Transferring HVAC Warranty for New Home

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Transferring an HVAC Warranty for a new home purchase is an important consideration. Be aware of this when purchasing a new home. The HVAC Equipment is generally registered with the builder as the owner. In order to transfer ownership as far as the manufacturer’s warranty goes, you must register your system with the manufacturer within 30 days from closing.

Manufacturer

This is important to know since the manufacturer will generally have a 10 year warranty. The builder likely has a 1 year warranty. Unless the new homeowner contacts the manufacturer to register they will have only the 1 year builder’s warranty. If they register with the manufacturer, they will have the full 10 year warranty. Additionally, they will have the builder’s 1 year warranty and be much better protected.

Parts

Parts for your HVAC equipment are very costly. If your system is under a manufacturer’s warranty, it can be a big savings for the homeowner.

Homeowners should be aware of this. Real estate sales agents can inform the new homeowners so their systems can realize their full warranty potential. It is a great selling tool for a real estate agent to inform the new homeowner of their warranty protections.

Service/ Maintenance

Maintaining your new system is essential to it running optimally and efficiently. A Service/ Maintenance Contract is a the best way to secure and protect your warranty. Air Doctor Heating and Air is pleased to assist you and we monitor warranties on all our new installations.

Prevent Common Household Fire Hazards

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Prevent common household fire hazards. Many things in and around your home can potentially be fire hazards. With the beginning of the new year, it is a perfect time to check to make sure your home is safe from devastating fire hazards.

Smoke Detectors

Be sure to check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be checked once a month and have the batteries replaced every six months. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that your home needs smoke detectors at least in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on each level of the home including the basement.

The Kitchen

The most common area in a home where fire starts is in the kitchen. Never leave the stove or oven on when not attended. Clean your oven and stovetop frequently. According to the National Fire Protection Agency 88% of the oven fires begin within the first fifteen minutes of baking. Also, don’t forget the coils on the back of the refrigerator, they should be vacuumed every three months since debris can collect and pose a potential fire hazard. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for plugging in and operating all appliances.

Electrical Circuits and Appliances

Make certain that you do not overload your electrical circuits. Be especially careful if you are using space heaters. Appliances like space heaters should only be plugged into wall sockets and not into power strips or extension cords. If you are using appliances or devices that emit heat, be sure to keep a three foot clearance surrounding the device. Always remove lint from your dryer prior to each use.

Candles

Never leave candles unattended.

Fireplace Chimney

If you have a fireplace the chimney should be checked or serviced once a year prior to the first use of the season.

HVAC Equipment

Make certain your HVAC equipment is kept clear of debris and clutter. Have your HVAC system serviced each year. Air Doctor Heating and Air will professionally service your equipment to ensure safety and proper operation.
Be sure to have a working fire extinguisher readily available in areas prone to fire hazards like the kitchen, the garage, each level of the house including the basement and near your HVAC equipment.
We at Air Doctor Heating and Air hope you have a safe 2019!

Benefits of Service/ Maintenance Contracts

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The benefits of an HVAC Service/ Maintenance Contract

Performance

An HVAC service, maintenance contract can benefit you in many ways. The most important benefit is knowing that your system(s) are performing properly, safely and at their peak efficiency. Ideally it is best to have your air conditioning system inspected in the Spring before warm weather use and your heating system inspected in the fall before your cold weather use.

Discounts and Longevity

Having a maintenance contract automates this process for you and allows you to take advantage of special discounts applied to maintenance contract customers. They include a discount on Parts and Labor. The twice yearly inspection will include a comprehensive 23 point (heating) or 18 point (cooling) performance “Tune Up”. This can increase the longevity of your equipment.

Protecting Warranties

A maintenance contract is very important in protecting any warranties you may have on your eligible equipment. Most new equipment warranties are honored so long as the equipment has been properly and professionally maintained over the course of the warranty. Unless this is done, your warranty may be at risk and not honored should you encounter a failure. Air Doctor Heating and Air monitors warranties on all new installations and includes a two year service contract at no added cost. Most warranties are void if you have any alterations, adjustments or repairs by anyone other than a licensed, certified professional.

