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What AFUE Does for Toledo Heating

17 Feb

AFUE is an acronym for annual fuel utilization efficiency. Toledo heating experts use that rating to determine the energy efficiency of a gas or oil furnace. Specifically, it measures the percentage of energy a system uses to generate heat.

How AFUE is calculated

Calculation of AFUE begins as a ratio of heating power output over energy input, both measured in British Thermal Units or BTUs. Multiplying that ratio by 100 will finally indicate the AFUE of the heating system. Continue reading

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Safety Tips for Furnace Repairs after a Flood

12 Feb

Whether it’s a horrible storm or a broken gutter system that caused basement flooding, homeowners should make sure that all equipment (especially electric ones) are cleaned and dried before use. Your furnace for one could cause great damage from a disaster like this. Continue reading

Simple Heating Maintenance You can Do Yourself

23 Jan

Your home’s heating system is the most essential gear to help you live comfortably during cold weather. However, you can’t just neglect it when it’s not in use. As a matter of fact, you should do your heating maintenance around spring or summer, to maintain optimal heating performance and efficiency. Continue reading

Furnace Repairs: Common Risk Factors

14 Jan

Heating systems regulate indoor temperatures and are, consequently, must-haves for most households across the country. Timely and thorough furnace maintenance is also crucial to ensuring optimum indoor thermal comfort during winter. Sometimes, however, hidden damage and sudden malfunctions in these appliances can cause fires, explosions, and even unseen dangers such as gas and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Without a doubt, these safety risks raise the importance of having regular furnace tune-ups and maintenance. Therefore, it is imperative for homeowners to find out which parts of their heating systems need attention so they can hire a competent contractor who can take care of all the necessary upgrades or repairs. Such a company must perform a thorough assessment and diagnosis of a malfunctioning furnace to pinpoint potential damage. Moreover, the firm must provide estimates that include a detailed breakdown of the services they will conduct.

A reliable company should also employ some of the latest technology, parts, and equipment when carrying out repair and maintenance tasks. Furthermore, homeowners should ensure that their chosen contractors employ certified and experienced technicians who are qualified to handle the most complicated heating issues. In any case, homeowners should refrain from fixing these problems themselves if possible because they risk causing more damage to their furnaces.

Maintaining HVAC Efficiency for Winter Conditions

22 Dec

Winter can be very harsh in some places, and folks will need to keep their HVACs in good working order if they hope to survive the bitter cold. A well-installed and maintained HVAC system enables more efficient heating that ensures even temperatures throughout the homes. Homeowners who have to deal with heating problems at this time accordingly need HVAC experts to conduct inspections and undertake the necessary repair and maintenance before the coldest days of the season set in.

If your household receives inadequate heating, you are likely to crank up the thermostat instead, thereby forcing your HVAC system to work even harder and consume more electricity in the process. Likewise, heating systems are expected to operate for longer periods during winter, and this factor, combined with system inefficiencies, can put a serious strain on your wallet. Inadequate and improper maintenance is often the culprit behind inefficient heating systems.

In many other instances, though, the inefficiency stems from using furnaces and other equipment that are ill-suited for the size and layout of a home. If your heating system is no longer functioning as effectively as it should, you might want to get in touch with a reputable contractor who can conduct a thorough assessment and recommend an appropriate course of action.

Furnace Filters: Out with the Old, In with the New

3 Dec

Every heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system will have an array of filters set up at certain places in the network, such as the ductwork grilles. Available in various models, the filters live up to their name by stopping foreign material from contaminating the interior. However, even they have their limits and can get saturated before long. Health problems can ensue if you do not act on them fast.

Some HVAC experts state that changing the filters will depend on their base material. The most common filter products are made of fiberglass, and are capable of trapping large particles. The downside is you have to dispose of them within two months. Pleated paper filters are slightly more effective, as they capture finer particles and last between four months to a year depending on the degree of interior activity.

If you are looking for long-lasting value, your contractor may recommend installing electrostatic filters, which are geared against finer airborne particles and smoke. They can be easily cleaned with a spray of water from a garden hose. HEPA filters will effectively work on households with allergy-prone members.

You’re doing your furnace a great favor by replacing the filter. It allows the machine to remain at optimum efficiency.

HVAC Moves in Thermodynamic Ways

17 Nov

You don’t need to have a physics degree to understand how heat moves. It’s all around you: cooking your eggs, steaming out of your pores, forming hurricanes, etc.

Thermodynamics is an important science lesson for anything heat-related, especially in HVAC. From heating manufacturers to repairmen, learning how heat moves from one body to another helps them paint a clearer picture of HVAC issues. For starters, it lets them know why a house is consuming excessive amounts of energy despite the functionality of the installed HVAC unit.

To illustrate, heat moves from a warmer temperature to a cooler one, as per the Second Law. The principal idea of HVAC rests on the Second Law, which helps the HVAC system keep the house, or any room in the house, at an ideal temperature throughout the day. Just as heat moves out of anything hot, anything cool grows hotter due to thermodynamics.

The simple act of leaving a window or door open while the air conditioner is at full blast testifies to the nature of heat movement. All that warm outdoor air will move inside and mix with the cool indoor air, forcing the air conditioner to work more to draw heat out. In the same fashion, warm indoor air will move out of the house toward the cool outdoor air.