Are Your Air Filters Clean and How to Tell

Are Your Air Filters Clean and How to Tell

If the motor of your HVAC system is its heart, the air filter is its lungs. Our HVAC systems need clean air to perform correctly, just as we do. What happens if a dirty air filter is blocking that air from going where it needs to? It can lead to expensive problems down the road. Below, we will show you are your air filters clean and how to tell. The True Cost of Dirty Air Filters According to the Indian Michigan Power, a dirty air filter can lead to an increase in your energy bill of anywhere from 5% to 15%, depending on your unit usage, etc. This means that the cost of an air filter can easily pay for itself just within the first month. But there are other costs associated with a dirty HVAC filter including: Increased maintenance costs – All units from residential to industrial must be maintained on a regular basis in order to ensure a long life, but a clogged air filter can increase the frequency. For example, the accumulation dust and dirt can lead to a clogged filter that allows contaminants to pass and come into contact with vital system components. It will ultimately cost more to have the unit cleaned than to replace the filter. Decreased comfort – Fans push cooled or heated air through the filter. The blower has to work harder to move this air when the filters are clogged. This reduced airflow can lead to random hot or cold spots in your home and cause you to adjust the temperature accordingly and unnecessarily. Poor quality air – Clogged air...
Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?

Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?

Most homes and businesses continue to use manual thermostats instead of upgrading to programmable thermostats. There are many reasons to do so, including the most important: to save money. But how much can these devices save your home and business? We’ll discuss below. The Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your electricity bills can be cut back by 10% simply by turning your thermostat back seven to ten degrees Fahrenheit from your normal setting for only eight hours a day. You save even more in a business that is only occupied approximately 40 hours a week or for properties located in extreme climates, as we are in Spokane and the surrounding areas. Other benefits to these devices include but are not limited to: Increased savings in properties with more than one HVAC unit or thermostat. Better appearance and performance of the thermostat. Optional reminders to replace filters. Increase in value for the home or business. How to Select a Thermostat You may be ready to buy, but choosing a programmable thermostat can be a daunting task. You will find several types of thermostats to choose from. One week programming – Allows you to schedule one program for week that repeats throughout the year. A good choice for mild climates. 5 to 2 programming – You may program one setting for Monday through Friday and another for Saturday and Sunday. 5 to 1 to 1 programming – You may program one setting for Monday through Friday and another for Saturday and another for Sunday. 7 day programming – You have a certain setting for...

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...

Benefits of Improving Energy Efficiency In Your Home

Why Is Energy Efficiency Important in Your Home? Our homes are a major source of energy used across the US.  As energy costs rise and the population grows, it is more important than ever for us to improve energy efficiency in homes.  Energy efficiency means doing more with less energy.  Not only does it lower your bills but it also benefits the world.  There are a variety of ways we use energy in our homes but one of the most common is heating and cooling.  Take a look at the benefits of improving the energy efficiency in your home and some great ways to save money on an energy efficient HVAC system! Save Money On Energy Bills: While you might think a new air conditioner seems costly, the money you save in the long run is worth it!  Air conditioners are now rated on a metric system called Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER).  The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient your air conditioner is and the more likely you are to save money. Improve Indoor Air Comfort: You may be surprised to know that the air in your home is full of pollutants that can directly affect your health.  An energy efficient HVAC system is a great way to circulate and filter indoor air.  For example, an energy efficient air conditioner will remove dust, dander, pollen and other pollutants in exchange for fresh, clean air that is better for your health! Reduce Moisture and Condensation: Residents of Spokane know the issues humidity and moisture brings all too well.  High moisture levels in a home can create air quality...