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Time To Check Your CO Detector
Posted: February 15, 2018 by Andy
Carbon monoxide (CO) is the silent killer. Exposure to this toxic gas - even for as little as half an hour - can cause a headache, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Long-term exposure can lead to more serious health issues and in some cases, it can even be fatal. Since CO is odorless and colorless, it's impossible to detect with any human senses. You might not even be aware that it may be present in your home!
Installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home is one of the very best ways to ensure your family's safety. The device will alert you when it senses a certain amount of carbon monoxide in the air over a period of time. With its protection and warning, you can get out of the house before you experience any symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning.
How do you test a CO detector?
Carbon monoxide detectors are a crucial component of every home's safety program, but to get the most out of a detector, you need to make sure that it's working properly.
To test the battery, simply press the test button. An audible tone will tell you whether the batteries are fresh and if the detector is getting power. However, fresh batteries are not a guarantee that the device will work as it should. You also need to check the effectiveness of your detector as well.
To test your detectors for carbon monoxide detection accuracy, you'll need to purchase a test kit. This kit includes a small container with a high concentration of CO and a plastic bag. Use the kit to see how well it can detect gas. It should trigger the alarm and will emit high pitched, loud beeping.
How often should you test your detector?
Carbon monoxide testing should be done once a month. Also, it's best to change your detector's battery at least once a year. Experts also recommend that you should replace your detector if it's over five years old. Knowing that your detector is functioning properly, you'll have peace of mind knowing that it'll be reliable in an emergency.
Furnace Issues You Need To Be Aware Of
Posted: February 8, 2018 by Andy
Winter is when heating systems are most likely to develop issues related to wear and tear. Make sure that you always take precautions to keep your furnace in good operating condition.
One way you can make sure that your furnace stays in good shape is to know the signs that your system is experiencing a malfunction so that you can call for repairs as early as possible. The quicker you have the problem repaired, the better off your furnace - and your wallet - will be. Let's go over the more common furnace issues you need to worry about.
If you have a gas furnace and it's making a loud booming sound every time it turns on, your unit might have a problem with delayed ignition. This sometimes happens when carbon particles build up on the jets in the burner assembly. The more clogged the jets get, the harder it becomes for them to ignite promptly. When they do ignite, they burn through the accumulated gas all at once. This generates the booming sound you hear. Having a professional cleaning of your burner assembly should resolve the issue. Don't wait too long, though - your burner assembly can become clogged to the point where it won't ignite at all!
Air Flow Issues
Your furnace can also experience airflow problems in a couple of different ways during operation. The first is that your air handler might malfunction. The air handler is responsible for circulating air throughout your home while the furnace is running. If the handler malfunctions, then your system won't be able to distribute the heat it generates.
The second issue is that your air filter can become clogged. If you don't change the filter often enough, it'll eventually become filled with dust and debris pulled in through your cold air returns. A clogged filter will block much - if not most - of the air from entering the furnace, disrupting its output. You can avoid this by simply replacing the filter at least once every three months, or by having a professional replace it for you.
Short cycling is characterized by a furnace turning itself on and off every couple of minutes, instead of completing its full heating cycle. Short cycling can cause a number of furnace problems, but the most dangerous one is that it will cause your furnace to wear out more quickly. A short cycling furnace is more likely to have parts break and will see its overall lifespan shortened by years.
As the saying goes, "knowing is half the battle". Learning the signs of HVAC problems and paying attention to what your heating system is doing (or not doing). Call Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man for repairs as soon as you notice your system exhibiting any of these symptoms, or you could be setting yourself up for a much larger problem - and expense - down the road.
Do's And Don'ts For Heating And Cooling Success
Posted: February 1, 2018 by Andy
"Signs, signs, everywhere a sign... Do this, don't do that - can't you read the sign?"
If you're of a certain age, you probably remember those lyrics well. They're from a 70's protest song sung by the Five Man Electrical Band. What's it have to do with HVAC work in Northeast and Central Ohio? We're certainly not protesting anything - we just thought that song was a good reminder that there are some common-sense do's and don'ts when it comes to your home's comfort systems.
Put off routine HVAC maintenance. Neglecting your heating and cooling system will surely cost you money and cause you grief in the long run. The best way to handle regular maintenance is with our no-hassle maintenance agreement. You'll receive an annual heating and cooling system tune-up, plus a host of other benefits.
Check your carbon monoxide (CO) detectors regularly to make sure they're all working, and replace their batteries on a regular basis. Don't have detectors? Call us to learn how affordable and easy it is to install these life-saving devices in your home.
Rely only on your CO detectors. Remember, they only detect carbon monoxide when dangerously high levels are present. Research has shown that even low levels of this odorless gas can have long-term adverse health effects. Schedule a furnace inspection so we can test the air in your home for any presence of carbon monoxide.
Clean or change or your filters regularly. This is the most important task to keep your HVAC system running efficiently. Even a relatively small amount of dust and dirt can limit air flow. A clogged filter is the most common cause of a system breakdown.
Turn your heat down too low if you're leaving the house for an extended period. You don't want your home to get too cold or your system will have to work extremely hard to bring the temperature back up to normal. Also, this really should go without saying - never shut the heat off when you are leaving home. Below-freezing temperatures could lead to frozen and burst water pipes, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage.
Call Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man for all of your heating and cooling needs in Northeast and Central Ohio!
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Why You Should Add Air Scrubber Plus® To Your System
Posted: January 25, 2018 by Andy
Why is Air Scrubber Plus® different?
