HVAC – CheckThisHouse https://www.checkthishouse.com Home maintenance, remodeling, repair, and improvement tips for your property Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:35:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 How To Maintain Good Air Quality Inside Your Home https://www.checkthishouse.com/8626/how-to-maintain-good-air-quality-inside-your-home.html Fri, 19 Jun 2020 14:07:32 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8626 Do you find yourself coughing more than usual at home? Do you smell something “funky” and can’t determine the source of the stinky scent? Are household members beginning to become sick? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, your home might have poor indoor air quality. Weak health, cumbersome stenches and unclean surroundings ... Read more]]> Ideal Portable ACs for an Open-ended Kitchen and Living Area https://www.checkthishouse.com/8494/portable-acs-for-open-ended-kitchen-and-living-area.html Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:27:49 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8494 closeup product shot of a portable air conditioner with white backgroundAir conditioning devices are essential devices used to cool rooms and buildings when it is hot. In the past, you could not carry around an AC because they were usually AC wall units. Nowadays, you can even find portable ACs that you can carry anywhere. However, there are very many portable air conditioners on the ... Read more]]> Is a Mini “Split” Air Conditioner Right For Me? https://www.checkthishouse.com/8481/is-a-mini-split-air-conditioner-right-for-me.html Mon, 25 Nov 2019 18:50:26 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8481 When it comes to heating and cooling your home, you have options – but which option is most appropriate for your home? One of the newer styles of air conditioning units is the mini split air conditioner and, given all of its great benefits, it may be the best fit for cooling and heating your ... Read more]]> 3 Things You Should Be Burning Up To Know About Your Furnace https://www.checkthishouse.com/8297/3-things-you-should-be-burning-up-to-know-about-your-furnace.html Sat, 01 Dec 2018 18:07:15 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8297 Your furnace is quite possibly one of the most important parts of your home – especially for those of us who live here in the North Pole Canada… I mean Canada. Despite this, most homeowners know a whole lot of nothing about their furnace, other than that it keeps them warm and it’s expensive to ... Read more]]> HVAC Mistakes That Are Killing Your Unit and Wasting Your Money https://www.checkthishouse.com/8311/hvac-mistakes-that-are-killing-your-unit-and-wasting-your-money.html Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:17:28 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8311 You want it to be cool in your home during the hot summer months and warm and cozy during the frigid winter. However, you could be making a few serious mistakes that are forcing your HVAC system to work too hard without producing the temperature effects you crave. Because temperature control consumes so much energy, ... Read more]]> 3 Ways To Know Your Chimney Needs Cleaning https://www.checkthishouse.com/8299/3-ways-to-know-your-chimney-needs-cleaning.html Sat, 13 Oct 2018 18:16:10 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8299 We all love the coziness that comes from a real wood burning stove or fireplace, as opposed to the sufficient yet lackluster heat that comes from a furnace – especially during the long, cold winters we are so accustomed to. But with the added luxury of having a real wood fire to keep us warm, ... Read more]]> Keep Your House Warm This Fall Without Breaking the Bank https://www.checkthishouse.com/8283/keep-your-house-warm-this-fall-without-breaking-the-bank.html Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:00:21 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8283 According to the U.S. Department of Energy half of what Americans spend on energy goes towards heating and cooling their homes, which means it is the single costliest energy expense for most families. The majority of us — and especially those who live in northern regions of the country — know that fall and winter ... Read more]]> Room Humidity and House Humidifier Energy Savings https://www.checkthishouse.com/6290/room-humidity-and-house-humidifier-energy-savings.html Mon, 28 Nov 2011 01:24:19 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6290 Controlling humidity levels in your home can increase your energy savingsControl room humidity with a humidifier to achieve best energy savings Energy savings in your home can be improved by controlling room humidity levels and using two types of humidifiers. There are whole house humidifiers that attach to the forced air heating system or portable units and can condition smaller portions of your property. Both groups of humidifiers will help increasing room humidity but waste energy and/or water at the same time; some significantly, others considerably less. However, if used properly, good quality whole house humidifiers will make you feel warmer in colder months, thus allowing you to lower the thermostat temperature settings, and saving [...]]]