4 Furnace Efficiency Tips

With the winter bringing chillier temperatures in the Burbank, California area, it’s time to think about ways to keep your utility bills under control. One of the best ways of doing so that the average homeowner can easily accomplish on their own is to implement the following furnace efficiency tips: 1. Schedule a Furnace Check-Up Even though you might be using your furnace to help take the chill off these early winter mornings, it’s not too late to schedule a check-up for this vital housing system. Ideally, this should be completed prior to the temperatures dropping, but scheduling this appointment now can ensure that your furnace is running at peak condition. 2. Replace Your Furnace Filters In general, it’s recommended that you replace your furnace filters at least once per month throughout the year. In some cases, you could experience better furnace efficiency by replacing your filter more often. During the maintenance visit you schedule with a professional like Air Max HVAC Inc, you can clarify what the technicians recommend for your particular heating system. 3. Seal Air Leaks While many homeowners think about their windows being the source of air leaks, there are a number of other areas related...

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How to Find the Best Furnace for My Home?

Owning a home comes with a number of different major responsibilities. It can be difficult for families to manage all of the different issues that could arise with a home. One of the facets that families are often confused about is how to find the right furnace for their home. There are lots of options to choose from and it is understandable for families to have trouble choosing between the numerous options that are available on the market. Every family wants to make sure that they can afford the furnace that they decide to go with; however, there are lots of different factors to consider. It is important to weigh all of these options carefully before making a decision. With this goal in mind, how can families make sure that they select the best furnace for their home? What are some of the important factors to keep in mind? The Size of the Home Perhaps the most important factor that families need to think about is the space that their furnace is going to have to heat. With winter right around the corner, it is very important for families to make sure that their furnace is up to the task...

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How Often Should My Furnace be Replaced?

Having a warm home during the cold winter days in California is important for your safety and health. Without a working furnace, your home will become very uncomfortable. Knowing when to plan on replacing a furnace can help ease the burden of feeling unprepared. It isn’t an easy question to answer, but there are some things you can consider to help you get ready for the inevitable. Your Furnace is Getting too Old Without question, appliances simply cannot live forever. Your furnace has roughly an 18-20 lifespan at best. Taking care of your furnace with filter changes and regular checkups from a professional will help increase that lifespan. If your furnace is getting old, you will want to start saving back for a new one. The cost savings alone will likely make it worth it. You will probably want to get the furnace replaced as quickly as possible when you find out there will be a big difference in bills. Inefficient Operating Costs Old furnaces are not energy efficient and cost you extra money to run each month. If your furnace is rated at 60% AFUE (how much gas is used to heat your home), then you are wasting $.40...

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3 Energy Efficiency Tips

There are so many things that you can do as a homeowner to improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. These range from small changes you can make on your own to bigger, more long-term upgrades and regular maintenance. Below are three of our favorite tips for keeping your energy efficiency in check. 1. Small Improvements Make a Difference Little things add up. Good examples of this include turning off and unplugging those electronics you don’t use all the time and changing your air filters on schedule. 2. Implement a Smart/Programmable Thermostat A bigger step toward energy efficiency comes with replacing your old thermostat with one that is programmable and/or works with your preferred smart technology. This level of control allows you to adjust your thermostat settings to suit your schedule and even while you’re on the go, meaning you won’t be cooling an entire house while everyone is at work or school, which can also save you money. 3. Schedule Regular Maintenance Check-ups If your HVAC system is not outdated (10 years or older), the best way to stay ahead of inefficiency is through regularly scheduled maintenance check-ups. How to Further Improve the Energy Efficiency of your Home...

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Does Rain Damage My Heating System Over Time?

Many people want to know if the rain and weather can damage an HVAC unit. Fortunately, your heating and cooling system is specially designed to handle moisture and extremes of temperature all year long. That means the weather is unlikely to cause any significant problems that regular maintenance can’t prevent. However, there are a few issues you should keep in mind to keep your HVAC system running safely. Hail Severe hail can cause damage to just about everything you own. If you expect a hail storm you should find some way to shelter an outdoor unit. Covering it with a free-standing wooden shelter might be the best solution. Do not use a tarp or plastic bag that will block ventilation. Flooding Instances of flooding where 15 inches or more of rain accumulates can damage your HVAC system. Sandbag barriers may prevent some damage. If your system is properly insulated, there is a chance it will not be damaged. However, electrical hazards can pose a serious threat to your safety. If your unit has endured severe flooding, it’s best to have it inspected by a heating and cooling professional. Snow If your outdoor unit becomes covered with snow, the vents can...

