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4 Steps To Prepare Your Heating For The Summer Months

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Steps To Prepare Your Heating For The Summer Months

Soon, spring will be here and you will be ready to turn your heating off until the next winter. There are some things that you may want to do to prepare your heating system for the long months it will be sitting idle. If you are ready to turn your heating off for the year, here are some things that you will want to do to prepare: 1. Turning Off The System And Checking Electrical Connections The first thing you will want to do before you begin maintenance to your furnace is turn the power off to it. With some systems, this may be a main switch near the unit, which can sometimes be just like a light switch. In some cases, the main power may be in the breaker box of your home. When you turn the power off, you can remove the access panel and look for any loose connections and make sure that all the wires are in good shape. 2. Cleaning The Blower And Access Panel Before Summer Starts While you have the access panel off, there are some other things that you may want to do. You can use a vacuum hose to clean out any dust inside the access panel and blower enclosure of the unit. You may also want to check the access panel to make sure that it closes properly and is not damaged. If it is bent, straighten it back out so it fits well in the opening. There is often a safety switch here, and if the panel does not close correctly, your heating may not turn on. 3. Changing The Filter To Keep Dust And Debris Under Control During Idle Months Before you put the panel back on the unit and close everything, it is a good time to change the filter of the unit. Once you remove the filter, you can check to make sure that there is no dust that you missed. If you have a HEPA type filter, you may be able to just clean it with the vacuum, but it is a good idea to replace it completely before the next heating season arrives. 4. Checking Utility Connections Before Your Shut Your System Off For The Season Your heating system may use one of many different types of energy sources, such as gas, oil or electricity. Before you turn your system off, you will want to check these connections to make sure they are working properly. If you turn the gas off, check the pilot light. Turning the gas off to the system when it is not needed can help save energy and keep your home safe. If you need help with servicing and repairs to your heating system, contact a heating and air conditioning contractor, such as Thermotech Inc, to help ensure your system is ready to be turned off until next...

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Tips For A Better Air Conditioner

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For A Better Air Conditioner

Do you feel like your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home efficiently? If you are constantly having to run your unit for a long period of time this can mean that your unit isn’t working properly and can force you to pay more for your electricity bill due to excessive power consumption. To ensure your unit works efficiently so you can see great results and avoid high energy bills, you will want to do the following: Upkeep your Condenser:  Taking care of your unit’s condenser is very important, especially when trying to improve the performance of your unit. Your condenser is what allows your unit to make and deliver cold air for your so the better your condenser performs the better results you will get. A great way to improve the performance of your condenser is to upkeep it by cleaning the filter fins. These fins can often times get clogged by debris and surrounding landscape and this can prevent and reduce air from being pulled into the unit, causing there to be a lack of performance. So, be sure that you clean your unit by using a power hose or a soft brush to wipe down the fins. Washout Your Filters: Filters can easily become dirty with layers of dust. Not only can this harm the air quality that your unit creates, but it can block out air from entering your home, resulting in poor performance. To ensure your unit is able to produce a large amount of airflow and clean air, you will want to clean your filters every few months. This will help open the vents inside of your filter, which will help more air enter your home, which will allow your AC to work more efficiently. Prevent Air Leakage: Air loss can hurt your units performance more than you think and this is why making sure your air conditioner doesn’t leak air is critical. A great amount of air that is being transferred into your home can be leaked out through your unit’s duct. This can reduce the airflow that your condenser produces, so you will want to be sure that you inspect your AC often for potential leaks. You will be able to fix potential leakage by applying duct sealant to any gap in the duct channel. By performing this repair, you can enhance the performance of your AC tremendously, so definitely be sure to attempt this repair if you notice a lack of performance. Applying these tips will help you get better performance from your air conditioner and this won’t only help keep your home at cooler temperatures, but it will allow you to get fast results from your AC so you can avoid leaving your unit on for an extended period of time. This will help you reduce your energy consumption, so you can avoid hefty electric...

