Dayco Systems Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

“What Type of Furnace Filter Do I Need?”

Monday, February 14th, 2022

There’s a fairly common misconception amongst Roswell area homeowners in regards to their HVAC air filters. Given their name, people assume that air filters do exactly as their name implies–filter the air. But there are different types of air filters, and the one that comes standard with your furnace installation isn’t there to protect your air, but rather to protect the furnace.

Now, there are different kinds of “air filters,” air filtration systems, and air purifiers with replaceable filters that are designed specifically to filter out your indoor air, making it cleaner and easier to breathe. But the furnace air filter works to keep debris such as dust, dirt, and more out of the furnace and off of the heating system’s sensitive components.

There are also different types of HVAC air filters, including fiberglass mesh, pleated, and even “permanent” air filters. Read on to learn more!

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Dangers of DIY Furnace Repairs

Monday, January 31st, 2022

There are a number of online tutorials out there, for just about any type of home renovation or repair project. Unfortunately, just because you can do just about any repair hack you found online, doesn’t always mean that you should. This is especially true with furnace repairs–particularly gas furnaces.

Furnaces are very complex pieces of machinery, and HVAC technicians receive years of training and education in order to learn how to safely and adequately service these systems. Furnace repairs are always best left to the pros! Read on to learn why.

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How Do You Know if Your Furnace Is Emitting Carbon Monoxide?

Monday, January 24th, 2022

No matter where you live in the country, CO, or carbon monoxide, exposure is a potential risk. It’s a tasteless, odorless, and colorless gas, and many of your appliances house this gas too. When your appliances are kept in good shape, the CO filters safely out of the home, but if maintenance is skipped or repair needs are left ignored, the CO can build up and lead to problems for your family.

This is why it’s vital for you to learn if your furnace is leaking carbon monoxide. We’ll go over some signs that might indicate you’re dealing with CO exposure, and if a dirty furnace impacts this all. Read on to learn more!

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

Monday, January 17th, 2022

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?”

Monday, January 10th, 2022

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

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

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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What Is Short Cycling? 

Monday, November 29th, 2021

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?

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

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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What is the Best MERV Rating for Furnace Filters?

Monday, November 15th, 2021

There’s a still fairly common misconception that the air filter that comes standard with a furnace system is in place to protect your indoor air quality. While it certainly doesn’t hurt your indoor air quality, this furnace is primarily in place to protect the interior components of the furnace itself from dirt, dust, and other debris that can get in and harm the sensitive components.

That said, there are more powerful filters you can get if you truly want to have an impact on your indoor air quality, making your home healthier, your air easier to breathe, and even making your furnace more efficient. This is where MERV comes in. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, and is used to measure the performance of different types of filters. Read on to learn more!

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Does a Gas Furnace Use Electricity?

Monday, November 8th, 2021

When you live in Georgia, you probably don’t give your heating services much thought. That is, unless something goes wrong with your furnace, or you suspect that you may be paying more than actually necessary for your heating services due to an inefficient furnace.

Efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to your furnace, and efficiency is exactly why many of our customers choose a gas-powered furnace over an electric-powered furnace. The former uses a more affordable fuel type, and that means that folks end up paying less over the lifetime of their system for its operation.

Before you assume that natural gas is the only thing your gas-powered furnace needs though, we’re here to let you in on a little secret… yes, your gas furnace does use electricity! Read on to learn how.

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