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Maximizing Air Conditioning Efficiency from your HVAC Unit

April 16th, 2014

Climate controlThe summer months are ahead and we all know what that means: higher BGE bills for those in the Baltimore area. Air conditioning can push your electric bill sky high if you’re not careful. Finding ways to maximize your HVAC unit’s efficiency and run your air conditioner on as little energy as possible will help you keep your bills down this summer. No one wants to shell out extra money that could be spent on a nice beach vacation or spending time at the Baltimore harbor. Don’t risk wasting all of your money on keeping your home cool this summer. Take some tips from the energy experts and keep your bill low.

  1. Use a fan – If you set your thermostat a little bit higher to help you save money, invest in some fans. Ceiling fans, standalone fans, and desk fans can all help circulate the cool air that’s already in your home to help you avoid unnecessarily low air temperatures in your home. The closer the temperature you set your thermostat to the temperature outside, the lower your electric bill will be at the end of the month.
  2. Seal your windows – Ensuring that you regularly keep up with home maintenance, such as keeping your windows sealed, will help keep the cold air in and the hot air out. The last thing you want to do when you’re cooling your home is let the air escape. Keep your windows closed and make sure you aren’t lingering in your doorway any longer than necessary.
  3. Change your filters – Filters can build up a lot of dust over time; if they get too gunky, it can cause your filters to have to work extra hard to get cool air out. The harder your system is working, the more energy it’s using. Regularly cleaning your filters as well as the grates around your filters will help the intake process use a lot less energy.
  4. Seal your ducts – This one is similar to the sealing of your windows. Letting air escape your ducts from holes or leaks will cost you extra money for cooling an area that doesn’t need to be cooled. Save that cool air for the rooms where you need it most: the kitchen and whatever room you’re occupying at the time.
  5. Invest in regular maintenance – Keeping your HVAC unit in good “health” will help reduce your air conditioning costs as well. Your HVAC unit should be checked at least twice per year to make sure that it runs at its best efficiency. This is also a good preventive measure to take; the more you know about your HVAC system and the earlier you catch the problem, the less money you’ll have to shell out later to fix a big problem.

Start your summer off right. Get your HVAC unit checked and consider a regular maintenance plan so you won’t have to worry about problems with your HVAC unit again. Maximize your air conditioning efficiency and spend the extra money on the fun stuff!

If you have any questions about Air Conditioning Efficiency, contact Farnen & Dermer by calling 410-902-0020 or click here today! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

We provide quality service all over Maryland, from Baltimore City and Baltimore County to Owings Mills, Reisterstown, and everywhere in between. Our professionally-trained staff is fully equipped to handle all of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and comfort accessory questions.

Sources: http://electricitysimplified.org/2013/07/7-ways-to-maximize-your-air-conditioners-efficiency/

Spring Cleaning and HVAC Maintenance in Baltimore

April 11th, 2014

HVAC Maintenance BaltimoreWinter is finally over. FINALLY! Spring is here in Baltimore, Maryland. The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, the plants are blooming, and snow is nowhere to be seen. Aaaaah! You can breathe a sigh of relief. The harshest winter in recent memory is long gone. Now you can focus your attention on getting your home ready for summer!

Spring Cleaning and HVAC Maintenance in Baltimore

Spring cleaning is a tradition. You bust out the broom, feather duster, and vacuum and prepare your home for pool parties, barbeques, and other spring and summer activities. But what many homeowners do not realize is that spring cleaning should encompass HVAC maintenance as well.

  1. Have your HVAC system professionally inspected and serviced before summer. This will not only help ensure your air conditioner is running at peak efficiency, but will also help identify any issues that need to be addressed. Breakdowns in the middle of summer are not only expensive, but also incredibly annoying.
  2. Replace your air conditioning filter. Ideally this should be done every month.
  3. This is also a good time to check your attic insulation. Yes, insulation plays a major role in the summer too. So head to the attic and look across your floor joists. If you can easily see the joists, you could stand to add a bit more insulation.
  4. Seal or replace old, drafty windows. If you cannot afford replacement windows at the moment, some caulk and a little weather stripping can work wonders!

