HVAC system's efficiency

5 Ways Routine Maintenance Will Raise My HVAC System's Efficiency

Sufficient care of an HVAC system is the key to maintaining efficiency, which affects how well your system works and how much it costs you every month in utility payments. Homeowners in Beaumont, Texas, can raise their HVAC system's efficiency by following some simple maintenance guidelines.

Have Your Ducts Cleaned

Keeping an HVAC system's duct network clean is one of the most significant keys to raising a system's efficiency. Despite a filter's best efforts, dust and other allergens collect within duct systems. Not only is this detrimental to a home's air quality, it also lowers the efficiency of the system. When things build up in the duct system, it forces the system to work harder. This expends even more energy as well as decreases the life of the system as a result of the extra effort.

Duct cleaning should be done by professionals every three to ten years, depending on the state of the ducts.

Keep Your Home Clean

On a similar note, the cleanliness of your home also plays an important factor in HVAC efficiency. This is a maintenance task in which you can take part. Keep heat registers and vents clean from dust that accumulates over time. Just as in the actual duct system, even dust on vents and registers will force the system to work harder to provide comfort. Also, keep the area around your HVAC unit clean from dust and debris. Especially pay attention to outdoor units that can more easily become hindered by dirt and debris.

Change Air Filters

This maintenance task can be conducted either by yourself or with professional assistance. As a general note, if you're wondering whether or not you should conduct a certain maintenance task, don't take the risk and give us a call.

Air filters are an essential aspect of healthy air quality and HVAC efficiency. Just like ducts and vents, filters accumulate the dust and allergens that they are working to keep out of your home. When filters get clogged, they can inhibit airflow and become yet another factor in forcing the system work harder than necessary. Filters should be checked at least once a month and replaced if necessary.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

If you don't have one already, consider installing a programmable thermostat. Think how much energy your HVAC system uses while you are away, keeping your home comfortable when no one is there. With a programmable thermostat, you can program certain temperatures to be maintained at certain parts of the day. For example, you could set the heat to turn down while you're at work and then program it to start warming things up while you're on the way home. You'll be just as comfortable, but you'll be saving both energy and money.

Have Technicians Look at Your System

When it comes to raising HVAC system efficiency, routine maintenance cannot be stressed enough. This includes more than just changing air filters, cleaning ducts, and installing thermostats. A whole host of issues can arise within an HVAC unit, including wiring issues, corrosion, faulty parts, leaky ducts, and many more that you simply can't address on your own. When one part of an HVAC system begins to deteriorate, the other parts begin to suffer as well. A deteriorating system may be the greatest enemy to efficiency.

Our professional technicians will do anything from changing faulty parts, cleaning dirty ones, and even tuning up the entire system in the spring and fall. If there's ever an issue, our team will be on it. The cost to conduct routine maintenance is well worth avoiding the spike in utility costs that will come at a result of operating an inefficient system.

HVAC maintenance is key to having an efficient system. With just a few simple tasks, you could be saving more in utility costs than you may expect. If you have any further questions concerning HVAC maintenance, or need maintenance conducted on your system, give us a call at 866-797-1535.

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If Your Furnace or Ducts Are Going Bang, Bang, Bangity, Bang, You Could Have a Problem

furnace noisesBang. Bang. That's a noise that homeowners don't expect to come from the ductwork or furnace. When it happens, it can be startling and worrisome. Is something wrong with the furnace? Is something loose in the ducts? There may be no issue to worry about, however, in some cases, this unexpected furnace noise and duct noise can be a sign of trouble.

Causes of Banging or Popping in  Ductwork

Many residential ducts are rectangular in shape and made from metal. When the heating or cooling system comes on, there's an expected buildup in pressure within the ducts. The expanding pressure can cause the long sides of the rectangle to expand as the air is flowing. This can cause an initial popping or banging noise.

Once the air stops flowing, the pressure goes down. As the long sides of the rectangle contract with the reduction in pressure, the metal ductwork can react with a second popping or banging sound.

This kind of banging sound isn't a sign of trouble in most cases. It's just a sign that the ductwork is expanding and contracting with pressure changes.

Newer systems that have a layer of rigid insulation on the outside may not have this issue. An older system may not make this sound due to a buildup of dust on the inside of the ductwork. With older systems, it most often shows up after a good duct cleaning removes the sound insulation from the inside of the ducts. All of a sudden there's a banging sound that was never there before.

When Banging Ducts Signal Trouble

Now, there are a few cases when that duct noise is a sign of trouble. If you also hear a whistling sound, you may have a problem. This may be a sign that your duct covers aren't properly sized. Have a heating professional inspect the covers and make sure they're sized correctly. If they're not, replace them and the whistling should stop.

In some cases, however, the whistling may just be a sign the system is working at peak efficiency. It's a situation best judged by a trained heating professional.

Can Banging Be a Sign of Something Else?

If your furnace is fueled by oil or gas, a delayed ignition within the furnace may be causing unexpected furnace noise. Inside the furnace are a series of burners that ignite the oil or gas and generate heat. Older burners can rust or get clogged by debris. When the thermostat signals for heat, the burner's valves turn on and start emitting fuel.

In a healthy system, ignition would be instantaneous. With a clogged burner, however, ignition can be delayed. The fuel has to build up to a certain level before ignition happens. Once it happens, the built-up fuel will ignite with a sudden bang.

This kind of ignition isn't normal. It can be dangerous for anyone standing close. It can cause a fire if the fuel happened to escape the ignition chamber. Over time, this kind of ignition sequence can cause damage to the system's heat exchanger. If you suspect that the burners are clogged, you need to fix the situation as soon as possible.

The solution to this problem is to have a professional come out to inspect and clean the burners. If you have an annual inspection of your home's heating and cooling system, make sure the technician inspects the burners as part of the service.

If you have any furnace noise or duct noise that you can't identify, call in the heating and cooling professionals  at Thermacon Service Company. We provide air conditioning, heating and refrigeration services in Beaumont, Orange, and Port Arthur, Texas, as well as surrounding areas.

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