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What Is The Best Way To Inspect A Furnace Heat Exchanger?

Posted by John Sims on Mon, Feb, 16, 2015 @ 09:02 AM

We think we do one of the best heat exchanger inspections available.  For years the best that we could doCombGasAnalyzer2 was a visible inspection of the exposed areas of the heat exchanger with a flashlight and a mirror.  This was effective in finding larger holes in easily accessible areas.  Several years ago we learned of a new method which we now employ as necessary, based upon the observed conditions of your furnace and its age.

At Sims Heating and Cooling, our technicians are trained to run full combustion analysis before and after they clean and certify each furnace so as to provide actual tangible data to our clients. Our clients can see the improvements that our techs made during the cleaning process. 

One of the most important reasons we've invested in combustion gas analyzers(they're not cheap), was to do the best job of finding a safety issue BEFORE it ever becomes dangerous.

In the Battle Creek area, there are 2 types of HVAC contractors: those that use state of the art combustion gas analyzers (10%) to determine energy efficiency, performance & health threats and those who don't (90%). That means peace of mind for you!

When we determine that there is a crack or hole in your heat exchanger we shut down your furnace to protect you and your family from any potential dangers and work with you to facilitate an expedited repair or replacement.  We will provide you with an electric heater temporarily so you can remain in your home. Sometimes homeowners seek out a second opinion and we recommend that they do so if there is any doubt on their part as to our findings. This situation can lead to a very 'charged or heated' discussion. We do our best to prevent that.

The question is, when will the crack be large enough to begin leaking carbon monoxide into your home.  It's never a black and white situation. We also take into account the age or your furnace, the manufacturer and model including our service history with them.

We take a very serious approach with the utmost of professionalism and concern for our reputation. We've built our success on preventative maintenance where 100's of homeowners join our annual maintenance plan and have the benefits of a tune up year in and year out.

Here's a true story:

A homeowner had a problem where his CO detector would go off but only on the coldest nights of the year.  It turns out that on the coldest nights his furnace was running longer to keep his home warm and the metal in the heat exchanger expanded more as it got hotter and the hole opened up enough to emit CO into his home.  They has their furnace replaced and they haven’t had any problems since.
You can put a CO detector in your home but you can’t knowingly allow a furnace to be operated with a crack or hole in the heat exchanger and rely on the CO detector as the sole means to protect you and your family. 

Here is a link to the American Gas Association. The following is some of the information:

! DANGER !
IF YOUR APPLIANCE SYSTEMS
HAVE NOT BEEN SAFETY INSPECTED

For your safety and the safety of those around you, it is important to have major electric or fuel-burning appliances and equipment, such as furnaces, boilers, ranges, water heaters and clothes dryers, periodically safety inspected. Annual safety inspections are often recommended by manufacturers. This safety inspection can be performed by a qualified service agency that is experienced in performing service work and has complied with all the requirements of your state or local building or mechanical code inspection agency. If you need the name and telephone numbers of a qualified inspector, you might look in your telephone directory under the heading “heating equipment service” or “appliance service.” You may also telephone or visit the website of your local or state consumer affairs office, fuel supplier or electric or gas utility for information.

Failure to have this equipment properly maintained could lead to property damage, personal injury or death. If you have not had an inspection performed within the last three years, you should make an appointment today for you and your family’s safety and the safety of those around you.

If you're just not sure and you need 'peace of mind', schedule a Furnace Tune Up NOW!

Topics: Furnace Tune Up, Testing, Carbon Monoxide, Heat Exchanger

Energy Efficiency Solutions: The Energy Audit!

Posted by John Sims on Wed, Mar, 26, 2014 @ 13:03 PM

A True Measure of Energy Efficiency For Battle Creek Homeowners.

The Winter of 2014 has seen furnaces running on a pretty regular basis. Heating bills are very high, but we don't need to tell you. We realize homeowners are looking for the RIGHT energy efficiency tips. A home energy audit isBattle Creek Energy Efficiency an excellent first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An audit will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time. During the audit, you can pinpoint where your house is losing energy. Audits also determine the efficiency of your home's heating and cooling systems. It may also show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity. Like we've been discussing, you can perform a simple energy audit yourself, or have a professional energy auditor carry out a more thorough audit.

What's Involved In An "Energy Audit"?

A professional auditor uses a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a structure. Thorough audits often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the home or building; and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.

