Important Tips to Prepare Your HVAC Unit for a Winter Snowstorm

Good Deals Heating and Cooling HVAC UnitBefore the temperature drops to freezing and you crank your thermostat up, take a few minutes to inspect your HVAC unit, change your air filters, and prepare your home for the long, cold winter and snowstorm months ahead. A couple of simple techniques will get your home’s heating system in top shape, so it can do its job to keep your home warm. Besides helping to make sure that you don’t end up in the middle of the cold season with a broken heater or furnace, these tips can also save you money on those expensive heating bills.

Look for Leaks

One of the first steps that you can do is inspect your home’s windows and doorways for leaks where the air is moving. If you find these, and chances are you will, caulk or install some weather stripping to seal up the exposure. It may take some time going to each window to perform this maintenance, but it’s a great way to get familiar with the challenges that your HVAC system has to overcome to keep your home comfortable. These tiny gaps around windows and doors may seem insignificant, and they likely are when viewed singly. But combine them, and you can watch your heat flowing straight out of your home – along with a couple of dollars from your wallet too. If the heat in your home is escaping through cracks around window frames and sills, or openings around your doorways, your heater has to work extra hard to maintain the thermostat’s temperature. Sealing these cracks will save unnecessary work on your HVAC system, and undue strain on your wallet.

Change Home Air Filters

Air filters trap particles of dust, debris, and germs and can get pretty nasty fast. Once you are spending a lot of your time indoors this winter, make sure the air that you’re breathing is as clean as it can be. Not only will you help combat allergies, but clogged air filters will also put a strain on your home’s heating system. Once the air filters get clogged, air ceases to flow through the filter properly making it harder to keep the temperature in your home regulated. A clean air filter means your heating unit can push warm air through your duct system quickly and effectively, and you can make sure the air you are breathing is clean.

Know Your HVAC Unit

Finally, research your home’s HVAC unit. Take the make, model, and year number and perform a little background research. You’ll discover common problems, DIY fixes, the average lifespan, and you’ll find replacement parts and tips to keep the machine running optimally. Get to know the heating and cooling unit that does so much to keep your family comfortable!
If you want to call a professional to give your home’s heating and cooling system a checkup, consider asking your HVAC company to inspect your home’s duct system to see if it needs cleaning. This process is a simple process, and HVAC companies are incredibly familiar with it, especially around the season changes.

Good Deals Heating & Cooling can perform all routine maintenance efficiently and give you some extra tips on keeping your family warm, and your HVAC unit happy, this winter.  For more information call 215-947-1166.

Save Money on Energy with a Programmable Thermostat

Good Deals Heating and Cooling programmable thermostatWhen the seasons change, so does the temperature, and that means that it is time for people to adjust the thermostats in their homes. But regulating the temperature in a house can lead to higher utility bills as it takes a lot of energy to reach and maintain an interior temperature that is different from the exterior. Fortunately, there is a way to heat and cool one’s house without spending a fortune on utility bills: installing a programmable thermostat. Installing this device will drastically cut down on energy bills because it can be set to a more efficient cycle rather than just leaving the house at one set temperature all day long.

With a traditional thermostat, one has to set it to the desired temperature manually, and then adjust it or turn it off whenever a change is needed. In this situation, the easiest (or laziest) course of action is to put it at one temperature and leave it alone. However, doing this becomes a massive waste of both energy and money. If no one is home, the temperature does not need to be nearly as warm (or cool, depending on the season) – as it would be when everyone is home and awake. There is the potential for considerable savings to have the temperature lowered when no one is home and only raised when everyone is there to feel it.

A programmable thermostat solves this problem and makes being energy efficient easy and affordable. Even the simplest of models will allow the user to set the temperature on a cycle, so that in the winter, for example, it is appropriately warm during the morning and evening when people are home and awake, but cooler during the day when everyone is at work and night when everyone is asleep and under blankets. In the summer, the settings can be flipped, and the temperature can be cooler while people are home and warmer when they are at work.

Any programmable thermostat model will work, from the low-priced models that work on a cycle to the more expensive models that can be adjusted remotely through an app. Some utility companies offer rebates for purchasing a programmable thermostat, which will help to lower the initial cost of procuring and installing one. Whether or not rebates are offered, most programmable thermostats pay for themselves quickly.

