Why Preventative Maintenance is Important for your HVAC System

 

Just as your vehicle needs regular service to ensure that everything is operating correctly, your heating and cooling equipment should be inspected and adjusted to achieve optimum performance. You might choose to put off that service for your vehicle, but you know that there could be serious consequences in the long run. Similarly, failing to maintain the HVAC system regularly, can lead to serious problems. By choosing a preventive maintenance plan, you can take advantage of timely service to help reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown.

 

HVAC maintenance enables you to begin the season with reliable and efficient service from your home comfort equipment. You can reap numerous benefits from regular preventive care, including:

  • * Improved efficiency – annual efficiency loss for normal system use can be five percent or more and a tune-up can counteract this loss.
  • * Identification of faulty parts – a mechanical system experiences wear over time, and regular HVAC maintenance allows for worn out or broken parts to be repaired or replaced as needed.
  • * Averting system problems – regular maintenance can reduce the potential for a later breakdown by as much as 95 percent. While it is impossible to avoid all HVAC repair, preventive care can save a lot of money  on unanticipated cooling emergencies.
  • * Longevity of your equipment – you can expect quite a few years of service from an air conditioner. Regular maintenance reduces the risk of early equipment failures and costly upgrade needs.

A maintenance plan allows you to take care of your equipment and identify problems early. You will be able to manage your home comfort levels effectively throughout the year. Make sure to contact us, and we can schedule an appointment to inspect the air conditioner for your home. Noticing a sign of an issue early can help save you money, as well as wear and tear on the HVAC unit.

 

The Right Thermostat for Your Home

 

A programmable thermostat allows you to create and maintain preprogrammed settings for hours and days of the week. This applies for when you are home, away at work, or even vacation. By having the temperature in you home programed based on when you are home or at work, you can save money on monthly energy bills. You can program the thermostat to turn on an hour before you arrive home, so you can come home to comfort.

 

Programmable thermostats are different from non-programmable thermostats because they can adjust to the temperature in your home at different times of the day, or days of the week without you having to be there. Many models also come with additional features like backlit displays, touch pad, or voice programming for the thermostat. Some also include indicators that let you know when it is time to change the air filters.

 

Programmable thermostats have become popular because of their ability to save on the cost of energy. The thermostats can also automatically store settings and repeat the settings each day. The thermostat can still be manually set, and override the pre-set program when needed. Programmable thermostats can have your HVAC system operate less frequently. It will also result in consuming less energy and creating lower utility bills because energy will only be produced when it is needed.

 

Programmable thermostats come with the ability to program the temperature in your home, based on your schedule. Typically, there are three different models of programmable thermostats you can choose between for your home.

 

The 7-day models are best if your schedule is different each day of the week. This type offers the most flexibility because different temperature setting can be programmed for each day of the week. If the hours in your home vary each day, this model may be the best for your home.

 

The 5-2-day models allow you to program the temperature settings so they are consistent during the weekdays. A second program setting is for Saturday and Sunday. This way you can control the temperature differently during the week and weekend.

 

The 5-1-1 models are best used if your weekday schedule is consistent, and typically Saturdays and Sundays are different. You can always override the preprogrammed system to ensure that your home is at a temperature you want it to be at.

 

 

Spring Maintenance for your Air Conditioner


As the seasons start to change, make sure to set aside some time to get your HVAC system inspected and cleaned. Over time, the system can have a build up of dirt and debris, which can result in reduced efficiency when they choke off airflow to your condenser. A quick way to start off HVAC maintenance season right is to clear away any debris from this critical component, making sure plants are a safe distance away. A way to avoid condenser buildup is through the use of a cover during the off season. If you are using a cover, make sure you remember to remove it before kicking the air conditioner on. Condenser covers can block airflow and reduce efficiency if they remain on your unit.

Your furnace filter acts as a buffer between the air you breathe and any potential contaminants. Making sure it is clean is important not just in the spring, but during each season. Some homes may only need two changes, during the fall and winter, while other homes may need filter changes as frequently as once per month. It all depends on your particular home. Make sure you are regularly checking your furnace filter and we can advise you when the filter should be changed.

Both your condenser and air distribution component, either an air handler or furnace, need power in order to work. This may seem ridiculous, but a switch or fuse may have blown and you wouldn’t even know it. If your air conditioner won’t turn on, look here first. If it does not seem like this is the issue, make sure you turn off your equipment immediately and call a professional. If you notice an issue between visits, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the system for you.

Improve the Air in Your Home with a Clean Filter

 

It is important to have the best quality in your home. This will help the overall health and breathing of you and your family. Many people seem to assume that air pollution is a problem that only happens outside. Oftentimes the indoor air quality can actually be worse than outdoor air quality due to improper ventilation.

