Rhino Furnace Tune-up

The life of your furnace will be extended if you have preventative maintenance performed once or twice a year. This will make sure it is running efficiently and catch small problems before they become large ones be ensuring all elements are in good working order. Throughout the year, regular cleanings are a positive idea. Your HVAC Company may offer discounts and special packages to service your furnace throughout the year at a reasonable price.

When your technician comes out, there are a couple of tasks that should be performed during the tune up. The first is a full overall inspection, with the technician looking over all working parts of the furnace and duct system. The idea is to look for excessive wear and tear. At the same time, proper lubrication should be applied to all operating parts to prevent friction.

If necessary the pilots and gas pressure may need adjusting to return them to the manufacturer recommended specifications. A standard filter replacement should be done (something you should be doing throughout the year).  At the end of the service, ask for everything that was done to be written up so you can place it in your records. Ask the technician what can be done to care for your furnace throughout the year and help keep your power bills down. Following these tips will help ensure your family doesn’t have to deal with a cold house this winter!


Rhino – Signs You Have a Good HVAC Technician

Finding a dependable, trusted HVAC technician can be a difficult task. Hiring an individual to install or perform maintenance on your unit is not a decision to be taken lightly without serious thought. When you meet a technician for the first time, trust your gut instinct.

Does he or she appear trustworthy? Did you like them right away? Were you impressed with their level of customer service? A well trained HVAC technician will be able to answer your questions and offer suggestions.  They will be trained in troubleshooting, so they can determine the problem and the necessary solution quickly.

If they are a true professional, they will respect your house as if it were their own. They will have pride in their appearance and will be on time for their scheduled appointment. If they a running late, a good technician will call and let you know.

Reliability is important, if someone doesn’t show up for an appointment, will you be able to trust them when they finally show up, to work on your expensive HVAC system? Does the technician work steadily and carefully when at your house or business? Or do they spend time on their phone, therefore not resolving your problem within the expected time frame? When the technician is working, do they appear to be following safety protocol? Or do they seem careless? This is important because you don’t want a walking, working liability in your house. Last of all, a sign of a good technician is them leaving their work space as they found it, clean and tidy!


Rhino – Proper Disposal of Worn Out HVAC Units

An average lifespan of an HVAC system is normally around the 10 to 15 year mark. When it comes time for you to buy a new system, you will need to think of how to dispose of your old one. Many times, the installers of your new system will take the old one off your hands. This is a question you should ask while making your new purchase.

However, if this is not a service they offer, then disposal will become your issue. Disposal is not as easy as one may think, depending on where you live, there can be state or federal regulations on how to discard of an HVAC unit.  Your local sanitation department will be able to instruct you on what to do. In fact, they may be able to recommend a recycling company that will voluntarily pick up your unit and take it to a drop off location.

Environmentally minded companies offer this service because they want to ensure that items are disposed of through environmentally friendly means. If you choose to dispose of the unit yourself, remember there are parts that a certified technician should do, such as extracting coolant before disposal so that it can be transported to a designated waste site.

After this, choose your drop off site as recommended by your sanitation department, detach hazardous components, load the unit up and drop it off! If your unit still has some life in it, and you are only getting rid of it because you wanted an upgrade, not needed one, enquire about donating it to shelters or other charity’s. There may be a place or person who could use what you no longer want.


Rhino – Climate Change and HVAC

Is climate change real? Some people believe in it and others do not. Regardless of personal belief, there is a general consensus that weather patterns change over time and summers and winters can get warmer depending on what weather cycle we are experiencing.  When this happens there is obviously an increase in AC use and a decrease in the use of artificial heat. In fact, in 2011 there was a 7.5 percent increase in air conditioning unit sales to keep up with a higher demand for AC units.

This affects the distribution, sales, production and manufacturing of AC units. In America, households that have AC units have increased from 64 million to 100 million between 1993 and 2009. Is this due to people having more disposable income for an item that was once considered a luxury? Or is it a direct result of climate change? The general consensus is for a home or office space to be considered comfortable and allow for optimum human productivity, the temperature needs to be set at 72 degrees farenheight.

Attempting to keep this temperature maintained in warmer climates leads to more AC use, thus, more sales and more money being generated within the sales aspect of AC units. If air conditioners are going to be used more to combat the heat especially in country’s that did not use them as much previously, we may find new designs being produced and more economical models to fit all households and businesses.

 


Heater/Furnace Repair Tips – Rhino

Fall is upon us and it is never too early to think about problems your furnace and heater may encounter. After a long summer and not being used, your furnace may need a maintenance check.  A routine inspection may be in order to help your heating system run efficiently and catch small problems before they become large ones. If you find your furnace isn’t heating well, or is cycling between the on and off modes, check and change out the filter.

