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3 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Furnace

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Furnace

As a homeowner, having a working furnace is extremely important in the winter season. Keeping it working for many years is also important to ensure that you do not have to worry about the high cost of replacement for some time. All of this will ensure that you won’t have to go any amount of time without heat in your home during the cold winter season. To ensure this is definitely going to be possible, you will want to consider these three tips for getting the most out of your furnace: Have Yearly Inspections: Before the winter season begins, have your furnace inspected by a professional. This is a service that all HVAC companies will provide to ensure that your furnace is thoroughly cleaned and minor repairs are made before they become worse. They can also potentially catch any major problems that will need to be scheduled to be fixed right away. This way, your furnace is ready to start working properly as soon as the winter season arrives and you won’t have to go any number of days without heat in your home.  Remove Debris: If your furnace is surrounded by a great deal dust and debris, it can easily clog the filters in the furnace, making air flow weak. This is going to affect how quickly your home is heated. On top of this, if your furnace is not heating your home efficiently, it means that the furnace is having to work harder, which takes up more energy and leads to higher electricity bills. Every month during the winter season, you should clean or replace the filters and clean the outside of the furnace to remove any gathered dust in the area with a damp cloth.  Always Buy the Best Furnace: Whenever you have to replace your furnace, it’s always best to invest more money by installing the best possible furnace, which would be the newest model available. These are going to be the most efficient and they are much less likely to run into major problems that can cost you a good deal of money in the near future. Investing in the newest furnace type available is actually going to save you more money in the long run.  When you know these three tips, you can be sure that you are definitely getting the most out of your furnace every year, which is going to save you money. For more information, contact local professionals like Total Comfort Heating & Air...

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Maintenance Tips For Your Furnace

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintenance Tips For Your Furnace

The furnace is one of the most expensive appliances in your home. It’s a necessity that you don’t want to have to live without, so maintaining it is important to keep it running properly and efficiently and to help prevent breakdowns. See below for some of these maintenance tasks you should be doing to your furnace. Change The Furnace Filter Your furnace filter helps catch particles from the air and prevent them from blowing back into your home through your ventilation system. Particles such as pet dander, dust, and other debris can get caught up in the filter. The filter can get pretty dingy and dirty, and a dirty filter can block air flow to your furnace, causing it to work overtime. This can be hard on your furnace motor and could cause it to shut down all together. Be sure to change your furnace filter often (once per month) and check it often if you have pets in your home or anyone with breathing problems. Replace the filter with a properly fitting filter, and in the same way you took it out. There are arrows on the filter telling you which way to put it back in. You can tell when a filter needs to be replaced by holding it up to the light. If you cannot see any light through it, it’s time to replace it. Clean Your Furnace Just like the filter, your furnace itself can get cluttered with dust, dirt, and other debris. Turn off your furnace and shut off the gas, then open up the panel on your furnace. You should be able to see the inside of your furnace at this point. Take a vacuum along with the attachments and gently vacuum up the inside of the furnace to remove as much dust and debris as possible. Then replace the panel, turn the gas on and turn your furnace back on. Vacuum Vents Vacuum the vents around your home to prevent dust and dander from getting to your furnace. Be sure to remove anything blocking your vents as well, such as furniture, curtains and other items to help with air flow. Using a shop vacuum and the hose attachment, vacuum your vents as far in as you can reach to remove as much debris as you can.  Maintaining your furnace and keeping filter and vents clean will help keep your furnace running properly and efficiently. Contact a professional HVAC company like Total Comfort Heating & Cooling for other ways to maintain your...

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How to Protect Your HVAC System from Wasps, Ants, and Other Pests

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Protect Your HVAC System from Wasps, Ants, and Other Pests

From wasp nests in your AC unit to chipmunks in your ducts, pests can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Not only can they chew through important wiring and components, but their feces and other materials left behind can bring odors and dangerous contaminants into your home whenever the heat or AC kicks on! If you don’t want your home to smell like mouse feces or want your ducts to be overrun by cockroaches, follow these tips to protect your HVAC system from pests. Seal your ducts. There may be breakpoints between your ducts that are large enough for bugs to crawl through. Mice may even be able to access your HVAC system this way if the gaps are large enough. Hire an HVAC company to come seal your ducts. They will either weld these areas together to eliminate gaps or use duct tape to seal them off. If you can see some of the ducts in your home (such as those in a basement or attic) don’t hesitate to seal off any cracks you see yourself by applying duct tape. Keep all vents covered. Depending on the age and style of your furnace, it may vent out your chimney or out a smaller PVC duct. In either case, it’s important that this vent or chimney is covered so that rodents cannot use it to gain access. For a PVC vent, you can typically purchase a cap at the local hardware store. All you need to know is the diameter of the pipe. The cap slips right onto the end. For a chimney, things can be a bit more complicated. Have your roofer check for a chimney cap the next time they’re up there, or if you dare, climb into the roof yourself to check for it. If the chimney cap is missing, you’ll probably have to have a replacement ordered though your HVAC company to ensure it’s the proper size. Keep the area around the AC unit clear. To protect your outdoor AC unit, the best thing you can do is keep any weeds and brush around the unit well trimmed. Don’t let leaves or other debris build up near it either. If pests don’t have anywhere to hide, they’ll be less likely to climb into the AC unit. Use soap and water to keep the exterior of the unit clean, as this will make it less appealing to...