A blower door test of an existing home provides an overall measurement of air infiltration. Dr. Busby says, on existing homes a large fan(blower door test) that depressurizes(sucks the air out) the home. Once depressurized, air leaks are detected by air flowing into the home problem areas. You can take a reading to see how leaky it is. The next task is to attend to those spots we've mentioned which are then solved by caulking and insulation. The test can't pinpoint specific problem areas in need of repair because you can't see the exterior walls behind the finished walls. The professionals experience is invaluable when diagnosis existing home areas of air infiltration, air leakage, etc.

Infrared thermal imaging provides important information relating to otherwise inaccessible areas of a residential building. As you will see in the video below, it exposes all the defects where you are losing heat in the winter or letting in heat in during the summer. Like using 'X-Ray Vision' to see where heat is lost. It doesn’t lie!! No more guess work! Trial and error methods can get expensive.
That way you can get specific on the solutions for your home.



An infrared camera detects extremely small but crucial differences in temperature from one area of a house to another. These temperature variations show up on the camera’s view screen as “cold” or “hot” spots, which reveal hidden problems that often cannot be detected in the course of a traditional visual inspection.

These problems may include:

  • Heat/energy loss.
  • Missing insulation.
  • Roof and ceiling leaks.
  • Faulty wiring, breakers and fuses.
  • Hidden moisture intrusion.
  • The moisture sources of mold.
  • Pipe and duct work leaks.

Why Perform Infrared Home Inspections?

Combined with traditional home inspection techniques, the infrared inspection method reveals substantially more of the house than can be perceived by the naked eye and conventional inspection tools. Many things can't be seen with only a flashlight.

In general, the costs of and energy audit range from $300 - $700 based on square footage.

Here's a question for every homeowner looking to save money on their utility bill,
should you focus on:
A. CONSERVATION - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10% or,
B. ENERGY EFFICIENCY - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 20-45%
We think the answer is B.
Keep in mind, if you aren't doing proper maintenance on your HVAC system you don't get the full benefit of the things we discussed here.

Enjoy better comfort, save money now and hedge yourself against future energy prices. A lot of building science experts will tell you there's a 100's of ways to do it wrong but only a few ways to do it right!

A Place To Begin: Take Our Online Comfort Evaluation. CLICK HERE.

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Topics: energy efficiency, Inspection, Comfort, Testing

Energy Efficiency Solutions: The Basement Area!

Posted by John Sims on Thu, Mar, 20, 2014 @ 14:03 PM

Caution Regarding Air Sealing The Basement Area:

When undertaking air sealing, be careful of a few things when it comes to basements. There may already be hazards without doing any air sealing, but it may be aggravated if not addressed before, or during air sealing. Caution must be taken.Caution4

Battle Creek area homeowners are always searching for the right energy efficiency tips.

When it comes to the basement, you have to understand there's a relationship between having enough combustion air(venting) and air sealing: sealing up a home will reduce the amount of air entering the home(and leaking to the outside). The best way to determine if you have done enough and not too much sealing is to do a blower door test.(we'll explain in a latter blog article)

Moisture Problems:
When moisture might be an issue. Look for any signs of mildew, mold or structural rotting. If moisture is causing a problem then take control of the moisture source before air sealing.

Not Enough Combustion Air(oxygen):
If there are gas appliances, carbon monoxide might be an issue. In general a carbon monoxide detector should be installed as part of any air sealing effort.
Backdrafting problems can develop if changes made in the house, such as general air sealing or installing a central vacuum system or a high-velocity kitchen range hood fan, affect air pressure. Backdrafting is a dangerous condition that should be corrected. (It's the laws of physics.) The source of the combustion air for the furnace must be adequate and not come from the wrong location. Pulling air from, say a bedroom is not a good idea.
Having an open or insufficient return air system is a primary concern. Open returns provide a significant depressurization source in the immediate vicinity of the unit. Standards range from simply ensuring that the appliances work under the worst case conditions, to installing combustion air that meets current building code. Heating equipment may have an issue. If there are any signs of backdrafting or inefficient combustion, have it tested by an HVAC technician.

Basements And Crawlspaces:
Next, inspect and measure the thickness of any insulation in unfinished basement ceilings and walls, or above crawl spaces. If the crawl space is not ventilated, it may have insulation on the perimeter wall. If your house is relatively new, it may have been built with insulation outside the basement or foundation wall. However, this insulation would not be visible because it would be covered by a protective layer of stucco, plastic, fiber glass, metal flashing, or a rigid protection board.
To do the total job right, basement air sealing should only be undertaken by contractors who are comfortable assessing houses for potential moisture problems and who are willing to undertake combustion safety tests, to ensure air sealing does not create issues with moisture or backdrafting of combustion equipment like your gas furnace or hot water heater.

