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4 Ways to Change Seasons with Your HVAC

4 Ways to Change Seasons with Your HVACNow that the seasons are changing, it’s almost time to make the switch from cooling to heating your home. By transitioning seasons wisely, you can have your home and HVAC system primed for maximum comfort and efficiency throughout the fall and coming winter. Here are four ways to make the transition go smoothly:

1. Check Airflow at the Registers

Closed or obstructed registers can upset pressure balance within the HVAC system and cause a loss of efficiency or even an unexpected equipment shutdown due to overheating. To prevent these issues, make sure that your registers are open and not blocked by furniture, area rugs, long curtains or similar items.

2. Switch Ceiling Fan Direction

During the summer, you likely had your ceiling fan blades set to spin counter-clockwise and push cool air down. Now, you need put the fan speed on low and switch the blade direction button on the housing. This gets the blades turning clockwise, so cooler air at floor level gets drawn up, and warm air is sent back down along the walls.

3. Replace the Air Filter

Transitioning seasons is also the perfect time to check the air filter and replace it if it shows any visible dirt accumulation. Having a fresh filter in place ensures that air can flow freely through the HVAC system, which helps avert the problems caused by restricted airflow.

4. Schedule Heating System Service

A thorough furnace checkup by a certified technician can verify that key components including the blower motor, gas burner, heat exchanger and ventilation flue are working safely and reliably, so your home stays comfortable and there’s less risk of exposure to deadly carbon monoxide gas.

Allow Ample Time When Transitioning Back and Forth

If you need to switch between cooling and heating to match the fall weather, allow a five-minute break in between mode changes on the thermostat. This lets the system’s refrigerant pressure equalize and averts a sudden shutdown or compressor lockup that trips the breaker.

For help making sure that transitioning seasons goes smoothly in your Portland home, contact us today 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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Aiming and Redirecting Vents for Greater Comfort and Efficiency

Aiming and Redirecting Vents for Greater Comfort and Efficiency | RothIf you have a central air conditioner, then your home comfort relies on well-designed ducts — and well-managed air vents. While these unobtrusive fixtures may not seem like much, they actually play a big part in managing your indoor airflow. Here’s what you need to know about opening, closing, and redirecting vents in your Portland, Oregon, home:

  • Your A/C and furnace probably share the same vents. This can be tricky: remember, cool air sinks, while warm air rises. Vents near your baseboards will be more efficient at warming your home during the winter, while vents higher on the wall or ceiling will be more effective at cooling your home through the summer. You can use a ceiling fan to gently draw air upwards or push it downwards to manage your indoor temperature better.
  • You can close or block off vents to rooms you don’t want to cool or heat — but use this sparingly. Vents often come with their own shutters which can be closed, or you can purchase a set of magnetic covers to form a more airtight seal. This prevents conditioned air from entering rooms you don’t want cooled. But watch out: those unless you seal the return air vents, those rooms will still deliver warm air to your A/C, which can raise your cooling costs. And sealing off too many rooms changes the air pressure through your entire duct system, meaning more wear and tear on your fan motor and duct seams.
  • You’re not stuck with the vents you have. The small grates have some angled fluting which looks like it’s used to direct airflow, but the impact from those small angled pieces is actually minimal. Replacing the vent covers with decorative vent covers can be an inexpensive way to beautify your home environment.

If you have questions about the airflow in your home, about redirecting vents, or about managing your home comfort, don’t hesitate to call us up 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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Dispelling Energy-Saving Myths and Getting Down to True Conservation

Dispelling Energy-Saving Myths and Getting Down to True ConservationDue to soaring energy prices and the state of the economy, most people are looking for ways to save energy and cut down on their utility bills. This leads to a lot of information being passed around – some good and some bad. Here are some of the biggest energy-saving myths to avoid: Continue reading

Heat Pump Freezing Up? Some Possible Solutions

Heat Pump Freezing Up? Some Possible SolutionsDo you have problems with your heat pump freezing up in cold weather? While the presence of a light layer of ice on the unit during our cold Portland winter weather is fairly normal, heat pumps do sometimes freeze up. Typically, the periodic defrost cycle keeps the unit sufficiently ice-free to maintain proper functioning. Nevertheless, when the unit freezes for an extended period of time, the freezing issue should be addressed. Be sure to turn your thermostat to the emergency heat position and use an alternative heat source to avoid running the unit while it’s frozen. It won’t do you any good anyway, until it’s fixed. Continue reading

Variable-Speed Furnaces Boost Comfort and Savings in Your Canby Home

Variable-Speed Furnaces Boost Comfort and Savings in Your Canby HomeOne of the biggest advances in modern furnace/air conditioning technology is technology that allows blower or air handler motors to operate at different speeds. Variable-speed furnaces equipped with this technology can provide a lot of comfort to your family while shaving dollars off energy costs.  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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Know The Lifespan Of Your Air Filter

Even though your air conditioning may be running, it doesn’t mean that it is running as efficiently as it should be. There are a number of things that can cause reduced efficiency, but one of the simplest ways to keep things running smoothly is to know how long the air filter will last and to maintain it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Continue reading