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Winter Home Comfort Tips from Air Conditioning Systems

Winter in Concord can get downright cold. Though you might opt to cuddle up with a loved one or put on an extra sweater, it can still be hard to get comfortable when the temperatures outside start to drop.

The good news is that there are effective ways to stay comfortable during the winter that don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, the team at ACS Air Conditioning Systems has written about these strategies for maintaining home comfort before. To save you the time and hassle of digging deep into our blog archives to find these words of wisdom, we’ve brought them straight to you in our easy to use guide to winter home comfort below.

Our Winter Home Comfort Guide for Concord Homeowners

As the home comfort experts, we know just what it takes to keep Concord homeowners comfortable. Check out our informative resources below for expert tips on how to get and stay comfortable this winter:

Benefits of Controlling Indoor Air Quality

It can be hard to get comfortable knowing that the air inside your home might be harmful for you and your family to breathe in. This article discusses the overall benefits of monitoring your indoor air quality and taking steps to improve it. If you think that just changing your air filter every once in awhile is enough to keep the air inside your home healthy, you may want to read this as it will surprise you.

Got Allergies? Change Up Your Indoor Air Quality to Feel Better

Changes in the weather can cause your allergies to start acting up, especially in the winter time. If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma then you’ll want to find out how you can help them breathe easier with the tips in this article. Be sure to share this with someone you know who has allergies or other respiratory problems.

Benefits of Using Programmable Thermostats

Despite your best efforts, you may find it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature without driving your energy bills through the roof. Programmable thermostats make it easier to cut utility costs in the winter as they allow you to adjust the temperature to save energy while you’re away. If you’ve ever considered purchasing a programmable or smart thermostat, you’ll want to read this.

Planning a Furnace Replacement? 3 Things to Think About First

Just can’t seem to get comfortable with that old furnace? Before you buy a replacement, you’ll want to carefully consider what you need in a new heating system and what your options are. This article goes into a little more detail about 3 things you’ll need to think about before buying and installing a new furnace. This is a must-read for anyone that plans to replace their furnace in the near future.

Want to learn more about HVAC, home improvement, indoor air quality, and much more? Be sure to check back on our blog each month for informative content that will help you keep your Concord home comfortable. To connect with us or stay up-to-date with updates from Air Conditioning Systems, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Battle Winters Rage With A Heating System Inspection

 

One of the best ways to prepare for winter weather is to start a list. This list should contain things like sealing windows, checking for drafts, insulating pipes, and a professional inspection of the heating system. An inspection ensures that the system is functional and safe to operate.

There are numerous things that should be checked out before turning the system on for use. Generally the manufacturers of heating appliances create a list of the components that should be checked prior to using them. Several of the components need to be checked. The following appliance components should always be inspected by a professional:

• safety features
• gas pressure
• the fan belt condition and tension
• air filter
• the controls and thermostat
• the burners and radiators
• thermocouples
• the thermostat and its batteries

Doing an annual inspection of these important components of a heating system can prevent costly repairs and furnace malfunctions. Homeowners should always use a licensed and certified technician to perform an inspection. A professional will be able to spot potential problems such as a cracked or loose fan belt, rusted or corroded wires leading to the controls and burners that are malfunctioning.

An inspector will also catch any signs of leaks at or inside a gas furnace, as well as weaknesses in thermocouples that will affect heat zones. Old heater parts wear out and must be replaced so technicians generally have a variety of common repair parts on hand to make any necessary repairs. A technician will also be prepared to make emergency repairs when a heating system is not functioning properly.

Many homeowners prefer to have this inspection scheduled a month before needing to rely on their heating system full time. Having worn parts detected and replaced can ultimately prevent more costly repairs. Homeowners can help preserve the lifespan of their gas furnace and boiler system by keeping an eye out for trouble.

A properly functioning boiler should have a psi rating that ranges between 12-15 psi. If the gauge reads higher or lower a homeowner needs to turn off the heating system and call a professional immediately. Removing any debris and obstructive material from the flue pipe is another important winter prep task. In order to prevent other maintenance issues homeowners are also encouraged to maintain consistency in their thermostat setting. Many homeowners find that by maintaining their homes temperature they can also prevent a host of other problems such as frozen and busted pipes.

Keeping the thermostat setting just high enough to provide comfort without over working the system is one way to help preserve the life of a gas furnace or other heating appliance. The lifespan of a heater will vary, routine inspections will play a major role in getting the most out of the appliance. Schedule a preseason inspection with a licensed and certified technician to ensure the longevity of your gas furnace or other home heating system.