If you think that flimsy air filter in your furnace is going to clean your home's indoor air this winter or even next summer, think again. For comprehensive air cleaning in an indoor environment, a very high-efficiency air filter or a dedicated air-cleaning system is needed, or both. A standard furnace or HVAC filter won't remove anything but the largest particles from the air, allowing smaller particulates such as mold spores, bacteria, dust mites and pollen to pass through the filter and enter household air.
Just like a car, your water heater needs attention and tune-ups in order to continue working efficiently. Draining and flushing out sediment from your water heater is an important task. Not cleaning out the sediment regularly can lead to many problems.
Improving your home's energy efficiency is one of the most effective ways to beat the costs of staying warm in Fort Wayne, where winter temps dip well below freezing. Many of the steps you can take to do this are simple and budget-friendly.
The changing seasons may be beautiful, but for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, transitioning from winter to spring or summer to fall can be the most miserable time of the year. Maintaining good indoor air quality this fall can help ease the sniffling and itching as well as improve your overall health. Take this three-pronged approach to improving the overall quality of your Fort Wayne home's air this fall.
Many home maintenance tasks keep your home in better shape as cooler temperatures arrive. Although it is very important to have your HVAC system serviced in fall, your home maintenance list should extend beyond that. Here are tasks to add to your list.
Fall brings a pleasant break from summer heat, but it also gives rise to more respiratory symptoms for many people. Allergies are commonly the culprit this time of year, rather than the common cold, and improving indoor air quality can help. Here's what you can do.
The ducts that deliver conditioned air to all the rooms in your home are hidden from view, so you may not realize how their condition impacts your comfort. If the ducts are leaky or not properly insulated, as much as 30 percent of your HVAC system's output may not arrive at the registers. Professional duct sealing can eliminate this needless waste and boost your day-to-day home comfort.
When your HVAC system breaks down, you are faced with two options: to repair or to replace. Knowing which option to choose can be daunting. To make the decision less confusing, take the important factors below into consideration.
Is your bathroom properly ventilated? Even if you've got an exhaust fan installed, you may be surprised to learn that your system still isn't doing your home a lot of good. Fortunately, it's fairly easy to evaluate your existing bathroom ventilation and make the necessary improvements to protect your home's building components and your family's health. Read on to learn about proper bathroom ventilation.
While you probably take it for granted, there's no denying the outdoor HVAC unit of your central air conditioner or heat pump isn't exactly winning you any landscaping awards. It does serve an essential function, though, keeping your family cool throughout the summer, and if it's a heat pump, warm in the winter, too. However, wouldn't it be nice to hide or otherwise camouflage your outdoor HVAC unit? This also would serve the purpose of eliminating a temptation for potential thieves.
The nature of heat energy is to move from a warmer to cooler place. That's why heated indoor air seeks to exploit leaks and poorly insulated places in your home's envelope to move to cooler outdoor air during the winter. Read on to learn how to solve these common problems and many more that may be contributing to hot and cold spots in your home.
With higher outdoor temperatures and increased moisture, indoor humidity issues are generally a summertime problem. Though, with many Fort Wayne area homes sealed up tight to save energy and enhance comfort, an indoor humidity problem can be a year-round nuisance that traps moisture inside.
Summer is finally over and fall, our favorite season in Indiana, is here! Now you can enjoy the cooler weather and your air conditioner can enjoy a little break. To help you maximize savings on your energy bill, we've compiled a few tips on when to run your A/C this fall and when to let it rest.
Problems with your home's heating or cooling equipment not only impact your comfort and budget, they can compromise your family's safety. The hassle-free way to ensure your HVAC system components receive timely preventive care is to opt for an annual maintenance agreement with an experienced HVAC professional.
If you're new to the task of buying a home, you'll want to acquire at least a superficial knowledge of residential heating and cooling systems. We'll start with heating, then move to air conditioning to help prepare you for choosing a new HVAC system.
If HVAC maintenance is somehow omitted from your spring maintenance checklist, write it in at the very top. If it made your list, put a star next to it. The HVAC system is a valuable investment in home comfort and the monthly energy budget. Repairing or replacing any component of the cooling and heating systems takes time and expense. Use these HVAC maintenance tips to achieve maximum performance and extend the life of your systems.
Spring is a great time to get some work done around your Fort Wayne home, including many of those home maintenance tasks you've been putting off over the winter. While you're making your list, make sure to contact your HVAC contractor to get your system ready for spring. Here are some items your professional will likely complete:
You're probably familiar with the benefits of keeping your heating and cooling system well maintained. Equipment components kept in good condition perform more efficiently and can save you more money with a longer lifespan. To enjoy these benefits, you need to schedule HVAC maintenance at least once a year.
Indiana homeowners depend on their HVAC systems to stay warm and comfortable through the heating months. Considering that home heating accounts for 45 to 55 percent of the typical energy budget, there is also financial incentive to maintain a well-operating HVAC system with a seasonal inspection.
Are you experiencing excessive temperature imbalances in your home? Although proper installation and maintenance of your HVAC system's ductwork is critical to the efficient functioning of your heating and cooling system, homes that experience unbalanced airflow may develop a number of uncomfortable and energy-wasting conditions, some of which can be assisted through simple modifications and repairs of the ductwork.