One Surprising Reason Furnace Maintenance Must Not Be Over Looked

1. The “Stack Effect” describes how air moves through a building

The Stack Effect principle refers to the movement of air through spaces, most specifically, the rising of heat in buildings. In the cold winter months, the warm air in the building is less dense than the cold air outside. That warm air bubble wants to rise up and out of the building.

This rising air causes cold air to be drawn into cracks at the bottom of the house. This is why your basement is colder than your highest floor. This is also why leaky houses consume larger amounts of energy.

2. In Britain, “furnace” has a whole different meaning

In Britain, the term “furnace” only refers to industrial metallurgical furnaces used for smelting iron ore, lead or copper. In America, we call this type of industrial furnaces “blast furnaces”. The Brits call their heating systems “central heating”.

3. The word “furnace” has Greek origins

It’s said that the name comes from the Greek word “fornax” which means oven.

4. They really do require maintenance

Did you know that a 6 room house collects an average of 40 pounds of dust a year? You can see why regular maintenance of your HVAC is so important!

If you are interested in scheduling some annual maintenance for your furnace or have any questions about any of your plumbing or HVAC needs call toll-free at 888-315-5564

2 Ways To Show Your Plumbing You Care

Showing Love means lower costs

Spending a little bit to prevent a serious problem can go a long way towards preventing you from having to spend a whole lot of cash. A major plumbing repair can not only cost you in downtime, but it can make a hefty hole in your pocket if it becomes a critical emergency. For example: when was the last time you checked your home faucets, hose bibs or spigots around your home for any drips or leaks? Leaking pipes and faucets also cost you a lot in wasted water, so a quick fix could actually save you hundreds over the course of the year.

–     Showing Love means No Sudden Emergencies

Maintaining your plumbing not only increases your reliability, but it dramatically decreases the chances that something devastating will go wrong when you least expect it to. Rusted, corroded pipes under pressure can burst, a water heater can create pressure and start to leak, and tree roots in a sewer line can cause your entire home to back up. But taking a few extra preventative steps and having a trained eye to survey and inspect your property can do wonders for preventing these issues from ever emerging to an emergency.

Remember to show your plumbing some love this year, by lowering your costs with preventive measures. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @ 888-315-5564

Here’s How To Give Your Furnace A Big Boost

1. Get Regular Furnace Tune-Ups

Make sure you have your furnace inspected and tuned up every year to ensure its running at peak efficiency. One faulty part can place strain on the rest of the system, and can lead to sudden breakdowns.

2. Use Ceiling Fans

It may sound odd to use a fan in the winter, but they can help even out the overall warmth of your air. Heat naturally rises, and tends to collect near the ceiling. Running your ceiling fan on low to push the hot air down to the floor works especially well in rooms with vaulted ceilings.

3. Bake More in the Winter Months

Give your furnace a break by using the oven more. It will heat the entire kitchen area and may help heat your entire ground floor. There are other benefits too: not only will you feel better with a nice home-cooked meal, but your house will also smell nice.

4. Decorative Insulation

Carpeting and area rugs on floors help insulate against drafts. They also feel great underfoot, help with soundproofing, and make us feel warmer because they’re so cozy looking.

5. Keep a Good Humidity Level

Most people notice that the air in our homes tends to be really dry in winter. It’s not only drying on skin and throats, but it can make us feel colder than we really are. Using a humidifier to bring your humidity level up to about 40% will help transfer heat better. You can lower the setting on the thermostat and not notice it. More humidity is also better for wood floors and furniture, and can help prevent asthma and allergy attacks.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple toll-free at 888-611-7191

Just One Reason Why Annual Maintenance Is Necessary

The first way to improve your indoor air quality is by regularly maintaining your heating and cooling system twice a year. During the year, your system experiences wear and tear, excess dirt and debris and possibly damaged components.

EGreen Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ offers many different plans to keep your unit performing efficiently. Our certified technicians will inspect your unit for signs of stress, testing and replacing worn components and applying lubrication when necessary.

Particulates buildup in your HVAC system forcing your unit to work harder than necessary to deliver a controlled climate throughout your home. The particulates, such as pollen, pet dander, and mold, pollute your home and compromise your indoor air quality.

A clean heating and cooling system with no obstructions hindering proper airflow operates more efficiently. Dirt and debris are cleared away during scheduled maintenance, so your heating and cooling unit can provide clean and healthy air throughout your home.

Maintenance with a service plan from Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ provides you with peace of mind and hassle-free scheduling. You can schedule maintenance when it’s convenient for you and not struggle to fit a service call in at the last minute.

