How “Stack Effect” Could Be Reducing Your Home’s Heating Efficiency

March 16, 2017

This effect occurs when the outdoor temperature is significantly lower than the indoor temperature. Your furnace fills your home with warm air, however, more needs to be done to ensure that this warm air stays inside the home. This can generally be achieved by ensuring that the home is well-insulated. However, when it comes to multi-story homes, there are other challenges to be met, and an important among them is stack effect. In this post, our St. Louis HVAC experts will discuss this phenomenon in detail. What is Stack Effect? Stack effect is a major challenge faced by skyscrapers, however, it can also be a factor in houses with two or more floors. It is a condition in which the building acts like a huge chimney, and funnels warm air upwards until it eventually escapes the structure completely. This effect occurs when the outdoor temperature is significantly lower than the indoor temperature. Cold air, being denser than warm air, pushes the warm air higher, and creates an airflow that pulls in more cold air. This airflow is stronger in taller structures. This is why revolving doors were designed shortly after the first skyscrapers were developed. The force of suction used...

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DIY Furnace Repair Guide – Do THIS Before Calling a Furnace Repair Technician!

January 10, 2017

HVAC owners are almost always encouraged to call on a trained and experienced technician for fixing any issues with the furnace. But we believe that a little knowledge never hurts anyone, and it’s important to know what you can do yourself and when you need to call a repair technician. This guide is aimed at getting HVAC owners equipped with enough knowledge that they can perform some basic troubleshooting before calling their St. Louis HVAC technician. Simple DIY Furnace Repair Guide: Thermostat – Start troubleshooting at the thermostat. The thermostat setting should be on heat and the temperature should be above room temperature. It is also advised to troubleshoot with the temperature set at the highest. Turn the thermostat off and back on again.┬áCheck that the furnace fan is running.   Power – If the fan of the furnace does not run, check the breaker, the fuse, and make sure the furnace switch is in the on position. If the breaker has tripped, you should check for a loose wiring connection. You should also look for any burn spots on the control board. The control board can be replaced if there are burn spots and the breaker can be reset...

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Watch out for these Home Heating Fire Hazards! – St. Louis Heating Company

November 18, 2016

Heating your home with malfunctioning or poorly maintained equipment can prove quite dangerous. It can pose a fire hazard, putting the safety of your family at risk. Heating equipment is responsible for 16 percent of residential fires and the consequences of these fires are serious. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, heating equipment contributes to about 19 percent of all deadly fires. Each day, there are about seven cases reported, which means, one or two deaths are caused by HVAC systems every day. It is important for homeowners to be aware of some of the common causes of heating equipment failures and fires. In this post, St. Louis HVAC technicians will share some tips to properly use and maintain heating systems for safest operation possible. Do not leave the space heater unattended Space heaters are a great way to add warmth to a cold room, however, they should be used sparingly. Space heaters are known to the biggest contributor to home fires compared to all other heating equipment. So, before you start using your space heater, you should check your heating unit, insulation, air sealing and ductwork to identify any sources of drafts that may be causing creating chilly...

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Hot and Cold Spots Inside the Home – Diagnose & Repair

March 14, 2015

A very simple fix to your temperature problem. Every home has that room that can never quite reach the same temperature as the rest of the house. Usually it is a bedroom, one of the most important rooms in the house. Either too chilly in the winter or too hot in the summer, and the reason why is perplexing to the homeowner. Avoid putting up with it and ask your local St. Louis HVAC company for help. As part of the installation process of your home’s heating and cooling system, an HVAC technician performed what is known as a heating load calculation. Room size and layout is measured to determine how strong of a furnace and A/C system is needed along with the duct size, fan capacity, and register placements. This is supposed to ensure that all of the rooms in the home are being heated and cooled evenly. Inspecting the Home The first thing your HVAC technician will check is the register in the room for air flow. With a flow hood (air volume reader), they can compare the amount of air that is coming out of the register to those in the rest of the house. If found...

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