Why are some rooms hotter than others?

Why are some rooms hotter than others?

Sounds like you need an Air Balancing

Air Balancing is the practice of testing and adjusting HVAC systems to achieve maximum performance. Just as important as choosing the right energy efficient air conditioner for your home is, the means by which it is achieved through your air distribution system is vital for maximum efficiency and comfort.  Air is after all, the first word in air conditioning, and a vast majority of duct systems do not function as designed. An average residential system can be found operating 30-50% below its recommended air flow, which means that a poorly operating duct system could reduce your comfort and efficiency by up to 50%. This could be caused by a range of problems typically found in the field which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Leaking duct work (poorly sealed or torn)
  • Undersized or Oversized duct work
  • Kinks or smashed ducts causing a restriction
  • Blower speed improperly set to match system capacity
  • Dirty/clogged air filters or evaporator coils restricting air, reducing system capacity

At Air Innovations we use all the necessary tools to perform a proper air balance and air side diagnostics. This however does require the use of manual dampers that may or may not be currently installed in your ductwork and repairs may be necessary prior to initial balancing. Some telltale signs of an improperly balanced system are:

  • Uneven temperature differences from one room to another (should not exceed 2-3ŸF)
  • Noisy supply registers or return grills
  • Thermostat overshooting target temperature
  • High humidity in the home
  • The need to use oscillating fans where more air is needed to feel comfortable

Should You Have Your Furnace Inspected?

Should you have your furnace inspected? Here are 7 reasons you should!

 

Cold weather has come to the Houston Area, so it’s very important to think about scheduling your furnace inspection. An annual inspection ensures that your furnace will work when you need it and prevents costly emergency repairs and health risks in your home.

Having your furnace inspected or “tuned up” gives a technician an opportunity to check for possible issues and correct them before they turn into problems (or emergencies). Here are seven reasons why you should schedule your furnace inspection now.

Prolong the Life of Your Furnace

The longer you put off having an annual inspection done on your furnace, the more likely you’re going to have a breakdown (usually when you need your furnace the most). During an inspection, a trained technician may very well find small problems that if left unchecked could result in a major repair. Preventive maintenance on your furnace guarantees that all the parts in your furnace work together to heat your home safely and reliably for years to come.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Leaks

When the heat exchanger in your furnace becomes cracked, gases like carbon monoxide can escape into your home.

Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly. For your family’s safety, it’s important to inspect your furnace regularly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s also wise to install a carbon monoxide detector outside of each bedroom to protect and alert family members.

Clean Built-Up Rust and Dirt

A proper inspection includes checking for rust and dirt that can build up on the burners in your furnace. This type of buildup can create pockets that trap gas and cause hot spots on your furnace’s heat exchanger.

Even if your furnace is new, it still requires inspection as different factors can cause rust and dirt to accumulate.

Replace Worn-Out Parts

Your furnace’s internal parts wear out over time, which could cause it to stop working. A qualified technician should check the parts in your furnace and replace those that could cause problems before your next inspection.

Increase Efficiency

Neglect your furnace’s annual inspections, and particles like dust and dirt can accumulate on any moving parts. This causes your furnace to work harder than necessary to maintain the heat in your home, which compromises efficiency.

During an annual inspection, a technician will clean your furnace’s parts and make sure they work together properly. Your furnace is at its most efficient when its parts are clean, without anything preventing it from working correctly.

Keep Your Warranty Valid

Some manufacturers require a furnace owner to keep up with regular maintenance in order to keep their warranty valid. If you haven’t been getting an inspection on your furnace every year and something goes wrong, the manufacturer could potentially ask to see your maintenance records. If you don’t have any, your warranty could be invalid, meaning you have to pay for repairs yourself within the warranty period.

In an unexpected emergency, you want to make sure that furnace repair or replacement costs will be covered by warranty. Your annual furnace inspection prevents problems and keeps your warranty valid in case of a breakdown.

Clean Air Filters

During your annual furnace inspection, the technician should replace or clean your furnace’s air filters. A clean furnace filter catches dust and debris before it has a chance to circulate through your house, which can affect your indoor air quality. However, this isn’t the only time your furnace’s air filter should be replaced or cleaned during the winter you should check your furnace filter every month.

