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We are proud to announce that Presidential Heating and Air Conditioning has received the 2013 Angie's List Super Service Award for the 5th consecutive year!
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Many people in the Montgomery County area make the mistake of maintaining their furnace just as freezing temperatures arrive. But by performing some furnace maintenance before the heating season arrives, you can ensure you have efficient and effective heating all winter long. For advice on furnace maintenance, read this article.
Replace or Upgrade the Air Filter
The furnace air filter is inexpensive and easy to replace, but it has a substantial effect on the efficiency of your heater and the quality of the air in your home. The air filter should be replaced each month during heating season. If your home is prone to animal dander or dust, or if anyone living in the home has allergies or a respiratory condition such as asthma, upgrade to a pleated filter, electrostatic filter, or HEPA filter. This will increase the furnace’s efficiency and the indoor air quality.
Clean the Air Ducts and Vents
Dirty air ducts and vents decrease indoor air quality and impede the flow of heat into the home. Have an HVAC specialist clean your air ducts and vents to ensure that your furnace is not working harder than it needs to in order to keep your home warm and cozy.
Inspect the System
The furnace should be inspected before heating season to be sure it is safe and efficient. The blower belt should be inspected for cracks, and the exhaust flue should be checked to be sure that debris left by plants and animals is removed. The area around the furnace and the air vents should also be inspected.
Install and Use a Programmable Thermostat
According to the Consumer Energy Center, a programmable thermostat can reduce the cost of operating your furnace by up to 75 percent. Program the thermostat to change to a lower temperature when you are away from home or asleep to maximize your heating savings.
Contact Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning of Gaithersburg, MD to have your furnace maintained before winter. Our locally owned and operated HVAC company has provided the Montgomery County area with quality service since 1981. Call us (301) 825-9065 or visit us online for more information about our heating and cooling services.
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Many of the inefficient furnaces found in Montgomery County homes are in desperate need of maintenance. To learn about how you can save money while making your home safer and more comfortable this winter, watch this video.
A dirty pilot light or clogged filter will increase the cost of operating a furnace. If a furnace is not inspected regularly, the heat exchanger or blower belt can develop a crack that may eventually lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Watch this video for more furnace maintenance and safety tips.
For optimal efficiency during heating season, HVAC experts recommend replacing the furnace filter once per month. For top-notch furnace maintenance in the Montgomery County area, call Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning of Gaithersburg, MD at (301) 825-9065. Visit us online to learn more about the HVAC services we offer.
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An old furnace is not only inefficient and expensive, but it also presents a major safety risk. One of the major warning signs that you need a new furnace is if it is more than 16 years old. The average life expectancy of a furnace is between 16 and 20 years. If the cost to operate your furnace is increasing, or if your furnace has required several repairs in the last two years, it will be more cost-effective for you to replace the furnace rather than keeping it. If your furnace makes strange noises or is ineffective at heating the home, replace it immediately. Older furnaces emit dry, dirty air that can people in your home to experience flu-like symptoms. In worst cases, an old furnace will develop cracks in the heating exchanger and emit poisonous levels of carbon monoxide.
For more tips on when to get a new furnace, call Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning of Gaithersburg, MD at (301) 825-9065. Serving the Montgomery County area since 1981, our HVAC company can maintain, inspect, repair, or replace your furnace for a great value. Visit our website to learn more about our heating and cooling services.
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The setting on your HVAC thermostat has a profound affect on both your comfort and your heating bill. In fact, turning your thermostat back 10 or 15 degrees for just eight hours a day could save you up to 15 percent per year on your heating bill. To ensure that your thermostat is at the right setting this winter, follow these steps.
Check Your Home’s Insulation
Before you start thinking about adjusting your thermostat, call an HVAC professional and have them inspect your home’s insulation. If there is a draft in any room of your house, the HVAC professional can apply caulking and weatherstripping to the doors, windows, and cracks in the wall or ceiling. Also, invest in heavy drapes that will improve heat insulation at night.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, call your local HVAC company to install one before winter. Program the thermostat to a lower temperature, such as 56°F, when the house is empty or when everyone in the house is asleep. Re-heating your home is less energy intensive than keeping your home at a warmer temperature. Program the thermostat to return to a more comfortable temperature, such as 68°F, one hour before someone is expected to come home.
Consider Less Expensive Ways to Stay Warm
If you, a roommate, or a family member is cold in the home, there are several ways to generate heat without using the heater. Invest in an electric heating blanket for the couch and a thick wool blanket for sleeping. Use a space heater to generate more heat in a certain room, and remember to make a hot beverage and put on an extra sweater when you get cold, rather than raising the temperature on the thermostat.
Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning is a locally owned and operated HVAC company with more than 30 years of experience serving the Montgomery County area. To learn about how we can make your home more comfortable and energy efficient before winter, call us at (301) 825-9065 or visit our website.