Busting These 3 Heating Myths Could Save You Money

You want to save money whenever possible, but following these heating myths may cause you to do just the opposite. Learning the truth about these common misconceptions may help you to reduce your power bills. 1. Turning Up the Thermostat Will Warm You Faster There’s no need to set your thermostat at a high temperature when you’re in a hurry for the house to warm up. Doing so won’t make the furnace operate more quickly. When you turn the heat up higher than normal, there’s a good chance that you’ll forget to readjust it once the regular temperature has been reached. This can lead to unnecessarily high power bills. 2. Sealing Off Rooms Will Improve Your Energy Consumption In an attempt to save money, it’s common for people to close the vents and the doors in unused rooms. The reason is that the furnace will then have less work to do. However, furnaces don’t operate like that. The system will still put out the same amount of warm air, which will be forced through the vents that are open. Redistributing the air in this way requires more energy than it does to simply heat all your rooms evenly. It also...

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Improving Your Air Quality During the Winter Months

During the winter season, most people keep their windows and doors closed to keep the chill away. Although the interior setting can stay warm, the indoor air quality may suffer due to a lack of fresh air. If you want to maintain excellent indoor air quality until the spring season arrives, there are a few important tips to follow. Keep the Carpet and Floors Clean The dirt and debris that settles onto the floors and in the carpet can easily circulate into the air. You’ll need to keep the carpet and floors clean by vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping weekly. Cleaning the floors and dusting on a routine basis will remove pet dander, dust, pollutants, dead skin cells, and pollutants. Inspect the Heating and Cooling System Hire one of the technicians from in Trinity, TX, to inspect the heating and cooling system to determine if the filter needs to be replaced or if additional air purifiers need to be used in the building. Dust, pollen, and hair can collect over time, which can circulate in the building and lead to asthma or respiratory issues over time. Our technicians can even offer freshness-inducing air purifiers and ventilators to improve the air quality...

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What Happens When You Close Vents in Unused Rooms?

Many people have rooms in their home that aren’t used much. In order to lower heating and cooling costs, they close the vents in those rooms and then close the doors. Unfortunately, this usually doesn’t work as you’d expect, and it can actually end up costing you more in the end. Closing Vents Often Causes Inefficient Operation An HVAC system doesn’t detect how much cooled or heated air a home needs. Instead, when installs a system for one of our customers in Trinity, we calibrate it based on pressure. That’s what dictates how hard the blower needs to blow. When you close a vent, you increase the pressure. The blower is now pushing against more resistance. With systems that are able to vary the speed to the condition, the blower will ramp up to compensate, which causes the system to operate in an inefficient manner. The typical system is not variable-speed and so will continue to spin but provide less airflow. Your home will be less comfortable, which will make you adjust the thermostat accordingly and diminish any savings. Closing Vents Often Leads to Additional Wear and Tear In either case, what you have is a suboptimal situation. This may...

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Choosing the Best HVAC Contractor for You

Repairing or replacing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in Trinity and Huntsville requires a lot of consideration. One of the most important tasks is to find a reliable contractor. Even though you may know a lot of contractors, it’s not a good idea to hire them without confirming a few things about their services. Here are the most important aspects of the hiring process. Use Friends and Family to Find HVAC Contractors If there are friends who recently had their HVAC systems repaired, then you can talk to them and see if they liked the contractor. This can be an easy way to get a good contractor. It will be much better if several friends can recommend different contractors for you to make a choice. Ask About Licenses and Certifications Licenses and certifications play an important role in determining the suitability of HVAC contractors. Licenses show that the contractor has met all the legal requirements, while certifications show that they meet all the requirements of the profession. Before getting certifications and accreditation, these professionals often have to prove themselves, and therefore, they’ll want to keep their status by providing professional services. Don’t Forget About Insurance Insurance is of great...

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Does My Home Need a Humidifier in the Winter?

Humidity inside your home can be important for improved comfort and lung health during the winter. Too much humidity, on the other hand, can be a bad thing, promoting the formation of mold, mildew and other unpleasant things. Too little humidity can lead to a variety of other problems, including: Dry nose/nose bleeds Dry skin Static electricity Respiratory ailments Itchy throats So, what’s the right amount of humidity to have in your home during the winter? According to the EPA, homeowners should ideally have between 30 and 50 percent humidity inside their home. Lower humidity is often better. How Can You Tell Humidity Levels in Your Home? The easiest way is to use a device called a “hygrometer.” You can purchase them at your local hardware store or online if you prefer. They are a small investment that can help you determine your indoor humidity levels accurately and consistently. If your hygrometer indicates that your humidity level is above 50 percent, you may want to look into methods for removing humidity from your home. If it indicates levels are below 30 percent, you may want to consider options for adding moisture into your home. Are Humidifiers the Only Option for...

