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Checkup For Your Working HVAC System

Simple Checkup For Your Working HVAC System

We always advocate regular inspections of your HVAC system, especially when seasons are about to change and you are bound to switch from regularly cooling your home to using the heating aspect of your system. Besides the basic tips you can follow to keep the quality of air in your home constant, it is rather useful to know your system and check it regularly to make sure everything is in working order. To keep it in top shape, pay attention to these important elements while your HVAC system is working!

Getting Things to Work

The process of starting up your system should run smoothly and without delay, and the same applies to the process of shutting down. If you have trouble with this, a thorough checkup might be in order.

Is the Air Flowing?

Vents need to be cleaned and unobstructed to allow for airflow, so inspect them and remove possible blockages.

Adjust the thermostat for optimal temperature

Is Your System Working too Hard?

The thermostat is a precious piece of equipment and if not calibrated correctly it can cause your HVAC system to run inaccurately, subsequently causing your bills to increase.

Does it Smell Funny?

Check for peculiar odors once you start using your HVAC system. There are several reasons why this might happen, from debris piled up in the system to faulty electricals. If you cannot determine the cause, shut down the system and call professionals for help.

Good and Bad Gases

If your system operates on gas, pay attention to the gas pressure and check if the values are correct and adjust accordingly. Another important aspect you need to monitor is carbon monoxide emissions that can jeopardize your family’s safety. Install a carbon monoxide detector to be at ease.

Bulbs are Everywhere

Check the bulb temperatures both indoors and outdoors, and if necessary change them.

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

Common Reasons Your HVAC System Smells

4 Common Reasons Your HVAC System Smells

After a long and tiresome day at work, there is nothing better than getting cozy with your family in the living room, relaxing and enjoying your space. Besides having a nicely decorated, clean and warm home, the feeling of comfort is influenced by one more element we often forget about until it’s too late – the smell of our home. If you’ve noticed a persistent and unusual odor in your home but haven’t figured out yet what is causing it, it’s time for a small inspection of your HVAC system. Here are the four most common reasons why your home is not smelling so fresh!

You Just Started up Your Heating

Has it been a while since you’ve used your heater? A smell of burning is fairly common after firing up your heating system after a long period of not using it. It’s caused by accumulated dust that usually burns out pretty quickly. You should check for clogged filters if this occurs after several heating cycles because that might lead to overheating.

Your Filter is Clogged

Changing the air filters is imperative for a healthy and fully functioning heating and cooling system because this can save you a lot of money and trouble in the long run. Air circulating through your home goes through the air filters, collecting a lot of dust floating around. In those parts of the year when you use your HVAC system the most, make it a habit to change your filters often in order to improve your indoor air quality.

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Ventilation Doesn’t Work Properly

The musty smell of your home and condensation leading to rust or mold around your house serve as warning signs that the air is not circulating around your home. Faulty or inadequate ventilation is the most common culprit, and the consequences are insignificant, ranging from health problems to safety issues. Check if all parts of your ventilation are free to maintain a constant air flow.

Something Seems to be Burning in Your Unit

Since your HVAC system is powered by electricity, a faulty electric igniter can cause this unfortunate smell. Power off your unit and contact your HVAC technician without delay to avoid a fire hazard.

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

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!

Checking air filters is a necessary step of HVAC system maintenance

Importance Of Air Filters

Even though air filters in your HVAC system are not noticeable, they do not have to be turned on or off, tightened or loosened, and most often we are not even aware they are in use, they are an invaluable part of the home system. The main job is to remove any debris, dust, pet dander, and hair from circulating around your home, enabling you to breathe cleaner air of better quality. Here are some essential questions about air filters that will explain why they should not be neglected during your regular home maintenance!

How to check the state of your air filters?

Once you have located and taken out the air filters from your units, checking if they need to be replaced is an easy task. All you need to do is to hold your air filters up to the light. You should be able to see through the panels without a problem. If they are not transparent, they need to be changed.

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Why are clogged air filters a problem?

Clogged filters slow down the airflow in your home, making your HVAC system struggle, forcing it to consume more energy. This rise in energy consumption, in turn, causes an increase in your monthly electricity bills. Dirty air filters can also shorten the lifespan of your entire system because the strain will wear out the unit components much sooner.

How to choose the right one?

If you’ve decided to change your filters, do a bit of research before going to the store to pick up their replacements. Just keep in mind there are different options you can choose from. For instance, most common air filter types are fiberglass or synthetic filters, polyester filters, electrostatic filters, pleated filters, and HEPA filters. They all have their advantages and disadvantages so try to make an informed decision.

If you find this a hassle and you are located in the Denver area, contact us at Total Comfort Heating & Cooling, and we will be glad to help with the maintenance of your HVAC system.