Whether your furnace is old or new, there are benefits to having it inspected annually by a qualified technician. It will not only save you money, but it keeps your furnace working hard for years to come while also protecting your home and family.

How Frequently should I change my AC Filter?

 

 

When To Change Your Air Filters

This is not a trick; simply put – when your air filters are dirty, change them. Choosing how often to change your air filters can depend on several factors:

  • Type of filter your A/C system requires
  • The overall air quality of your North America area home
  • Pets – Birds, cats, dogs, hamsters (do you have one?), etc.
  • Number of occupants in the house
  • General air pollution in the North America area or construction taking place nearby

For your typical 1″-3″ air filters, the manufacturer specs basically say to change them bi-monthly, which is in fact a great rule of thumb. However, general guidelines are not applicable to all. If you have to tolerate light to moderate allergies, you may need to upgrade the air filter or change them even more regularly than OEM specifications. On the other hand, if you’re in a remote area, own a infrequently occupied home (like a vacation home) or an area where there are fewer cars around, replacing your air filters each year may be quite sufficient. Why do pets matter so much? They have a tendency to shed, which can clog your air filter fast. Clearly, the air filter is just doing its job by capturing pet hair and dander, but tremendously dirty filters can cause weak HVAC performance.

In summary:

  • Seldom used home or single occupant homes without pets or allergies: Change 6-12 months
  • Typical suburban home without pets: Change every 90 days
  • Add a dog or cat: Change every 60 days
  • Multiple pets or have allergies: Change every 30-45 days

Reduce the Risk of AC Damage after Hurricane Harvey

 

Things to check for on your flooded and/or damaged AC System

 

  • Turn AC breaker off or pull disconnect before turning on main power. Condensor may not be bad BUT if still wet it could cause damage to your system.

  • If the electrical components of the system have been under water they should be replaced and all connections cleaned by a licensed HVAC Contractor.

  • If the system does not come on it could be a small part damaged not your whole system. It may just need to be dried out and serviced by a licensed HVAC Contractor.

  • If it is found your condensor is bad does not mean you need a whole new system. Most likely, your attic system did Not get wet.

  • Perhaps you received water in your home.  If the water did not reach ducts and/or vents you may not need new duct work. You can clean or buy air cleaners that will kill mold in duct systems.

 

 

Tragedies like Harvey bring many unlicensed people out trying to make a quick buck.  Remember, always ask questions and make sure the company is licensed thru the state of Texas.  You can check License numbers at www.tdlr.texas.gov

Montgomery County Flood Relief

Many in Montgomery County have been impacted by the damage and flooding from Hurricane Harvey. In response to the needs of our community, I am asking our Conroe ISD family to join with the Montgomery County Food Bank to support donation drives that will take place this Friday, September 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodforest Bank Stadium and Buddy Moorhead Stadium. Conroe ISD employees will be volunteering at these locations to receive donated items to support the Food Bank. The needs include nonperishable food, personal care items, and cleaning supplies. A complete list of the needed items and maps to the stadiums are available on the Conroe ISD website. We are so blessed to live in such a caring and responsive community. Thank you for your kindness and generosity

Hurricane Harvey Relief

So today we got back to business. Well partially that is…about 2/3 of the staff were able to get back to work. We will continue to work reduced hours and a reduced schedule load to allow our employees to clean up, re build and restock essentials through the tomorrow and we will have a reduce availability of on call service through the weekend as our staff won’t be full force till Tuesday. We also continue to collect donations for shelters. Here is a list of items some shelters are asking for…
Non-perishable food items, baby items including diapers, wipes, formula and clothes, toiletries, cleaning supplies including buckets, bleach, gloves, mops , trash bags. Also items to think about people may need are rakes, shovels, brooms, boxes and tape. Not all of these items are needed at all shelters but all of these items are needed throughout the entire affected area from Rockport to Houston, so if you have these items to share consider contacting a shelter or donation center..

If you have donations please call our office @ 281-830-2412 for more information and drop off points.