Monthly Archives: February 2016

Static is in the Air

Static is in the Air

dry airValentine’s Day is long over and while there still may be some love in the air, there’s definitely something else too. Oh, that’s right, its static electricity!

Every winter it’s the same old story – my skin is peeling, my eyes are itchy, my kids are getting nosebleeds and the fear of static electricity is keeping me a mile away from my cat! So what can I do to get over this dry air? Keep reading for tips to add a little moisture to your life.

Why does colder weather bring along drier air?

Well, it’s all about humidity. Humidity equals moisture and while warmer air can carry lots of humidity and moisture, colder air has low humidity and little moisture.

What’s the solution to dry air?

Any HVAC professional will tell you that the simple answer is to install a humidifier. A humidifier will increase humidity in your home by pushing moisture into the air. There are point-of-use humidifiers that are used to reduce dry air in a single room and whole-house humidifier which are connected to your HVAC system and are used to humidify an entire house. The latter of the two can be found and purchased on our website.

There are different types of whole-house humidifiers. Check out our next blog to learn about the pros and cons associated with both power humidifiers and bypass humidifiers.

Besides adding moisture to your house, humidifiers actually make you feel warmer as well. Have you ever noticed how 90 degrees in Southern California feels a whole lot different than 90 degrees in the Midwest? It feels cooler in Southern California, right? That’s because there is less humidity in Southern California and having less humidity actually makes your body feel colder. Put extra moisture into the air in your home to make you feel warmer. With extra humidity you may even be able to lower your thermostat a few degrees, saving you energy dollars.

Besides installing a humidifier in your house (and we highly recommend that you do) there are some other easy methods to fighting dry air and the side effects that accompany it.

  1. Seal your home with caulk, spray foam or weatherstripping. Keep the cold, dry air from entering your home.
  2. Hydrate often. Dry air can pull moisture from your mouth, throat and nose. Make sure you are fighting the dry air with extra hydrations.
  3. Shorten your showers. Warm water and the steam will only dry out your skin further.
  4. Moisturize. Use lotion frequently during the dry, winter months, especially after washing your hands and showering.

Control Boards and Furnaces 101

control boards

Control board

A furnace control board is essentially the computer, or the brain, in a furnace. It operates the key functions in the order that they are supposed to happen and controls everything from turning on the gas to shutting down the fan after your home has reached your desired temperature. While it is a very essential piece to your furnace it is common for control boards to be replaced.

TYPES OF CONTROL BOARDS
There are two types of control boards for gas furnaces. The first is a simple ignition control board module, which is more common in older, less efficient models. It controls the gas valve, the igniter and the flame sensing circuit. These older units will have a fan control board along with the simple ignition control board.

The more common control board, at least in newer units, is the integrated furnace control board. This controls the same things as the simple ignition control board but it controls the furnace blower as well. Ultimately it is the simple ignition control board and the fan control board in one.

STEP-BY-STEP SEQUENCE
To understand whether or not your control board is operating correctly, it is first imperative that you understand the step-by-step sequence of your furnace, which should be like this:

  1. The thermostat is set and calls for heat.
  2. The induced draft motor turns on.
  3. The pressure switch senses a drop in pressure and closes to complete a circuit.
  4. The control board sends a signal to the hot surface igniter and the igniter lights up.
  5. Then a few seconds later the gas valve clicks and releases gas to the burners.
  6. The burners ignite in sequence.
  7. The flame sensor senses the flame and allows the gas to continue to flow, heating up the furnace.
  8. The blower motor turns on and moves air through the furnace to keep it from overheating.
  9. The limit and rollout switches remain closed and continue to monitor the airflow.
  10. Once the thermostat is satisfied, the control board shuts off the gas.

TROUBLESHOOTING
The control board can also help you diagnose a problem with your furnace. Most control boards have LED lights that flash to indicate a problem. The different flashes serve as codes. Follow the chart on your control board to decipher what the flashing code means. The code might tell you that you need a new control board.

Control boards also have lights to let you know that it is on and functioning correctly. If this light is not on, then the control board can be reset by turning off the furnace power and restarting it. However, this is not normal; a control board should not have to be reset.

CONTROL BOARD REPLACEMENT
If you find that you need a new control board, HVACPartsShop.com can help you find the correct replacement part. Use our furnace model drop list to select the correct control board using your furnace model number. You can also use the manufacturer’s part number to find the correct part. If you are still having problems figuring out which control board is right for your model you can use our online chat feature to chat with a certified technician or you can call us at 1-866-215-3831.

When you begin the replacement, please first make sure that the power to the furnace is off. Before removing the wires make sure that you have marked them so that you know which connection they go to. Then remove the wires, screws or clips and the old board.

Attach the new board and carefully reconnect the wires to the proper terminals. Then restore the unit and run it through a complete cycle, verifying that is follows each step of the sequence.

 

Warmth Equals Love and a Working Furnace

love warmthA Warm And Cozy Valentine’s Day

Here at HVACPartsShop.com, when it’s cold outside we are all about keeping you, your family, and ourselves warm.

Right now, it’s still cold! Even the typically warm west coast is at 50 degrees or below. And as Cupid’s big day draws nearer and nearer, we have to ask, is your home warm and cozy for that Valentine of yours? Or is it more comparable to a Valentine’s evening that a polar bear would enjoy?

If your home is more comparable to the latter, we can help with that. We have the HVAC parts to keep your furnace running! And we can get them to you in as little as one day! Wouldn’t your Valentine enjoy a running furnace and a warm house?

Love That Warming Feeling

Now don’t go thinking that we, at HVACPartsShop.com, aren’t a romantic bunch. We understand that there are different types of warmth than just the one coming from our furnace. We’re talking about love and the warmth that that feeling can create. And with Valentine’s Day coming up so fast, there’s no better time to talk about it!

Since we’ve been talking about polar bears, please bear in mind that we’re not just talking about the romantic kind of love. Any kind of love can make you feel warm – whether it’s the love you feel for your family and friends, or the kind you have for a significant other. In fact, there have been studies that have shown a direct correlation with strong, loving relationships and a feeling of warmth.

Love & Warmth Are Connected

In this particular study that we wanted to mention, a group of close family and friends were tested to see if positive interaction created warmth and if warmth promoted a stronger connection.

The first test had pairs give each other either a positive message or a neutral message. Essentially, it’s the difference of being told “I love you” versus “you have blue eyes”. Each person would have their brain scanned during the experiment to see any activity, and also be asked how warm they felt and how connected they felt with the other person. The test showed that those who got a positive message felt a warm sensation and felt that their connection with the person deepened, while those who got a neutral message didn’t feel much of a change.

The second test had pairs hold heated objects or room temperature objects while in a room together, with the goal of measuring if the pairs felt more connected with each other after the time spent together. After the test, those holding the warm objects said that they felt a stronger improvement in connection versus those who had the room-temperature objects.

Share Some Love This Month

Now that we know a little bit more about how love and feeling warm are connected, let’s try to spread some warmth this month! Spend some time with your friends, families, or significant others and let them know how much you care and value them, so they can experience that warm feeling inside that comes with being loved.

Of course, we’ll continue to do what we do best to make sure you and all of your loved ones stay warm by offering all of the HVAC parts that you need to keep your home warm and comfy, plus the best customer service around, so we can show our customers that we love each and every one of them! As a special offer, use the code CHILLY to receive a free ground shipping on your order that’s $100 or more!