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The Benefits of an HVAC Zoning System

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If you haven’t heard of an HVAC zoning system, the experts at Oliver would like to enlighten you a little bit about its benefits: If you’re interested in saving money while increasing the comfort of your home, we suggest a zoning solution. Not only will you be able to turn the thermostat up or down in various areas in the house, you’ll also enjoy being constantly comfortable. For a few points on why so many homeowners have invested in the system, read below:

Convenience

Being able to control the temperature in each area of your home is extremely convenient. Not only can you adjust the thermostat according to each room’s size, but you’ll never have to go out of your way to do it. (Think about the convenience of waking up in the middle of the night and not having to go all the way downstairs to adjust the temperature.)

Savings

By choosing a comfort system with zoning, you’ll only use energy when you need it, which can save you money on your monthly energy bills. You’ll also reduce your carbon footprint and be a bigger part of the “green” movement.

Comfort

When people think of home, they think of comfort, and having a thermostat in each part of your home means you’ll always be comfortable. If your kitchen is always hotter than your bedroom, or your basement is much colder than the rest of the house, you’ll be able to adjust their temperatures accordingly and never be too hot or too cold.

HVAC Lifespan

Zoning systems work best when they are installed with your heating and cooling system. Units with a compatible communicating system will be able to run at maximum efficiency. By not working your unit as hard, you’ll prolong its lifespan and won’t have to worry about wearing it out (or relying on our HVAC repair service).

If you’re interested in turning your home into a comfortable, efficient space, give us a call to set up a free, no-obligation in-home estimate.


5 Signs Your Commercial Heating Needs Repairs

 

HVAC service When you run a business or organization, your heating system is probably the last thing you worry about. However, there’s always the possibility that something can go wrong and that your system will be in need of a repair. Take a minute and observe. If you see or hear any of the following things, your system is probably due for a repair.

Leaking

If your business uses a boiler, it means that your heating system uses water to heat the area. You may find small spots of water every once in awhile, but if you experience leaking (which could include a wet ceiling, dripping noises, or water around your radiator or baseboard), call our heating experts right away.

Odd Noises

Commercial heating systems tend to make a lot of noise, but there are some noises that simply aren’t normal. If you hear things like grinding or “boom”ing, you could have a problem with your air handler motor bearings or a burner may be misfiring. Other noises include hissing and gurgling. If you hear any of these noises, it’s a good idea to contact us.

Low/No Heat

If the rooms in your building simply aren’t warming up like they should, your heating system could be experiencing a variety of problems, including burner issues, piping system issues, air duct issues, and more. Our experts will take a look at your system and determine what’s causing the under-par performance.

Higher Heating Bills

If the weather is colder than usual, then you can definitely expect a higher heating bill, but if the bill gives you sticker shock or it’s at a high price even when the weather is warmer, something may be wrong. It’s most likely an issue of wear and tear – as the years go by, the parts that make up a heating system slowly start to wear down and can decrease the efficiency of the system. Let us figure out what the problem is and fix it for you.

Short Cycles

While it’s normal for commercial heating systems to run more when the temperature drops, short cycles could indicate there’s an underlying issue. If you notice your system turns itself on and off over and over throughout the day, it could be overheating. When a system overheats, it activates a “shut-off” switch, and if it overheats every time it turns on, you’ll hear it turn off fairly quickly.

No matter what the problem, our commercial heating experts can fix it. Give us a call at 1-877-757-1141 and set up an appointment.


Temperature Talk: 5 Common Gas Furnace Problems (and Solutions) – Guest Blog

Welcome back to our guest bloggers series! Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Thompson Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling. Thompson is located in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, and graciously allowed us to republish this list of five problems people commonly encounter with gas furnaces. We hope that these tips are helpful in keeping your home comfortable this winter!

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It’s that time of year — temperatures have dipped and you’re using your heating system on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many people find that their natural gas-powered furnace isn’t operating properly once they start using it again in the fall or winter. The problem may be fixed with something as simple as relighting the pilot light or replacing the filter, or you may need a more complex furnace repair. Here are five common gas furnace problems, along with possible causes and repairs.

1. Furnace is not producing heat.

Possible causes include a broken thermostat; the thermostat being set too low; an out pilot light; a blown fuse or circuit breaker; a closed gas valve; or electronic ignition problems.

Depending on the cause of the problem, you may need to make sure the thermostat is in “heat mode” and adjust it up a few degrees; relight the pilot light; replace a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker; troubleshoot the thermostat; or troubleshoot electronic ignition problems.

2. Furnace is not producing enough heat.

This may be caused by obstructed airflow or dirty or misaligned gas burners. In some cases, airflow is obstructed by a dirty furnace air filter, and if it is replaced, the problem is solved.

To troubleshoot the problem, try replacing the air filter, and if that doesn’t solve the problem, have a technician come out to clean/adjust the burners and make sure airflow to the combustion air chamber isn’t obstructed.


3. Blower always running

The thermostat may be set to the “fan continuous” setting, or, in cases where the thermostat has no fan setting, your furnace may have a faulty fan limit control switch.
To fix the problem, you might only need to adjust the thermostat fan setting, or it may be necessary to reset or replace the fan limit control switch on your furnace.

4. Furnace coming on and off too quickly

This behavior could be caused by a problem with the heat anticipator in the thermostat, a problem with the blower motor, or a dirty furnace air filter.
Start by replacing the air filter. If this doesn’t solve the issue, you may need to adjust the thermostat heat anticipator or troubleshoot the blower motor. The blower motor may need to be oiled at lubrication points, or have its belt adjusted (if it is too loose) or replaced (if it is frayed).

5. Noisy Operation

You may be able to determine the cause of a loud furnace by the pitch of the sound it is making: a high-pitched noise may indicate shaft bearings need oiling or that the blower belt is slipping; a low-pitched sound can mean that the pilot light is poorly adjusted or that the gas burners are dirty.

To troubleshoot, try oiling blower motor lubrication ports and checking for proper belt tension and that the belt is not frayed. You can also try adjusting the pilot light and having a furnace service technician clean or adjust your gas burners.

In many cases, troubleshooting and furnace repairs will require the services of an HVAC systems professional. Even if your gas furnace seems to be operating fine now, it’s important to schedule an annual heating tune-up to ensure that it will continue to function properly throughout the entire cold season.

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Thanks again to Thompson for contributing this article! To learn more about the Thompson company, please visit their website.