For more information about a programmable thermostat and its benefits contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

What To Do If Your Heat Goes Out On Christmas Day

Good Deals Heating and Cooling HVAC repairWinter ushers in Christmas and New Year’s Day which are times for fun and celebration. Unfortunately, winter is also the time of year when the weather can take down power lines or overstress a furnace resulting in a breakdown. So what should you do if it’s cold outside and the heat stops?

Being prepared is always a good idea. Having a power generator, a kerosene heater, a toasty fireplace with plenty of wood or a wood/pellet burning stove, are all great ideas. Unfortunately, having ready sources of backup heat is not always an option, and many of us are caught unprepared when the furnace goes silent. What should you do to stay warm while waiting for the repairman to come?

The first thing to determine why the furnace stopped. Is it due to a power outage? Call the power company and find out how long you may be without power. Knowing what you are facing helps you plan the actions you should take. If the problem is with the furnace, call an HVAC repair service. Once again, determine when a service provider will be able to come out and do the repair.

Next, assess what you have to keep warm. Gather blankets, sleeping bags, winter clothing, and any warming aids (chemical hand and body warmers) that you can find. Do you still have hot water? Empty glass bottles make great warmers when filled with hot water.

Insulate to Keep the Heat In and the Cold Out

Wear layers of clothing to maintain warmth. Start with a base layer, ideally thermal underclothes. These garments are designed to trap air against your skin to keep you warm. On top of the thermal underclothes, add a wool sweater or thick sweatshirt. For the legs put on denim jeans or wool pants. This second layer should be breathable fabrics that still allow airflow. If it is extremely cold, top off these clothes with a jacket or coat – a garment that “seals” the heat. Remember your extremities so add gloves, scarves, a woolen hat, ear muffs, and even boots.

Drink Warm Liquids

Ingesting warm liquids in the form of tea or soup helps the body stay warm. Staying hydrated will help the body generate the heat required to function. Avoid drinking alcohol because the “warming effect” you feel is false. Alcohol does not contribute to warming the body.

Pick a Room

Is there a room in your house or apartment that can accommodate everyone and can be closed off from the rest of the house/apt? Set up camp in that room. It will be much easier to stay warm together in one place than spread out. Whenever possible, bundle up in blankets, sleeping bags, and extra clothing.

Don’t Block Your Radiators

If your apartment has radiators, they should always be kept clean – any amount of dirt and dust sitting on top of them will absorb some of the heat that is produced. You should also remove any radiator covers when the heat is on, as covers can block the airflow through the radiator in addition to absorbing heat.  Move your furniture so that all chairs, couches, bookcases, entertainment units, desks, beds, etc. are not too close to your radiators or heating convectors. Don’t let your drapes or curtains cover them either, as they will divert heat to the windows (and therefore out of your apartment if they aren’t adequately sealed) instead of into the rest of the room.

What Not To Do

  • Don’t use your oven to warm the house.
  • Don’t use propane heaters or charcoal stoves in the house (or garage). Staying warm is important, staying alive is even more so. Carbon Monoxide is toxic and accounts for hundreds of deaths every winter.
  • Don’t use hot showers or baths to warm up as your body temperature will drop to a lower level afterward. When in doubt, stick with extra clothes, sleeping bags, blankets, hot water bottles, and shared body warmth to keep you warm.

Prepare yourself and then have a beautiful, happy, peaceful, and safe Christmas. Enjoy the break and recharge your batteries for work in New Year.

Contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling for emergency HVAC repair.  Call 215-947-1166.

High-Efficiency Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation

Good Deals Heating and Cooling air qualityAir quality inside your home is an essential part of keeping your home habitable. There are a lot of resources that are available to keep your air quality at a reasonable level. In this article, we are going to cover a couple of options for monitoring and maintaining excellent air quality in your home.

Foobot Air Quality Monitor

Foobot is a monitor that allows you to track the quality of your air in your home. The device connects to your smart thermostat and displays results on an online dashboard. These monitors let you know if additional methods need to be put in place to keep your home’s air clean.

Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV)

When this type of ventilator is installed in your home, it uses the energy that comes through your existing air exhaust to power air purification technology. This energy efficient ventilator allows air to flow better through your home.

Commutated Fans

Commutated fans are powered via direct current from your air conditioning system. This system is more energy efficient than other methods of power available to fans. The blowers on board do a fantastic job at ventilating your home or business. Fans and blowers that use commutated air control have enhanced control over the speed at which they ventilate the house.

