Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Spring Cleaning Tips

Monday, April 14th, 2014

March 21, 2010 we officially began Spring season. As the calendar turns towards April and we begin to enjoy warmer weather and begin opening our windows to fresh Spring air let’s consider  our seasonal efforts towards Spring cleaning. Whatever the origins of Spring cleaning are, it is time to get on the ball and start planning for your Spring cleaning projects.  This means more than just dusting and cleaning out areas we’ve long neglected. It also means taking care of the items that need maintenance around your house.

One of the items that tend to get neglected is your home cooling system. Because it sits outside and you haven’t turned on your central air conditioner in months you may forget about until you need it. Preventative maintenance is the key to longevity, a simple and affordable Air Conditioning Tune-Up during the Spring will help keep your system running well through the summer. This service includes a cleaning and inspection, which will help minimize and catch potential problems if they exist. In turn, an air conditioning tune up can help lower your energy bills, by ensuring your system is operating at maximum efficiency.

Remember to also change your air conditioner filters on a regular basis, best if done monthly. Want other spring cleaning ideas – consider including a thorough cleaning of the hvac system in your home.  Make sure to have your air ducts cleaned as part of your comprehensive cleaning plans. There are many qualified professional heating & air conditioning and air duct cleaning services you can call, ask for or download coupons for the services and save some money as well.

Future of Heating and Cooling?

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Lennox Industries has unveiled what could be the future of heating and cooling for residential homes and commercial buildings. The new Lennox products are part of the SunSource™ Home Energy System designed to use solar power to power the heating and cooling units thus reducing electricity consumption.

This system supplies electricity year round regardless if the system is in use. Overall consumers who purchase the system would save money because their electricity would be provided by the solar panel equipment that would generate power for the entire home not just the furnace and air conditioning system. (more…)

Annual Central Air Conditioner Maintenance

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

There are many reasons air conditioners fall the first time they’re turned on after a prolonged period of disuse. Dirt, leaves, and other debris often get stuck in vents, preventing proper air flow. Filters can have invisible blockages that aren’t obvious on inspection but still interfere with cooling.

Blockage from debris is the biggest problem regardless of the type of air conditioner. Make sure all outdoor elements are cleaned yearly. Condenser coils on split system central air conditioners (units that are partially indoors and partially outdoors) are particularly prone to collecting unwanted dirt, leaves, and twigs. Terry Townsend, former president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, suggests homeowners have a contractor clean & check the system once in the spring and again in the fall.

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Sizing Your HVAC System

Friday, April 11th, 2014

How do you size your hvac system? When sizing a heating and cooling system for a home, a load calculation is the best and only system recognized by city codes. Yes, you’ve probably heard it all before, but a poorly sized HVAC system can lead not only rob you of your comfort by providing insufficient heating or cooling but also be costly in terms of  higher energy  bills.

Most HVAC contractors only size your system based on your old furnace & A/C size. The problem is that the new system is more efficient then your old system. For example: your old furnace is 60% efficient (afue) and has a 150,000 btu input. That means 40% of the natural gas or propane your furnace is using is going up the flue pipe into your chimney. Also your btu output of your furnace would be 90,000 btu’s (150,000 minus 40%). So if the contractor replaces your old furnace with the same size new furnace (new furnaces range from 80% to 95% efficiency) a 150,000 btu furnace at 80% efficiency would give you an output of 120,000 btu’s, which would give you 30,000 more btu’s then you have with your old furnace. (more…)