7 Common Furnace mistakes that could cost you money

There are several common furnace mistakes that most of the homeowners make. A wise homeowner like you can become aware of these mistakes to sidestep any cost. The efficient working of the Furnace doesn’t assure you will always get the same out of your heating system.  You can be fooled if you fail to think, that a furnace is tricky equipment and has many technicalities. This article deep dived into the seven common furnace mistakes that could cost money to homeowners. 


Cloggy Air filters can spike up the bills

You can encounter many difficulties if the air filters are not timely cleaned. The airflow issues will disturb the heating pattern. Moreover, the accumulation of various microbes, dirt and airborne particles clog the proper intake of heat. The system will start requiring more energy. Thus, keep using cloggy air filters will spike up your heating cost.

Keeping Furnace for too long

Keeping the furnace for long can cause sudden problems, which can be an indication of moderate to high danger. You should start looking for a new furnace once a furnace ages 20 or past the expiry date. Make sure to switch up to the new one, which is energy efficient and a better system for your place.

Closing supply registers:

Closing supply registers will eventually cost you. The home Heating systems are designed to effectively warm the entire home. Once you restrict the flow of air, it impedes the proper air flow, which ultimately increases the pressure on a system that can cause the furnace to wear out before time.

Increasing temperature of a Thermostat:

Never set the Thermostat above the desired temperature. Sadly, a furnace does not work on this principle. It will simply excel the energy consumption. The best way is to set a moderate temperature and wait out. Meanwhile, you can look for other ways to keep yourself cosy.

Not Buying the right size:

The size of the home and furnace should match to offer homeowners the best experience. You can get assistance from the heating and cooling company about the appropriate size of the furnace to warm up the entire home. The wrong size won’t offer the desired outcomes and you might have to replace it with a new furnace for a nicer upshot.

Running Furnace All day:

No doubt! The winter has every day a freezing-cold day, and you always find ways to keep yourself warm and cosy. But it is not mandatory to run the furnace, all day long. You can reduce the cost to a significant extent, once you ensure to turn it off when you are out for work and kids are not at home.

Prioritizing price only:

Choosing a furnace based on the price is not worth considering. There are other paramount aspects you must consider i.e. energy efficiency, appropriate sizing, and durability. Don’t turn a blind eye to the rest of the important factors else you'll have to spend on repairs what you are now saving on the purchase. 

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Furnace Filters | Types, Selection and Cleaning

Filters help a great deal not only in combating the dust and dander in the home but also in saving you from several kinds of allergies. This way, while on one hand, your Furnace feels pleasant and operate efficiently, on the other hand, you and your family can get rid of stale indoor air.
All homeowners use one or the other kind of Furnace filters, however, not all of them experience the same results. This has to do with three things;

- Furnace Filter type: There are a number of different Furnace Filters available. If your neighbours are using an electrostatic filter which is several times efficient than a simple paper filter which you use, you should simply not expect the same results

- Maintenance and Replacement: Other than the efficiency of the filter, maintenance and replacement matters. If the filter is not cleaned (in case of mechanical filter type) or not replaced (in case of paper filter type), the dirt and debris hinder the mechanism of the filter by partially or completely blocking the passage of air.

- Compatibility: The third Furnace Filter related reason why people having the same Furnace systems do not enjoy the same efficiency is the compatibility issue. Most often, people choose the wrong filter type. Either too ordinary to suit their extremely efficient Furnace system or too highly efficient to not remain compatible with the system. In this case, an efficiency or IAQ drop is usually experienced.

To make all equations right, here are come compact suggestions from our side.

 

Furnace Filter | Types and Selection

As said, there are multiple types of filters. You should choose one according to your system's efficiency. The Mechanical Type filters are usually made up of fibre and can't be washed. They are instead replaced after every 3-6 months. If you don't have allergies and live in a relatively cleaner vicinity, the paper filter can suffice for you. But be sure to change it regularly.

There's another type called the Electrostatic type. The polyester strands in these filters get electrically charged as air passes through them. These charged strands then attract dust and debris. While this type of filter is very efficient, it needs regular cleaning; usually after 3 months in peak season and after 6 months in case of relatively less use.

And even higher degree filter is the Electronic Type Furnace Filters. In this type, the electrically charged wires attract dust and debris towards them. But due to its very high MERV rating, these types of filters get dirty very easily. Having such a kind of filter installed, expect a weekly cleaning. Or maybe even more frequently.

Let's talk about the most efficient type of filter with up to 99% efficiency. Super efficient and very expensive, these filters are suitable for high-sanitary places like hospitals, labs etc. Although usually not recommended for homes, they can be used at homes in special cases where there are people with terminal illnesses or severe allergies.

Furnace Filters | Cleaning

The ordinary paper filters cannot be cleaned. They are cheap, available at $2-$3 and need replacement after 3-6 months. The electronic and electrostatic filters, however, need cleaning as early as they get dirty.
How to Clean:
Take lukewarm tap water in a tub and soak them in it. Use a soft brush to remove clogged dust and debris. In case you attempt to use any detergents, make sure it's safe to use on filters.

An important precaution: Do not use the filters after washing until they become completely dry.

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Common Furnace problems and their solutions

With the arrival of winters when days and nights start getting colder, people usually prefer to
carry out the function of their furnaces; particularly Canadians whose most favourite home heating element is nothing but furnace. The problem; however, arises when homeowners feel their Furnace is not working properly and look out for HVAC help to resolve the issue or consider minimizing the issue by applying various DIY techniques.

This blog is dedicated to the solutions to common Furnace problems. But before going into finding the solutions to the problems, we must also throw some light on the most common problems residential furnaces face. Below are some of the most common issues which the furnaces usually face. Their solutions will also be discussed.



Heating problem - Check circuit breaker 

If the furnace is not performing the basic function of producing heat, you might consider checking the Thermostat. If the thermostat is already set to heating then the probable reason for non-functioning is that some fuse is broken. Check if the circuit breaker controlling the Furnace is in the ON position. If this does not help, the problem is in the wiring of the circuit.

Compromised Air Flow - Try cleaning the filters

In case the furnace is working but not producing enough heat and there’s a compromised air flow, ensure that the air filter is clean. This is one of the most essential components of the HVAC system and requires regular maintenance and cleaning. Dirty filters compromise the air flow and burden the system. So if a compromised air flow is felt, make sure you check the air filters and if found dirty, immediately clean/replace them.

Ignition problem - Replace damaged ignitor 

The ignition problem results in decreasing the capacity of the furnace to produce heat. This
problem is common in gas furnaces operating with a thermocouple. For instant resolution of the
issue, inspect the ignitor. In case it is damaged, change it. If this DIY doesn't help, consider calling a professional for help since this portion of the Furnace requires some professionalism and technical knowledge and excessive DIY can result in creating further issues.

Continuous cycling problem - Check filter and Thermostat

A frequently turning ON and OFF Furnace is a sign of trouble. It can be caused by a dirty and old air filter that needs replacement or an improperly programmed Thermostat. Check both.

Noisy blower - Oil it! 

A slight operational noise is normal for a Furnace and how does a normal noise sounds like, you know very well. When an unusual noise from the blower unit is felt, it is most possibly because of the friction in the components. Oil the blower fan for a quick resolve.

Dampness around the unit 

The Furnace unit may develop moisture and eventually dampness around it. Water leaks from the Humidifier connected to the ductwork may as well result in dampness and consequently short-circuiting. To resolve this, dry the unit and its surroundings properly by first switching the system off. If the problem persists, call a professional.

What are the Furnace problems that you frequently face and what are the DIY's you use to resolve them? 

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Explore Honeywell's Lyric Smart Thermostat

Technology is improving and improving our lives as well. There was once that time when Thermostats were manual and mercury filled; a manual feature requiring human interference all the time and mercury filling dangerous for the environment when the unit was disposed of. With advancement came the Programmable Thermostats. This advancement to the Programmable Thermostats further led to an improved programmable technology which is now prevalent with the name of Smart Thermostats. Today, we'll learn about Honeywell Lyric Thermostat, its features, compatibility, cost and how it will change the comfort level for you and your family.


Honeywell's Lyric Smart Thermostat Features

Honeywell always comes with innovation and creativity together. This unit is a perfect demonstration of this Honeywell's practice.
- Unlike in the past, people today are using additional HVAC accessories like Air Purifiers, Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers, HRV systems others. It is important that the home's Thermostat is able to communicate with all of these units as well. And here comes Honeywell with this Lyric Smart Thermostat. This model is compatible with all the above-mentioned HVAC systems and HVAC accessories. Which means you can enjoy an unusually escalated level of comfort.

- The motion sensor in the Thermostat illuminates it as it senses you approaching it which is a cool feature in itself. Also, since there is no plate that has to be opened and closed, the user interface is friendly and easy to use.

