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How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Spring

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As the snow and ice start to melt, you relish in the idea of springtime. You can’t wait to experience warmer weather and spend more of your time outdoors. But with the higher temperatures comes a need to use your air conditioner and HVAC system more regularly.

Like most homeowners, you likely haven’t used your air conditioner since the end of last summer. Since your A/C hasn’t run in a few months, you’ll want to take a few steps to ensure the unit works smoothly and efficiently once spring weather hits.

In our blog below, we discuss six measures you can take to prepare your HVAC system for the spring. Use these tips to make sure your unit is in top shape before you turn it on for the first time this coming season.

Troubleshooting Secrets for Your Heating System

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Temperatures will drop this winter, and when they do, you need a functioning heater to keep you and your family warm and comfortable. Furnaces are built to be durable, but even trustworthy, leading-brand heating systems sometimes malfunction.

If your heater blows cold air, hot air, or no air at all, try these troubleshooting tips before you call a professional.

Get to Know Your Heat Pump Options

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Every home needs a temperature control system that keeps the indoors comfy when the air outside becomes too hot or too cold. Traditionally, homes have used separate appliances to handle heating and cooling, but a heat pump can take care of both tasks. This versatility makes heat pumps efficient and cost-effective.

In this blog, we’ll explore what you need to know if you’re considering a heat pump for your home. You’ll learn how heat pumps work, what types are available, and what advantages they offer over other HVAC systems.

Which Type of Furnace Is Right for Your Home?

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Winter’s almost here, and you know you need to prepare your home to endure the cool weather ahead. Most importantly, before the chillier temperatures, increased rainfall, and the possibility of snow storms, you need to spend a little extra time with your furnace.

But after several years-or even several decades-of hard work, your furnace is starting to give out. It chugs along inefficiently or fails to even heat your home. It’s time for a replacement, and you want to choose and install the perfect furnace before the cool weather truly sets in. But with so many furnace brands and types on the market, where do you even begin?

In our blog below, we’ll overview some of the main furnace types, including the pros and cons of oil, gas, and electric furnaces. With a little help from our blog and a personal consultation from an HVAC technician, you’ll have a much better idea of how to choose the right furnace for your home.

Common HVAC Sounds and What They Mean

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After years in your home, you may become immune to your house’s sounds-the chug of the laundry machine or the drone of the shower. So when you hear the hum of your HVAC’s blower or the occasional bang of the furnace, it doesn’t trouble you.

However, there remain some HVAC-related sounds you shouldn’t ignore. You might notice an unexpected screech or a startling boom. While you could put these sounds out of your mind, this decision could cost you in the long run-a small problem can evolve to a bigger and more expensive issue over time.

If you hear sounds that seem louder or more frequent than typical, read through the following information to help you identify the problem’s source. You’ll then feel prepared to speak with an HVAC specialist and resolve the issue sooner. However, you first want to acquaint yourself with the basic HVAC components to help you diagnose these noises.

How Your Air Conditioner Keeps Your Family Healthier

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A balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep give you the basic recipe for a healthy lifestyle. However, even though those three factors have the biggest impact on your physical well-being, you have other considerations to worry about as well. And those considerations include the air inside your home.

In the Seattle area, residents enjoy relatively healthy air. The region certainly has less pollution than other major metropolises like Los Angeles. However, the high humidity creates other problems for locals, and the air quality in their homes suffers as a result.

If you think the air quality inside your house could use some help, AC may give you the answer. In this blog, we’ll explore the risks that moisture poses to your home, as well as ways your air conditioner cleans the oxygen to keep you healthy.

Conserve Heat in Your Home to Lower Your Energy Costs and Environmental Impact

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According to the US Department of Energy, 56% of the energy your home uses comes from heating systems. Imagine what an impact it would make on your utility bill and the environment if you could reduce the amount of energy you consume.

You don’t have to resort to solar panels or resign yourself to freezing winter nights to make a difference. Consult the following suggestions to discover a plethora of small ways you can reduce the energy required to heat your house.

Spring is here!

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We have made it through our “heating season” and are looking forward to longer, warmer days with anticipation. If you haven’t yet had a maintenance done on your home comfort system this year, now is a great time to call. Not only is our schedule more flexible than in the very cold or very hot times of year, but we are running a Spring Special! Call us today to get the pesky maintenance tasks out of the way, so you can get on with the fun times this season always brings.