> Improving Air Circulation in Homes with No Air Return on Second Floor https://www.checkthishouse.com/6284/air-circulation-in-homes-with-no-air-return-on-second-floor.html Sat, 19 Nov 2011 01:15:49 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6284 Air circulation in homes - single, central air return register installed on the ceilingAir circulation in homes which are older and/or in poorly designed newer ones equipped with a central, forced air system might be compromised because they do not have an air return port installed on the second floor. It doesn’t matter how much you run the air conditioning system during the summer – that second floor will ... Read more]]> How to Use Thermostat Fan ON – OFF Feature https://www.checkthishouse.com/6274/how-to-use-thermostat-fan-on-off-feature.html Fri, 11 Nov 2011 00:56:59 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6274 Picture of the thermostat fan ON-OFF switchThermostat fan ON – OFF Use forced air heating and / or AC thermostat fan ON – OFF feature to your advantage and help your HVAC forced air system perform most efficiently. Utilizing thermostat fan ON – OFF feature will probably be more beneficial for multi-level homes equipped with just one HVAC unit and little to no air return ports assigned for each room (ie. two air returns on a two story residence / one per floor only). HVAC systems designed with a single air return port, usually installed in the center of the house or in the center of each floor, are often [...]]]> Recommended Thermostat Settings For Energy Savings https://www.checkthishouse.com/6249/recommended-thermostat-settings-for-energy-savings.html Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:29:08 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6249 Recommended thermostat settings savingsRecommended thermostat settings  and thermostat location Before I explain recommended thermostat settings for energy savings I’d like to point out the best and the worst thermostat locations. To maximize home energy savings and ensure the most efficient operation of your HVAC system, thermostat location should be chosen on an inside wall in a frequently occupied area of the house or the apartment. Additionally, thermostat location should be at least 18″ (46cm) from any of the house’s outside walls, and approximately 5′ (1.5m) above the floor surface in a location with freely circulating air of an average temperature. Thermostat locations you should avoid! The recommended thermostat settings [...]]]> Hot Water Heating Maintenance: Interior Fall Maintenance https://www.checkthishouse.com/6243/hot-water-heating-maintenance-interior-fall-maintenance.html Tue, 25 Oct 2011 23:51:58 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6243 Hot water heating maintenance - circulating hot water boilerHot Water Heating Maintenance Hot water heating maintenance procedures should be an important task on your interior fall maintenance list. Hot water heating maintenance – bleeding hot water radiators once or twice a season Bleeding your radiators means releasing any air trapped in them. This hot water heating maintenance process improves your hot water heating efficiency instantly. Hot water can flow into every part of the radiator, so it does a better job of warming your room. In order to figure out your hot water heating system’s radiators performance, turn up the thermostat a few degrees above the room temperature, make sure that all [...]]]> Combustion Air Requirements for Fossil Fuel Burning Appliances https://www.checkthishouse.com/6236/combustion-air-requirements-for-fossil-fuel-burning-appliances.html Sat, 22 Oct 2011 22:21:17 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6236 Combustion air requirements - example of a water heater, furnace, and washing equipment instalalionCombustion Air Requirements There are four possible combustion air sources in your home; House living space Attic Crawlspace House exterior In some cases combinations of the above combustion air sources is required, but the application of each has to be determined on an individual basis. EXAMPLE of the combustion air calculations For your own safety; I want you to examine the location of the fossil fuel burning appliances in your home as soon as you finish reading this chapter (furnace, water heater, fireplace, heating stove, etc.).  If you have a problem figuring combustion air requirements and determining if everything is correct, email me with detailed description of your [...]]]> Attic Furnace Passageway and Platform Installations Requirements https://www.checkthishouse.com/6209/attic-furnace-platform-installation-requirements.html Sat, 22 Oct 2011 02:20:06 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6209 Attic Furnace Mechanical Code RequirementsAttic Furnace Walkway & Platform Attic furnace installation must comply with you local mechanical code or IMC (International Mechanical Code) if such was adopted in your area. The following are attic furnace installation requirements based on 2009 IRC and 2009 IMC (The codes refer to it as “Appliances in attics”). Attic furnace access / passageway and platform Attic furnace passageway and service area electrical requirement Appliance in the attic / Attic furnace access / passageway and platform Access opening and an unobstructed passage way to the appliance / furnace in attic area must be provided and be adequate in size to allow removal of the [...]]]