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3 Pros And Cons Of An Oil-Burning Furnace

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Pros And Cons Of An Oil-Burning Furnace

Furnace types vary predominantly in the type of fuel used to power the system. Electric and natural gas have become two of the most common modern fuel types but old-school oil still exists and works best for some homeowners. Investing in an oil furnace has particular pros and cons that can help you decide, with your furnace service company, if this type of unit is the right match for you. Pro: Heating Efficient An oil furnace does its job very well, which is to say that the unit can thoroughly heat your home with minimal effort and spent fuel. The heating efficiency can save you on oil refilling costs and minimize the risk of the furnace experiencing wear and tear related damage. The controls on an oil furnace are also more precise and easily tailored to your heating needs, which can help you avoid running the furnace more than you need in order to achieve a comfortable temperature. Pro: Safer than a Gas Furnace A gas furnace produces carbon monoxide as part of the combustion cycle that occurs within a system of tubes called the heat exchanger. A nearby fan blows the carbon monoxide out of the system and into your flue to take the deadly gas out of your home. But if the heat exchanger breaks, the fan experiences problems, or the flue becomes clogged, your gas furnace could start leaking that toxic gas into your home. An oil furnace doesn’t produce carbon monoxide so there is no gas leak risk.  You might worry about oil and think the fuel would pose a flammability risk, but you could literally drop a lit match into the oil and it wouldn’t catch fire; it would put out the match. So you don’t need to worry about a fire starting in your furnace due to the fuel. That said, you do want to still clean up any fuel leaks as quickly as possible and report the problem to your HVAC tech immediately. The tech can fix the problem and top off your oil in one go. Con: Can Become Costly The upfront costs of an oil furnace are on par with a gas furnace. But the need to keep refilling the oil and the specialized maintenance required can lead to the unit costing more in the long run. And while the oil furnace is heating efficient, the use of oil doesn’t make this type of unit as environmentally friendly as a gas or even electric-powered furnace. Unsure of how much an oil furnace would cost to own and operate? Contact your HVAC company for a personalized quote, or visit websites like...

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3 Tips For Preparing Your Air Conditioner System For Winter

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Preparing Your Air Conditioner System For Winter

During the cold weather months, your air conditioner system is probably the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, unless you take steps to properly prepare your system for the winter, it could suffer damage that could impact how it operates when the weather warms up. Here are some tips to prepare your system for the winter.   Clean the System Throughout the summer months, your air conditioner system can become covered in dust and other debris. The debris can find their way into your system and clog its interior components. To maintain the integrity of your system, take the time to clean it.   The exterior of the system can be swept with a broom to remove leaves and other debris that are on it. Once you have thoroughly brushed the system, use a water hose to rinse it. Before using the hose, be sure to unplug the unit. Once the system is rinsed off, allow it to dry before proceeding.   Change the Filter Even though your air conditioner system will not be used for months, you need to change the filter now. There are a couple of reasons that you need to make sure the filter is clean. First, you want to be sure the air conditioner is prepared for use when the weather warms up. Second, the dirt from the clogged filter can potentially damage the interior of the air conditioner system.  Cover the System and Pipes If you are planning to leave your air conditioner system in place during the winter, you need to cover it. Covering the system helps to protect it from the elements. It also keeps snow, rain, and ice out of the system. The moisture in the system can lead to the development of rust. The cover you place over it needs to be waterproof. Check your local home improvement store for specially designed covers for air conditioner systems.   Pipes running to and from your air conditioner system also need to be protected from the cold weather. You can wrap the exposed exterior pipes with foam covers. You will need to check the coverings throughout the winter to ensure they are in place.   Talk to your HVAC services technician to find out what other steps you can take to protect your air conditioner system during the winter. He or she can inspect the system and provide you with model specific ideas for keeping your system in good...