 

We are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @ 888-315-5564

Beware Of Water Spots In Your Home

Water spots or stains anywhere in your home are cause for concern. If you notice wet spots on your floors or walls, contact a Green Apple plumber as soon as possible. This usually indicates a leak in the walls or between the floors, which can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time. A Green Apple plumber will take a closer look at the stain to determine where the water is coming from, which can help them determine the next steps.

If the water is coming from a broken pipe, replacing that section will usually fix the issue. A damaged fixture can also be to blame, which is a fairly easy fix. No matter what is causing the problem, a Green Apple plumber should fix it quickly to limit the amount of damage to your drywall, floors, and personal possessions, as well as reduce the risk of permanent damage behind the walls.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @ 888-315-5564

Is Your Furnace Making Any Of These Sounds?

Furnaces tend to make some noise when they turn on and off, but if those noises start to get progressively louder, it may be time to replace your unit. These sounds may come in the form of popping, banging, humming, or screeching. This could be a telltale sign that you may need to replace a furnace or some parts within the furnace. The reason for some of these sounds could be:

 

  • Rattling: Unsecured ductwork, loose screws or sheet metal can be the cause of this sound. It may also mean the lower motor is not properly balanced.
  • Popping: This sound can happen when parts within your furnace warm and cool in response to temperature changes within your system.
  • Humming: Your fan motor may produce electrical humming sounds, but the fan should never be loud or disruptive. If it is, your inducer motor or blower fan motor could be starting to fail.
  • Screeching or Squealing: These noises are a sign there is an overall issue with your blower motor or inducer motor. Possible issues could be a loose bearing, deteriorating belt, or an issue with the pulley that holds the belt.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing or HVAC needs call Green Apple toll-free at 888-315-5564

When Is The Last Time Your Furnace Has Been Checked By A Professional?

There are plenty of people who never have their heating systems inspected or serviced, and they can pay the price when it comes to decreasing in performance and repairs for breakdowns.

Your furnace should ideally be checked and serviced every year before the heating season. This preps your system for winter, makes sure everything is functioning properly and checks the safety of the unit before it kicks into gear when the weather gets chilly.

Just like a car that needs regular tune-ups, your heating system also needs regular TLC. Annual service and inspection can let you rest easy knowing your system is going to keep purring along as long as you need it. For information on how the appropriate maintenance agreement can keep you on schedule with furnace inspections, If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ toll-free at 888-315-5564

Did You Know Curtains Can Help Conserve Your Heat?

Thick curtains are one of the main ways to protect your house from losing heat through the windows. Curtains with a thermal lining are a relatively cheap option. “The thicker the better,” said consumer analyst. If you don’t want to splash out on new curtains you can line them yourself with materials like cheap fleece. You can even use PVC shower curtains. And it’s not just windows that can have curtains. Placing a curtain in front of doors to the outside adds another layer of protection. And it doesn’t even need to be a curtain. We’ve seen people use an old rug that they would pin up over the back of the front door.

With New Jersey experiencing extreme temperatures it’s more important than ever to conserve as much heat as possible. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @ 888-315-5564

Here’s How To Safeguard Your Plumbing This Winter

Permanent protection

Long-term freeze prevention is usually a major project, like insulating a crawl space, replacing standard outdoor faucets with frost-proof models or even rerouting pipes away from cold spots inside the home. Start by calling in a professional Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ plumber to assess your situation and make recommendations.

Heat the pipe

Electric heat cable is good protection during cold spells. A thermostat switches on the heat only when the temperature drops, so heat cable won’t waste electricity when it isn’t needed. But if you need to protect lots of pipes for long periods, heat cable is an expensive solution.

Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism & expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @ 888-315-5564

Don’t Let Your Furnace Break Down During The Storm

With the extreme cold temperatures, your furnace is probably working overtime. The constant churning can make it tough for heating systems to keep up with the demand.

The number one culprit for winter heating problems is a bad furnace filter. It’s so important that furnace filters are changed frequently and your furnace is inspected annually.

Green Apple Mechanical NJ recommends that you should be able to see through your furnace filter. If you can’t, it’s time to replace it.

A bad filter can essentially clog up your system, causing it to break down.

“What happens is this is called a limit switch and it reacts to temperature. If you’re not moving enough air across the furnace, this will open up and shut everything off. It’s for safety and that’s because of a dirty furnace filter. The part fails.

Another common issue involves newer, high-efficiency furnaces which have a pipe that comes outside the home. If anything gets stuck inside that piping, like a small animal or even snow, it can shut your furnace down.  So you’ve got to keep that area clear.

And when your furnace is working extra hard in the cold weather, it’s also good to cut off air flow. Keep your doors closed as much as possible.

You can seal off any drafty windows with plastic, and add little sweeps along the edge of doors to help keep the cold air out. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free at 888-315-5564