Furnace Tune-Up, But It’s Still Hot Out?

Louisville furnace repairIt is the perfect time to get your furnace tune-up now before we hit the cooler fall months, or have a cold snap that takes you by surprise. Manufacturers recommend annual maintenance on your heating and cooling products because it will extend the overall life of your system. We have had some beautiful days this week and hopefully the 90 and 100 degree days will be a memory for us. So as the cool down of fall is inching closer, here are a few reasons you should get your system tuned-up now.

  • Extended system life
  • Avoid health risks
  • Save money
  • Avoid potential larger system problems

Annual maintenance will extend the life of your furnace. A huge benefit you get from annual tune-ups is helping your system run at the highest level of efficiency possible. Higher efficiency will always lead to less energy use. Less energy use always leads to lower energy bills and that is usually reason enough. When you have a professional tune-up to your furnace, you are also getting the added benefit of making sure there are no carbon monoxide leaks or fire risks. Another benefit is having small repairs done that could turn into larger and more costly repairs or replacements. Annual tune-ups give us the opportunity to diagnose those and in essence perform much-needed preventative measures so you do not have larger problems down the road.

Be sure to contact us by phone to schedule your furnace tune-up. A little prevention and regular attention to your furnace now will give you many benefits going forward. We look forward to serving you soon.

 

812-280-0510

What is the Difference in Filters?

Louisville HVACYou have heard us talk a lot about the benefits of changing your filter frequently. Changing your filter out at recommended times helps your system run more efficiently and helps with the overall air quality in your home. You have probably  went to the store and seen the same filter sizes at different prices.  If you have been indecisive about which filter to buy, this may help you to decide.

According to the EPA (Environmental Protective Agency), Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home article (https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/guide-air-cleaners-home) April 3, 2017:

Flat or panel air filters with a MERV of 1 to 4 are commonly used in residential furnaces and air conditioners. For the most part, such filters are used to protect the HVAC equipment from the buildup of unwanted materials on the surfaces such as fan motors and heating or cooling coils, and not for direct indoor air quality reasons. They have low efficiency on smaller airborne particles and medium efficiency on larger particles, as long as they remain airborne and pass through the filter.

​Some smaller particles found within a house include:

  • viruses
  • bacteria
  • some mold spores
  • a significant fraction of cat and dog allergens
  • a small portion of dust mite allergens
  • Pleated or extended surface filters
    • Medium efficiency filters with a MERV of 5 to 13 are reasonably efficient at removing small to large airborne particles. Filters with a MERV between 7 and 13 are likely to be nearly as effective as true HEPA filters at controlling most airborne indoor particles. Medium efficiency air filters are generally less expensive than HEPA filters, and allow quieter HVAC fan operation and higher airflow rates than HEPA filters since they have less airflow resistance.
    • Higher efficiency filters with a MERV of 14 to 16, sometimes misidentified as HEPA filters, are similar in appearance to true HEPA filters, which have MERV values of 17 to 20. True HEPA filters are normally not installed in residential HVAC systems; installation of a HEPA filter in an existing HVAC system would probably require professional modification of the system. A typical residential air handling unit and the associated ductwork would not be able to accommodate such filters because of their physical dimensions and increase in airflow resistance.
    • Filters with a MERV between 7 and 13 are likely to be nearly as effective as true HEPA filters.
    • (https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/guide-air-cleaners-home) April 3, 2017

 

(HEPA is short for High Efficiency Particulate Air (filter). Simply stated, a HEPA  filter gets more particulates out of the air than your standard air filter. )

Airborne particles smaller than 1 micrometer can, fall slowly, and take days to years to settle out of a quiet atmosphere. In a turbulent atmosphere, they may never settle out, and include viruses, small bacteria, metallurgical fumes, soot, oil smoke, tobacco smoke, clay, and fumes. See the list of airborne particulates online at the Engineering Tool Box.