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How Do I Check My Home for Air Leaks?

Living in Trinity, TX and surrounding areas, you know it can get really hot in the summertime. Air leaks in your home can have your cold air blowing right out your doors, through your windows, and countless other places you might not even realize. Detecting these leaks helps you identify where the air is coming in or escaping so you can seal the leaks for good. Visually Inspect Your Home’s Exterior Walk around the outside of your home looking for areas where leaks may occur. Obvious culprits include the corners of your home’s exterior, areas where the siding meets your chimney, areas where exterior bricks or your home’s foundation meets the siding, and areas around outdoor water faucets. Check Out the Usual Suspects Inside Your Home Inside your home, there is a treasure trove of potential hot spots for air leaks. Some you may know about already. Others may come as a total surprise. These are some of the first places you’ll want to check: Electrical outlets and switch plates Door and window frames Weather stripping around your doors Services into your home (including gas, electrical, cable and telephone) Vents and fans (including dryer vents) Lighting and plumbing fixtures inside...

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How To Save Money On Energy Bills This Winter

As colder temperatures arrive here in Texas, many residents are seeing their utility bills skyrocket. Here are some tips to help you reduce energy costs this winter. Insulate Your Home Homes that are not adequately insulated allow warm air to escape and cold drafts to enter, causing your furnace to work overtime. You can begin recouping your losses by weather-stripping doors and windows. Take Advantage of the Sun The solar orb is a free heat source, so keep curtains on south-facing windows open on sunny days to help warm your home. Be sure to cover the windows again at sunset to keep heat inside. Humidify Your Home If your home becomes especially dry during the winter, invest in a humidifier. Adding moisture to the air holds heat better and helps you feel warmer. Another way to raise indoor humidity: purchase a set of houseplants. Unplug Your Appliances Be sure to unplug your holiday lights before leaving the house or retiring for the night. Unplug your appliances when you’re not using them, too. Even when they’re turned off, they still draw power as long as they’re connected to an outlet, adding to your energy bill. Use exhaust fans sparingly, also, as...

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Furnace vs. Boiler

With Huntsville’s average low temperature hovering near 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months, making sure your central heating plan is dialed in is certainly a top priority. While you can go with individual space heaters if you’re not going to be moving around a lot, when it comes to efficiently heating the whole house, there’s really one heavyweight bout to consider. Furnaces A furnace works by heating air centrally and then blowing that air around your house through ductwork to heat up the room. Any room with an open vent is going to get a fairly even warm air distribution. This ductwork is also used by your central cooling, which, if you are familiar with summer in Trinity, you know how important central air is to your sanity. So, on the upside, you are repurposing the same ductwork, so your infrastructure cost is pretty low. The downside is that you have to keep warm air constantly moving, which can spread dust, pet hair, and other particulate matter which may have a negative effect on indoor air quality. So it is important to have your filter changed often and serviced regularly. Boilers Boilers work on a different principle, known as...

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Is a Filter Absolutely Important for Running Your Furnace?

The filter in your furnace serves a number of essential functions. Many do not understand what these functions are and thus, run their furnace without a filter or do not change the filter as suggested. If you are one of those people – or you simply want to know more about your furnace and how it works – then read on. What Does a Filter Do? One important function of the filter in your furnace is to clean the air before it is sent back into your home. As air is sucked into the furnace it goes through the filter to trap and prevent the circulation of germs, contaminants, and allergens like dust, pollen, and pet dander. Basically, it improves the quality of the air that you breathe in your home. This function is a secondary benefit provided unintentionally through the original design of furnace filters. The original purpose of filters is to prevent debris from pummeling the system, lodging in the fan, and/or jamming up the motor. Thus, it is there to help prevent permanent damage and extend the life of your furnace. Why Filters are Essential Over time, the damage caused by debris in your furnace can create...

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Warning Signs You Need Furnace Repair

It would be nice if we had a forewarning that our furnace is about to fail. There actually are some telltale signs that can give you a clue that your furnace is either getting ready to fail or is close to a time when that will be a real possibility. Age Furnaces normally last between fifteen and twenty years. The date your furnace was installed should be somewhere on the outside. If it is getting close to the fifteen-year mark, have your furnace checked now. Cold Air If your furnace seems to turn on but the air it is blowing doesn’t get warm, there is something going wrong. There could be a few different reasons for this but all are a reason for repair. Strange Noises Furnaces that have started making pops, rattles and other strange noises are in need of repair. These noises can indicate such problems as internal parts coming loose. No Flame If you turn on the furnace and smell gas and the coil seems to heat up but the flame doesn’t appear, turn off the furnace and call for a repair immediately. This normally indicates the igniter needs to be replaced. Yellow Pilot Light This is...

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