Floor Joist and Basement WallHere, we've air-sealed at the band joist.

 

 

 

 

Here's a pretty good resource for homeowners from EnergyStar. CLICK HERE. (Go To The Page On Basements.) 

Or, this may be a time to bring the professional who can do an energy audit or the HVAC technician who understands this.

Topics: Air Sealing, Air Leaks, Backdrafting, Testing

Combustion Analysis Protects Battle Creek Area Homeowners.

Posted by John Sims on Mon, Feb, 24, 2014 @ 15:02 PM

Heating contractors all have different approaches to inspecting furnaces. Some invest in the best equipment to do the job right while others just guess. Combustion problems comeSafetyFirst in various sizes and shapes, and individual tests may not by themselves prove if the house is actually safe.

As we mentioned in previous articles, it's critical to understand the signs, and know what and when to test, in order to ensure that a small oversight does not result in a long-term health problem for homeowners.

To understand the risk of carbon monoxide to you the homeowner we recommend you watch this video.

Knowing some simple facts about combustion will make analysis easier. The problems with combustion appliances, like furnaces are not simply with the equipment themselves, but how they work within the home or building.  

The safety of the units depends on their installation, operation, and maintenance.Other concerns such as competing air sources, house tightness, and effects of remodeling all can be important to the overall operation of your furnace.

The policies and procedures at Sims Heating And Cooling were designed to use the most advance testing equipment to check for the safety of furnaces and boilers.

Homeowner Safety - The concern is for the short- and long-term safety of homeowners. Visual inspection of the house and the furnace mechanism is extremely important in this analysis.

Checking for Carbon Monoxide - Are there any signs of carbon monoxide being created? Is there any carbon in the burner area, flue or vent? How are the flames burning? Are there any visible signs of a problem, such as flames burning erratically, no flames visible on part of the burner, weak flames, or white tips on the flames? Regardless of the visual inspection, a test must be performed to verify that there is no CO in the combustion gases.

The sample should be taken from each flue (where the exhaust leaves the home), before additional dilution air is added to the gases. In a furnace with four burners, at least four tests should be taken.

Our field experience has shown that problems with most units that create carbon monoxide(CO) in excess of 25 ppm in the flue can be corrected. Most field standards are higher than this (less than 100-200 ppm).

One of the key components of this step is to determine why CO is being created, since CO is a symptom of something being wrong with the home or the heating system.

In a previous article, we discussed the heating process is chemical equation and CO was one of the potential by-products when something wasn't working right; which is what creates the threat to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Draft and Venting - The draft of the furnace measures the power of the venting system to exhaust. Is it getting enough air(O2). The measurement of the draft is coupled with a visual inspection of the venting system to determine the probability that all of the combustion gases are getting out of the home. If the draft is measured in cold weather, it can provide an indication of the ability of the appliance to exhaust in warmer weather (if the draft is weak in cold weather, it will be weaker in hot weather). The standard we use was developed from both technical analysis and field testing .

Cracked Heat Exchanger

There's the potential for contractors to condemn a heat exchanger which creates all sorts of emotional reactions by homeowners and the BBB warns homeowners about this.

Examining furnaces for a breach or hole in the heat exchanger is potentially significant, but of lesser importance than the previous tests. Checking for cracks is done by examining the flames for interference when the blower is operating and by direct inspection of the heat exchanger.

Bacharach is the manufacturer of our testing equipment. This is what they say:

Combustion testing today is no longer an option. It’s a necessity.

It used to be that fossil fuel-burning home appliances could be adequately serviced by conducting visual tests. But with today’s regulatory, environmental and safety concerns – as well as the risk residential service technicians now face with possible liability – “eye-balling the flame” is no longer a sufficient way to test. The truth is, an appliance that shows a nice blue flame is probably not burning efficiently. It could, in fact, be burning more fuel than is necessary, adding soot to the system, or more importantly, emitting toxic gases that could eventually put your customers, you – and your business – in real danger.

Here are their guidelines:

To test for cracks using a combustion analyzer, after drilling a hole in the flue, we simply watch the O2/CO2 readings and the CO reading when the blower comes on - usually several minutes after the burner(s) ignite or fire up.

Typically, the O2/CO2 or CO readings will stabilize within 30 to 60 seconds after ignition. If a crack is present, when the blower energizes, air (at 20.9 percent O2) may be blown through the crack in sufficient quantities to raise the O2 (or decrease the CO2) reading on the combustion analyzer.

