All gas furnaces use a heat exchanger to transfer the heat the gas creates. Normally, heat exchangers sit next to the furnace burners and heat up just like a pan on the stove. These parts, made from metal, absorb heat and the air that the blower sends over it warms. It enters the ductwork and heats your home.
It seems as if we hardly get a break from the costs of heating our homes in winter before it's time to turn on the air conditioner and watch our cooling bills soar higher again. But the savviest homeowners in the Fort Wayne area know there are ways to keep those bills at a reasonable rate by practicing air conditioner efficiency. Here are some ways you can run your A/C more efficiently and save on your utility bills.
The air filter in your furnace or air conditioner performs the important task of collecting debris and grit that floats around in your air. Over time that filter becomes loaded with this gunk, and it needs to be replaced. Yet many homeowners struggle to remember to replace their filters, and their HVAC systems suffer poor efficiency as a result. Here are four tips to help you remember to change your air filter and improve the efficiency of your system.
When's the last time you scheduled a preventive maintenance tune-up for your home's central air conditioning system? If you can't remember, or it's been more than a year, you should schedule an A/C maintenance visit as soon as possible. Your system has likely lost efficiency and may be under-performing, while small problems that haven't been addressed may be developing into larger ones. Most HVAC experts recommend annual service on your central A/C and semi-annual service for heat pumps.
Your central air conditioner shouldn't be tripping the circuit breaker in your home. If it does this just one time, it's not necessarily a sign of problems. It's when the A/C is tripping the circuit breaker a second and third time that you need to address the issue. It probably reflects an underlying problem with your cooling system. First try some do-it-yourself troubleshooting, then if that doesn't work, call in an HVAC professional.
While it might seem as if a central A/C runs itself with minimal interference from the homeowner or the home's occupants, that isn't the case. There are some basic rules in order to get optimum efficiency and performance out of your cooling system. Much of this involves being aware of the following things to avoid doing to your A/C.
While A/C service technicians are dispatched to homes for many different reasons, frozen evaporator coils have to be close to the top of the list. When the evaporator coil freezes up in the inside component of your central A/C, your system won't cool your home, and may stop working altogether. If the coil keeps freezing up, it could cause long-term damage to your air conditioner. Keep reading for ways to resolve the issue.
If you discover your home's A/C is blowing hot air, don't panic. There are a number of reasons why this can occur. Some are easily remedied, and a skilled HVAC professional can correct the more serious issues. Here are five of the most common causes of a warm air issue, with tips on how to fix the problem and when to call in a pro.
According to a recent survey on indoor air pollution, many homeowners are unaware of how to ensure good indoor air quality. This is despite the fact that indoor air pollution is considered one of the top five threats to public health.
Common household dust is an unhealthy cocktail made up of skin cells, textile fibers, hair, mold spores, insect parts, chemical pollutants and many other particles that you don't want floating in the air your family breathes every day. Reducing household dust and improving your indoor air quality isn't difficult if you follow these tips:
Fort Wayne's continental climate means we keep our windows closed most of the year to control our indoor temperatures. In today's airtight homes, that habit can make it harder to maintain high indoor air quality. One of the easiest ways to counteract this problem is by choosing a better air filter.
With the seasonal pollen, Fort Wayne's city smog and fumes from your appliances, maintaining high indoor air quality takes some planning. For every air pollutant, however, there's an efficient method available to remove it from your home.
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:
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.
If the electric furnace in your Fort Wayne home is on the fritz, there are a few things you can try before calling a professional for help. To troubleshoot your electric furnace, just start with the least complex system. Don't get overwhelmed, and remember that help from your local HVAC expert is just a phone call away.
An effective HVAC air filter is essential to good indoor air quality and the operating efficiency of your home’s forced-air heating and cooling system. A dirty air filter will reduce the energy efficiency of HVAC equipment, and also contribute to poor indoor air quality.
It’s the time of year to open up the windows and let in some fresh air. However, even in the springtime, the weather outside isn’t always conducive to doing so. Read on to learn how HVRs and ERVs can deliver fresh outside air to your home any time of year without paying exorbitant energy prices to condition fresh air.
Do you know which air filter MERV ratings are right for your needs? If not, or if you're not quite sure what MERV means, chances are you're using an inefficient air filter for your A/C, heat pump or furnace. Choosing a filter with the right MERV rating can help you stay more comfortable and save money despite the Fort Wayne area's challenging continental climate.