A dirty filter has the potential to cause damage to the limit switch which in turn controls the fan. This leads to wear and tear which results in airflow problems, overheating or heat control related issues. A common problem in a heater or furnace is a faulty pilot light or ignition. If your appliance is clogged it can show itself in an unlit pilot light.

Another hotspot is a faulty thermostat. However, a common problem that makes a furnace not heat at all is the thermostat setting! It seems like an obvious place to start and check, but you would be surprised how many people overlook this simple hint. The next place to check is your breaker box and make sure it isn’t flipped! If your furnace is struggling to keep your house or office warm, it may be too small to adequately produce enough heat.

You can easily check your thermostat (and even change its battery) and filter yourself, but there are some jobs that are better left to the professionals. If you hear abnormal noises, rattles and rumbling it could be a mechanical issue or clogged burner. A continuously running blower could mean a bad limit switch which normally a professional has to replace. If you try to fix a problem that is out of your expertise, you may unintentionally void your warranty if you have one. Last of all, always use caution when dealing with propane or natural gas


Buying an Air Conditioner for your Home – Rhino

A/C systems normally last around 10 to 20 years, so at some point during your home ownership you will be faced with the task of buying a new system. Buying a new HVAC system is one of the largest purchases a homeowner can make, not just cost wise, but comfort wise. Making sure your living area is comfortable temperature wise is crucial for the wellbeing and productivity of your family.

When looking to buy an AC think about who you will use to install in. Research some contractors and read their online reviews. Speak to a couple, ask questions and get cost estimates and quotes, not just for the system but also for installation. Choose a company you are comfortable with and trust, because more than likely you will use the same company for continued maintenance and perhaps even buy a maintenance and warranty plan from them. It is recommended you have your AC maintained and inspected at least once a year.

Therefore, choose a company you see yourself working with for years to come. Have your chosen installer give you advice on the right size unit for your house. If a system is too big, it will waste energy as it cycles on and off. If a system is too small, it won’t cool your house efficiently and will struggle to keep up.

Normally, a contractor will come to your house and perform a load calculation to determine the right size taking into account square footage and insulation.  Use this as an opportunity to ask about the SEER rating of units you are considering, you want to make sure your unit is energy-efficient.


Keeping your Air Clean – Take a Deep Breath with Confidence

You may not be able to control global environmental pollution, but inside your house you are the queen or king of the castle and there are a few things you can do to keep your air quality high and safe for your family.

1. Although cozy, wood burning fireplaces create toxins such as soot and carbon which are not healthy to inhale. Any type of smoke should be avoided. This includes using an indoor grill pan while cooking on your stovetop at a high temperature.

2. Don’t let people smoke inside your house. Second hand smoke can be just as harmful as smoking the cigarette yourself. It can irritate your pets and they may not be able to voice their discomfort.

3. Be careful what you use to clean with. Strong chemicals can irritate your lungs and be especially harmful to young children. There are plenty of natural cleaning products on the market now that get the job done just as well.

4. Use an air filter in your house to filter the air. Make sure the filters in your HVAC are clean and change them regularly. This is a simple and inexpensive tip, but crucial to the wellbeing of your heating and cooling system.

5. Keep your windows closed to keep out dust, especially on high air pollution days if you live in a city.

6. Watch what candles you burn. They are pretty to look at and can make your house smell wonderful but they can carry a small amount of toxins. Certain types of wax do not contain as many binders or scent chemicals.

7. Keep mold under control by having a good ventilation system in your house. Keep the air circulating in bathrooms and the laundry room. Anywhere there can be dampness you may want to run a dehumidifier.

8. Consider investing in an air ionizer to purify the air in your home. They do a great job and are the newer models are so quite you won’t notice them running.


Winter Time Energy Tips

Install a programmable thermostat

This is a great way to maximize your efficiency and help keep your power bill low. You will no longer have to manually adjust your thermostat. You will be able to program it, and now you can even control some systems using your smartphone. Most energy sources recommend keeping your thermostat anywhere from 60 to 70 degrees. Of course, this is personal preference.

Make sure all leaks are sealed

Checking windows and doors is the obvious place to start. However, there can be leaks in both basements and attics. A not so obvious place is your kitchen hood vent! Caulking can be the best way to tackle leaks that you find.

Add layers to your wood floors

Use rugs and carpets to keep your house warm. They will assist you in trapping in some heat that could otherwise be lost. Plus, they are cozy! Wood floors that are not insulated can lose up to 10 percent of the heat in your house.

A simple trick is to close doors

At night, close doors while you have your heat running. This will warm up the room for the next day. If you have rooms you don’t use much, you may consider closing up some vents. The warm air will spread faster through the house and can save somemoney on the power bill.

Clean your furnace filters

Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Consider doing a furnace tune-up. Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and adjusted properly will reduce energy use, saving up to 5 percent of heating costs.

Reduce hot water temperature.

Adjust your water heater to either the normal setting or 120-degrees Fahrenheit.Doing this can save you around 7 percent of normal water heating costs.