UV Advanced Photocatalytic Oxidation

If you want to ensure good air quality, then a system like UV advanced photocatalytic oxidation is the way to go. This system is installed inside your centralized air system and scrubs all air that comes into the house. It works to keep your whole home filtered. When using this system, it also prevents mold from growing in the air ducts and dispersing spores throughout your house.

Talk to an HVAC Contractor

A lot of different options have been invented to help you with air quality. Talking over your specific needs with an HVAC contractor will help them identify the best solution for you. They can come out to your property and address your particular needs.

Good air quality is essential especially for persons suffering from respiratory ailments or allergies. Being able to control the quality of your in-home air can make a big difference – it means healthier living and easier breathing. What is your home air quality? The best way to discover this is to work with a heating and cooling company that specializes in providing air quality solutions.

For more information on improving the air quality in your home contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

7 Solutions to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Good Deals Heating and Cooling air qualityA large portion of the population is aware that the air quality outside can often be polluted. That tends to be pretty straightforward but what goes unseen is indoor air quality. Many homes have worse air quality than the air outside.
We are going to take a look at seven solutions to improve indoor air quality.

Use A Quality HVAC Air Filter

Your HVAC air filter is responsible for capturing any air impurities before they enter your home. Many options are available on the market, based on how much you want to filter your air. The most strict air filters may cost a little more, but they will help you a lot when it comes to improving air quality.

Buy An Air Purifier

One of the best ways to improve air quality inside your home is to buy an air purifier. There are air purifiers that will purify just one room and others that work to clean your whole house. Each one has its benefits. But they can significantly improve your air.

Change Your Filters

Both your HVAC system and air purifier have filters. These filters work by trapping the contaminants or eliminating them from the air. Over time these filters lose effectiveness due to build up debris and dust. Make sure to change or clean your filters at the recommended intervals to get clean air.

Reduce the Chances of Mold

Mold produces air quality contaminants. Fix leaks in your home and ensure a good seal to reduce your chances of getting mold. Good seals on your windows and doors will also help to keep good air quality in the home.  Keep the proper humidity in the home to reduce mold growth.

Avoid Using Chemicals

Chemical cleaners and other household chemicals may make your surfaces cleaner, but they can affect the air quality. Avoid using chemicals in your home and look for natural alternatives. Plenty of natural or non-chemical cleaning options exist that will help keep your home air safe.

Keep Your Home Clean

Yes, it can be hard to stay on top of all of the cleaning chores you may have, but a clean home makes a real difference when it comes to air quality. Particulates on the ground can be stirred up into the air and cause breathing problems. Dust and other particles can also build up and cause problems.

Groom Your Pets

Pet dander and fur can significantly impact your indoor air quality. Staying on top of your pet’s grooming will help to reduce the impact. Fur removers are easy to find and can help to get rid of loose hair.  Vacuum and sweep floors frequently to keep dander and fur from accumulating in corners of the house and to prevent air filters from clogging quickly.

These seven solutions for improving your indoor air quality will create a healthier home. Most of these only take a little more work than you are already doing and pay off well.

For more information on improving the air quality in your home, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

HVAC and Humidifiers: What to Set Humidifier at in Winter

Good Deals Heating and Cooling HVAC and humidifiersEveryone worries about the indoor air quality of their home in the winter, which can be not only dry but also cause discomfort for the residents. Dry air can result in significant health consequences. The best resort for avoiding such extreme circumstances is the use of a humidifier. Striking a balance between HVAC and humidifiers is of considerable help in enhancing the indoor air quality. The improved quality of air is results in a pleasant environment in the house. Nonetheless, the humidity of the air inside the home should be optimum and must not create conditions for the growth of molds inside.

What is Relative Humidity?

Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor present in the air; inside a given place. The temperature is an essential determinant in altering the relative humidity levels. In winters, the air cools down and retains less water; similarly, in summers, the atmosphere is warm and can hold a considerable amount of water. The temperature inside any given place, too, varies with changes in the outdoor temperature.

What are Humidifiers?

A humidifier is a device, which is responsible for increasing the humidity or moisture of the air in a room.

What is HVAC?

The HVAC, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning is a technology for improving environmental comfort indoors, mostly temperature.

