Preparing Your Furnace for Winter Temperatures

As temperatures continue to drop in the Atlanta area before winter, you will undoubtedly begin to use your heater more often. But to ensure that your furnace delivers optimal performance, efficiency, and reliability, some pre-winter HVAC service is necessary. Here are some things you can do to prepare your furnace for winter.

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Replace or Upgrade the Air Filter
Furnace filters should be replaced once per month. A dirty  furnace filter  decreases the efficiency of the HVAC unit, resulting in less heat and higher energy bills. Furthermore, it circulates debris such as dust, pollen, and animal dander throughout your home, which can cause discomfort or even allergy symptoms. Talk with your HVAC service specialist about upgrading your furnace filter before winter to increase the efficiency of your heater.   

Clean the Vents and Ducts
HVAC specialists can perform a thorough cleaning of your furnace’s vents and ducts. In addition to increasing the efficiency of your furnace, a professional cleaning promotes higher indoor air quality. For optimal efficiency, make sure that all air vents are open and free from obstructions.

Inspect the Furnace for Damage
Before winter arrives, call a HVAC company to inspect your furnace. Problems such as a crack in the blower belt or a bird’s nest in the exhaust flue can damage your furnace if left unaddressed.

Program Your Thermostat
If you have a programmable thermostat, program it so that the temperature is lower when you’re away from home or sleeping. Using a programmable thermostat can reduce your heating bill by 20 to 75 percent, according to the Consumer Energy Center.

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What Is Carbon Monoxide?

The most common cause of poisoning deaths in the United States is carbon monoxide. Invisible to all five human senses, carbon monoxide is often referred to as the “silent killer.” Learn more about how to stay safe from carbon monoxide this winter by heeding the safety tips from this video.

To protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning, make sure that your furnace is properly maintained. A faulty furnace can emit high levels of carbon monoxide that can be deadly. Be sure that fuel-burning appliances such as your stove, fireplace, and water heater are inspected and serviced at least once per year. Installing carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home is also an important safety precaution. Watch this video for more tips that will help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Estes Heating and Cooling Services offers professional and affordable  HVAC service  in the greater Atlanta-metro area. If you want to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning, give us a call at (678) 733-9791 or visit us online to schedule a service appointment for your furnace or HVAC system. 

What it Takes for a Product to Earn an Energy Efficient Label

The Energy Star label, awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is the most trusted and reliable symbol of energy efficiency. Appliances that bear an Energy Star label not only save you money on your energy bills, but they also help protect the environment. The reason that the Energy Star mark is so widely known and respected is because of the strict requirements in place for appliances to earn the Energy Star label. To achieve an Energy Star rating, an appliance must deliver reliability, feature eco-friendly production methods, and contribute to nationwide energy savings.

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For an excellent selection of  Energy Star HVAC systems  in the Atlanta area, contact Estes Heating and Cooling Services. Visit our website or call us at (678) 733-9791 for more information about the energy efficient products we offer, which include air conditioners, furnaces, humidifiers, water heaters, and air cleaners. We even offer HVAC maintenance, plumbing, and electrical services.

What You Need to Know About Preventing Carbon Monoxide Dangers

More than 100 people die each year in the United States after suffering accidental, non-fire carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning correlated with consumer appliances. Sadly, many of these deaths were the result of an incorrectly used, improperly ventilated, or broken furnace . Prevent a tragedy at home by reading this article, which will tell you exactly what you need to know about preventing a carbon monoxide accident in your home.

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Common Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Fuel-burning heating appliances such as furnaces require plenty of ventilation. Without proper ventilation, these appliances can cause CO poisoning. Avoid this danger by calling a professional HVAC company to ensure a proper installation of your new furnace. An HVAC technician can also inspect, maintain, and clean your furnace on a regular basis to make sure it has adequate ventilation.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Being aware of the symptoms of CO poisoning will help you  identify a CO leak  if you have one in your home. Headache, drowsiness, and nausea are the most common symptoms of CO poisoning. Other symptoms include weakness, chest pain, and confusion. High levels of carbon monoxide exposure can be deadly.

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
A poorly maintained furnace is oftentimes what causes CO poisoning, so it’s very important to call a reliable HVAC company to schedule an inspection before the heating season begins. For optimal protection, install CO alarms in central locations in your home. Press the test button on the CO alarm at least once per month to make sure that the sensor and the alarm are working. If the CO alarm fails the test, change its batteries or replace the alarm right away. Should you ever hear the CO alarm go off, make sure everyone evacuates the home.

For thorough and affordable  furnace maintenance  in the Atlanta area, call Estes Heating and Cooling Services of Atlanta at (678) 733-9791. Since 1949, we have offered top-notch residential and commercial heating and cooling products and services. Check out our website or call us today to learn more or schedule a service appointment.

Changing Your Furnace Filter

Changing your furnace filter is a cost-efficient way to improve the air quality in your home and the effectiveness of your furnace. To find out how a furnace filter is changed, watch the video clip.

While some filters are located inside the furnace, it’s more common for modern filters to be located in a receptacle in the wall. After opening the receptacle in the wall, the furnace filter can be removed and examined. If the filter has a buildup of material, it needs to be changed out. Watch the video for more details and tips on changing a furnace filter.

If you notice a buildup of dust or lint in your home, inspect your furnace filter. To have it replaced by an HVAC professional, call Estes Heating and Cooling Services of Atlanta at (678) 733-9791. Visit our website to learn about our  residential heating and air conditioning  products and services.