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HVAC Tips For Pet Owners
Posted: September 16, 2021 by Andy
Our furry friends are beloved family members that bring a lot of joy into our daily lives, but they can also adversely affect your indoor air quality. Pet dander and loose hair can make your HVAC system work harder to keep your home comfortable.
You can alleviate some of the pet-induced stress on your system with the following maintenance suggestions from Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling.
Show your filter some love too
Air filters in homes with dogs or cats tend to get clogged more frequently than homes with no pets. So if you're a pet owner, make sure you clean or change your heating and cooling system's air filters monthly. A clean air filter will enable better airflow throughout your home and trap unwanted airborne particles more effectively.
If any member of your family is an allergy sufferer, consider investing in a premium air filter with a high MERV rating that's more efficient and will trap more allergens and particles.
Brush your pets often
To ensure that pet hair and dander don't get sucked into your HVAC system, give your pets a good brushing regularly. Even better, when you brush them often, their hair won't shed as much, getting caught in the brush instead of in your air filters or carpet!
Neighborly Tip: Brush your pet on a tile or vinyl floor to make clean-up a breeze.
Your home's indoor air quality and your HVAC unit's efficiency can both be significantly enhanced by regularly vacuuming and disposing of the dander and dust trapped in your carpet. This simple task helps prevent debris from getting cycled through your system.
Furthermore, when you're cleaning your home, take a few minutes to dust off the vent covers on supply registers and air returns. It's also a good idea to remove the register covers periodically and vacuum as much hair and dirt out of the exposed duct as you can.
Keep Farfel away from your outdoor AC unit
If your AC condenser is located in your backyard, there's a strong chance that fur will get caught in the unit and lower its efficiency. Worse than that, animals will mark their territory by relieving themselves on your outdoor AC unit, causing other issues. Nobody wants that, so strategically place plant life or a small fence so your pets can't get near it. Just make sure the unit still has room around it for adequate airflow.
Consider a professional duct cleaning
Over time, dirt, dander, and other allergens from your pets become trapped in your home's air ducts. The debris continuously cycles throughout your home when this happens, reducing your indoor air quality and aggravating allergies.
Proper system maintenance
This tip is essential. Schedule a tune-up for your HVAC system at least twice a year - once before cooling season in the spring and once before it's time to turn the thermostat back to heat in the fall. An expert technician from Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling will perform a thorough inspection and maintenance routine on your unit to detect minor problems and resolve them before they become a bigger - and more expensive - issue.
Don't skip routine maintenance, especially if you have pets. Animal hair and dander can wreak havoc on an HVAC system if your air filters aren't changed and if professional preventative maintenance isn't performed on your heating and air conditioning system.
Never fear, homeowner! We'll maintain your HVAC system so it runs smoothly, efficiently, and worry-free year-round. Call us today to schedule a tune-up, for 24/7 service, or to have a new system expertly installed - 877-247-7661. We're here for you!
Fall HVAC Preparation Checklist
Posted: September 2, 2021 by Andy
Summer's end is drawing near, and the fall months are right around the corner! It's the perfect time to tackle some home maintenance tasks to protect your HVAC throughout the winter. Here's an easy checklist to prepare your home for the chilly temperatures ahead.
☑ Replace your HVAC system's air filter, and check it monthly. If it looks dirty and clogged, it's past time to replace it.
☑ Clear at least two feet around your outside air conditioning unit to ensure adequate airflow and prevent debris from damaging it.
☑ Reverse your ceiling fans to help recirculate warm air away from the ceiling and back down into your living space.
☑ Inspect your windows and doors. Seal any cracks or gaps you find to prevent air leaks and enhance your furnace's heating efficiency.
☑ Put new batteries in your home's smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. Neighborly Tip: Set a calendar reminder on your smartphone, so you'll remember to do this each year. Set another one for your filter, while you're at it!
☑ Don't close more than 20% of your home's vents, and keep all furniture and other obstructions away from your returns or registers. Blocking them will strain your HVAC system and prevent the heated air from reaching the rest of the room.
☑ Schedule an annual furnace tune-up. Our expert HVAC technicians will clean your system's blower compartment, tighten wire connections, clean and adjust the burners, replace the filter if necessary, and inspect the heat exchanger, gas pressure and flame level, and pilot light or igniter.
Your home's HVAC system requires regular, professional maintenance to maintain optimal performance and efficiency. So, schedule your furnace tune-up now, and avoid a furnace failure during the coldest months of the year! Call Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man today at 877-247-7661.
