Proper HVAC Maintenance

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The HVAC system in your home is important. You will want to make sure it is inspected and checked on a regular basis. When you are not sure how often this should be done, make sure to contact us. We will provide you a schedule of when certain maintenance tasks should be done. Also it is important to have these performed on a regular schedule. When these tasks are done, then the system can operate as correctly as possible. If you do notice an issue between visits, make sure to contact us and we can come and inspect the source of the issue for you. Having it properly maintained will help improve the longevity of it as well.

HVAC Filter

Checking the filter is also very important. When the HVAC operates, it pulls air in and that passes through the filter of the system. Over time, the filter will become clogged and will eventually need to be replaced. By checking it on a regular basis, you can help ensure it is clean and clear. Sometimes you can vacuum the filter, but when it is needed, a full replacement is recommended for the filter. If you are not sure what type of filter you need, we will be able to recommend the right one.

Noticing Issues

You should also be aware of any odd noises or sounds that come from the unit. Clunks, squealing, or grinding are all signs of an issue with the unit. These noises may come from the unit itself, from the register or vents, or even from the ductwork. As noises are a sign of an issue, you will want to make sure you contact us so we can do a complete inspection of the HVAC system. This should also include all the components of it as well. By keeping it properly maintained, you will help save money in the long run. The unit will also last as long as possible when you keep it maintained.

Checking the HVAC Filter

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The HVAC filter system is an important component for your home. Make sure that you schedule the proper maintenance inspections needed for the air conditioner. If you are not sure how often this should be, we will gladly advise you on an appropriate schedule based on your home and lifestyle. Checking all the parts and components is a vital part of HVAC maintenance. Doing so will help increase the longevity and efficiency of your system in your home. It will also mean there is a decreased chance of an unexpected breakdown from occurring when you least expect it.

Cleaning the HVAC filter

The filter should be a part that you do not forget about. You can check the filter on a regular basis. Make sure it is clean and free of dirt and dust. This is typically collected from the pollutants that can be in the air of your home. If the filter is dirty, make sure that you clean it. Also know when the proper schedule is for replacing the filter for your air conditioner. You will also want to make sure that the filter is the correct brand and size that you need. Using a filter that is not designed for your air conditioner can cause issues. It will either damage the system, or it will no longer be efficient because it will not capture the pollutants.

Replace when needed

Filters are vital to help keep the air quality in your home the best it can be. Without them, the air may become stale and have a higher amount of dirt and dust. The filter will also help to keep the dust from the parts of the HVAC system. Always remember to have a filter in the system when it operates. Failure to do so can result in the parts wearing and becoming damaged much sooner than they typically would. If you need a new filter for the air conditioner, contact us so we can make sure the right one is installed.

Keeping Cool in the Summer

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Summer means heat and humidity. If you air conditioner has not been properly maintained, this could mean that the heat and humidity are in your home as well. By not having the air conditioning and HVAC system inspected, you run a great chance for a breakdown. This could even be during one of the hottest days of the summer. If you notice anything out of the norm with the HVAC unit, especially this summer, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the system and look for what is causing the issue. This can make repairing it cheaper and quicker than if you allow the issue to get worse.

No longer Cooling

If you notice your home is no longer as cool as and comfortable as it used to be, there are some things you can do to check. Make sure the thermostat is set to the cool setting and is running. If the set temperature is different than the actual temperature, it may mean the thermostat is malfunctioning. It could also mean that the ductwork has been damaged and needs to be repaired. We can inspect the thermostat to ensure it is connected properly to the system.

Remember to Check the Filter

The filter should also be inspected on a regular basis. If you notice that it is dirty or clogged, it will need to be replaced. It is important that you get the right filter for your air conditioner and correct size as well. If you are not sure what type of filter to get, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the option. We can also inspect and change the filter as well. This will help the air conditioner to remain effective and efficient when you need it this summer. Always remember to never operate the air conditioner without a filter. This is because the dirt and dust it would collect, does damage to the parts of the air conditioner.

Air Conditioner Efficiency for your Home

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Keeping your air conditioner clean is important in the summer. Dirt, in the form of grass clippings, pet hair or mud will block the air flow. When this happens, you will notice a decrease in performance. Condenser coils need to be cleaned because they are exposed to the out door elements. You can maintain condenser coil efficiency by simply washing the unit. Turn off any electrical power first to your system. Note that the evaporator coils are harder to get at, so make sure to contact us. The visual check is not as simple as the condenser coils. All parts of the unit are in need of maintenance as well. Since the evaporator coil is continuously exposed to airflow circulated by the blower, it’s susceptible to buildup of dust or dirt. When airborne particles form a layer on coil surfaces, the refrigerant is diminished.

Thermostat Problems

If the air conditioner never shuts off, there may be an issue with your thermostat. Sometimes you may notice that the thermostat is not reading the temperature correctly. In this case, your air conditioner unit will continue running. An option to check the thermostat is to place another thermometer near the location of the thermostat. After an hour or two, check the reading. If it is at or near your desired home temperature, there may be a problem with your thermostat. Make sure to contact us so we can inspect the thermostat for you.

