Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Air Conditioning Check-Up

Just like we see our Doctor on a routine basis to make sure we are healthy, your AC unit needs checking-in on from time to time as well in order to make sure that all its parts are working as it should.

If you do not complete check-ups on your AC unit, you run the risk of it breaking down and therefore forcing you to suffer without air conditioning until the unit can be replaced. We suggest you do yourself a favor and avoid that happening. 

The cost of replacing an AC unit is far greater than that of simply paying for regular maintenance check-ups of your unit, which makes getting maintenance on a regular basis the smartest option. The ideal situation is to have your unit inspected and repaired at least once or twice a year.

However, it isn't going to be clear to everyone what this repair and check-up should involve. The following list should give you an idea of what to expect from an HVAC professional.

AC repair check-up
•    A comprehensive cleaning of the condenser coils in order to increase the efficiency which will then reduce the wear and tear that your system will suffer from.
•    Evaluate the level of the coolant in order to keep the performance at peak levels.
•    Lubricating the moving parts in order to eliminate friction and decrease the system's wear and tear to reduce your system's energy costs.
•    Inspect the ductwork for potential energy losses.
•    Perform an evaluation of the blower motor and belt to check if the system is still in good enough shape to continue performing at an optimal required level.

This list of suggestions should give you some idea of what to expect when you call in professional help for your AC unit. However, while this is not everything that needs to be done, it is a start! We suggest you also start off by giving us a call at Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.

Friday, March 30, 2018

How to Take Care of Your Electric Heater


Whether you use small space heaters to supplement your central heating or you are storing them away from a bad storm, space heaters need the same care and attention that regular heaters do. Sometimes they need a little extra vigilance because they're mobile.

How can you make space heaters last longer and stay safe?

Many of the same maintenance steps and precautions you would take for your central heating also apply to space heaters, such as clearing away dust and fuzz from the vents and setting a temperature you're comfortable with instead of turning it on and off to regulate the temperature. Keep reading for some of the other steps you should take.

Keep the space heater out in the open.

Even though space heaters work best in small, enclosed rooms, you still want to give it plenty of room to breathe. Make sure it's away from the walls, furniture, and flammable curtains. You also want the heat output vents to stay at least two to three feet away from skin.

Don't keep it near your humidifier.

If your house has a humidifier, or separate rooms have individual humidifier units, keep the two away from each other. Electric heaters can handle moisture in the air, but shouldn't be exposed to water or a blast of humidity.

Train your pets to keep their distance.

Aside from investigating a new, noisy object, your pets will be interested in laying right in front of the vents to soak up all the heat. Teach them to stay away from it, or place it on a table that is too small for your cat to fit on top with it, for example.

Here at Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., we want to provide you with information that will keep you and your loved ones safe. If you own an electric heater, it is important that you take the necessary safety precautions.

We encourage you to contact us with any questions and service needs that you may have when it comes to heating and cooling your home.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Signs that Immediate Furnace Repair is Needed

Your home furnace is a very important appliance that needs to be properly taken care of as it is responsible for keeping your home warm. While a furnace is a very reliable appliance and can last well over a decade, they do need maintenance and repairs from time to time. In some situations, there could be more serious problems that could pose a safety concern or evidence that the furnace is near failing. There are several signs you should look out for that could indicate that you are need of immediate furnace repair.

Pilot Light

If your furnace is powered by natural gas there will be a pilot light that should always be the color blue. However, if you find that it is yellow, it could be an indication of a very serious problem. A yellow pilot light could be an indication that your furnace has a carbon monoxide leak, which is a very poisonous gas. If your pilot light is yellow, you should turn your furnace off and call your technician immediately.

Odd Noises


Another indication that something is wrong is if you hear odd noises. If you continue to hear the furnace running, hear a lot of loud clunking, or hear a rattling noise, it could be a sign that something is loose. If this is not addressed, the loose part could become very problematic. Because of this, you should call your technician immediately.

Smells


Finally, with a furnace you need to pay attention to odd smells. If you smell gas, the scent of rotten eggs, or smell something burning, it could be a sign that you need a serious repair. In these cases, you should turn the furnace off and call your technician as soon as you can. Doing so could help to prevent a fire or gas leak.

Here at Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., we are always happy to help! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or service needs you may have.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ideal Winter Temperatures for Your Thermostat

Everyone has their own favorite room temperature. But setting your heater's thermostat for different temperatures at different times throughout the day can do a lot more than keep your home comfortable. Here are three ideal settings to get the most comfort out of your heater without a large bill.

What temperature should your house be when you're awake and active?

68 degrees Fahrenheit is the generally accepted middle ground for winter heating as it will keep your home close to the stereotypical room temperature of 70 degrees. It isn't cold enough to make you want to stay curled up under a blanket, but it's also not so warm that it's uncomfortable.

What about when you're asleep or out of the house?

Lowering your thermostat during winter can drastically cut your energy spending. It is best to do this when you're asleep, because you can drop the thermostat a few extra degrees without discomfort, and when no one's in the house. If there are large stretches of time when nobody's home, set the thermostat to drop. As long as the internal temperature stays above fifty or fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit, the cold temperature isn't low enough to do damage. Simply program your thermostat on a set schedule.