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Duct Cleaning As Part Of Mold Mitigation

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Duct Cleaning As Part Of Mold Mitigation

No matter how clean you keep your home, you might have a few mold spores floating around. These mold spores are not a problem unless they find a cool damp place. Once they find such a place, they will grow and send mold spore scouts all over your home. Each of these scouts can start its own colony, and before you realize you have a problem, you can find yourself in the midst of a full-scale invasion. Your AC unit can play an unwitting role in aiding the invaders, so it is important to keep your ducts clean.  How Ducts Help Invading Mold Spores Dust, pet dander, pollen, insect carcasses dead skin cells, and other contaminants can build up inside of your ducts. This build-up of grime can act as the perfect growing medium for mold spores, but as long as your ducts stay dry, you should have nothing to worry about. On the other hand, if an overflowing sink, children splashing around in a bathtub, or any other flooding event introduces water to your ducts, the mold will take root. Then, when your AC unit kicks on, the air flowing through your ducts will carry mold spores throughout your house. Mold in a bathroom might be isolated enough that you don’t have to worry too much about spreading spores. But mold spores that hitch a ride on the air flowing through your AC unit can infest your whole home.  Limitations of Do-It-Yourself Duct Cleaning If you have a wet/dry vacuum in your home, you might think that you are equipped to take care of cleaning your ducts on your own. While the do-it-yourself spirit is admirable in most situations, duct cleaning is one time when it is important to know your limitations. Your wet/dry vac will have neither the reach nor the power to thoroughly clean your ducts. In fact, the grime that builds up on the inside of ducts can become stick so well to the surfaces of your ducts that you have to use a brush to scrub it off. Duct cleaners will use specially designed brushes combined with a high-powered vacuum to remove all grime and mold spores from your ducts. Thus, you should trust duct cleaning to the professionals.  While combating a mold invasion necessitates duct cleaning, it is not the only time that you should consider cleaning your ducts. If you suffer from asthma or allergies, the contaminants that build up in your ducts can pose a real threat to your lung health. Thus, you should immediately clean your ducts after a flooding event, but you should also inspect your ducts from time to time and have them cleaned whenever grime starts to build up in them. Go to website for...

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Tips For Hiding Your HVAC Unit With Landscaping Without Complications

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Hiding Your HVAC Unit With Landscaping Without Complications

Many people don’t consider outdoor heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units attractive. As such, they like to hide it behind more landscaping features. If you are thinking of such a venture, make sure you plan your landscaping well so it doesn’t interfere with the operation, efficiency or servicing of the unit. These simple measures will help you achieve that: Avoid Prickly Plants Even if you have just installed a new unit, it will need servicing or repair sooner or later. If that time comes, the technician should find it easy to work on the unit. That will not be the case if you have hidden the unit behind prickly bushes that can scratch or prick the technician. Therefore, avoid thorny shrubs at all costs. Leave Some Room for Work Thorns aren’t the only things that can hinder work on the unit; inadequate space around the unit may also be a problem. The technician needs adequate room for maneuvering with their tools and equipment. Therefore, don’t plant the shrubs so close to the unit that a grown man cannot maneuver comfortably between the unit and the plants. Be Careful When Maintaining Your Landscape You will need to maintain your plants to make them thrive. For example, regular pruning, trimming, and weeding may be necessary. Make sure these operations don’t interfere with the operation of the unit. For example, don’t let leaves and dirt clog the condenser coils since that will interfere with their efficiency, which means your air conditioner will use more energy and wear faster. Plan for the Growth of the Plants HVAC units have varying lifespans, but you should expect your unit to serve you for at least a decade. During that time, a young seedling can grow to a huge plant. Therefore, don’t forget about the growth of plants when designing the landscape around your HVAC unit. A seedling may look small and far from the unit, but it may interfere with the unit’s operation when it matures and its branches start overhanging the unit. It’s for this reason that short plants, such as shrubs, are preferred for this purpose.  Hopefully, the above precautions will help you keep your HVAC’s unit out of view while still maintaining its efficiency. Some leaves and plant debris may still get into the unit, so don’t forget to clean and service it regularly. Talk to your HVAC installation technician for more ways on planting around your unit without interfering with its...

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4 Spring Cleaning Projects To Get Your AC Ready For The Summer Months

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Spring Cleaning Projects To Get Your AC Ready For The Summer Months