HVAC Maintenance in Baltimore

For more than a century, Farnen & Dermer, Inc. has been making the people of Maryland more comfortable. We are experts when it comes to installing, fixing, and maintaining cooling systems for both residential and commercial customers. We are committed to making sure you stay comfortable this summer, while also saving money on your electric bills. That’s what we like to call a win-win!

If you have any questions about HVAC Maintenance, contact Farnen & Dermer by calling 410-902-0020 or click here today! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

We provide quality service all over Maryland, from Baltimore City and Baltimore County to Owings Mills, Reisterstown, and everywhere in between. Our professionally-trained staff is fully equipped to handle all of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and comfort accessory questions.

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Spring Cleanup List Begins with HVAC HGTV

Help! My Air Conditioner Isn’t Working!

April 1st, 2014

Spring is the perfect time to ensure that your air conditioning system is working properly and running as efficiently as possible. A little routine maintenance this spring could pay off in both added comfort and lower cooling bills this summer. You’ll also prolong the life of your air conditioner.maintenance

So what are you waiting for?

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Most central air conditioners have two basic parts: an outdoor unit (compressor/condenser) that sits next to your home and an indoor unit (evaporator) that’s located in a central duct near your furnace.

Estimated Time: About a half day.

1. Cleaning the Outdoor Unit: Your primary job will be to clean the condenser coil, which coil sucks air through the fins, and as a result, pulls dirt and debris with it. This debris collects over time, blocking airflow and reducing your air conditioning system’s efficiency.

Next, if the fan motor has lubrication ports, apply five drops of special oil for electric motors. Many fan motors, however, are maintenance-free.

Then, if you have an older compressor that’s belt-driven by a separate motor, lubricate the motor through its oil ports.

2.   Cleaning the Inside Unit: If you can get to your evaporator coil, vacuum the bottom side of its fins with a soft brush attachment. Otherwise, have it cleaned by a professional every few years.

You should also be sure to replace the furnace filter occasionally and vacuum up any dust in the blower cabinet.

3. Call Farnen and Dermer: If you would rather leave the HVAC maintenance to the professionals, give Farnen and Dermer a call! Professional maintenance helps you avoid costly breakdowns…Plus, it protects and prolongs the life of your equipment.

Nobody likes surprises, especially when it comes to money. At Farnen and Dermer, we treat our customers the way we like to be treated with upfront and honest information about repair costs.

If you have any questions about Air Conditioning System Maintenance, contact Farnen & Dermer by calling 410-902-0020 or click here today!

We provide quality service all over Maryland, from Baltimore City and Baltimore County to Owings Mills, Reisterstown, and everywhere in between. Our professionally-trained staff is fully equipped to handle all of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and comfort accessory questions.

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Cleaning Air Conditioners in Spring

Is My Air Conditioner Ready For Warmer Days Ahead?

March 25th, 2014

It may be snowing today, however it is late March and the warmer days are hopefully on the horizon.  When the warmer days do finally come, it is important that your air conditioning system is ready. Below are some tips to help you get your air conditioner ready for warmer days in Baltimore.ac

  • Remove any obstructions from your air conditioning unit. Make sure nothing is restricting airflow, check the outdoor unit and near the vent inside.
  • Replace your air filter every month. If it is dirty it will restrict airflow.
  • Change the settings on your thermostat, make sure the temperature on your thermostat reflects your current habits.
  • Have a professional come do a tune-up of your HVAC system to prevent an issue in the future.

For more information about heating and cooling in Baltimore:

About Farnen and Dermer, Your Baltimore HVAC Company

At Farnen and Dermer, we have been servicing home and commercial heating and cooling systems in Baltimore, Maryland since 1992. Your family’s comfort, is our family’s business.  When it comes to heating and cooling systems service and installation, Farnen and Dermer is the best there is. Our technicians are highly trained and certified, and meet the highest standards required in the HVAC industry, performing expert installation, service, and repair. We pride ourselves on our devotion to the concept of total job responsibility, and our professional customer service. We service homes and businesses throughout Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, contact Farnen & Dermer by calling 410-902-0020 or click here today!

