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Prevent Pet Hair and Dander From Damaging Your Furnace

Do you have a four-legged companion at home? If you do chances are your pet is an important part of your life. There’s also a pretty good chance you have some kind of pet hair roller or remover for your wardrobe. Have you ever taken the time to think about what that same pet hair that clings to your clothes, along with the pet dander, does to your furnace? Thankfully there are furnace filters to protect the furnace, but just like the dirt, pet hair and dander are regular culprits when it comes to clogging up your furnace filter. Continue reading “Prevent Pet Hair and Dander From Damaging Your Furnace” »

5 Essential Water Heater Maintenance Tips

After you have a water heater installed, you may want to do whatever you can to prolong the life of the water heater. The more you prolong its life, the more money you will save overall and the fewer headaches you will suffer.

Fortunately, some maintenance tasks only have to be performed once and others only have to be performed annually. Here are some maintenance tips to help you prolong the life of your water heater.

Know the Type of Water Heater You Own

If you purchase a home with a water heater already installed, make sure that you know what type of water heater you have. You will at least want to know the age and gallon capacity. These will be needed by a plumber or water heater technician.
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Home Fall Checklist

Fall is here, do you have a checklist of items around the home that need to be accomplished. Here’s a few that should be on your list.

Have Your Furnace Serviced

When’s the last time you had your furnace looked over by a certified service technician? Bryant’s service technicians thoroughly clean and check your furnace. Out technicians are trained to inspect for reliability of your home’s heating and cooling equipment. If they find components that are suspect and could affect your furnaces operation in the near future they will bring this to your attention and provide resolutions. They will also bring to your attention items of concern to be thinking about for the future. The goal of our service team is to provide you with information you need to make prepared and informed decisions. Continue reading “Home Fall Checklist” »

Common HVAC Odors: The Cause and How to Eliminate the Smell

When the summer heats up, you turn to your trusty air conditioner to keep your family and pets comfortable. Like any other appliance in your home, your HVAC system can emit some strange and downright offensive odors. The reasons for these smells could be anything from innocuous to potentially dangerous.

Here are a few common HVAC odors you might encounter, the cause of the smell and what you can do to fix the problem.

A Musty Odor

If you notice a musty odor coming from your HVAC system, the culprit is a very common issue that many homeowners face: mold. Your air conditioner is working overtime in the summer, and all the moisture that’s produced will often collect in the unit itself or in the ductwork. All mold requires warmth, air and moisture, which makes your HVAC system the ideal place for it to grow.
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How to Select the Right Location for a New Air Conditioner

When getting a new air conditioner for your home, installing the correct size and model to fit your needs is extremely important. An incorrectly sized air conditioner may have troubles keeping up, or removing humidity, all leading to comfort issues. You should also consider where you’d like your new air conditioner installed. If you have thought about changing the location or your air conditioner, when replacing is a perfect time to make it happen. Here are some tips on how to pick the perfect spot for it. Continue reading “How to Select the Right Location for a New Air Conditioner” »

Why Routine Maintenance Is the Best Way to Keep Mold Out of Your Air Conditioner

Air conditioning makes your home’s interior air healthier and cleaner when it is working correctly, especially once you’ve installed a quality pleated filter or even better a high efficiency filter system that traps as much dust and pollen as possible. Practically any part of your home can become a source of irritating mold spores if moisture is involved, since one of the major tasks of your air conditioning system is to pull out the humidity of your home’s air, there is plenty of moisture present during the summer months. Find out why having your air conditioning system cleaned and maintained at least once a year is the best way to both prevent mold growth and deal with it when it appears. Continue reading “Why Routine Maintenance Is the Best Way to Keep Mold Out of Your Air Conditioner” »

6 Problems You May Have With Your Air Conditioner

Air conditioning provides a great way to beat the summer heat, so issues with your A/C unit can be a huge inconvenience. As a homeowner with an air conditioned home, it’s good to be able to identify warning signs of potential air conditioning problems and get your system serviced as soon as possible. Here are six problems you could run into with your central air conditioning.

