Everyone knows that heat rises, but if you own a second story home, you will be reminded of that every day of the winter (when it feels like a sauna upstairs and a tundra downstairs). The ultimate goal of two story home heating is to create a nice balance, but that can be difficult to do…
Don’t Close Your Vents
It is an easy conclusion to jump to that if it is too hot upstairs, just close the vents. The warm air will then be diverted downstairs. This will work, but it may not turn out great because when vents are closed, it puts extra pressure on the system. In essence, it is very hard on your duct work and can cause damage. Furthermore, it is very detrimental to your energy efficiency.
Do Consider Turning Your Furnace Fan On
It is likely that the fan on your thermostat is set to “auto,” which means it will kick on and off with the furnace. However, if you have a hot second story, it may benefit you to turn the fan to the “on” setting. This means it will run continuously and circulate the air for more even heating.
The obvious downside to do this is that, while it will be less hard on your furnace, it will also cost more since the fan is constantly running. A more diplomatic solution may be to run the fan for about an hour before the family will be upstairs and then switch it back to auto.
Should You Call an HVAC Service?
Issues like this can be an indicator that something is wrong with your HVAC system. In truth, if you don’t have a regular maintenance call and this has started getting worse recently, we encourage you to contact us to check for problems.
When it comes to new heating installations, some homeowners may think they only have one choice – the furnace. However, in truth, there are two choices – the furnace and the heat pump. Both heat homes, yes, but they do so in very different ways and one might be more right for your home than the other.
The Difference between a Furnace and a Heat Pump
The way your standard furnace works is that a sealed chamber will generate heat and then a fan will distribute that heat throughout your home via the series of vents you have installed.
Alternatively, heat pumps don’t create any heat at all – they harvest it. Heat pumps will take heat from the air outside (or sometimes from buried geothermal sources), condense it, and distribute it through the home via a fan and vents like a furnace. This doesn’t sound like it would work, but it does; even if the air outside is cold!
When to Choose a Heat Pump
The benefit of a furnace is that it will work anywhere with gas or electrical hookups. Heat pumps, however, are more dependent of climate and location. For areas with particularly fierce winters like many of the northernmost states, a heat pump will struggle to keep up with the demand. Although it can harvest heat from cold air, when temperatures are in the low double digits, it will often need an alternative heat source to efficiently heat a home. Furthermore, geothermal heat pumps will often work in these colder areas, but they can be very expensive to install.
That being said, areas with more temperate winters, like the southern states, may find that heat pumps are a great investment. As they are more energy efficient than a furnace, it can help keep your home well heated for a fraction of the cost that a standard furnace would take. Please contact us with any questions! Our team here at M&M Mechanical, Inc. is always happy to help.
It’s getting colder, and that means it’s time to start turning on the heat in your home so that you can stay comfortable. When you are worried about heating costs, it’s important to start with a routine heating maintenance visit from M&M Mechanical, Inc.
If any furnace repair is needed during the time of your maintenance visit, the technician can talk with you about your options. Yearly maintenance allows your system to run more efficiently and will reduce the number of emergency repairs needed.
Keep the Temperature in Your Home Moderate
While you may think you are saving money by turning your heat way down while you are away from the house, this is not going to be very efficient. Once you return home, the system is going to have to work extra hard to get your home up to a comfortable temperature. Turn the thermostat down a few degrees when you aren’t there, but try to avoid big fluctuations in the overall temperature. Invest in a programmable thermostat to automate turning down the temperature at scheduled times.
Allow in Noon Day Sunshine
Even when the weather is cold, the sun can help tremendously to heat up your home. If you have southern facing windows, open up your drapes during the winter months to draw in the warm sunlight. Once the day ends and the sun is gone, close your drapes up tight to keep the warm air in.
Air Should Flow Freely Throughout Your Home
In the spaces you want to keep heated, it will benefit your overall system if you allow air to flow freely. This means turning on ceiling fans if necessary to circulate air and to avoid closing doors to rooms you are using. If you have rooms that you want to close off in the winter, make sure that your heating system is turned off in that room. You don’t want to have a closed off room overheated because the air isn’t flowing correctly through your home.
When you take good care of your heating system, you are less likely to need emergency furnace repair. With yearly maintenance and paying attention to how you use your system, you can optimize how your heating system so that it is more efficient.
We encourage you to contact us with any questions or service needs you may have. We’re happy to help!
With cold weather coming, it’s time to think about furnace repair and maintenance. When you get your heating system checked before the bulk of the heating season starts, your system will be ready to go when you really need it. With a serviced heating system, you are going to pay less in heating costs and have fewer emergency repairs.
Get Ready Ahead of Time
Heating technicians have more time to service your furnace before the heating season is in full swing. Get your furnace serviced before you need it and you are less likely to have a system that breaks down in the middle of a cold night.
Professional Furnace Repair is Important
Some people try to clean and maintain their own furnace. This is not recommended, as this is a specialty service that should be handled by a professional. If your furnace needs to be repaired, a technician will be able to tell you the approximate cost. With a professional heating technician, you can discuss whether it’s more cost effective to repair or replace your furnace.
Save Money on Heating Costs
When you keep your furnace serviced, you are going to spend less money on heating costs. Your system will be more efficient and you aren’t going to spend as much money on emergency calls for a repair. As your furnace gets older, you will be able to keep your system efficient for longer when you keep it well maintained.
Building a relationship with a heating service in your area is very important. When you need to get your system serviced once a year to keep your home warm, you will want to work with a reputable company. Once your system is serviced, you will know who to call if you have the need for a repair during the cold weather.
When you want to save money over the long term, it’s important to keep your furnace in good working order. Let us help you with that! Please feel free to contact us.
Without a quality and efficient furnace, it will be difficult and expensive to keep your home warm during the cold winter months. While a furnace is built to last for a long time, there are situations in which you will need repairs. There are several signs in particular that you need to you may be in need of a furnace repair.
Higher Energy Bills
The first indication that you are in need of furnace repair is if you notice that your energy bills are getting more expensive. While the cost of energy each month will vary based on a number of factors, if your gas or oil usage is higher than it was the prior year, it is a clear indication that your furnace is not working efficiently. There are several issues that could be causing this to occur and a technician will be able to determine the exact problem.
Another sign that you are in need of furnace repair is if you notice odd noises coming from your furnace. If you notice that your furnace is constantly turning on and off or is making very clunky noises, it could be a sign of a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Having a technician inspect your furnace and have it fixed quickly could even prevent the need for more significant repairs in the future.
One of the biggest concerns that can come with a furnace is if you notice a strange smell coming from it. If you smell gas around your furnace, it could be an indication of a gas leak. Another concern is if it smells as if something is burning. In either situation, it would be wise to turn off your furnace and contact your technician immediately.
We encourage you to contact us with any questions and/or service needs that you may have. The team here at M&M Mechanical, Inc. is happy to be at your service.