October 13, 2015 Newsletter

Loud Furnace Problems

Loud furnaces are not only irritating, that noise could be an indication that there is a problem. Different noises can point to different problems with the heating system.

Whistling

One of the biggest reasons the furnace may start whistling is a clogged filter. When the filter becomes clogged, the furnace will try to suck air from wherever it can. Any spaces or holes in the furnace filter can make a whistling sound if air is being sucked through them. Replacing the filter every three months can help prevent this from occurring.

Vibration

Loose ducts are the most likely cause when the furnace is putting off a rattling vibration type noise. Securing the loose ducts with extra screws and duct tape can usually solve the issue.

Banging

If a banging noise occurs when the furnace turns on, it is likely to be one of two issues. The ductwork could be flexing when the pressure changes or it could be a small explosion called an ignition roll-out.

If the furnace is making some loud, unfamiliar noises when it gets turned on this season, give Diamond Heating and Cooling a call. They can get to the root problem and get the furnace system running smoothly, and quietly, again.

Getting Rid of the Musty Furnace Smell

With chilly mornings in the Treasure Valley, some might be turning on their furnaces. They might also be experiencing a musty smell when it kicks on for the first time in months. This is because over the months of not being used, the furnace accumulates dust, dirt and even mold.

Usually some cleaning and a filter replacement can get rid of the smell. The HVAC system should be cleaned every so often to get rid of the dust and dirt that accumulate. To clean the furnace, follow these steps:

  1. Vacuum around the entire unit
  2. Turn off power to the unit and open the front chamber door
  3. Vacuum the burners (if gas) and the blower compartment

Filters should be replaced at least every three months. Clogged filters can drastically reduce the life of the furnace and cause it to use more energy. One trick to remember when it’s time to change the filter, or to remember when it was changed last, is to mark the date somewhere on the filter.

If the furnace has been neglected for a while, it might be time for a professional cleaning. There could be years of dust and debris in the furnace system that needs to be cleared out. While cleaning, professionals can also inspect the system.

To keep that musty smell at bay, schedule routine maintenance with Diamond Heating and Cooling. They can clean and maintain the system to keep it fresh and working properly. Ask about their maintenance plans and Silver Club Membership. It can help homeowners save on furnace maintenance.

Installing a Heat Pump

A heat pump is a great way to heat and cool a home more efficiently. It could help homeowners save a considerable amount of money in energy costs.

These devices use a small amount of energy to move heat from one location to another. They pull heat out of the air or ground to heat a building, but they can also cool a building down. Instead of drawing heat and bringing it inside, it draws the heat from the home and transfers it out.

The action of transferring heat uses much less energy than creating heat, which is why people see such savings on their energy bills when they switch to a heat pump. In most cases, a heat pump can replace the HVAC system. However, in places that see extreme temperatures, homeowners might want to keep the HVAC system around as a backup if it gets too cold or too warm.

Ask Diamond Heating and Cooling about installing a heat pump. They also provide repairs if the heat pump is in need of some maintenance.

Treasure Valley Family-Friendly October Events

With the promise of fall not far away, the Boise area is gearing up for some autumn-inspired fun in October. There are tons of family-friendly things to do around the Treasure Valley like pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other fun activities.

Spooktacular

Zoo Boise is holding their second annual Spooktacular, which is their Halloween Fun-Fest. It features a walking tour with Halloween displays, activities and a few animal encounters. There will also be a Halloween dance party!

On October 16, 17, 23 and 24, Spooktacular will be from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. On October 18 and 25 it will be from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Harvest Carnival

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Caldwell Family YMCA, they are holding a Harvest Carnival on October 22 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free and will include carnival games, activities, and a park naming/dedication ceremony.

Villains in the Village

This is an event for children to help solve a stage mystery featuring four famous movie villains. There will also be face painting and other fun activities. The event will be hosted at The Village at Meridian on October 30, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo

Don’t miss the chance to trick or treat at the zoo on Halloween! Along with costumed characters passing out candy, there will be costume contests, games, pumpkin patch photos, face painting and a chance to see all of the animals. The event starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m.

These are just a few family-friendly events happening around the Treasure Valley this month. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween and enjoy the beginning of autumn.

October Hugs Program

 

This month, the Diamond Hugs program is a blood drive with the American Red Cross. We will be holding the blood drive on October 30th. We have one spot open between 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at our office, 4464 Chinden Blvd. Suite C, Garden City, ID. Contact us if you would like to participate!

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Right now, this monitoring system is exclusive to Diamond Heating and Cooling and their customers. Call us for more information on this system and how it could help.