While you may not be thinking about it now, soon summer will be here and you will want to be ready to turn on the AC.  With spring arriving, it is a good time to do maintenance and cleaning to your air conditioning. This can include having the ducts cleaned, servicing the system and cleaning the outdoor unit. Here are some of the things that you will want to add to your spring cleaning to-do-list before you crank of the AC: 1. Removing Covers And Cleaning The Outdoor Unit During the fall, you may have winterized your AC system and covered it to protect it during winter weather. Now, it is time to remove the cover and make sure your system is ready. If you have not completely covered the unit, you may want to check to make sure that no debris got it. This can be a good time to clean the unit again before you turn it back on. 2. Changing The Filter And Checking The Vents Of The System Changing the filter is an important part of AC maintenance. During the spring months, you will want to go ahead and change the filters. You may want to stock up on filters to change them throughout the summer months. In addition, you can check all the vents to make sure that they are open and that your system has good airflow. 3. Having The Ductwork Cleaned To Removed Dust Before You Turn On The AC Ductwork can become dirty over the winter months, as dust settles in them if they are not used for heating. To reduce stress on your system, you may want to have the ducts cleaned every couple of years. If you have bad allergies, this can be done every season to reduce allergens in the air in your home. 4. Have Your System Serviced And Small Repairs Done In The Spring The spring is also a good time to have your system serviced by an HVAC technician. They can inspect your system for any signs of repairs and do them while you do not need the AC. If your system needs to be charged with coolant gas, this can be done when the AC repair services in Flowery Branch, GA comes to your house.  These are some things that you will want to add to your spring cleaning to-do-list before it is time to crank up the cooling in your home. If you need help with servicing and repairs to your air conditioning, contact an HVAC contractor and talk with the about what else you can do to prepare your system for...

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Tips For Maintaining Your Ventilation

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Maintaining Your Ventilation

If you have noticed that your heating and air conditioning bills have been a bit high lately, then you might have a problem in your air ducts. Even though it might not seem like it, these small increases can add up to a lot of money over time. It’s often a good idea to nip these problems in the bud and proactively deal with any potential air duct problems. To help you get started, here are some general maintenance tips: Clean the Filters First of all, you want to check the filters on your air conditioner and heater. These filters can get pretty clogged up over time with dust and debris, both of which can reduce the flow of air through the filters. They can also absorb heat, which means that you heater will waste a large portion of its output when it has a dusty filter. Cleaning the filters is a simple affair, and you simply need to use a screwdriver and a vacuum that has a hose. Remove the filter and clean out the affected area, but make sure to dispose of the filter if it isn’t permanent. Clean the Vent Covers You also want to check the vent covers in every room, taking them off and cleaning them out. This can lead to increased air flow, but it can also reduce respiratory problems in your home. If you have a lot of dust in your ventilation and turn on your central fan after a long period of disuse, then you can blow a ton of dust throughout your home, creating both a cleaning nightmare and a lot of unhealthy air. Check Each Room For Air Flow Now that you have cleaned out the majority of the openings in your ventilation, you want to check how the air flow is doing. Run the central fan and then manually check every vent cover to determine how strong the air flow is. If you feel a comparable air flow in every room, then everything appears to be in order. If that isn’t the case, then you might have a blockage somewhere that is preventing air from reaching the room in question. In that case, a professional might be your best bet. After all, you want to make sure that the problem will be fixed quickly and efficiently, and you might simply not have the expertise that is necessary to accomplish that. For more information, contact companies like Tailor Made Maintenance...

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Why Wintertime Is The Right Time For AC Service

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Wintertime Is The Right Time For AC Service

You might not be thinking about your air conditioner right now, but you will be in the next few months. With the start of the hot season close at hand, now is a good time to consider how much TLC your AC system has had since you last used it. If the answer is “not much” or “none at all,” then you may want to set up a service call with your HVAC technician. Here are a few good reasons why right now is the best time to have your AC system serviced: Reason #1: You Won’t Have to Sacrifice Any Cooling Comfort Wouldn’t you rather have your AC system serviced right now, when you least need the cooling comfort it offers, instead of waiting for the middle of summer? Not only is it more expensive to wait until the summer to have your system serviced, but if there is a major problem with your AC system, you could end up going without air conditioning for a few days or even longer when you need it. It’s better to have essential service performed on your AC system while you’re not using it. It’ll give your technician more time to thoroughly check and correct potential trouble spots, giving your AC system a clean bill of health. Reason #2: It’s Easier to Get an AC Technician During Off-Peak Periods The summer months can be a hectic time for HVAC technicians, as they’re usually swamped with service calls for emergency AC repairs and last-minute preventative service. On the other hand, the winter months tend to be a bit slower for AC repair, as most people are focused on heating system upkeep. As a result, it’s usually easier to hire someone for AC service during the winter. Reason #3: Some Contractors Offer Winter Discounts Not only is it easier to find someone to take care of your AC system service during the winter, but you may also be able to receive significant discounts. It’s not unusual for contractors to offer wintertime specials for AC service, so taking advantage of these deals could put a few extra dollars into your pocket. Getting your AC system ready for summer duty right now puts you ahead of the curve. Getting it checked out now means you won’t have to worry about having it checked at the last moment. With a well-maintained AC unit at the ready, there’s a good chance you won’t worry about system breakdowns and summertime emergency repairs,...

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