- The unit is connected with the internet which enables it to forecast the weather. The forecasting that the Lyric unit offers is 6-8 hours

- Event-based scheduling can be opt for quick modification of settings

- The feature of ''Smart Cues'' is yet another great feature. This reminds homeowners of necessary system changes; filter change, maintenance etc

- Many programmable and non-programmable Thermostats do not measure the indoor humidity. This hinders a perfect comfort in the indoor. Honeywell Lyric Thermostat, unlike other thermostats, also measure humidity and maintains the temperature accordingly. The perfect recipe for comfort! O yo!

- Access Compatibility 

This unit can be accessed via Smart Phones. Relevant IOS and Android apps are available while other smart hubs can also be used. Wifi, a smartphone and there you go! Control your indoor temperature from anywhere. Anywhere in the world.   

- Cost of Honeywell Lyric Thermostat 

The cost varies from contractor to contractor. Usually, the market selling price of the Lyric unit is somewhere around $250-$270. This may reduce over time with the introduction of better technology thermostats.

Should you install a Honeywell Lyric Smart Thermostat? 

Yes! There are convincing reasons to upgrade to a Smart Thermostat system. If you are still using an old programmable model of Thermostats, you have no realization of how much energy you could save and ultimately save yourself from hefty energy bills, frequent appliance repairs and above all, deteriorated comfort.
So yes! Make this winter a time of control and comfort. Upgrade to a Honeywell Smart Thermostat and start enjoying a heavenly comfort onwards.
Check out these Honeywell models offered by us: Honeywell Thermostats 

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5 Quick Furnace Fixes

On a cold winter night, what if your Furnace fails to suffice for your heating needs and you have no other heating alternative as well? And what if there's no service in your vicinity which could be called? Sounds like a scary thought but factually speaking, a lot of homeowners have to go through this or a similar situation in winter. And then the only option they are left with is to spend an absolutely horrible and uncomfortable night. But we won't let this happen to you. This blog will highlight some of the common Furnace problems and some quick fixes that homeowners can try in case of emergency.


- The furnace is not heating home - Fix it!

If Furnace is not heating the home, what else is it heating? Hmmm, maybe the circuit breaker. This situation can occur because of multiple reasons out of which the most common is that the circuit breaker had tripped, fused or blown away. So what can you do about it?  For that, reset your circuit breaker and to do that, switch if off and then on. Be sure to do it only once and switch the button off and then turn it back on. Strictly as directed!

- The furnace is producing insufficient heat - Fix it! 

In the cases when Furnace is producing heat but not sufficient, the most probable cause is the dirty filters that are not allowing the air to easily flow through them resulting in a reduced supply of warm air. For that, do this:
Well you know what to do, let's talk about the next fix.

- Electric Furnace is not igniting - Fix it! 

So the Furnace this time may be causing this trouble of not igniting at all. Troubleshoot this by switching the power off. Then turn the power on. This resetting of the electric supply is most probable to ignite the Furnace back again. If this does not work out, disconnect all power and gas supplies and reach out to the ignitor to inspect it. Broken or cracked? Well, this is something that needs replacement and a professional can do it. So this time, try no DIY.

- Gas Furnace is not starting - Fix it!

After a long break, when the heating system is brought into use again, there are a number of problems that show up one of which is a (gas) Furnace that does not start. When this happens, you need to ensure that the gas supply line is open. Also, if a gas boiler/water heater is used at home, check out whether or not that is operating. If that is operating but Furnace is not, follow the gas line all the way to the Furnace and inspect thoroughly if there's something obstructing the supply. No resolve?
Well, now call a professional!

- Burning odours - Fix it! 

Whether such a smell is coming from outside the unit or from the inside, immediately do two things;
- Firstly, turn off all power and gas supplies to the unit. Also turn off the main power and gas supply of the home
- Make sure you go to a safer location at home or leave the home altogether
This precautionary measure is because the burning smells from the Furnace could mean a CO leak or a propane, natural gas leak. Any such leaks have the potential to bring serious consequences that may be fire, CO poisoning or similar. So take refuge!

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Indoor Pool Humidity - Problems and Fixes

Have a pool at home? You're fortunate. You can enjoy swimming anytime for as long as you want. But with fortune comes some misfortunes too and the misfortune associated with indoor pools is that their maintenance is not only crucial but also difficult. And the lack of maintenance leads to serious problems ranging from health issues to interior damage issues. We'll discuss today why and how you need to be overly cautious when you have a pool at home and to keep the right settings for it to remain a joy and not become a problem.