> Attic Air Conditioner Drip Pan Installation & HVAC Coil Catch Pan https://www.checkthishouse.com/15/drip-pan-under-the-attic-installed-air-conditioning-coil.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/15/drip-pan-under-the-attic-installed-air-conditioning-coil.html#comments Thu, 29 Jul 2010 16:01:31 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/testhouse/?p=16 Attic air conditioner drip pan installation falls under the IRC (International Residential Code) and UMC (uniform Mechanical Code) regulations. Like with any building codes, check with your local building department if any or all of the following requirements apply in your jurisdiction. Even if you don’t like rules, make that attic air conditioner drip pan ... Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/15/drip-pan-under-the-attic-installed-air-conditioning-coil.html/feed 10 Whole House Fan ShutterCover Review https://www.checkthishouse.com/4897/whole-house-fan-shuttercover.html Sat, 24 Apr 2010 04:59:19 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=4897 Read more]]> Condo Furnace Above the Ceiling – The Unprofessional Way https://www.checkthishouse.com/3895/condo-furnace-ebove-the-ceiling-the-unprofessional-way.html Sat, 25 Jul 2009 22:08:21 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3895 Furnace / AC Seasonal Inspection – Do You Trust Your HVAC Guy? https://www.checkthishouse.com/3879/furnace-ac-seasonal-inspection-do-you-trust-your-hvac-guy.html Thu, 23 Jul 2009 22:32:47 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3879 Read more]]> How to Fix Musty Smells & Odors From Heating System Air Ducts https://www.checkthishouse.com/3258/musty-smell-from-heating-system-air-ducts-forced-air-heat.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/3258/musty-smell-from-heating-system-air-ducts-forced-air-heat.html#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2009 03:21:08 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3258 must smell heating systemMusty smell from heating system air ducts could have many sources. Although musty smell is always associated with moisture presence, eliminating it in some cases requires total redesigning of the forced air heating system. This particular case applies to the houses with a forced air heating system metal air ducts embedded into the concrete slab (scroll to the bottom for a couple of other scenarios). With a plastic or cement air distributing pipes musty smell is rarely a case, unless some water leaks develop on pipe connections or cracks start appearing due to uneven settlement. So if you have a forced air heating system, [...]]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/3258/musty-smell-from-heating-system-air-ducts-forced-air-heat.html/feed 11 Furnace, Water Heater & Vent Pipe Clearance Guides & Locations https://www.checkthishouse.com/3151/furnace-water-heater-vent-pipe-clearances-and-locations.html Sat, 07 Mar 2009 03:25:02 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3151 furnace, hot water tank clearance locationsGas burning appliances vent pipes produce heat when discharging exhaust gases to exterior. Temperature of the vent pipe is transferred to the surrounding area and all the materials that are in the vent pipe vicinity. Problems start arising if those materials are combustible and located to close to the furnace, water heater vent pipe. If you apply heat to a combustible material for some period of time (that varies between materials), its point of ignition will gradually get lower and eventually little heat will be required to start a fire – that’s why you need a clearance between the vent pipe and a combustible material.]]> Whole House Humidifier Maintenance https://www.checkthishouse.com/3061/whole-house-humidifier-maintenance.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/3061/whole-house-humidifier-maintenance.html#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2009 05:23:35 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=3061 Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/3061/whole-house-humidifier-maintenance.html/feed 1 Bathroom Exhaust Fan & GFCI Bathroom Vent Protection Requirements https://www.checkthishouse.com/2940/bathroom-exhaust-fan-and-vent-requirements.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/2940/bathroom-exhaust-fan-and-vent-requirements.html#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2009 02:58:33 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2940 Bathroom Exhaust Fan & GFCI Bathroom Vent Protection RequirementsEvery bathroom without an openable window (min 1.5sq. ft) requires an exhaust fan. The bathroom ceiling exhaust (or wall) should be discharging to the house exterior, not into the ceiling / wall frame cavity, or another room, crawlspace, attic, etc. This is extremely important if your bathroom contains any significant humidity source like a shower ... Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/2940/bathroom-exhaust-fan-and-vent-requirements.html/feed 2 Rotary Disc Humidifier by Desert Spring Review https://www.checkthishouse.com/2903/rotary-disc-humidifier-by-desert-spring-review.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/2903/rotary-disc-humidifier-by-desert-spring-review.html#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2009 02:18:44 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2903 Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/2903/rotary-disc-humidifier-by-desert-spring-review.html/feed 1 Solid (Wood/Coal) Fuel-Burning Stove Chimney Venting https://www.checkthishouse.com/2691/solid-woodcoal-fuel-burning-stove-chimney-venting.html Tue, 03 Feb 2009 05:23:21 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2691 Read more]]> 3 High Efficiency Furnace Plastic Vent Pipe Types (PVC, CPVC & ABS) https://www.checkthishouse.com/2606/high-efficiency-furnace-plastic-vent-pipe-types.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/2606/high-efficiency-furnace-plastic-vent-pipe-types.html#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2009 05:41:02 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2606 plastic vent pipesPlastic vent pipe types listed below have been certified by the American Gas Association for use in furnaces classified as Category 4. These particular types of furnaces use positive pressure vent systems (exhaust gas temperature less than 1400F above the dew point temperature) and are always equipped with an induced draft motor that removes exhaust ... Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/2606/high-efficiency-furnace-plastic-vent-pipe-types.html/feed 3 Combustion Air for Fuel Burning Appliances https://www.checkthishouse.com/2531/combustion-air-for-fuel-burning-appliances.html Fri, 23 Jan 2009 05:23:28 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2531 Gas-Appliance Chimney Placement and Termination https://www.checkthishouse.com/2418/gas-appliance-chimney-placement-and-termination.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/2418/gas-appliance-chimney-placement-and-termination.html#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2009 03:44:12 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2418 https://www.checkthishouse.com/2418/gas-appliance-chimney-placement-and-termination.html/feed 4 Proper Brick Chimney Crown Installation & Materials https://www.checkthishouse.com/2255/brick-chimney-crown-almost-never-done-right.html Mon, 05 Jan 2009 05:23:15 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2255 Brick Chimney CrownBrick Chimney Crown A brick chimney crown – also known as a chimney termination cap, cement wash, or just a chimney cap – seals the chimney top opening around the flue and sheds rainwater / prevents moisture from deteriorating the chimney. For the chimney crown to fulfill its purpose, it must be properly shaped and installed. Unfortunately, after looking at hundreds of brick chimney on new and old houses, I’m wondering if the actual purpose of the chimney crown is ever taken into consideration. The overall appeal of the chimney crown and its complement of the house’s structure from the moment [...]]]> Whole House Humidifiers Types, Performance and Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/2035/whole-house-humidifiers-types-performance-and-tips.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/2035/whole-house-humidifiers-types-performance-and-tips.html#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2008 00:54:51 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2035 https://www.checkthishouse.com/2035/whole-house-humidifiers-types-performance-and-tips.html/feed 7 Whole House Fan and How to Benefit From It https://www.checkthishouse.com/1952/whole-house-fan-and-how-to-benefit-from-it.html Fri, 21 Nov 2008 05:32:41 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1952 Read more]]> Gas Water Heater and Furnace Chimney Flue Size Calculations https://www.checkthishouse.com/1887/gas-water-heater-and-furnace-chimney-flue-sizing.html Tue, 18 Nov 2008 03:55:13 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1887 Furnace Chimney Flue Size CalculationsChimney Flue Size Calculations The following gas water heater and furnace chimney flue size calculations are based on Peoples Gas “Construction Guide for Gas Usage” in the city of Chicago and National Fuel Gas Code. Before applying any of the following rules, you must check your local building code requirements, and appliance manufacturer installation instruction. Have you checked your house brick chimney lately… or whatever type of the chimney you have? Did you have a new furnace or water heater installed / was your house chimney flue recalculated for those new appliances? Make sure that you chimney flue size / diameter is correct; [...]]]