What is a Heat Exchanger?
The heat exchanger is what separates you and your family from the byproducts of combustion (Carbon Monoxide) This is our primary area and SAFETY concern. To ensure your SAFETY, we inspect the heat exchanger on every unit that is more than 12 years old.
Why Do They Crack?
The heat exchanger is heated repeatedly – as metal is heated it expands and contracts – there are only so many expansions and contractions before it breaks. Many times a crack will develop and not pose nan immediate threat to your safety at that time – but when will it become unsafe? Our job is to find the crack and keep you safe.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors?
Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are a must have safety item for your home. In fact, Colorado insits you have one within 10 feet of each sleeping area – this is the most common area where CO will adversely affect your safety (life) . Most CO detectors only last about 7 years. Don’t skimp – replace them.
Air Duct Cleaning?
Air duct cleaning is necessary for indoor air quality and your family’s health. We strongly recommend duct cleaning – it is a specialty trade and not part of what we do BUT we have friends at DUCT WORKS who will prfessinoally take care of you. Their number is 303-425-0985
Maintenance – Do It Yourself
Can you do things yourself to help maintain your units? YES!
- Change the filter – use a good qulaity filter and write the date on it when you replace it – check it every 30 days and replace the filter when it gets dirty. This may sound sillly but the filter ionly gets dirty when the blower runs – the more it runs (extremely hot or cold days) the quicker it needs to be replaced. REmember you can order filters from us by the case and we will deliver. Please read the MERV rating paragraphs below.
- Keep your air conditioner clean and free from weeds and overgrrowth. Trim trees back from over the top – keep weeds and bushes from encroashing on the unit.
- The more you look at your unit the more familiar you will be with it – you may notice something unusual – give us a call – we will discuss it over the phone – perhaps you can do it yourself!
What is MERV Ratings on Filters?
Minimum Efficiency REporting Value (MERV) is a standar that rates the overall effectiveness of air filters. Higher value MERV rating equates to finer filtration, meaning few dust particles and other airborne contaminants can pass through the filter.
Most residnetial home air systems can adequatelyo remove airborne contaminants witha filter rated between MERV 8-13.
The higher the MERV rating on a filter, the few dust particles and other contaminants can pass through it.
Some of the common particles that filters are tested for inclue pollen, dust mites, textile and carpet fibers, mold spores, dust, pet dander, bacteria and tobacco smoke.
How often should I replace my air filter?
Filters with higher MERV ratings need to be changed more often (at least every three months) to avoid restriced airvflow that can drain efficiency or possibly even damage your system.
For MERV 8,11 and 13 filters, we recommend that you change your filter at least every 3 months, however changing your filter every 2 months provides better filtration which provides healthier and cleaner air in your home.