Saving Energy

Saving energy costs are a big benefit to having your HVAC systems performing optimally. This will ensure that you are maximizing your HVAC system’s efforts. For other cost saving ideas, visit our Air Doctor Heating and Air blog- How to Increase HVAC Energy Efficiency.

Older Equipment vs New Systems

We offer Service contracts on new or older equipment. While your older equipment may no longer have warranty protection, Air Doctor Heating and Air can still keep it running is best. If you ever decide to replace your system, Air Doctor Heating and Air can provide you with a Free Estimate. A new system from Air Doctor will include a service contract for two years at no added cost.

A Calibrated Door Blower Test detects energy loss

Door Blower Test

The calibrated door blower test (air leakage test) allows an analysis of heat or cold air loss in a house. These leaks occur through doors, windows, vents or holes. Air leakage results in energy loss and higher energy costs. This test can detect even small leaks which could be costing quite a bit over time and make your HVAC systems work harder. A Door Blower Test measures ACH (Air changes per hour).

Manometer

The testing equipment consists of an exhaust fan mechanism with a sealed doorway block. These are mounted usually at the front door and depressurizes the interior of the house. When this happens the now greater outside air pressure tries to seep in through any opening regardless of how small. A manometer is used to measure air pressure once negative air pressure is achieved. A technician then goes room to room throughout the house to locate these seepages.

Properly Sealing your home

Once the areas of seepage are identified then a plan can be enacted to properly seal the home. An attic is a very common place to lose heat. Often testing begins there before proceeding to the main floor and the rest of the home. Fixes may include filling holes, adding or replacing insulation and seals for doors and windows.

IECC Energy Code

The IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) is a measure of a building’s thermal envelope (air tightness). These codes are energy conservation specific and are required in some new building codes for new construction. These codes are required in order to meet energy conservation requirements. In order to comply with these codes this testing becomes necessary.

The Calibrated Door Blower (Air Leakage) test can benefit everyday homeowners when they are trying to reduce their energy costs. Reducing energy costs are very beneficial, but limiting air loss can also help your HVAC systems work less. Air Doctor Heating and Air can help you assess your home’s need to have the test.

How and why to reduce humidity in your home

Mold

High humidity in your home can cause mold and make your air unhealthy.  The term humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air. Humidity can be uncomfortable and unhealthy when it is too high.

High Humidity

Excessive humidity contributes to mold growth. When mold accumulates over time you can often visibly see it. Hidden mold issues can still negatively impact your health. Mold is a fungus which grows in certain humid environments. Warm humidity creates an environment that mold grows well in. There are different types of mold, but all release mold spores which can become airborne. These spores can damage your lungs, sometimes permanently.

Mold

Unhealthy Mold can grow when there is more than 50% humidity. Lowering the relative humidity in your home can help keep mold from growing. A Dehumidifier will reduce the humidity in your home by actually removing the water vapor. This can be very beneficial especially when you have a particular space with high humidity like a basement.

Lower Your Humidity

Reducing humidity can help reduce mold growth. There are other things to consider when trying to lower humidity in your home such as:

  1. Windows should close properly and not allow air and moisture in.If your doors are not sealed properly they will allow air and moisture in.
  2. Make sure seals are in tact.
  3. Look for and repair any leaks in pipes, around appliances like your refrigerator, around sinks and toilets.
  4. Check to see that your home is properly insulated.
  5. See that all rooms in your house are well ventilated and circulate the air.
  6. Avoid carpeting in restrooms and basements since carpeting can attract and hold moisture.
  7. Remove wet or damp materials.

A home may experience higher humidity during certain times of the year. Even during the day as the humidity outdoors changes so can the humidity inside your home.
Dehumidifiers are often a good choice for reducing the humidity in your home. Air Doctor Heating and Air can help with options for your specific needs and conditions.

The high cost of Heating with Propane

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The high cost of propane used for heating a home is a concern. It may be time to consider other alternatives. Propane is a fuel made from natural gas or petroleum. It is a gas in it’s natural form, but converted to liquid in order to more easily store and utilize it.