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Four Tips To Help Keep Your Furnace Maintained As The Cold Weather Sets In

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips To Help Keep Your Furnace Maintained As The Cold Weather Sets In

As the cold weather sets in during the holiday season, you will be using your heating more. When you have family and friends over, your furnace may be working full force to keep your home warm. This is why it is important to do regular maintenance during the winter months to ensure that your heating is working as it should be. Here are some tips to ensure that your furnace is working when you need it most: 1. Fall Servicing To Prepare For Cold Weather Before the cold weather sets in, you will want to have your HVAC serviced. The technician can do repairs to the AC and prepare it for the cold weather ahead. They can also check all the parts of your furnace and do any repairs that need to be done before you turn your heating on for the first time. 2. Cleaning The Ducts And Regularly Checking The Air Filter The ducts in your home can have an impact on the efficiency of your HVAC. Before you start using your heating, you may want to consider having the ducts and furnace cleaned. This will help ensure that your HVAC system is clean, as well as prevent the problem of the burnt smell that you get when you turn a furnace on for the first time in a year. 3. Keeping The Thermostat As A Reasonable Temperature In addition to regular maintenance, watch how you set your thermostat. Instead of turning it all the way up to make you home toasty, keep it at a reasonable temperature. Turning the temperature down a couple of degrees will have little impact on the comfort of your home but greatly reduce your energy consumption. 4. Addressing Air Leaks And Energy Loss In Your Home For Winter Air leaks in your home can be another issue that causes you to lose a lot of energy during the winter months. Inspect your home for problems like drafty windows and seal up any leaks. In addition, you may want to consider adding insulation to areas where heat is lost. The attic of your home is a good place to add insulation to help reduce energy loss. These are some tips to help you with the maintenance of your heating system throughout the winter season. If you need help with maintenance to your heating, contact a heating and air conditioning contractor to help maintain your HVAC. For more information, contact a company like Shivani Refrigeration & Air...

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Fixing Your Electric Furnace’s Blower Motor That Won’t Start

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fixing Your Electric Furnace’s Blower Motor That Won’t Start

If your programmable thermostat is trying to turn on your home’s electric heater, but the blower motor just will not come on, then the electrical start capacitor has likely failed. The good news is that you can easily replace the start capacitor with an insulated screwdriver and about a half-hour’s time. Follow these steps to replace the faulty capacitor in your home’s electric furnace: Turn Off the Power to the HVAC System Since your heater has a hard-wired connection into your home’s power panel, you must turn off the power for your safety. After you turn off the breakers, test the HVAC system with a current tester to ensure it has no power. Locate the Starter Capacitor When you remove the cover on the furnace, you will see a cylindrical part that is a couple inches long and has two electrical wires attached to terminals on its top surface. This part is the capacitor you will be replacing. Remove the Old Capacitor Using an insulated screwdriver, remove the electrical wires from the faulty capacitor. While removing the part, hold it only on the end that is away from the wire-connection terminals to avoid getting an electrical shock from it. Discharge the Charge Stored in the Capacitor As soon as you remove the capacitor, hold the insulated handle of the screwdriver and touch the metal part across both of its terminals. This action creates a complete circuit and will discharge any power stored in the capacitor. Install the New Capacitor To install the new capacitor, attach the electrical wires to its top and tighten the screws using your screwdriver. The terminals are both the same and the wires can be connected to either terminal. However, you need one wire on each terminal, not both wires connected to the same one. Turn the Power Back On to the HVAC System Turn the power back on at the power panel to restore the electrical current to the HVAC system. If your system has a red “reset” button on the heater portion, then you should press that as well. This will recycle the unit and turn it back on after the power disruption. Test the Heater to Ensure it Works Finally, turn the furnace on and verify that the blower motor’s function has been restored. For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact High Tech Heating Ventilation And Air Conditioning or a similar...