Pool and high humidity - The consequences

When there's a water body inside of your home, it will be evaporating water all the time. And the water droplets will rise and spread in the home increasing the indoor humidity. The rise in humidity will lead to;
- Discomfort for homeowners
- Damage to the interior or exterior of the house; wallpapers parching, dampness, spots on walls, damaging of decorations items etc
- Production and rapid spread of mould and spores
- High humidity when raises the moisture level in the air, also raises the chances of the spread of viruses and bacteria

Factors causing pool humidity

It is not the presence of the pool that creates problems, rather the improper presence and the lack of maintenance that does. For example; check out the following causes; 

- Improper building material
When a house is constructed with a design to add a pool in it, it is crucial to use the most compatible type of building material needed. In the case of houses with pools, the material suggested is the material that could prevent condensation within the walls of the house since this would lead to the production of mould and other problems.

- Not installing an adequate ventilation system
It is crucial to install an adequate ventilation system in all homes but particularly in homes where there are pools. The proper ventilation will let the moist air out before it could harm the indoor or causes discomfort for the homeowners.

- Dehumidification - Much needed Air Conditioners do offer dehumidification but there are two things to note;
- You need to set your Air Conditioner to the settings where it could offer the best dehumidification; Fan at ''Auto''
- Your AC may not be sufficient to dehumidify the indoor air because the humidity the pool creates is too much. In this case, you are required to install a separate dehumidifier.


How to maintain a fair balance in humidity with a pool at home?

The relative humidity level should in no case exceed 60%. You should strive to maintain humidity level somewhere between 40%-60%. With a pool at home, it is difficult but the following steps can help;

- Set the pool temperature two degrees lower than the air temperature. This will decrease evaporation which will consequently decrease the moisture
- Consider installing a good quality dehumidifier preferably a whole home dehumidifier
- Make sure you have a proper ventilation system and that the humidity is not causing problems in the indoor which may not be visible to you at the moment

In the end, a bonus for you; so how would you know about the level of humidity in your indoor? If you have a Smart Thermostat installed, congratulations. It can give you the reading of the indoor humidity level and can also track the data for you. In case you're still running an old model, installing a Smart Thermostat could be the right investment for you to continue enjoying all joys without having to make any compromise on your comfort.

Check out our range of Thermostats HERE and request a quote anytime at 1-855-245-4328

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How to stop bugs from making your HVAC unit their home?

Bugs won't ask you before making their homes in your HVAC units. They just will as soon as they find that the location is perfectly suitable for them. And once they make a home there, they won't only stay there, they will extend their residencies creating problems for your indoor comfort and of course for your units as they will have a hard time performing with optimal efficiency with all the bucks of bugs stuck to them.



Fill in the gaps

Just like the pests and reptiles enter your home through those holes and gaps near windows and doors, the pests that make HVAC units their home also look for any holes and gaps to enter. For this, make sure that everything is tightly fit and no loopholes are left near the units particularly the outdoor units. Fill in the gaps using porcelain, foam or simply some pieces of cloth. 


Dirty ductwork does the damage

A dirty ductwork can do more damage than you think it can. Dirty ducts are also one of the favourite places of the bugs. Since they have a whole lot of space to accommodate therein, they can extend their family and then the large families will enter your units. Usually, bugs go into your ductwork through the leaks or the loose fittings. Check the ductwork thoroughly or call a professional to inspect the ductwork for any leaks and holes. Fix the leaks but make sure the duct is also cleaned along with this. 


Clean around the outdoor units

One of the primary reasons why bugs are attracted to HVAC units is the presence of something around them that attracts them. Usually, grass or flowers or vegetation around the outdoor units attracts bugs. They then find ways to enter your units and there they go! New residence!


Add screens to outdoor vents

Screenless outdoor vents are also one of the common reasons for bugs entering the ductwork and HVAC units. Mesh screens are available at reasonable prices. Purchase one and it can help add to your comfort.


Use recommended sprays

We do suggest using sprays to keep bugs away but only the recommended sprays. Please don't use bug killers of your choice because you can end up harming the unit in an attempt to do so. Use instead, those sprays that are recommended by HVAC professionals or are manufactured specially for the purpose of using on or around the HVAC units. 


Covering the units

Covering is a great way to help keep bugs away. Since the units that are being used can't be covered, this strategy can be used for units of offseason. For example, cover your AC outdoor and indoor units in winters and similarly cover the Furnace in Summers.


Using these tips, you can not only protect your HVAC units against the nasty bugs but also from animals that can severely damage the units. For example; dogs and cats; their urine can corrode the metal of your outdoor units.
Did you find this post useful? What ways do you use to keep bugs away from HVAC units?

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