3 Ways to Clean Your Heating System

A clean furnace operates efficiently, safely, and effectively. You don’t have to be a heating and cooling expert to do your part in maintaining a well-functioning unit. Simply keeping your furnace and system components clean will have a major impact on your heater’s efficiency. The following are three ways that virtually anyone can clean and maintain an efficient furnace. However, if you encounter problems that are more technical in nature, it’s important to connect with trusted HVAC professionals like those on staff at in Trinity, Texas, instead of trying to complete the work yourself. 1. Give the Inside of Your Furnace a Thorough Cleaning Once a Year Dust, dirt, and grime are sworn enemies of the delicate inner workings of a furnace. Make sure to keep dust at bay by removing the cover of your unit once a year and gently vacuuming the inside of it. You can use your home’s vacuum or a small Shop-Vac to target dust. 2. Clean Your Air Filter or Replace it Completely Keeping a clean air filter in place is one of the most important things you can do to facilitate an efficient furnace. Some units are equipped with reusable filters, while others are...

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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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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 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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How Do Geothermal Heating Systems Work?

Geothermal Systems – What Are They? The word ‘geothermal’ is often heard in conjunction with natural springs in Iceland. But the heat of the Earth is of far more utility there than just for warm-water recreation in an otherwise frosty climate; a full 70% of the nation’s entire energy needs are met by geothermal means. Did you know that this energy solution is available to you, too? It’s a highly elegant system; the Earth’s scorching inner layers house molten rock that produces a phenomenal amount of heat, churning away at thousands of degrees Fahrenheit. On top of that, the Earth absorbs almost half of all the solar-generated energy we receive from the sun. So while the air temperature can vary dramatically from day to day, the ground holds heat in a much more consistent and stable pattern. This sustains a regular, moderate temperature that can be found, and used for home energy needs, at a level just below the Earth’s surface. Bryant®, the Geothermal Leader Bryant® geothermal heating and cooling systems tap into the Earth’s surface to use this thermal energy found underground, or in a pond or well water. Geothermal heat pumps are able to maintain very high efficiencies on even the coldest...

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