Just a few decades ago, the start of school in the fall also indicated that it was time to prime that tank of fuel oil or fill up a charcoal container.
With colder weather soon approaching, everyone then was thinking about making sure the furnace had plenty of fuel. And he needed it. Most homes have a 50% or 60% efficient furnace with a large stone chimney running through the center of the home.
At the time, even updated units might have been large old asbestos coils “octopus” with gas stove and supply ducts, (octopus arms), which funneled warm air to a few floor logs throughout the first floor.
The return air “system” was a grid cut into the floor.
A 50% efficient oven is just that; Which means that half of the heat energy generated by the combustion of the fuel you purchased goes directly to the top of the chimney.
The exhaust was so warm that birds would gather on top of the chimneys to stay comfortable. They often exit from inhaling exhaust air and fall down the chimney where they either died or recovered while flying around your basement.
Those days are gone for most of us, and old “gravity” ovens have been replaced with forced air systems that contain a blower motor to push air through a duct system.
The same engine that pushed cool, dry air through the home during the summer will now be required to continue to run while circulating warm air throughout the winter.
This is one of the main reasons we urge our listeners to have a reliable company that does a unit and system cleaning and inspection before it gets really cold.
If you’ve never been without an air conditioner in the summer heat or your oven at the end of winter, you can appreciate the importance of timely service.
Two of our trusted team partners offer specials this time of year for listeners who want their HVAC system checked by a professional technician. Sharon Heating & Air Conditioning of Westland and Roseville Heating & Air Conditioning now offer what men call a “loss leader” service that checks blowers, burners and electronics to ensure reliable operation for the next several months.
Like we said before, it’s also a good idea to use this as an opportunity to have their radar screen available in case there is an emergency need at some point. Preferred former customers always get quick service response from these companies.
Another good reason to do business with these companies may be related to your desire for a newer, more efficient unit.
Their trained technicians do not “drive” sizing for units. They use a written, comprehensive home inspection and technical guides to describe what works best for your home and budget.
The industry used to be notorious for sizing equipment on a square feet basis only, then offering a free size upgrade with an instant purchase decision.
Today’s professionals will examine a home’s insulation, routing, layout, cubic footage, home style and many other factors to arrive at the right size for a furnace or condenser. Professionals know that increasing the volume of your furnace or air conditioner can lead to a “short cycle,” in which the unit turns on, quickly pumps a large volume of conditioned air into the home, and then is turned off to repeat the cycle after a short time.
This type of process shortens the life cycle of equipment, inflates your utility bill, doesn’t allow all the air in the home to be conditioned, and limits owner comfort in many ways.
The appropriate size of the equipment allows for quieter and less intrusive operation, longer equipment life and greater comfort. More complete movement of home air also provides fewer stagnant air pockets in the home and more complete air filtration creating a healthier environment.
Keep in mind that you may be able to maintain the same efficiency as you while benefiting from a more efficient blower motor. Equipment is available today that allows these motors to operate at variable speeds and monitor system operation so that the unit can be run at 50% capacity to maintain comfort rather than delivering the short-cycle blasts of air we described earlier.
Both companies mentioned have decades of demonstrable customer satisfaction and offer a very important written guarantee.
So, whether you are taking advantage of our clean and check feature or looking to replace your old equipment, contact one of our professionals today. It’s always available at Insideoutsideguys.com.
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