How Much Will a New HVAC System Cost?

This is a tough question and one I get asked often. I say it’s a hard question because the cost for a new system greatly varies depending on multiple factors. It depends on the system you purchase, the size of your home, and many other variables. This is the reason you will find most HVAC companies will not give estimates over the phone. When we give you a price there will be no unmentioned or unforeseen charges. In conclusion the only way to get an accurate HVAC system cost is to receive a personalized inspection of your home. For this reason we offer a free in home estimate. Below I have included typical cost ranges for changing out existing equipment.
 To install heat & air into a home can range anywhere from $5,500 to $15,000 depending on the brand and the size of your home.
 Central air-conditioning system can cost from $3,500 to $8000.
 A central heating furnace will range between $3,000 and $7,500.
 Ductwork typically costs anywhere from $900 to $4,000 for your home.


Low Humidity in Your Home

Humidity problems in your home
As we all know the humidity in your home can be an issue at times. You may not realize how important this is not only for your home but as well as your health. High humidity is something common during Hot Summer months and low humidity occurs during the winter months. With winter quickly approaching we thought it would be a great time to discuss low humidity and ways to prevent it. Did you know that keeping humidity in your home during the winter is important for your skin, throat and overall health? Low humidity in your home frequently causes more colds and respiratory issues. It is also very hard on your furnace & home. Your furnace or heat pump may be using a high amount of energy to run and still not provide the warmth you need in the cold, which in turn is not only hard on your unit as well as your electric bill. It can also cause damage to your furniture and walls. Below we have listed ways to tell if your home has low humidity. You can also always have a professional come out and check.
How do you know if you have low humidity?

• If humidity is normal in your home you will be able to maintain comfort at an indoor temperature between 71 – 76 degrees. If you find yourself regularly having to increase the temperature that may be a sign of low humidity.
• You could also purchase an indoor humidity monitor that is sold in most stores and it will measure the level of humidity with a percentage. It should be between 40% and 50%.
• If you want do a small test right now with what you have at home Place two or three ice cubes into a glass, add water and stir. Wait three minutes. If moisture does not form on the outside of the glass the air is to dry.
• Watch out for these common signs: Dry skin, excessive static shocks, constant dry throats, and cracking or warping of wooden furniture.

After conducting tests if you determine your home has low humidity the next question is “What to do about it?” The best solution is to get a de-humidifier for your home. Feel free to give us a call and we will give you a free consultation over the phone on recommended types & brands. We have also listed some things you can do at home to increase the humidity in your home below. As always we hope this was helpful and be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website to keep up with more tips and helpful information with the Heating & Air in your home.

DIY tips for low Humidity
• Place shallow trays of water in front of your windows in the sunlight this will help water vapor form in the room.
• Boiling water is a fast way to get more humidity in the air. Place a lid over the pot until it reaches the boiling point then remove the lid.
• Open your windows and spray your curtains with water. It will cause the water to evaporate increasing the humidity.
• Avoid increasing the heat instead try wearing a jacket or sweater as increasing the heat will dry your home out more.
• Place pots or other vessels with water on heating ducts and radiators. The water evaporates into the air thus helping fix dry air. Be sure to check daily and refill water.

Is Your Furnace Leaking Water?

Is Your Furnace Leaking Water? 

Is your Furnace leaking water? This is a common problem customers may experience. A frequent cause of this is a condensation leak. High efficiency furnaces create condensation through the combustion process. This water has to be routed away from the furnace and into a drain line. If the drain line gets stopped up the water will back up into the furnace possibly causing the furnace to shut down on a safety mechanism. Another possible cause is there could be an issue with the condensate pump. This pump is designed to pump the water up and out away from the furnace. The line from the pump typically terminates external of the attic or the crawlspace. This brings us to our final cause: a break in the condensation line. While this is not a serious problem it can cause rust to build up decreasing the life span of the furnace. In an effort to avoid unsafe breakdowns the best thing to do is have an HVAC specialist to service your system before the winter. We are currently offering a onetime preventive maintenance visit special for $69.00.