Wintertime is often when our energy bills shoot through the roof. If your budget is a little bit tight, especially after the holidays, you’ll be interested in knowing how to run your furnace efficiently and cut down on your spending. The best part is that most of these tips cost nothing to implement.
Use the Ceiling Fan Wisely
Most people are under the impression that ceiling fans are only good for summer. This could never be further from the truth. During the winter, turning your ceiling fan on in reverse will help circulate hot air throughout the house, which then helps reduce the amount of work your furnace undertakes.
Are Your Air Ducts Sealed?
Statistics estimate that about 20% of warm air escapes through faulty air duct seals. Before the season even starts, summon the help of an HVAC professional to check on your ducts and perform any necessary maintenance.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
You are throwing money away if your thermostat is too old. Consider switching to a programmable thermostat or if budget allows, a Wifi or smart one. You’ll see your level of home comfort grow by leaps and bounds.
Do Regular Maintenance Tune-Ups
You can extend the lifespan of your furnace just by doing regular tune-ups. A professional HVAC technician will perform an overall checkup and necessary minor fixes to correct small issues before they turn into serious problems. Tune-ups cost little but the benefits they bring to the efficiency of your home heating system are paramount.
Take Advantage of the Sun
If you are lucky, you’ll get plenty of sunlight during the day. Why not take advantage of the free heat to warm up your home? Simply open the curtains to bring as much heat as possible into the room.
For all your heating and cooling needs, contact our team today.
Did you discover that your furnace filter is dusty and really needs to be changed? It can happen. The furnace filter is easy to forget about despite the useful role it plays. However, on your way to getting a new furnace filter, you might take the old one out and continue to need to use your furnace to heat your home. What happens if you use your furnace without a filter?
At first, nothing will really happen. Your furnace will function as normal even without a filter. However, over time, you will notice some specific problems start to manifest if you continue use without a filter.
Furnace Internal Part Problems
Contrary to the popular belief that the air filter is there for indoor air quality, the furnace filter is actually made to protect the inner workings of your furnace. It filters the air being drawn into the furnace to be heated. It prevents finer particulate and debris from getting to the blower motor and compressor. Without it, anything it sucks in goes right into the system. This will lead to excessive wear and problems.
Poor Air Quality
Improved air quality in your home is a by-product of the furnace filter. As the air going into the system is cleaned, it is then cleaner going into your home. As it is unfiltered completely with a furnace air filter, you will notice a marked drop in air quality the longer if it is missing.
High Energy Bills
Rising energy bills from your furnace isn’t actually caused by the air filter missing, but rather the fact that the missing air filter will cause component problems. If your blower motor or the compressor aren’t working as designed, they will need to use more energy to function. This is how you can tell something is wrong early before anything actually breaks down into complete non-function.
If you have questions about your air filter, or if you would like one of our trained HVAC technicians to assist in changing your filters, contact our team today.
There are several common heating system problems that nearly every homeowner is faced with at one time or another. If you are experiencing any of these problems, rest assured our team of highly skilled technicians is available to identify the problem and provide you with cost-effective solutions. Common heating system problems include, but are not limited to:
- Furnace will not start up
- A malfunctioning thermostat
- Electric ignition and/or pilot control issues
- Furnace is not heating at all
- Not enough heat coming from the furnace
- Frequent cycling issues
Whatever your heating system and furnace problems may be, don’t fret. The team here at M&M Mechanical, Inc. is steadfast in providing all our valued clients with affordable, effective repairs and solutions. We offer a wide range of heating system repair services at affordable prices and timelines that are accommodating to your needs and schedule.
In addition to our top of the line repair services and our state-of-the-art products and heating systems, we offer our clients 24/7 emergency services as well. We know that your furnace can present you with problems any day, any time and want to assure our clients that we are here to assist with all their HVAC needs no matter the time of day.
Here at M&M Mechanical, Inc., our team of dedicated HVAC technicians is trained and equipped to handle your every HVAC needs. We provide state-of-the-art custom heating solutions that meet with the needs of all our valued clients. Our solutions offer you comfort, are effective and efficient and meet with your budgetary needs as well. Our qualified techs are on hand to install, maintain and repair most any make or model of HVAC equipment and are committed to providing you with all the comfort your family needs.
If you need heating system repairs or parts, we are here for you. Simply contact our highly skilled team here at M&M Mechanical, Inc. and schedule your repair service appointment today.
Whether you just want to stay more comfortable in your home or cut a few dollars off your energy bill, upgrading your thermostat is a smart move. However, while sometimes used interchangeably, smart thermostats and programmable thermostats are two different beasts. While you reap the same benefits from both, you should know the difference between them to make the right choice for your home and family.
If you are still using the old dial thermostats, it will highly behoove your home to make the upgrade to at least a programmable one. Does your home need to be a toasty 75 all day while you are at work this winter? No. Will you remember to turn down the thermostat before you leave each morning? Also no. Programmable thermostats allow you to program temperature settings for certain times of the day. If you like the temperature to be colder while sleeping or while away, you can set it so as well as have it a nice livable temperature during the times when you are there. This is a huge energy saver for your home and allows you to never come back to a chilly house again.
The reason smart and programmable thermostats are used interchangeably is because they do similar things, but smart thermostats are a step up. Essentially, the smart thermostat monitors what temperatures you like it and when you like them. It will then remember this behavior and set itself, so you don’t have to program it in. Furthermore, smart thermostats usually come with Wi-Fi connectivity so you can set the temperature in your house from your phone.
So, which is right for you? Smart thermostats usually have a lot of nifty features, but unless you run a very busy house that is prone to frequent schedule changes, a programmable thermostat is usually as good as you need. It also tends to be on the more affordable side as well since smart thermostat technology is newer and still developing. Contact us today for more information.
Your furnace is not one of those appliances that uses water for its primary function. Water leaking out of your water heater, for example, is a problem, but not an unexpected one since it heats water as its main function. Water leaking out of your furnace, however, seems like a very big problem since it does not use water in its primary function. If you have come home to a puddle under your furnace, what is going wrong?
Improperly Sized Flue Pipe
If your furnace is a newer installation or the flue pipe was recently replaced, it may be the wrong size. Typically, when this happens, it will create condensation that will then run back into your furnace and leak out of it. Your furnace will always create some condensation, but usually only in more extreme temperatures and not so much inside of the actual flue pipe.
Any condensation that a furnace does give off should be safely ferried away to a floor drain. However, if this has been blocked by various debris – which can be common – it will not drain away and may result in a worrying puddle around your appliance. This debris can build and block the drain for a long time, but you will likely only notice puddling on very cold or hot days in with the warm air meeting the cold air creating a large amount of condensation that cannot quickly evaporate.
If you have a whole home humidifier installed, your first suspect when you see water is that the humidifier is damaged and leaking into your furnace. Obviously any time your furnace is exposed to water, it is a serious problem. You will want to shut it off right away and contact our team. One of our experienced HVAC technicians can make sure that it is repaired before water exposure can do any serious damage to the internal parts.