Air Leaks

Poor sealing can cause issues. Insufficient insulation is another common culprit, which can cause your unit to run constantly and inefficiently. If your home is not closed up tight while your air conditioning system is in use, you will lose the nice cool air. If there are air leaks in your basement, the air is then forced out. This can negatively impact your summer cooling bills and you will notice in increase in them as well.

Benefits of Variable Speed Air Conditioners

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You may notice that standard air conditioners can only turn either completely on or off, a variable-speed air conditioner can run at different speeds depending on the cooling needs of your home. When this happens, it helps the variable-speed air conditioners be energy efficient. Variable speed air conditioners adjust to the needs of your home. This way the air conditioner can run at a low setting most of the summer, saving you money in the long run.

How they Work

The main part of an air conditioner is the compressor of it. The variable-speed units have compressors that run at different speeds in order to cool at different rates. The compressor is responsible for pumping refrigerant to and from your indoor unit’s coils. The temperature When it is extremely hot out, the compressor will speed up and pump cool refrigerant to your home’s air handler more quickly. You will also notice the blower running at a higher speed. When the weather is more mild, the compressor slows down and cools your home more slowly. The air conditioner runs for longer periods, but at a lower, more efficient setting.

Benefits

The air conditioner can also save you more money. An air conditioner uses a spike of energy to start up each time. So the fewer times the air conditioner turns on, the more it saves. Also remember to adjust the setting. When the air conditioner does run, it’s usually at a lower, more energy efficient setting.

Even Temperatures

The longer run time of variable-speed air conditioners helps distribute the cool air more evenly throughout your home. That means fewer hot and cold spots. Since it runs at lower speeds, it’s also much quieter. You may hardly know the variable-speed air conditioner is there. Since variable-speed air conditioners run longer at slower speeds, they remove more humidity than their standard counterparts. That level of humidity control is especially comforting during the muggy summers. If you are looking to invest in a new air conditioner, make sure to contact us.

 

The Air Conditioning Filter for your Home

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Knowing when to change the filter for your air conditioner in your home is important. Several factors determine when your filters need to be changed. The main thing to remember is if it looks dirty, change it immediately. You should not wait until the filter is completely clogged, because that means your cooling system is not running at its full potential.

Type of Filter

One of the main indicators how often you need to change the filter in your home is what type of filter you buy.  Filters vary from each other in several ways. This is based on what materials they’re made with, if they are pleated or panel, the thickness, and other variations. The filter should be replaced based on the recommend schedule it has. Some can be changed monthly, while others can last several months. If you are not sure how often to change it, contact us, and we can advise you on the correct schedule.

Those in your Home

Another main factor in how often you should change the filter is based on who is living in the home. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies, the filter should be changed more often than recommended. This will help remove more of the allergens from the air in your home. If the filter is full and dirty, it won’t be able to trap them.

Do you have Pets?

Another occupant to consider when deciding how soon filters need to be changed is any pets that you have in your home. Most household pets shed, and their hair and dander gets everywhere. This includes the air and filters in your home. Over time, this will alter the performance of your cooling system. If you have several pets, you may need to change the filter more often. Also, depending on the time of the year, you will have to adjust when you change the filter. Your pets will shed more in during the summer, so you may have to check the filters more often.

Replacing a dirty filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy use by as much as 10 percent. Not only will it save you money on your energy bills, but it also can save you money on your cooling system. A dirty filter can restrict the air flow through the system, causing the air conditioner to work harder. This will cause wear and can create issues that possibly require repairs. It also leads to continuous wear and can lower the lifespan of the air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Maintenance is Important

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The air conditioning is important to keeping your home cool and comfortable. There are several parts you should inspect for the HVAC system as well. The ductwork carries the cooled air from the air conditioner throughout your home. However, if there are holes or breaks in the ducts, that expensive cooled air will be wasted. This also causes your air conditioner to work harder and drive up your energy bills.

Thermostat

Make sure to check the thermostat. Especially if you still have the old dial-type thermostats, they could be incorrectly calibrated. Your air conditioner will not be synced correctly from the control system. This problem is fairly easy to fix by replacing or re-calibrating your thermostats. If you have new programmable thermostats, sometimes these are difficult to program and they may be set incorrectly. If you still have the manual, check the instructions to make sure your thermostat’s settings are correct. You can also contact us and we can inspect the thermostat for you.

All the moisture that your air conditioner removes from the air has to go somewhere. It’s supposed to be removed from the space through a drain line, into a pan and finally down a drain. If the line or drain gets clogged or the pan gets full, the water can back up and damage your system. It can also result in water leaks that damage walls, ceilings, and furnishings in your home. If you don’t see it right away, you will eventually have mold growth. Having it inspected can help ensure that it is working efficiently.

Replace the Filter

You should also replace the air filters for your HVAC system. Airflow problems that lead to coils freezing are often caused by clogged air filters. If you are not sure how often to check the filter, make sure to contact us. We will advise you on the schedule to ensure the filter is clean and free of debris.