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Pros And Cons Of A Geothermal System

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of A Geothermal System

Your options for heating and cooling your home are a great deal more expansive than they were in previous years. With the introduction of such things as geothermal heat pumps, you can choose a system that works for your home and budget. If you are considering a geothermal heating pump, here are some of the pros and cons that could influence your decision. Pros One of the biggest advantages of a geothermal system in your home is that there is a possibility for real savings on your energy costs. Geothermal systems work by extracting heat and cold from the ground and transferring into your home. By contrast, other systems have to focus on converting air from other sources into the heat and cool air that is needed in your home. As a result, the geothermal system is less of a drag on your energy, which means lower bills.  If you are concerned with your impact on the environment, geothermal might be your best choice. Geothermal relies on renewable energy to function. This means no carbon monoxide or other harmful substances being dispelled into the air.  Geothermal systems are also relatively low maintenance. Since a large part of the system is buried underground, the main components are protected from other elements that typically plague other types of systems.  Cons Although there are a lot of benefits to having a geothermal system, there are some disadvantages. For instance, the upfront cost of the system can be daunting to some people. The cost for a complete system starts at about $10,000. This price typically includes the excavation and installation of the system. However, it is important to note that the cost of the system is almost offset by the energy savings and the savings on maintenance.  Another disadvantage is that it can sometimes be difficult to find an experienced installer. Geothermal systems are still considered to be relatively new technology. As a result, you might have difficulty finding someone in your area who has experience with installing and maintaining the system.  The heating system goes underground, which means that a large section of your yard will need to be excavated. If you have spent a considerable amount of time working on your landscaping, this can be a real disadvantage.  Whether or not a geothermal system is right for you is debatable. Talk to your HVAC technician like one from R & B Heating & Air Conditioning to find out if it is an option and if it would fit your current needs....

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How To Troubleshoot Furnaces

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Troubleshoot Furnaces

Furnaces are a great way to keep your home warm in the winter. They are energy efficient and conventional gas furnaces use little electricity. Furnaces can also break and you may have difficulty identifying the problem. If your furnace won’t work, try these tips before calling a repairman: 1. Adjust settings on the thermostat The first thing you should do is check to make sure the furnace is still on heat mode. Heat mode switches get flipped easily and you may not realize it’s off. If this doesn’t work, increase the temperature setting a few degrees to see if the heat comes back on. Increasing or decreasing the temperature can reset the furnace. 2. Reset the circuit breaker Electrical issues are common culprits if your furnace doesn’t work. Furnaces are prone to tripping circuit breakers especially if it’s the first time the furnace has been turned on in months. Locate your circuit breaker panel and find the switch for the furnace. Push the switch all the way in the other direction until it clicks into place. Wait a few minutes and then flip it back. Make sure the default position of the switch is the same as all the other switches since you don’t want to leave it in the off position. 3. Replace the fuse If resetting the circuit breaker doesn’t resolve the issue, the furnace may have blown a fuse when it turned on. Locate your fuse box. It will look similar to your circuit breaker and is commonly located in the same areas of your house that a circuit breaker would. Fuses look like light sockets. To identify the blown fuse, you will have to unscrew them one at a time. You will know a fuse is blown when nothing happens to your power when you unscrew it. Take the blown fuse to your local home improvement store where they can help you find a replacement. Exercise extreme caution when checking and replacing fuses. 4. Check the filter Many homeowners forget their furnaces have filters. Because of this, the filters don’t get cleaned and are clogged with dust, dirt, and grime. A clogged filter will prevent the furnace from getting enough air to produce heat and can even prevent the furnace from turning on at all. Clean the filter. If it’s difficult to clean, replace the filter completely. Once you’ve cleaned or replaced the filter, look for the reset button on your furnace and push it. 5. Replace the thermostat’s batteries Did you know that your thermostat uses batteries? If you’ve tried other troubleshooting tips, the issue may be as simple as needing fresh batteries. Most thermostats use AA batteries. Remove your thermostat from its housing and locate the battery slot. Remove this cover and replace the batteries. Place the thermostat back on the wall and push the reset button if it has one. These five troubleshooting tips can help your furnace issues. If these tips don’t work, contact a repairman or your local HVAC service (such as Absolute...

