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The Barton Boys HVAC Resource Blog

Let The Barton Boys Heating and Air Conditioning be your resource and guide to whole home comfort with our blog filled with ideas on energy savings in the home, HVAC troubleshooting and tips, and ideas to make your home a comfortable sanctuary.

What’s different about our Annual Pre Season Service

Many companies have a Pre Season service package but they all vary in scope and price. It’s important you know what you’re getting. Here’s why we believe ours is the best way to go. We perform a complete 18 point service check. That’s more extensive than most companies do. We’ll give you a fair and honest written assessment of the condition of your furnace. We’ll be there about an hour. We’ll take our time to perform a complete check and answer your questions. We won’t rush and we won’t pressure you. If we do find a problem, most of the diagnostic work has already been done, saving you money and time in the long run. Contact us today to schedule your...

Why You Need An Annual Furnace Inspection

We recommend you have one performed on your furnace, no matter how old it is. Here’s why: If you have a new furnace, the warranty requires it to remain in effect. We perform all warranty work on Bryant and most other brands. On an older furnace, a pre-season tune up will extend the life furnace. With rising utility rates, the increased efficiency will pay back the service cost in a short period of time. Correcting a simple problem pre-season will likely prevent a more serious and expensive problem during the winter- when you least want to lose your heat. Contact us today to schedule your...
Staying Cool By Checking Your AC

Staying Cool By Checking Your AC

With the first hot days of summer coming up, it is important to make sure your air conditioner is working optimally. Spending a little time checking on your AC will not only help you stay cool, but also save you money on electric bills. Follow these few tips to help you stay cool this summer. Remove Any Cover Is your AC unit outside? Many households own AC units that reside outside, meaning they cover them in the winter months to keep snow off and forget to remove the cover in the spring. This cover needs to come off when the machine is in use, as extra weight on the machine will cause strain and a loss in efficiency. In fact, any obstruction should be cleared away from the AC. With outside units, this means sticks, bushes or dirt getting in the way of the ventilation. Simply clearing the way will help the unit operate more efficiently. Replace the Filter Every AC unit, whether outdoors or indoors, has a filter. Each day these filters pick up more debris than you would imagine. Extra debris in the filter will eventually cause the filter to tear, releasing debris into the system causing the machine to work less efficiently. Experts recommend that a filter should be changed monthly in peak seasons. Contact The Barton Boys with any questions on how to replace your AC filter. Clean the Inside The inside of the AC unit should not be neglected. Simply using a soft brush or vacuum on the inside of the unit will help the unit stay in good shape. The water pan is...
To Cover Your Air Conditioner, Or Not to Cover Your Air Conditioner?

To Cover Your Air Conditioner, Or Not to Cover Your Air Conditioner?

It’s Spring and here at the Barton Boys we get a lot of accidental air conditioning turn ons while the unit is still covered. Every spring we get a call or two from customers who turned their unit on for a test run on a warm spring day forgetting to uncover it first. This unfortunately blocks the airflow to the outdoor unit causing pressure to rise quickly and burn out the compressor in a very short period of time. Over the years we have seen many, brand new $3000.00 + air conditioners having to be replaced because of this. With that said, one of the most common questions we receive is whether or not you should cover your air conditioner during the winter. Although there is no concrete answer, there are many pros and cons to think about when considering covering your air conditioner. Cons While you may think covering your AC may help it look better in the long run, there’s a major trade off to think about here. As mentioned, by covering your air conditioner in the winter, we see many homeowners ruin their brand new units by accidentally turning the a/c on without remembering to uncover it first. By doing this, the cover is blocking the airflow to the outdoor unit causing pressure to rise quickly and burn out the compressor quickly. Another con is that covering your air conditioner can also create a perfect home for small animals, such as mice. As spring rolls around maintenance calls come in, and more often than not we find that a family of mice has taken up residence...
A/C Spring Tune-up Tips

A/C Spring Tune-up Tips

As spring weather quickly approaches, it’s very important to make sure your A/C is working properly so that it can do it’s job during those hot summer months. Not only do you want your A/C working at its best to be able to cool your home, but an efficient running A/C can drastically cut your energy bills! Below you’ll find a few tips for getting your air conditioner ready for summer. Clean or change the filter once a month. This is the MOST IMPORTANT part! Over half of our service calls in the summer are due to clogged or dirty filters. Most furnaces have a disposable paper, mesh, or pleated filters which need to be replaced periodically. Every 60-90 days in the winter is recommended, but in the dry and dusty summer months you should replace them every 30 days. If your A/C is operating through dirty and dusty filters, it’s working hard to cool your home in an efficient manner and can cause freezing up on the indoor coil. Keep your outdoor unit clean. The outdoor unit should always be free of anything blocking the equipment. Making sure there’s no plant growth, debris, or grass clippings around the unit is also very important. Keeping your outdoor unit clean will reduce resistance, therefore boosting your air conditioner’s efficiency. Clean indoor ductwork. Although a full cleaning of your ductwork should be done by a professional, you can keep parts of your ductwork clean and dry by removing registers and inspecting and wiping the visible parts of the ducts. You can also inspects these parts of the ducts for wear or water...
Furnace Installation FAQs

Furnace Installation FAQs

 How much does furnace replacement cost? Nationally, the average cost of furnace installation is $4,000. Most of this depends on what type of system you currently have and what you would like to achieve. Going from oil to gas has additional costs associated with installation including removing and disposing of the oil tank and lines and running a gas line to the furnace location. This is the same if you are converting from electric to gas, and Avista Utilities has a great program called L.E.A.P. to help cover the cost of this. But for the most part, a gas-to-gas change out typically runs $2200-4500. How is equipment size determined for my furnace installation? Our estimators use a calculation method to determine the heat load of your home to size your new furnace. This calculation considers many factors related to the home’s construction, occupants, and exterior elements for accuracy. We also take into account the capacity of your existing ductwork. You may feel like you want increase the size of your furnace, but this may not be possible with your current duct sizing – leading to failures of the furnace or excessive noise. How can I tell how efficient a furnace is? If you desire high efficiency models for furnace installation, look for furnaces with an AFUE in the 90s. AFUE stands for “annual fuel utilization efficiency”. It tells you how much heat the furnace creates for every dollar of heating fuel the unit consumes. All new furnaces must have an AFUE of at least 80%. The highest efficiency models have a rating of around 98% AFUE. How do you...