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It is a good idea to know how your heating system actually works, seeing how you pay those bills every month! To understand them better, first, you need to determine what type of system you are using in your home. Here is the basic breakdown from Kudzu.

Natural Gas: It is carried into your appliances such as your furnace or gas stove. Propane gas is usually found in a tank somewhere outside your home and it carriers the gas through pipes underneath your home.

Electric Furnace: The best way to describe it is like a toaster. It heats the house like a toaster heats up bread.

Heat Pumps: This is an energy efficient alternative to a furnace. A heat pump will move air from one place to another, trying to evenly distribute the heat or cool air, depending on the season. Since they move heat, instead of generating heat, they are able to provide up to four times the energy they consume, pretty cool huh?

Hot Water & Steam Heaters: They are basically the same thing. They both have a boiler which heats up the water and then gets sent through the pies as steam.

Forced Air: This is the most common heating system. You set your thermostat and wheels begin to turn, well not really. The furnace heats up the air in the chamber and then blows it through duct work and registers throughout your home. Thermostats are a great investment, and an easy way to save money.

Hopefully, now that you have a better understanding of how heating systems work, you can choose one that fits your lifestyle or budget! Remember thermostats and heat pumps are huge money savers and a great investment! Always consult an HVAC professional to get the best heating system to fit your home!

With all this cold weather in Marietta, you are going to want to make sure your furnace is running the best it can! Make sure you take advantage of our $79 Furnace Efficiency Tune-Up Coupon!

Casteel 25-Point Furnace Tune-Up Includes:

Check for Carbon Monoxide Leaks
Inspect Igniter
Inspect Rectifier Probe
Check Differential Pressure Switch
Inspect Draft Inducer
Inspect Exchanger for Micro Holes
Inspect Exchanger for Rust
Inspect Exchanger Face Plate
Check Pilot Assembly
Check Gas Valve Operation
Check for Gas Leaks
Check Gas Pressure
Inspect Limits and Safety Switches
Inspect Flue Conditions and Codes
Inspect Electrical Disconnect Wires
Inspect Electrical Component Wires
Inspect Door Switch for Safety
Check Safety Drain Pan Switches
Check Blower Motor
Inspect Indoor Coil for Visible Leaks
Minor Cleaning of Indoor Coil
Check Condensate Drain Line and Pump
Check Thermostat Operation / Calibration
Cycle System and Test Safety of Operation
Includes Standard 1″ Filters

In light of the tornado warnings this week, we thought we’d take this opportunity to talk about water damage. Be advised homeowners, when it comes to water damage, it’s better to be safe then sorry! Take a look at the list below from HVACR Business about the heating and cooling equipment that is recommended you replace if affected by water damage.

  • Gas Furnaces and Boilers
    1. Gas valves and controls are susceptible to water damage but they are not always visible. Make sure you have your HVAC professional take a closer look at the damage.
  • Electric Furnaces
    1. Your electric furnace is susceptible to corrosion which can be hazardous and cause reliability problems.
  • Propane Heating
    1. If there is potential for a propane leak after water damage, your propane tank should be replaced immeideitly!
  • Radiant Floor Heat
    1. Floor heaters have electrically-heated cables or tubing circulating a fluid that are embedded below the floor boards. If your floor is exposed to water damage, chances are, so is you floor heater. The damage can weaken or even crack the tubes, so make sure you have them checked!
  • Heat Pumps and Air Conditioning Systems
    1. If even the littlest amount of water seeps in, there is potential for refrigerant leaks. This will require a major repair or full replacement.
  • Ductwork
    1. Make sure you check your ductwork after any major storm.
  • Water Heating Systems
    1. No matter what type of heating system it is, (gas, oil or electricity) if it is exposed to water it should be replaced.

    So remember, if any of your heating or air conditioning equipment is exposed to water damage make sure you have it checked by a HVAC professional! If it is not fixed or replaced, it can end up coasting you more down the road and it can even become hazardous. So don’t let water damage slide.

    There are three major factors to consider when deciding to replace your furnace.

  • The efficiency of your furnace
  • How much is your fuel costing you?
  • How much energy is required to keep the temperature inside your home at 65 degrees?
  • Gas prices are competitive, so there is no need to switch to oil or electricity. You may however want to consider switching to a condensed-type gas furnace. This type of furnace is able to capture about 97 percent of the fuels energy. If you do decide to make the switch to a condensed type furnace, you will be cutting your heating bills by about 20 percent. Take a look at your past winter heating bills and decide if the 20 percent savings are going to be worth the cost of the furnace replacement in the long run. According to an article from This Old House, it’s going to be around a $3,000 investment.

    If you are taking good care of your furnace, the average lifespan should be about 25 years. Chances are your furnace still has plenty of life in it! Other things to think about are ways to reduce the heating load around your house. For instance, adding some insulation or weatherstripping will help keep the cold air out and your costs low. These are inexpensive quick fixes that can help you save without putting a big dent in your wallet!

    According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Georgia should be expecting a colder than usual Winter. The almanac predicted that January would be the coldest but that we can expect cold weather in mid and late February. In fact the almanac goes on to predict that this entire year will be below average temperatures through the end of the year. Why is that important…..because you need to be prepared for anything. At Casteel Heating and Cooling, we’re experts on taming any kind of weather. You need your HVAC to keep you cool? We can perform an AC Tune Up! If you need to make sure you have a place to keep your feet and the rest of you warm and toasty, we can help there too. Let us do a Furnace Tune Up. In fact, we want to save you money in addition to making sure that YOU are in charge of your temperature. Call us today and schedule an appointment. One of our N.A.T.E. certified technicians will come to your house and do a complete battery of tests. We’ll discuss all the options available to you and make sure you’re comfortable every step of the way. What are you waiting for…start saving money today!

    We know a lot of you were trying to get in under the wire for the 201 Energy Tax Credit before the end of last year. The good news? There are energy tax credits again this year. The bad news? They’re pared back form last year.

    Most of the same products that were eligible for the 2010 home improvement tax credit are eligible for the 2011 version.  The amounts on most have just been reduced and/or capped.  Some of the eligible products include:

    • Energy efficient doors and windows:  Installation costs are not eligible for the credit. Other restrictions apply. EnergyStar windows have a max of only $200 eligible for the credit
    • Water Heaters: Credit includes installation costs; some restrictions for energy efficiency apply. $300 max credit.
    • Insulation, whether spray foam, fiberglass, or blow-in cellulose: They’re all covered so long as they meet IECC requirements. Installation cost is NOT covered.
    • HVAC components, including advanced air handlers, air force heat pumps, central A/C units, boilers, propane, and gas furnaces: Tax credits include installation costs. $300 limit, and furnaces must now be 95% efficient.
    • Biomass Stoves:  $300 credit limit.
    • Metal and asphalt roofs: Credit doesn’t include installation costs.

    According to the government site, some of the tax credits allow you to claim installation costs, while other credits do not.  To find out if your product is included, and whether you can include installation costs, check the government site here.

    So, if you’re in the market for new a new HVAC equipment, furnace, AC unit or heat pump, let us know! Contact us at Schedule Service Online

    Article cited: http://www.smartonmoney.com/2011-home-improvement-tax-credits-for-energy-efficient-products-insulation-windows-heaters-and-more/

    Winter is here and you’ll be using your furnace a lot more. Here is a simple video showing the proper way to clean a furnace filter. This will keep your system running properly and efficiently all winter long!

    Of course, if you prefer, call us at Casteel Heating and Cooling and we’ll be happy to come and check out your system to make sure it’s ready for the Winter!