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Stay Prepared And Guarantee Responsiveness – Maintaining Your Home Generator

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Stay Prepared And Guarantee Responsiveness – Maintaining Your Home Generator

Whether you live in an area where storms and other phenomena consistently threaten the stability of your electrical service or you merely aren’t in a position to have to live with interruptions, a home electrical generator can be a valuable piece of equipment. Unfortunately, for many people, purchasing the generator is the end of their preparedness, and they allow themselves to fall into a position where their generator isn’t well maintained enough to provide them the service they need. Below, you’ll find a guide to some steps you should take to maintain your home electrical generator. Regular Oil Changes Most home generators run off of a standard combustion engine, and yet many people don’t take the same careful steps to maintain those engines as they would the engines in their cars. Just like any other engine which burns fuel, your generator requires lubricating oil in order to run correctly, and that oil becomes dirty and in need of replacement over time. Scheduling regular oil changes will help guarantee that your generator motor continues to run smoothly. This is an important step to take even if the generator hasn’t seen much use, as sediment and other contaminants can invade even when the generator is sitting idle. Air Filter Replacements Your generator engine will also have an air intake similar to your vehicle. As with other motors which commonly operate outside and are left to the whims of air quality, that air must be filtered in order to maximize efficiency. When your air filter becomes clogged, the engine will run hot and inefficiently. A very hot engine will often shut itself down as a safety mechanism, so if you want to guarantee that fuel and electricity continue to flow unabated, scheduling regular air filter replacements will go a long way toward achieving that goal. Scour the Owner’s Manual If you’re like most people, the documentation that comes with a major purchase is often laid to the side and neglected. While this is a common reaction, it’s also an unfortunate one, as some generators have very specific usage requirements that you need to be sure you’re aware of. A thorough reading of the owner’s manual will go a long way toward making sure you operate the generator in optimal conditions, guaranteeing that you get the greatest possible performance from your purchase. For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Childers Enterprises Inc. or a similar...

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Finding Answers To Common Questions About Furnace Replacement In The Home

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Finding Answers To Common Questions About Furnace Replacement In The Home

There may be a lot of features in your home that you could do without for a few days before you realize something is wrong, but if something happens and your furnace stops working, it will definitely be a noticeable problem. Unfortunately, replacing your home’s furnace system can be a massive undertaking if you do not have professional guidance. There are many different choices and the modern furnace is a constantly evolving idea. Therefore, it is likely you will have many questions about replacing the unit you have. Here are a few of the most common questions and the answers you will definitely need to know. What type of furnace will be best for replacement? There is a pretty good chance that the furnace you have now, even though it has kicked the bucket, has probably provided several years worth of service to your home. In fact, most furnaces have a life expectancy of 15-20 years, according to This Old House. Therefore, when you go looking for a new unit, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to go out and grab the same brand or model for replacement. To track down the right unit, work with an experienced contractor who can fill you on on the benefits and costs of specific models and what will work best in your home. Will all components of the furnace have to be replaced? It is typically recommended that during furnace installation, the rest of the components of the system are at least inspected thoroughly. There could be a possibility that not just your furnace needs to be upgraded. For example, your ductwork may be inefficient and outdated. How much does it cost to have a furnace installed in your home? The price of buying a new furnace and having it installed can vary greatly depending on several factors. Some of the price affecting factors will include: The type of furnace you buy The size of your home Your location The age of your home Generally speaking, you should expect the furnace investment and installation to cost somewhere around $3,600, which is the national average. The price can be much lower for a smaller unit, but much higher if you opt for a massive unit if your home has a lot more square footage.  When you are fully prepared for a new furnace installation, you will have a much easier time handling this task if indeed it does arise. Talk to a heating contractor in your area about any further questions you have about either buying or installing a new furnace for your home. To find out more about furnace installation, contact a company like Laroc Refrigeration-Metal...

