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.

 

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Jeffersonville, Louisville and surrounding areas Heating News: A.F.U.E. vs. S.E.E.R.

Louisville heatingThere are two terminologies used  S.E.E.R.(seasonal energy efficiency ratio) and A.F.U.E.(annual fuel utilization efficiency)? Why are both important to understand and how do they complement each other?

AFUE measures how much heat is actually making it into your home verses how much fuel or energy is required to produce that heat. What you are left with is a percentage that represents your AFUE. For example if your AFUE  rating is 70%, that means 70% of the heat produced is making it into the home while 30% is escaping out the chimney or flew. The minimum in Indiana minimum is 90% while in Kentucky is 80%.  SEER reflects, much in the same way as AFUE, the amount of cooling delivered to the home verses cooling loss. The current minimum SEER rating is 14. There are products with SEER ratings in the 20s now.

When thinking about changing out your heating and cooling system, you want to consider both the SEER and AFUE ratings of new equipment. You may review our page that assists in helping to decide to  Repair or Replace that helps you determine what to do with your HVAC. This is a great tool to help you decide whether you should invest in repairs for your older HVAC system or should you replace it with higher efficiency products.

The more knowledge you have about the actual savings you will get from newer, high efficiency products, the better. The decision is made simple when you can calculate your savings verses up front costs. If you have your heating and cooling costs for the last year or two it will be a huge advantage in calculating and knowing exactly what your short-term expense and long-term savings will be. You want your SEER and AFUE to be as high as possible and at a price point that makes sense for you.

As October approaches there will be many furnaces needing repair. If you can arm yourself with good information now you will be prepared to make a wise decision this fall. Now you can tell your friends what AFUE and SEER mean and why they are important. It can save you money when you choose the right products.

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What You and Your Technician Should be Doing to Keep Your Furnace in Check

Louisville heating and coolingThink of it like a relay. One runner hands the baton off to the other and together they finish the race. Although there are huge expectations of the first runner to come out of the gate on fire, all the runners are important. That’s basically the role you play with your heating and cooling professionals.

When you hire a professional to service your heating and cooling system, safety is the most important benefit you receive when a certified technician takes over. However, as a homeowner, your responsibilities to maintain your system will boost the results of a professional service.

Servicing your furnace this winter is extremely important. Without regular maintenance your heating components wear out sooner which leads to breakdowns or even system failure. This can be avoided with regular tune-ups.

When you schedule your next tune-up here are several things to make sure your technician evaluates.

  • Check the duct work for leaks and seal if necessary
  • Test the air flow through the heating system and ducts
  • Calibrate the thermostat
  • Clean burners
  • Check heat exchanger
  • Verify vent system safety
  • Check gas pressure
  • Test for correct refrigerant charge and heat pump leaks
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Check system controls to make sure cooling mode is locked out during heating mode
  • Inspect motor belts and bearings
  • Check electrical terminals

Throughout the year, your job as a homeowner is to:

  • Change the air filter when it appears dingy or dirty
  • Keep debris away from the outdoor unit, ensuring proper air flow
  • Check that your indoor supply vents and return grills are unobstructed

If any of these areas get neglected, you risk system failure or even break down. The big difference is, with a cooling system the air just doesn’t cool. With a heating system or furnace, even if it is broken, it can continue to produce heat, even if the heat exchange is cracked or the flue is broken, still allowing deadly carbon monoxide fumes to enter your home.

Keeping the proper relay team in place working together, you can be very confident in extending the life of your heating and cooling system, achieving peak comfort and ensuring safe operation of your  furnace this winter.

New Communicating Thermostats from York

What is a communicating thermostat? According to York, it’s thermostat that not only controls heating/cooling equipment, but also communicates with other devices inside and/or outside the house. How does this help you? This is one more example of how technology is driving efficiency. The more efficient your system is, the less energy you will consume and that always translates in to savings.

York’s communicating thermostat receives important information from the actual devices like the furnace or air conditioner. This information can be used to make subtle changes in temperature settings to help reduce your heating and cooling costs. This is a step beyond simply having a programmable thermostat. You still have all the benefits of being able to program your communicating thermostat but, you also get many added benefits.

The communicating thermostat can gauge the diminishing efficiency of your units and may suggest or alert you to filter changing or maintenance needs. The thermostat and devices know what the ideal efficiency is so it can alert you to possible problems and solutions. The interface on these thermostats make programming them so much easier and understandable. If being able to program your thermostat can save you significantly, then making it easier to program is a big plus. You can also get comfortable faster. There is a feature that allows the thermostat to communicate to the devices to operate at its highest capacity to get you the desired temperature more quickly.

If you would like more information about the York communicating thermostat or other products, call us with your questions or schedule an appointment and we would be happy to help educate you on all the exciting products York offers. Here is a link from York describing the communicating thermostat.

Fun Fact: If you set thermostats back 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours while you’re at work, you’ll save about 10 percent on your heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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