 

 

One factor that impacts the quality of indoor air is the cleanliness of the ductwork through which it must pass. Duct cleaning is not something most people do as a normal part of their regular household chores. If you want to help your health, make sure to periodically have the ductwork cleaned professionally.

Additionally, some houseplants can help improve indoor air quality. Any plants will help by giving off oxygen, but some plants do far more by also absorbing high levels of pollutants. Aloe Vera is one of the top five household plants for cleaning the air. Since it is a desert plant, it requires relatively little water or other attention, making it an excellent choice for anyone whose primary goal in purchasing a plant is to clean the air.

 

Make sure inspect the filter regularly. Filters are designed to capture dust and other pollutants that might be in the air of your home. Overtime, the filters will become clogged with this. If you are not sure how often to clean or replace your filter, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you of the correct schedule. This can help to keep the air in your home the best it can be.

 

Why Programmable Thermostats are Beneficial in your Home

 

Adding a programmable thermostat to your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit is an easy project that you can quickly do on your own. You simply purchase a thermostat, and then remove your old unit from the wall, noting where and how the wires are connected. Next, you connect the wires to your new thermostat. It’s important to read over your new thermostat’s installation and setup guide in order to take advantage of all that it can offer your system. You can also contact us and we can install the programmable thermostat for you.

 

There are several benefits for having a programmable thermostat, the first one is that you will save money in the long run. With programmable thermostats, you can adjust the temperature to the exact point of your own personal comfort. For every degree you raise or lower the temperature in your home during the heat of the summer or the cold of winter, you can save up to 2 percent on your utility bill. You can create a schedule that follows your family’s routine, and keeps the temperature warm while you’re there, but eases up on the energy usage when you are away.

With the help of a programmable thermostat, your family and friends can feel more comfortable in your home all year long, and you can avoid major hot or cold spots in different areas of your house.

Using a programmable thermostat can eliminate all of that time spent in front of your manual device. You can set a schedule one time per season, and then forget about it, so you can focus on feeling comfortable instead.

Another benefit of programmable thermostats is that they allow you to take advantage of the different times of day and the temperature variations depending on the position of the sun and the season. During the colder parts of the year, you can reduce your heating power and let the warmth of the sun help take over the warming duties. During the cold winter nights, you will likely need to boost your HVAC’s heating power to help keep your family comfortable.

Spending the small amount of money that is needed for a programmable thermostat can be one of the most cost effective investments for your residence. You can expect to take advantage of additional energy savings that may be reflected in a lower utility bill. If you have any questions about a programmable thermostat, contact us, and we can advise you on the options.

 

Why Cleaning the Ductwork is Important

 

 

You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if you notice visible mold growth inside hard surface ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists. Also notice if the ducts are infested with vermin, rodents, or insects. Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for mold growth is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits.

How to Prevent Duct Contamination

Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, committing to a good preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination.

To prevent dirt from entering the system:

Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system. Also remember to change filters regularly. If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently. Be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.

During construction or renovation work that produces dust in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust. Remove dust and vacuum your home regularly. (Use a high efficiency vacuum cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts).

If you need to have the ductwork cleaned in your home, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the system, and schedule a cleaning. This can help the air in your home to be clean, as well as having an efficient furnace.

Maintaining the Filter for your Furnace

 

When the furnace heats up, another control turns on the blower fan, which circulates warm air throughout the house. In the case of a hot-water system, a pump circulates hot water into radiators located throughout the house.

 

It is best to have us conduct inspections and adjustments on your furnace. This way we can ensure the parts and components are working efficiently with one another. When we inspect the HVAC system, we can check the furnace, thermostat, ductwork, and filter.

 

The best place to start on your furnace is with the filter. A dirty filter will cause excessive strain on your furnace, increase heating costs and reduce the life of your equipment. Make sure that the furnace filter has a cover over the slot, ensuring an efficient return-air system. Not having a cover poses a safety issue.

 

Also remember to never operate the furnace without a filter in. This can cause dirt and dust to get into the moving parts of the HVAC system, and causing further damage. It will also allow the dirt and dust to circulate back through the air in your home. If you or your family members suffer from allergies or asthma, having clean air in your home is important.

 

If you ever notice anything out of the norm with the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. This way we can inspect the furnace system for you, and keep it operating as efficiently as possible for you.