Backing up the Heat Pump:

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What is the difference between Oil and Gas when using a furnace for back up auxiliary heat?

The simple fact is that oil and gas furnaces have a very different comfort level. First of all when a heating technician uses the terms “Auxiliary heat” or back up “Emergency heat” this means that your heat pump system will need help heating your home when the outdoor temperature reaches its minimum balance point temperature for the outdoor condenser to operate efficiently (this is roughly 40°F.) You see a heat pump condenser can only exchange the differential of heat between the outdoor ambient temperature and its refrigerant balance point (example: R410A refrigerant boils at sea level around 48.5° F.) This balance point can be manipulated slightly with the increase of atmospheric pressures (sea level to mountain top) within the system, but as the outdoor temperatures reach freezing (32° F) the condenser should be locked out by the thermostat to prevent ice formation on the unit fan blades and the possibilities freezing up of the coil. This is also the point in which the energy consumed by the unit to create heat and discharge it to the home is not economically proficient. In other words, if your total heat rise from the indoor heat pump coil is less than 5° ΔT total (return air temperature minus warm air discharge temperature) your home will not gain heat quick enough to quantify the power consumption used to heat it efficiently. At this point you need another source of heat to supplement the lack of heat output at the warm air register or indoor head. A Lennox® forced warm air ducted gas furnace is designed to deliver between 35-55° ΔT degrees of heat rise depending on the BTU needed for your home (45,000-110,000 BTU) this will boost the heat output on the days in which the heat pump is locked out. A Thermo Pride® Oil furnace is designed to deliver 60-70° ΔT of heat rise depending on the BTU needed (60,000-132,000) and indoor blower configurations. The difference in comfort between the two furnaces is quite substantial, due to the higher recovery rates using an oil furnace for auxiliary back up. Most people would agree that a 40% relative humidity achieves a feel of much warmer and more comfortable home. The oil furnace can be set up with fewer furnace CPH’s (Cycles Per Hour) and still deliver a timely, comfortable heat output with more relative humidity sustained within the air. This is because the fewer times per hour air is circulated across a furnaces heat exchanger (internal metal fins that transfer the heat to air) less moisture is pulled from the air as it is heated. Thus a drying of the air occurs when configuring the thermostat for gas or propane furnaces due to the often increased amount of CPH needed to deliver heat to the air.

Another difference between gas and oil is the flame temperature at the point of combustion. Oil furnaces burn hotter, Natural Gas burn at 950-1,150°F Oil burns between 1,900-3,000°F depending on firing rate. The bi-products of oil combustion register much smaller amounts of CO (carbon monoxide) within the flue gases. Obviously aside from the explosive nature of natural gas and propane leaks, this makes oil heat a much safer furnace in the event of a heat exchanger leak, crack or plugging. In fact carbon monoxide alarms are only required when installing a gas or propane furnace. All fossil fuel furnaces run the risk of sooting and plugging with ash (not just oil furnaces), so it is especially important to have your gas or oil furnace checked and serviced regularly. A power vacuum by a professional truck mounted suction device may be required if you are experiencing a blockage, odors or service problems. These benefits of oil back up heat do come at a premium price and a little more monitoring of the fuel level used during the winter (you don’t want to run out!) The overall price between the fuels is substantially different between per gallon price versus per inch of water column of Natural Gas or Propane. Factoring in news about recent drops in crude oil prices and new advances in oil furnace design, fuel consumption (when used with a heat pump system) can be extremely low for a 12 month average. The days of an average oil heated home using 500 gallons per year are changing quite rapidly. To say oil heat is the more affordable option for back up auxiliary heat would simply be untrue in this day and age, however I feel obligated to note that superior comfort often comes with a premium price tag. Think of air travel these days, people still purchase first class seating even as expensive as it is already. Any professional sports stadium, a suite or club level lounge is always much more expensive but far more comfortable. Luxury cars and trucks these days, they all require a premium price for their comfort and use. If you always factor in the furnaces ability to deliver truly comfortable conditioning when you are choosing your Heat Pump systems back up, no matter what the cost it will always be money well spent!

 

-Chadwick Fulton

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