Where are My Air Filters Located?

Where are My Air Filters Located?

Regularly changing your HVAC filters is an essential part of home maintenance. It protects your family by easing allergy and asthma symptoms. It gives you cleaner air to breathe and allows you the chance to avoid more expensive AC repairs. When you regularly change your filters, dirt, mold, allergens, and pollutants are removed from the air you breathe. If that’s not enough, you’ll also see savings on your energy bill when you keep a clean filter in your system.

Not sure where your filters are located? Not sure how to get them changed? The following should give you some direction.

Locating Your Filters

The majority of HVAC systems have filters right in the main system. They’re generally located right by the air handler, which is the main unit holding the fan motor and fan itself. If you’re unsure where your HVAC system is located in the first place, check your basement, your attic, the laundry room, or another out-of-the-way area.

Once you’ve found your unit, look for something that could be a removable cover. It may be horizontal, or it may be vertical. Most units have a one-inch removable cover, but others may have a four-inch cover. The size of the cover coincides with the size of your filter, so that should be a good hint as to what you’re looking for. When you open the cover for the first time, you should find an air filter already inside, which is the best indication you’ve found what you’re looking for.

Depending on the style and age of your HVAC system, you may not be able to find the area where a filter would be inserted. If that’s the case, you may need a professional to show you, or you may need to change the filter at the return vent.

Your return vents are typically found on the wall that looks similar to your standard air duct vents but is larger. There are certain homes in which they are located on the floor or the ceiling as well. Removing the cover with a screwdriver, or by pulling a tab, will reveal to you the filter sitting just beyond.

Changing Your Filters

Now that you’ve figured out where the filters should go, it’s time to learn how to change an air filter. The good news is it’s a simple process. To change the filter near your HVAC system air handler:

  1. Open the cover
  2. Remove the old, dirty filter and throw it away
  3. Insert the new filter, ensuring the airflow arrow is pointing toward your unit
  4. Replace the cover

To change the filter in a return vent:

  1. Locate all the return vents in your home
  2. Remove the vent covers
  3. Remove the dirty filters and throw them out
  4. Insert the new filters, facing the metal wiring away from you
  5. Replace the cover

As you can see, changing a/c filters isn’t too hard, which is why having your filters delivered right to your home and changing them yourself is one of the best money- and time-saving maintenance issues you can handle.

Learning More and Ordering Your Filters

When you’re ready to learn more about how to keep your home clean and free of allergens, contact Crockett Filter Club to speak with a representative about ordering filters. Call 1-844-401-4604 or fill in the online form, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Purify Your Home with The Air Scrubber Plus® to Reduce Allergy Symptoms This Fall

Anyone with allergies knows that Fall can be one of the most difficult times of the year. As the season changes, a wave of sneezing, itching and watery eyes usually follows. While it can be difficult to control the environment outside of your home, there are now tools and innovations available that can help reduce those irritating allergy symptoms while you’re relaxing in your own home.

One of the most reliable of these tools is the Air Scrubber Plus®. As a fully integrated home air purification system, it truly is the answer for reducing those allergy symptoms.

Clean

The Air Scrubber Plus® will tackle germs and odors on surfaces all over your home. From doorknobs to kitchen counters to bathrooms, your home will be free of 99% of all surface contaminants. These harmful bacteria can be a nuisance, especially during allergy season.

Rather than having to constantly be on the lookout for any dust or having a daily cleaning session, the Air Scrubber Plus® will make having a cleaner environment so simple you won’t even notice it, but you’ll be breathing cleaner air.

Freshen

The odors that linger in your home can cause your allergies to flare up. Pet dander, cigarette smoke or even burnt food can be a catalyst for allergy symptoms. The Air Scrubber Plus® has you covered!

This device is unique in that it is a photo-catalytic device, which will significantly reduce dust and odors from your home. This deodorizing will not only keep your home smelling fresh, it will also clean the air you breathe by reducing 90% of airborne contaminants.

Purify

Many allergy sufferers are used to air purifiers. Unlike traditional air filters, though, the Air Scrubber Plus® are not passive. By actively sending out ActivePure scrubbers, this device is able to constantly reduce the harmful chemicals, contaminants, odors and pollutants in your home.

For those who have been accustomed to suffering through the Fall allergy season, the Air Scrubber Plus® can completely change this difficult time of the year. If you have trouble sleeping or are constantly itching and sneezing, contact us at Pioneer Heating and Air. Our team of professional Knoxville HVAC technicians can help purify your home with the Air Scrubber Plus®.

Comfortable Living: Pioneer Heating & Air’s Fall 2017 Newsletter


THERMOSTATS 101

Imagine living in the early 19th century. Fall is here and you’ve turned on your furnace. There’s only one problem: your house keeps swinging from cold to hot. And every time it goes too far in one direction, you have to walk down to the basement to adjust valves, dampers or the furnace itself. Not an ideal situation! Fortunately, this changed with the invention of the thermostat. This is where we can help!

How Thermostats Control Temperature
The basic way that thermostats control temperature is by sensing to make changes until the temperature matches the set point. How the thermostat does this depends on what it’s connected to.

For furnaces, the thermostat might turn the fan and burner on to increase the temperature and turn it off when the temperature is just right. Some thermostats are connected to valves that open and close to allow hot water into a radiator when the temperature drops. Air conditioning control works by turning on the fan and unit when the temperature gets too high.

Types of Thermostats
Thermostats come in three types: programmable, non-programmable and smart.

Programmable thermostats allow you to save multiple set points for daytime, nighttime and weekends (depending on the thermostat itself). This allows you to save on energy when you don’t need as much heating or cooling while you’re at work, for example. A thermostat set to a lower temperature at night (known as night setback) is a common way to save on energy as well, without having to remember to manually turn down the temperature before bed.