Check the ductwork

Also inspect the ductwork. You will want to repair it if there are any holes. If it seems like there’s not enough air coming from the registers, or your energy bills keep going up, have us look at the condition of your ductwork.

Make sure to take time and brush the debris away from around the unit that is outside. If the condenser or fan gets clogged with leaves, it will not work efficiently. It should also be cleaned of trash, dirt, and other debris. If the unit is clogged, it cannot get rid of the heat as effectively as it could otherwise. Noticing an issue early can help prevent time, money, and stress in the long run.

Spring HVAC Tune-Ups

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The spring season is the best time to have your air conditioner inspected. An early start is needed to help ensure the air conditioner will work efficiently. HVAC maintenance should be an annual priority. There are three reasons to place air conditioning at a high priority for the season.

Improve Air Quality

If you are sensitive to mold, dust or other airborne materials, you will want the best air quality. You may be surprised to discover that there can be some in your HVAC system. Your air filter plays a minor role in trapping these materials. Some pollutants can still pass it though, but it is only a small amount. As they settle on the coils in your air handling unit, they combine with moisture in the area. A layer of grime can develop. Sometimes this can be difficult to get rid of. It is an ideal spot for molt and bacteria to form. If you are not sure when to change the filter, make sure to contact us.

Clean the Ductwork

Some airborne particles continue along to your ducts. If you have never had duct cleaning performed on your system, now is an ideal time. Over time, the duct-work can be a home to insects, dust mites, and rodents when the HVAC system is not being used.

Spring Tuneups

Regular spring tune-ups can also help save you money. The layer on the indoor coils and dirt on the outside coils can be about 30 percent of a cooling bill if it is not maintained. Blockages and leaks in the ductwork can add 20 percent to the energy usage. Low refrigerant may result in another 20 percent or more in cooling energy required keeping your home comfortable.

You will want to make sure your air conditioner is ready to run when you flip the switch. Preventative care allows issues to be diagnosed before they become serious. While you will not avoid all potential breakdowns, you can reduce your potential for a malfunction. Make sure to contact us, so we can inspect the HVAC system for you this spring.

Why Preventative Maintenance is Needed

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Preventative maintenance for your air conditioner is important. You will want to make sure you contact us so we can inspect it. If you are not sure how often the system should be tuned up, contact us. We can advise you on a regular schedule so your HVAC system is working efficiently. Annual preventative maintenance enables your system to use energy more efficiently. Keeping it maintained should include cleaning the cooling coils, blades, and other components. By having it clean, it helps generate cool air more efficiently. The system will use less energy when it cools the air in your home this summer.

Extending the System’s Life

Regular maintenance is important to help it operated efficiently. One of the main reasons a HVAC system will fail early is due to lack of maintenance. Maintain your system each year and your system will maintain your comfort for years to come.

Improves Air Quality

As the air conditioning system is used, dirt and debris collect inside of it, which can lead to issues. These can be released into the air inside your home, decreasing the quality of the indoor air. When routine maintenance is done, we can clean the dirt and debris so that the pollutants do not contaminate the indoor air.

Less Repairs

When you have your heating system and air conditioner regularly maintained, you reduce the chances that you will face a costly emergency repair in the future. We can check for damaged or worn parts and will notify you of any need for a part replacement. The part should be replaced to prevent further damage and avoid a possible emergency call. Also cleaning and maintenance will also extend the life of your compressor. The compressor is an important part of the system and can be a very costly repair if it is damaged. During the summer, dirt and dust can collect on the cleaning coils. Dirty cleaning coils cause the compressor to work harder with age. By having the coils cleaned during our inspection, you can reduce the demand on the compressor and avoid a major repair.

 

HVAC System Care is Important

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For your HVAC system, now is the perfect time of the year to make ensure it is working efficiently. The weather is uncertain, mixing from snow to rain. March is the perfect time to inspect the filters for your furnace. It is also a great time to get on the list for the upcoming air conditioning season. You will want to make sure your air conditioner is ready to operate when you will need it this summer. Since late spring is a busy time for specialists, get ready now. To get on the waiting list, you can ensure the air conditioner will be ready when you need it to be.

Service now

Proper HVAC services now will not only help maintain comfort, but they also prepare your air conditioning. This is especially important for the coming summer and help the heating system close out the season on a strong note. If you have any questions with your system, make sure to contact us.

Spring maintenance is essential to ensure that an air conditioner will work in top condition during the coming hot weather and will not unnecessarily drain power. Maintenance has a long term benefit as well. This helps the air conditioner improve the longevity of it.

Noticing signs

No matter what warning signs you see from your furnace, heat pump, or other heating system, we advise that you call us. If you allow the problem to continue, it will worsen into a more expensive repair. This could cause extensive damage to the system. Sometimes a full replacement may be needed if you ignore the warning signs. Even if you think the problem is small, it is best to have it looked at. This can save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Knowing the age of your air conditioner is important. You will want to notice if it has shown signs that it’s wearing down. If it’s over 15 years old , it may no longer be efficient. Now is a perfect time to arrange to have a new system installed. If you have any questions, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the perfect air conditioner for your home.