 

Reasons why you should Not Ignore Furnace Maintenance

 

Keeping your home warm and comfortable is important. To accomplish this, you should make sure that your HVAC system is inspected on a regular basis.
If you are not taking proper care of your furnace, the air filter becomes damaged and will produce poor and sometimes harmful air in your home. Because furnaces can clog, and clog quickly, dust, debris, and noxious mold can accumulate and cause serious harm to the air. If your filter cannot keep unwanted particles out any longer, the furnace and duct will have these airborne particles building up and infecting your home. When you ignore your heating and cooling systems for too long, there will be much worse consequences than just dust particles in the air. Over time, system neglect will make your home susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning. This poison is both odorless and colorless, so it’s extremely difficult to identify and can pose a serious and potentially deadly threat in your home.
No one wants to live in an uncomfortable home, but that’s unavoidable once your furnace dies. If you notice anything out of the norm with the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. This can help to prevent any further issues with the unit. It can also reduce the chance of a costly repair bill in the long run. If you are not sure how often the filters should be inspected or changed, we can also advise you on a schedule for them. This will help to capture the dirt and dust in the air of your home, keeping the air quality the best that it can be.

If the HVAC system is starting to wear out, you will be money ahead by purchasing a new one. This will reduce the amount of frequent repairs that would otherwise be needed on your old system. If you are not sure what system would be beneficial for your home, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct unit.

The Difference between a Furnace, Heater, and Boiler

 

In the middle of this frigid winter, you may wonder what device is causing your living room to maintain that comfortable 72 degree temperature. Most homes are equipped with a central heating system, though the parts that make up that heating system can be a bit confusing.

Heaters

 

A heater is really just a catch-all term for a device that heats up an environment. Central heating units tend to have a location for the heating device, be it in a machine room or attic or basement, where the heat is created and distributed throughout the building. These are quite common in most houses, apartment complexes, and commercial buildings.

A central heating system uses some form of energy combustion or release, be it from a furnace or furnace and boiler combination. Essentially, a furnace or boiler is the mechanism that produces the heat that your central heating system will then distribute to keep your home warm.

Furnaces

The first furnaces were stone or clay structures that used coal and/or wood to create intense heat. These furnaces were primarily used for ceramic work, such as with kilns, and smelting ore to create metal objects, tools, and materials. They are still the primary appliance in industrial metal production.

Modern day home furnaces tend to run off gas or electricity or induction (a reaction of electricity and metal to create heat). They are much safer and contained than their older counterparts, are the cornerstone for most modern central heating units, producing high amounts of heat that feed into a ventilation system and flow throughout all of the connected rooms.

Small furnaces, usually electrical, are often attached to boilers and water heaters to apply the necessary energy in order to give us hot showers and scalding sink faucets, or even to circulate heat from the boiler to heat our home.

Boilers

Often a smaller gas or electrical furnace is attached to the boiler, heats the water, and once the water has hit its boiling point, the heat is distributed through a series of pipes and ducts that make up your central heating system. This process is also applied to your water heater providing the warm water you need for washing clothes and dishes. Using a boiler can eliminate the need to have a separate traditional central heating system and hot water heater, and are highly efficient due to the fact that the steam is in a closed loop that recycles steam back into water to be boiled again.

Maintaining the Furnace Filters

 

The furnace and heating system is an important part of your home. Sometimes the filter is forgot about until a much larger issue forms. The other parts and components of the heating system should also be inspected. This includes the ductwork and thermostat. If the ductwork is clogged, air will not be able to get through as efficiently. If there are cracks or punctures in the ductwork, it could cause the heat to be lost. This will make the furnace work harder and longer than it should. With lost heat, it can end up costing you more money each month on heating bills. If you notice that the actual temperature is different than the set temperature, there could be an issue with the thermostat. Checking for issues early on can help to notice any signs of an issue. By catching an issue early on, you can help to prevent a much larger one from forming. It can also help to reduce the chance of a costly repair bill when it is fixed.

 

 

The filter is an important part of the furnace. Without a filter, the life of the furnace will be significantly reduced. It will cause parts to becoming worn out sooner than they should. This is because the dirt and debris will cover the interior of the heating system. It will also result in poor quality air being distributed throughout your home from the ductwork. The filter is designed to capture and trap any dirt, debris, or pollutants that are in the air. This helps to prevent these harmful contaminants from going through the heating system. It is recommended to never run the furnace without a filter in it.

 

 

Since the filter captures the pollutants and dirt that are in the air, it is important to inspect the filter on a regular basis. The filter of the heating system should be kept as clean as possible. When inspecting the filter, make sure to clean it off as best you can. Also check when it is recommended to change the filter. Over time, the filter will become so clogged that it will not be able to allow the air through efficiently. When this happens, a replacement of a new filter will be needed. If you are unsure how often the filter should be changed, we can help to recommend a schedule for you.

 

 

By investing in a good quality filter and inspecting it regularly, you can help to improve the quality of air in your home. The filter will capture the dirt and pollutants to avoid them going through the ductwork. This will also prevent the debris from being blown out through the registers and vents in the home. You can also contact us and we can advise you when the filter should be inspected and changed.