Your home's crawl space allows access to parts of your plumbing, wiring, and HVAC systems, so there will be times when you need to venture down there. When you do, proper crawl space safety is essential. In addition to being cramped, even in Fort Wayne's mild late spring and summer weather, the space can get hot and stuffy. A little preparation will keep you safe.
The spring season often comes with the threat of severe storms in the Fort Wayne area. Although your HVAC system is made to be durable in all kinds of weather, bad storms can end up damaging it. Follow these storm preparation tips to make sure that your HVAC system is as protected as possible from damage.
Your HVAC system is essential for comfort in your Fort Wayne home, but you may not realize that investing in an HVAC add-on can allow your system to go beyond simple heating and cooling. Today, there are HVAC add-ons that can help you save energy, provide healthier indoor air quality, and give you enhanced temperature and humidity control. Here are some add-on options that are well worth investigating.
After a period of non-use, you may encounter problems as you turn on your heating and cooling equipment. Fortunately, with the right information, you can easily tackle these problems. So what issues should you look out for during the spring?
HVAC equipment is expected to make some noise when it's operating. With your home's system, you'll probably hear the sound of the blower unit starting, running, then shutting down, and perhaps some noise as air moves through the ductwork. Outdoors, you'll hear louder noises from the compressor motor and condenser fan.
One tactic for saving on energy use that homeowners often come up with is the closing of interior doors to rooms that are not in use. They may close off the vents in the belief that this will keep the room from being heated or air conditioned so that the energy that would have been required is saved, and the heating or cooling that is created goes elsewhere.
With warmer spring weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to schedule your cooling system maintenance visit. According to the Energy Star program from the Department of Energy (DOE), completing an effective spring HVAC checklist that covers all the necessary maintenance tasks can keep your system operating efficiently and reliably throughout the cooling season.
Your HVAC system contains some of the most critically-important and costly equipment in your Fort Wayne home. Because it's a major investment, it's vital that your system's components are well-protected by a manufacturer's warranty. While warranty specifics and length vary between manufacturers, registering your HVAC equipment can matter a lot.
The arrival of daylight saving time means it's time to turn all your clocks ahead an hour. This annual “spring forward” ritual can also affect the operation of your home's HVAC system, but taking the following steps can ensure that it stays in perfect sync with this seasonal change in time.
If you're looking for a cleaner and cheaper alternative to using fossil fuels for your home comfort, one option you'll want to consider is solar power. Due to the myths that eager salespeople and spammy ads communicate, it's important to do your own thorough research before going solar. Learn more about the pros and cons of solar energy.
Although balmy spring weather may still seem far off, winter can't last much longer, so you'll soon switch from heating to cooling your home. This seasonal transition also signals that it's time to tackle the following essential end of winter maintenance tasks for your HVAC system.
Springtime may seem far away in Indiana in January and February, but it won't be long till allergy sufferers will be enduring the aggravating symptoms that come with flowers and trees bursting into bloom and producing tree pollen. That's one reason why February isn't too soon to start thinking about air purification in your home. Another reason is that February is actually named after a Roman festival of purification called Februa, where people were ritually washed, perhaps in preparation for the new year.
In honor of Valentine's Day this year, show some appreciation for your home's central heating and cooling system by not only recognizing all the benefits it provides you and your family, but by treating it right. Love your HVAC system by doing the following:
If you set a comfortable temperature on your thermostat, but some rooms in your home always feel too cool or too warm when your HVAC system is running, it's not a situation that you simply have to live with. A skilled HVAC professional can diagnose and solve many common causes of uneven cooling, including these three:
If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t meet or speak often with HVAC pros, and when you do, it’s for short periods. Even as limited as your interactions may be, it’s helpful to understand the most important terms and facts about your own system.
If you enjoy do-it-yourself projects, there are many different types of maintenance, improvement and repair tasks you can tackle around your Fort Wayne home. If your heating or cooling equipment starts acting up, you might consider attempting DIY HVAC repairs as well.
If you're like most homeowners, changing the air filter in your HVAC comes as something of an afterthought. You know you should do it regularly, but somehow you seem to forget. After all, it's out of sight, right? And the HVAC just seems to keep on running, winter or summer. But the fact is, when you change your air filter regularly, you're benefiting your pocketbook, and boosting your comfort level.