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Key Factors in Furnace Replacement Price

 

 Key Factors in Furnace Replacement Price

A furnace is an important part of many homes. It works hard to keep you and your family warm during the cold winter months. It may be time for a furnace replacement when this unit is not working as efficiently as it used to. Before you run out and buy a new furnace, however, you may want to think about the key factors that affect the price.

Efficiency

Certain furnace models may boast a high-energy efficiency. This means that your new unit will be able to heat your home using less energy than a typical furnace. However, the more energy efficient an appliance is the higher the price tag can be. While you might not be able to afford the most energy-efficient model on the market, you may want to find something in the middle ground. The more energy efficient a heater is the less it will cost you to heat your home in the long run.

Features

Do you want to be able to adjust the temperature of your house based on the weather of the day? Or perhaps you want a furnace that can operate at partial power. The more special features you look for in a furnace the higher the price tag will likely be. Think about the features that are important to you and the ones you can live without as you look for your furnace replacement.

Size

Finally, the size of the unit can affect how much you have to pay. Usually, the bigger the unit is the more you should expect to pay. Thankfully, when it comes to size, bigger is not always better. Before you buy a furnace replacement, you should talk with an HVAC expert. He or she can calculate the proper furnace size for your home based on insulation features, electrical supply and the size of your house. Buying a furnace that is neither too big nor too small can ensure your operating costs remain low.

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Saving on Your Heating Bill

Saving on Your Heating Bill

 

Is your heating bill out of control, especially during the winter? If so, you’re in good company. Many people struggle to keep their homes at a comfortable temperature year-round without receiving sky-high gas bills in return. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to lower your monthly bill without turning your home into a freezer. Put these tips into action and reap the money-saving benefits.

  1. Turn Your Heat Down

This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but what if you don’t want to live in less-than-comfortable temperatures during the winter? The solution is simple: turn the heat down only when you plan on leaving the house for a few hours at a time to save money on your heating bill. If you work or go to school, adjust your thermostat to a lower temperature while you’re gone. Once you get home, turn the temperature back up to a comfortable level.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not always wise to turn your heat off completely when leaving your home. This is because it takes more energy to reheat a freezing home than it does to raise the temperature a few degrees.

  1. Invest in a Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat can automatically adjust your temperature throughout the day so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself. So, if you have a pretty regular schedule and you know when you will be out of the house each day, you can program your thermostat to lower the temperature a few degrees during those hours. You can also program it to bring the temperature up a few degrees before you get home so you’ll never feel chilly.

  1. Wear More Layers

No one likes to be cold, but what if you could lower the temperature one or two degrees without feeling the difference? The solution may be as simple as wearing more layers at home, or opting for long sleeves instead of short sleeves.

If you’re frustrated with your exorbitant heating bill, try putting one or more of these tips into practice and experience almost immediate savings results.

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Winterizing Your Home

 

Winterizing Your Home

With winter approaching, it is time to take measures to ensure your home remains a comfortable place to live. This involves more than simply making sure your heater is working properly. There are various things you should take care of around the house, especially if you live in an area that is prone to particularly freezing winters.

Cleaning Out Gutters

You want to ensure water is able to move freely through your gutters. Clean out any debris hindering the flow of liquid, including leaves, branches and anything else that might have gotten caught in there. This will prevent ice from forming within your gutters and potentially damaging the system.

Redirecting Fans

If your house has ceiling fans, then you should alter their direction so that they spin clockwise. This direction allows hot air accumulating closer to the ceiling to be directed toward the ground. You are not going to get as much hot air if they spin counterclockwise.

Replacing Filters

Winter is the time to get some use out of the heater in your home. However, if your HVAC system has a dirty filter, then it is not going to work as effectively. Always have some spare filters around so that you are able to swap them out with ease.

Flushing Water Heater

You will be thankful you have hot water when it starts really getting cold. To ensure your water heater is operating efficiently, you should flush it out toward the beginning of the season. This allows you to drain the unit of all sediments and particles that have accumulated throughout the past year. This keeps it functioning at its best, so you always have heated water on demand.