Using a combustion analyzer to test for cracks in a heat exchanger has limitations; however, there are some distinct advantages:

  • It tests under actual operating conditions.
  • It may provide additional information as to how dangerous a crack is. For example, if a crack is visually observed and a combustion test finds that when the blower comes on the carbon monoxide reading rises to excessive levels, a service contractor can be more confident that a dangerous situation exists and has the documentation that the unit needs to be immediately condemned and taken out of operation.
  • It can be easily done during the normal course of a service call where combustion testing is performed.
  • It is important to keep in mind that changes in combustion test readings may also be caused by other factors:
  • Depressurization of the mechanical room due to leakage in the return side of the distribution system may be sufficient to change the readings when the blower is energized.

I know this is a little technical in nature, but it is a key to the testing equipment we use and the training of our technicians. 

Topics: Health Threats, Selecting A Contractor, Testing, Furnace Repair

Improving The Energy Efficiency Of My Furnace.

Posted by John Sims on Thu, Feb, 20, 2014 @ 16:02 PM

The topic is Combustion Analysis. Here's what it is and why it's important. 

We are among a few select contractors who do combustion testing on each service call and new furnace certification. A combustion analysis is basically a measurement of yourCombGasAnalyzer system’s flue gases to determine the completeness of the combustion process. Fuel combustion is the first step toward maximizing your furnace’s fuel efficiency, and as a result it’s extremely important to fully understand it before your furnace is installed.

Now, most furnaces use either natural gas or propane to create heat, both of which are made up mostly of carbon and hydrogen. Basically, the more hydrogen the fuel has, the more excess air it’s going to need. The excess air combines with the oxygen from the combustion air to create perfect, efficient combustion. Too much or too little fuel combined with the available combustion air could result in unburned fuel and inefficient heating at best and, at worst, carbon monoxide production!

To explain it in simplest terms: We drill a hole in the flue of your furnace and then using a combustion gas analyzer, we measure O2, CO2, CO, stack temperature, pressure, efficiency, and excess air. These measurements determine the efficiency of every dollar you spend with your gas supplier and the safety of your family.

A combustion analysis is performed for five primary reasons:

1. To verify the safety of the appliance prior to and after service

2. To calculate the combustion efficiency of the appliance

3. To determine the amount of pollution the appliance is producing

4. To review operation in conformance with the manufacturer's guidelines

5. To assess equipment longevity/warranty issues (eg. Improper fuel pressure or airflow settings may cause excessive CO production, or burned out heat exchangers, etc.)

Combustion testing provides numerous benefits to homeowners:

  • Saves money
  • Saves time
  • Avoids callbacks
  • Maintains equipment warranty
  • Provides increased comfort
  • Provides increased safety
  • Increases energy efficiency
  • Lowers environmental emissions (Pollutants)

There are 2 types of HVAC contractors: those that use state of the art combustion gas analyzers (10%) to determine energy efficiency, performance & health threats and the others who don't (90%) humm...

Every contractor in the area offers a high efficiency AFUE 95-95% furnace; delivering that performance when installed has a lot to do with testing and fine tuning using sophisticated instruments like a combustion gas analyzer.

Combustion Analysis for Efficiency

When we talk about a furnace needing to be “properly installed” in order to be as efficient as possible, we mean it has to be installed with special consideration paid to combustion analysis. As you may know, every furnace comes with an AFUE rating – annual fuel utilization efficiency. This is the maximum rating possible for a specific furnace. The only way to tell the actual fuel utilization rate of your specific furnace is by performing a combustion analysis!

Here's what the leading manufacturer of combustion analyzers has to say --Testo.

Making and interpreting measurements is a crucial part of any job involving service, installation, design verification, engineering, or factory support of HVAC/R equipment. When it comes to verifying proper operation of the installed equipment it is critical that measurements made in the field are just as accurate as those made the laboratory. At Testo we believe that we all have an obligation to assure that the equipment is operating at peak performance levels for the benefit of consumers or end users of HVAC/R equipment, equipment manufacturers, utilities, the nation's energy future and the environment.

Combustion analysis is only part of the equipment installation and commissioning procedure. A complete installation includes but is not limited to proper equipment selection and sizing, proper airflow and fuel pressure, verification of proper draft, combustion and ventilation air, verification of proper operation of all limit and safeties as recommended by the manufacturer and as outlined in the International Fuel and Gas Code, and a final combustion analysis along with written and printed verification of the commissioning procedure.  

