A lack of humidity in your home can directly affect your respiratory health, potentially aggravating or even causing infections and winter colds. Dryness in the nose, throat and bronchial tubes can become a chronic problem in your household.
A whole home humidifier can help balance your home’s humidity level without the annoyance of having to port a unit from room to room.
An air exchanger dehumidifies and keeps the circulation flowing throughout your home. Your indoor humidity varies with the outdoor weather conditions and may or may not be necessary in your area.
There’s a good chance this is a result of a clogged or dirty filter. It’s best to check and be sure before paying for a service call.
There should be a nameplate or sticker located on or near the service panel, either the front side or the back.
Most units have this information displayed on the inside of the front service panel.
Provided you follow the suggested maintenance and service for your unit, you should expect a gas furnace to last anywhere between 15 and 25 years. A new air conditioning unit should last between 10 and 15.
This will depend entirely on your current system and its construction. You may or may not need ductwork, insulation, refrigerant piping, condensate piping, flue piping, electrical service for your wiring and thermostat, and any number of other alterations to your home.
One of our representatives can give you a more accurate picture of the overall work that is needed based on their onsite appraisal.
You may not need to replace your current system, especially if it’s been well maintained and the parts are still easy to come by. But if not, you may want to consider replacing the unit entirely. Older units are less efficient, have considerable wear and tear, and may require expensive hard to find parts. Today’s systems can be as much as 60% more effective than an older unit, and are easily serviced since parts are readily available.
Some of the tell tale signs that your furnace is at the end of it’s life include:
- Pilot Light Outages
- Sluggish or delayed ignition
- Dim or flickering flames
- Excessive soot
- Inconsistent heating
- Sulfur or burning smell
- Furnace makes excessive amount of noise
- Your system has been requiring frequent repairs
- Energy bills go up as your furnace efficiency drops
Your filter is essentially a net of sorts, catching all the dust, mites, germs and allergens before they can pass into the air being pumped through your home. If this net becomes clogged, it can start passing these things into your air or prevent air flow all together.
- Inspect your filters once a month. Clean or replace your disposable filters as needed.
- Check the vents around your home to ensure they’re not being blocked by furniture, curtains, etc.
- One a year you should check your chimney and venting systems for signs of leaks or corrosion. Make sure all your fittings are secure and free of damage.
- Don’t clog up the area around your furnace with storage. There should be three to four feet of free space around your unit. A furnace will pull its air from immediate surroundings; this area should be clean and well ventilated.
- For systems operating on propane gas, be sure to check your gas levels on a regular basis so you’re not caught running on empty.
- Outdoor units should be kept clean of debris, dirt, leaves and grass clippings.
- Have your furnaces and air cooling units inspected annually. We typically recommend you have your furnace inspected in the fall and your cooling system in the spring.
- Unplug your humidifier when it’s not in use and clean it on a regular basis.
- Cleaning your ducts will reduce in home pollutants and allergens.