Blocked ducts, from years of dirt and debris, can prevent
the warm air from getting into the home.
This restricted air flow means that your heating system has to work even
harder, and often cannot maintain the set temperature when the weather outside
is especially cold.
The recent frigid temperatures had really put a Hudson homeowner’s heating system to the test. Despite his thermostat setting, the home was 2-3 degrees cooler than the set temperature, yet the unit seemed to be working overtime just to maintain this deficit.
Can Prevent Blocked Ducts
Over the years, dust and dirt can collect in your home’s
ductwork. Without regular maintenance to
clean these ducts, this can restrict the air flow over time significantly
enough to affect the performance of your home’s heating system.
If you suspect that blocked ducts may be the problem,
perform a visual check to ensure that there is nothing obvious blocking the air
flow. You can remove anything that is
immediately at the vent, but hire a professional for cleaning any further in
It May Be Time to
Replace Your Unit
On other occasions the heating system may simply not be able
to keep up. This can be the case if it
is an older unit in need of replacement.
Using more energy to heat the home is a good sign that something is
wrong and you should schedule a professional to take a look at your system.
In the case of the Hudson homeowner, a technician was able
to perform some routine maintenance on the unit, cleaning the blocked ducts and
eliminating that restricted airflow. Scheduling
regular maintenance on the system will prevent this in the future and this
homeowner can now enjoy a warm home all winter long.
A ductless mini-split mounted on the wall can efficiently add heat and air conditioning to a room. Ideal for areas of the home where there is no ductwork, this is a much safer option than a space heater and can be left on when unattended keeping the room warm.
A homeowner in Bedford contacted us looking for an option to
make her sunroom usable all year round, particularly during the cold New
England winter. We suggested a ductless
mini-split in her sunroom.
Turn Your 3-Season
Room Into a 4-Season Room
Mounted on the wall of a sunroom, a ductless mini-split can
be very efficient at keeping the room warm and usable during the winter
months. It can also keep the room cool
on those very hot days with its air conditioning setting. A ductless unit can heat and cool a large
area, or a small home. It is best used
for supplementing additional heat and air conditioning or adding heating and
cooling options to a room that does not have ductwork.
Most sunrooms do not have existing ductwork. It can be costly to put this in, connecting
it to the home’s HVAC system. A ductless
mini-split is a much more efficient and cost-effective way to use this space
during the winter months.
Installing a Ductless
The ductless system mounts high on the wall in the sunroom and an outdoor air compressor is located outside of the home. The installation process is relatively non-invasive, particularly when considering what adding ductwork to the sunroom would entail.
The homeowner in Bedford opted to install a ductless unit in
her sunroom and is comfortably enjoying the winter and this extra space in her
Nashua Homeowner Discovers
A multi-zone heating and cooling system can solve the problem of uneven temperatures throughout the home, eliminating hot and cold pockets in rooms. You can also adjust different the temperature to various areas. With a single-zone system, the entire home will be set to one temperature.
Amherst Family Seeks Guidance
On average a heating system should last 15-20 years and an air conditioning unit 12-15. Frequent repairs on an aging system may indicate that it is time to look for a replacement. You may also notice that the unit is less efficient, working harder to heat or cool the home.
When traveling for vacation during the winter you should never set your thermostat lower than 50 degrees. This will keep appliances running and pipes from freezing if the temperature gets too low in the home. If you have pipes on the exterior walls, you should opt for a warmer 50 – 60 degrees minimum.
To prevent your home’s pipes from freezing and cracking during the winter, drain excess water from outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems. You should also disconnect any outdoor hoses, covering the faucets with insulators. Pipes traveling through unheated areas such as the garage, basement or attic should be insulated. To avoid ice dams, clean out gutters and keep your roof clear with a roof rake, removing the excess weight that accumulating snow can cause.
Replacing a furnace is a big job that can take several hours. Technicians will need easy access to the area and a clear space to work. This may also involve the installation of a new thermostat, depending on the age and model of the existing furnace.
A homeowner in Amherst, NH recently contacted us with questions about her upcoming furnace replacement. She was concerned about what to expect throughout the installation process.
There are some common signs to watch for that are clear indicators your heating system needs service, including hot or cold areas throughout the home, high energy consumption, unusual sounds and the age of the unit.
A homeowner in Milford noticed that her heating system was behaving in an unusual way. With winter fast approaching, he wanted to have the unit serviced before the frigid cold set in.
To save money all winter long, there are some steps that you can take to insulate your home including weather-stripping, installing a door sweep, sealing air leaks and sealing your furnace ducts. The key to improving your home’s efficiency is to seal in the warm air, while keeping the cold out.
There are federal tax credits available for Energy Star gas furnaces. The tax credit for qualifying furnaces is $150, with an additional $50 for advanced main circulating fan. There is also a tax credit of 10% on other qualified energy efficient upgrades.
A homeowner in Brookline, NH was looking to upgrade his heating system to a more energy efficient unit. He quickly learned about the tax credits that could be available to him through this type of upgrade.