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The Importance of Air Purification

There are many California residents who keep a watchful eye on the quality of the air outside their homes – but what about the air quality on the inside? Indoor air quality is something that many people overlook, but having poor air quality inside your home can be, in some cases, very dangerous for anyone living there. Here are some of the things you need to know about the quality of air in your home and the importance of keeping that indoor air clean and breathable. The Air in a Newly Built Home is More Likely to Contain Contaminants It might sound counterintuitive at first, but in actuality, the newer your home is, the more tightly it’s sealed against the elements. This is great for keeping out wind and rain and may also be helpful in conserving energy in general, but that tight seal works both ways – anything harmful that’s airborne inside your home also isn’t getting out. That means things like dust, pollen, smoke, mold spores, pet dander, viruses, and bacteria are all circulating inside your home. Breathing Contaminated Indoor Air is Very Dangerous According to the American Lung Association, the pollutants typically found in poor quality indoor...

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How Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality

Candles help create a romantic ambiance in a home. They add to the warmth of a home and help create a spa-like retreat. However, new research suggests that burning candles can generate indoor pollution in your home. Most candles on the market are made from paraffin, which is derived from petroleum. When burned, these candles release carcinogens into the air. Some of these toxins are the same ones that are produced when diesel fuel is burned. A study, conducted by scientists at the South Carolina State University, found that exposure to certain types of candles can be hazardous to human health. For the study, vegetable and paraffin-based candles were allowed to burn for six hours. The researchers then collected and tested substances released into the air. They discovered that the candles caused poor indoor air quality. Benzene, acrolein, and toluene were released into the air by the candles. All of these substances are toxic chemicals. Effects of Candle Pollution Candle pollution can be a real problem for people with respiratory problems, such as asthma and obstructive pulmonary disorders — especially if the candle is lit in an unventilated space. Besides pollution, candles cause other problems in a home. Candle soot...

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What is an Air Scrubber?

Over the past few years, air pollution has received a significant amount of attention from the media. Because of this, people have invested in machines to help clean the air that they breathe inside of their home. This is the job of an air scrubbed. There are many different types of air scrubbers and it is important for everyone to understand the basics of air scrubbers so that they can make an educated decision. What are some of the important points to keep in mind? What are Air Scrubbers? Air scrubbers are portable machines that people can use to filter the air around them. This makes the air both cleaner and easier to breathe. Some of the dangerous pollutants that an air scrubber could filter out include: Particles and debris that might float through the air Strange gasses that could damage the lungs Chemicals that might have been used to clean the house, pool, or yard Air scrubbers function by grabbing air from the surrounding area and filtering it through the machine. These filters are set up in a series and each filter removes something different. Through this mechanism, contaminants are removed. An air scrubber system removes contaminants based on...

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What is Super Cooling?

If you live in the greater Burbank, CA area, you are well aware of the necessity of an air conditioning system that is effective and reliable! But have you heard about the new more efficient and cost-effective process called super cooling? Today’s air conditioning systems are smarter than ever, and if you haven’t already, now is the time to upgrade to an advanced home system that includes an Energy Management Computer. Air Max Heating and Air Conditioning carries a full line of systems that feature Energy Management Computers and that can keep you cool in the Burbank area heat while helping you save money. It’s a win-win situation for you and your family. What, Exactly, is Super Cooling? In the simplest terms, super cooling is the process used to keep your home cool using the least amount of money possible. While it is a technique that you can work out yourself manually, today’s latest air conditioning systems come with the necessary Energy Management Computer that automates the entire process. If you wanted to create a super cooling environment manually, you can do so by following these simple steps: Determine the on-peak and off-peak hours that your energy company uses for...

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Can Air Conditioning Cause Headaches?

Air conditioning can be a blessing during the hot summer months, especially for those who would prefer to stop sweating profusely all over themselves. But not everyone feels good when they’re in a frigid retail store or even when they’re in their own home. They may struggle to find the right temperature, running hot or cold as they turn it a few notches up or down. Or they may even start to experience headaches when they feel their air conditioning kick on. Blood Vessel Constriction A cold stimulus headache effectively occurs when the blood vessels in the body constrict. If your body is trying to shield itself from freezing, it will slow the blood to protect the core. Unfortunately, this can also give you a headache because it’s interfering with the trigeminal nerve in the brain. If you’re in your house when this happens, you can turn up the thermostat. But if you’re out, you may just have to step outside. Humidity Your air conditioning makes it difficult to maintain a healthy level of humidity in the air. Too much humidity in the air can cause discomfort, but too little will dry out your skin and body. If you’re in...

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