A little maintenance goes a long way when it comes to winterizing your home. You can take care of all these actions in a weekend, and you will benefit all winter long.

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The Danger of Dust

 

The Danger of Dust

Do you really know what dust is? It is a mixture of dead skin cells, animal dander and hair, tiny bits of fabric, feces from dust mites, and microscopic parts of bugs that are decomposing in your home. This party mix of particles can also consist of microscopic flakes of dirt, paint, bacteria, pollen, and mold. When it comes to the health of you and your family, it really is paramount to limit the amount of dust that you have in the home.

The Effects of Dust Buildup

The elderly, children, and people with weakened immune systems are especially susceptible to health conditions brought about by breathing in excessive dust. Many people suffer from allergy and asthma symptoms including bronchial infections, runny noses, and coughing. Many of these symptoms become worse in the colder months when people tend to spend more time indoors in a closed in environment.

Elements of dust can actually be absorbed through the skin and cause problems. Itchiness and eczema can also be a result of exposure to dust in the home and can worsen over time. The body’s immune system can also be negatively impacted when continuously exposed to high levels of dust.

Ways to Combat Dust

Make sure that you have doormats at every entrance from the outside of the home. Wash area rugs frequently to rid them of contaminants, and dust with a microfiber cloth. Also, make sure to schedule a regular cleaning of your home’s ventilation system.

High levels of dust and its negative effects can be mitigated by regular air duct cleaning. It is also crucial to have a professional make sure that you do not have any openings in your home’s air ducts that can allow extra dust into your ventilation system. Make an appointment today to ensure that your ducts are clean and in good working order.

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What’s the Best Air Filter for Indoor Air Quality?

What’s the best air filter for indoor air quality? It is a challenge to ensure good air quality indoors. Fresh air needs to be able to circulate into a structure, and pollutants need to be stopped from entering indoor breathing space. That is why the performance of an air filter is so vital. The right filter for you will depend on your home’s situation.
Air Filter

 

A Filter’s Job Description

A ventilation system’s porous air filter needs to be able to do these things:

  1. Trap dust and dust mites
  2. Trap mold spores
  3. Trap pollen and pet dander
  4. Allow air to flow through the filter

Some filters may even be able to trap certain bacteria and viruses. Here are the four types of mechanical air filters to choose from when looking at the best filter solution for you.

Flat-paneled Fiberglass

This category of disposable air filters is inexpensive, and functions mainly as a protectant for your HVAC system. The layered fibers of fiberglass have some success in trapping large particles in the air and low efficiency in trapping smaller sized dander and dust mites.

Pleated Polyester

Pleats in the air filter’s media give this type of disposable filter a larger surface area and hence more efficiency in collecting airborne particles than the flat-paneled filters. This style of filter offers a wide range of efficiency from medium to a high efficiency level that is comparable to high efficiency particulate (HEPA) air filters. The price point of these filters is higher than fiberglass but lower than HEPA products.

HEPA

HEPA filters offer the most air filtration of mechanical filters. Because they can block particles that are 0.3 microns of larger, they are extremely efficient at ensuring clean indoor air. Before switching to HEPA filters, consult your heating and cooling professional to see if adjustments need to be made to your HVAC system to accommodate a HEPA filter.

The right filter for you will depend on your home’s situation. For the best performance possible, change your filter regularly as prescribed by your HVAC system’s manufacturer.

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Pest Proof Your HVAC Components

Pest Proof Your HVAC Components

Keeping pests out of your home may help lessen the risk that you will experience pest-related property damage or negative health impacts. When you are safeguarding your home from insect or rodent intrusion, do not forget the importance of maintaining a pest-proof HVAC system. 

Resolving the Current Problem

If your house is already experiencing problems with pests, you will need to resolve the problem quickly. It is best to call in an expert who can generally handle the situation without exposing your family to potentially harmful pesticides. A professional may be likely to pursue the following steps.