At Farnen and Dermer, we treat our customers the way we like to be treated.  We provide upfront, honest information about repair costs.

Our professionally-trained staff is fully equipped to handle all of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and comfort accessory questions.

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Source:

http://www.coolray.com/faq/article/prepare-your-air-conditioner-for-summer/

How Can I Improve The Air Quality In My Baltimore Home?

March 19th, 2014

Air is one of the three main items that sustain human life. It is important that the air you breathe every day is of the highest quality to keep you healthy. But what can you do to improve the air quality of your home?air quality

  1. Plants – certain plants can help remove VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from the air making it cleaner and safer for you to breathe.
  2. Change your Air Filter – to ensure you are not breathing in dirty air particles that are trapped in your heating and cooling system, change your air filter regularly.
  3. Open Your Windows – when the weather is nice outside, open the windows and let new air circulate into your home.

For more information about heating and cooling in Baltimore:

About Farnen and Dermer, Your Baltimore HVAC Company

At Farnen and Dermer, we have been servicing home and commercial heating and cooling systems in Baltimore, Maryland since 1992. Your family’s comfort, is our family’s business.  When it comes to heating and cooling systems service and installation, Farnen and Dermer is the best there is. Our technicians are highly trained and certified, and meet the highest standards required in the HVAC industry, performing expert installation, service, and repair. We pride ourselves on our devotion to the concept of total job responsibility, and our professional customer service. We service homes and businesses throughout Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, contact Farnen & Dermer by calling 410-902-0020 or click here today!

At Farnen and Dermer, we treat our customers the way we like to be treated.  We provide upfront, honest information about repair costs.

Our professionally-trained staff is fully equipped to handle all of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and comfort accessory questions.

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Indoor Air Quality Testing in Baltimore

March 11th, 2014

It is important to check the quality of the air in your home. You breathe it in every day and it is required to sustain life. Isn’t it important that it’s clean then? While air pollution is usually thought of as a problem outdoors, it can be a threat indoors too.Man in bed with thermometer in mouth, holding head, eyes closed

But what causes air pollution and how can it be remedied?

Air pollution is caused by gasses and other particles being left in the air. CO can cause many different symptoms such as headaches, nausea and confusion. The best way to detect CO is by installing an alarm near bedrooms and fuel burning appliances.

Asbestos can also pollute your air system. It is a heat resistant fiber that back in the day was used to fireproof buildings, now it is a threat to your health. Inhaling asbestos can cause long term scarring on your lungs and health diseases like lung cancer.

Now that you know some of the harmful air pollutants that are inside, it is important to learn how to test for them and remove them to keep you healthy.

One of the best ways to improve the air quality in your home is through ventilation. Make sure your home is well ventilated and the pollutants are escaping outside of your home instead of being trapped inside for you to inhale.

For more information about heating and cooling in Maryland:

About Farnen and Dermer, Your Baltimore HVAC Company

At Farnen and Dermer, we have been servicing home and commercial heating and cooling systems in Baltimore, Maryland since 1992. Your family’s comfort, is our family’s business.  When it comes to heating and cooling systems service and installation, Farnen and Dermer is the best there is. Our technicians are highly trained and certified, and meet the highest standards required in the HVAC industry, performing expert installation, service, and repair. We pride ourselves on our devotion to the concept of total job responsibility, and our professional customer service. We service homes and businesses throughout Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, contact Farnen & Dermer by calling 410-902-0020 or click here today!

At Farnen and Dermer, we treat our customers the way we like to be treated.  We provide upfront, honest information about repair costs.

Our professionally-trained staff is fully equipped to handle all of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and comfort accessory questions.

Follow us on FacebookPinterestGoogle+ and Twitter as well!

Source:

http://www.mnn.com/family/protection-safety/stories/7-reasons-to-consider-indoor-air-quality-testing

How Can I Prepare My HVAC System For Spring in Baltimore?

