Monthly Archives: February 2019

Checking Your Heating System

Checking Your Heating System

The heating and cooling systems account for at least half of the energy consumed in our homes, so it is essential to maintain them in great shape, not only to keep them operational but also to keep your expenses under control. As the temperatures drop, we depend on our heating systems so here are some easy tips for keeping them working correctly.

Test Your System

If you haven’t used your heating system for a while, turn it on and check if the system is releasing hot air or not. If the temperature of your home does not increase and the system is not emitting heat, it’s time to ask for professional help. The reason for this malfunction can be simple like a clogged air filter that can cause overheating and system failures or something more complex.

Checking air filters is a necessary step of HVAC system maintenance

Take Action

Clean or change the air filters, vacuum or dust through your vents and registers where dirt, hair and pet dander can cause clogging and affect the quality of your indoor air. If you have never cleaned the vents, ask a certified HVAC technician to take care of your system. Don’t forget to schedule regular maintenance with a professional that will check the whole system thoroughly, giving you the green light for using it.

Pay Attention

After turning your heat on, besides the actual heat radiating from your system, pay attention to unusual sounds such as various rattling and creaking noises because they can signify that some components might be loose, the motors might not be working correctly, the ignition might be malfunctioning and so on. Pay attention to smells as well because they can signify that something is burning due to overheating, you might notice a smell of mold or even a smell of rotten eggs that means a natural gas leak. That is a problem that requires an immediate shut down of the system, followed by a call to the gas company.

If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions, contact us at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation with our team.

Buying a New Furnace

Buying a New Furnace

Are you getting ready to make an investment and buy a new furnace? Congratulations! Upgrading your HVAC system is vital because your system is invaluable in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Whether your previous furnace was old and ready to be replaced, in need of numerous repairs that were continuously draining your budget or finally broke down, purchasing a new one can be a costly endeavor. That is why it is essential to understand what exactly goes into the price of a furnace! Here are the fundamental aspects of a furnace that help form its price.

Brand

Different brands have different prices, depending on the levels of quality. Before you decide, take into consideration some well-known brands, but don’t forget to check newer or foreign brands as well, and research customer reviews. Pay attention to the availability of an authorized repair service.

Size

Sizing of your new furnace is important and needs to be taken into consideration because it affects its price and the efficiency of the HVAC system. Buying a furnace that is too large or too small will make your system use more energy to heat your home, costing more in the long run. Consult a professional to get the sizing just right.

Buying a New Furnace

Special Features

Depending on your needs, you can opt for a basic model that is usually cheaper or choose a more elaborate model. Take your finances into consideration and have in mind that most additional features exist to make the furnace more efficient.

Efficiency

A furnace with a higher efficiency rating is usually more expensive, but it will save you a significant amount of money in the end, keeping your costs low.

Quality Installation

Do not skimp on using a certified furnace installer because the quality of the installment will keep your furnace running smoothly for a long time.

If you need advice about your HVAC system and are searching for an upgrade, contact us at Total Comfort Heating & Cooling, and we will help you out!