Archive for Maintenance
Feb 2014 25

Signs it is Time for a New Furnace

Posted in Heating, Maintenance

A good furnace will last a long time, but not forever. If you have a furnace that has been working hard for you and your home for quite a few years it might be in need of replacement. Here are a few simple signs that it is time for a new furnace in your home. Age First, find out how old your furnace is. In homes today most furnaces last 15 to 20 years. The date ...

Feb 2014 11

Airflow Tests: What can they Tell Us?

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Maintenance

Are you really getting what you are paying for from your air conditioning and heating system? Alps uses two Energy Star required tests to help you answer this question. The first is a duct test, which we previously wrote about on our blog: Duct Testing to Save Energy and Money. The second is an airflow test, which we will be discussing today. Both tests can tell you a lot about the energy ...

Jan 2014 31

Duct Testing to Save Energy and Money

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Maintenance
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Duct tests aren’t actually required by the city or state, so why do we do them? A duct test is an important way to make sure that the air you are paying for is actually making it to the rooms you want to heat or cool. If there are any leaks in ductwork, the air is wasted because it goes into the attic instead of into your home. But, after a duct test, those leaks ...

Jan 2014 23

Keeping Your House Safe on Vacation

Posted in Maintenance

If it is time to leave your house for a business trip, a family visit, or a well-deserved vacation, there are a few things you should do to make sure your house stays safe without you.  Keeping your lights on timers and stopping the mail are important steps to keep your house safe from burglars but there are also dangers within a home that build up without the care and continued use of a homeowner. ...

Jan 2014 09

Stay Safe from Carbon Monoxide Buildup

Posted in HVAC Education, Maintenance

Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a colorless and odorless gas that is a byproduct of using common fuel sources like gasoline, propane and kerosene. It can waft around like steam or perfume but is undetectable by humans. If CO builds up in enclosed spaces it is very dangerous. Low levels of CO can cause a person to experience flulike symptoms and high levels can be fatal. High levels of CO are dangerous any time of year. It ...

Jan 2014 06

Everything You Need to Know About Ducts

Posted in HVAC Education, Maintenance
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The quality of your ductwork can have a huge impact on the efficiency of your home.  Even if you have an energy efficient HVAC system and you have sealed all your windows and doors to be able to better regulate your home, that could be wasted if you don't have properly insulated ducts.  If you have cracked or low quality ducts running through your attic, you are losing your heating or cooling efficiency before ...

Oct 2013 11

The Care and Keeping of Your Furnace

Posted in Efficiency, Fall, Heating, Maintenance

You probably don’t ever think about your furnace until you are stuck on a cold night with one that isn’t working. The truth is, a furnace is key to your home comfort and the key to keeping your home warm on those chilly nights. There are several very simple things you can be doing to care for your furnace so that it can take care of you. You should be replacing or cleaning your furnace ...

Oct 2013 04

Maintenance for Your Heating System in the Fall

Posted in Fall, Heating, Maintenance
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It’s officially fall, which means that those chilly autumn and winter nights are just around the corner. It’s also the best time to get the yearly maintenance done on the heating system in your home. Without this yearly cleaning and inspection, a system can wear itself out quickly, pump deadly carbon monoxide into your home, or simply stop working. It’s best to beat the late-fall and winter rush while your HVAC professionals aren’t overwhelmed with ...

Sep 2013 13

All About Your Ductwork

Posted in Air Conditioning, Featured, Maintenance

You see it all the time, but probably don't know exactly what it does or that there are several different types out there. Your ductwork is an integral part of your HVAC system and it's good to have all the facts. In this short tutorial, Allen gives you all the information you need to know about the ductwork in your home!     ...

Jun 2013 27

Easy Fixes to Common Problems | Alps Air Conditioning & Heating

Posted in Efficiency, Heating, Maintenance

At Alps Air Conditioning & Heating, we get a lot of calls from people with questions about their HVAC system. Kathy talks about some easy fixes for the most common problems that people call in for. These fixes can save you from having to pay for a service call and can keep your system running smoothly!     ...

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