Understanding the 3 Components of Your HVAC System

About 48% of the typical U.S. home’s energy use comes from heating and cooling systems alone, making HVAC systems the greatest energy expense for most Americans. At the same time, few homeowners actually know the ins and outs of their residential heating system or how an air conditioner even works. However, to get the most out of your home heating and cooling appliances, it is crucial that you understand the key components of your HVAC system. If you’re a first-time homeowner, staring down an unusually large HVAC repair bill, or looking to upgrade your HVAC system in the new year, here is a basic guide to residential heating and cooling. […]

The Importance of Cleaning Commercial HVAC Systems

In order to work properly, HVAC systems must be installed properly and must undergo regular inspections. But many business owners and building managers don’t realize that their commercial HVAC systems need to be cleaned on a regular basis, too. Unlike residential HVAC systems, commercial HVAC systems are quite large and are responsible for heating and cooling huge buildings. Because these systems are so much larger, they collect more dust, debris, moisture, pollutants, and even bugs. If they are not cleaned regularly, this gunk will build up and can damage an otherwise fully operational system. Why is commercial HVAC cleaning so important? Not only will regular cleaning extend the life of […]

What’s That Smell: 3 Alarming HVAC Odors (and What You Should Do)

One cold November night you finally give in and decide to switch on your heating system. As your toes begin to defrost, however, you suddenly notice an odd odor coming from the vents. Before that nasty smell fills every room in your home, you should probably take a closer look at your HVAC unit. Chances are if you’re sensing a strong odor, something is seriously wrong. Let’s take a look at three potential HVAC odors and what they mean. Smoke or burning odor If you smell smoke coming from your vents, it can often be traced back to a mechanical or electrical problem in your heating and cooling system. Parts […]

Why Is My Furnace So Noisy?

A healthy furnace should be pretty quiet with just a few noises here and there. If your heating system is making a racket, however, it could be a warning sign that it needs maintenance or replacement. Below are just a few common noises you might hear from your furnace, what they mean, and how to address them. Banging If loud banging occurs when you turn on your furnace, there could be one of three issues. The first is that you have a ghost in the house. Once you rule that possibility out, it’s likely the duct work is “oil-canning” or flexing with the pressure change. The other potential issue is […]

Why Is My Furnace Constantly Turning On and Off?

A properly functioning furnace will automatically turn on and off to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. On average, a working furnace will switch on and off around three to six times in one hour. However, if your heating system is doing this more frequently, you may have a problem with your residential HVAC. Below you will find the most common causes of furnace malfunction. The air filter is dirty. When an air filter is dirty or clogged, it restricts air from going into the furnace, causing the whole system to overheat and shut down. Fortunately, it’s an easily avoidable problem. All you have to do is regularly check your air […]

3 Benefits of Home Humidifiers

Running the furnace throughout the winter can dry out the air in your home. A comfortable humidity level is between 35 and 50%. Whenever the humidity drops below that, you would benefit from a home humidifier. Humidifiers do a lot more than simply alleviate minor irritations like dry noses and scratchy throats that come with your heating and cooling system’s dry air. Here are three additional benefits of having a home humidifier. Humidifiers keep you healthy Believe it or not, dry air can facilitate the growth and spread of many unpleasant viruses that cause cold and flu symptoms. By maintaining a balanced humidity level in the house, you can prevent […]

Consider This Before Closing a Vent in an Unused Room

Some residential HVAC vents can be closed by adjusting a sliding switch. If no one is occupying a particular room in your house, it may seem logical to close the vent, cutting off that room from receiving the warm air flow. You might think that this would be a surefire way to reduce energy costs, but you would be wrong. In reality, closing air vents can actually hike up your utility bills and cost you more in HVAC repairs in the long run. It’s not an unreasonable theory – by closing the vent in an unused room, you can direct that warm air elsewhere in the house where it’s needed […]

Why is My Air Conditioner Spitting Out Water?

All central air conditioning systems work in the same basic way – they use a fan to blow air from inside your house across Freon coils. The heat from the air is then released outside, as cooled air is circulated inside. If your residential HVAC unit is spitting water, there is likely a malfunction in the condensation drain. So, where is the water coming from? Whether it is a central air conditioning system or a window unit, the origin of the water is the same. The air conditioner takes in the humid air from inside your home. When this humid air is blown across the cold Freon coils, it creates […]

How to Stay Warm This Fall Without Increasing Energy Costs

With the fall season comes temperate weather in many parts of the U.S. That means that this time of year is the perfect opportunity to give your residential HVAC system a break. During the day it’s not too hot or too cold, so it’s pretty easy to stay comfortable inside your home. Autumn nights can get a little chilly, however, so you may be tempted to rely on your heating system to keep you warm. If you want to save on energy costs, it is best to delay turning on your furnace or boiler. Here are a few ways to stay comfy and cozy without turning up the thermostat. Insulate. […]

Why is My Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

Today, two-thirds of all homes in the United States have air conditioners. Because they are so common, they are often taken for granted — that is, until yours stops working. You’re not an HVAC professional, so the mechanics of your unit might leave you confused and frustrated. Why is it blowing warm air? What’s wrong with the unit? Rather than breaking a sweat, take a look at the following helpful hints. If you’re still lost, call an HVAC service to give you a hand. Four Reasons Your AC Might Be Blowing Warm Air Thermostat is on the wrong setting Before you balk at the idea, know that this happens more […]

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