  1. Trapping

Any live pests that have already entered your HVAC system will need to be removed. This is generally best accomplished through the use of live traps. A trained HVAC professional will likely know all the best methods for removing insects or small animals from your ducts.

  1. Cleaning

If pests have died inside your ducts, this may present an unpleasant problem. Dead pests can be odorous. There is also a risk that they may obstruct HVAC vents. An expert should be able to clean out your HVAC system to ensure that all pests are safely and thoroughly removed.

Preventing Future Pest Infestations 

After the initial problem has been dealt with, you will want to take some steps to help prevent it from occurring again. Here are some of the things you can do to help maintain a pest-proof HVAC.

  1. Sealants and Covers

Any unprotected openings in your vents or ducts may provide an opportunity for pests to enter. This means that any cracks or holes will need to be thoroughly sealed. Vents and flues should also be equipped with covers that have been correctly and securely installed.

  1. Repellant

 If possible, it is best to keep pests entirely away from your HVAC system. To help accomplish this goal, try to keep the area clean, and consider investing in pest repellant sprays.

A Pest-Free Home

A pest-proof HVAC system is just one of the steps you can take toward keeping your home secure. A certified HVAC professional can likely assist with trapping, cleaning, sealing or covering openings, and correctly using repellant.

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Getting to Know About Your New Home’s HVAC System

Getting to Know About Your New Home’s HVAC System

Getting to Know About Your New Home’s HVAC System

You rely on your house’s heating and cooling mechanisms for the comfort of you and your family. When you move, it’s important to make sure you get to know the new home HVAC system. This will help to ensure that it works right when you need it and is as efficient as possible. Here are some important steps to take:

  1. Find out what warranties it has and if can they be transferred.

A key thing to find out is if there are warranties on the HVAC system that are still current. If so, you will want them to be transferred to you if possible. This can require certain steps so you will want to be armed with this information as soon as possible.

  1. Ask when the last regular maintenance was performed.

HVAC systems should receive regular maintenance, usually every year or six months, depending on the system. With everything else going on when you’re purchasing a new home and moving in, this is easy to forget and may end up costing you later.

  1. Find out what repairs and part replacements your new home HVAC has already had and when.
  1. Be sure that you get all the manuals when closing on the home.

If the manuals can’t be located, you may be able to find them online. You’ll want to get a copy and review it. Make sure you understand how to use your system, especially the thermostat, so that you can set it to run as efficiently as possible.

  1. Talk to your utility company about efficiency and incentives.

Many local power companies are now offering incentives for putting energy saving steps into place. They may also be able to help you by giving you tips as to how to run your new home HVAC more efficiently, and to reduce waste within the home.

Your HVAC system is important for more than just your comfort. Running it efficiently can be one of the best ways to help you save money on your energy bill. For more information, please visit this website.

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Setting Your Thermostat to Savings While on Vacation

If you are headed out on a vacation or road trip this summer, you will need to think about the home you are leaving behind. You might be able to save some money on power costs by changing your thermostat to HVAC vacation settings. Before you make a decision on this, however, there are some things you should consider.

Setting Your Thermostat to Savings While on Vacation

  1. Homes and Living Things

While you are gone, will your home still be occupied by living things such as pets or plants? If so, you will need to give extra thought to the temperature of your house. Some pets, such as cats or dogs, may be especially vulnerable to the heat that can build up indoors during the summer. If you are leaving behind a cat or dog, it is probably best to leave your A/C on, but perhaps turn it up a few degrees to save power.

Houseplants, and certain types of pets such as reptiles or fish in aquariums, may be able to handle a slightly higher level of heat. In order to keep both them and your home safe, however, it is still best that your HVAC vacation settings involve an A/C that is set to a warmer temperature, but not turned off entirely.

