Posted on:
12. 28. 2020

Best Practices for Reducing Heating Bills This Winter

Written by: Metro Air

Winter weather in Minnesota is incredibly cold, making your heating system a necessity to stay cozy and comfortable all season long. Unfortunately, continuous use of your heating system can translate to high energy costs. And with the holidays right around the corner, the last thing you want to do is be surprised with a high utility bill. So, looking for ways to save money on your heating bill? Here are some tips on how to do that.

#1: Stay on top of filter changes.
You might not see the air filters in your heating system, but they play a big role in how it functions. In fact, if they are clogged and full of dirt, dust, and debris, your system will need to work harder than necessary to do its job. This extra strain increases energy usage and in turn, causes your energy bill to increase. Be sure to change your filters  every one to two months. This also helps prolong the life of your system!

#2: Schedule a preventative maintenance checkup.
Machines require maintenance. Just like a car requires a tune-up or an oil change, so does your furnace. Regular service appointments ensure that the system is running at peak efficiency. That helps keep your utility bills at a reasonable cost! In fact, our experienced team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling will check over 30 different items during your preventative maintenance appointment, including:

  • Clean flame sensor
  • Clean condensate line and trap
  • Check/adjust gas pressure
  • Check blower motor current draw
  • Check inducer motor amp draw
  • Measure temperature rise across furnace
  • Perform combustion analysis to verify Carbon Monoxide level

#3: Seal drafty windows or doors.
Leaky windows and doors are your furnace system’s enemy. Why? Because they could be causing all of that warm air to be leaked outside. Make sure you inspect your windows and doors, caulking and sealing them. This is an inexpensive way to seal areas that warm air escapes. And that makes a big difference when it comes to keeping your home evenly heated and your utility bill affordable.

Do you have additional questions on your furnace’s efficiency? Contact us today! We’ll make sure you have your system repaired, maintained or replaced in a reasonable time frame so you can stay warm this winter and beyond.

 

Posted on:
12. 21. 2020

Frequently Asked Questions About Furnaces

Written by: Metro Air

Your furnace system is an amazing machine that helps provide comfort to you and your family during the coldest Minnesota days and nights. This heating system is complex and it’s normal to have questions about it. Here are some of the most common questions we hear and the answers to them.

Is preventative maintenance really necessary?

Yes! Just like your car needs a regular tune-up and oil change, so does your furnace system! Professional HVAC maintenance ensures that your system operates at peak efficiency, especially during the cold winter months. In addition, our experienced technicians will help detect any potential issues before they get out of hand.

Can you do routine maintenance without a professional?

There are some things you can do to help keep your furnace running well during the cold weather. That means keeping your air filter cleaned and replaced and making sure there aren’t any obvious abnormalities happening. But regular preventative maintenance appointments with our team is always the best way to ensure everything is working properly.

How often should filters be replaced or cleaned?

This is a very common question! Filters play a huge role in your system’s functionality and efficiency. Unfortunately, many times they get forgotten about. Your filter traps dust, dirt, pet hair, and other debris, keeping them from entering the system and the air inside. We recommend cleaning or replacing your filter every 1-2 months for 1-inch filters and 3-6 months for 4-inch media filters.

When should I call for a repair appointment?

If you make preventative maintenance priority, you likely won’t have to worry about repairs. However, there are some problems that can pop up, so if you notice any of these things, call our team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling:

-Unusual smells coming from the machine or the venting system
-Abnormal sounds or noises coming from the machine
-The air isn’t as warm as it should be
-The thermostat is showing inaccurate temperatures

Every Minnesota resident understands that staying warm and comfortable each winter is important! So, when your system is running at peak performance, you can rest a little easier. Staying on top of basic furnace maintenance will ensure that your system not only runs well, but that it lasts as long as possible. The average furnace will last 15 to 20 years.

Do you have more questions that weren’t covered here? Contact our team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling.