AC Filters Are Important for Your Home

May 22, 2019

Air filters are often an afterthought for many homeowners. These filters are very important for your cooling system, however. If you want to keep a well-maintained unit, you need to change your filters regularly. They help to filter out dust and debris from the air in your home and promote healthy indoor air quality in other ways. Here’s more information about what air filters do for you and your home: Protecting Your Cooling System Many things can damage your AC system, including dust and debris. A buildup of dust can even clog up important components in your unit. A clean air filter will stop these harmful particles from reaching the interior of your cooling system. In some cases, a new filter can save you money by avoiding costly repairs. If you need help replacing your air filter in Dayton, you need to contact the professional team at . Improving the Quality of Air You want to have the cleanest air in your home for your family. When you operate your AC unit, all that air in the home passes through the air filter. You want to make sure the filter is clean and not passing through dirt and debris on...

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Is Your Furnace an Older or Newer Model?

February 9, 2019

An essential element of human survival is staying warm when temperatures drop. The earliest version of a furnace in American civilization was the hearth fire. Wood was plentiful in the deciduous forests of the early settlers. However, keeping the fires lit was a full-time job, and chopping firewood was a backbreaking task. Also, the hearth fire was dangerous. By the end of the 18th century, household furnaces were still fueled by wood, but the wood was chopped up and burned in an enclosed stove. This required less supervision and was much safer. The Evolving Nature of Furnaces The first evolutionary step in the history of furnaces was the substitution of coal for wood at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Although coal was easier to collect than firewood, furnaces still needed to be supplied regularly. Many homeowners kept a stash of coal indoors to fuel the furnace when needed. The next step in the evolution of furnaces was the use of gas or oil-powered furnaces with a forced-air convection system. No refueling was necessary. These forced-air furnaces are the direct precursors to the heating systems used in homes today. New vs. Old Furnaces New furnaces are more energy efficient than...

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Can You Save Money By Closing Vents in Unused Rooms?

January 18, 2019

With the rising cost of heating fuel and electricity, you might be thinking of ways to lower your monthly bills. If you have a forced hot air heating system in your Dayton, OH, home, closing one of the vents in a storage space or unused guest room might be at the top of the list. Let’s find out if that is actually an effective means of saving money. The Short Answer Is No Your forced air heating and air conditioning system is installed, balanced and tested with all the vents open. When you close a vent in a room, it will either cause the blower in the basement to circulate less air because it detects added pressure in the line or it tries to push through more air to overcome the blockage it senses in the ducts. One way results in less heat circulating through the house, which means your furnace works harder to keep you comfortable. The other way uses more electricity and damages equipment, resulting in higher utility bills and repairs. Closed Vents Can Cause Damage If your blower increases pressure to push past the closed vent, it can rupture ducting. Constantly calling for heat or cooling can...

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How to Know When My Water Heater Needs Replacing

December 17, 2018

Hot water is a necessity in most homes. It is provided by a water heater. Hot water heaters come in a variety of styles and well as a variety of fuel options. No matter what type you have, you want it to work and it is important to understand what some of the warning signs are that you may need to replace the water heater that you have. Water is on the Floor Any water on the floor under or near your water heater is not a good sign. It can be caused by several different issues but it is best to contact your plumber or HVAC technician to have it diagnosed. No Hot Water When you turn on the tap and the hot water is not hot, that is not something that anyone wants to have happened. A cold shower is never a good way to start the day. Murky or Foul Smelling water This is a serious issue and may be the result of mineral deposits that have eroded the interior of the tank and should be addressed immediately. Noises Coming From Tank If you are hearing sounds that are not normal coming from your water heater it...

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What Is Two-stage Heating?

December 21, 2015

Single-stage heating furnaces are popular in hot, humid areas as well as those with cold winter climates. These are designed to offer indoor comfort for very hot and cold days. This means that the HVAC systems operate at full capacity, even when it’s not necessary. This is where two-stage heating and cooling units come in to help save resources. What is Two-Stage Heating? Single stage units are designed to offer the maximum heating level that the furnace can yield, irrespective of outdoor and indoor temperature levels.  This means that when the furnace turns on, it disperses the maximum amount of energy it is designed to produce. As such, this could result in high energy bills. Multi-stage HVAC systems are named according to the number of levels of operation. Unlike their single stage counterparts, 2-stage HVAC units have two levels of cool and heat output. When the temperature is mild, the systems operate on low and can adjust to high if conditions change. The first stage of such furnaces operates most of the time in many climates, and usually runs at about 65% of the unit’s capacity. The second stage provides additional heating when the first stage becomes insufficient to heat...

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