Heating and Air


Tips for Summer Maintenance by Steve Vacha   Every season has its maintenance and things to remember. Number one problem for most home owners is not controlling surface water.  Extensions as needed and keep gutters clean. Maintaining sprinkler systems:   Verify it is working correctly and there are no broken pipes or spray heads especially next to the foundation. Keep male dogs away from AC units.  This is probably one of the most costly things to ...


Flue Safety

Flue Safety By Tim Krof A properly installed and functioning flue is essential for home safety. Carbon monoxide and other gases are lighter than air and will float up through a flue without the assistance of a blower. Flues need proper clearance from combustibles and should be properly vented to exterior. In the process of venting the combustible gases from the furnace or water heater, the metal flue will heat up. These metal flues can be either single wall or double wall in ...


Duct Cleaning

Duct Cleaning By Steve Vacha Duct cleaning typically involves the use of specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts and then having them vacuumed out. The EPA suggests that you should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if: - Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects). - Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from supply registers. - There is mold in your ductwork or other ...


Balancing Act

Balancing Act By Steve Vacha We all know that air has volume.  If air is removed from a room it creates a vacuum.  This vacuum will naturally equalize itself by pulling air in from another space.   And if air is being pushed into a room in the form of a warm air vent, the old air must have a place to escape to make room for the new conditioned air to enter. This is where cold air returns come into play. This balancing ...


Carbon Monoxide Detector Placement

Proper CO detector placement is important. CO gas and air are basically the same weight. But often, CO is accompanied with warm air produced by a gas fired appliance, so it tends to rise with warm air. If only one CO detector is going to be installed, it is suggested to place it at a considerable height near the bedrooms. Ideally in a large home a CO detector could ...