into the room through the ducts after the registers have been cleaned and vacuumed; then the ducts may need to be cleaned. Also remember if someone in your family is suffering from an unexplained allergy-related illness, and you have taken every other possible step to decontaminate your home, you may want to consider having your ducts cleaned to see if the HVAC system was the culprit.

 

If you notice an issue with your HVAC system or ductwork, make sure to contact us as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Having an Efficient Furnace System

 

You will want your home to have an efficient furnace system to keep your home warm and comfortable. Make sure to contact us so we can inspect the system on a regular schedule. You should always check the filter, thermostat, and ductwork. Having these checked will help increase the chance the heater is working at top performance levels. If you do notice an issue, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. If you notice a problem, catching it at the first sign helps to save time, money, and stress in the long run.

 

One thing you should always remember is to have the ductwork cleaned. Also check to ensure that there are not any cracks or leaks in the ductwork. Duct sealing is a great way to improve efficiency, because 25 to 40 percent of conditioned air is lost through ducts that leak. If the furnace is constantly running, but the home is never warm enough, it could be a sign that there is a crack in the ductwork somewhere.

 

When you change the filter, it can depend on your household. A clean filter will help accomplish an efficient furnace system. If you have pets, a large family, or smoke, you will want to clean the filter more often. Filters are designed to pick up dirt, dust, and other pollutants that are in the air of your home. If a family member has asthma or allergies, cleaning and replacing the filter on a regular basis can help their breathing. Always remember to never have the furnace run without the filter. This is because the dust and dirt can cause damage to the moving parts inside the furnace. If you are not sure how often the filter should be changed, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on it. If you follow the recommended maintenance schedule and inspections, you can help reduce time, money, and stress in the long run.

 

The Filter is Important for your HVAC System

 

Make sure to always inspect the HVAC system and filter for your home. The filter is designed to remove any dust, dirt, and other pollutants from your home. By inspecting it regularly, you can help ensure it is in the most efficient condition possible to operate. There are some tips to know if your filter or HVAC system needs to be inspected. You can also contact us, and we can advise you on a schedule.

A dirty filter that has been exposed to condensation can become damp, which can lead to mold growth that can be spread throughout the home by the HVAC system.  This can lead to serious health consequences, not to mention a compromised unit that will likely require servicing and may require replacement, depending on the severity of the moisture problem.

Most filters are disposable and shaped in cells, screens or fins designed to trap as much airborne debris as possible.  It is important to use the appropriate filter for your unit. Also remember to never run the HVAC system without a filter installed. Without a filter, the dust and dirt can get into the system, causing premature damage to some of the parts.

You should remember to change the filter regularly, and check it at least once a month. This is especially important if you have pets, a large family, you or a family member smokes, anyone in the household has allergies or asthma. These all increase the amount of dirt that the filter will pick up as the air travels through your home. By running the system with a clogged or dirty filter, you increase the amount of wear and strain on parts of the unit. This will then increase the chance for frequent repairs needing to be done on it.

If you notice evidence of microbial growth or mold on the filter.  Mold spores already infiltrating the home via the HVAC system are not only bad for the unit itself, but they can pose a health hazard for the family, ranging from an irritated respiratory system to a serious allergic reaction.  The musty smell produced by a moldy HVAC filter is also unpleasant and may take a while to completely eradicate from inside the home.  If you discover that you have moldy air filter, it’s important to have the cause investigated further. That way it can prevent the issue in the future.

Knowing what Carbon Monoxide is

 

Carbon monoxide is a clear but toxic, odorless, flammable gas that results when carbon does not completely combust. There is no taste, which makes it even more difficult to detect during carbon monoxide leaks. The most common culprit for carbon monoxide leaks is the internal combustion engine in addition to some furnaces and ovens. It is very dangerous to those who breathe it in because it pushes out oxygen from the blood, taking its place.

According to research, carbon monoxide poisoning is more common during the fall and winter. This is due to the increased use of heaters, generators and gas furnaces. There are a number of symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, most of which are also symptoms of illnesses. Some of the more common symptoms could include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of muscle control or consciousness
  • Chest Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fainting

If you ever experience symptoms that indicate a possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning it is important not to ignore them. If these symptoms are experienced at work, ensure that your employer is made aware of them. If these symptoms are experienced at home, consult a doctor with your concerns.

Testing the air quality is a great way to know if you have carbon monoxide. A detector is the most recommended method, but you can also contact us, and we can inspect the air quality in the home for you.

 

Having the Ductwork Cleaned in the Fall

 

There are many benefits and reasons why you would want to have your air ducts cleaned, especially by a professional. Despite this, a good number of homes go without any kind of air duct cleaning, many because the thought of their air ducts being dirty never really crossed their minds.

