4 Heating System Tips for More Efficient Performance

4 Heating System Tips for More Efficient Performance

According to the Department of Energy, your heating system uses more energy than any other system in your home. In fact, it typically makes up approximately 42% of your electricity bill. Your heating systems can include furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and more. They need just a little attention on a regular basis to keep them running efficiently and safely. Below, we will show you a few heating system tips for more efficient performance that are quick and can save you big. 1. Clean, Clean, and Clean It’s no secret that your system runs better when it’s clean. A dirty heating system needs more energy to work, which can lead to premature failure. One of the first steps in keeping your heating system efficient is to replace or clean your filters as recommended by the manufacturer. You can do a simple visual inspection of your filters to ensure they have not become clogged. You may also clean baseboard heaters, registers/air ducts, and radiators as needed. Be sure none of your equipment or outputs are blocked by lighting, furniture, drapes, or flooring. 2. Feel Free to Open Doors Closing the doors to unused rooms in order to save energy is a common misconception in heating system tips. Due to heat’s tendency to flow from warmer to cooler areas, your colder rooms will actually draw the heater’s warmth from the rest of the house. This results in your property needing as much or more energy to heat the entire area. We at the Barton Boys even design our heating systems for the whole home, and shutting doors interrupts the unit’s intended on...
The Importance of Fall Furnace Maintenance

The Importance of Fall Furnace Maintenance

Fall furnace maintenance is a vital part to the health and longevity of your home heating system. October is here and thoughts turn from beaches and waterparks to football and Halloween. But they should also turn to your regular furnace maintenance! Just like your car needs an oil change, your furnace needs a little tune up to clean vital components and check critical electrical parts to ensure you are not left out in the cold this winter. Replacing your filter is a great start, but there are many other parts that need some attention as well. Whether your furnace is new, or 20 years old, it still requires this kind of annual service to keep it performing at its peak efficiency. New furnaces are generally under a factory warranty, which will usually recommend yearly furnace maintenance to be proactive for any potential issues. How can these types of furnace issues be avoided so my home heating system works at its best? Some of these issues that can be avoided by having the system checked, such as a dirty flame sensor or maybe a dirty blower, can both will lead to a premature failure of those components. On older furnaces checking the combustion chamber, burners, and heat exchanger can be critical to catch a failure that may lead to dangerous carbon monoxide entering your home through your ducts! Everyone has heard of the dangers of carbon monoxide, and routinely having your furnace heat exchanger checked can ensure that you and your family remain safe through the cold winter months. The typical lifespan for a furnace can be 15-20 years. And...
Dirty Furnace Filter? The Barton Boys Can Help!

Dirty Furnace Filter? The Barton Boys Can Help!

Do You Have a Dirty Furnace Filter? Summer is the time of year when your air conditioning unit works tirelessly to combat the heat.  One of the easiest and most efficient ways to keep your AC running smoothly is with a new, fresh filter.  Almost every central air system has a filter and its job is to remove particles from the air and keep your duct system clean. At Barton Boys, we notice that summer is the time when a large number of our calls are related to dirty furnace filters.  When air can’t get through your furnace and across your coil, the refrigeration will freeze the coil solid and this will cause reduced airflow or luke-warm air coming out of your registers.  In some cases, it restricts airflow all together. Have you noticed the copper lines coming from your outdoor condensing unit have frosted or frozen?  If this happens, you are past due for a filter replacement.  Replace your filter and turn your AC system to ‘off’ and turn the furnace fan setting from ‘auto’ to ‘on’ for 6-8 hours.  This should allow the coils to defrost (it is normal for water to appear around the base of your furnace during this process).  Do NOT turn the furnace to ‘heat’ because this may cause severe damage.  Once it has thawed, switch the system back to AC. If a situation like this occurs again, you might have a low refrigeration charge.  Instead of trying to fix the problem yourself, call The Barton Boys for maintenance service.  We have seen this happen numerous times and can fix the problem in...