Category Archives: Indoor Air Quality

Home Heating on the Fritz? Focus Your Troubleshooting on These 3 Areas

Home heating systems can stop working for a wide range of reasons, and none of them are welcome on a cold winter’s night. Some system breakdowns may be relatively easy to fix yourself. When you can’t fix it, any additional information you can pass on to a qualified service technician may help speed repairs. Start troubleshooting heating in these three primary areas.

Inspect Air Filters

air filterAir filters frequently get dirty or clogged, and not just the filter inside the furnace. Check the furnace filter every month, and change it at least once or twice a year.

The cold air intakes and heat vents generally also have filters. Look at each individual filter; remove any large debris that may be caught in them, and change the filters if they’re clogged with dust. Ensure that all registers are fully open.

Confirm the Thermostat Works

Programmable thermostats need batteries to work properly, and they may not function properly if the battery is low. Check that the display lights properly and doesn’t show any battery warnings. Next, locate the breaker associated with the thermostat and make sure it’s turned on.

If you want to go into advanced thermostat troubleshooting, you can shut off the breaker and cross the two wires that serve the furnace. Flip the breaker back on. If the furnace fires, the thermostat is the problem.

Check the Furnace

The pilot light should be visible inside the heat exchanger on the furnace. If you don’t see a flame when the furnace is off, then you may need to re-light it. Pilots that don’t re-light properly may have a supply issue that a furnace technician needs to assess and fix.

If the pilot is on but doesn’t ignite the burners when the thermostat calls for heat, the ignitor is the likely culprit. Turn off the gas reset valve for at least five minutes, and then turn it on and try again. Call a technician if it still won’t light.

Contact us at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for more expert advice on troubleshooting heating concerns in your Route 495/128 area home.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors: A Safety Net From the Deadly, Odorless Gas

carbon monoxide detectors Carbon monoxide (CO) poses one of the most serious hazards you face indoors and sometimes out, and the only way to tell if it’s present is with carbon monoxide detectors. Because it’s colorless, tasteless and odorless, this gas poses a serious risk to your health, as it replaces the oxygen in your bloodstream and can be fatal.  Read More Carbon Monoxide Detectors: A Safety Net From the Deadly, Odorless Gas >>

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Winter’s Approaching — Start Thinking Now About How to Protect Your Home in the Cold

protect your home from the coldCooler weather poses unique risks that have the potential to harm your home. Being proactive about protecting your home in the winter months is the best way to avoid the need for costly repairs. Read on for winter home protection tips that will keep your home safe from common winter hazards. Read More Winter’s Approaching — Start Thinking Now About How to Protect Your Home in the Cold >>

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What Are the Benefits of Using a Whole-House Humidifier in a Massachusetts Home?

whole-house humidifierAs the weather becomes colder and your home’s air starts to dry out, consider the benefits of a whole-house humidifier to solve the problems low humidity causes. Overly dry air affects you and your health, along with home electronics and anything made from wood. When air cools off, it can’t hold as much humidity, and as temperatures drop and you turn on the heating system, the relative humidity indoors will fall even further.  Read More What Are the Benefits of Using a Whole-House Humidifier in a Massachusetts Home? >>

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Getting the Best Furnace Filter for the Coming Heating Season

furnace filterThe bitterly cold Massachusetts winters and stifling summers keep home comfort systems humming nonstop all year long. If you’re not replacing the HVAC air filter when it’s dirty, you could be causing the premature failure of your heating and cooling equipment. Clogged air filters restrict airflow and cause the system to overheat and shut down. They also allow dust to build up on interior components. Even a very thin coating of dust will reduce system efficiency. And don’t forget, the air filter is your first defense against poor indoor air quality, removing harmful pollutants and allergens from your air.
Read More Getting the Best Furnace Filter for the Coming Heating Season >>

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5 Myths That May Be Impacting the Ventilation in the Attic of Your Home

attic ventilationBecause what goes on up there can affect efficiency and comfort in the entire home, sorting out the facts from the myths of attic ventilation is important. While many homeowners consider the attic a separate, uninhabited zone, the attic is as much a part of the whole-house system as the living spaces below. Read More 5 Myths That May Be Impacting the Ventilation in the Attic of Your Home >>

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The Importance of Maintaining Proper Humidity in Your Massachusetts Home

home humidity Maintaining home humidity during the summer and winter seasons is important for a comfortable environment. A house that’s too dry in the winter can experience separating hardwood floor seams. The dry air may also cause electric shock when a person touches metal objects. A home that’s too humid may support the build up of mold, mildew and other pathogens. Read More The Importance of Maintaining Proper Humidity in Your Massachusetts Home >>

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Do You Know Just How Bad a Dirty Air Filter Is on Your A/C?

dirty air filterAn air filter is an easy aspect to miss when you are figuring out your basic home maintenance needs. However there are many reasons why this should be made a priority. By understanding the effects of a dirty air filter you will see why you need to change it regularly.  Read More Do You Know Just How Bad a Dirty Air Filter Is on Your A/C? >>

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Is Your Massachusetts Home Protected by Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

carbon monoxide detectorProtecting your home is important. Every home protection plan should include both fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for optimum in home safety. Carbon monoxide detectors detect the colorless, odorless gas that can lead to severe health complications or even death. Keep yourself and your family safe from this common indoor pollutant by learning the facts of carbon monoxide. Read More Is Your Massachusetts Home Protected by Carbon Monoxide Detectors? >>

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Top Tips for Keeping Pollen Out of Your Massachusetts Home

keep pollen outEvery spring marks the resurgence of allergy symptoms caused by pollen in the Massachusetts area. Aside from sealing your home in a plastic bubble, there are easier ways to keep pollen out of the home. Read More Top Tips for Keeping Pollen Out of Your Massachusetts Home >>

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