> Chimney Inspection | Home Inspector Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/874/chimney-inspection.html Tue, 26 Aug 2008 16:59:32 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=874 Chimney inspection - start from examining your chimney from the ground, binoculars may be helpfulHouse chimney inspection No climbing on and leaning the ladder against your chimney stack while performing chimney inspection! You are going to start chimney inspection by examining its structure from the ground. Depending on chimney’s height, position, roof pitch, and clearances around the house, you may be able to perform most of the chimney inspection from the ground level using a pair of good quality binoculars. House chimney inspection – masonry chimney For a brick chimney inspection (it would also apply to stone and cinder block) – check the condition of mortar lines between the bricks, and the bricks themselves. Heavily deteriorated / missing mortar [...]]]> Chimney Flue Requirements, Furnace and Water Heater Venting https://www.checkthishouse.com/72/chimney-flue-furnace-water-heater-venting.html Fri, 20 Jun 2008 18:07:44 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=128 Chimney Flue RequirementsProper furnace / water heater venting is an extremely important issue, which depends on the performance of the house chimney / chimney flue or other exhaust assemblies. The conditions explained in this post also apply to the wood burning appliances. Consequences of improperly assembled vent pipes, problematic chimney flue, deteriorating chimney walls can be sometimes fatal – fire and Carbon Monoxide poisoning are topping the list. Therefore, combustion products from your furnace, water heater, wood burning fireplace, and any other appliance that requires some kind of an exterior vent / chimney, have to be properly properly discharged to the exterior. Certain requirements [...]]]> House Brick Chimney Problems & Leaking Masonry Chimney https://www.checkthishouse.com/71/chimney.html Sat, 03 May 2008 01:12:12 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=130 house brick chimney problemsHouse brick chimney is one of the most important, and at the same time neglected components of our homes, because we don't understand their functions.]]> Furnace Air Return in Forced Air Heating System https://www.checkthishouse.com/14/air-return-in-forced-air-heating-ac-systems.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/14/air-return-in-forced-air-heating-ac-systems.html#comments Sun, 24 Feb 2008 02:51:52 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/testhouse/?p=15 https://www.checkthishouse.com/14/air-return-in-forced-air-heating-ac-systems.html/feed 4 HVAC Air Filters Type and Locations | Forced Air Systems https://www.checkthishouse.com/13/air-filters.html Sun, 24 Feb 2008 00:54:16 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/testhouse/?p=14 Air Conditioning Icing https://www.checkthishouse.com/12/air-conditioning-icing.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/12/air-conditioning-icing.html#comments Sat, 23 Feb 2008 21:55:10 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/testhouse/?p=13 Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/12/air-conditioning-icing.html/feed 2 Refrigerant Line Insulation, How to Properly Insulate Refrigerant Lines & AC Foam Lines https://www.checkthishouse.com/11/refrigerant-lines-insulation.html Sat, 23 Feb 2008 20:41:09 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/testhouse/?p=12 Refrigerant Lines InsulationRefrigerant Line Insulation Refrigerant line insulation is partially responsible for the efficiency of your air conditioning system operation. Two different diameter copper refrigerant lines, run between the air conditioning system condensing unit (house exterior), and the AC coil (named after its shape) installed inside the house (sometimes crawlspace or attic) / contained within its own compartment. Suction refrigerant line This is a thicker copper pipe, carries cool refrigerant gas and has a temperature of approximately 40°F (4.4°C) / requires insulation. Liquid refrigerant line Thinner copper pipe carries liquefied refrigerant, [...]]]> AC Wall Units https://www.checkthishouse.com/10/ac-wall-units.html Sat, 16 Feb 2008 00:00:49 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/testhouse/?p=7 Read more]]> AC Condenser Disconnect & Proper AC Disconnect Grounding How To https://www.checkthishouse.com/9/house-ac-disconnect.html Thu, 14 Feb 2008 04:57:41 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/testhouse/?p=6 AC Condenser DisconnectAC Condenser Disconnect | AC Disconnect Grounding Your house’s central cooling system ac condenser disconnect switch is a requirement and an important safety feature. AC condenser disconnect must be located in sight and not directly behind the condenser so it’s easily accessible. Depending on the manufacturer, enclosures have a disconnect handle located on the exterior or behind the small cover. Accessing of some older air conditioning condenser disconnect switches with a hidden handle might be difficult, they are often corroded, have padlocks installed with missing keys which might prevent emergency disconnect when needed. Therefore, house AC disconnect enclosure should be periodically tested for proper operation, and maintained accessible [...]]]>