Hints for maintaining Furnace & Air Conditioner
reason for a needless service call - Dirty filters.
Furnaces and air conditioning systems need air flow to work
properly. If air flow is restricted:
- furnaces will short cycle (turn on and off
repeatedly during heating cycle)
conditioning systems will freeze up at the coil above
the furnace and no air will get through.
*Change the filter regularly during the heating and cooling
season (if you have air conditioning) to avoid this problem
and save wear and tear on your system. Short cycling is especially
hard on ignitors and control boards.
Tips to save money on heating and air conditioning
Have adequate insulation in your attic. There should be 14"
of insulation in the attic. This will help tremendously to
keep the inside temperatures as comfortable as possible both
in heating and cooling season.
Look for cracks and/or openings around windows that can be
sealed (with caulking) to keep outside air where it belongs.
Put air where you need it, not in the furnace room. Use your
hand to feel for leaks around and above the furnace- you may
be surprised what you find. Buy a roll of metal tape from
your local hardware store (not duct tape- it dries up and
doesn't stick very long) wipe any dust off the duct and seal
the leaks with the metal tape.
us if you have any questions about these tests or if you find
something you would like us to check out. We can run additional
tests to make sure your systems are operating at peak condition.
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