In Fort Wayne, winter can be serious business. That's why it's important that your furnace is running right. Today's furnaces are generally very reliable, as long as you keep up good annual maintenance. Scheduling regular maintenance can help detect small problems so they can be corrected before they evolve into major repairs or even replacements.
If some areas of your home always feel chilly during the winter months, now's the ideal time to look for solutions to heat cold rooms. Troubleshooting some common central heating system issues is a wise first step:
Fall is here, which means it won’t be long before colder temperatures will be felt in the Hoosier state. Before winter arrives, it’s important to have your home’s furnace maintained and inspected by your local trusted HVAC company. Regular preventive furnace maintenance provides multiple benefits for you and your heating system. Here is an explanation of some of them:
When you schedule your annual furnace maintenance this fall, one of the primary targets for inspection will be the heat exchanger. So what is a heat exchanger, why is it important to have it inspected each year, and what can go wrong with it?
Radiant floor heating can provide a viable alternative to a conventional forced-air furnace. Blowing hot air throughout the house through ductwork brings certain drawbacks when it comes to temperature consistency and maximum efficiency. A hydronic radiant floor heating system, however, circulates hot water through a grid of tubes installed in the floor, turning the entire floor surface into a heat mass that radiates gentle, continuous warmth.
Your heating system, cooking equipment, and any other appliance that burns fuel create carbon monoxide (CO). Normally, this toxic gas is safely vented outside. A CO leak can be lethal, making it necessary to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. While manufacturer's instructions for CO detector placement vary, there are some general rules you should remember.
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.
There are many different components inside your furnace that work together to keep you and your family warm. Knowing what these components are and how they work is helpful when you're dealing with an HVAC technician and helps you see the significance of having your system regularly maintained. Here are the key components of your heating system.
Between lower temperatures, fewer daylight hours and more time spent inside, energy usage in your Fort Wayne home can rise significantly during the winter. There are, however, several simple things you can do to make your home more efficient, resulting in lower energy bills.
Furnace motors are made to last for several years in most cases, but they don’t last forever. If your motor is showing signs of serious wear and tear or if it’s broken, you’ll need to consider furnace motor replacement. Keep in mind that you don’t have to automatically go with the same type as your current one. The following information can help you choose between an ECM and PSC motor.
Colder temperatures will be coming to the Fort Wayne area soon, which means it's almost time to start heating your home. Having your furnace run most of the time when it’s freezing outside helps keep you warm, but also leads to high heating bills. You can save money this winter while still heating your home by having a variable-speed furnace installed.
Homeowners are always looking for the best and most cost-efficient way to heat their home. Today, more homeowners than ever are considering radiant flooring. With steady improvements in radiant flooring, this system is now one of the best, as well as economical, ways to heat your home.
There are many factors to weigh when shopping for a new heating system. The energy source, for one, must be available. Additionally, system size and heat output should adequately meet, but not exceed your home’s load. In some instances, you may also consider additional services when applicable, such as home cooling and water heating.
If you need a new air conditioner, heating system or HVAC repair work in your Fort Wayne area home, you likely will contact at least one HVAC contractor in your area for estimates. Comparing different contractors can be tricky, but you can increase the chances that you will hire the right professional if you:
Most homes use a single primary form of heating, and are tied to whatever costs or inefficiencies those may incur – gas price spikes in a gas furnace, for example, or reduced efficiency in heat pump systems when outdoor temperatures are low.
A long cold Indiana winter can cause your heating bills to skyrocket if your home isn’t properly insulated. The heat from you home will always move to colder areas, including your garage, attic and outside the home. This puts an unnecessary workload on your furnace in the winter and your air conditioning unit in the summertime, unless your home has a proper thermal barrier.