HVAC & Humidifiers: Settings

The humidifier, used in homes, is usually attached to the furnaces or the HVAC system. The value set on the humidifier is based on the levels of the relative humidity. The comfortable level of relative humidity lies between 30 to 50 percent. If the humidifier is set anywhere between these values, the indoor atmosphere and quality of air become cozy for the resident.

However, readjustment is required during the winter when the temperature drops significantly. A humidity level of around 50 percent may cause condensation on the windowsills. A humidifier should be set at 25 percent when the temperature is somewhere between 0 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Similarly, an increase in temperature somewhere around 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit will require the humidity level to be set around 20 percent.

Health conditions improve significantly, and there are lesser instances of illness once humidifiers are installed at any given place especially for persons suffering from pulmonary problems.

For more information on HVAC and humidifiers, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

Is a Ductless HVAC System Right For Your Home?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling ductless HVAC systemHVAC systems are crucial to keeping the climate right in your home. There isn’t a one size fits all solution to choosing an HVAC system. You need to select the option that is right for your home. One of the options out there is the ductless HVAC system. A ductless system provides excellent comfort at a stable and consistent temperature.

Is Your Home Already Built?

Ductless systems are great for homes that are already built because they require only a minimal amount of alteration. A small hole needs to be drilled into the wall to feed hose from the compressor to the unit. The size of this hole is only a fraction of the size of a standard HVAC hole. You will also need to mount the unit, but that is simple.

Looking For Energy Efficiency?

HVAC systems can be a significant consumer of your power system, costing you a lot of money. A ductless HVAC system, on the other hand, is a very energy efficient solution. Your HVAC duct is taking around 25% of your energy from your home. Compressor startup on the hand will still consume a good portion of your energy.

An Energy Star rated ductless HVAC system can save you even more money. Energy efficiency isn’t only about the money that you are saving, but also about protecting the climate.

Flexible Option

With a ductless HVAC unit, you have plenty of options. You don’t have to worry about where in the room, or home, you put the unit. It doesn’t require a connection to a central unit.
Each room can also be set to different air temperature. People will be able to get the desired level of comfort in each room.

Need A Quick Installation?

Don’t want a significant disturbance around your home during the installation process? Putting in a ductless HVAC system is quick and easy. A qualified individual can have the work done in a day or two. On the other hand, a traditional duct system can take weeks to install, during which time you won’t be able to use rooms.

Which HVAC duct system you get will be up to you. Ductless HVAC systems have a lot of benefits. Make sure that you do your research and read into the benefits of ducted HVAC systems. Being well-versed makes you able to make an informed decision. An essential part of a substantial investment.

For more information on a ductless HVAC system contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

Does My HVAC Need an Air Filter?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling HVAC filterAs you move into your new home, one of the things you’ll want to be mindful of is the HVAC unit. Short for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning,” this unit is important because it will play an essential role in how comfortable or uncomfortable your home’s climate feels. Heating and cooling are two of the main concerns, but one thing that new homeowners may forget is that the filter used within the HVAC is just as important.

Let’s get the big question out of the way first: do you need to have an HVAC filter for your unit to function? Technically speaking, no you don’t. Air will still push through the system, and your house will cool down or heat up as you desire. However, in the long run, there will be some significant issues that will crop up.

Low-Quality Air

The filter is put into your HVAC for a significant reason: to help filter out airborne particles that are bad for your health. With a filter, mold, dust mites, and other things will not be collected and will run rampant in your house. They can make you sick, and because the particles are circulating in your home, you run the risk of getting sick again and again.

Freon Tube Damage

Your air conditioner functions by having air blown onto the perpetually wet tubes filled with freon. Because they’re wet, anything that wasn’t caught with the filter will get stuck onto them. Eventually, all the gunk will build up, and they won’t function the way they should. Your AC may not cease to produce cool air.

Humidity Level

The filter helps to keep your AC functioning so that water condensation evaporates and doesn’t assist breeding mold and other airborne particles (which are bad for your health). This is also important because if you rely on your AC for dehumidifying your home, it won’t be able to without a filter.

Ductwork Damage

Much like your freon tube, your HVAC’s ductwork will be affected by condensation that collects in its aluminum casing and eventually will have mold spores growing within them. These will travel down from the ductworks and spread across your house via the ventilation shafts. Mold can cause health issues for you and your visitors.

