Clogged Furnace? Time For Inspection

How Often Should My Furnace Be Tuned Up?


furnace tune-up technician at workChanging the filter on your furnace is an important job that is often forgotten. It is literally out of sight and out of mind, until you become aware of smelling a stale aroma in the air of your home. The dust mites can be seen clearly as they float in the ray’s of the sunbeam. The family is sneezing and coughing more than usual. These are the behaviors that alert the homeowner to check the furnace filter. We can help you with our furnace tune-up services.

How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

Some furnaces have a two fold purpose, they heat and cool off the home. The filters should be checked and changed from once a month or every ninety days, depending on your lifestyle. The filter will not be able to collect the dust, dirt, particles of bacteria and other allergens in the air if the filter is clogged. Pet dander will add to the collection of debris that has settled on the filter. If the home is located near or in the forest or a large population of plants, particles of pollen will be floating in the air. These particles settle on all the surfaces in the home. The furnace is blowing the loose dust and dirt from the filter into the air.

The electric bill is higher because the furnace is working harder and the energy is wasted. The dust and dirt can damage the internal workings of the furnace because of a clogged filter. This could result in buying a brand new furnace. Changing the filter with the recommendation of the manufacturer is the best solution to save money and keep your furnace lasting.

cold from broken down furnaceWhy Your Furnace Should Be Checked Each Year

The HVAC fellows are trained and have excellent skills and years of experience in checking the furnace for any problems.

If you have an oil, heat pump or gas furnace, having it checked yearly is a wise decision. Some furnaces work throughout the year. They can replace and repair any furnace components that are needed. Our HVAC technicians have an extensive checklist to follow. They check the air filter to where the heat flows through the pipes and the vents. They can tell you different ways to clean the debris off the vents. Call the HVAC fellow, they are the experts in their field.

Serving your Boise community everyday. Give Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling a call at (208) 466-9447 for guaranteed quality furnace inspection services!

Heating Repair Tips

Heating Repair – Avoid Costs w/ These Tips

heating repair tips - wrench guysheating repair plan is crucial to maintaining a warm and cozy home throughout the winter months, as well as cool and calm all through the summer. The extreme variations of temperatures during these two seasons can cause your heating and cooling equipment to function improperly. However, a professional heating maintenance plan will save you money. Repairs and replacements can be costly — maintaining your unit will help prevent these added costs from occurring.

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Indoor Air Pollution 101

How to Identify and Prevent Indoor Air Pollution

Boise Air ConditioningAccording to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the air quality within a building can be worse than the outside air. Research shows that most people spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, indoor air quality is critical for health and well-being.

What causes indoor air pollution?

Indoor air pollution is caused from a variety of sources. A primary source is deteriorated building materials, such as insulation with asbestos, damp carpet and pressurized wood products (that contain chemicals).

Moist conditions and poorly maintained air conditioners result in increased mold, mites and bacteria. Hobby items, toiletries and personal care and household cleaning products are also sources.

These organic vapors come in the form of paint cleaners, hair spray and pesticides. The HVAC or ventilation system, if outdated and poorly maintained, is also a source. Certain building materials or products will continually emit pollutants while others, such as a malfunctioning gas stove, will only emit intermittently. Regardless of the source, pollutants can remain in the air for long periods of time.

How can homeowners identify indoor air pollution?

The easiest way to identify indoor air pollution look for internal sources. Make a list of potential sources and see what you can do to reduce or contain them. Be aware of your lifestyle and think about which of your activities could be contributing to air quality.

Pay attention to your health and consult with your doctor if you have any sudden, unexplained physical symptoms. Finally, check the ventilation system to ensure it’s working properly. Confirm if the air is stuffy or smelly and if there is moisture condensation on walls or windows. Make sure there is no mold growing around windows or in moist places.

What are the best ways to prevent indoor air pollution?

The best way to prevent indoor air pollution is through improving the ventilation system. Make sure you are following the maintenance schedule and install high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.

Consult with a professional to ensure that the system is properly working. Be sure to use fans in areas that need it, such as the kitchen or a hobby room.Boise Air Quality

Reduce exposure to combustion products through installing outside hoods for gas stoves, inspecting furnaces and water heaters and eliminating smoking inside the home. Avoid warming up the car in the garage.

Finally, consider getting a comprehensive air quality test performed in the home.

In conclusion, quality indoor air is essential for health and well-being. Educate yourself on what causes indoor air pollution and how to identify it.

Be proactive and take the necessary steps to reduce or eliminate the pollution sources. Doing so is good for both your house and yourself.

