Q. What maintenance can or should I do myself on my furnace or air conditioner?
A. Check your air filter on a monthly basis and change it whenever it’s dirty. Flush your condensate drain line when you check your filter, especially in the summer months when algae growth is more prevalent.
Q. How much can a programmable thermostat save us vs. the cost of installation?
A. If you use a 5 degree setback you can save between 5-10% on your annual cost to run the furnace. The cost to install a programmable varies greatly depending on what you purchase. It may take between 5-10 years or more to get a full payback.
When it comes to a residential heat pump, homeowners can expect one to last 10 to 20 years with proper maintenance. Learning how to maintain your home's heat pump isn't difficult and will save you money now and in the future.
Is a lack of whole-house humidification causing problems for your household? Low humidity can cause uncomfortable health issues like dry sinuses, allergy flare-ups and itchy skin. Dry air also has a damaging effect on your home's structure and furnishings, causing cracked trim and floorboards, furniture that may fall apart as solvents dry, or cracks that emerge in protective coatings or the wood itself.