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The Different Types of Gas Furnaces

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Different Types of Gas Furnaces

When it comes to providing heat to your home, gas furnaces are among the most common ways to get heat. However, there are several different types of furnaces to choose from. Here is an easy comparison of the main types of furnaces to help you decide which is best for your home. Low Efficiency Gas furnaces for heating your home is separated into different efficiencies. The first type of furnace is a low efficiency furnace. While they are sometimes found, it is known as obsolete technology since improved furnaces are now on the market. However, there may be some circumstances where they are the right choice for you. A low efficiency furnace is usually not electric and runs with a pilot ignition. They are single-stage furnaces with one speed blower. They also have a natural draft exhaust and cast iron heat exchanger. Medium Efficiency The next stage of gas furnaces are considered medium efficiency furnaces. These are still widely available on the market and used in many homes. They might not be the best you can get as far as the efficiency goes, but they are definitely improved from the previous low efficiency furnaces. The medium efficiency furnace often has an electronic ignition, so no pilot light is needed. They may come in a single-stage or two-stage model, which provides different speed blowers. The heat exchanger is often made of steel as opposed to cast iron like previous furnaces used. They will also create a natural draft in your home with a flow of combustion gases. High Efficiency The best type of gas furnace you can get for your home is a high efficiency furnace. These are often approved as eco-friendly furnaces since you will use the littlest amount of energy possible to heat your home. High efficiency gas furnaces are known as condensing furnaces and will always have an electronic ignition. It can either be a single-stage, two-stage, or modulating furnace. These are also variable speed blower furnaces and also have a steel tube heat exchanger. The combustion chamber on a high efficiency furnace is sealed, which further helps to reduce emitted gases. If you want to get the most heat possible in your home with the littlest amount of energy used, you should choose a high efficiency furnace. However, if you want good efficiency but are on a budget, choose the mid-range furnace. Low efficiency furnaces tend to be the least popular and have a lot of drawbacks. For more information, talk to a professional like Bristol Heating & Air...

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Ceiling Fans: The Key To Summertime Comfort

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ceiling Fans: The Key To Summertime Comfort

Did you know that your home’s ceiling fan can play a big role in keeping it cool and comfortable this summer? In addition to making you feel cooler, ceiling fans can also ease the financial burden of cooling your home. Putting Wind Chill to Good Use Ever wipe your skin with a damp cloth and then expose it to a gentle breeze? Then you’ve noticed that your skin feels cooler as the breeze passes over it. This is a phenomenon known as the “wind chill effect” and it works by combining two effective ways of removing heat – water and wind. As you perspire, the moisture your skin emits also absorbs part of your body heat. When a light breeze hits your skin, it evaporates the moisture while carrying away the latent heat within. As a result, you’ll feel cooler in spite of the actual temperature in a given space. You can use your ceiling fan to take advantage of the wind chill effect by creating a constant breeze throughout the room it’s located in. With a constant breeze, you and your occupants will feel several degrees cooler than you normally would otherwise. What Does This Have to Do with Your Air Conditioner? As it turns out, ceiling fans could be the key to more efficient and cost-effective home cooling. Since you’ll feel cooler, you won’t need as much air conditioning to achieve the same level of comfort if you weren’t using your ceiling fans. That means you can raise your thermostat to slightly warmer temperatures without any loss in overall comfort. In addition to increasing your own comfort, ceiling fans can also help reduce your energy bills. By setting your thermostat 4 degrees above normal when using your ceiling fans, the average home can save anywhere from 4 to 8 percent on cooling costs. Keep in mind that the ceiling fan doesn’t cool the room itself. Instead, it uses the wind chill factor to make occupants feel cooler. When there’s no one around to enjoy this cooling effect, you’ll want to turn off the fan to save electricity. Knowing Which Way to Turn Your ceiling fan won’t be any good to you if you don’t have it properly set. In order to generate the wind chill effect, your fan has to turn counterclockwise so the blades push air downward. Some fans have an option to reverse the airflow so it creates an updraft. However, this draws cool air upwards, mixes it with warmer air near the ceiling and then pushes the mixed air downwards, making your home feel warmer instead of cooler. Most fans feature a direction switch on or near the motor housing. You’ll want to set this switch so that your fan operates in a counterclockwise direction. Using the correct setting will help you maximize your comfort and energy savings from your ceiling fan.  To learn more, contact a company like Arlington Heating & Air...

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