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Here’s Back-to-School Maintenance Tips for Your Home

Here's Back-to-School Maintenance Tips for Your HomeIt’s that time of year again — back-to-school! Which means every homeowner out there needs to conduct a little maintenance on his or her home if they hope to keep costs under control. Here are a few quick tips that we suggest:

Replace Your Air Filter

Typically, an air filter needs to be replaced every 1-3 months. If you’ve been neglecting it a little over the summer because you’ve been too busy soaking up the sun, now’s the time to get it switched out for a new one. This will ensure that your heating and air conditioning equipment continues to work at an optimal level.

Seal the Ducts

Cooler temperatures are just around the corner, soon you’ll need to switch from air conditioning to heating. Before that happens, it’s essential that your ducts be checked for leaks and tears. This will keep the air circulating throughout your home without wasting energy.

Pick Up Around the Outdoor Unit

Over the summer, leaves and dirt can collect around your system’s outdoor unit. This can create a clogging situation, which can be a detriment to your heating and cooling efforts. This is an easy fix. All you have to do is remove any debris around the unit. Using a water hose is even more effective.

Perform Annual Maintenance

Once a year, it’s important that you enlist the help of a professional to make sure that your heating system is running properly. An annual maintenance (Precision Tune-up) will not only keep your equipment efficient, but can also prolong its operational life.

Clean the Condensate Drain

Your HVAC unit’s condensate drain can quickly become clogged with mold, algae, and other foreign substances. This can be cleaned by a water and bleach mixture two or three times a year to prevent any bigger issues from developing.

For more expert advice on back-to-school maintenance tips or any other home comfort questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly professionals at Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical. We’ve been serving the Sherwood area since 1976.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Unsealed Ducts? You’re Wasting Money and Energy

Unsealed Ducts? You're Wasting Money and EnergyYou may have a state-of-the-art HVAC system coupled with an airtight, well-insulated home, but if your home’s ducts are leaking or blocked, you’ll still pay higher than necessary energy bills. In some homes, as much as 30 percent of conditioned air is lost before it ever reaches vents and registers in rooms. Much of it leaks into areas that aren’t conditioned or used. You might as well be paying to heat and cool the outside.

How Do You Know Ducts Are Leaking?

The only surefire answer is to have a professional HVAC technician inspect and test ductwork for leaks, blockages, and other problems. Short of that, you can inspect visible ductwork yourself. If duct sections are obviously not well connected, or are tangled or kinked, you’ll need duct sealing and repairs at those spots, and probably elsewhere in the duct system, too. Uneven heating and cooling from one room to another is another signal that your ductwork may be leaking, as are unusually high energy bills.

What Problems Are Caused By Leaky Ducts?

  • Reduced comfort. If all the conditioned air that’s intended for a certain room isn’t arriving at its destination, that room likely will be too warm or cool, or may stay stuffy most of the time.
  • Higher bills and stressed equipment. When your heating and cooling equipment has to work harder to compensate for air lost through ductwork leaks, that wastes energy and puts added strain on HVAC components. More frequent breakdowns may result.
  • Degraded indoor air quality. Often, as a result of pressure differentials in unconditioned areas that ducts run through, dirty air can get sucked into ducts, via poor connections and other leaks. That dirty air eventually will circulate into your home.

Working hand-in-hand with effective duct sealing is ductwork insulation. An insulation wrap around ducts, especially in areas where ducts are routed that aren’t heated or cooled, will keep the conditioned air cool or warm for its final destination in your home’s rooms.

To discuss duct sealing, repairs or replacement in your Portland-area home, please contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Signs of Ductwork That’s Getting Old

Signs of Ductwork That's Getting OldDuctwork plays an essential role in your home’s forced-air heating and cooling system, delivering conditioned air to rooms, and then routing spent air back to the HVAC equipment to be heated or cooled again. But what happens when ducts deteriorate over time? The fact is that old ductwork can severely hamper the work of your HVAC system and even lead to contaminated indoor air.

That being the case, it’s important for homeowners to recognize signs that their ductwork is old, and may need to be repaired or replaced.

Four Signs That You Have Old Ductwork

  • The first one is obvious; you know when the ducts were installed because you know when the house was built, and the same ductwork that delivered conditioned air on your home’s first day is still doing that job 25 years later (or however long).
  • You’ve looked at exposed duct sections and have noticed rust or corrosion. Or maybe old duct tape is falling away from connections, and the duct sections themselves are loose or hanging.
  • Your energy costs have been rising in recent years, and you haven’t been able to figure out why. Energy rates have been stable, and your household usage hasn’t changed. Leaky, loose ducts could be at fault.
  • The force of air emerging from vents is inconsistent from room to room. This could be because duct runs to some rooms are leaking or blocked.

Faulty ductwork will reduce energy efficiency in your home, as heated or cooled air leaks into unconditioned areas such as wall cavities, the garage, attic or crawl space. Your equipment has to work harder to make up for lost air. Backdrafting also can occur with leaky ducts; dirty or contaminated air — or even carbon monoxide from nearby exhaust vents — can get sucked into ducts via leaks, and then get distributed in your house.

The best way to ascertain whether your old ductwork should be repaired or replaced is to schedule a comprehensive inspection by a trained technician. Please contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling to set up a duct inspection in your Portland area home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Lower Air Conditioning Costs By Operating Your System Properly

Lower Air Conditioning Costs By Operating Your System ProperlyThe cost of keeping your home cool during the summer can be one of your greatest expenses as a homeowner. However, with a few simple tips, it’s quite possible for you to lower your air conditioning costs. These tips range from how you use your air conditioning unit to how you maintain one. Continue reading

Costly Air Leaks: Check These 11 Places In Your Home, And Make Sure They’re Sealed Tight

Air leaks in your home force you to use more energy than necessary just to keep your home at a comfortable level. You will be able to save money and be warmer this winter if you fix such leaks. Be sure to inspect these 11 places where air leaks commonly occur: Continue reading

Ductwork Design And Installation Creates Ideal Energy-Efficiency Conditions

When you think of good design, you might picture designer clothing, beautiful furniture, or slick advertising. But some remarkably important design is hidden out of sight right within your own home, and can help make or break your utility budget depending on how well it is done.

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Does Duct Cleaning Need To Be Part Of Your Spring Cleaning?

With springtime rapidly approaching in the Portland area, many of you will be looking to clean your house. However, you should also consider the current condition of your air ducts. Air duct cleaning is often overlooked when people clean their homes during the spring, but dirty ducts, no matter how much you clean your house, can drastically reduce your home’s indoor air quality.
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