When moving into your new home, we strongly advise that you not only make sure to have a filter in your HVAC for the reasons above but to make sure to change it periodically. We recommend checking it each month and replacing it based on your living situation. If you’re in a climate in which you have the unit on year-round, you may want to change it as often as every one-two months. If you live with multiple pets, you’ll also want to change filters every couple of months due to animal hair and dander floating around. Every three months is recommended for those who don’t use the unit that often. But you should be able to determine which frequency works for you if you’re checking it each month.

For more information on HVAC filters, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

Is My AC Low on Freon?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling air conditioningAir conditioners are fantastic at keeping a home cool. Unlike fans, air conditioning adjusts to maintain a home at a precise temperature. Throughout the summer, people trust that their AC will be there to keep their house cool. That is, as long as the air conditioner has the proper level of freon. How do can one tell when an air conditioner is running low on freon? We are going to examine some of the signs today.

AC Isn’t Keeping The Room/House Cold

There are two main reasons that an air conditioner might not be keeping a home or room cold. One reason is that the unit is the wrong size for the overall area to be cooled. But, if the AC unit usually works fine for cooling the area, but now it is not then it probably lacks freon. Then It is time to call a technician to check the freon levels. If the freon levels are fine, then the technician can check the rest of the unit for problems.

When the temperature in a room doesn’t feel right, compare the temperature on which the air conditioner is set with the actual room temperature. This check is an excellent way to verify if the AC unit is keeping the area regulated.

Ice Is Building Up On the AC Unit

A specific part of the AC unit, called the evaporator coil, handles the chilling of air. That means this is the only part of the unit that could build up condensation during normal operation. If ice is noticed building up around the air conditioner unit, it is running low on freon. Replace the freon before continuing to run the system. Water leaking into the wrong part of the AC unit can cause a short circuit.

Electric Bills Are Going Up

When an air conditioner unit is low on freon, it has to work harder to keep the air cold. That means that it requires additional electricity. There can be a lot of reasons that an electric bill might go up, but when troubleshooting the problem, place check freon level to the list.

While an air conditioner is capable of running without the freon topped off, it should be filled as soon as possible. Many people start to notice the lack of freon when it starts to hurt their wallets. At the same time, running the risk of a unit breaking down when the freon is low will cost more in the long run because a service call to have the freon level checked is much less expensive than replacing a unit.

If you have a question about your air conditioning unit contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

Why Won’t My A/C Turn Off

Good Deals Heating and Cooling air conditioning repairIn general, most people don’t tolerate excessive heat and annoyingly sticky sweat during summer. Things can be more annoying if your AC unit runs without stopping. Therefore, it is always better to consider Air Conditioning Repair before you approach the summer. Otherwise, the upcoming summer will not be a pleasant experience for you. Well, here are possible reasons why your AC won’t turn off.

Wrong Size Unit

Installing equipment that is too small to handle the job can be the most common reason for your AC to run continuously. Before opting for an Air Conditioning Repair, you have to check if you have the appropriate size. If your AC is too small compared to the capacity of the home, it will have to work pretty hard to cool the air. Constant operation of the AC unit might lead to breakdowns. Likewise, if the size of the ducts you have used don’t complement the size of the AC unit, it will deliver improper airflow.

Change the Air Filter

Before calling for Air Conditioning Repair, you should check if the air filter facilitates good air flow. If the AC unit has a dirty filter, you will probably be non-stop running of the equipment. If the unit is allowed to continue to operate with a clogged air filter, an Air Conditioning Repair is on the way!

Poor Insulation or Air Leaks

If your home is not sealed correctly or it has insufficient insulation, it can make your AC to work harder. When heated air continually enters the house and cold air exits through these leaks, the AC will have to work fiercely to maintain the interior temperature. Therefore, you may have to repair those leaks and revamp your insulation before a requirement for Air Conditioning Repair occurs.

AC unit is Old

If your AC unit is old, it may not be able to comply with the requirements of the house. Malfunctioning sensors and non-working parts can leave your AC unit switched on continuously. Even if you don’t need an Air Conditioning Repair straightaway, this AC unit might cost you a lot regarding utility bills.

Make sure that you end up with the right kind of Air Conditioning Repair professional to get the job done correctly. Be sure to check if the potential service provider has a good history in the respective field.

For all your air conditioning repair needs contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.