Owning a home comes with a lot of responsibilities. Heating that home is one of them. We know, you're a strong, independent homeowner, and you can handle it. But for when you run into some snags with your furnace, here are some tips on what might be going on and what you can do to fix it.
While it may not feel like it now, winter is coming. Before it gets here, it’s important to consider how you will be heating your home. Think about what it cost you last year. Were you happy with the figure? Were you comfortable with the system? If you weren’t, it’s time to talk about what can be done differently, and I would like to point out a few things for you to consider, or rather one thing; oil.
This past labor day weekend, if you’re like those of us here at ECI, you were enjoying your long weekend with some outdoor grilling, cracking open a cold one, and spending time with your friends and family during the beautiful weather.
You probably don’t want to talk about it, but there’s something looming in the air. It’s starting small; in place of your central air, your windows are being opened because that sweltering heat isn’t so heavy. In the morning, you’re putting on your slippers. You slept through the night under the covers. That’s right, winter is coming.
ECI TAKES HOME COMFORT TO THE NEXT LEVEL:
Heating and air conditioning equipment is always evolving and becoming more efficient. The problem is that most HVAC contractors are stuck doing business as usual. A widely used term in our industry is to "replace the box". A contractor will get a call for a heating or cooling related problem and see the opportunity to sell new equipment or "replace the box". In some cases upgrading the equipment may be the solution but all too often the home itself can be the source of the problem.
Many homeowners learn to live with hot or cold rooms, dusty furniture and high utility bills. ECI has made it a priority to solve these issues by looking at the home and ductwork as well as the equipment. In a lot of cases, a system cannot run at its full potential when a home is not properly air sealed and insulated.
MYTH: There is no benefit to constantly adjusting your thermostats when you don’t need as much heating or cooling…such as at night or when nobody’s home.
Many people believe that while this may make sense in milder weather, it doesn't work so well in extreme cold or high heat and humidity conditions that we have in Philadelphia and throughout the Delaware Valley. The thought here is that when its very cold, the energy required to recover and reheat a space from adjusting the temperature down will negate any savings. The same mindset believes that when trying to cool the older homes in our region, they are too inefficient to constantly let the temperature and humidity rise. The energy to remove the humidity and return the home to a comfortable temperature isn’t worth the effort.
I often get asked how important it is to have a central air conditioning system cleaned and checked regularly, and is it really needed, so I thought I would share a story from earlier this week.