What about the cost? Higher efficiency filters for the home usually run between $25-$35. They may help increase your overall health, especially if you deal with respiratory issues or have allergies year round. Even if you deal with allergies on a seasonal basis, you may want to switch your traditional filter out to a Higher efficiency filter for those troublesome months you typically have allergy problems. There are a whole host of products that will improve the overall air quality of your home. If you would like more information, call us or schedule an appointment for us to sit down with you and share about YORK™s line of air filtration systems. 812-280-0510

Fun Fact
-A micron is 1 millionth of a meter [link http://www.hepafilter-pro.com/Filter_Ratings.php] , or about 0.00003937 inches, which means there are 25,400 microns in an inch. This dot (.) on your computer screen is about 615 microns.

The Risks of Neglecting Routine Maintenance on your HVAC

Louisville heating and coolingImagine driving your car for 100,000 miles and never adding a drop of oil or replacing an air filter or a bald tire. That seems unimaginable, but that kind of neglect often happens with our HVAC systems over time. Putting off routine maintenance seems harmless while things are running smoothly. But when problems start to crop up it becomes evident that our procrastination is damaging.

If you begin to notice some of the following issues, your furnace may be crying out for attention.

  • It’s noisy
  • Dust is accumulating rapidly
  • Allergy symptoms are increasing inside your house
  • Rooms are too hot or too cold
  • Utility bills are increasing when energy consumption isn’t

If you begin to notice an issue, there are a couple of basic things you can try to remedy your problem. Most importantly, replace your filters. A dirty and clogged filter adds increased dust particles into the air and prohibits proper functioning of your system. Have your vents and ducts cleaned out to assure proper airflow throughout the house. Also check to see if there is leakage in the attic area in your ductwork. You could be losing capacity through your duct system.

If those quick fixes don’t solve your problem, it’s time to call a furnace repair professional. A struggling HVAC system can deteriorate rapidly once routine maintenance is regularly neglected. Having a professional perform regular, routine maintenance can provide you with:

  • Lower utility bills
  • Improved reliability
  • Extended life
  • Fewer repairs
  • Increased capacity
  • Enhanced safety
  • Cleaner air

Spending $100-$300 for seasonal maintenance can save you $3000-$10,000 in future replacement costs. Regular servicing can also save you on your utility bills. A struggling, dirty furnace uses 25% more energy. It’s time to dodge that last bullet. Call VanKleef Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc, for your heating and cooling professionals and put your mind at rest. (812) 280-0510

April Showers Bring May Flowers and Spring Allergies

Louisville air conditioning repairThe Ohio Valley has been compared to bowl. It is difficult to get the seasonal allergy irritants to blow away. If you have lived here long enough you know that there are significant fluctuations in pollen levels from one week to another. About the only thing we can control is the air quality inside our homes and businesses. When choosing an air filter during seasons you typically experience allergies, select a filter with a high MERV rating. The higher the MERV rating the better job it does at getting smaller allergens and particles out of the air. A simple air filter change goes a long way in enhancing air quality, but pollens are very fine particles that may require better filtration than most furnace filters provide.

I am tempted to open my windows on cool evenings and mornings to reduce electricity use but it can work against me by allowing those pollens right in my home. If you suffer from springtime allergies, keeping those windows and doors closed is the better choice. Limiting your time outside is a common sense decision but there are a few things you can do around your home to reduce the severity of your spring allergy battle. Vacuuming consistently, and cleaning surfaces routinely throughout your home really helps. Having your system routinely inspected and serviced is essential not only for efficiency, but also for the air quality in the home. When these steps are not enough, an air filtration system may be your best option. There are very effective Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) systems that can be installed in your home that can make an immediate and lasting improvement.

According to WebMD, Louisville, Kentucky is one of the top five cities for worst allergies. Making sure your HVAC system is the best it can be gives you a huge advantage of lessening the seasonal effects of pollens and molds.

  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Upgrade your filter to a high MERV rated filter
  • Routine system maintenance and cleaning
  • Consider an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) system