Furnace Tips and Advice for Repairs – Lake Orion MI
Change the air filters: Dirty air filters lead to a multitude of furnace problems. Clean or replace the filter one a month, according to the manufacturer’s directions. Scrib’s Heating and Cooling in Oxford Michigan can show you how to do this.
Check the thermostat: If it seems as if your furnace doesn’t produce any heat, check the battery level in the thermostat. In some models, simply replacing the battery may do the trick.
When the blower fan doesn’t turn off or the furnace cycles too frequently, check the thermostat settings. The fan setting should be on “Auto.” In the “On,” “Low,” “Medium” or “High” modes, the fan will run continuously.
If the furnace doesn’t seem to produce enough heat, check the thermostat’s setting to make sure it’s on “Heat” mode. Then check the temperature to make sure it’s set to one that’s higher than the current room temperature.
If nothing seems to work, you may need to purchase a new. Make sure the new thermostat matches your furnace in regards to capability and capacity, or you may encounter future problems.
Check the circuit breaker and power supply: If the furnace stops working or the thermostat’s screen is blank, check if the circuit breaker tripped or blew a fuse. Also, make sure the power cord is plugged into an outlet.
Reduce drafts: If a draft causes problems with the pilot light, you may need to close the windows or doors in the room.
Maintenance: Every year, at the end of the summer or beginning of fall, hire Scrib’s Heating and Cooling of Oxford Michigan to inspect and maintain the furnace. Scrib’s will get the unit ready for the upcoming cool weather and fix problems that could cause breakdowns or expensive repairs during busy winter months.
Furnace installation: If you need to replace your furnace, use Scrib’s Heating and Cooling of Oxford Michigans furnace expertise to determine the right type and size for your home or commercial space.
Ignition control or pilot light problems: As problems may result from clogged components or faulty electrical components, leave ignition issues to the Scrib’s Heating and Cooling of Oxford Michigan
Mechanical issues: Unless you received training to repair furnaces, let professionals handle problems related to mechanical wear and tear. Otherwise, you may void the warranty on the appliance or accidentally cause a larger problem.
Natural gas or propane problems: When you suspect problems with the gas feed or valve because of a malfunction with the gas pressure regulator, call Scrib’s Heating and Cooling in Oxford Michigan (248) 628-2804
Michigan winters can create a very dry environment in your house causing damage and health concerns. Install a humidifier, which can be used to increase the moisture levels in specific rooms or throughout the entire house. Indoor humidity levels of 35 to 50 percent are considered to be the most comfortable, depending on personal preference.
Most people are familiar with single room humidifiers, which use cool mist, warm air, or steam vaporization to increase humidity in a room. There are also a variety of whole-home humidifiers that can be installed directly in line with your heating system to increase humidity levels throughout the entire house.
While there are various types of whole-house humidification systems, nearly all are controlled by a device called a humidistat, which allows you to set the exact level of humidity desired. Depending on the type of system you choose and the size of your home, a whole-house humidifier will use from 1.5 gallons up to 12 gallons of water per day when the furnace is operating.
Drum humidifiers are commonly used with forced-air heating systems. Drum systems feature a sponge attached to a drum that rotates slowly through a water reservoir. Warm air from the furnace passes through the sponge and picks up moisture, then the moist air is distributed throughout the house.
Bypass humidifiers are connected between hot and cold air return ducts. They use the pressure difference between the ducts to force heated air to pass through the humidifier and return to the furnace. Such humidifiers don’t contain a foam drum but rather a series of plastic discs with small grooves on both sides that allow for sufficient evaporative surface area without requiring a great deal of space.
Increase Your Comfort Level This Winter in Michigan with a Humidifier.
In the winter months, when heating systems are really chugging away, indoor air can become dry and static prone. A whole-house humidifier is a great way to add back a little moisture.
Furnace humidifiers add water molecules to the air inside the home. They have variable rates of humidification, but it can exceed 1/2 gallon of water per hour. Water flows through the humidifier valve and soaks the evaporator pad. Hot and dry air from the furnace passes through the pads and absorbs the water. The ductwork distributes the moist air. The humidifier only needs a little maintenance; it’s important, though, and it’s easy.
Scratchy throats, frequent nosebleeds, dry skin, and static electricity can be common occurrences in winter—particularly when the combination of heated air and tightly insulated houses reduces humidity levels indoors.
The solution to improved health and comfort, however, can be as simple as adding a humidifier.
Although everyone knows the old adage “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” few people understand the relationship between the two. The actual heat a body feels is a combination of both temperature and humidity. The minute you turn on your home heating system in the winter, it begins to remove moisture from the air. Dry air feels cooler than moist air, so in a dry interior, in order to maintain a temperature that seems comfortable, you end up raising the thermostat higher than necessary. By adding humidity back into the mix, you can alleviate the dryness, lower the thermostat, and still feel comfortable—saving money on heating bills in the bargain.
Not only can low humidity dry out your skin and throat, and generally make you feel uncomfortable. it can contribute to other health issues—from making you more susceptible to colds and flu to aggravating conditions like asthma, allergies, and sinus problems.” Children and pets—especially birds—can be particularly sensitive to dry indoor air.
Extremely low moisture levels can even be damaging to your home, causing wood floors and fine furniture to warp and crack, interior paint to dry out, chip and flake, and wallpaper edges to shrink and peel.
We offer the full-range of Southeast Michigan furnace services! We provide furnace maintenance yearly, and can even help you revamp your entire heating system. If you need a new install, a tune-up, or an emergency repair, we’re the company for you. We service a wide area, and can work with any popular furnace or heating brand. Stay cozy this winter with Scrib’s Heating and Cooling of Oxford Michigan!
Whole-Home Humidifier Solutions
Automatically deliver the perfect amount of moisture to your home
Humidification—the process of adding moisture to the air—is one of the most important aspects of total indoor comfort, yet it’s one of the least understood.
Maybe this is because people associate humidity with the discomfort of hot, steamy summer days. And it’s true that too much humidity causes problems. Yet when properly controlled, humidity offers many proven benefits to your health, home and comfort.
Using a Whole-Home Humidifier is one of the most effective ways to add the proper amount of humidity to your indoor air and prevent the problems caused by dry air.