Since there is always 20.9% oxygen in normal air, this can be used a measure of combustion efficiency. Ideally, a flue gas analysis of 0% combustibles would be achieved with no excess oxygen in the flue gas. Manufacturers of residential appliances normally require a minimum of 20-40% excess air (5-9% O2) to assure enough air is available for complete combustion and dilution of the flue gasses even if an appliance is dirty and suffering from neglect. If homeowners had their appliances checked on a regular basis, excess air requirements could be more tightly controlled, provided there is ample air for dilution to avoid condensing in the stack. Where clean air is taken from the outdoors as in a two pipe 90+ furnaces, air requirements are more tightly controlled. Additionally, 90% efficient appliances are condensing appliances and the air normally used for dilution of the flue gasses is undesirable for maximum efficiency of the appliance. In all cases the higher excess air requirements and the associated losses in efficiency and cost to the consumer are outweighed by the increase in safety and product reliability.

At Sims Heating and Cooling, our technicians are trained to run full combustion analysis before and after they clean and certify each furnace so as to provide actual tangible data to our clients. Our clients can see the improvements that our techs made during the cleaning process. 

One of the most important reasons we've invested in combustion analyzers(they're not cheap); finding a safety issue BEFORE it ever becomes dangerous. That means peace of mind for you!

Topics: energy efficiency, Health Threats, Testing, Furnace Repair

How Heating And Cooling's Priority Is Comfort!

Posted by John Sims on Tue, Nov, 12, 2013 @ 14:11 PM

Battle Creek Area Homeowners Want COMFORT In Every Room Of Their Home!

Hey, when you spend 90% of your time inside, comfort is very important! Many homeowners can't really define what that means; they just know when they are not MP900430906comfortable!

Unfortunately, many home owners just learn to accept and live with the conditions in the home they move into.

Let’s talk about the home you live in currently, and if you are thinking about building, you have a great opportunity to avoid all of these typical problems in existing homes if you plan it all out before you get started.

The sad part is most homeowners don’t understand this, so when it comes to investing in energy-efficient home improvements (like HVAC equipment) they end up with the wrong equipment installed incorrectly.

In general, the more you spend the more comfortable your home will be. Why live with that cold air blowing on you while your equipment is turning on and off all the time.

There may be rooms you avoid in the coldest part of winter or in the heat of summer. Some areas feel cold on your feet or cold too the touch. Or some homeowners say, “We don’t go upstairs in the afternoon in the heat of the summer.

Comfort can mean different things to different people. It may be as simple as the air temperature you want, the air flow you want, the right humidity level, and whether surfaces in the home are warm to the touch. The fact is they are all related.

Your comfort depends on more than your heating and air conditioning equipment. We all know that we need heating and air conditioning equipment to make our homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer. The simple fact is that these systems can contribute much more to the overall health, safety, durability, comfort and energy efficiency of our homes if we protect our indoor space properly from the outdoor environment.

Listen To Sara Lamia, Home Buying Coach.

A house is made up of different elements that interact with each other to make a perfect indoor environment possible.

It’s not any one component: There's your heating and air conditioning system, the shell of your homel — walls, roof, floor, doors and windows, and finally the occupants themselves — that s you. The way these elements affect each other is known in our business as the house as a system.

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Topics: energy efficiency, Comfort, Testing

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Recognizing The Threat!

Posted by John Sims on Mon, Oct, 21, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

Too Many Battle Creek Area Homeowners Are Taking Unnecessary Risks!CautionBox

Carbon monoxide poisoning can kill without warning, as your family sleeps. This information is to inform every homeowner what they need to know; what it is and how it occurs. (And yes, all of this to impress upon homeowners the importance of having a Furnace Tune-Up). At Sims Heating and Cooling Services, our business is built around maintaining HVAC equipment as the #1 priority! We understand the risks people take when their "gas" appliances aren't checked regularly.

Here's what the Center For Disease Control states: CDC Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. Fatality is highest among Americans 65 and older.

What Is It: Carbon Monoxide(CO) is a poisonous gas often referred to as a silent killer, and for good reason. It’s odorless and tasteless. When it’s released into the air, homeowners often can’t tell. Thousands of people across the country become sick from carbon monoxide each year, and tragically, hundreds will die from it. Carbon monoxide poisoning can kill everyone in your home.  It kills most people while they're sleeping.  They simply never wake up.

Signs or Symptoms: How you may feel if you're being poisoned by CO.