Odors

A cooling system can cause several odors that are an indicator of a potential problem somewhere in the system. These are two common causes of odors.

Clogged Condensation Pan

Is there a mold smell coming from the vents when the air conditioner is turned on? The smell could be due to an issue with a plugged drain in the condensate pan, which collects water that drips off the condenser coil. Fixing the issue will require unclogging the drain and cleaning it with a diluted bleach solution. Continue reading “6 Problems You May Have With Your Air Conditioner” »

4 Conditioning Myths You Shouldn’t Buy Into

As spring turns to summer, it’s time to start thinking about your air conditioning, including regular service of your unit for maximum efficiency. There are a lot of theories circulating on the web concerning how to save on air conditioning costs, and these myths can lead to plenty of inaccurate knowledge about how your air conditioning system actually works.

Here are some common myths you should not buy into, especially as you prepare your home for this year’s warm season.

Myth: Fans Will Cool Your Home

One of the easiest and oldest methods of cooling involves using moving air to evaporate sweat from your skin. A breeze feels good on a hot day, and a ceiling or portable fan feels good inside. But some people think a fan will lower the temperature in the home, so they leave ceiling fans or portable fans running in every room as an attempt to help reduce the workload or their home’s air conditioning system.

Fans can make you feel cooler by creating a wind chill which can make you feel cooler. Fans may help lower your cooling bill because you may feel comfortable when increasing the thermostat a few degrees. Fans don’t actually lower the temperature of your home.

So if you run a fan in rooms that you’re not actually in, you’re burning electricity for nothing. Take the time to turn off fans before you leave the room. Continue reading “4 Conditioning Myths You Shouldn’t Buy Into” »

Keep Your Air Conditioner From Freezing Up With These 5 Tips

Seeing your air conditioner coil or refrigerant lines encased in ice can be a surprising sight, especially if the incident happens on a hot summer day.

Fortunately, you can keep this from happening to your air conditioner simply by taking the following precautions.

#1: Have Your HVAC Technician Check for Refrigerant Leaks

Low refrigerant levels are a surprisingly common culprit when it comes to ice buildup on air-conditioning systems. As the unit attempts to operate with less refrigerant than intended, the resulting drop in pressure can cause evaporator-coil temperatures to dip below freezing.

When the temperatures dip like this, it can cause nearby water vapor tofreeze onto the coils’ surface. While this initially creates a light coat of frost, the frost can eventually build up into a thick sheet of ice.

Your air conditioning system is a closed system. Meaning the refrigerant should not escape the system. Low refrigerant levels are usually caused by a leak somewhere within the system, whether it be in the refrigerant lines or a component that regularly handles refrigerant (such as the compressor or evaporator coil). Continue reading “Keep Your Air Conditioner From Freezing Up With These 5 Tips” »

10 Quick Ways to Save on Heating Costs

Winter weather can be harsh on your budget. While you try to stay warm, your heating bills go sky high.

Fortunately, you can save money on heating costs while still feeling toasty warm at home.

  1. Adjust the Thermostat

Many people end up paying for heat when they don’t need it. If you work during the day, you may see saving if you set your thermostat 5 to 8 degrees cooler while you’re gone. You can also set your thermostat to a colder temperature at night. After all, you’re typically under blankets keeping warm anyway.

Setbacks are most beneficial for homes heated by a gas furnace. Homes with heat pumps should the setbacks should be no more than 3 to 4 degrees, especially for all-electric homes. Why? Larger swings in temperature are sometimes less manageable for a properly sized heat pump. Although an electric furnace can recover quicker from a setback, it is less efficient than your heat pump. If your electric furnace is called upon during recovery, setback savings may be minimal at best.

Systems with variable and staging technology are designed to run at very efficient levels only working as hard as it needs. If your home is set at consistent temperatures, your system can save you money while sustaining these temperatures very efficiently.

  1. Add Humidity

Adding proper humidity to your home with a whole home humidifier added to your home heating system can make your home feel warmer. Continue reading “10 Quick Ways to Save on Heating Costs” »