What is that strange noise coming from my furnace?
Your furnace is made of many moving parts—so you might hear some noises associated with any working mechanical thing. However, there’s a difference between which noises are “okay” and which may indicate a problem. If you’ve noticed any strange sounds coming from your heating equipment, take a look at this list to see what they might mean.
Good Cheer and Good Ventilation During the Holidays
You want to deck the halls and clear the air to keep good cheer and good ventilation throughout the holidays. Here are a few tips for doing both:
Say Boo…To Creepy Critters in Your HVAC
It’s the season for spiders in dark corners, bats, and rodents of unusual size. These are some of the creepy critters we expect for Halloween--but not for our HVAC.
What Happens When the Air Filter Gets Too Dirty
Changing the air filter on your heating and cooling system is one of the simplest maintenance tasks – and one of the most important. Keeping a clean air filter benefits you and your equipment. When you let the air filter become too dirty, bad things begin to happen:
Where to Place Your AC for Best Performance
To get the best performance out of your air conditioning unit, it’s all about location, location, location. That doesn’t just mean planting it in an out-of-the-way corner of the house -- there’s a lot more to proper placement than you might think.
How Hail Can Damage Your AC – and What to Do
Spring and summer storms sometimes bring an added surprise: hail. These icy missiles can range in size from a pea to a baseball, causing significant damage not only to cars, roofs, and vegetation but also outdoor equipment like your air conditioning unit. The National Weather Service reports that hail causes $1 billion in damage to property each year.
How to Keep Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit Free from Debris
Keeping your outdoor air conditioning equipment clean and free from all organic debris that might block air flow means your system will perform more efficiently and last longer. You can do a lot to slow down the migration of leaves, stems, and sticks into your air conditioner by following the tips below.
7 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Vacation
Going on vacation or leaving for the season is great but requires a lot of preparation, both for you personally and for the house you’ll be leaving. It’s helpful to have a checklist so you can cover all your bases and enjoy a worry-free time away.
How to Choose an Air Filter
You may not give a lot of thought to your home’s air filter. An air filter, with no moving parts, is a little part of a big system, and it doesn’t typically “break down.” But this doesn’t mean that air filters aren’t important -- they protect your expensive HVAC equipment and can improve the quality of your indoor air. Manufacturers generally recommend you change air filters every 2 to 3 months and while you’re at it, you should be considering the type of filter you’re using.
Common HVAC Problems Found During Home Inspections
A home inspection is a necessary part of buying and selling a home. If you’re selling, it’s important to be aware of common HVAC problems so you can avoid citations on your inspection report. According to a study by the National Association of Home Builders, you can expect to get 15 to 20 years out of your HVAC system. Everything needs replacement at some point, but systems that are well-maintained may last longer. However, these are some issues that are commonly found upon inspection.