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Easy Steps On How To Clean Your Furnace At Home

Technician checking out a overhead gas furnace in a commercial building.
Technician checking out a overhead gas furnace in a commercial building.

Your house will not be complete without a furnace, especially during the winter season. This furnace will keep you warm and prevent you to have colds and spread virus with the kids. Meanwhile if you really want to clean it, here are the simple steps on how you should clean and maintain the furnace.

  1. Turn off the HVAC System

By turning off the HVAC system assures you that no any incidents will happen inside your lovely home. Locate the access panel and remove the hooks that hold the lock.

  1. Pull Out The Filter

You must be careful when pulling out the filter, check all the corners if there are dirt or debris that block the filter to be removed. Furnace Repair Baltimore will help you clean your furnace if you’re in need of assistance.

  1. Make Use Of A Vacuum

The first part of the furnace that should be vacuumed is the burners and the furnace base, and the other parts of the furnace should be also vacuumed to remove the unnecessary debris and dirt. Use a flashlight to see the entire area that needs to be clean. After using the vacuum, take consider of using a damp cloth and wipe everything in the furnace.

  1. Test The Furnace

After cleaning the furnace, you should now check if it’s still working. You should be attentive to any unusual smells and if something does not seem right, shut it down and investigate. Otherwise you should call a professional to check it right away. This is to secure your safety with your family.

Tips and Maintenance For Your Home HVAC

Portrait Of A Young Man Adjusting Air Conditioning System
Portrait Of A Young Man Adjusting Air Conditioning System

When you are installing a new programmable thermostat, make sure find a good location where it can accurately measure the temperature inside your home. Your professional HVAC contractor may help you a lot to with properly placement of your thermostat, because your thermostat only knows what the temperature is in the area surrounding it. That’s why placement is so integral to functionality.

For example, installing your thermostat near an exterior door can dramatically affect how it works, as the opening and closing of the door will change the ambient temperature in the immediate area, regardless of temperature in the rest of the house. It will not read your indoor air temperature accurately and you may experience uneven heating and cooling. For the same reason, it’s not recommended to place a thermostat near windows. This is only one of the reasons why, when it comes to HVAC installation and maintenance, you will need the guidance of a professional who’s able to draw upon years of experience and training

The thermostat should also be located where it is not affected by heated or cooled air blowing from the registers. It should be mounted about 5 feet from the floor to get a good average reading from floor to ceiling. Warm air rises so temperatures in your home will naturally be warmer toward the ceiling and cooler at the floor. An incandescent light bulb can raise the nearby air temperature several degrees and affect your thermostat’s temperature reading. The same is true for the sun. Finally, mount thermostats well away from exterior doors and windows and away from kitchens to avoid inaccurate readings.

Why AC Coils Freezing-Up?

You may notice your cooling system doesn’t feel like it’s working adequately, and when you go to check, find that your air conditioner unit is covered in ice. An air conditioner that “freezes up” is actually a victim of the A/C coils freezing up. As a result, homeowners may find themselves without any air conditioning, and will need to call a HVAC professional. The evaporator coil is prone to freezing, primarily because it transfers heat, or evaporates it, from the indoor to the outdoor air. In the process, it also drains a lot of condensation. When problems occur, this condensation can form a block of ice around the coil, causing it to freeze.

Below are several common problems that can cause your air conditioner to freeze up:

 

A dirty filter – Anything that restricts the air flow over the coil surfaces can disrupt the balance of your system and cause icing.

Low refrigerant – Refrigerant leaks or low levels of refrigerant can make the cold coil too cold and allow moisture in the air to freeze and accumulate.

A dirty coil – When you first turn it on, are turn just the blower on you get good airflow.

Temperature – Faulty thermostat or thermostats that are set too low can cause an air conditioner to run constantly, which can eventually drop the temperature of the condenser below freezing.

What can you do if your air conditioner freezes up?

