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.

 

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.

Getting Your HVAC System Ready this Fall

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As the cooler temperatures approach, you will want to turn off the air conditioner, and get your furnace ready for winter. The most important thing you can do is to have it inspected on a regular basis. This way we can inspect the parts and components to ensure that it will be operating efficiently.

 

Make sure that the filter is always cleaned and inspected. The filter will help capture dirt, dust, and other particles that are in the air of your home. If you are not sure how often to change the filter, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on when the filter should be inspected, and when it should be changed. This can help keep the air in your home as clean as possible for you and your family.

 

Also be aware of any odd noises you hear. This could indicate that a part has worn and will need to be replaced. If you ignore an issue, over time it will become worse and cause further damage to the HVAC system. Contact us, and we can inspect the system for any issues. We can also check the ductwork, thermostat, and the unit itself for any damage or cracks.

 

Since the ductwork is the part of the unit that carries the air through your home, it is important that it is in the best condition possible. If there is damage to the ductwork, it can cause air to leak out. Over time, this can result in a higher monthly energy bill. By having the unit inspected, you can save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Saving Money on your HVAC System

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When you own a home, you will want to keep it in the best condition possible. No matter if you are running the air conditioner when it is hot, or you turn on the heater when the temperature gets cooler, you will want the system to be as efficient as possible. There are also some tips you can do in order to reduce your monthly energy bills.

 

The most beneficial thing you can do is to keep the HVAC system clean. Whenever your air conditioner or heater is not performing at peak efficiency, it can result in using more power and correlates to more money being spent.

 

Also make sure that the system is inspected for any cracks or leaks. When air leaks are present in your home, your air conditioning and heating systems are working harder to either cool or heat your entire home, leading to a high energy bill. Check your doors, windows, and even ductwork to confirm if any leaks are evident, and then make sure you seal them.

 

You can also install a programmable thermostat. To make sure that no energy is wasted throughout the day, having a programmable thermostat enable you to set specified temperatures whenever you are home or not.

 

If you ever notice anything out of the norm with your HVAC system or an increase in energy bill, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the system to check for anything out of the norm. This way you can have a reliable system, while also being cost efficient through the year.

Know what a Programmable Thermostat is for your Home

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A programmable thermostat can be beneficial for your home. It will allow you to set the temperature as you want, depending on the day and also the time of day. These are beneficial if you have a regular schedule for you and your family. You can set the thermostat so the HVAC system does not operate when you are away. It can then be set to turn back on just before you arrive home. This makes the home comfortable and pleasant to be in.

A programmable thermostat works by sensing the air temperature, switching on the air conditioner when the air temperature rises above the thermostat setting, and switching it off once this set temperature has been reached. So, a programmable thermostat lets you choose what times you want the air conditioner to be on, and what temperature it should reach while it is on.

It will allow you to select different temperatures in your home at different times of the day, and days of the week to meet your particular needs.  Turning a programmable room thermostat to a lower setting will not make the room cool down any faster. How quickly the room cools down depends on the design of the cooling system and HVAC unit.

You can program the thermostat the same way for when you are sleeping. The temperature can be adjusted so the HVAC system does not have to operate as much. You can then set it so the temperature is at the desired degree for when you wake up in the morning.

If you are not sure what type of programmable thermostat is right for you, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the one that is best for your home.

 

Proper Maintenance for the HVAC System

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When you own a home, you will want it to be as comfortable as possible. Part of this includes inspecting the HVAC system regularly. If you are not sure how often to inspect the HVAC system, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you on the schedule. By having the air conditioner maintained, you can help prevent further issues in the long run. If it is well maintained, then you can also save on monthly energy bills.

 

Make sure to check the filter on the air conditioner. Over time it can catch dirt and dust that are in the air of your home. The filter should be replaced regularly to ensure good quality air is in the home. If you notice the system is no longer efficient, it could be from a poor filter. If you are not sure when to replace the filter, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on how often the filter should be changed.

 

Also remember to check the ductwork. If there are punctures or damage to the ductwork, the air that is produced can leak out of the system. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us and we can inspect it for you. When we inspect it, if we notice an issue we can repair it so the ductwork is efficient again.