With the fall and winter months comes a large demand on your heater, some of us running it more often than not during the cold and dark winter months. That drastic increase in usage means that anything inside the air ducts is going to be circulated around your home more often, increasing risk of triggering allergies. Overtime, dust and other nasty bits accumulate in your home’s air ducts. Not only does this cause your whole system to work harder to move the same amount of air, but it also means that you’re circulating dust and anything else in your air ducts throughout your home.

Shortly after having your air ducts cleaned you’ll notice a dramatic increase in the indoor air quality. This increase will help stave off colds and flues this winter, helping you cut down on any sick days that may be coming your way. Nobody likes being sick, and most of us get flu shots or take some other form of preventative measure against being sick in the cold winter months, yet very few take the time to help increase the quality of the air in their homes, where they spend the good majority of their time.

Increased health and decreased energy bills are two good reasons to have your air ducts cleaned this Fall, but I have yet to mention my favorite reason for it, less dusting all winter long. Homes get dusty, especially in the winter when everything is all shut up to keep in the warmth. With dusty air ducts, you are effectively putting a thin layer of dust all around your house. If your air ducts are clean, there will be far less dust in the air, thus meaningless dusting for you all winter long.

Make Sure the Thermostat Works Properly

The thermostat is a small piece of technology that can run into a surprising amount of potential problems. If your thermostat isn’t showing signs of life, if it’s not accurately maintaining your desired temperature, or if it is just doing odd things like turning itself on and off, then you’re facing one of the many possible thermostat problems that plague homeowners and businesses.
Make sure your thermostat is on and that, in the case of heating, the temperature set higher than the room temperature the thermostat is currently reading. In the case of cooling, make sure that the thermostat reads lower than the current room temperature.

If your thermostat is acting odd, it might be because it’s dirty. Buildup of dirt, dust and nicotine can all coat the inside, which may interfere with electrical and mechanical components within the thermostat. If you open the thermostat cover and notice dust, use a compressed can of air to clean the components.

If your thermostat isn’t showing the display, it may not be getting any power. There are three places you should check to ensure your thermostat is properly receiving power:

Check your circuit breaker. Your thermostat is wired into the electrical system. If the circuit the thermostat is on trips, then there will be no power to the thermostat. Go to your breaker box, locate the breaker that the thermostat is on, and make sure the switch is flipped to the on position.

Check the thermostat’s fuse. Some thermostats have a fuse located inside the device as additional protection from power surges. These fuses may occasionally blow or go bad. To check your thermostat’s fuse, take off the cover. The fuse will look like a clear canister with metal ends. Inside the fuse will be a filament that runs the length of the canister. If this filament is broken, then the fuse will need to be replaced.

Check the batteries. Most electronic thermostats run their display and controls on battery power. To find the batteries in your thermostat, take off its cover. The back panel of the cover often tell you where the batteries are located. If you can’t find them, consult your thermostat’s manual.

If your thermostat is “working” but you’re continually unsatisfied with its results, then it might be poorly placed in your home. Thermostats placed near drafty windows, doorways or stairwells may not read the average temperature of the house correctly. Likewise, having a thermostat located too close to sunny spots or your kitchen can also alter readings. If you notice anything out of the norm with the thermostat and your HVAC system, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the system for you.

 

Keeping the Air Clean in your Home

 

Indoor air is often more than 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor air pollutants contribute to asthma as well as other respiratory conditions and diseases. Some of the indoor pollutants can include

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from off gassing building materials, paints and finishes and furnishings.
  • Other toxic chemicals emitted from cleaning products, pesticides and hazardous household supplies.
  • Mold, which grows on moist materials and surfaces.
  • Carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide gases, which can be released from gas-fueled combustion appliances.
  • Particulates from wood-burning fireplaces or cars running near the house.
  • Tobacco smoke.
  • Asbestos.
  • Lead.
  • Radon.

Improved ventilation will improve indoor air quality by increasing the amount of outdoor air coming into your home, diluting concentrations of indoor pollutants, and pushing stale indoor air out of the home. However, some ventilation improvements may increase energy costs unless you make design changes to your home. The third strategy, using mechanical air cleaners to filter pollutants out of your indoor air, can be used to supplement source control and ventilation but it is not recommended as the sole solution.

Filters actually become more effective in capturing and removing particulate air contaminants as they get dirtier and build up with dust. This increased effectiveness comes with a cost, however, as the pressure drop increases and less air gets through. It is a good idea to change the filter for the furnace at the start of the heating season, as the dust cake from the previous year has been sitting in the cold, dark basement throughout the summer and may have started to grow molds.

If you notice an issue with the air quality in your home, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the HVAC system for you.

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