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3 Interesting And Helpful FAQs About Your Heater

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When your home’s furnace is working properly, you may not give it much thought. However, when it is not performing efficiently or has stopped working, your heating system is brought to the forefront of your attention. Check out the answers to these interesting and helpful FAQs to learn about your heating system.

FAQs About Your Heater

1. Why Does My Heater Keep Shutting Off?

Helpful FAQ's About Your Heater - Cool Breeze Comfort SolutionsIn most cases when your furnace is shutting on and off, it’s due to a problem called short cycling. If it is not diagnosed and corrected promptly, it could not only end up costing you more in heating costs but could lead to permanent damage.

If you notice that your furnace is short cycling, a dirty air filter may be the culprit. If the filter hasn’t been cleaned or changed recently, warm air cannot pass through it easily.

You can help prevent this issue by changing the air filter regularly. It should be changed at the start of each season and checked monthly in between changes. Put a reminder on your calendar or electronic device so that you do not forget.

The problem may also be caused by a faulty thermostat. Make sure that it is set to an accurate setting and not too close to another heat source or located in direct sunlight before assuming the heating unit needs to be repaired.

Other causes of short cycling include an improperly sized heating system for your home, a corroded flame sensor, or a foreign object lodged in the air vent or the chimney.

The best recommendation is to schedule a service appointment with one of our licensed technicians to have the issue properly diagnosed and repaired.

2. How Are Heaters Rated?

Furnaces, water heaters and boilers are rated using a thermal energy efficiency measure called Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). It is pronounced “A-FEW”. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the heat-producing unit will be.

In the case of a natural gas furnace or boiler, typical AFUE numbers would be as follows:

  • Conventional: 55-65%
  • Mid-efficiency: 78-84%
  • Condensing: 90-97%

3. Can I Use An Extension Cord With My Space Heater?

If you are using an electric space heater, you should never use an extension cord to plug it into a power source. Doing so puts you at risk for causing a house fire due to the extra wattage that they carry and the amount of amperage that they use.

You can use a space heater in your home as long as you plug it into a separate outlet on your wall. If the fuse blows or the circuit breaker trips on the circuit that you are plugged into, unplug the heater and try another circuit.

A Leading HVAC Installation And Service Company

Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions is a leading HVAC and plumbing installation and service company. We are your local home heating experts and offer annual cleaning and maintenance check-ups, repairs, as well as new furnace and heat pump installations.

Call Us Now To Schedule An Appointment!

Tucson Indoor Air Quality Tips

The condition of ductwork in Tucson homes can have a major effect on your heating and air conditioning system in addition to the actual air quality of your home. This is especially true if you have people living in the home that suffer form chronic allergies and pollutants such as pollen, dust, pet dander and hair. In fact, poorly maintained ducts can actually make these things worse for allergy sufferers.

Irritants get trapped in your ducting and build up over time that can just circulate higher concentrations throughout the entire home. We recommend frequent inspections because every home needs regular ductwork maintenance – there is no method of keeping them clean indefinitely.

If you have not had your air conditioning ductwork, give Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions a call today and we will take a professional look at the system in your home. We can make recommendations and find out what works best for your individual situation.

In addition to just making your Tucson more comfortable, cleaning your ducts can also improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system because it ensures proper air flow. A professional duct cleaning is a comprehensive approach to the whole home with the intent of cleaning every square inch of the ducting within your system and then treating it afterward to improve longevity. We can also look for damaged ductwork, which can lead to a loss of airflow as well.

Tucson air conditioning, air quality and clean duct management are some of our specialties! And remember, the best thing you can do on an ongoing basis as a home owner is replace your filters often! If you are concerned about the quality of any of these areas in your home, give us a call right away and we can schedule an appointment today!

2012 Winter Checklist

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It’s just about that time of year again to prepare for the mild Tucson winter. While for Tucson we’re seeing above average temperatures for this far into the season most Tucsonians know how quickly the weather can change once the heat finally relinquishes.

Here are a few tips and suggestions as we approach the middle of December:

Check Your Air Filters
This task is just the kind of thing that people forget about during the day. It’s easy to miss because it’s out of sight and out of mind. But here at Cool Breeze, we recommend constant vigilance on air filter maintenance. Not only is it a low cost and easy task to perform once you get a rhythm going, but it is vital to maintaining performance and ensuring your equipment lasts a long time. Make sure you inspect and replace filters often – as frequently as once a month if you notice they begin to collect a significant amount of debris.

Get Your Unit Checked Annually
While we understand that this may be an arbitrary step to most, the reason we recommend this is that in many cases major problems start out as minor problems. Having a compressor beginning to go out or a unit showing signs of stress can many times provide a number of options before they become full blown issues. In these cases it’s always a major cost savings rather than a cost incursion. Think of it as an investment in the long term care of your air conditioning and heating unit.

Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions have the professional knowledge and the experience to ensure your unit is running its very best. Give us a call today and see how we can provide peace of mind that your air conditioning or heating unit is ready for winter!

Insulate
Summer provides unique challenges in making sure cold air stays inside while creating barriers against hot air coming into the home. Winter is the same way – make sure you adapt as many low cost options as possible to keep warm air in your home. Escaping air can many times be an easy fix and can provide a big savings on your monthly energy bills.

Obviously the biggest change is to move from single pane inefficient windows to dual pane energy star rated windows. This may be too extreme for some homes and if upgrading isn’t an option, using adhesive weather stripping on windows and self installed door guards, weather strips and low cost window coverings to create insulated barriers can go a long way in lowering your heating bills.

Doing basic things can go a long way in ensuring a more efficient home. Having clean ducts with frequently changed filters, well insulated rooms and doors and windows are prepared by at least the very basic level of insulation will start you on the path to lower heating bills and keep your system running at top performance. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us – we’re here to help you in any of your Tucson heating and cooling needs!

Things You Should Have Inspected: A Tip From Sahuarita

Life would be great in Sahuarita if we could just depend on things to work and last without requiring any sort maintenance or upkeep. Unfortunately, that is not the case. As good as modern manufacturing and engineering are, our devices, appliances and machines still need attention in order to stay in peak condition.

The Body Is a Machine

To illustrate this, think about the human body. We put a lot of wear and tear on ourselves, which can lead to minor illnesses, injuries and the like, especially when combined with the effects of aging. One way we attempt to stay ahead of the game is to get an annual physical. Once a year, we pay a visit to our doctor to make sure everything is in tip top shape. He checks everything out, lets us know what’s going on, helps us treat anything that may be acting up and then off we go, ready to go for another year.

And So Is Your Furnace!

Likewise, your furnace needs annual attention as well. Although newer electrical furnaces can go up to three years without regular maintenance, gas and oil models should be inspected every year, as should older systems. During an annual inspection, an HVAC professional will:

  • Clean out fuel lines, keeping every flowing freely and efficiently.
  • Check for parts that are wearing out or need to be replaced.
  • Clean and inspect the heating ductwork as well as the vents.

These simple and routine maintenance tasks can extend the life of your furnace by years, keeping your home warm and your heating costs low.

The Best Time for Inspection

The best time to get your furnace inspected is in the late summer to fall months. Although you may still be trying to squeeze every bit of enjoyment from those last warm days, the cold weather comes not far behind, and you will want your furnace ready when that happens. A fall inspection ensures that your furnace will be all set when those temperatures start to drop, so your family won’t have to tolerate any chilly nights.

Annual maintenance is important for health and longevity, both for you and your furnace. You can even schedule your physical and your furnace inspection around the same time so you don’t forget. Make an appointment for your car while you’re at it, too. That makes three things you won’t have to worry about during those cold winter months.

Your HVAC System and Electricity: A Tip From Catalina

While not every HVAC system in your Catalina home requires electricity, many of them do. Your air conditioner, electric furnace or ventilation system all need access to the central power line. So what does that mean for your system and what problems should be you beware of?

How Your HVAC System Uses Electricity

How your HVAC system works depends largely on which components need electricity to operate. Here is a quick summary of how each system uses electricity:

  • Air Conditioning – Most air conditioners are electric and therefore use electricity based on the number of BTUs produced. For example, if your air conditioner produces 25,000 BTUs and has a SEER of 16, it can produce 16 BTUs for every watt of electricity consumed per hour. As a result, it consumes 1,562.5 watts per hour when the system is running at maximum capacity. If it runs at full capacity for 8 hours per day, 30 days a month in the summer, that’s 375 kilowatt hours – which is the measurement unit you’ll see on your electric bill.
  • Heating – Your heating system may not use electricity, as many homes today use gas or oil combustion furnaces or boilers to produce heat. However, if you have an electric furnace, that electric power is used to heat the filament in the furnace. Electricity also powers the blower fan motor which pushes air across the filament and into the air handler. An electric furnace sized to heat a 1500 square foot home can use up to 8,000 watts per hour to produce enough heat for your home. That converts to roughly 5,000 kilowatt hours per month. The current price of electricity will determine how much this actually costs, you but it can really add up quickly.
  • Ventilation – Your ventilation system is almost always going to use electricity to circulate and filter air. While mechanical filters rely on the movement of air to remove certain particles, ventilation systems have a variety of components including fans and possibly even condenser coils to conserve energy as air is exchanged between the inside and outside.

Electricity plays an important role in your HVAC system no matter how your system works. To ensure yours continues to operate as intended, have your power system checked on a regular basis when the rest of your HVAC system is serviced.