Make These 3 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Heating System

January 11, 2022

When the calendar changes from one year to the next, many people sit down and make a list of New Year’s resolutions. Some of the most common resolutions relate to personal habits and lifestyle changes, such as exercising for 30 minutes per day or decreasing time spent on social media. When considering how to make your life better in 2022, don’t forget home improvements and maintenance. Here are three great New Year’s resolutions to make for your home’s heating system. 1. Check the Air Filter Monthly Your heater’s air filter plays a big role in the system’s energy efficiency and performance. It also impacts your home’s air quality. Slide the air filter out of its housing once per month to inspect it. Clean or replace it when it’s dirty. We recommend changing it at least every three months. 2. Program Your Thermostat Take advantage of the energy-saving features offered by your programmable or smart thermostat. If you still have a manual system, make 2022 the year you upgrade to a smart unit. Smart thermostats offer apps and allow you to control your home’s temperature with your smartphone. 3. Schedule an Annual Tune-up Your heating system needs an annual tune-up. During...

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How Do You Determine the Efficiency of Your Furnace?

December 20, 2021

The efficiency of your heater is essential for the comfort and safety of your home. Here is how you can tell if your heating system in Littleton, CO, is efficient. Check the Furnace’s Efficiency Rating AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) is the rating that determines the efficiency of air-forced heating systems. It defines the amount of fuel your furnace consumes against its output in heat energy. Older systems usually have an AFUE rating of between 60% and 80%. However, the most recent models have efficiencies of over 90%. The heat pump’s cooling efficiency is measured in SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration). The heating component is given by HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). You can find the specifications for your system in the manufacturer’s manual. Review Your Home’s Energy Consumption Even if your heating system has a high-efficiency rating, its performance can deteriorate with time. Your system will need more fuel to heat the room to the desired temperature. One sign that your heater is losing efficiency is a high utility bill. If you’ve noticed a sudden change in your utility bills, call Littleton Heating and Air Conditioning in Aurora for an evaluation. The Impact of Aging on Your Furnace You...

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3 Reasons Your Furnace Is Leaking

November 20, 2021

It’s alarming to come home and discover a puddle of water under your furnace. This is a sure sign that something’s amiss with the furnace and will quickly lead to problems like mold and mildew growth if it’s not addressed right away. While this situation can be a headache for homeowners, Littleton Heating and Air Conditioning will help you troubleshoot the issue and make sure it’s fixed right away. During our 40+ years providing furnace services in Littleton, CO, we’ve seen—and fixed—many common issues. Here are some of the most common causes of a leaky furnace: 1. Condensation Leak Condensation leaks are by far the most common cause of furnace leaks. High-efficiency furnaces have a cool exhaust which produces condensation. If you have this kind of furnace, you’ll see a white PVC pipe leading to a drain in the ground. If the floor drain becomes blocked or clogged, it could result in condensation accumulating on the floor. Additionally, cracks in the PVC tubing can also cause water to leak out. 2. Faulty Heat Exchanger The heat exchanger is also common with modern, high-efficiency furnaces. This component circulates heat that would otherwise be wasted; as a byproduct of this exchange, it...

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When Is it Time to Replace the Ductwork in Your Home?

October 19, 2021

If you’re wondering when to replace the ductwork in your home, our team has compiled a few questions and answers that may help you establish a timeframe. Whether your ductwork needs a good cleaning or replacement, there are definite benefits to keeping it in good working condition. How Old Is the Ductwork? If you know the ductwork in your home is more than 15 years old, it may be time to plan for future replacement costs. On the other hand, if you have no issues with your ductwork and the air quality in your home is excellent, you are probably okay with regular cleanings and inspections for now. Do Your Utility Bills Keep Going Up? If you can’t figure out why your utility costs keep going up, it could be because you have damaged ductwork. Consider getting your ductwork inspected so that you can know for sure if that is why your utilities keep getting higher. You may need repairs or a total replacement if you have a lot of damage. How Is the Indoor Air Quality? If you notice that your allergies increase as you enter your home, you may have an issue with the ductwork. Your home’s air...

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How to Clean Your Filters

September 20, 2021

Now that the seasons are changing, it’s important to add cleaning your filters to your to-do list. Clearing your air conditioner filter of the particles that have accumulated throughout the season will help ensure the energy efficiency of your system. There are five easy steps that will allow you to fully clean your filters in less than two hours. 1. Turn Off the AC This first step is simple but very important. Make sure your air conditioner is off before you clean your filters. The dust and other particles your filter would usually prevent from entering your home can come in unfiltered once the filters are removed. Having your system off prevents damaging your air quality while you clean. 2. Observe the Filter Next, you will remove your filter with a screwdriver. Some systems have multiple filters, so check with your owner’s guide to locate all of them. Once you’ve got them, observe your filters and look for any signs of damage. Any rips, tears, or anything that would indicate the filter is no longer serving its purpose is a sign that you should replace rather than clean it. 3. Vacuum Before vacuuming your filter, remember that they tend to...