Most indoor air purification and filter systems use passive technology to circulate the air in the home through a filtration system. However, this system fails to clean surfaces that carry millions of germs, like doorknobs, toilets, kitchen counters, and pet areas. Air Scrubber Plus® cleans and disinfects the air and surfaces of your home, reducing up to 99.9% of surface micro-organisms and 90% of airborne micro-organisms. The most highly respected labs in the country have tested and validated the effectiveness of the Air Scrubber Plus® filtration system.
Does Air Scrubber Plus® eliminate odors?
Working through your heating and air conditioning units, Air Scrubber Plus® uses specialized germicidal UV light waves along with a proprietary catalytic process to reduce dust, pet dander, and odors in your home. You will be able to reduce common smells such as pet odor, cigarette smoke, paint fumes, mold smells and the occasional burnt food odor.
Can Air Scrubber Plus® help reduce allergy symptoms?
Air Scrubber Plus® has been clinically proven to reduce dust, mold, pollen and many of the other pollutants that can cause irritation and allergies symptoms.
How does Air Scrubber Plus® protect my expensive HVAC system?
Working through your heating and air conditioning units, Air Scrubber Plus® uses specialized germicidal UV light waves along with a proprietary catalytic process to reduce dust, pet dander, and odors in your home. You will be able to reduce common smells such as pet odor, cigarette smoke, paint fumes, mold smells, and the occasional burnt food odor.
What is ActivePure™ Technology?
ActivePure™ Technology is based on a variation of the technology originally developed for use in the International Space Station and is recognized as the exclusive Certified Space Technology by the Space Foundation in its category. The Certified Space Technology logo is licensed by the Space Foundation for use on Air Scrubber Plus purification products. The Space Foundation recognizes products whose origins come directly from technology or resources derived from the space program.
Is there scientific proof that ActivePure™ technology works?
Not only do we have over 1500 pages of testing, we also have the highest level of testing available. The testing cost almost 1 million dollars to complete and took several years to get the results back. The Kansas University study was not only lab tests - but also survived the rigor of the "peer review" process. That means that the scientific community must agree with the test results before they are independently published.
Is ozone used in this technology?
One version of Air Scrubber Plus® uses extremely small amounts of ozone to reduce odors quickly. This amount is comparable to that found outdoors in nature. Our models with ozone are safe when installed and used properly. These units provide control of many odors and contaminants while maintaining levels well below the US EPA and California EPA exposure limits. However, please realize that an ozone free version is available as well.
How is Air Scrubber Plus® different from a filter or a UV light?
A filter or a UV light functions as a trap. It is only effective with what comes to it. The ActivePure™ scrubbers produced by the Air Scrubber Plus® act offensively - going out to get the irritating or unhealthy contaminants that we don't want in our home. This technology copies what nature does outside. Notice there are no filters outside in nature.
Does Air Scrubber Plus® use a lot of electricity?
The Air Scrubber Plus® uses only 19 watts of electricity, that's less than one third of a standard 60-watt light bulb, and complies with all federal EPA regulations.
How much square footage can Air Scrubber Plus® cover?
It depends on your heating and cooling system. If your system can handle 3,000 square feet then Air Scrubber Plus will also cover the square footage. Once installed, Air Scrubber Plus will be working with maximum efficiency within 4 days of installation.
How can I get Air Scrubber Plus?
Air Scrubber Plus® is only available for purchase through Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man - schedule an appointment today and breathe easy!
How To Choose The Best Filter For Your Furnace
Posted: January 18, 2018 by Andy
You might wonder why furnace filters have such a wide price range, and if you'll get your money's worth from a more expensive one. The short answer is that you're getting a filter that will require changing less often and will capture more - and smaller - particles. Less expensive woven fiberglass filters do one thing - screen out dirt and debris that could damage your furnace's blower motor - though they do remove some pollen and mold spores. If you remember to swap them out each month and air quality isn't a concern, these will do the job just fine.
But if you're the sort who forgets to change the oil in your car, you probably should buy a low-priced pleated filter, which requires changing only every three months. The accordion-like material in these filters features up to four times the amount of surface area in a woven fiberglass filter. This means they can capture smaller particles and for longer periods of time without impeding your furnace's airflow.
If people in your household smoke or have allergies or asthma, or if you have pets, you might consider the more expensive, high-efficiency electrostatic filters - ones that both magnetically attract and filter contaminants. Some are effective for as long as a year. They can filter out smoke particles, bacteria, dander and odors. However, health experts warn that you might be wasting your money on these filters unless you also do the following: Install a dedicated air purifier, clean your filter monthly and use these in conjunction with a high-efficiency vacuum cleaner. It's also helpful to take additional steps to clean up your air and house. If people you care about have respiration-related health concerns, it certainly can't hurt.
Look for an efficiency rating
Many filters carry a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating, which indicates their effectiveness. The higher the MERV rating, the more effective. Most spun filters have a MERV rating of 4. Standard pleated filters average MERV 6. Electrostatic pleated versions start at MERV 8, with the highest quality ones hitting MERV 12.
Solving the reduced airflow problem
Pleated air filters are terrific for reducing allergens in your home. But when a homeowner leaves them in too long, they clog. Reduced airflow causes overheating and burner shutdown. When this happens too many times, the limit switch fails and the furnace won't fire up at all. A service call and new part can easily cost you $175 or more.
Of course, no filter manufacturer can predict how long its filters will last because none of them know the dust conditions in your home. The key is to check your filter often. The rule of thumb is, "if it looks dirty, it is dirty." If you want a smarter way to know when it's time to replace your filter, have an air filter gauge installed. This clever device measures airflow between the filter and the furnace via a small hose.
Keep in mind that your filter works harder during the summer months! Changing your filter isn't only a heating season chore. Many blower motors operate at a higher speed when cooling than they do when heating, meaning you should change filters more often in the summer. A clogged filter can make both your furnace and your air conditioner work harder and less efficiently.
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