Non-programmable thermostats are your basic manual thermostats that you set and change as needed.

They can be dial type where you turn a dial to set the temperature, or digital. If you want to lower the setting on a winter’s day while you’re out of the house, you’ll have to make sure you do it manually before you rush out the door.

Smart thermostats give you the benefits of programmable thermostats with added features. Many of them learn your habits and change settings according to your inputs and whether you’re home or not. You can control the temperature in your home from an app so you save on energy when you’re away but come home to a comfortable temperature. Wi-Fi thermostats feature improved energy efficiency and feedback, geofencing, learning, and alerts like carbon monoxide and smoke. Still, there are some thermostats that work with Alexa and smart devices like lights, TVs and yard sprinklers.

Making the Right Choice
If you need help choosing the right thermostat, and installing it, give Pioneer Heating and Air a call and we’ll help keep your home at just the right temperature day and night, season after season.

5 Benefits of Having a Maintenance Agreement

Most people go into a panic when things go wrong with equipment at home. One way to reduce the panic and keep your house in order is to have a maintenance agreement with a professional company. For a fixed monthly or annual fee, a professional will keep your equipment in top working order.

Here are some reasons why you should have a maintenance agreement in place for your home:

1. Lower cost over time. When you maintain your equipment, the repair cost tends to be lower, and failure happens less frequently. Your equipment operates more efficiently when well maintained, saving money on operating costs like your utility bills. This may also reduce the pressure on emergency funds for sudden breakdowns and repair.

2. Peace of mind. Besides saving you money, regular maintenance will reduce the chance of you getting stuck in the heat with no air conditioning or taking cold showers for days while your water heater is being replaced. A maintenance agreement will also lengthen the lifespan of the components in your equipment. This postpones replacement and allows you to maximize the use of your equipment.

3. Keeping Your Warranty. Some manufacturers won’t replace a part if the unit has not been maintained by a professional. Rather than having to remember to book and keep up with maintenance yourself, having an agreement in place ensures that you keep the added protection of a warranty should your parts fail.

4. Relationship. You can count on your regular service company who will want to keep your business rather than one-off servicing by a stranger. If there are any ongoing issues, a maintenance agreement will provide you with better follow up on work done. The technicians who take care of your home will also become familiar with how everything works and will be better able to make suggestions and pick up on issues early on.

5. Safety. For routine maintenance, you may be able to take care of it yourself. You might even be tempted to do more complex maintenance on your own. However, a professional will know the safest way to carry out the work. Protect yourself and your family by having a professional do regular, planned maintenance on your equipment.

Get your home’s maintenance in order. To find out more about maintenance agreements, and whether it’s the right fit for you, give Pioneer Heating and Air a call to discuss.

Pioneer Comfort Wins Contracting Business Magazine “National Residential HVAC Contractor of the Year” Award

Pioneer Comfort President and founder Gordy Noe and General Manager Mike Conley accepted the National Residential HVAC Contractor of the Year award this month at the Contractor Leadership LIVE event in Cleveland, OH.

The award is presented to the company that represents the best that the residential HVAC industry has to offer and best embraces innovative ways to better understand and serve customers.

Since founding the company in 1981, Noe has continued to run the company with the same mindset: the customer always comes first.

“It’s our policy that we take care of the customer’s needs no matter what it takes, and money is secondary. If we do the first one, we’ll make the second one,” Noe says.

This is not the first time Noe and the company have been recognized for excellence. Noe was awarded the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC) Contractor of the Year award in 2013. The award is presented to the HVACR contractor who best represents the ideals of the profession. Nominees are judged on professionalism, merchandising and management skills, innovative techniques, trade involvement and community service.

Pioneer Comfort continues to be the HVAC company Knoxville residents trust. After more than 30 years in business, Noe is still looking towards the future.

“I can’t wait to get up and go to work every day. I expect I’ll probably keep doing that for the next 10 years, I hope. I’m 60 now and I hope I’ve got another 10 years in me.”

Hot Tips to Help You Keep Cool without Ruining Your AC This Summer

Summer is all about having fun in the sun, but when the sun gets too hot we usually retreat into the air conditioned comfort of our homes. Despite how nice it feels to step into that cool oasis, keeping your home that cold all the time could be putting too much stress on your HVAC system.

Efficient HVAC systems require inspections twice every year, but even then problems can arise. In fact, your air conditioning unit is particularly prone to problems if you run it into the ground. To save you and your AC, here are a few clever ways you can stay cool.

Keep the Curtains Shut

This may seem like a no-brainer, but that’s because it is. Light, especially light from the sun, creates heat, which in turn warms your house right up. Unfortunately, it can also increase your air conditioning needs. As air heats up, your AC has to work harder to bring the temperature back down to a comfortable place. So keep those blinds and curtains closed!

Change Your Sheets

If you find yourself cranking the AC at night, the issue might be simpler than you think. In fact, it could simply be a result of the sheets on your bed! IF you’re trying to stay cool at night with heavy sheets, there’s a problem. Instead, swap out your heavy sheets for cotton, linen, or even silk, which are all excellent thermo-regulators.

Stay Hydrated

During those hot summer months, our bodies sweat. A lot. And while sweating helps cool you off to an extent, it also depletes water in your body. As such, staying hydrated can help your body better regulate its temperature. In fact, drinking the recommended six to eight glasses of water per day could even reduce your need for the AC.

If you’ve taken anything away from these three tips, let it be this: you can help your AC out during the summer. While it’s certainly a nice perk, you’ll be doing your HVAC system and your wallet a favor by easing up a little bit.