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Friday, April 8, 2011

5 Things to Know About Your Heating/Air Needs

I chose Matt Birkley for my heating and cooling needs because he's reliable, affordable and he doesn't try and oversell services you don't need.

It's supposed to be 80 degrees this weekend, so I'm sure most will turn on their AC units for the first time. I thought this would be a good time to bring Birkley's expertise to the table:

Without further adieu, here's Matt:

1) One of the most important things you can do for your HVAC system is to change your furnace filter on a regular basis. We recommend inexpensive pleated filters, however they must be replaced often. The expensive ones will say they last 90 days, but that is way too long for that type of filter. When pleated filters get dirty they restrict airflow. Today's highly efficient equipment is much more sensitive to air flow. Dirty filters rob you of this efficiency.

2) Keeping your outdoor air conditioning unit clean can also help you from being robbed of efficiency. Having dirty air conditioning coils will cause heat to build up in the system, which will make your AC unit work harder, so be sure to keep them clean. The coil acts like the radiator in your car. It dissipates heat from the system. This cost you efficiency and can shorten the life of your equipment.

3) Your thermostat is not a gas pedal. Turning the temperature WAY down on your air conditioner does not make it cool any faster. Set your thermostat to the desired temperature and let it do its job.

4) Your carbon monoxide detector needs to be replace about every 4-5 years. The sensors in carbon monoxide detectors do wear out. Every home that burns anything for fuel MUST have a working CO detector.

5) Running the blower on your furnace 24/7 during air conditioning season can make your home feel more comfortable even at a warmer temperature. The constant movement of air in your home helps to even out the temperature in all areas of your home. More importantly, this does not harm or shorten the life of your blower motor. Some even argue that it is easier on the motor because it does not have to keep starting and stopping.

You can contact Birkley Services by clicking the ad to the right, or calling him at 781-5500.