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Get Ready for Winter: Don't Forget the Maintenance on Your Kansas City Home's HVAC System

Your heating and cooling system chugs along day after day, simply doing its job, but just like anything, your HVAC system needs maintenance in the fall to get ready for the coming winter months in Kansas City. Doing maintenance now means that you'll be snug and warm this winter – and it also will help prevent having to do a panicked emergency call if your furnace suddenly goes out when the weather is chilly.

Your maintenance checklist

• Check for leaks

You probably already know to check for leaks in your home; windows, areas with recessed lighting, window and door frames, and electrical outlets all are prone to leaks, and you can find them by walking around your house with a candle on a windy day to see where they're coming from. 

But did you know that your HVAC system's ductwork can have leaks, too? If it does, you can look forward to higher energy bills, chilly nights and days – and bad air quality as well. Have your ductwork professionally inspected as part of your maintenance checklist for your Kansas City home. You'll save money on your utility bills, you'll have a warm and cozy winter, and you won't have to call for service because your HVAC system malfunctions this winter. 

• Schedule an inspection of your HVAC system

You should have your HVAC system inspected twice year: In the spring, and in the fall. A technician will come in and inspect your ductwork, check for any leaks, and do repairs as necessary. Your technician will inspect wiring and connections to make sure everything is working properly, replace or clean air filters, inspect safety controls and the ignition system, clean and adjust the burner assembly, inspect your gas furnace for leaks if you have one, inspect your drain pan, drain lines and evaporator coil, and clean and repair as needed.

Does anything need replacement?

It's a normal part of HVAC maintenance to replace worn-out parts and filters. In some cases, however, your HVAC expert may advise you to replace rather than repair your system. This is especially true, for example, if your Kansas City home's HVAC system is 12 years or older. In general, it's a good idea to replace rather than repair your heating and cooling system every 10 to 15 years. The cost up front for doing so will be returned to you many times over, as your new, efficient system costs much less to run. Watch those energy bills drop, get rid of those cold spots in your house, and stay comfortable all winter long.

Need advice?

Your HVAC expert may also be able to tell you about options specific to your home that will be more cost-effective for you. Mitsubishi systems, for example, give you the flexibility to create individual temperatures for each "zone" of your house, so that everyone can find his or her own comfort level.

At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, our Kansas City heating professionals will inspect, repair, and if necessary recommend replacement for your HVAC system so that you'll be snug all winter long. Take care of it now so that you won't have an uncomfortable – and costly – emergency this winter! 
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Tips to Help Kansas City Residents Stay Warm & Comfortable While Waiting for Repair of Your Heater

Unfortunately, there are times when your furnace or heating system malfunctions just when you need it the most - on what seems like the coldest day of the winter season, and Kansas City certainly experiences some extremely cold temperatures in winter months!  While it's a huge inconvenience, having your furnace go out could also be potentially dangerous for your family.  It's important to be prepared, even if you think your heating system is in perfect working order.  So, in the event your furnace does go on the blink, how can you keep warm while waiting for a technician to come make the necessary repairs?

First of all, it's important to realize that in the dead of winter, heat and air professionals are usually very busy, so you may have to wait for a day or two (or even longer, depending on work load) to have your heater repaired.  Here are a few tips for keeping warm and comfortable until help arrives:

Have another heat source ready.  If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace, make sure you have dry wood to burn in case of an emergency.  If you have power, space heaters are an instant way to heat up small spaces, such as a single room.  

Have your entire family stay in one room.  Heating your entire home isn't practical - or even possible - when your furnace isn't functioning properly.  By staying together in one room, you will have only that space to worry about.  If you have a multi-level home, the top floor will be warmer, because heat rises.  

Dress warmly.  While this goes without saying, adding a few extra layers of clothing can really help keep you feeling warm and cozy.  Have plenty of quilts, blankets, or throws available so that everyone can stay as warm as possible.

Seal up any areas where heat may escape.  Check electrical outlets, windows, and doors to make sure what heat you have from a fire or space heater isn't escaping to the outdoors.  If you find any gaps or cracks where cold air is getting in, seal them using the appropriate material such as weather stripping or caulk.

Consider staying with family or at a friend's house while waiting.  If your family isn't at school or work during the daytime hours, you may want to stay somewhere where it's warmer when possible while waiting on your HVAC contractor to come check out your heat situation.  In situations such as this, most family members or neighbors will be willing to help out in any way possible.

Nothing is as frustrating as having your furnace malfunction when it's freezing outside, and if you have lived in the area long you know that Mother Nature can dish out some nasty weather during winters in Kansas City.  While we will always make every effort to get to your home as quickly as possible so that your family can get back on schedule, we know the importance of keeping warm in the meantime.

Whether you need a new heating system or repair on your existing furnace, Schomburg Heating & Cooling is dedicated to keeping your home warm, comfortable, and safe this winter season.  We invite all homeowners in Dearborn, Weston, Smithville, and other towns north of the river to trust our professionals for unsurpassed service, products, and price.
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Kansas City Homeowners Should Be Aware of Possible Furnace Flue Deterioration

While not every Kansas City homeowner has to worry about furnace flue deterioration, those who live in older homes that operate on gas may want to continue reading about a potentially serious problem.  If there are issues with furnace flue deterioration, you may not even be aware of this "silent" problem.  

Many home in the Kansas City metro area were built decades ago, prior to the enactment of more stringent building codes.  At that time, it was okay for contractors to run a single wall pipe to vent the furnace.  The vent would essentially go through the attic and exit through the roof.  So, what's the problem you ask?  Possible carbon monoxide - here's why.

Gas furnaces product flue gas temperatures that are hot.  However, by the time flue gas reaches the attic space, temperatures have cooled substantially.  Ultimately, a cold attic in winter months combined with a cool flue is a potentially dangerous combination, as it results moisture that eventually causes the flue to become rotted.  At this point, carbon monoxide may infiltrate your home because of the disintegration or rotting of the flue.  The problem may be even more pronounced in homes with gas furnaces that were installed over the past 25 years, as these furnaces produce even less heat than older models.

The primary byproducts of combustion are moisture and fumes, because of the fact that gas burns so efficiently.  This means homeowners should be concerned, and have their flues inspected on a yearly basis to ensure there are no safety issues.  While homeowners do want furnaces that are highly efficient, ironically those that are put homeowners more at risk.  In newer homes or making improvements in older homes, it is essential that venting systems are properly designed and installed.

Another concern Kansas City homeowners should consider is the possibility of animal or bird nests in the flue, which could block the escape of gas exhausts into the atmosphere.  Carbon monoxide is a highly dangerous gas that is invisible and odorless.  Taking proper precautions is vital if you have an older gas burning furnace, or a more recent model that is highly efficient and vented through the attic/roof.

At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, we provide furnace repair and other services to homeowners in Platte City, Dearborn, St. Joseph, and all points north of the river.  Give us a call today for unsurpassed service, products, and price.
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