We recently received a call from a homeowner in Goffstown, NH. He had purchased a new home and was looking to make the change from the home’s existing oil heating system to natural gas. There are many reasons why homeowners convert their home from an old oil heating system, the most common of which is that they are simply looking for a cleaner, more environmentally friendly way to heat their home.
Those with asthma and other respiratory problems often find spring to be a difficult time of year. While there isn’t much that can be done about the outdoors, ensuring that your home’s indoor air quality is free of dust, pollen and other contaminants can go a long way to making things more comfortable at home.
Homeowner in Litchfield, NH Finds Improved Air Quality Significantly Eases His Allergies
A Litchfield, NH homeowner was struggling with the onset of springtime allergies. To his dismay, staying at home indoors for days at a time was not easing the symptoms. The problem lay in his home’s poor indoor air quality. The older heating and cooling system was in need of replacement, making this a great time to address the contaminants in the air such as dust and pollen and recirculating them throughout the home.
Joyce Cooling & Heating installed a new unit, including the PureAir Air Purification system in this customer’s home. The PureAir system is engineered to remove all contaminants from the air, because it is attached to the whole house system it is more effective than traditional air cleaners.
A short time after the new unit and air purification system was installed, this Litchfield homeowner began to feel relief from his debilitating allergies, breathing easier when at home. As an added benefit, the system not only improved the indoor air quality by leaps and bounds, but it also helped to improve the efficiency of the home’s HVAC system.
An air purification system like PureAir is ideal for homeowners purchasing a new unit that suffer from the effects of poor indoor air quality, which include dizziness, headaches, and exacerbated allergies and asthma symptoms.
From our clothing to the furniture and rugs, many pet owners are struggling this time of year with shedding. It can seem like hair is everywhere, and a never-ending battle in your home. But it may surprise you to know that your pet’s shedding can also have an effect on your home’s HVAC system.
Milford, NH Homeowner Struggles with Dirty Air Filter
A customer in Milford, NH recently called our office. He was convinced that there was a problem with his HVAC system. He was diligently changing his filter at regular intervals, but the dirt and build-up was leaving a grimy mess. The homeowner tried reducing the time in between filter changes, but continued to see the same results.
A quick visit to the home and our technician immediately identified the source. The homeowner had two large dogs. The pet hair and dander in the air were the source of what was causing the air filter to collect buildup over such a short span of time.
While it can be frustrating, homeowners with shedding pets often need to change their air filter more frequently. Leaving the air filter dirty can reduce your system’s efficiency, raising energy costs and can ultimately cause damage to the unit.
Reduce Pet’s Hair to Alleviate Its Effect on the HVAC System
The advice we gave this Milford homeowner was to try to control the hair and dander at the source, on his dogs. Regularly brushing them outdoors will cut down on the amount of pet debris circulating through the home. It is also key to remove the hair from the furniture, floors and bedding regularly. This will help to keep the hair and dander from your pets from affecting your heating and cooling system
When you think of zone control in your home’s heating and cooling system, your main focus is probably on the comfort level of you and your family. This is one of the main reasons why homeowners installing a new system often choose to include multi-zones throughout their home. A zone control system can also save you significant money and energy, by controlling the temperature throughout your home as needed.
Homeowner in Merrimack, NH Finds Comfort and Savings with Zone Control System
A homeowner in Merrimack, NH recently contacted us about her large home’s heating system, which was an older unit and in need of replacement. Her old system has been installed with only one zone, and for years she had struggled with inconsistent heating throughout the home. She would walk from room to room and could feel a marked difference in the temperature. Yet, the heating system was working hard to try to maintain a steady temperature.
The solution? When installing a new system, we included a zone control system for the home. Multiple zones allow the homeowner to control the temperature to specific areas. Those rooms where she spends less time during the day, she can now lower the temperature, saving on heat. At night she can lower the temperature a few degrees throughout all zones with the exception of her bedroom.
With the new unit and its zone control installed, this Merrimack homeowner has not only improved her comfort level at home, but she has also seen significant savings on her heating bills. This customer is now convinced that a zone control system is well worth the cost in comfort alone, and the savings on her heating bill is just icing on the cake.
The unseasonably warm weather in February has left us all with spring fever. Even though the calendar says that there are still a few weeks to go, it isn’t too early to get your heating and cooling system ready for the springtime.
A customer in Milford, NH recently called with a question about his home’s air filter. Trying to be a responsible homeowner, he was changing his filter every three months. However each time he went to check it the air filter was still clean, looking as good as new. After about a year of this he knew that there must be something else going on.
How Your Home’s Air Filter Works
To heat or cool a home your system will pull air from a room over coils that will heat or cool the air, then releasing it back into the home through the vents. Dirt and dust that gets sucked in through the air is trapped by the air filter, preventing the dirt from reaching the coils. Clogged, dirty coils cannot efficiently heat or cool the air as it passes over them, making an air filter’s job particularly important. But not all air filters are created equal.
Knowing Your Air Filter’s MERV Rating
The MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating is a measure of the percentage of particles, based on their size, which the filter will remove from the air that passes through. Inexpensive 1” thick disposable air filters have a low MERV rating, generally between 1 and 4. The particle catching efficiency is lower on these air filters, allowing much of the smaller dust and debris to travel through. Pleated air filters made of fiberglass or natural fiber strands can capture more particles than a flat surface, with a MERV rating of 8 or higher.
With our suggestion, this Milford homeowner made the switch to a pleated air filter. With regular changes every three months he can now see that the new air filter is doing its job, capturing the dirt and dust before it can pass through to the unit’s coils.
When you travel during the winter months, it may be tempting to turn off your home’s heating system in an effort to save money. But doing so can be a big mistake, quickly leading to frozen pipes and huge problems when you return. Knowing this, a Hudson, NH homeowner recently asked about that “sweet spot” for where to set the temperature during the winter months while he and his family were traveling. He didn’t want to spend a lot of money, heating the empty home but also wanted to be sure that he didn’t leave himself vulnerable to the pipes freezing by letting the temperature drop too far.
One of our technicians recently heard a homeowner in Amherst, NH complaining about the dust in her home. She mentioned that after cleaning her living room it would again be covered with a thin layer of dust only days later. This homeowner had it right, this isn’t normal! In fact, the culprit actually ended up being her heating system.
For many homeowners in New England, at some point during the winter it is inevitable that the power will go out. After experiencing a particularly long power outage during a cold snap, a customer in Bedford, NH asked what he should be doing to keep his home warm when the power is out. His chief concern was to keep the home’s pipes from freezing and also the comfort of his family.
Over the holidays one of our technicians was having dinner with his family in Amherst, NH. One of his family members had a box of tissues handy and was constantly sneezing and blowing her nose. However, she expressed to everyone that it was nothing contagious but just “seasonal allergies”. With the below zero weather recently hitting the area, not many people are spending extended periods of time outdoors. This led the Joyce Cooling & Heating employee to immediately suspect that his relative’s allergies were caused by poor indoor air quality.