Back-To-School HVAC Maintenance
Posted: August 19, 2021 by Andy
Now's the time to be thinking about back-to-school HVAC maintenance. A seasonal system tune-up will give you and your family comfort and peace of mind, from lowering your monthly energy to keeping everything running smoothly. Here's a few good tips to follow.
Call us today to schedule a tune-up
The best way to keep your home's HVAC system running correctly and efficiently year-round is to sign up for the Hey Neighbor Preventative Maintenance Program. Never pay a service fee again! Regular maintenance is absolutely the best way to ensure peak performance. Our expert service check-ups will reveal leaks, rust, wear and tear, and other potential problems each season. A visit in the spring and fall also improves your system's efficiency and prolongs your equipment's operational lifespan - saving you a considerable amount of money in the long run!
Clean or change your system's air filter regularly
Your system's air filter is continually stopping pollutants and other particulates from re-entering your home's air, and it naturally gets clogged over time. Cleaning or replacing your air filter is easy, and routine maintenance will help your family breathe easier. Most filters slide or tilt out, and it's one of the few heating and cooling-related tasks you can do to maintain your equipment without the help of our expert service technicians.
It's always a good idea to double-check your equipment's user manual for specific recommendations, but overall, it's best to clean or change your filter at least once every three months. Remember, regular cleaning or changing of your filter will ensure the most efficient filtration. In addition, it'll increase the life of your unit and give you peace of mind that your family is living healthier.
Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man can provide you with a full year's supply of the correct air filters for your system! Give the office a call at 877-247-7661 for more information.
Look around your home for air leaks
Even small air leaks will make your HVAC equipment run longer than it needs to, which wastes a great deal of energy and increases your monthly energy bills. Nobody wants that. Once each season, take some time to inspect your home for places where air might leak. Two common leak locations are around the edges of your doors and windows. Fix these trouble areas with fresh caulking or replace old, worn-out weather-stripping. While you're at it, check your system's exposed ductwork for separated sections.
Remove debris from your outdoor unit
There's a good chance that dirt and debris have collected around your air conditioner's outside condenser unit, including branches, leaves, bird's nests, animal droppings, and a slew of other items from nature. This natural debris can cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently, so be sure to keep the unit and the area around it nice and tidy.
If you'd like to know more about back-to-school HVAC maintenance or have other home comfort questions, our caring, expert staff is happy to help you - call 877-247-7661 today. We proudly heat and cool all of Northeast Ohio!
Let's Talk About Air Filters
Posted: August 5, 2021 by Andy
The primary purpose of your home's HVAC system is to distribute heated and cooled air throughout your living spaces in the most energy-efficient way possible. A secondary function is to improve the indoor air quality of your home, and that's all about making sure your air is as clean and healthy to inhale as it can be. Your system's air filters help keep dust and toxic microorganisms from polluting the air that you breathe.
Our HVAC pros at Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man are here to emphasize the importance of air filters and provide everything you need to know to care for yours!
Preserving your air quality
You probably already know the size of filter you need, but do you know what filter type is best for you? Most of the time, a balanced approach is best - that is, a filter that traps dust and dirt but still allows air to flow through. Filters are intended to protect your HVAC system by blocking airborne particles from reaching the critical components of your system.
For example, ordinary household dust can coat your evaporator coil and overwork your air conditioner. Dust is typically composed of fine dirt particles, chemical particulate, soot and ash, and paint fragments, among other things. Ick!
Some filters can also block biological air contaminants and prevent them from harming your health. These airborne threats include mold and bacteria spores, skin cells, pollen, algae, and dead dust mites. Ew!
And then there's lint. The tiny bits we generally call "lint" are clothing and carpet fibers, human and pet hair, plant fibers, and probably even spider webs. Blech!
Surprisingly, the EPA has found that your indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outside air. Why? It's because your home's lack of external ventilation allows indoor toxins to accumulate to unhealthy levels. This is where a good air filter is crucial!
Types of filters
Fiberglass mesh filters. These filters are thin and allow plenty of airflow, but they aren't great at catching dust or debris.
Tightly pleated filters. All filters are rated on the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) scale. Among other factors, a filter's MERV rating refers to how tight its pleats are, and the higher its MERV rating, the tighter the pleats are. A MERV rating of 13 or higher does a fantastic job of protecting your home - and your system - from dust and other allergens, but this superior protection comes with a cost. It can overwork your unit and cause it to overheat.
Washable filters. These reusable filters can save you money over time - if you remember to pull your filter out and wash it! However, even if you're regularly washing your filter, it's a challenge to clean the filter thoroughly. Also, over time, washable filters can break down and become less effective.