Forty eight million households in the United States have something that runs on propane. Whether it is a furnace, stove, grill or other appliances. Ten million homes in the United States heat their homes with propane.

The biggest problems with heating your home with propane are the high and fluctuating costs and supply.

Oftentimes these cost variations are unknown to the consumer when they receive their deliveries. You should understand the cost of the propane before taking delivery each time. Prices can fluctuate at any given moment and without warning.

Propane fuel is not government regulated and so the prices can vary greatly and can lead to overcharges of as much as $500/ year for an average home.

Consumers who own their own propane tanks will be better able to price shop from various suppliers. The downside is they would need to maintain their own tanks. By leasing a tank, their supplier options are more limited.

Propane supply can be subject to supplier shortages and for customers who are locked in to their supplier (either by contract, tank lease or geographical limitations) this can mean no propane delivery for periods of time which can prove a major hardship when heating fuel is needed most.

Propane Heat Alternatives

This year it is estimated that propane and heating oil may be up to 10.5% higher than last year. Forbes (Aug 2018) reports that there can be significant savings by converting existing oil and propane furnaces to electric or natural gas heat. Natural gas is most efficient and the least volatile on a dollar to BTU (British Thermal Unit) comparison. The BTU measures the amount of energy required to produce heat.

Contact Air Doctor Heating and Air so we can provide you with a no cost estimate to convert your home to an energy efficient and lower heating cost heat pump system.

Choosing the Best Air Filter for Your Home

Clean vs Dirty Air Filter

Choose the best air filter when you are replacing your old air filter. This can greatly benefit the air quality inside your home. Many illnesses are associated with airborne contaminants so indoor air quality is a very important consideration.

Regularly replacing your air filter(s) is important in increasing the quality of air as it circulates throughout your home. Your heating and air conditioning units will have improved performance with a clean air filter.

Your air filter(s) should be checked every month and replaced at least every three months. It is best just to replace your air filter if it appears dirty. Do not attempt to clean it.

Your Indoor Air Quality

Your indoor air quality can be affected by several factors:

  • Volume of air circulated.
  • In- home pollutants such as smoking, pets, number of people in the home, ventilation and insulation.
  • Poor ventilation can lead to poorer indoor air quality. Fine particulates, germs, dirt, dander and other pollutants will be more concentrated indoors.

Types of Air Filters

There are many types of filters: Hepa, Carbon, Electrostatic, after market and manufacturer’s branded filters. If you have smoking in your home, have pets or generally high traffic then you will require a higher quality air filter.

Those benefitting from Hepa or electrostatic filters are:

  • Infants
  • Elderly people
  • Anyone in your home that suffers from breathing problems, has allergies or other illnesses.

Hepa or electrostatic filters greatly reduce pollutants, allergens, pollen, bacteria and most other airborne contaminants. Additionally, carbon filters can reduce odors and chemicals.

When selecting a replacement air filter, it is wise to choose a well made filter to maximize air filtration and higher quality air output. It is important that the filter fit properly. It should be measured by width, height and depth.

Air Doctor Heating and Air encourages you to check your filter often and replace regularly to maintain safe indoor air quality in your home.

We at Air Doctor Heating and Air can help you with solutions to problems with your indoor air quality. Reducing pollutants and having a cleaner, healthier home will benefit your health and comfort.

 

Do-It-Yourself HVAC Do’s and Dont’s

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Do It Yourself HVAC Do's and Dont's

HVAC Do's and Dont's. You may be able to troubleshoot your HVAC systems to a certain degree, but for bigger issues repairs and installations should be left to the professionals. Some of the troubleshooting that can be done prior to calling a professional service provider would be:

• Check thermostats- make sure they are set correctly and have power
• Check Air Filters- make sure they are clean and free from debris. If not, change them
• Check to make sure there are no obvious breaks in the lines or equipment and that any power switches are on, check circuit breakers if there is no power.
• If you have a gas furnace, check to make sure the red switch is in the on position.

Your HVAC equipment represents a major investment in your home. Having it properly and professionally serviced by a licensed, insured HVAC specialist is the best way to protect that investment.