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How to Choose the Best AC System for Your Home

August 2, 2021

When it comes to cooling your home, you can choose between four main air conditioning systems. Each of them has its pros and cons to consider when deciding which one is best for your home. Window AC Unit Window air conditioners are relatively affordable and easy to install. You can fit them into single and double-hung windows. Modern ones are much more efficient than ones from even a decade ago. Window AC units can only cool a single room. They block your view through the window and can be noisy. Portable AC Unit Portable AC units are like window ones, but even easier to get up and running. They have an exhaust hose through which warm air in your home is vented outdoors. They have the advantage of not blocking your view when in use. The major problem with portable air conditioners is that they don’t have much cooling capacity. They’re more expensive than their window counterparts and less efficient than them. They can also be noisy, and you need to drain their water reservoirs. Ductless Mini-Split AC Systems A mini-split AC system is comprised of an outdoor unit and up to four interior units. They’re very efficient as they...

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How to Reduce AC Noise

July 26, 2021

Can you hear your AC unit running while you’re inside of your house? Do you have to shout over the buzz when you have guests over? Noisy air conditioners are common, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer all summer. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common causes of noisy air conditioners and easy ways to solve them. 1. Plant Shrubs or Bushes Near Unit If there isn’t anything mechanically wrong with your AC unit, then you’ll have to get creative with blocking the noise. One popular way homeowners do this is by planting vegetation near the air conditioner. Shrubs, bushes, or a nice hedgerow will naturally dampen the sound. If you do decide to go this route, keep in mind that the bushes will need to be well-trimmed so that dead leaves don’t make their way into the unit. 2. Install a Smaller AC Unit An air conditioner that’s too large for your house’s square footage will generate noise due to its oversized condenser. By cooling your home down too rapidly, it gets stuck in a constant cycle of turning on and off again. Not only is this noisy, but it also wears out...

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How To Prepare Air Conditioner for the Summer

June 28, 2021

Summertime in Littleton, Colorado, often brings with it ice cream and other cold desserts, loose and comfortable clothing, beach trips and family vacations abroad, and more. But it’s also that time of the year when temperatures can skyrocket, so make sure that your AC unit is in perfect condition to handle the often humid climate. Here are some easy things that you can do to be sure that your AC is ready to handle the increased workload. Switch Off Your AC’s Power Make sure your AC unit’s power supply is switched off before you start working on it. You’ll want to switch off the circuit breaker that the unit is connected to. You’ll also want to switch off the separate power supply for the condenser, which is found in the service panel. Depending on your AC model, you may also find a 240-volt weatherproof disconnect box near the condenser. Switch that off. Clean Your AC’s Filters If you just recently replaced your filters, you can simply clean off the light dust and debris accumulation. But if your furnace or air-handler filters haven’t been changed for some time now, like in the past year, you may want to replace the filter...

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Does Humidity Affect My Air Conditioner?

May 15, 2021

There are many threats to your air conditioner lurking inside of your home. Besides dirty air that can clog the filter, humid air is also less than helpful for your system. Here are three ways that humidity can harm your AC unit. Your Air Conditioner Can Break Summer months are when it is the most humid out, so you need your air conditioner the most. It is also when your unit is working its hardest. Your air conditioner cools your house by taking humidity out of the air. Think of humidity as something that creates more work for your system. The more of it there is, the harder your AC unit struggles. You may even turn your air conditioner up higher to stay cool in your residence. This can eventually wear out your cooling system. Your Home May Not Be Cool You might find that there are warmer areas in your house, and you may even see fog on your windows. Humidity means that your system can give you an uneven performance and not work well in the summer. Some rooms in your home will be cooler than others, and some areas may even be off-limits. Uneven performance can also...

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Should I Turn Off My Gas Furnace in the Summer?

April 16, 2021

You don’t have to shut down an electronic furnace over the summer in Littleton, CO. It will not use any more energy over the course of the summer than it uses at any other time of the year. On top of this, if you do shut off the electric furnace, you will also be shutting down the circuit breaker for your air conditioner. Older furnaces, or furnaces that are 10+ years older, have a pilot light that works by igniting the furnace burner. When this burner is on, you should see a blue flame. Because your furnace will waste gas when in use, it is a wise idea to turn off the pilot light in the summer. You can do this by turning the furnace valve at a 90-degree angle. If your furnace has an electronic ignition instead of a pilot light, you will need to take additional steps to turn off the furnace. If your furnace has a mechanical problem, contact a professional. Failure to get this fixed promptly can result in more costly repairs for you to make in the future. What Are Some Other Steps to Take to Keep Your Furnace Healthy in the Summer? One step...

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