If your home has a separate air conditioning unit, then chances are it won't see much use throughout the winter. Unfortunately, a dormant air conditioner can make for a rather cozy place for rodents, birds and other small creatures to seek refuge in as temperatures drop. Nesting critters can leave behind chewed insulation, damaged wiring and a host of other unpleasant and rather expensive surprises. Here are a few tips you can use to keep your A/C critter-free throughout the winter:
Even though the term heat pump is often used generically, homeowners who are considering the installation of a heat pump should be aware that there are actually several different types of heat pumps available. Heat pumps operate by moving heat from one area to another, depending upon the season. For instance, in summer a heat pump removes heat from inside the home and releases it outdoors, while in winter, the action is reversed.
An oil furnace requires a primed fuel pump to keep the fuel flowing to the burner. If the fuel pump in your furnace loses that prime, it means that the burner isn't receiving oil the way that it should be. There are a few common reasons for a furnace fuel pump to lose prime, and you'll need to identify the cause in order to correct it before you prime the pump.
As most homeowners know, maintaining heating and cooling systems is vitally important. For optimal performance, energy efficiency and safety, preventative maintenance will be necessary. Many heating and cooling (HVAC) specialists will offer what is referred to as a "performance tune-up" for your home HVAC system. When hiring a technician for an inspection and tune-up of your furnace and air condition system, the following details should be included on the checklist:
Just because you aren't getting the cool air that you so desperately crave doesn't mean that you have to pick up the phone and make an appointment with an HVAC tech. If there is something seriously wrong with your air conditioning system, then an appointment is in your future, but first you should take a few minutes and see if it is one of these things that you can take care of yourself.
A few years ago, I could tell that we were having serious furnace problems. In addition to dealing with a house that was constantly too cold or too warm, we were also plagued by a noisy, smelly furnace that seemed to have trouble on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about furnaces at the time to spot the problems quickly. One day, the entire system died, and it was beyond repair. After having that experience, I learned a lot about HVAC systems, so that I could troubleshoot future systems. This website is all about teaching you what you need to know so that you don't end up in the same situation.