“Should I Replace 40-year-old Radiators?”

January 17th, 2022
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Has the time finally come for you to upgrade your old boiler to a new, more efficient system? You might be wondering then if you should replace your radiators too, particularly if they are 40+ years old. Read on as we uncover why you may want to replace the radiators!

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“Should I Replace My 25-Year-Old Furnace?”

January 10th, 2022
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While the furnace in the accompanying picture to this blog post is a bit older than 25 years, we want to use it to illustrate a point–if your furnace is 25 years old, then it is outdated! It’s not going to be able to work as efficiently as it once did, nor is it going to be as safe as it would be otherwise–particularly if it’s a gas-powered system.

The methods used by HVAC professionals to properly install and vent furnaces have even changed in the last couple of decades. So, if you’re asking yourself if you should replace your 25-year-old furnace, the answer is a resounding yes! But allow us to elaborate more, below:

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Important Care and Maintenance for Your Condensate Pump

January 3rd, 2022
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There are a number of important components that make it possible for your air conditioner to function, and the condensate pump is just one of them. During the cooling process, your air conditioner produces natural condensation. Most types of air conditioners rely on gravity and a 3/4th inch drain line to redirect the water away from your property and out to a drainage system.

However, some air conditioners require a little more help with this. Depending on where your air conditioner is installed, a condensate pump may be necessary to get fluid out of your air conditioner and outside of your property. Read on to learn more!

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How Does a Heat Pump Work?

December 27th, 2021
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When it comes to heating or cooling your home, there are many options to choose from. If you don’t already have a heat pump system in place, you might wonder what the big deal is! Are heat pumps really all that great? Well, they are for many homes! Your home just might be one of them.

A heat pump system is very similar to a central air conditioner, with one big difference–not only does it cool your home, but it also has heating capabilities–we’ll dive into the “how” of that below! Go ahead and read on to learn more about heat pumps, and how one of these systems could benefit your home!

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What Is a Plenum in an HVAC System?

December 20th, 2021
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In order for your traditional central air conditioner or furnace to function, and bring chilled or heated air into your living space, it needs a series of air ducts to do its job. This ductwork is generally made up of sheet metal, however other rigid materials can be used as well, including fiberglass or insulated plastic. There is one component of this ductwork that has a big job, but its name isn’t very well known–the plenum!

There are actually two types of plenums, which are typically in a rectangular shape. The supply plenum is on one side while the return plenum is typically catty-cornered to it. Read on to learn more!

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What is an HVAC Sequencer?

December 13th, 2021
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Unless you’re an HVAC professional, chances are you know very little about the inner workings of a furnace or air conditioning system. That’s okay! We wouldn’t expect you to know a whole lot about this. But it’s only natural that you’re curious, and we’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have. Some of the questions we get revolve around the components of an HVAC system and how or why they need to be repaired on occasion.

We would never encourage DIY AC or furnace repairs, for safety reasons, but we’re happy to let you in on what these various components are and what they do. Take the HVAC sequencer, for instance. This is a component designed to stage different parts of the electrical equipment within the HVAC system so that it doesn’t overload and damage the circuits within the system itself or your home’s electrical system. Read on to learn more!

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What Does CFM Stand for in HVAC?

December 6th, 2021
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There’s a lot you might not know about your air conditioner. For the most part, this is okay, because it’s what we are here for! Our team has the expertise and the experience to handle any HVAC problem that you may have with either your air conditioner or your heater.

There are some HVAC facts, however, that can be really helpful for you to know as a homeowner. For instance, did you know you should be scheduling maintenance for your heater and air conditioner every year for each system? This will keep it working as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible.

A common question we get from homeowners looking to invest in a new HVAC system is “how do we know we’re getting the right one?” You not only want to get the right model, but you want a heater or air conditioner that is correctly sized for your home. This is where CFM–or Cubic Feed per Minute comes in. Read on to learn more!

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What Is Short Cycling? 

November 29th, 2021
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In our previous blog post, we talked about how often and for how long a furnace should cycle on and off. We also dove into some reasons that could cause your furnace to go off this schedule. A common problem that plagues older furnaces, or even improperly installed furnaces, is a process called short-cycling.

Short-cycling is when your furnace, or air conditioner, cycles on, runs for a very short period of time (think 5 minutes instead of the preferable 15), and shuts back off for a few minutes, only to cycle back on yet again. During this time, your furnace is never completing a full heating cycle.

Short-cycling is both the sign of a potential problem with your furnace and will cause further problems. Read on as we explain!

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How Often Should a Furnace Cycle?

November 22nd, 2021
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When you live someplace like Canton, you probably don’t think about your heating system that much. Still though, when you do need it, you want it to work as powerfully and efficiently as possible, right? Well, if it’s short-cycling it’s not working effectively or efficiently.

Short-cycling is the name given to the process where your furnace cycles on and off in short rapid bursts instead of full heating cycles. So what is a full heating cycle? About 2-3 times per hour in 10-15 minute lapses. It may run a bit longer on exceptionally cold days when it takes a while for the heater to reach the desired temperature set on your thermostat.

So, what’s going on when your furnace isn’t cycling regularly–when it is a victim of short cycling? Read on to find out!

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Who Do I Call – My Roofer or HVAC Company?

November 16th, 2021

Clanging noises, stuffy attics, water leaks – what do these all have in common? The answer is that they could all seem to be caused by either a roof or HVAC system issue. At Dayco Systems, we often receive calls that are not HVAC-related at all. While HVAC issues may appear to be caused by damage to your HVAC, they may be roof issues. Roofing companies, such as our partners, Georgia Roof Advisors, also receive many calls for issues that are HVAC-related, rather than roofing problems. So, our companies have come together to help break down some common issues that are easily confused as to whether they are roof or HVAC related. Keep reading below to see what the most common issues are and which business to call for help!

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