Hey Seattle, is your furnace burning your hard earned cash?
In most homes, heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are typically ignored until they malfunction. That doesn't make sense to us. Because of poor specification and installation, HVAC equipment tends to operate inefficiently and deteriorate faster than necessary (especially if you haven't had a Tune Up in the last several years).
Here are the Top 10:
- Benchmarking the condition of your current system so you can plan, do the proper research for your replacement system under your terms. Understand, replacing a system is more complex than you think. Remember, you'll live with it for 20+ years.
- Check for hazardous debris in the chimney and flue. Since the flue pipe and or chimney carry by-products of combustion, including, carbon monoxide out of the furnace. A partial restriction, leaks, insufficient oxygen or animal nests in these passages will cause the furnace to operate with poor combustion.
- Check ignition and gas pilot safety system. It is important to have the gas pilot safety system tested and confirmed that the safety circuit is functioning properly.
- Make sure there is no dirt build up. If there is clean it. The Number 1 cause of system failure is dirt! Nine out of 10 due to dirt build up. Build up of dirt on the blower blades will reduce the furnace’s airflow and cause it to use more electricity. A dirt buildup in furnaces, especially blower motor blades result in a decrease in efficiency, some say by 21%.
- Make sure there's proper airflow over your heat exchanger. Start with keeping your furnace’s blower motor and blades clean; is critical. Dirt build-up on the blades of your furnace's blower can also contribute to early aging of your furnace's heat exchanger. Blower cleaning is critical since a buildup of dirt on the blower blades will reduce the furnace's airflow and cause it to use more electricity. The lower airflow will cause the furnace to run hotter, increasing the rate of expansion and contraction of the heat ex-changer's metal.
- Prevent premature failure of your equipment. Regular maintenance is proven to extend the life of your HVAC system without compromising your safety.
- Make sure it's performing efficiently; keep $$$ from going up the chimney. There’s a GOOD chance your current heating system is under-performing --- robbing you blind; Lack of proper furnace maintenance affects operating costs as much as 10% to 50% due to dirty burners, dirty blowers, dirty filters, and thermostat calibration. Here's an interesting stat: 9 out of 10 of the HVAC Systems in the US are wasting 40% or more in energy costs! Think of it this way, next time you pull up to a gas pump and paying for 10 gallons and dumping 4 gallons on the ground at the pump.
- Avoid the "No-Heat-Monkey-Wrench-In-Your-Day" event. Obviously, losing your heat in the middle of winter is not a great situation to be in. Especially, making the decisions to solve it. We see it all the time, the day before it failed (no heat) was just like today when it's working.
- Avoid taking unnecessary health risks. You want to make sure you don't have any lurking unsuspecting health threats. No one wants to run family health risks! Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas often referred to as a silent killer, and for good reason. You can't see it, taste it or smell it. When it’s released into the air, homeowners often can’t tell. Many people tend to mistake the sickness they feel from carbon monoxide poisoning with seasonal illness like the flu. Thousands of people across the country become sick from carbon monoxide each year, and tragically, hundreds will die from it. Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer for a reason.
- Peace of mind: Remember, it's not necessarily about what you will save today, but what you will prevent tomorrow.
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