Committing to Your Home’s HVAC

Committing to Your Home’s HVAC

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While most of the world views Valentine’s Day as a romantic day to spend with your significant other, spoiling them and showing them how much you love them, for those of us with commitment issues, it is a different experience entirely.

If the very idea of committing to a relationship makes your heart race and your palms start to sweat, we have a new kind of commitment for you this Valentine’s Day that you’ll be excited to make: a preventative maintenance agreement!

Heidler, Inc. offers a range of maintenance agreements, from annual plans to lifelong memberships, for all levels of commitment resistance. Trust us when we say that this is a commitment worth making. You won’t be sorry for committing to take care of your HVAC systems this Valentine’s Day!

Heating Emergency

heatingemergencyHaving a plan for maintaining your heater can help you prevent a heating emergency. You wouldn’t want to get stuck without heat in the middle of a harsh February, would you?

Well, with a planned maintenance agreement (PMA) from Heidler, Inc. you can be confident that your heater is always in good working condition.

Not only does your PMA include tune-ups that keep your heater and all its parts working properly, but it also allows your HVAC technician to inspect your system and diagnose any potential problems before they cause a real emergency.

Cooling System

coolingsystemAnother important part of the PMA procedure for HVAC systems is cleaning all parts of the heating and cooling unit, as well as other parts of the cooling system like the ductwork and air vents, when necessary.

This process can not only prevent major HVAC emergencies but will also help extend the life of your HVAC system. Inevitably, dust will settle on different parts of your cooling system.

This dust can get in the way of the system working efficiently. It can burn when the system is turned on, causing a burning smell throughout the house, and it can get into the condensate drain, causing it to become clogged.

Regularly clearing out AC unit’s condensate drain, as part of your PMA, can prevent it from becoming clogged and causing a leak.

Long Term

If you are a homeowner and plan on living in your current home for the foreseeable future, then a long term PMA may benefit you greatly. Heidler, Inc. offers a lifetime agreement at a very competitive price to help you keep your HVAC systems well maintained for years to come. If you are renting, or if you are planning on leaving your current home in the next few years, we have a PMA for you too.

Whether you are ready to make a lifelong commitment to your HVAC maintenance, or a short term one, Heidler, Inc. is here to help you take the next step! Now here’s a question that’s easy to answer: Do you want to save money while keeping your HVAC systems in proper working order?

If you answered no, then there are plenty of other HVAC companies that would be happy to overcharge you for standard heater maintenance. If you do like saving money, however, then give Heidler, Inc. a call today at (410) 268-7191 to speak with one of our expert HVAC technicians and set up an HVAC maintenance plan!

Everyone Needs to Know Where The Heating System Vents Are!

Everyone Needs to Know Where The Heating System Vents Are!

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How much do you know about your home’s heating system? If your answer is “not very much,” then you are not alone. The unfortunate fact is that most people don’t take the time to get to know their HVAC systems as well as they should.

The more you recognize about your heating system, the easier it will be to understand what’s wrong if you start to have heating system issues. This can help you understand what repairs are needed and find the right HVAC company.

Distribution System

distributionMost American homes today are heated by a central furnace, which is either electrically powered, or powered by natural gas or oil.

A furnace blows warm air through a way of ducts and delivers it to various rooms via warm air registers or grills.

Another type of central heater is a boiler. Boilers are usually powered by natural gas or heat oil and distribute heat by heating water that flows into radiators in various rooms.

The heat from the water heats the metal of the radiator, which then radiates the heat out into the air, while the now-cooled air returns to the boiler to be reheated.

Heat pumps are another option for central heating. They distribute heat through ducts, just like in a forced-air system. Heat pumps pull any warm air they can find outside during winter months and pump it into a house. During the summer the process is reversed (pumping warm air out of the home) to cool the house.

Close Vents

ventOne way that people may try to save money on their heating bill is by closing the registers, or air vents when they leave a room.

At first glance this seems to make sense; close the vent, so that warm air isn’t being wasted in a room you are not using.

The truth, however, is that closing your vents can end up costing you more on your monthly heating bill than just leaving them open.