Make sure you’re breathing in the fresh air in your Boise home. Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating and Cooling at (208) 466-9447, and get the experts to solve the problem.

Allergy Season is Here!

3 Ways To Allergy-Proof Your Home This Spring


Boise Air Allergies can be a real nuisance if you are affected by them. Many people are so bothered by them they dread the start of the spring where they start being affected by them. Allergies can simulate colds and other illnesses, cloud your mind, and limit your productivity. Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary and avoiding the ill effects of allergies starts in your home. This article will discuss three ways to allergy proof your home this spring.

Tip 1 – Air Filters

Make sure you have air filters installed in your home in order to reduce the number of particles that circulate through your home. Not all filters are equal and the best allow for the circulation of outside air with indoor air.

Air filters should be replaced every two months and be sure to contact your HVAC specialist to ask them for the best air filters for your home. Generally, they will recommend HEPA filters that are highly efficient and have higher MERV factors associated with them (17 to 20 MERV level), though an HVAC specialist can point out the best air filter to clean your home and remove troublesome allergens.

Boise Air QualityTip 2 – Have Your HVAC System Inspected

Your HVAC system should be inspected in order to make sure that it is operating effectively. Further, you should have maintenance performed on your system regularly as well as a well functioning system can decrease the pollutants in your air and provide you with better air quality to reduce the chance of allergens impacting the health of you and your family members.

If you are suspicious that mold is in your system, point it out to your HVAC provider and he may want to clean out your air ducts to reduce the risk of mold colonies building up inside of them.

Tip 3 – Have Your Plumbing System Inspected

Your plumbing system and allergies may not seem linked. But common allergies include mold and having a leaky plumbing system can lead to mold build up in your home. Have your plumbing system inspected for leaks and reduce the possibility of mold in your home, thereby avoiding allergies.

Allergies can be painful and just downright irritating when you are affected by them. By implementing these allergy proof methods in your home you can greatly reduce the harmful side effects of allergies and can keep your health at optimal levels this spring.

Constantly sneezing in your Boise home? Call Wickstrom Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling at (208) 466-9447 today, and breathe in the fresh air.

Understanding SEER Ratings

What Does the SEER Rating on Your AC Unit Mean?

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What is a SEER Rating?

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) is a ranking ratio of cooling power generated to energy consumption in central air conditioner units. It informs the resident just how energy efficient the cooling and heating system is performing.

The SEER rating for most of your units is usually found attached to the outside of the unit on a yellow ticket. If it cannot be located there, the AHRI has a directory that can generate this info when make and model is given.

Why was the SEER Rating Established?

In 1992, the Energy Policy Act was signed that included new efficiency standards that included cooling and heating units, so that the energy consumption nation-wide might be lowered; overall health of many might be improved; lower many household utility bills when weathering the hot and humid season; and power plant pollution might be decreased. These ratings were set up by the federal government to insure that the consumer would be informed when considering the purchase of a new HVAC. These values would give them an idea of which cooling system rating number would best serve them in the geographical area where they live.

Effect of SEER Rating on Energy Consumption

Close attention should be given to the Seer rating when a consumer is purchasing a new cooling system. If the rating is low, the higher the energy cost. Whereas, if the rating is higher, the more energy efficient the unit is, providing more cool air with the bonus of lower energy cost, which can add up to a 20-40% savings on air conditioning bills each year. Persons living in an area where the temperature is mainly hot the majority of the time, requiring continuous use of an air conditioner, would benefit by purchasing a higher SEER rating HVAC.

Knowing the Importance of a SEER Rating Boise SEER Rating

The required ranking in the United States for any new residential air conditioner unit that is sold has to be a minimum of 13.00 SEER and up to 23.
Many consumers who still own the older models of air conditioning units are not aware that the SEER rating is much lower, which is a very important reason to have it replaced. By purchasing an up-to-date model, they can be assured that it will include a rating to inform them of just how energy efficient their unit is.

Go green with energy and money saving HVAC units. Call the experts of Wickstrom Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling at (208) 466-9447  to make your Boise area home more efficient today. 

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Digital Setback Thermostat



Boise HVACWhat is a digital setback thermostat?

A digital setback thermostat is a programmable thermostat. The thermostat can be programmed to adjust the temperature and output based on different times of the day. Users can input their preferred temperature for specific times of the day and days of the week.

The heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is then prompted to turn on or off in order to reach the desired temperature. The digital screens allow for easy use and simple temperature monitoring. Digital setback thermostats can be used in both residential and commercial settings.

What are the benefits of a digital setback thermostat?

Digital setback thermostats benefit your wallet and the environment while increasing your level of comfort.

