11. 19. 2019
Written by: Metro Air
Many homes around Minnesota have gas furnaces. They’re energy efficient, affordably priced, and keep utility bills down when compared to electric heating systems. However, as with any furnace, there are things that can go wrong. Avoid hazards with your gas furnace by following these gas furnace safety tips.
#1: Keep the intake and exhaust lines clear.
It is important to keep the intake and exhaust lines free of debris or clutter. Don’t store any items like cleaning products, boxes, loose paper, or other flammable objects near the furnace. This could cause an accidental fire. There should always be plenty of clearance around the system.
#2: Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a clear, odorless gas and if poisoning occurs, it starts with headache and dizziness, upset stomach, or weakness. Gas furnaces, stoves or space heaters can leak carbon monoxide into your home, and it can be deadly. CO detectors are a standard product in most homes but if for some reason you don’t have one, it’s important to invest in one immediately. Even if you don’t have a gas furnace, a carbon monoxide detector is important to have. These are affordably priced in local home improvement stores and can save your life.
#3: Regular preventative maintenance.
Preventative maintenance appointments with our professional team of technicians at Metro Air Heating & Cooling are important. These appointments are the best way to repair and detect any small issues with the furnace that could turn into bigger problems down the road. And while we are on call 24 hours a day for emergency service, you won’t want to experience an unexpected furnace breakdown. This is especially true if your furnace is at the end of its lifespan. We will clean the inside of the system including the air filters and will also make sure all the internal components are functioning as they should together for peak energy efficiency.
Keeping you and your family safe is important, especially now that your furnace is in use in the colder weather. For more information about gas furnace safety or to schedule a repair or maintenance appointment, contact us today!
11. 11. 2019
Written by: Metro Air
Being a homeowner can get expensive and saving money is always a great thing when possible! Did you know that programmable thermostats can help save you money? These are becoming more and more standard in homes now because of their amazing benefits.
Replacing a manual thermostat is a good idea, especially when the fall and winter weather brings cold, frigid days and nights. Cold weather means you will be running your heating system almost non-stop. This time of year, homeowners usually see a spike in their utility bill. A programmable thermostat can help! They will help you adjust the temperature to a degree that matches exactly what you want, when you want it. No need to keep your heat on while you’re away at work, so program the thermostat to turn down slightly when you’re gone. Then, schedule it to turn back up right before you get home so you can walk into a warm, comfortable space. Some homeowners turn the furnace way down, then think that the system isn’t keeping up because it takes an hour or two to get to the temperature you designate. There is no need to turn the system completely off or down 10 degrees – all you have to do is reduce the set point by a few degrees to see a reduction in your utility bill.
Keeping your furnace running all day and night means that it’s working hard. But programming it to adjust as needed will help prolong the life of the system by not putting it to use when not necessary. Not to mention, you won’t be wasting energy. That means you’re doing something great for the environment.
A new higher end thermostat also has unique diagnostic functions that can help ensure that your equipment is operating at peak efficiency. Some can even detect when the filter is dirty or if the unit is short cycling. New WIFI thermostats can also tell you if your furnace breaks down or has an issue while you’re away, which could prevent serious damage from happening to your house while you’re at work or on vacation.
A programmable thermostat is well worth the investment! It will help evenly heat your home and will work alongside any existing heating system that you currently have. They are affordable and are a great upgrade to add! Our experienced team at Metro Air Heating & Cooling can help you with programmable thermostat options. Some of these include:
- Bryant Housewise Wi-Fi Thermostat
- Nest Learning Thermostat
- Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
- Bryant Evolution Connex Control
Contact us today to get your old thermostat replaced!