Additionally, working on the unit yourself may void any warranties you may have, which can lead to added expense later on.

Malfunctioning HVAC systems can cause very costly problems if not properly addressed. At the first signs of a problem, it is best to address it right away. Some issues requiring prompt attention:

• Loud Noises
• Non Operational after checking thermostats, filters and power supply
• Leaking
• Excessive vibration
• System runs, but little or no air distributed
• Icing visible on coils or pipes
• Visible water damage

Your HVAC specialist will be able to safely and properly inspect the problem and offer solutions. Air Doctor Heating and Air responds promptly and professionally to have your system up and running. If a replacement is needed, we can provide a no cost quote for you.

The important don’ts are:

• Don’t attempt to handle any wiring
• Do not remove any parts from the unit
• Do not open any of the protective plates from your unit
• Do not disassemble your unit or add anything to your unit

It can be very dangerous to work on this equipment on your own, can ruin your equipment and void any warranties you may have.

Multizone Heating and Cooling Benefits

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Multizone heating and cooling systems can be a big benefit for many reasons. Comfort being one and energy savings the most substantial other. This type of system can involve:

  • Multiple units
  • Valves
  • Pumps
  • Thermostats
  • Other controls depending and the size and scope of the home and the needs which must be met.

Comfort

From a comfort standpoint, multizone systems make great sense. Whether there are few or many people residing in the home, all can benefit. Multizone systems can allow maximum control over temperatures in specified zones or regions in the home. Keep bedrooms cooler or at varying temperatures than the living areas for example or vice versa. Multizone systems can be tailored to fit your individual or family’s specific needs. Programmable smart thermostats can maximize your control over the temperatures in all areas of your home.

It can be very difficult or impossible to have even heat or cooling distribution if your home has multiple levels. Heat naturally rises and so can interfere with your heating and cooling comfort and lead to unnecessarily heating a lower area where heat is escaping.

Energy Savings

Lower temperature settings in zones less frequently used rooms. This can add up to substantial energy savings and far less energy waste. Properly zoned systems can save up to 30% off non- zoned systems.

Generally speaking multizone systems utilize more components than standard central systems. Over the long term there are bigger potential savings to the homeowner. A home can be zoned into two or more zones. Typically the zones or regions are established based on locale and similarly desired temperature settings for those areas. Many zoned systems also come with remote controlled thermostats for added convenience.

Air Doctor Heating and Air would be pleased to consult with you to help you determine if a multizone system would be beneficial for your specific needs. Contact us today for a Free Quote for installation or retrofitting your existing system.

HVAC and Your Pets

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Your HVAC System and your pets. 

There are several things you can do to make yourself, your home and your pets safer, healthier and more comfortable.

Cleaning

Obviously you need to clean up after your pets regularly and often. Regular vacuuming and cleaning your home will help keep visible debris under control. Keeping the pets themselves clean by bathing and grooming will help keep dirt and dander at a minimum. Both cleaning your home and your pets will help keep you, your environment and your pets healthier.

Pets (and people) produce dander and debris which accumulates in the environment as well as becoming airborne. Once these contaminants are in the air they will negatively impact the air quality in your home. You will breathe these contaminants in and they can affect your health.

Your HVAC system is designed to remove some of these contaminants and debris with your air filter(s). Your air filters need to be checked often, at least once a month and changed whenever they appear dirty, at least every three months.

Cords and Wires

Always keep your wires and power cords protected from pets. Chewing on and playing with cords and wiring can be very dangerous. Check often to see if wire and cords have been disturbed. If so, take measures to protect them by safely enclosing wires and cords.

It is also important to check your outside unit(s) periodically to make sure they are not being tampered with by pets. Sometimes your outdoor unit(s) can become a target for pet or wildlife urination. Urine can cause corrosive damage to your unit. You may need to fence in or cordon off the unit so that it is inaccessible by the culprit(s). Make sure it can be easily accessed  so the unit can be serviced properly by your HVAC technician.

Air Doctor Heating and Air encourages you to take measures to protect your system inside and out.