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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.

Check Your Thermostat Schedules

A lot can change in a year and your idea of comfortable may be one of them. Going through your your set schedules and temperature setting will make sure you are aware of your settings and they continue to match your daily schedule. In the early fall we often experience days where your system could be cooling during the afternoon and heating when the sun has gone down. This is a perfect fit for your thermostat’s auto setting if you allow.

Replace Your Humidifier Filter Pad

It is recommended that you replace your humidifier pad once a year. It’s often easiest to remember to do this at the beginning of the heating season when for some models a homeowner will need to adjust the damper. Replacing the filter pad at the beginning of fall will ensure that you have a new clean pad for the season allow with allow you to double check your humidity settings.

Remove Hoses From Outdoor Spigots

As temperatures continue to drop it is important to make sure you have your home’s plumbing in mind. Before the temperature get below freezing take the time to make sure hoses are removed for outdoor spigots and stored away for the season. Storing the hose away will reduce the exposure to the coming cold weather and extend the life of the hose. Check your spigots to ensure they are completely shutting off and if there are any drips they are tended to immediately. Drips can turn into a costly oversight because it is rare for homeowners to check outside faucets during the cold months. All that time you could be wasting water just to pay for it when you water bill comes.

If you find repairs are needed during your check it may be worth considering a frost free replacement spigot to provide you piece of might in the cold winter months.

Consider Frost Free Spigots

If you have an older home you may not have frost free outdoor spigots. How does a frost free faucet or spigot work? Essentially it shuts the flow of water off farther back into your home than a non-frost free spigot. Because the water is not allowed near the outdoor walls of your home it is kept warm by your home’s conditioned space protecting it from the outside freezing temps.

Clean and Inspect Your Rain Gutters

This may not seem like something a heating and air company would worry about, but your rain gutter can in fact protect your home’s heating and cooling system. How? In the past several years the Lincoln area has had some very heavy rain storms, which unfortunately flooded basements. Some home’s received enough rain to severely damage electrical components on the furnace requiring major repairs, and in some cases replacement. As the leaves are falling it is important to make sure your home’s gutters are clean of debris and inspected for leaks. Clean gutters are important to keep the heavy rain water away from your homes foundation. Take the time to inspect your gutters and reduce the chances of headache in the future.

Increase Your R-Value

Does you home need additional insulation to improve efficiency? Fall is a great time to tackle this project. Now that temperatures are dropping outside the attic space will be much more bearable. Before adding insulation make sure to seal up penetrations into the living space. If you know this is something you will need to do in the future along with replacement of your heating and cooling, we recommend you accomplish your insulation upgrades first so that your HVAC system will be properly sized for your more efficient home.

 

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.
Continue reading “Common HVAC Odors: The Cause and How to Eliminate the Smell” »

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” »

Understanding the Risks of Oversizing Your HVAC System


There’s a lot to consider when upgrading your HVAC system, including how much heating and cooling capacity it should have to keep your home comfortable year-round. You want to keep your HVAC system’s overall size closely matched to your home’s size and climate control needs, otherwise you could find yourself wasting energy and money.

Unfortunately, many homeowners end up purchasing an HVAC system that’s often too large for their homes to handle. Below, we explain why oversizing your HVAC system could end up being a major drawback for your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency.

What Makes an HVAC System Oversized?

To understand what makes an HVAC system oversized, you should understand how heating and cooling systems are measured. Continue reading “Understanding the Risks of Oversizing Your HVAC System” »

Are Tankless Water Heaters the Right Choice for You?

When it’s time to replace your water heater, one option you may come across is a tankless hot water heater. Instead of keeping a tank of water hot until you need it, tankless hot water heaters warm your water on demand.

These types of water heaters are very energy efficiency. Since they provide an endless stream of hot water, multiple people can shower one after the other without the hot water running out.

In many cases, a tankless hot water heater is a smart choice for your home. However, there are a few situations in which you may be better off sticking with a traditional, tank-style unit. Below, we’ll tell you why tankless water heaters are usually a better option and when you may need to go with a tank heater instead.

When Is a Tankless Water Heater a Good Choice?

Most homeowners who want tankless water heaters also want to save money on their energy bills and benefit from endless hot water. Continue reading “Are Tankless Water Heaters the Right Choice for You?” »