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January 2014

Heating and Cooling Maintenance Checklist

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When it comes to running a well-oiled machine, scheduled heating and cooling maintenance is required to prevent unpredictable breakdowns or costly replacements. We understand the process of educating homeowners on the facets of maintaining their AC and furnace units for long-time use.  Inspecting these units will save time, frustration and money. When approaching the review of heating and cooling systems, it is best to start with a basic checklist. This approach helps to catch any issues, and more importantly, provides a thorough review. Additionally, deciding when to inspect is important. For systems that process heating and cooling, we suggest checking every spring and every fall. If you have a unit that processes cooling (AC) only, it is best to check it once a year before the cool air approaches, depending on your climate. For heating systems, opt to check it once a year before the hot season rolls in. For filters, it is best to review functions monthly. Pollutants, allergens and more can seep into your home, clogging breathing space. It may be worth talking to us when it comes to determining what filter works best for your home. We always suggest calling in a professional when it comes to reviewing the checklist. The basics of the checklist cover the following: Thermostat settings are an essential point to verify the best affordable, yet comfortable setting is selected. Clean all debris from the area, or beneath the units. Lubricate all moving parts. Check filters and replace as needed. Check the condensate drain when in…

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Indoor Air Quality: Replacing Your Air Filter

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It’s Not Just Outdoor Pollution For several decades, our society has grown increasingly concerned about the environment and the quality of our outdoor air. While that is a positive change, it is somewhat ironic that we do not have the same or greater public concern about indoor air quality. Since modern homes and structures are built to be more energy-efficient and free of drafts, much interior air is severely polluted with a range of pollens, molds, dusts and other harmful airborne materials. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued a number of warnings concerning this serious health issue and recently launched a major campaign to raise public awareness. The Role of Air Filters We work to educate our customers about the two primary components of the normal HVAC system that play major roles in the quality of your indoor air. These are the air filter and the ductwork that circulates air through homes. It is imperative that both of these parts of your heating and cooling system be maintained and kept clean. Modern technology has achieved significant advances in the quality and effectiveness of the air filters that can be purchased for your system. While the original purpose of such filters was to protect the unit itself from dust and debris, they are now designed to also remove much of a home’s airborne pollutants. When customers select the filter that is going to protect their family, there are several options and a wide range in cost and efficiency. Before considering those options,…

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Buying a New Water Heater?

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If you need to replace your hot water heater, you may have the same question as many others: Which is better, a tankless water heater or a traditional one with a storage tank? There are significant differences between the two types of water heaters, including the initial cost. This guide to hot water heaters will help you choose the best type for your individual needs. Traditional Water Heater A traditional water heater is available with a 30, 40 or 50 gallon water storage tank, with the most common being a 30 gallon tank. The tank uses a burner unit that is fueled by electric, gas or propane to heat water in the tank to the preset temperature, which is controlled by a thermostat. The size of the tank determines the amount of gallon usage available before it is empty and has to reheat the water. The main concern for many people is that the burner is continually using energy to heat water stored in the tank. Tankless Water Heater Tankless water heaters do not have a storage tank, but instead heat the water only when the fixture for hot water is turned on. Once the hot side has been turned on, the burner begins to heat up and as water goes through a heat exchanger, it is heated. The burner must be extremely hot, about three times the amount of heat required for a traditional burner. A common misconception is that the water in a tankless water heater is instantly heated as…

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