No One Wants a Cold Shower

December 23, 2013

We all have the expectation – turn the knob with the H and hot water comes out like magic. You probably do not pay much attention to your water heater until it suddenly stops working.  How your homes water is heated is an integral part of its heating and cooling system. If you are experiencing issues with it you should call your local HVAC company to come take a look at it. A Lack of Hot Water The first and most obvious sign of trouble with your water heater is a lack of hot water. No one in Missouri wants to be subjected to a cold shower in January. It could be something simple, like a blown pilot light, or it could be an indicator of something more serious requiring replacement parts. In either event, an HVAC expert will quickly identify the issue and repair it. The Color of the Water If you are suddenly noticing that your water has a slight reddish-brown tint, then rust has begun to collect on the inside walls of the tank. The anode rod inside the tank most likely needs to be replaced. The system may also need to be flushed to help remove...

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Detecting Leaks In Your Home

December 18, 2013

Small leaks to the outside world can cost a homeowner hundreds of dollars in lost energy. In an effort to save costs on home heating bills, many people have gone to great lengths to ensure that no outside air is able to enter their home. Small leaks to the outside world can cost a homeowner hundreds of dollars in lost energy. Luckily there are some easy ways for you to detect leaks in your home and correct them. An Outside Visual Test Start off with an outside visual test. Examine any point in your homes structure where two different types of building materials come into contact, such as an outdoor faucet. Check for cracks or breaks in the sealant and reapply as needed. Exterior corners of a home are a big source of energy loss. Check these carefully, or ask an HVAC technician if you have any doubts about its ability to keep outside air from entering the home. Next An Indoor Inspection Now it is time for an indoor inspection. You will achieve the best result if you turn off all heating or cooling appliances and shut the windows and doors. Wet your hands and then begin to wave...

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Tips On Staying Warm This Winter Without Breaking Your Budget

December 9, 2013

There are a number of simple ways to reduce the cost of heating your home. We are already starting to feel the nip of the Winter, and with energy prices once again on the rise you may be starting to worry about the cost of heating your home. There are a number of simple ways that you can combat this. With a few minor adjustments and purchases you should be able to cut a percentage of those costs down. Tune-up The Furnace The first step is to have your furnace tuned up every year by a professional HVAC company. This should include resetting the fuel-air mixture and cleaning the blower and burners. This assures that you are receiving the most possible airflow at complete combustion. Airflow can also be hindered by dirty filters. During the winter months ask your HVAC technician to check them each month and change them when needed. Your HVAC technician can also help you check for any leaks or disconnected spots in your homes ductwork. If you have ducts that run through unheated spots, like an attic, make sure that they are well insulated. Install A Programmable Thermostat If you don’t already have one, ask your...

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Do Not Ignore The Noises Coming From Your Furnace

December 6, 2013

With cold weather already upon us, now is not the time to close your ears and hope that the furnace quiets down. We all grow accustomed to the everyday sounds in our house, and tend to tune them out. If you hear something new coming from your furnace, it is a good idea to have an HVAC technician make a house call to investigate. You do not want to wait until it actually breaks down, especially now, when the weather is so cold. The Sounds of A Noisy Furnace Ignoring a noisy furnace can lead to costly repairs or even a need for a replacement. In some cases it may even be dangerous.  It is imperative that you call an HVAC technician if you notice an unusual noise coming from your furnace. Certain sounds are indicative of a furnace in dire need of cleaning. A dirty furnace can catch on fire and destroy your home. A certain amount of popping or rattling can be expected in your ductwork. The ducts are made of metal, and as it heats and cools it will expand and contract causing some popping. Rattling is more serious and could indicate that a duct has come...

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Cutting Down On The Air Pollution Inside Your Own Home

November 25, 2013

Many of us spend almost 90% of our time indoors.  Is the air you are breathing indoors making you or your family sick? Air pollution does not just exist outside. In fact, the EPA reports that indoor air can be 100 times more polluted then the air outside, a thought made even more alarming when you consider that we spend almost 90% of our time indoors. Instead of treating the symptoms of air pollution, why not go after the source and have your HVAC experts install a whole house air purifier? Causes of Indoor Air Pollution Indoor pollution is caused by a number of sources commonly found in your home. Fireplace emissions, stoves, cigarette smoke and cleaning products all contribute to a poor air quality. High levels of pollution in your home may cause headaches, eye irritation, sinus infections, fatigue, and nausea. If you feel that you or your family suffers from any of these frequently and without explanation than indoor air pollution may be the cause. Consult with a qualified HVAC technician to see how you can benefit from a whole house air purifier. A Whole House Air Purifier System Whole house air purifiers are installed in conjunction with...