Individuals in the home could be exposed to lower levels of carbon monoxide poisoning and be completely unaware of the risk. CO poisoning can be difficult to detect, because its symptoms are the same as those of many other common ailments. For example, you may experience mild nausea or headaches, tiredness, difficulty thinking clearly and simply feeling sick all the time. Sometimes it may feel as though you have food poisoning or that you are coming down with flu. Moderate levels of exposure can result in death over a period of time. High levels can be fatal within a few minutes.

Beyond installing detectors, additional precautionary measures should be taken to help in protection. It is highly advisable to have the entire home heating system checked by a qualified technician (preferrably each year)

Learn More About Furnace Tune Ups:

Furnace Tune Ups Battle Creek

Topics: Furnace Tune Up, Testing, Carbon Monoxide

Top 10 Reasons Homeowners NEED a Furnace Tune-Up (at least one)!

Posted by John Sims on Fri, Sep, 13, 2013 @ 09:09 AM

Top 10 Reasons Homeowners NEED a Furnace Tune-Up!

In most homes, heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are typically ignored until they malfunction. That doesn't make sense to us. Because of poor specification and installation, HVAC equipment tends to operate inefficiently and deteriorate faster than necessary(especially of you haven't had a Tune Up in the last several years).

 

Here are the Top 10, You can watch the video or read for yourself:



Top10 10Benchmarking the condition of your current system so you can plan, do the proper research for your replacement system under your terms. Understand, replacing a system is more complex than you think. Remember, you'll live with it for 20+ years.

Top10 9Check for hazardous debris in the chimney and flue. Since the flue pipe and or chimney carry by-products of combustion, including, carbon monoxide out of the furnace. A partial restriction, leaks, insufficient oxygen or animal nests in these passage will cause the furnace to operate with poor combustion.

Top10 8Check ignition and gas pilot safety system. It is important to have the gas pilot safety system tested and confirmed that the safety circuit is functioning properly.

Top10 7Make sure there is no dirt build up. If there is clean it. The Number 1 cause of system failure is dirt! Nine out of 10 due to dirt build up. (Louisiana Cooperative Ext. Serv.) Build up of dirt on the blower blades will reduce the furnace’s airflow and cause it to use more electricity.  A dirt buildup in furnaces, especially blower motor blades result in a decrease in efficiency, some say by 21%.

Top10 6Make sure there's proper airflow over your heat exchanger. Start with keeping your furnace’s blower motor and blades clean; is critical. Dirt build-up on the blades of your furnace's blower can also contribute to early aging of your furnace's heat exchanger. Blower cleaning is critical since a buildup of dirt on the blower blades will reduce the furnace's airflow and cause it to use more electricity. The lower airflow will cause the furnace to run hotter, increasing the rate of expansion and contraction of the heat exchanger's metal.

Top10 5Prevent premature failure of your equipment. Regular maintenance is proven to extend the life of your HVAC system without compromising your safety.  

Top10 4Make sure it's performing efficiently; keep $$$ from going up the chimney. There’s a GOOD chance your current heating system is underperforming --- robbing you blind; Lack of proper furnace maintenance affects operating costs as much as 10% to 50% due to dirty burners, dirty blowers, dirty filters, and thermostat calibration. Here's an interesting stat: 9 out of 10 of the HVAC Systems in the US are wasting 40% or more in energy costs! Think of it this way, next time you pull up to a gas pump and paying for 10 gallons and dumping 4 gallons on the ground at the pump.

Top10 3Avoid the "No-Heat-Monkey-Wrench-In-Your-Day" event. Obviously, losing your heat in the middle of Winter is not a great situation to be in. Especially, making the decisions to solve it. We see it all the time, the day before it failed(no heat) was just like today when it's working.

Top10 2Avoid taking unnecessary health risks. You want to make sure you don't have any lurking unsuspecting health threats. No one wants to run family health risks! Carbon Monoxide(CO) is a poisonous gas often referred to as a silent killer, and for good reason. You can't see it, taste it or smell it. When it’s released into the air, homeowners often can’t tell. Many people tend to mistake the sickness they feel from carbon monoxide poisoning with seasonal illness like the flu. Thousands of people across the country become sick from carbon monoxide each year, and tragically, hundreds will die from it. carbon monoxide is called the silent killer for a reason.

Top10 10Peace of mind: Remember, it's not necessarily about what you will save today, but what you will prevent tomorrow.

It all starts with the 1st Tune-Up. Schedule One Today!

 

 

 

Topics: Furnace Tune Up, Inspection, Testing

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