My Two Cents

KC Mechanical Service, Inc.

Kyle Schnoor/Owner



Living in Nebraska makes it difficult to know when fall ends and winter begins. Knowing when to service your furnace, change your filters, and how to start saving energy is very important. Regardless of owning a new house or an old one, it is important to know how to maintain your HVAC systems.

Servicing your furnace before winter

Having your furnace serviced by a professional can be beneficial in so many ways. You can save money by scheduling an appointment now because most HVAC companies offer early bird or pre-season specials. Servicing can identify and address any problems before the heating season starts and can keep your family safe from carbon monoxide and other dangers. When a furnace runs correctly it runs less often, burns less energy, and heats your home more efficiently.

Energy Saving Tips

• Add caulk or weather-stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.

• Install a programmable thermostat that allows you to turn down the temperature setting when you are not home. A 5 – 8 °F temperature setback from the normal set point is a good rule of thumb.

• Use your ceiling fans; they are a great way to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Set the fan to run in a clockwise direction, this will push the warm air that collects on the ceiling down into the room

• The biggest energy hog is having a clogged filter. Knowing what type of filter to use when to change it will help with energy costs.

Which filter should you use?

Micro-Allergen Filters

• Catches more dirt, dust and pollen

• Use when air quality is more critical

• Cost $8-$15

• Filter needs to be changed every 30 days even if it states it’s a 90 day filter as these filters will restrict airflow when full and will make your furnace work harder and burn more energy

Pleated Filter

• Most common filter type used and recommended

• Provides good air quality without restricting airflow

• Cost $4-$8

• Filter needs to be changed every 30-60 days

Poly Filter

• Does a poor job of catching dust, dirt, pollen and keeping your indoor coil clean

• Cost $1-$3

• Use in systems that airflow is a problem and indoor air quality is not a concern

• Commonly used in high dust and dirt environments

• Filter needs to be changed every 30 days

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