HvacReport.com - Air Conditioning and Heating Maintenance
by noblex1 on Jul 30, 2009
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There are many important reasons why you need to have maintenance performed by a professional on your air conditioning and heating equipment at various times of the year. Some people ignore ...
There are many important reasons why you need to have maintenance performed by a professional on your air conditioning and heating equipment at various times of the year. Some people ignore maintenance altogether and only see a technician when their equipment fails to perform. Some people religiously subscribe to a maintenance program as performed by their local heating and cooling contractor. Then there are those people in between those two groups. Ignoring heating maintenance can become dangerous in more than one way.
First of all, if we ignored our air conditioning maintenance and the air conditioner broke down in the summer (even in the worse heat wave), we could tolerate it enough to live through it. On the other hand or at the opposite end of the spectrum, if we ignored the heating system and it broke down, a dangerous condition would exist and it could severly effect our health not to mention possibly damage the plumbing in our home. This is a good reason to have the heating system in our homes checked out, however, it is not the primary reason why we need to have it checked especially those of us who use oil, gas, propane, or another source of fossil fuel to heat our homes.
Finally, the primary reason we need to have our heating maintenance done before the cold arrives is for safety reasons. You can't smell it or see it and according the American Medical Association it is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in America. It can kill you while you are sleeping.
It is carbon monoxide and is often referred to as the silent killer.
While the HVAC industry as a whole strives to make all heating systems absolutely safe for as many years as possibly, accidents do occur and mechanical equipment will eventually fail including heat exchangers and venting systems. Things can happen over the summer that can change something with your system. A flue can become blocked off by animals or the mortar can let go and cave in blocking off the flue. These are only a few of the many things that can happen to cause your heating system to become dangerous to you or your family.
The best way to avoid any unsafe condition is to take action before the cold weather arrives. Have the maintenance check done and install carbon monoxide detectors in your home ASAP. By taking this action now, you can be assurred that your heating system will safely provide comfort for your family this winter.
AC Cool tips
Did you know that if your system is not equipped with a delay, turning the air conditioning off and on again too fast can cause your compressor to lock up? This can also be caused by adjusting the temperature setting up to a high setting and back to a low setting too quickly. This occurs a lot especially for people with children or those that live in areas with intermittent power failures. Make sure your child doesn't make the thermostat their new toy by instructing them not to play with it. If you turn the air conditioning off, wait at least five minutes before turning it back on again.
Filter Maintenance and Indoor Air Quality
Air flow is very important to the efficiency of your system. Whether it be your A.C. system or your Heating system, both systems need the proper amount of designed air flow throughout the system. Dirty filters restrict the airflow which results in higher energy and repair costs to you.
A myth many people believe is that they can close off some of their supply registers and save money. This may be true if you only close off one or maybe two. The system installed in your home is designed for a certain amount of airflow. If this airflow is restricted in any way it causes the system to function improperly and could cause system failure. Open those supply vents, closing too many off is the same as a dirty or restricted filter.
There are many different types of filters. The most common type are the fiberglass disposable filter that you buy at most hardware or retail stor
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