 

Anytime you notice something out of the norm for the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. This will help you save money in the long run and keep the system lasting as long as possible.

Why Programmable Thermostats are Beneficial

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If you want to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, one thing you can benefit from is a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to fine-tune the temperature in your home for every hour of every day. You can enjoy the optimal level of comfort when you are at home and active, and your thermostat will save you money by automatically adjusting the temperatures when you are away or asleep.

 

Most of the programmable thermostats you can purchase come with user friendly digital displays that make it easy for you to set them. Many models let you differentiate between weekday and weekend programs. Some devices are Wi-Fi enabled, so you can change the settings from your computer, smart phone, or tablet. Others come with thoughtful extras such as alerts that tell you when it is time to change your air filter. Virtually all of the models on the market today let you manually override the setting whenever you like without losing your preset programming.

For each degree that you adjust the setting over an eight-hour period, you can expect to shave one percent off your heating or cooling bill. During the summer, program the device to raise the temperature in your home a few degrees while you are away at work or when you retire for the night, and you can reduce your cooling costs by up to twenty percent.

If you have any questions about the programmable thermostat, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the options and recommend which thermostat would be right for your home.

Summer Care for the Air Conditioner

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You will want to make sure that your air conditioner is operating efficiently and at top performance levels this summer. It is important to schedule an appointment with us so we can inspect the air conditioner. We can check the parts and components of the system and advise you if there is an issue.

 

One of the first things you should do is check the filter on a regular basis. The air filter that is dirty will cause your air conditioning to run less efficiently. We recommend installing a new filter every month during the summer for central and window air conditioners. Air conditioning needs more air flow than heating so it is very important that the air filter does not go past the 50% used or plugged mark. Anything past the 50% point will affect your air conditioner performance and will increase the power consumption.

If you have any leaks in your ductwork, you could lose up to 30 percent of your airflow. For window units, foam works wonders for sealing gaps between the unit and window frame, which is a common way for hot air to get in and cool air to get out.

The more your system runs, the faster it breaks down. When you are not at home, turn your system off or set it to a higher temperature. For central systems, installing a programmable thermostat can let you set temperatures and even adjust them while you are away from home. You can also extend the life of your air conditioning system by keeping your blinds or shades down during the day and installing awnings to shield windows from direct sunlight. If you have ceiling fans, use them along with your air conditioner to help circulate cooled air more efficiently.

 

Tips to Improve your Air Quality

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Overall, you will spend a majority of time in your home. This makes sense then that you will want the air quality to be the best it possible can be. Having good, clean, quality air circulating in your home can help improve the health of those in it.

 

Since there are contaminants and pollutants swirling around the atmosphere that can cause allergies and respiratory conditions, it is important to have one or more preventive tools in your home. By doing so, you can help improve the indoor air quality.

 

The first thing is to make sure the ductwork is clean. Dust particles tend to accumulate over time in your duct system. We recommend having the ductwork inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. This can help ensure that the indoor air quality being distributed through your home is in the best condition possible.

You might also want to invest in a dehumidifier. Densely humid air can also cause breathing problems. Dehumidifiers can help to remove excess moisture in the air and improve your breathing within minutes. If you are not sure what type of dehumidifier to purchase, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct one for you home and lifestyle.

Having an Efficient Air Conditioner this Summer

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Keeping your air conditioner in good condition and efficient is important. This will help you to have cool and comfortable air in your home while you are there. If you start to notice an issue with the air conditioner as it operates, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.

 

One of the most important things you can do for the air conditioner is to have the filter inspected regularly. This filter is needed to help collect dirt and dust that are in the air of your home. Over time the filter can become clogged with dirt that is in the air of your home. This will require it to be replaced with a new filter. If you are not sure what type of filter you need for your air conditioner, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct one.

 

You will also want to have the ductwork inspected. If there is air leaks from the ductwork, you could be wasting cool air that is produced from the air conditioning system. We can also schedule a time where the ductwork should be cleaned. If you notice poor air flow through your home, there could be an issue with the ductwork. Make sure to contact us as soon as possible and we can inspect it for you.