Winter is coming upon us fast. Its time to start thinking about our heating needs, Will our furnace need repairs, or will it work fine? should I have it looked at by a professional HVAC service tech or should I just turn it on and see what happens? Now is the time to consider your options when it comes to heating your home. Many people wait till the last minute to service or repair their furnace or forced air heating system.
Knowing Heating and Cooling Basics
When it comes to whole-home comfort, understanding heating and cooling equipment can be complicated. At Bryant, we make it simple. Just like our dealers have the tools to provide you with whole-home comfort, we want to give you the tools to make the right choices. And it starts with learning the basics.
Types of Systems
Central Heating and Cooling Systems produce warm or cool air in one central area and distribute it throughout your home.
Forced Air Heating units and other carbon monoxide-emitting home appliances should be properly maintained to avoid the deadly threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Have your natural gas furnaces checked at least once a year by a licensed HVAC / heating and air conditioning contractor
It is wise to have a professional furnace repair specialist perform regular maintenance on your home furnace. Once a year, whether you have used it or not. You want to ensure that it functions safely and efficiently throughout the colder months. Find the type of furnace you have from the following types of furnaces to see the specific safety tips:
Keep a clean perimeter around your air conditioner / HVAC equipment.
When a condenser unit gets dirty it can force your compressor to work harder than it needs to, which leads to an increased energy consumption by as much as 30 percent. You will also want to keep grass from your mower and mud from storm runoff from splashing into the condenser unit. Your best bet on the perimeter is to surround the pad on which the AC Unit sits with a gravel border, add rain gutters around your home to channel water away from your AC unit.
Planning your plants.
A small fence or a hedge is a good way to hide an AC unit, but make sure the hedge doesn’t grow into the condenser. It is also wise to prevent a buildup of falling leaves, which can impede and damage the fan and compressor. When planting around your AC compressor choose trees that will not drop leaves during the winter, such as evergreen trees, oak trees, and beech trees. (Check with a local gardening center for advice.)
Put it in the shade.
When Installing the A/C unit, ask your installer to find the ideal location where it will be out of the hot sun. A cooler location will be more efficient and will extend the life of your Air Conditioner. In fact, shading both your house and the HVAC compressor is the most cost-effective way to reduce solar heat radiation on and in your home, and reduce your air conditioning bill, according to the Department of Energy.
Let it your AC Condenser unit breathe.
The air conditioner condenser needs enough airflow around it to work correctly. Make sure, when planting your landscaping or placing structures next to the compressor, you leave at least 2 to 3 feet of space between the HVAC unit and the plants. You need to keep in mind that planting too close may restrict the Air Conditioner’s air flow. Always check the owner’s manual or call the installer to confirm the ideal amount of space.
It Takes Knowledge for the right decisions
Above All Heating and Air is your Local Bryant® Dealer
Take a moment to make sure you’re prepared for your Bryant® dealer’s visit.
Following this simple checklist before your appointment will help your Bryant dealer get straight to servicing your system.
My air conditioning unit is really old, probably about 14 years old, it has a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 10. When should I replace it? and what SEER rating should I look for?
Most central air conditioning units have a lifespan of around 20 years. Your air conditioning unit is well past its mid-life range. Even if your HVAC system is only 10 years old, you may save 30-50 percent of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a new, more efficient model.
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