Aside from raising your energy bill, closing your vents can also lead your system to break down, and potentially throw off the amount of warm air being distributed to other parts of your home.

Save Money

moneyIf you’re looking to save on your energy expenses this winter, there are a few ways to do it.

One easy way to save money is by taking advantage of the free heat given by the sun. Keep your window curtains or coverings open during the day to let in heat from the sun, and keep them closed at night to keep the heat in.

Putting your ceiling fans to use is another good way to make your heating system more efficient. Keep your ceiling fans running at low speed, rotating clockwise to push warm air back down gently and keep the room warmer.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can also save money by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees at night, and use warmer sheets and blankets in your bed.

Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and loved ones to encourage them to learn more about their heating distribution systems. The next time your heating system needs servicing, call Heidler Inc. (410) 268-7191 to speak with an HVAC professional in Annapolis.

The Subtle Art of Heating Technologies

The Subtle Art of Heating Technologies

Thanks to modern technology, there is a slew of options to choose from when it comes to heating your home. From “clean energy” sources like solar power and geothermal energy to electric heating, you’re sure to find a heating system that is ideally suited to your home and lifestyle!

Solar Powered Heating

In a solar heated home, solar panels absorb radiant energy from the sun and convert them into power to heat your home and power certain appliances. While this is one of the most talked about forms of renewable energy, the bulky space consuming panels required make it infeasible for a lot of homes, especially in metropolitan areas.

Some of the benefits that solar heating brings include lower monthly energy bills, little maintenance on panels and heater, and even government stipends for surplus energy! That’s right; if you have extra solar energy you don’t need, the government will take it off your hands and pay you for it!

Geothermal Heating

Geothermal heating involves taking energy from within the earth to heat and power your home. The heat energy is produced within the earth’s core, which can reach temperatures over 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and then stored in the crust.

Geothermal energy is helpful because it is accessible in most areas across the country, and doesn’t take up as much space as other renewable energy systems with wind turbines and solar panels. It also doesn’t experience the same “low-energy” fluctuations that solar and wind power do. Geothermal heating is proven to save users as much as 30%-70% on monthly heating costs!

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps create warmer air in your home by simply moving warm air from the outside atmosphere into your home during the winter. It can also move cooler air from outside into your home during the summer to cool it.

Heat pumps offer a legitimate alternative for heating homes in colder regions, like New England, and they can cost as little as ¼ of what conventional heaters cost! Heat pumps are also convenient for homes without a central duct system, as they can be purchased as a mini-split system.

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Oil Heating

Heaters that use oil heating have a heating element at the bottom of the unit that heats up the oil, which then transfers the heat to the metal exterior. The metal exterior then conducts the heat energy into the air around it using air convection and thermal radiation.

Oil heaters are not among the most popular heating systems, but they are one of the most efficient, losing only about 10%-20% of heat energy.

Gas-Powered Heating

Gas powered heaters draw air in a heat exchanger, where the natural gas burner heats it. Then a fan blows the newly heated air back out into your home. Gas heaters are one of the most commonly used heaters in the country because they are convenient, reliable, and efficient! In fact, higher quality gas furnaces run at up to 90% efficiency, while lower quality ones still run a the minimum required 78% efficiency.

Electric Heating

Electric heating is another commonly used system, and one of the easiest and most convenient to use. Central electric heating costs less to install than most other heating units, and the regular maintenance it requires also costs less than it would on some other heaters. There are even energy efficient electric heaters on the market today, to save you money on your monthly bill!

Heating System Not Turning On?

Heating System Not Turning On?

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A finicky heating system that won’t turn on when you need it can be extremely dangerous, especially in the middle of winter in Maryland. So how do you get a heater to turn on when it’s acting up? Should you just toss it out and get a new one, or is there a simpler, less expensive solution?

The heating service professionals at Heidler Inc. know all about the various issues that may be causing your heating system to break down, and we’ve written a few of them down for you here. Read on to learn more about why your system may not be working, and what you can do about it.

You May be in Need of a Checkup

heatingcheckupThe first thing any heating technician will ask when your heater isn’t turning on is “when was the last time your system had a check-up?”