The amount of money that can be saved from digital setback thermostats can be easily seen within the first couple months of use. Digital setback thermostats trigger your heating and air conditioning system to operate only when needed to reach the programmed temperature goals. There is no longer a need to leave your heater running all day simply to have a warm house to come home to.

A properly programmed digital setback thermostat will allow for a decreased utilization of your heater during the day when no one is at home and will quickly heat up your house before your arrival. This greatly decreases your utility bills by eliminating unused resources. Digital setback thermostats also reduce the wear and tear on your appliances from unneeded use, therefore, extending the life of your appliances.

In addition to saving money, use of digital setback thermostats also benefits the environment. Gas and electric usage takes its toll on the environment. Any opportunity to decrease the use of these resources greatly helps maintain the environment.

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In addition to saving money and helping the environment, you get to experience the additional benefit of added comfort. Your location will have the ideal temperature as determined by you. Whether you prefer a constant temperature while home or your ideal temperature changes throughout the day, a digital setback thermostat allows you to program your ideal heating and cooling levels.

How do I get a digital setback thermostat?

Digital setback thermostats can be installed by your local HVAC technician. Proper installation is important to ensure correct use and optimal benefits. Having a digital setback thermostat installed will bring benefits for years to come.

Upgrade your Boise home thermostat today! Just Call Wickstrom Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling at (208) 466-9447, and see what advantages a new digital setback thermostat can do for your home.

Heater Troubles? Get a Tune-Up!

Signs Your Heating Unit Needs a Tune-Up


Boise HVACAn HVAC system and heating units themselves can be expensive items to repair, regular maintenance should be undertaken by a qualified company, like ourselves, at least once a year. By completing regular maintenance a homeowner can often avoid the major issues of costly repairs and extend the average 12 year lifespan of a heating system, with the added benefit of lower utility bills often added into the bargain.

Leaking Water Around the Furnace

A common symptom many people find they have with their HVAC system is the issue of water puddling around the base of the furnace, which can be a sign that the system is encountering the first symptoms of problems that could grow over time.

Our company understands how and why these issues occur and will work with the homeowner in a bid to resolve the issue quickly and easily during a routine maintenance checkup that takes place during the times the system is not often used in the Fall and Spring.

Strange Noises can be Heard

A sign that all is not well in the heating system is usually the fact that strange noises can be heard coming from the system, these commonly occur during the period the system is starting up.

These noises can often be handled with ease by our team of technicians who will often find the problem is the loosening of parts over time as the heating system is in use for prolonged periods of time. Sometimes further repairs are needed, but by keeping up with the required maintenance the costliest repairs can often be avoided.

Not Feeling as Hot as the Year Before

Maintenance of a heating system is paramount to the interior comfort level being maintained. Many homeowners call our service after beginning to feel as though they are not as comfortable as they were in previous years within their home, often the heat will turn on and off at irregular intervals to make it difficult for the home to reach the desired heat level.Boise HVAC TuneUp

By completing regular maintenance on the heating system the individual homeowner will see most of these problems be avoided as our technicians will take care of the issues before they become a major problem during a scheduled tuneup.

Is the heater in your Boise area home not working  quite like it used to? Call Wickstrom Plumbing at  208-466-9447 for a professional tuneup!  

Keep Home Cozy: Fix Your Furnace!

Do You Need a New Furnace

 Most homes have furnaces. They keep the home warm in fall and winter and work with the air-conditioning system to keep the home cool in spring and summer. Boise FurnaceHowever, most people don’t know how old there furnace is and when it was last replaced. The older the furnace the less energy efficient it’s likely to be. Older furnaces are also more likely to leak heat and gas, and are prone to breakdowns. Old furnaces are also more likely to explode and do damage to the home and cause serious injury or death. For this reason it is important to consider evaluating your furnace for repairs, or installing a new furnace.

Do You Need a New Furnace?There are four factors you should consider when trying to decide if you need a new furnace. You should consider the age of your furnace, how efficient it is, the cost of the fuel it take to run your furnace and your home’s “heating load”-the amount of energy it takes to keep the indoor temperature at about 65 degrees or so. If your furnace is more than 20 years old, it should be replaced. Newer gas furnaces use as much as 97% of the energy in the fuel it burns. This can save homeowners as much as 20% on their heating costs not matter what the price of gas or heating oil is currently. No matter what your heating load is, you could save money in the long run.