First, turn off your air conditioning system completely off and let it defrost. Next, clean or replace any dirty filters and remove any visible dirt or obstructions. Open all registers completely and make sure furniture or draperies are not blocking them. The next thing, call an Air Conditioning Professional. Your system will need to be inspected to ensure there are no refrigerant leaks or damage to your equipment.

Regular maintenance on your air conditioning system helps you avoid many of these problems. During regular maintenance filters are cleaned or changed, thermostats are checked and leveled, refrigerant is checked for proper charge, and coils are inspected.

Home Improvement Brainstorming Strategy

repair, building, renovation and people concept - close up of happy couple looking at blueprint at home
repair, building, renovation and people concept – close up of happy couple looking at blueprint at home

If not, take some steps to turn on the flow of ideas. You may want to add those final touches that will keep you happy for years to come, or you may be looking for ways to improve your home before you put it on the market. Whatever your situation, here are some ways you can brainstorm for home improvement repair tips and ideas to enhance your home’s comfort, make additions, do repairs, and improve energy efficiency and safety.

Ideas are fueled by visualization and inspiration. Your creative mind works best when it has a free flow of images to play with. Try some of these strategies:

Physically walk through your yard from one end to the other and your home from top to bottom. Try viewing your home from different angles: how does it look from the neighbor’s upstairs window? Anything seem lacking or in disrepair? Take photos from all angles.

Visualizing yourself walking through your home as if you had never seen it before…would you want to see more of this home, or does it need a pick-me-up?You may want to try some online home design software to help you dream up some new projects you wouldn’t have known of on your own. There is no shortage of home improvement books, magazines, and TV shows. For the really brave, you could ask friends and family for input (I personally wouldn’t).

As you review each room, write down what you like and don’t like. Include everything you see and feel: colors, fabrics, furniture and window placements, tiles, floors, room size, the home’s lightness or darkness, temperature…this is brainstorming so go for it. Use this as a checklist you can review for each room of your home and each area of your yard to inspire you with ideas.

Home Comfort Improvements

First, look at how the home is presently and the changes that would appeal to you:

  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
  • Lighting
  • Painting
  • Soundproofing improvements
  • Electrical capacity upgrades to use more appliances
  • Plumbing updates for more water

Basement waterproofing. Depending on the extent and purpose, this can also fall into the maintenance and repair category. (The categories here are for brainstorming and mental organization, but are not mutually exclusive.) Go through the rooms of your home and identify where you could make improvements.

Home Addition Improvements

A bigger possibility is adding additional space for living or storage. Typical home addition improvement projects include:

  • Turning basement areas into livable spaces like recreational rooms, home theaters, or home offices.
  • Converting attic space into bedrooms or offices.
  • Extending or adding a porch or deck.
  • Enlarging or building a garage.
  • A larger or extra bath.
  • Extending a kitchen.
  • Adding a sun room.
  • Landscape design.

Among these categories, basements, attics, porches, decks, and garages are usually easiest and least expensive to renovate.

Home Maintenance and Repair

These should be checked at least yearly for signs of wear and damage:

  • Roof tear off or overlay
  • Concrete masonry repairs to foundations or chimneys
  • Plumbing – check for leaky faucets, fixtures, etc.
  • Electrical
  • Damaged flooring
  • Wall cracks, stains and holes
  • Ceiling problems
  • Doors and windows – drafts, weather damage
  • Kitchen cabinetry and counters
  • Deck condition
  • Home Energy Efficiency

Besides cutting energy costs, you may save on tax bills with energy-saving products. Consider these options:

  • Thermal insulation
  • Windows replaced with thermally efficient windows
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Solar panels
  • Geothermal heat pump
  • Home Safety Improvements

Not least in importance is home security, depending on your needs:

  • Updating the fire alarm and fire sprinkler system.
  • Security of doors, windows, and shutters.
  • Burglar alarm system.
  • Underground area for protection from tornadoes and hurricanes.
  • Backup generator for power outage emergencies.

These home improvement categories are not mutually exclusive, and can be combined with each other in practice. The main point here is to use these checklists as a way to stimulate ideas when thinking about how to renovate your home.