Regular inspection and maintenance on your heating and AC systems can prevent significant issues that could cause it to break down.

There are many advantages to having regular maintenance and check-ups performed on your system, including:

  • It allows your technician an opportunity to spot potential problems before they start.
  • Regularly changed filters mean better air quality in your home.
  • If your system does need repairs down the road, they will likely be minor jobs that don’t cost as much.
  • Keeping your system well-maintained means it will probably have a longer lifespan!

Check Your Thermostat

Often, when your central heating system is giving you trouble, the problem isn’t in the heater itself, but in the thermostat. Here are a few ways you can check your thermostat to see if it is the real cause of your heating problems:

  1. checkthermostatCheck to make sure that the thermostat is set to “heat” and that the fan is set to “auto.”
  2. Next, if you have a digital thermostat, try replacing the batteries.
  3. Take the thermostat cover off, and check that all the wires are properly connected to their respective mounting screw.
  4. Test the wires. This can be dangerous, as it involves electricity, and should only be attempted by someone who knows what they’re doing. If you are not comfortable testing the wires yourself, consider calling a professional heating technician.

Make Sure Your Pilot Light is On

lightonIf your home is heated by a gas-powered furnace, one of the first things you should check to make sure that the pilot light is on.

If you find that your furnace’s pilot light has gone out, there may be a few different reasons why.

One is that the flame began to burn inefficiently, which can be noted by the flame burning yellow instead of blue, so the thermocouple cut the gas, thus putting the pilot light out.

A malfunctioning thermocouple would also cause the pilot light to go out for seemingly no reason. Sometimes, the pilot light can burn out over simple things like the intake valve being dirty, or a strong draft blowing through the furnace.

Spot Air Duct Mold in Your Home Using this Simple Guide

Spot Air Duct Mold in Your Home Using this Simple Guide

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Summer is a great time to enjoy the heat and maybe catch some rays. It’s also a good time to turn on the air conditioning. This is when mold can start to form. Mold loves dark and damp places and can grow and multiply quickly.

Indoor air quality can severely be affected when there is mold in the home, causing respiratory issues, migraines and more. Read on to learn how to identify if you have mold on your HVAC system.

You or Your Family Consistently Gets Sick

healthissuesIf you have mold in your air duct system, it can seriously affect the air quality in your home. You and your family may start to suffer from symptoms such as coughing, dizziness, and headaches.

These signs, along with sneezing and mucus in the throat and lungs can be ongoing. They won’t go away until the mold is removed from your home. This can also affect your pets. If you suspect there may be mold in your home, or have unexplained sickness occurring with your family or pets, have someone come and inspect immediately.

You Notice Mold or Stains Around Your HVAC System

visiblemoldThe last thing any homeowners wants to experience is mold living in their home. Unfortunately, this can happen, especially in your HVAC system due to its high moisture environment.

Check your HVAC system for visible mold. It will look black and be patchy or blotchy. It could look like a smudge or stain but will be difficult to wipe away.

Mold in your HVAC will make indoor air quality poor, and you will run the risk of getting your whole family sick. Seek out a professional in Annapolis, MD if you suspect or see mold in your home.

There is a Strong and Constant Odor in the Home

strongsmellMold has a very distinct smell. If you notice a musty, almost wood-rotting scent in your home, you may have mold growing. Mold is a very fast spreading organism, and it won’t take long, given the right environment, for it to multiply throughout your house.

This is a serious issue that must be addressed, and mold is extremely hazardous to our health. Call a professional right away if you suspect mold growing in your home, do not wait.

Do not procrastinate when it comes to your health and the health of your family. If you suspect mold in your home, it is your responsibility to have it removed right away, keeping you and your family safe.

Can you Heat Your Entire Home With Radiant Floor Heating?

Can you Heat Your Entire Home With Radiant Floor Heating?

Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating isn’t just about the nice luxury of keeping your feet warm (which admittedly is very welcome on chilly Annapolis, MD mornings). It is a type of heating that offers a number of benefits.

Compared to other heating systems, with radiant floor heating, you have dusty ductwork, rattling radiators or noisy vents. Rather, you’ve got a quiet, even distribution of heat when and where you want it.

