Quick Tips To Be “HVAC AWARE”

Chances are, you don’t give much thought to the system that warms your home in the winter and cools your home in the summer.

And why should you? You leave it to the experts to take care of it for you; meanwhile, you focus on more important things in your life—like family, work, etc. As long as everything runs normally, you shouldn’t have to give it a second thought; just sit back and enjoy the temperature and air flow as everything works as it should in the background.

But what happens if it doesn’t work as it should?

With winter here, you don’t want to get cold or uncomfortable as you discover it doesn’t work. And if there’s an emergency, you want to be able to act fast to deal with it.

So, here are some tips to help you be “HVAC aware” this month… to give your HVAC system a little bit of love so it will continue to keep you and your family comfortable.

Tip #1. Let’s start with the word HVAC itself: It stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, and it’s the name given to the entire system that heats and cools your home. It often includes your furnace, your air conditioning unit, as well as the ductwork that runs through your walls.

Tip #2. Find out what kind of heating system you have. Is it electric? Oil? Natural gas? (Note: even systems that run on oil and natural gas may also be plugged in to your home’s electrical system.) You should also know the brand, the year it was installed, and the company that installed it. Keep this information on the HVAC system but also keep it handy in a drawer somewhere else so that you can make a quick call to that company if you ever need more information in a hurry.

Tip #3. Find out how to turn your furnace and air conditioner off and on, including any switches ON the system itself as well as how to turn it on and off at your circuit panel. If there’s ever a fire, you’ll want to be able to turn off your HVAC system at the circuit panel if you can’t get to the system itself.

Tip #4. If your system is fed from a municipal supply (such as natural gas), learn where those pipes are and if there is a place to turn off the supply. If there’s ever a leak, know how to turn it off fast.

Tip #5. Look for exhaust pipes. Depending on your system, your HVAC system might use a chimney or an exhaust pipe. Keep these free from blockages. For example, make sure that leaves or snow don’t block up the exhaust pipe, and make sure that small animals don’t get into your chimney.

Tip #6. Even though you can’t see most of the ductwork, you can see the vents! Know where they are and see which vents blow OUT warm (or cool) air, and which vents take in air to circulate it back to the system. Keep an eye on these vents and keep them free from being blocked by furniture.

Tip #7. Know where the filters are. Different systems use filters in different ways. Those filters help to remove particles from the air that you would otherwise breathe. Clean those filters regularly and replace them regularly too.

Tip #8. Use all your senses to monitor your HVAC system. If it starts to sound unusual or smell unusual, take action right away. Turn it off and call an expert HVAC company and get help.

Your HVAC system is an important system in your home and it works 24/7 to keep your family safe and comfortable. But if it suddenly stops working the way you want, your February can very quickly go from warm and cozy to cold! Use these tips to be HVAC Aware this month and throughout the year.

The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

Air ducts get a lot of daily use. This means that they can get soiled or contaminated over time. When this happens, dirty air might be circulating throughout a home. This poor air quality can sometimes lead to negative health consequences.

How Are Air Ducts Cleaned?

Cleaning air ducts is usually best left to the professionals, like our team at Lion Home Service. Usually, air duct cleaners use negative air machines equipped with HEPA filters along with rotary brush cabling systems to knock any debris or built-on dust and grime loose. These vacuum cleaning systems are typically mounted on trucks. The benefit of using truck-mounted vacuums is that the dust and debris will go straight from the ducts to an external holding system rather than any container that needs to be moved around your home. Quality ductwork professionals can also clean the furnace, air coils, and central system so that every part is addressed. From start to finish, all of the particulates stay contained within a closed system.

When Should You Clean Your Air Vents?

Having your air ducts cleaned isn’t something that you have to worry about all the time. Though each situation differs, it’s generally recommended that ducts get cleaned every three to five years. You might want to have them cleaned more often if you have pets that shed or have noticed a problem with rodents or critters that may be leaving droppings in your ductwork. In addition, construction and remodeling projects can make a home very dusty and filled with sawdust. All of those particles can find their way into the ducts, so you may want to schedule a cleaning soon after one of these large projects or builds has been completed.

The Results

Contaminants, dust, and debris can be removed from your home when your air ducts are cleaned. People in your household, especially those with respiratory issues, can benefit from breathing in cleaner air. Give us a call at Lion Home Service in Fort Collins if you think it’s time for your air ducts to be cleaned or for our HVAC services.