We recommend pleated filters for your unit for an ideal balance of airflow and protection, but not ones with overly tight pleats. Instead, choose a wide-pleated filter with a MERV rating of around 8 to 11, and it should be just right!
We can't stress this enough - as a best practice, we recommend changing your air filters each month - especially if you have pets. A clogged filter is a hazard to your system and your health. Each day, our techs see the damage that neglecting a filter can do. It's preventable, and it's low-cost.
Neighborly Tip: Having trouble remembering to change your filter? Set a recurring reminder in your smartphone's calendar app!
The blower in your HVAC system circulates about 1,400 cubic feet of air per minute - that's a lot of continuous air! Think about all the airborne particulates that are moving along with it. The front-line defense to removing these particles is the air filter inside your HVAC system, so make sure to keep it nice and clean for the best results.
Northeast Ohio HVAC preventive maintenance
Prevent air conditioning breakdowns this summer and every summer - be sure to change your air filters! Call the pros at Hey Neighbor LLC | Ron the Furnace Man for seasonal maintenance and any questions you might have about air filters. Our expert technicians make sure that your system is running efficiently year-round! Call us at 877-247-7661 or schedule a service visit online today!
How Does Central Air Conditioning Work?
Posted: July 23, 2021 by Andy
There's plenty of benefits to having a central AC system in your home, but the most important one is keeping your home nice and cool and rid of excessive humidity. Not only does your system keep your home comfortable, but it also cleans the indoor air you breathe. When the air passes through the filter, airborne particles such as dust, bacteria, and allergens are removed.
Plus, a central AC system is far quieter than a free-standing or window-mounted air conditioner, as the compressor unit is located outside your home, which keeps noise levels down inside it. But, how does your central air conditioning system actually work?
The AC pros at Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling are here to help you understand it.
An AC system's parts
A typical central AC is made up of two main components, also called a split system. This type of system includes:
An outdoor unit. The equipment outside contains the compressor, condenser coil, electrical components, and a fan.
An evaporator coil. The coil is generally installed above the furnace inside your home.
Refrigeration lines. These lines connect the inside equipment to the condenser unit outside.
Refrigerant. This liquid/gas cools your house and is circulated through the refrigeration lines from inside to outside and back.
Ducts. These airflow conduits serve to supply the various spaces in your home with cool air during the warmer months of the year and heated air when it's chilly outside.
A thermostat. This wall-mounted unit controls your entire heating and cooling system and allows you to set the temperature and airflow, and temperature to your desired setting.
The refrigeration cycle
Now that you know a bit about your central air conditioner's components, let's explore its refrigeration process step by step.
1. Refrigerant flows through the system's refrigeration lines between the indoor unit and the outdoor one.
2. Warm air from your home's inside living space is pulled through the ductwork by a fan.
3. Refrigerant is pumped from the compressor coil outside to the evaporator coil inside, absorbing heat from the indoor air.
4. The cooled air is distributed through the ductwork and vents in your home, lowering the temperature to the desired level.
5. This cycle repeats as often as necessary to make your home cool and comfortable.
Central air conditioning in detail
Now that you have some understanding of how central AC works, let's dig a bit deeper into the process.
As we mentioned above, the thermostat monitors and controls the air temperature in your home. Cooling begins when the thermostat senses that the air is warmer than the target temperature. The thermostat then signals to the AC system to start running.
Once the inside and outside components begin to run, your furnace's fan pulls hot air from inside your home through the return air ducts. The air then passes through air filters where dust and other airborne particles are trapped for easy removal when you clean or replace your filter. (You're doing that every month, right?)
The air then passes over the cold evaporator coil, and as the liquid refrigerant inside the coil becomes a gas, the heat is absorbed into the refrigerant, cooling the air. Your indoor unit's blower then pushes the cool air through your home's ductwork to keep your family cool.
Next, the gas travels through copper piping to the outside compressor. The compressor then pressurizes the refrigerant gas back into liquid form and sends it to the condenser coil.
Your condenser unit's fan pulls outside air through its condenser coil, allowing the air to absorb heat from your home and releases this heat outdoors. During this process, the now-liquid refrigerant then travels back to the indoor unit. Once there, it passes through a device that regulates the flow of refrigerant to the evaporator coil.
The cold refrigerant then absorbs more heat from your home's indoor air, and the cycle continues.
Central air conditioning maintenance and repair
If your central AC decides to take the hottest day of the year off, don't panic! Call Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling and get cool fast! Our expert HVAC technicians get the job done right every time! If you need emergency service, we provide 24-hour AC service to the Northeast Ohio area for a wide array of air conditioning repairs. Broken AC got you down? Call us for fast service - 877-247-7661!
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