With seasons changing, we switch from using our cooling system to turning on the heating and a proper HVAC system checkup is advisable in order to make sure everything runs smoothly. Every responsible homeowner schedules maintenance at least twice a year to avoid unpleasant surprises and malfunctions at most inconvenient times. Even if you follow this advice carefully, there are still unexpected times you should schedule the cleaning of your air ducts.
Health Problems in the Family
If you or one of your family members starts exhibiting signs of allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems that you didn’t have before, hire a professional to clean your HVAC system because it might be facilitating your health issues. This action is also advisable if a member of your family has a weak immune system due to an illness that makes them struggle. Elderly or new members of your family will greatly benefit from clean air in your home as well.
New Apartment or House
You just moved into your new apartment or house and are in the process of doing the finishing touches to your dream home. After doing the final construction works, don’t forget to get your HVAC system thoroughly cleaned. Even though everything looks nice and new, there is probably a large amount of dirt, dust, and microbes slowly circulating through your space because they got trapped in your air ducts during the construction.
Remodeling old apartments and houses can release a lot of dangerous substances that were used before and are banned today. Materials like asbestos, chips of lead paint, and general dust and dirt can end up in your HVAC system. So add air duct cleaning to your list of tasks that need to be performed before you can fully enjoy your remodeled home.
If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions, contact us at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation with our team.
Keep Your HVAC System Up and Running
Your home HVAC system is in charge of keeping your family comfy at all times, regardless of the weather outside, but, in order to do its job properly, it needs to have the proper maintenance. Taking the time to clean and have it checked every once in a while, not only will guarantee good performance but it will also help you save a significant amount of money on your electrical bill. Here are 4 HVAC maintenance tips to keep your HVAC system in great shape:
Schedule Professional Maintenance at Least Twice a Year
The best way to be certain that your HVAC system is performing as it should is to schedule an appointment with a professional HVAC technician to check on your unit and make sure everything is working fine. It is recommended that you contact your trusted HVAC company to check on your unit at least twice a year.
Use the Recommended Temperature
When you use the recommended temperatures according to the season of the year, you will save a significant amount of money every month. The recommended temperatures are 24° to 25° degrees Celsius (75° Fahrenheit) in summer and 17° to 19° degrees Celsius (62° F) in winter.
Change Your HVAC Filters When Needed
HVAC filter plays a very important role to keep the air from your unit fresh and clean, but, it does have an ending lifetime. Make sure to change your HVAC filter on time and keep your family healthy and safe.
Get Rid of Any Outside Obstacles
Go to the exterior of your home where your HVAC unit is located and make sure it is free of obstacles such as plants, debris, and any other objects that could keep the fresh air from entering the unit.
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Denver residents know exactly what winter can bring—icy conditions, piles of snow, and of course, frigid temperatures. Your heater is working overtime to help keep you and your family warm, but snow and ice can potentially cause some problems to your system.
If your HVAC system has a heat pump condenser, it needs proper ventilation to work efficiently. Just as you need to keep the unit free of leaves in the fall and tall grass in the summer, you need to clear the unit of snow and ice in the winter. It’s important to clear an area of about 18 inches around the unit and remove any snow or ice on top.
The unit has small fins, which is how it transfers heat, and you need to take special care not to damage these fins while you’re clearing away the snow. So no heavy hitting with your shovel.
While we’re on the subject of protecting fins, icicles can also cause some serious damage. Make sure your gutters don’t have any damage that can cause icicles to form. If they do form over your outdoor unit, knock them away, so they don’t fall on the condenser.
Intake and Exhaust Pipes
If you notice that your furnace is constantly trying to start without turning on, the intake and exhaust pipe outside may be blocked. To find the pipe, look for a black or white pipe leading away from your furnace and see where it leads outside the house. If there is a pileup of snow, clear it away.
If you get snowed or iced in and you think your system needs assistance, out technicians at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling can take time for a home visit to help make sure your furnace is clear enough to keep working properly. Contact us today!
The days where you could just open a door or window to let in fresh air are gone, so it’s time to make sure you maintain good air quality. You’re going to be spending more time indoors and breathing in the recirculating air, so it’s even more important to make sure that the air you’re breathing is clean. Here are a few tips for coping with life indoors.
Registers and Vents
Your heater or furnace system will have registers and vents spread across your home. Over time, these build up with dust and allergens. Keep them clean by using a duster or the wand attachment on your vacuum.
Ceiling fans are in constant motion and start to pick up all of the dust that circulates in the house. Take time to clean the ceiling fan blades and remove the grime. This is also a good time to reverse the direction to clockwise so that it creates an updraft and circulates warm air. This could potentially allow you to lower your thermostat a little bit.
You may not even be able to see the culprit for poor air quality—the ducts. A technician can come to your home and clean the ducts using special vacuums and disinfectants.
Changing your filters is a year-round task, but as people and pets spend more time indoors, those filters can become clogged more quickly. Check and replace your filters more frequently in the winter.
Air Filtration System
If you’re serious about indoor air quality, a filtration system can be installed to complement your existing HVAC system.
If you have questions about maintaining good indoor air quality, contact us at Total Comfort Heating & Cooling. One of our experienced technicians can answer all of your questions, and you may be able to schedule a duct cleaning.
It’s getting into the colder months of the year, and it’s important to make sure your heating system is working correctly. We’ve put together a list of the most common heating system problems. Knowing what they are and how they occur can help you possibly avoid them in the future.
Below are some of the common causes of furnace problems.
- Lack of Maintenance – If you fail to keep up with annual inspections, you may run into unexpected problems. Regular maintenance can help keep your heater working at maximum efficiency.
- Dirty Filters – Clogged filters block airflow, forcing your system to work even harder. Replace them according to the manufacturer’s schedule.
- Mechanical Wear – Mechanical parts wear down and need replacing over time. Parts failure can cause overheating and poor performance.
- Thermostat Issues – It’s possible it’s not the furnace that’s malfunctioning, and it’s actually the thermostat. This can lead to no heat, intermittent heat, or blasts of hot air.
- Ignition Control – A faulty ignition or pilot can create heating problems. A specialist can determine the cause of the outage.
- Noisy Unit – There could be a mechanical issue at play. Rumbling and rattles are not typical.
What to Do
Regularly change your air filters. This will prevent at least one problem from coming to the surface. Follow the manufacturer’s directions.
Double check your thermostat. Sometimes the battery simply needs replacing; other times the fan or heat setting may not be where it should be.
Reduce drafts where you can and make sure the unit didn’t blow a fuse. If those at-home checks don’t change anything, it’s time to call a specialist.
If you’re having a problem with your heater, contact Total Comfort Heating & Cooling. We can send one of our expert technicians to your home and assess and fix your problem. Don’t get stuck in the cold!