What You Should Know About HVAC Dampers

June 13, 2022

Your HVAC unit requires many components to work efficiently. If you notice something off, it could be the damper. Learn how dampers work, the types, and common issues in this article. What Is an HVAC Damper? An air conditioning damper is an important part of the system, serving as a valve to control airflow. HVAC dampers are commonly installed near the unit base and are mostly found on older units. They are either motorized, operating on their own, or operate manually, which means you adjust them by hand with a lever. A

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Does It Save Money to Close Off Air Vents?

May 17, 2022

You may have heard that closing vents in rooms that are not being used saves energy and money by cooling only the areas needed. If you only cool the rooms that you are using right now, your system should use less energy because you are cooling a smaller space, right? This is a common misconception. Although it may lower your energy bill, it is harmful to your air conditioning system in the long run. Why is this bad? Blocks airflow Causes wear and tear Increases air pressure Can damage ductwork Reduces

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What Is Ductless Air Conditioning?

April 18, 2022

As the name implies, ductless air conditioning is a system that doesn’t use ducts to move cool air throughout your home. Also known as a mini-split, it has three main components. Three Main Components A ductless air conditioner system has an indoor unit. This is installed in the room you want to cool. There is an outdoor unit that is linked to the indoor unit through a conduit. The indoor unit is controlled by a remote. Can It Only Cool One Room? Some ductless air conditioning systems, single-zone mini-splits, can only

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Why It’s Not Safe to Buy a Used Furnace

March 18, 2022

While it may sound like an ingenious method to save money, cutting costs on vital equipment has health risks. When buying something used, you need to be sure that it will last a reasonable lifetime after your purchase. Used cars are a great example of a good investment, but used furnaces will only lead to more financial trouble than they are worth. Lack of Performance History A big issue with used furnaces is their quality can’t be guaranteed. Most private sellers do not keep track of the necessary information that you need to assess if

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How Do I Choose the Right Furnace Filters?

February 15, 2022

Deciding on the right furnace filters for your family needn’t be difficult. Rather than dealing with confusing features and materials, you can determine the best choice by consulting your manufacturer’s manual or by asking a professional. Purchasing the right filter doesn’t have to be unnecessarily complicated or expensive. Disposable or Reusable Determine whether disposables or reusable filters better suit your household’s needs. Disposable filters are more easily accessible and less expensive. Purchase them based on size and MERV rating. They need to be changed frequently, and how often depends on your domestic circumstances. Reusable filters can

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Simple Ways to Reset a Heat Pump or Furnace

January 12, 2022

If you live in Freeport, Maine, or a surrounding area and have a heat pump or furnace, at some point they will encounter a problem and may require a reset. While there are a wide variety of heat pumps and furnaces, the reset procedure is usually similar. Both heat pumps and furnaces are designed to heat your home, but they do this in very different ways. A heat pump takes heat from the outside air to produce heat while a gas furnace produces heat by burning propane or gas. An electric furnace blows air over heated elements.

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Why Is My Furnace Rusting?

December 20, 2021

Unfortunately, rust formation in or on the surface of your electric or gas furnace isn’t uncommon. It seems virtually all furnaces will eventually develop some rust, even if you take terrific care of your system. In most cases, rust shows up on furnaces when they’re exposed to too much water. The most important thing to know is that if your rust develops at an average pace, your furnace will still give you several years of good use. However, if you notice any abnormal rust development, it would be wise to immediately track down the source of the issue.

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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality This Winter With These Tips

November 18, 2021

In the winter, we all tend to spend more time inside of our homes. Ensuring that you have good indoor air quality is essential for both your health and comfort. By applying these tips, you can improve your indoor air quality this winter season. Schedule Ductwork Inspection and Cleaning Over time, ductwork tends to accumulate dust and other debris. These allergens are blown around your house every time your heating system runs. This reduces your air quality and creates the need to dust more often. The changes in air temperatures also put stress

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Reasons Why Your Heater Is Running Continuously

October 13, 2021

Heaters are supposed to automatically turn on and off when the room temperature drops and when the room temperature is optimal, respectively. Your heater may, however, continue running in spite of the optimal temperature being achieved. This can frustrate you as your home may experience uncomfortable temperatures, and your energy bills may skyrocket. Below are some of the reasons that could lead to your heater failing to turn off. Dirty Air Filters You may often find yourself forgetting to clean your air filter. This can result in your heater running continuously because airflow is limited. If

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How to Re-light Your Pilot Light

September 17, 2021

If you don’t have any heat in your home, it could be a sign of a problem. At the same time, though, the cause of the issue could simply be that your pilot light has gone out. The good news is that you can safely and quickly re-light your pilot light to get your heat going again. Safety First First, if you smell natural gas, you need to get out of the home and call for assistance immediately. Let a professional handle the situation as it could potentially be very dangerous. Instructions

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