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The Top Reasons to Consider Replacing Your Thermostat

Unsurprisingly, thermostats have come a long way in recent years, and they now offer more features, controls, and precision than ever before. However, if you still have a manual thermostat in your home, you may be wondering what makes digital thermostats so different from manual ones, and if there are any benefits to upgrading. If you still have an old-fashioned, manual thermostat, here are just a few of the reasons to upgrade. Automatic Temperature Control One of the greatest benefits of digital thermostats is that they allow for automatic temperature control. While manual thermostats have to constantly be adjusted manually when you want to turn the system on and off, you can set a digital thermostat with various automatic settings so that it is set to different temperatures at different times of the day, meaning that you will rarely have to adjust it. Additionally, if you just want to run the...

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The Role Of The Thermocouple In A Residential Furnace

Despite being a relatively simple home appliance, the furnace remains a source of mystery to many homeowners. Unfortunately, this often leads to the need for furnace repairs that could have been avoided through some basic education. If you would like to learn more about the inner workings of your furnace, read on. This article will discuss the job played by the component known as the thermocouple. The Basic Picture The thermocouple lies at the heart of your furnace’s built-in safety system. Its job is quite simple: cutting off the flow of gas in the event that the pilot light happens to go out. If the gas were allowed to keep flowing, it would soon reach poisonous--and potentially explosive--levels inside of your house. Mechanical Explanation  In order to do its job, the thermocouple uses the heat from the pilot light. This heat causes two strips of metal located near the tip of...

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The Importance of Routine Residential Heating Care

Keeping your furnace in top shape is an important concern for many homeowners. Routine maintenance means changing filters and cleaning out the heat ducts. This should be handled by an experienced technician. Doing these chores yourself may save you a little money in the beginning but may actually result in expenses repairs later.  An experienced HVAC technician understands that sometimes a problem is not obvious. A crack in your firebox or clogged furnace nozzle can lead a lot of problems that could shut down your heating unit altogether. Recognizing these issues early on can reduce your repair costs as well as keep your home warm during the coldest weather. Routine maintenance also allows you time to schedule financing or save the money to handle repairs you know are inevitable. This reduces the strain on your budget while keeping your heating systems in optimal condition.  An emergency is not the time to...

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Two Things To Know About Your AC Air Filter And Allergies

Many homeowners make the mistake of assuming that the filter installed in their air conditioner is always capable of removing potential allergens from the air. Depending on the type of filter you have, however, this simply may not be true. If you would like to learn more about the role your filter plays in your allergies, read on. Here you will pick up two useful pieces of information.  Most filters are only designed to protect your equipment.   The number one purpose of an air conditioner’s filter is to protect the delicate machinery from damage as the result of dust and debris. When dirt particles build up inside the components at the heart of your AC, they greatly increase the amount of damage suffered due to friction. Eventually this will cause those components to overheat and possibly even blow out.  Standard paper air filters do a great job at extending the...

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Key Distinctions In Filter Drier Technology

Filter driers act to remove both water and physical contaminants from your air conditioning system’s refrigerant lines, thus reducing wear and extending its lifespan. Yet not all filter driers have the same strengths or work in the same way. If you would like to boost your understanding of this useful air conditioning component, read on. This article will discuss two key distinctions in filter drier technology. Desiccant Material Filter driers contain desiccant material to eliminate water from your refrigerant lines. Otherwise that water might interact with certain lubricants to form acids that damage sensitive components. There are two principal types of desiccant used in filter driers. These are known as activated alumina and molecular sieve. While it isn’t important to understand how each of these materials works, it is good to recognize that they have different strengths. Filter driers equipped with activated alumina are able to absorb and retain a much larger...

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