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Dirt is one of your furnace’s biggest enemies. A dirty furnace can not only cause unexpected breakdowns of your heating system, but it can also have a direct effect on the health and energy consumption of your home. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the top reasons you should keep your furnace clean and the two best ways you can go about doing it.
Top 4 Reasons To Keep Your Furnace Clean
- Better air quality. If dirt is making its way to your furnace, there’s a good chance it’s also getting into your home’s airflow. Dirt particles and other airborne contaminants can make you sick and aggravate symptoms of asthma and allergies. By taking steps to keep your furnace clean, you’ll also improve the quality of air that you and your family breathe.
- Improved efficiency. If you don’t keep your furnace clean, dirt can build up on different components of your heating system and reduce its efficiency. A dirty air filter, for example, will restrict your furnace’s airflow and cause your blower motor to work harder than normal to compensate. When dirt builds up on your blower’s blades, it can weigh them down and reduce their efficiency. In either scenario, your furnace will have to work harder and consume more energy, which will cause your heating bills to rise. Keeping your furnace clean will avoid these problems and allow your heating system to operate efficiently.
- A safer home. When your heating system has restricted airflow due to dirt buildup (as described in the point above), your furnace will overheat and put extra stress on your heat exchanger. That extra stress can cause your heat exchanger to crack and allow carbon monoxide to get into your home’s air. Keeping your furnace clean will help avoid this dangerous problem.
- Less unexpected repairs. Lack of cleaning is one of the top reasons a furnace unexpectedly breaks down. Often times, these breakdowns lead to expensive repairs that could have been avoided if the furnace was cleaned properly. Some of these problems can also take years off of the operating life of your heating system.
How To Keep Your Furnace Clean
The two best things you can do to keep your furnace clean are keep up with your filter changes and have your furnace tuned- up once a year. By keeping up with your filter changes, you can prevent dirt from building up on your furnace, improve indoor air quality and prevent airflow issues. During an annual tune-up, your furnace will be completely cleaned and prepared to run safely and efficiently for the heating season to come. Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-611-7191Read More
Two plumbing maintenance measures can help to stave off freezing pipes and resultant plumbing pipe ruptures
- Stopping heat loss from the water inside the pipes
- Allowing for expansion inside a pipe in the event ice crystals do form
Even on very cold nights, the municipal water entering your household supply lines is cold enough to freeze. That’s because municipal water lines and the main supply line to your house are generally buried below the frost line, where latent heat energy in the ground keeps water in the pipes above freezing. When the supply pipe comes to the surface and enters your home, however, heat in the water dissipates into the colder air, and freezing may occur.
Here are some ways to reduce heat loss from pipes:
- Just as it helps prevent heat loss from your home insulation can keep your pipes from losing those last few degrees of heat energy. Exposed pipes both cold water and hot water in areas like a crawl space, basement, or attic can be covered with foam pipe insulation sleeves or wrapped with pipe insulation tape. Electrical heat tape can be applied to short spans of pipe in areas that may be particularly prone to freezing.
- Warm air circulating throughout the home during very cold weather also benefits plumbing below floors and inside walls that may be susceptible to freezing. Maintain interior temperatures of at least 55 degrees, and open cabinets under sinks and close to exterior walls to transmit household heat to the pipes.
- Vents that admit outdoor air to the crawl space should be shut. This allows heat in the living space to get into the crawl space and provide some protection against freezing in any pipes routed through that zone. Also, keep the exterior garage door closed if any plumbing is installed there.
- It’s long been known that opening faucets in the house just enough to emit a trickle of water and leaving them running during any period when temperatures drop below the pipe-freezing threshold is an effective way to prevent damage to pipes. But it’s not the small movement of water through the pipes that prevent freezing, after all, even rapidly moving water freezes in streams and waterfalls. The fact is, frozen pipes don’t rupture because of the force of ice expanding outward. Instead, ice forming in the pipe expands laterally and pressurizes water trapped in the pipe between the site of the ice formation and a closed faucet or another outlet. This over-pressurized water is the force that actually ruptures the pipe. Opening faucets slightly throughout the house and allowing them to dribble provides pressure relief and fends off pipe damage.
- Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-611-7191
Are annual inspections/tune-ups necessary?
All furnace manufacturers recommend annual maintenance to be performed by a qualified Green Apple technician. There is also verbiage in their warranties saying that any damage done to the unit because of lack of maintenance will not be covered.
Does this mean that if you skip a year or two of maintenance that your warranty is now void? Probably not, but the manufacturers still highly recommend it.
It’s like having a yearly prostate exam or physical. Is it necessary? No. Is it beneficial and will issues be caught and addressed before they get worse? Yes.
What is actually done during a furnace tune-up?
Here are some best practices that all of our technicians go by:
- Your venting system should always be checked for blockages and proper slope. This includes a visual inspection, draft inspection, as well as a combustion analysis to check for carbon monoxide as well as other important readings. This step is crucial as it is the only thing standing in the way of your furnace poisoning your household.
- The heat exchanger should always be looked at. This can be done through a combustion analysis and a visual inspection.
- All safety switches (rollouts, high limits, etc) should be tested for proper operation. This step is crucial as it is the only thing standing in the way of your furnace overheating and starting a fire.
- Your burners should be checked for proper ignition and flame.
- The flame sensor and ignition device (ignitor, spark, thermocouple, etc.) should be inspected for cleanliness and proper readings.
- The combustion blower (the thing that pushes your combustion air outside) should be checked for bearing noises and amp draw as well as blockages.
- Your main blower needs to be looked at for cleanliness, proper amp draws, and capacitor readings.
- The drainage system should be inspected and cleaned. Only 90%+ efficient furnaces will need this step.
- All wiring needs to be checked for proper connections and corrosion.
- A temperature rise (and static pressure test if needed) should be performed to measure adequate airflow.
- Gas pressures should also be confirmed.
- Your filter should always be checked for proper installation and cleanliness.
- Green Apple Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-611-7191
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