What are the benefits of a new furnace?An effective furnace can save you lots of money on your energy bills because new furnaces are more energy-efficient. Depending on the type of furnace you purchase, you may be entitled to rebates from the government. Plus new furnaces come with warranties which cover most replacement parts. This saves you money in the rare instance your new furnace does break down. A good furnaces are also safer and quieter than older ones.

A new furnace can not only provide your family with more warmth during the coldest months of the year, but it could also raise the value and safety of your property.Choosing the right furnace

The size furnace you need, its efficiency, and the type of fuel it uses are the most important considerations when choosing a furnace. Discuss the size of your home and your heating needs with an experienced HVAC professional and they will help you to understand your options when it comes to choosing a furnace.

Is the furnace in your Boise home not pushing out the proper heat? Get this taken care of by Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling, and call (208) 350-6413 today to get the furnace replaced.

Get the Purified Air You Deserve

How Does an Air Purifier Work? 

Most Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. Most of the pollutants easily pass through the throat or nose directly into your lungs. Air purifiers are designed to help remove odors and airborne particles from air passing through a filter.

You can protect yourself and your family from air pollution by purifying the air. Air purifiers can remove those pollutants, making that air safe. Three steps are involved in air purification.

First, the dirt air is brought in using fans via an intake grill that is normally found on the back or the front of the unit. Then, the air passes through filters. This removes all the pollutants, allergens and any other pollutants from the air.

The last step involves redistribution of the purified air. A powerful fan distributes the purified air back into the room. Some air purifiers come with ionizers that produce negatively charged ions. These ions attach to pollen, dander and other positively charged impurities to form larger particles. The larger particles are easily trapped by the filter.

Choosing the Right Air Purifier

Choosing the right air purifier for your home can be challenging. You may need to consult an expert to help you in selecting your purifier. You can also follow these steps when choosing your air purifier. To start with, you need to select the room size. This will help choose a purifier that fully fits in your room. You also need to identify the problem that you should address. You can buy an air purifier to remove dust, allergens, eliminate odors or reduce germs. Select a cleaner with the highest clean air delivery rate.

How Does an Air Purifier Help your Home?

Air purifier can improve the health of your family. It removes dust, allergens, reduces gems and eliminates odors. Removing these pollutants saves your family from respiratory diseases.

Contaminated air can damage the lungs, cause coughing, chest pain, throat irritation and shortness of breath. It can also worsen respiratory elements such as asthma and lower the ability of your body to resist respiratory infections.

People who have allergy and asthma are more prone to adverse effects of high levels of contaminants in air. You reduce asthma attacks when you purify indoor air. This can save you from spending money on treating such ailments.

Want the fresh purified air in your Boise home? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 350-6413 and breathe in the purified air you deserve.

Read This Before Your Next Furnace Purchase

What is the Importance of a Properly Sized Furnace?


Boise HeatingThe cold and blustery days are upon the nation. It is necessary to keep your house or business supplied with heat against the throws of mother nature. Most people have a furnace on their property for this need. However, if the system is too big or too small, it causes a number of problems including safety and danger issues.

– Efficiency and Lower Costs

If the system is too big the consumer is paying to operate oversized equipment. If the system is too small the cost is paying for the system to run constantly and face possible equipment failure.

– Comfort

When the wrong sized heating system is used it will effect the amount of times that the heater turns on and off. This creates a warm and cold cycle in the building. The heaters will not turn on at the proper times and therefore the person will experience hot and cold spots in the overall heating of the space. Heating systems that are oversized pump more air than is necessary into the space causing these drafts.

– Air Quality

Having the correct size of furnace will ensure that the air in the building is being processed and cleaned at the proper rate. As well as breathing concerns, the proper sized system will also help to eliminate moisture problems from oversized systems that can often encourage the growth of mold and mildew.

Dangers of Having a Wrongly Sized Furnace System

– Rust
When the furnace is too large for the area it needs to heat, it heats it too fast and shuts off too quickly. When this happens rust can form in the exchanger and rust it out from the inside. This frequent off and on of the furnace also puts extra stress on the exchanger causing it to experience stress fractures over time.

– Carbon Monoxide

When the exchanger experiences cracks and breaks it allows deadly carbon monoxide to enter the home. This odorless and colorless gas is deadly. All buildings should have carbon monoxide detectors to protect the inhabitants for this type of emergency.

When it comes to heating systems, bigger is not better. Finding the correct sized system for the area to be heated is essential to the efficiency, function, and safety of the occupants of the building. Consult a professional heating and cooling service to choose the right sized heating system for the space.

Instead of considering a furnace replacement on your own, leave this type of work to Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling. Hiring a professional can help you to preserve your property and your money, call us today at (208) 466-9447 for quality services in Boise.