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Efficient Heating in the Winter

 

During the winter, you will want your home to be warm and comfortable. To help ensure it is always operating the best, make sure that you have us inspected it on a regular basis. Maintenance is required to have the furnace system and parts operating, as they should be. If the furnace system is not maintained, you will notice a few issues with the heating. The first sign may be an expensive monthly energy bill. This would be caused by the system working too long to produce the desired heat in your home. If you notice any changes in your energy bill, make sure to contact us. That way we can inspect the furnace for you.

 

The ductwork should also be inspected. Over time, there can be a build up of dirt, dust, and debris. You should look inside the vents or registers. If you can see a build up of dust, there probably is more, further back. Cleaning this out will help the furnace to be more efficient and to move the warm air through your home. Also have the ductwork checked over for any cracks, puncture marks, or damage. This would allow heat to escape, also making the furnace work harder.

 

The thermostat should also be inspected for any problems. One common issue is if the actual temperature is different than the set temperature. The thermostat could malfunction, not sending the proper readings to your furnace. If the connection is not working properly, then this could result in the furnace operating longer. It would constantly be operating to keep the home at the desired temperature that you have the thermostat set at. Also make sure that the thermostat is efficient. If you have an older one, you may want to invest in a programmable thermostat.

Change the Filter on a Regular Basis

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The filter on your home should be changed on a regular basis. This will help keep the furnace operating efficiently when it runs this winter. If the filter is clogged, then you may notice the furnace working harder. That is because the air will be more difficult to pull through the filter and into the system. It can then lead to extra wear and stress for the system. We can also recommend when they filter should be checked to ensure it is clean. Based on a schedule, the filter should be replaced as well. This will help the system to work without putting extra strain on it. A clean filter will also increase the quality of air in your home.

Extra Filter

It is also recommended that you have an extra filter on hand. This is beneficial incase you need to replace the filter on the weekend, holiday, or after hours. You may notice that sometimes the programmable thermostat will notify you that the filter is in need of being changed or replaced. If you are not sure if the thermostat has that capability, contact us. We can answer any questions you have, or recommend a new thermostat if one is needed.

Improve Air Quality

You will want the air quality to be the best it can be this winter. If the air is poor, it will be more difficult to breathe. If anyone in the home suffers from allergies or asthma, they will notice the poor air quality almost right away. On some occasions, it may be beneficial to get an air purifier or air cleaner. This will help to remove any pollutants or contaminants that are in the air. This can trap it in the cleaner, and release the clean air back into your home again. No matter what questions you have about your HVAC system, make sure to contact us.

 

 

Remember Maintenance Inspections

 

Now is the perfect time to have your HVAC system inspected. This way we can check all the parts and components that are there. A proper maintenance schedule should be followed in order to ensure proper efficiency. When the schedule is followed, you can reduce wear and tear to parts of the system. We can also advise you on when the maintenance schedule will need to be followed for your HVAC system. You can have the air conditioner maintained and inspected toward the end of summer. Also, the heater and furnace can be inspected before you need to use it this fall. This will help to ensure it will be ready to use when you need to operate it, and you will not need to wait for an inspection by us.

Maintenance between Seasons

The change of seasons is also a great time to check the ductwork in your home. If you notice dirt and dust build up, chances are it is worse the further you get in the system. Having the ductwork cleaned will also help keep the air quality the best it can be. If you or a family member suffers breathing issues, having good quality air is important in your home. You can also contact us and we can inspect the air quality as well.

 

Other parts of the HVAC system will also need an inspection. One part is the thermostat. If you have a consistent work and home schedule, investing in a programmable thermostat will have several benefits for you and your family. You can set the thermostat and then change the temperature so it is ideal for when you arrive home again. This makes the home more enjoyable and comfortable to be in. If the thermostat needs to be repaired, we can do so quickly so your home can the best it can be.

Furnace issues to be Aware of

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Furnace issues can vary in seriousness. No matter what issue you notice, make sure to schedule an appointment. We can come and look at the furnace. This way we can repair it before a larger issue develops. Even if you might think it is nothing, it is always best to have it looked at.

Change the filter

Dirty filters may not seem like a big concern, but they are extremely significant for the efficiency and performance of your furnace. Since the air in your home is constantly flowing through your air filter, dirt and dust is picked up every time the system is running. These airborne particulates can quickly clog the filter, affecting both airflow and air quality. When that happens, your furnace will find it more difficult to work efficiently. In fact, clogged filters may even cause the system to shut down. This is a safety mechanism on newer systems to prevent further damage to the system due to dirty air and lack of airflow. If your furnace won’t start, the first thing you want to check is the air filter. Often, just by cleaning or replacing your air filter, you can get the system running again.

Check the pilot light

When the pilot light electric ignition goes out, it can be an issue. When these parts get damaged, it will be difficult to keep your home or business warm. So be aware and seek the help of professionals once you encounter problems. Remember, a malfunctioning pilot light may be caused by thermocouple issues, drafts, or clogs in the heating system. In order to maintain an efficient furnace, you will want to make sure your pilot light is healthy. If you smell gas, turn off your HVAC system, evacuate the home, and call your local gas company.

Properly working thermostat

A faulty thermostat may lead to problems with the furnace’s fan or may also affect your home’s comfort levels. The furnace may not be able to warm up your home when the thermostat is not working. You may need to change the batteries. To avoid false reading, make sure your thermostat is located away from all heat sources. This includes direct sunlight, heating vents, cooking equipment, space heaters, and lamps. If you need to relocate your thermostat, contact us.

If your furnace turns on and off quite too frequently, it may indicate a clogged filter. It may also mean a wrong thermostat setting or improper airflow. After checking things like dirty air filter and thermostat settings, have us check the appliance for you. If your furnace’s blower continuously runs, there may be a problem with the limit switch. If the problem is confirmed, that part should be replaced immediately. Furnace issues should always be taken seriously, so make sure to contact us.

Furnace Tune Ups are needed

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In your home, you want to avoid any furnace issues. The first step to accomplish this is to have the furnace inspected on a regular basis. Maintenance in the fall before the cold season is recommended. If you did not have that this year, your furnace may develop a problem. Make sure to contact us at the first sign of furnace issues. No matter if it is a problematic issue, or something small, call us. We can come and inspect it to ensure everything is working properly.

Check the filter

The first thing to check is the filter. The filter is designed to capture any dirt or dust that might be in the home. This prevents it from being recalculated through the home time and time again. If you are not sure the type of filter, we can advise you. We can also recommend when you should check and change the filter for the furnace system. By doing so, it will circulate clean air without any pull or drag. A dirty filter can also cause parts to work harder and wear out sooner. Be advised to never operate a furnace without a filter. This can cause the dirt to get on the components of the furnace. This can cause furnace issues quickly.

Notice odd noises

Also check for any odd noises or sounds. A bang, thump, or grinding noise should not be ignored. It can mean a part is wearing poorly, or something should be repaired. It is always best to contact us so we can inspect it for you. If you hear a noise, having it repaired as soon as possible helps reduce the chance of further damage. It also helps to prevent a very costly repair bill in the long run.

Remember the thermostat

You will want to also inspect the thermostat to ensure it is operating efficiently. If the set temperature is different than the actual temperature, there is an issue. The thermostat may need to be repaired or replaced. We can inspect and advise you on what is causing the issue. This can help you get back to a warm and comfortable home.

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