Heating systems are a hot topic right now (no pun intended). Do you feel left out in the cold? We’ve compiled a list of commonly asked heating questions, so you can catch up:
How much does heating cost?
Your heating bill depends on both the size of your home and the weather. During chilly Minnesota winters, the average home’s heating cost is around 200 dollars per month.
What is the life expectancy of a furnace?
Furnaces typically last between 16 and 20 years. But if your furnace requires a lot of maintenance or doesn’t run efficiently, you may want to consider replacing it before it’s reached its maximum life.
Why is regular maintenance important?
Regular maintenance will ensure that your furnace is running efficiently and not wasting energy. Without proper maintenance, such as regular air filter changes, your furnace could be circulating allergens throughout your home. Equipment eventually wears down, and when it does, you’ll want to make sure you address any dangerous leaks or malfunctions that could lead to a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
What should I expect during a routine furnace inspection?
Your HVAC technician should inspect the vents and ductwork for leaks or blockages. They’ll check the heat exchanger and belts for any signs of wear, cracks, or corrosion. They’ll remove the blower wheel to clean it and test for a tight seal on the blower access door. In addition to lubricating all the motor’s parts, the technician will check and test all electrical components, including the safety controls, thermostat, burner, and flame sensor. Finally, your technician will check the furnace air filter and replace it if necessary.
What temperature should I set my thermostat to save the most money?
During the day, set your thermostat at 68 degrees. Most people sleep better when it’s cooler at night, so turn the temperature down to around 62 degrees before you crawl into bed.
How often should my heater turn on?
Most systems cycle two or three times per hour. However, if your furnace is constantly turning on and off, it could be shortcycling because the filter needs to be changed or some other component is malfuctioning. A clogged filter prevents your furnace from intaking enough air, causing it to overheat and turn off before it’s run its full cycle.
What should I do if I smell gas?
A gas leak could poison your family or cause an explosion if not detected and addressed properly. If you smell gas, evacuate the house immediately. Don’t use any electrical switches or appliances that use electricity. Do not turn on a flashlight or light a candle. Do not use the phone (including cell phones) or open a window. Go to a neighbor’s house and call 911 immediately. Do not return to the house until you’ve received the all-clear from a technician from your gas company.
What causes heat pumps to freeze?
A heat pump should have an automatic defrost cycle that keeps it from freezing. However, ice may build up on the coils if your filter is clogged, airflow through your ducts is restricted, or your outdoor unit is blocked by leaves, grass, or snow.
What should I do with this information?
Now that you know a bit more about your heating system, contact Heating & Cooling Two to schedule maintenance for your furnace. Our knowledgeable technicians can answer any other questions you have. We offer maintenance packages so you can save money on heating repair.