Keep your home warm and inviting all winter long! Don't wait until it's too late; check your heating system during the summer. Cold winter months always come all too soon, so get your home heating system prepared in advance by ensuring that it is working properly. Call us if your gas furnace:
- has a pilot light. If the answer is "yes", your furnice is almost certain to be over 25 years old and might be in need of replacement
- burner flame is yellow instead of blue
- runs longer to provide the same amount of heat while driving your utility bills up
- not producing enough or any heat
- turns off and on frequently
- is making strange noises
- constantly makes you adjust the thermostat to keep the home temperature comfortable in different rooms
- makes the air inside your house dry or dusty
- had incured the most breakdowns in the last 2 years
According to Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Information Center
, "Average life expectancy of furnaces in homes today is between 16 and 20 years. If your furnace is close to this age or older, begin shopping ... If your furnace is old, or has a serious malfunction that will cost several hundred dollars to fix, it may be wise to replace it". The general rule of thumb:
- if your furnace is more than ten years old and costs more than $500 to fix, it should probably be replaced in place of repair
- if your furnace is old but not broken, deciding when to replace it can be difficult
A ventilation system helps you manage the airflow in your home, circulating it through the use of ducts and fans, so you have air where and when you want it. Considering that the average American spends 90 percent of the day indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is particularly important for a home to have good ventilation.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mould, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide and radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor that can induce health effects. Recent findings have demonstrated that indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air (albeit with different pollutants) although this has not changed the common understanding of air pollution. In fact, indoor air is often a greater health hazard than the corresponding outdoor setting. Using ventilation to dilute contaminants, filtration, and source control are the primary methods for improving indoor air quality in most buildings.
On average, the typical U.S. air conditioning system will last between 12 to 15 years. Nothing can be more unpleasant than a hot summer night with an air conditioner that has decided to "call in sick".
According to Consumer's Reports Buying Guide (1999), "An air conditioner should last about 15 years. If a system that's more than a decade old begins to falter, consider total replacement of inside and outside units rather than a major repair. Usually only one of the system's major components--coil or compressor--fails, but it's usually more cost-effective to replace the whole system at once. Unmatched major components can compromise efficencey and lead to added repairs" (Central Cooling Systems, p. 143).
Refrigeration is a process in which work is done to move heat from one location to another. The work of heat transport is traditionally driven by mechanical work, but can also be driven by heat, magnetism, electricity, laser, or other means. Refrigeration has many applications, including household refrigerators, industrial freezers, cryogenics, and air conditioning. Heat pumps may use the heat output of the refrigeration process, and also may be designed to be reversible, but are otherwise similar to refrigeration units.
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