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It is important to try to keep up with home maintenance for your HVAC system to ensure efficiency and to keep things running smoothly. Kudzu recommends a few things you can do yourself.

Make sure you are routinely checking, cleaning and changing your air filters. Try to do this once a month for your furnace, AC and/or heat pump. Having a clean filter will help with the efficiency of your HVAC system. Keeping a dirty filter will only lead to problems and early failure of system!

Regularly check your units outside to make sure that plants and leaves aren’t getting into the system. You don’t want a family of ants setting up colonies in your system, it will affect your air-conditioners performance.

Before calling an HVAC Technician, make sure all circuit breakers are turned on. A simple blown fuse could be the issue!

Always make sure that your supply-air and return-air vents are open and unobstructed to ensure proper air flow.

Try to make sure there are no obstructions within 3 feet of your air conditioning compressors. By obstructions, we mean anything from a fence to a bush or tree branch hanging above. This will prevent damage in the case of a storm.

Easy stuff, right? Now you’re almost on your way to being an HVAC professional…almost!

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!

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.

    If you live in a moderate climate, heat pumps are a great energy efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. Heat pumps use electricity to move the heat from a cool space into a warm one. This process keeps the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. The most common heat pump is an air-source heat pump. This heat pump moves heat, rather than generating heat which can provide up to four times the amount of energy they consume.

    According to the U.S Department of Energy a heat pump can trim the amount of electricity you use for heating by as much as 30%-40%. These savings can significantly lower your utility bills. Another great aspect of a heat pump is that it also acts a dehumidifier and works better than most standard central air conditioners. You can add on advanced air filtration to your heat pump system. This removes more dust, pollen and other irritants from your conditioned air allowing you to breath easy. Also, the fans in the heat pump adjust quietly, allowing you maximum comfort in your home.

    If you are considering a heat pump as an energy efficient alternative first consider the climate you live in. If temperatures drop too low, your heat pump will have a difficult time keeping the temperature in your home up. Otherwise, we highly recommend this energy efficient alternative for your home.

    Casteel Heating and Cooling

    A heat pump is a two part system that handles the heating and cooling in your home. There is an air handler that is located inside your home and a unit that is located outside of your home. This is not unlike a central air conditioning system.

    The difference is that a heat pump moves heat as opposed to generating heat. For instance, in the winter, a heat pump “moves” the heat from the outside to the inside. During the summer it does the opposite; it moves the heat from the inside to the outside. It is “pumping” the heat to the place you want it. At Casteel Heating and Cooling, we use Trane heat pumps. They have a SEER rating of up to 19.0 and are among the best value in the industry!

    For more information, you can speak to one of our team members or you can contact us online.

    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/

    Casteel Heating and CoolingEmergency heat is a feature found on some heat pump thermostats. Should the outdoor unit (heat pump) fail or otherwise give you concern then with emergency heat mode you can turn it off  and rely soley on the heat pump strips. Given the high cost of using only the heat strips, you should repair the heat pump as soon as possible. At Casteel Heating and Cooling, we use Trane Brand Heat Pumps and are qualified to handle this type of repair!