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Should My Furnace be Running All the Time?

Should My Furnace be Running All the Time?

A common question when it comes to HVAC furnace operation and efficiency is whether or not it is normal for a furnace to be running all the time. The answer to this question is no, no it should not. Living in Canada, it may seem like a furnace might need to run all winter to keep us warm, but this is not the case. If your HVAC heating unit is running non-stop, that is good indicator that there is a problem with the system. What causes a Furnace to run Constantly? There are several factors that may contribute to your HVAC heating system running 24 hours a day. Typically, when a furnace is running continually, it results in one of two outcomes: The furnace is running constantly, but never actually heats the space to the desired temperature The furnace does in fact heat your space to the correct temperature, but then it keeps running Either way, you have a problem here that should be addresses as soon as possible. Constant Usage, but Insufficient Heat With first scenario, the furnace is always running but the temperature just never reaches the intended setting. This type of problem is generally caused by one of three possibilities: The thermostat temperature has been set incorrectly There are blockages in the system There is a leak in the system Incorrect Thermostat Settings If your thermostat settings are set to automatic, then the fan should only be blowing when the thermostat is in the midst of a heating cycle. If the fan is blowing constantly, then it could mean a thermostat problem, such as: Thermostat is...
Regular Maintenance for your HVAC Heating Unit

Regular Maintenance for your HVAC Heating Unit

Taking a precautionary approach to caring for your HVAC heating unit is a highly recommended practice. As with most types of machinery, preventative maintenance is needed if you want to keep that machine performing at its optimal level. This approach benefits both you and the equipment. Try to think of it the same way you might care for your vehicle, or even your own body. Certain tasks are required on a regular basis to prevent problems from developing that might jeopardize operation. With a car you need consistent oil changes and tune ups to prevent engine seizure. With your body, you need healthy food, exercise, sleep and trips to the doctor or dentist. The same is true for your HVAC heating unit. Your furnace requires routine professional maintenance to keep it safe and efficient. The next step is to find a dependable HVAC service to provide effective maintenance and repair solutions. Where can I find a reliable HVAC heating & cooling company in the GTA? Air In Motion Heating & Cooling Air In Motion Heating & Cooling is a professional HVAC service provider that has more than 17 years of experience in furnace repair and maintenance. All HVAC technicians at Air In Motion are fully insured and certified in a variety of specialized HVAC applications. Air In Motion technicians will be able to help you with: Assessments for any required products to make sure you get the ideal equipment for your space Regularly scheduled HVAC heating and cooling system maintenance HVAC repairs HVAC furnaces HVAC air conditioners Safety, comfort, and efficiency Why do I need regular maintenance for my...
Regular Maintenance for your HVAC Air Conditioner

Regular Maintenance for your HVAC Air Conditioner

Does my HVAC Air Conditioner require Maintenance? Just like any other machine, regular maintenance is needed to keep your air conditioning unit running effectively and efficiently. Can I handle the maintenance myself? The inner workings of an HVAC unit are more complex and intricate than you might think. It is not recommended to perform DIY maintenance on your air conditioner unless you have had some formal training or experience. Frequently, when people get the idea to try to do it themselves, they end up doing more harm than good. It may be tempting to try to save some money by passing on scheduled maintenance by an expert, but in the long run it will almost assuredly end up costing you more. Trying to do it on your own can result in damage to the HVAC system, which means costly repair bills. Skipping maintenance altogether is also not a good idea. Even if your air conditioning unit seems to be working fine, waiting until there is a problem is a backwards approach that can also result in hefty repair fees. Why get professional maintenance for my HVAC air conditioner? Routine expert maintenance is suggested for a variety of reasons. Some of the greatest advantages include: Trained technicians Comprehensive tune-ups Breakdown prevention Good for the equipment Good for your health Saves money Trained Technicians Employing a trained HVAC technician to maintain your HVAC air conditioner can be extremely helpful for the performance and longevity of your unit. Even if you read the entire owner’s manual of your HVAC air conditioning unit, you would still not be qualified to make repairs and...
HVAC Repair FAQ’s

HVAC Repair FAQ’s

There are many common questions and concerns many people have about HVAC repair and maintenance. Whether it is a question about your existing HVAC unit, or a new heating and cooling system, the HVAC experts at Air In Motion are here to help. Air In Motion Heating & Cooling Air In Motion is an HVAC heating and cooling company operating out of Mississauga and throughout the GTA. The HVAC technicians are fully trained and certified to assist with all of your HVAC queries. You can contact the office by email or phone for more information. Air In Motion offers a quick response time, providing feedback within 2 hours for any request made within business hours. FAQ’s About HVAC Repair and Maintenance Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about HVAC repair. How often should the air filter be checked and replaced? Depending on the season, air filters should be checked as frequently as once a month. In extreme temperatures, your HVAC unit will work harder and therefore the filter should be changed more often. On average, air filters should be at least checked, and probably replaced, about once every three months. Frequency may be increased for home owners with pets, allergies, or respiratory issues. What is indoor humidity? Indoor humidity is the humidity level that your house reaches on the inside, due to hot weather or furnace heat. Optimal indoor humidity levels should sit somewhere between 30 and 40%. Excess Humidity If humidity levels get too high, it can result in a variety of problems for your home. Humidity levels in the 50 to 60% range can...
Does an Air Conditioner Need to be Run Constantly?

Does an Air Conditioner Need to be Run Constantly?

During the summer months it may seem like you need to run your air conditioning unit constantly to keep your place cool. Should this be happening? The short answer is no. If you have the right HVAC unit for your space, and the settings are optimally programmed, then there is no need for your air conditioner to be running all the time. You are likely spending extra money on energy costs, and unnecessarily wasting energy. What if my air conditioner is running longer than usual? Granted, during heat spells in the summer, your air conditioner will certainly run more frequently, but not continually. As temperatures increase, it makes sense that your HVAC unit may have to work a little harder to keep your indoor environment at a comfortable temperature. Longer running times during these heat spells is a good sign, it actually means that your air conditioner is responding the way it should. However, if it never shuts off, running all day and night, then you may have a problem. When should I be worried about HVAC air conditioning performance? There are few warning signs and helpful indicators to look out for, if you are concerned there may be a problem with your air conditioner. Some signals to keep an eye out for can include: Your HVAC air conditioning unit is running 24 hours a day, around the clock Even though the HVAC unit is operating without pause, the indoor air temperature does not seem to be getting any cooler Your utility bills are steadily getting higher, even though you have made no adjustments to your HVAC unit settings...
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