There are days during the late fall and winter when the furnace never seems to turn off, and homeowners may be concerned whether that’s normal. One of the biggest things to take note of is changes in the way your heating system operates. If it runs longer than usual, has trouble heating your home, or sounds different, you may want to call for furnace repair.
A furnace that runs almost non-stop is not necessarily a bad thing. Furnaces are sized so that it can heat your home to 70 degrees on the coldest day. So, if you notice it running non-stop on some of the coldest days of the year, it’s probably just doing its job.
There are other possibilities though, and if your furnace continues to run even when the temperature warms up outside, there are some things you can check.
- First, inspect your air filters. Clogged filters can make the furnace run inefficiently and improperly.
- Next, look into your thermostat. It’s possible that it either needs to be replaced, or relocated to a different location in the home. If it’s installed in a colder room, it may be calling for heat when you don’t really need it.
There are also non-furnace issues to consider. Maybe you need to check into your insulation situation. Perhaps the house needs to be sealed better around problem areas such as windows, doors, or electrical outlets. If cold air is getting in, it’s probably causing the furnace to run more frequently.
Another frequent issue is an improperly-sized furnace. If the heating system is too big, homeowners often notice it cycling on shortly after it turned off. Unfortunately, bigger isn’t always better.
Since there are many different factors in a furnace that runs a lot, it’s always a good idea to have it looked at by a qualified professional at least once a year. That will ensure your furnace is running efficiently, and ready to keep you warm on the coldest days of the winter.
The last few years, winter has been rough! There have been temperatures that are colder than usual, and snowfall has been above average. It’s always difficult to predict what the weather will be long-term, so it’s important to make sure your heating system is ready for anything.
Many people put their faith in the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which self-proclaims an over 80% accuracy rate, despite the fact that even modern day meteorologists with all their technological advances can only predict 5 days ahead with only 75% accuracy.
Without a doubt, all homes in our area will be relying on their heating system to keep them warm throughout the winter months. It’s always a good idea to schedule a maintenance check-up for your furnace and heat pump before the winter weather arrives. That way, there are no surprises on the first cold night of the year, and you can arrange to have any repairs done in plenty of time. Contact M & M Mechanical soon to make sure your heating system is ready for winter!
When you have pets, you want to make sure that they are comfortable in your home. Starting from late fall and extending all the way through early spring, a poorly insulated home will require constant use of the heating system to maintain a comfortable temperature, unless other measures are taken. It is best to combine your heating system with other methods to keep your pets warm and avoid excessive costs.
Maintain a Consistent Temperature in Your Home
To avoid drastic changes in the way that your heating system is used, you want to maintain a consistent temperature in your home at all times. To accomplish this goal, you should set your thermostat to the bare minimum that you are still comfortable with, and then start working on your other methods.
Keep Your Bedroom Open
Although certain pets have a thick coat of fur to keep them warm, they will likely need some assistance to stay comfortable at all times. It is ideal to leave your bedroom open for them to access, mainly because they can take advantage of your bed and the warmth it can provide to them.
Provide Heated Pads
If you do not want them to lay in your bed on a consistent basis, or you just want to give them somewhere else they can go to stay warm, you can give them heated pads and put them on their beds.
Get Covered Beds
To maximize the benefit of pet beds, you should opt for covered ones. These beds retain heat easier, and when combined with heated pads, they make for an extremely comfortable sleeping area.
Keeping your pets warm and relaxed is substantially easier to accomplish when you are willing to invest time and effort into other heating methods while using your heating system, but in home comfort all starts with proper maintenance and care of your furnace. Give us a call today to have your system serviced before the cold weather arrives!
Unsurprisingly, most young children find asthma attacks absolutely terrifying. Not only do asthma attacks cause quite a bit of a scare for children, but they also leave them deprived of sleep the following day. If you believe asthma attacks at night are the reason your child is always so tired, here are a few ways air conditioning can help to control these asthma attacks.
Filtering Allergens from the Air
The air within the average home is full of allergens, especially in the summer. Some of these allergens include pollen, dust mites, and mold. Unfortunately, these allergens are a major trigger for asthma attacks.
Fortunately, the filter of an air conditioning unit will help improve air quality in your home and prevent asthma attacks. The filter removes allergens from the air that passes through the unit. Replace the filter regularly so that allergens are removed from the air properly and efficiently.
Control Indoor Humidity
Not only can air conditioners help you control temperature, but they can also help you monitor indoor humidity. Children with asthma typically don’t respond well to high humidity environments because the humidity can cause the inflammation of air pathways. This inflammation restricts air passage, leading to asthma attacks.
Open the air conditioner a few hours before your child’s bedtime. Keep the air conditioner on throughout the night to control the humidity. Use a dehumidifier in conjunction with an air conditioning unit to keep indoor air humidity no higher than 50%.
If you want to learn more about the uses of air conditioning for controlling asthma attacks at night, contact us!
Have you ever stopped to think just how important your air conditioner contractor is? Chances are you probably haven’t given it much thought. However, if your air conditioner quit working, you would realize just how valuable an air conditioner contractor is. With summer turning up the heat, having your AC unit in working condition is a must. Let’s look at 3 reasons why obtaining an air conditioning contractor will put your mind at ease if something goes wrong this summer.
A certified air contractor is just that – certified. That means he or she has attended an educational facility, taken classes, and received a diploma or certificate stating he or she is qualified to diagnose your air conditioner’s problem. For you, the homeowner, this gives peace of mind, knowing the person handling such a costly piece of equipment is certified and educated in repairing the unit.
Access to parts and equipment
Contractors have special privileges with supply stores in that they are allowed to purchase supplies. This is a real benefit because contractors have a network of reliable suppliers they deal with regularly, thereby, ensuring you get your parts in a timely manner.
Although, many homeowners may do some projects on their own, working with major pieces of equipment such as air conditioners is not safe. Air conditioner contractors have the knowledge and education to handle the dangerous electrical parts. Furthermore, the usage of Freon requires special certification that contractors carry. When you hire an AC contractor you can rest easy knowing you and your family are kept safe.
Contact us today to schedule an inspection with one of our contractors!