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How to maximize your heat this winter

Posted on: December 1st, 2019 by admin

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With the cold weather now upon us, it is, unfortunately, time to turn the heat on.  Heating bills can get expensive so make sure that whichever method(s) you use to heat your home is as efficient as possible. No matter if it is a wood-burning stove, fireplace, or furnace, making sure that the heat being produced is actively heating your home and not being wasted.  Confirming that the product used is in good working order can all help save you money this winter.  Don’t get stuck in the cold this winter!

One of the easiest things you can do to ensure your furnace is as effective as possible is to change the air filter about every 3 months.  When you leave a clogged air filter in your furnace, it has to work much harder to get the job done.  When you maintain a clean air filter in your furnace, it allows the machine to be much more productive while using less energy. If you are unsure of where to find your air filter, what type to get, or how to change it, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Scheduled maintenance for any type of heating or cooling mechanism is very important.  If you use a fireplace or wood-burning stove, an annual inspection is of utmost importance prior to using the stove each season.  This ensures you can safely use the apparatus and that it will adequately heat your home for you when necessary.  The same goes for having a furnace inspected.  Having a certified technician look at your furnace at least once a year helps to identify small problems before they become catastrophic.  Fixing small problems can usually be handled faster and are typically much less expensive than mending larger issues.

Sealing any leaks in your ductwork or fixing any drafts in your home will help keep the heat inside your home in the area where you need it most.  It can be very expensive to have to run your heater all day just to maintain a certain temperature inside your home when most of it is being lost to the outside through drafty windows or badly sealed doors.  In addition, leaky ductwork can cause a loss of about 25% of the energy generated by your HVAC system. Call us to take a look at your ductwork to make sure you don’t have any problems that are not easily identified.

There are many more things you can do as a homeowner to ensure your HVAC system or alternative source of heat is running as efficiently as possible, but these three things are a great place to start.  You can also visit the energy.gov for a free download of their Energy Saver Guide for more ideas.  The most important thing you can do is schedule regular inspections of any heating system you have in your home.  Regular checkups ensure each part is doing its job and doing it well.  Keeping your HVAC system running efficiently is one of the best ways to be sure that you are not wasting energy and money during the cold weather season.  Be sure to get in touch with us if you need to schedule a service call or regular maintenance – we’re here to help!

 

When to clean your dryer vent

Posted on: November 1st, 2019 by admin

A clogged dryer vent is a very dangerous thing for a home.  It reduces the effectiveness of the dryer, causes the dryer to work harder than it should, uses more energy than is necessary and is the cause of many home fires.  It is recommended to clean your dryer vent out at least once a year depending on type and amount of use.  If you cannot remember the last time you had the tubing that runs off of your dryer cleaned, it’s time to have it done.

A dust-filled dryer vent greatly diminishes the ability of the dryer to do its job efficiently.  If you find that it is taking you more than one cycle to dry your laundry, you may want to check the dryer vent and ductwork.  It is very possible that it is because the ductwork is filled with lint.  When air cannot freely pass through the tubing meant to vent the air to the outside, it affects the performance of the dryer.

A blocked-up dryer vent also forces the dryer to work much harder than it normally does or should.  This requires a much larger amount of energy.  So not ensuring your dryer vent and ductwork are clean is costing you money each time you have to run your dryer.

Most importantly, not maintaining the cleanliness of your dryer vent and ductwork appropriately is putting your home at risk.  Dryer fires are one of the most common causes of house fires and the most frequent cause of these fires is lint buildup in the venting.  Some things to watch out for that would indicate clogged dryer ductwork are:

  • dryer cleaning trhacA musty odor on your laundry when you remove it from the dryer – this indicates that the tubing is filled with lint and air is unable to vent properly leading to wet lint in the vent which distributes itself onto your laundry because it is unable to be released to the outside.
  • The room which holds your dryer gets very warm when you run your dryer – when a dryer has to work harder to do its job, it produces a lot of heat. While a properly functioning dryer does produce some heat, if you notice your laundry room is inexplicably hot when you run your dryer, it is a red flag to have your dryer vent checked.
  • The vent hood does not open when the dryer is running – this is on the outside of your house and should open when the dryer is on to allow the air to escape. When air is not passing through the ductwork properly, there is not enough force to open the hood.
  • Laundry is extremely hot to the touch – when the warm air from your dryer is not able to be directed outside due to a blocked dryer vent, your loads of laundry will retain much more heat than normal.

These are just a few things to keep an eye out for that indicate it is time to have your dryer vent work cleaned, but there are many others.  If it has been over a year since you’ve cleaned out the ductwork attached to your dryer, it is time to have it done.  If you simply don’t know if you’ve ever had your dryer vent and ductwork cleaned, it’s time.  If you notice any of the above signs or are having issues with your dryer, it is very likely not a mechanical issue, but instead, it may be time to clean your dryer vent.  Check your dryer vent today and protect your home from the possibility of fire.