March 5th, 2014

Spring begins on March 21st which is only 16 days away. So how can we get your HVAC system prepared before spring hits Baltimore? Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to go ahead and prepare you for everyone’s favorite season.hvac

  1. Replace your filters – when your air conditioner is in constant use, it is important to either clean or replace your air filters once a month to ensure cool air is flowing freely through your system. Not replacing your filters can cause your air conditioner to break.
  2. Evaluate your ductwork – it is important that your ventilation system or ductwork doesn’t have any holes or leaks in it. Holes and leaks will cause you to pay for cool air that is never reaching inside of your home and can raise your bill by 20%. Professional duct cleaning should also take place roughly every few years. This will remove any dirt and debris from your ventilation system giving you cleaner air to breathe.
  3. Test your air conditioner – before the summer heat wave arrives, turn on you air conditioner and briefly run the unit to make sure all the parts are working in unison correctly. If something needs to be repaired, you should contact your Baltimore HVAC company immediately.
  4. Schedule your annual HVAC tune up – it is important to keep your HVAC system running smoothly and by scheduling a tune-up with Farnen and Dermer we can make sure everything is running how it should.

For more information about heating and cooling in Maryland:

About Farnen and Dermer, Your Baltimore HVAC Company

At Farnen and Dermer, we have been servicing home and commercial heating and cooling systems in Baltimore, Maryland since 1992. Your family’s comfort, is our family’s business.  When it comes to heating and cooling systems service and installation, Farnen and Dermer is the best there is. Our technicians are highly trained and certified, and meet the highest standards required in the HVAC industry, performing expert installation, service, and repair. We pride ourselves on our devotion to the concept of total job responsibility, and our professional customer service. We service homes and businesses throughout Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, contact Farnen & Dermer by calling 410-902-0020 or click here today!

At Farnen and Dermer, we treat our customers the way we like to be treated.  We provide upfront, honest information about repair costs.

Our professionally-trained staff is fully equipped to handle all of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and comfort accessory questions.

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Source:

http://www.sandrellhvac.com/5-tips-to-prep-your-hvac-system-for-spring.html

Should I Turn Off My Heat During The Day?

February 25th, 2014

After cold temperatures blanketed most of the country last week, and have returned this week, lots of us are turning up the heat and cozying up inside. Still, many of us aren’t home during the day, meaning we’re not always using the heat. Why waste money on heat we’re not using right? Well, it turns out it’s not as simple as that.Saving Energy

It is true that you can save on your energy bills by turning the heat down or off when you’re out of the house. It takes less energy to heat up a cold room than it does to maintain a constant level of heat throughout the day. While in theory, turning the heat completely off would save you more money, there’s actually a pretty big drawback to this approach that might make you think twice.

When you turn the heat off during periods of sub-freezing temperatures, you run the risk of freezing pipes in your home. This can cause the pipes to burst, and leave you with an expensive repair bill from the plumber. So while you might save money in the short term by turning the heat off, in the long term you run the risk of significantly damaging the plumbing, and all that money you saved will go into new pipes.

The best option is to turn the heat down, but not off, during the day. This keeps the pipes from freezing and saves you some money at the same time. Programmable thermostats make it easy to preset the temperature in your home based on your schedule. You can even program the house to warm up a little more right before you get home so you can walk in the door to a nice warm home.

At Farnen and Dermer, we have been servicing home and commercial heating and cooling systems in Baltimore, Maryland since 1992. Your family’s comfort, is our family’s business.  When it comes to heating and cooling systems service and installation, Farnen and Dermer is the best there is. Our techs are highly trained and certified, and meet the highest standards required in the HVAC industry, performing expert installation, service, and repair. We pride ourselves on our devotion to the concept of total job responsibility, and our professional customer service. We service homes and businesses throughout Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas.

Don’t get left out in the cold this winter; contact Farnen and Dermer!

If you have any questions, contact Farnen & Dermer by calling 410-902-0020 or click here today!

At Farnen and Dermer, we treat our customers the way we like to be treated.  We provide upfront, honest information about repair costs.

Our professionally-trained staff is fully equipped to handle all of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and comfort accessory questions.