Yes! (Or Wherever you Have a Floor)

YESThe short answer to “Can you heat your entire home with radiant floor heating”? is yes. In theory, as long as you have a floor, you can utilize radiant floor heating.

The heating system goes right into the floor, heating water or using electricity in an infrastructure of pipes.

While it generally is room-specific (i.e., for the kitchen or bathroom, where you are standing a great deal, or might be in bare feet), it is a viable and effective way to heat your home. If you plan to use radiant heating to heat your whole house, the hot water method (hydronic) is recommended.

It is More Energy Efficient

EnergyEfficientRadiant floor heating is more energy efficient for a number of reasons. It functions more on an on-demand basis, which means that you waste less.

Remember too that heat rises, so given that this type of heating is located in the floor, it harnesses the natural ability for heat to float upwards in the room, generating more heat without consuming more energy.

How Does it Work?

How?With radiant heating, hot water tubes or electric wires are buried within the floor. These tubes/wires radiate heat that floats upwards through the room and warm objects as these heat waves encounter them, further spreading the heat throughout the space.

This is contrasted with forced air heating, which is what you find in most homes in the U.S. Heat blasts out of the vents in the room, moving quickly up to the ceiling quickly and cooling as it falls back down to the floor.

Theoretically, your upper body could be warm, while your feet are freezing, as the warm air doesn’t always extend all the way down to the floor (which is why floors are so often cold when you wake up in the morning).

In short, radiant heat is more even and more effective than forced air heating. It’s a little more costly to install, but, like with all energy efficient upgrades, you recoup your costs over time with savings on your bills.

Lower Your Energy Bills in 2018 with these 3 Easy Steps

Lower Your Energy Bills in 2018 with these 3 Easy Steps

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We only just finished ringing in the new year, and that means homeowners still have their minds attuned to resolutions for 2018, including how they can save more money around the house.

Well, we have some good news for you: we have three simple ways that you can save yourself some money every month, and it all has to do with making your home more efficient, reducing the amount of energy you use, and cutting your energy bills.

1. Learn How to Use Curtains and Drapes to Your Advantage

Curtains & DrapesEven though most people just think of drapes and curtains in terms of decoration and privacy, these home accents can also go a long way for helping to make your home more efficient.

One of the factors that affects home efficiency is drafts, and heavy drapes can help to reduce this in winter and keep your home warmer.

Just remember that when you do use heavy drapes in winter, make sure you open them up during the day when the sun is shining on the window to let in the rays and the heat.

Another factor that can make your home less efficient is the hot summer sun, because when this beats through your windows during the cooling season, it means your air conditioner has to work harder. Here, thick drapes with a light-colored liner can reflect these rays and make your house more efficient.

2. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Home ThermostatAnother great way to reap the benefits of a more energy-efficient house is with a programmable thermostat. Heating and cooling needs account for nearly 50 percent of your energy use, and you can reduce this by up to 30 percent with a simple thermostat upgrade.

These devices help to reduce your energy use and costs by dropping the amount that your furnace and air conditioner work during the day when nobody is home and at night when the family is asleep, and this translates to less energy use.

In the morning and in the evening when everybody is home and awake, set your thermostat to 78 F in the summer and 68 F in winter (if this is comfortable), and then use the programmable thermostat to increase the temperature in summer and drop it in winter during the day and at night.

3. Address Air Duct Leaks

Duct SystemOne of the most common themes that comes up during energy audits is leaky ductwork, because these can make your heating and cooling systems highly inefficient.

If there are any holes, leaks, or cracks in your ducks, then air will escape on route from your furnace or A/C to your vents, and this means your heating and cooling devices have to work harder.

In fact, typical homes lose between 20 and 30 percent of the air blowing through their ducts, so sealing these leaks can make your home more efficient, lighten the load on your heating and cooling systems, and reduce your energy bills.

We’ve been serving valued customers in the Annapolis, MD area for many years, and we know how important it is for you to find ways to save money. Reducing your energy use and lowering your energy bills is a great way to end up with more money in your pocket at the end of the month, and this also means you’ll be contributing to a greener planet at the same time, and that’s something everyone can benefit from.