Should you turn it off completely?

Unless you're going to have a stretch of warm days, you should keep your heating system on. Not only can letting your house's temperature drop damage the pipes, the energy savings you gain through a few hours without heating will be canceled out by the cost of reheating the whole house. As a general rule, maintaining a relatively consistent temperature (especially if it doesn't fluctuate frequently) is cheaper than cooling and heating cycles.

We encourage you to give us a call at Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. with any questions or service needs you may have.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Please Your Family With A Lennox iHarmony Zone System Heating Installation


The Lennox iHarmony Zone System allows you to control the temperature in your home by zone. This innovative system blends the reliable technology of an electronic thermostat with the computer programmed and Wi-Fi controlled heating and cooling equipment.

What This Means For You

With the Lennox iHarmony Zone System:
  • You control the airflow to four different areas in your house
  • Cool one room down while keeping the others heated
  • Accommodate the various temperature preferences for the members of your family
  • Allow individual control of each zone, the occupant can set the temperature how they like
  • Monitor the system from one central thermostat
  • Control the system by Wi-Fi from your phone, tablet, or computer
Why Your Life Will Be Better

Once you install the iHarmony Zone System, the days of moving from room to room for more comfort will be gone. No matter where you are in your house, you'll be able to change the temperature without getting up from your chair. Using a specially designed app on your phone, you can also heat up or cool your house down while you’re away. When you arrive home, your house will be at a comfortable temperature.

You will also be able to redirect airflow from empty rooms, saving you the cost of heating in Valparaiso IN or cooling rooms without having to go to each room and open or close the vent manually. The iHarmony Zone System is efficient and economical. Because of the flexibility the system offers, your energy bill could drop by up to 35%.

Contact Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

3 Symptoms of a Malfunctioning Furnace


There is never a convenient time for your furnace to fail. However, preventing a future breakdown is feasible if you know what signs to look for. Spotting the three malfunctions listed below early can save you from spending a night or two without heat.

Frequent Cycling 

If your furnace in Valparaiso IN is healthy it will cycle on when the air in your home drops below the set temperature, and then it will turn off once it reaches the temperature programmed into your thermostat. Unfortunately, when your furnace begins to cycle on and off at random your system is telling you something isn't quite right. Over cycling can be caused by a number of problems, such as, a clogged filter, a faulty thermostat, or a corroded flame sensor. Pinpointing the exact issue isn't always easy. If you can't figure out why your furnace is constantly cycling on and off, contacting a HVAC professional will get you the answers you need.

Increased Energy Bills

When your heating behavior has not changed, but your energy bill is significantly higher the cause is most likely a drop in your furnace's efficiency level. This issue often occurs when older furnaces are nearing the end of their life; however, it can also signal a newer furnace is malfunctioning. Catching this symptom early can stop the malfunction from turning into something more serious in the future.

Excessive Dust

We've all put off dusting our homes before, but when the dust in your house suddenly seems excessive your lack of housekeeping is probably not the cause. An unreasonably dusty home can signal an issue with your furnace's filtration system. The air your furnace pulls in from the outside gets filtered before it is blown through your vents, meaning a lot of the impurities are removed. When the filtration system is not working properly the dust in your home will increase. Changing your furnace's air filter may solve the problem, but if it does not, you should have your furnace inspected by a professional.

If your furnace is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above or you would like to schedule a yearly inspection, please contact Kent Heating and Air Conditioning and we'll be happy to help you.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Signs You May be in Need of Furnace Repair This Fall

With winter right around the corner, it is important that you take a moment to make sure that your furnace is working properly. Having any necessary maintenance performed on your furnace now will help to ensure that you and your family are able to keep warm this winter. Yet, how will you determine if your furnace needs servicing? Read on for a few of the signs to keep an out for which can indicate that your furnace is likely in need of repair.

Your Home is Heating Unevenly

One clear sign that there is something wrong with your furnace is if your home is not heating evenly. If you are overly hot in one room and freezing cold in another, then it is likely that your system is in need of repairs. A variety of issues could be causing this problem, so you will need to consult an HVAC specialist to determine the source of the problem.

Your Furnace Runs Constantly

Generally, a furnace will cycle on and off throughout the day in order to maintain the temperature inside of your home; your furnace should not have to run continuously. If your furnace seems to cycle on more than it used to, this could be due to several different problems. Either there is something wrong with your thermostat that is preventing it from recognizing the temperature in your home, or your furnace is not running efficiently and has to run more frequently to keep your home warm. Either way, you will want to have this problem repaired, since a furnace running more than it should ultimately costs you on your energy bills.

It Makes Strange Noises

Your furnace may make a certain amount of noise when it cycles on and off. However, it should not begin making any loud or unusual banging, groaning, or squealing noises while it is running. This likely indicates that a component within your furnace is failing and will need to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible before your furnace stops working altogether.

It is important to keep an eye out now for signs indicating that your furnace may be in need of repair so that you can have it serviced before winter arrives.

Contact Kent Heating and Air Conditioning Inc to learn more about how you will know when your furnace is in need of repair.