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Tips On How To Save Money With Your Digital Thermostat

November 19, 2013

In order to achieve maximum energy efficiency, you must first master the thermostat. You probably walk past it a hundred times a day without ever taking notice, at least until the temperature in your home is uncomfortable. This small, wall mounted appliance is in fact controlling the entire climate of your house. Usually by just the press of a button. In order to achieve maximum energy efficiency from your homes heating and cooling systems, you must first master the thermostat. If you ever have a question or need advice about how to program yours, call your HVAC company. The technician will be happy to show you how to get the best use out of this tiny money saver. How Your Thermostat Works With energy prices constantly on the rise, it may be a good idea to have a basic understanding of how your thermostat works. The look and functionality of household thermostats has changed dramatically over the years. They used to be fairly simple, utilizing mercury and two separate thermometers to control the temperature. Adjustments were made by sliding a small lever across a field of temperatures or turning a dial. Today thermostats are digital and can be programmed to...

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Not Maintaining Your Homes Furnace May Kill You

November 14, 2013

Know the dangers of not maintaining your homes furnace. Thousands of Americans will be flipping the switch in the next coming weeks and setting their thermostats to 68 degrees without giving it a second thought. They will expect their furnace to work just as fine this winter as it did last winter and will never even think about having an HVAC tech come out to perform routine maintenance. In fact, many people do not think about an HVAC tech at all, until something breaks. The trouble with that plan is that in the meantime, your unmaintained furnace could be killing you. Avoid Costly Repairs or Replacements We all know that yearly maintenance can save us expensive repairs or replacement in the long run and yet many people still choose to avoid it. Unfortunately many of us adhere to the adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Trouble is, if the furnace is not cleaned and maintained, it will break. Let’s look at the monetary side first. A system that is not cleaned does not run as efficiently. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are blown away each year by homeowners who do not keep up with furnace maintenance. Changing out...

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Use This Tax Credit Before the End of the Year

November 4, 2013

Do not miss the opportunity to claim the 30% tax rebate for geothermal heating systems. Put aside for a moment how environmentally friendly they are or how they can cut up to 70% off of your utility bills. Forget for now that they are more quiet and reliable than ordinary air conditioners and heat pumps. Focus instead on the tax break being offered by the federal government if you have one installed in your home or business. The Federal Tax Credit 2014 is right around the corner. Do not miss out on your opportunity to claim the 30% tax rebate being offered to homeowners who have a geothermal heating system installed. All you need to do to qualify is have purchased and installed a system that exceeds the requirements of the energy star program after 2007. You will not be required to provide any proof of purchase, but you should retain all receipts in the event of an audit. Business owners also can benefit from a tax credit of 10% if they install a geothermal heating system on their premises. Your Return on Investment A geothermal heat pump is an expensive investment initially. There is a need to dig large...

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Signs You Should Be Concerned About Your Air Conditioner

October 29, 2013

These are some signs that the air conditioner you rely to keep your home cool and comfy during those hot summer months may either need repairing or replacing. When your air conditioner is working properly there is no need to give it a second thought. This is true about residential HVAC systems in general. They are one of the most crucial components of keeping our homes comfortable, but we rarely think about them until something goes wrong. But learning to change these habits and give a little more attention to an HVAC system will keep it functioning and avoid the any emergency malfunctions that could lead to costly repairs. Preventative maintenance can make a world of difference. It can also significantly extend the life of your system. Something as easy as routinely changing filters can save you a big headache later on. Knowing the signs to look for that may be indicative of problems with your system is something else that you should be familiar with. While preventative maintenance is one of the best things you can do for your HVAC system, there still are problems that do need to be addressed by a professional. These are some signs that...

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Will a Humidifier Improve My Child’s Asthma Symptoms?

October 24, 2013

A well maintained whole house system that is set properly will keep the humidity levels at their optimum.  Humidity is a measure of how much moisture is in the air. Ideally you want your homes humidity level to be between 30% and 50%. This can be measured using a device called a hygrometer. Too much moisture in the air and your house becomes a perfect home for mold and mildew as well as dust mites and bacteria. Too little and you have an ideal environment for the spread of viruses and can also contribute to respiratory ailments. You can find small, table top humidifiers for sale at many retail chains and pharmacies. The problem with these is that they only have the capacity to humidify small areas and they must be cleaned daily to avoid bacteria growth. Left unattended, such as at night time, and it has the potential to add too much moisture to the air. There are larger, more expensive portable units but they are difficult to move around and noisy. Plus you must constantly check to make sure that the water reservoir is full. Whole House Humidifier A whole house humidifier will keep the entire house at...

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