  1. Component Concerns

If you do not have any pets or houseplants, can you turn your A/C off entirely? You still may not want to. Many of your home’s structural components could be vulnerable to damage from extended exposure to heat and humidity. If you want to protect your furnishings, drywall and other valuable areas of your home, leave your A/C on but turn up the thermostat.

  1. Programmed Comfort

Do you dread coming home to an overly warm house? Some thermostats are programmable, so you can reap the benefits of lowered energy costs during your vacation and still come home to a comfortable house.

Raising your home’s temperature settings may help save you money while you are gone on a trip. In order to protect houseplants, pets and structural components, it is best to leave your A/C turned on and simply change your HVAC vacation settings to a higher temperature.

Setting Your Thermostat to Savings While on Vacation

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Spring Cleaning Inside Your Home

When the weather warms up and the sun starts to shine, you may want to start spring cleaning your house. Spring cleaning is a great way to get rid of dirt and clutter while reorganizing your belongings. This cleaning process, however, may also set allergens airborne and expose you to chemicals. Here are a few things you can do to help mitigate that risk.

Spring Cleaning Inside Your Home

Wear Protective Gear

During your spring cleaning, you will likely stir up dust, pollen and pet dander. These things may cause an allergic reaction or respiratory problem. You also may experience a negative reaction to certain cleaning chemicals. To help protect yourself from these hazards, always wear a mask and sturdy rubber cleaning gloves.

Ensure Good Ventilation

Are you working with powerful cleaning chemicals? If so, proper ventilation is absolutely essential. When you use oven cleaner, turn on your kitchen’s exhaust fan. If using chemicals in a small bathroom, open windows and run a fan to help ensure good air circulation.

Filter Out Allergens

Does your home have a central air system? You can use this system, in conjunction with filters, to cleanse the air of allergens you stir up while cleaning. Before you begin spring cleaning house, check to see which type of filter you have.

  1. Standard Filter

Standard filters tend to be inexpensive, but may miss small particles of dust, pollen or pet dander. These types of filters are most commonly made of fiberglass.

  1. Pleated Filter

A pleated filter may be significantly more effective than a standard one, depending on its number of pleats per foot. Some of these filters can be washed and reused.

  1. High Efficiency Filter

High efficiency filters are likely the best choice to help ensure that most allergens are removed from your home. Studies have suggested that high efficiency filters may remove up to 85% of pollutant particles from your home’s air.

Spring Cleaning Your Air

When it comes time for spring cleaning house, do not forget about your home’s air quality. Running your central air system with a good filter may help keep you safe by removing airborne allergens and pollutants.

Spring Cleaning Inside Your Home

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5 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Spring

As you spruce up your home with spring cleaning, it is important that you also address your HVAC system. Implementing proper HVAC spring maintenance can help you to discover and treat maintenance issues before they become a problem. Check out these five tips to prepare your HVAC system for spring.

 

5 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Spring

1. Check And Replace The Air Filter
The air filter can become built up with the various particles that are floating around in the air in your home. It’s important to keep your system functioning properly and the air in your home clean. Keep your system clean by checking and replacing the air filter in your HVAC system at least once a month.

2. Have It Inspected

Though it is good for you to examine your system, it is critical that you also have it looked at by a professional. Contractors are experts with the HVAC systems and are trained to spot and treat issues properly.

3. Have The Ductwork Tested

When the contractor comes to service your system, ask that your ductwork be tested. Having any leaks in your ductwork fixed can help to increase the efficiency of the system, which can save energy and reduce your utility expenses.

4. Install a Thermostat

If you do not already have one, installing a programmable thermostat can give you better control of the temperature in your home. You can decrease your energy use when you are not at home or when you would like to enjoy the natural elements. This can also help to decrease your energy bill.

5. Consider an Upgrade

It is inevitable that your system will need to be replaced. If you system has grown old or is inefficient, spring is a great time to have your system replaced. Consult with knowledgeable contract professionals to consider your options. A new, energy efficient system can be a beneficial investment.
5 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Spring

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