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Should I Insulate My Attic? Tips from Your Baltimore HVAC Company

February 19th, 2014

Attic insulation is something that every homeowner should install. The reason behind that is simple, air moves around and doesn’t stay in one place for too long. In the winter if your furnace is running and the lower portion of your house is feeling warm and toasty, shouldn’t the furnace turn off? Ideally, yes it should. But if your attic is not insulated, the warm air is wafting up into your rafters and attic and then out into the atmosphere causing your furnace to run constantly. However if your attic was insulated, the furnace would turn off and save you some money.Worker Installing Attic Insulation

How Much Will I Save?

Well, that is circumstantial depending on how big your house is, if your windows need to be resealed and more. But on average, a homeowner will save 30-50% when they insulate their attic.

At Farnen and Dermer, we have been servicing home and commercial heating and cooling systems in Baltimore, Maryland since 1992. Your family’s comfort, is our family’s business.  When it comes to heating and cooling systems service and installation, Farnen and Dermer is the best there is. Our techs are highly trained and certified, and meet the highest standards required in the HVAC industry, performing expert installation, service, and repair. We pride ourselves on our devotion to the concept of total job responsibility, and our professional customer service. We service homes and businesses throughout Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas.

Don’t get left out in the cold this winter; contact Farnen and Dermer!

If you have any questions, contact Farnen & Dermer by calling 410-902-0020 or click here today!

At Farnen and Dermer, we treat our customers the way we like to be treated.  We provide upfront, honest information about repair costs.

Our professionally-trained staff is fully equipped to handle all of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and comfort accessory questions.

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Source:

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20645175,00.html

How Can I Choose the Right Size Furnace for My Baltimore Home? Tips from Your HVAC Installer

February 11th, 2014

The saying “bigger is better” doesn’t necessarily apply when it comes to residential furnaces. The common line of thinking is that the bigger the furnace, the better it will heat the house. And while it’s true that a furnace that is too small for your house won’t do the job, a furnace that’s too big won’t do the job as efficiently as possible either. The furnace’s size in your Baltimore home should coordinate with how large or small your home is.Boiler

How to Choose the Right Size Furnace

There are three main factors to consider when choosing a gas furnace. These are the size of your home, the output of the furnace and the efficiency of the furnace.

The size of your home is the first indicator of the size of the gas furnace you’ll need. In general, the more square footage you have, the larger the output of the furnace should be. The output of a gas furnace is measured in Btu, or British Thermal Units. A general rule of thumb is that for every square foot you’ll need 25-30 Btu. So if you had 1,000 square feet, you’d need a 25,000 to 30,000 Btu furnace.

The other factor to consider is the efficiency of the furnace. Consider two furnaces with 60,000 Btu each. The furnace rated at 90% efficiency will provide more heat than the furnace rated at 80% efficiency. Or you may have a furnace with a smaller Btu that provides the same amount of heat as one with a larger Btu, because the former is more efficient.

It might seem that the best choice is a larger furnace that can provide more heat and heat your house quicker than an undersized furnace. However, a furnace that is too big will cycle on and off more frequently. This causes it to wear out faster, wastes energy, and causes variances in temperature. Your gas heating contractor can assess your home and recommend the best size furnace for you.

At Farnen and Dermer, we have been servicing home and commercial heating and cooling systems in Baltimore, Maryland since 1992. Your family’s comfort, is our family’s business.  When it comes to heating and cooling systems service and installation, Farnen and Dermer is the best there is. Our techs are highly trained and certified, and meet the highest standards required in the HVAC industry, performing expert installation, service, and repair. We pride ourselves on our devotion to the concept of total job responsibility, and our professional customer service. We service homes and businesses throughout Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas.

Don’t get left out in the cold this winter; contact Farnen and Dermer!

If you have any questions, contact Farnen & Dermer by calling 410-902-0020 or click here today!

At Farnen and Dermer, we treat our customers the way we like to be treated.  We provide upfront, honest information about repair costs.

Our professionally-trained staff is fully equipped to handle all of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and comfort accessory questions.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/heating-cooling-and-air/gas-furnaces-703/overview/index.htm

http://blog.cyclonecontracting.com/blog/bid/339391/5-Myths-About-Heating-Your-Home

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/estimate-gas-furnace-size-20739.html