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Seasonal Check up for Your Furnace

Seasonal Check up for Your Furnace

Winter is just around the corner and that is when HVAC companies get flooded with calls the first time the temperature takes a dip.  As soon as a homeowner starts their furnace for the first time, that’s when the find out there’s a problem….it’s a big problem when the furnace isn’t working.  If you have your furnace maintained regularly by a professional it wouldn’t have to be that way.  Your furnace will deliver you heat when you need it the most.  Furnace maintenance should be a regular part of your over home maintenance plan.

Regardless of what type of fuel your furnace burns be it wood, coal, gas or oil, they all combust so your burners need to be checked.  You will also need to check the heat exchanger and the vent systems.  If your system isn’t properly maintained you can have a build of carbon monoxide, which is deadly to you and your family.  Even low exposure can cause headaches, nausea, chest pains and vomiting.  If your burner and vent systems malfunction you can get carbon monoxide in your home.

Don’t Void Your Warranty

It is always advisable to call in an HVAC expert for all the maintenance of the furnace, be it domestic or commercial, rather than doing it by yourself. The engineers and experts of this will make sure to check everything over to make sure every part of your furnace works properly and everything is getting proper ventilation and running efficiently.

Each model of furnace has their own guidelines that must be adhered to so your warranty stays intact.  This another reason you should never try and fix the furnace yourself.  HVAC pros know what needs to be done for your model of furnace and they are accredited to work on your heating system.  Here’s a video showing you what you can expect from a furnace inspection.

Finding the Right HVAC Company

You can check online to find the right HVAC company that is nearby.  After you find an HVAC company check sites like Angie’s List and Yelp along with Google to see the reviews that other customers have left.  See if other customers were satisfied with the work that they have done in the past.

Check with friends and neighbors to see if the have any recommendations for you.  Have they had work done that they were pleased with, on the other hand is there anyone they would warn you to stay away from.

Replace Your Windows Before Winter

You Still Have Time to Replace Your Windows Before Winter

It may be October, the time we are enjoying the crisp and mild autumn but we must be prepared for winter. According to meteorological calendar winter should start mid December, meaning we have approximately two and half months to welcome the cold temperatures of winter. You should therefore make good use of the remaining time to make sure your home is in perfect condition to handle freezing days, snowy days and your holiday visitors. One of the areas that require serious attention in your house is the windows. You still have sometime to replace your windows before winter and ensure you don’t suffer the wrath of the winter.

Windows serve multiple purposes from making a house look appealing to protecting you and your family from harsh weather conditions.  Not replacing them is like throwing money out the…well…window.  Here are the reasons you want your windows replaced before it gets really cold.

The right energy efficient windows will save you money during winter

Energy efficient windows can help you realize enormous saving during the winter season. Windows with low-e glass enables warm the warm solar rays into your house with the intercept spacer system keeping your windows’ edges warm as well as trapping the heated air inside your house so that it doesn’t escape. This will save you on power bill as you will not be losing any heated air.

Good windows protects your home

Old worn out, poorly sealed or damaged windows may cause serious damage over time. For instance if the window is not properly sealed, rains or snow can leak into the house and cause damage to the area around the window as well as household items near the window like draperies, carpets and furniture. It’s thus advisable to ensure the windows are in tip top condition when the winter starts.

New windows improves your home’s appeal

Whenever your long lost relatives call to request to visit and stay for a while you immediately take a look at the state of your home. If you feel it’s not very impressive you do the obvious, put them off. However, this winter you can welcome them as changing your windows will give you’re a curb appeal. Old worn out windows make a house look unappealing and may not send the correct message to your visitors.

Don’t get caught ill prepared this winter, change your windows early enough.