Checking the HVAC Filter

HVAC Filter

 

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.

Remember Regular Maintenance

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Keeping your home cool and comfortable in the summer is important. In order to do so, you will want to make sure that the system is properly maintained. This should include a regular maintenance check, as well as looking at the parts anytime you notice an issue. By catching the issue right away, you help to prevent further problems with the parts, or other parts as well. Maintenance for the HVAC system can save you money in the long run as well.

Filter Maintenance

One part that is often forgot about is the filter. The filter should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure it is free of dirt and dust build up. If you notice it is dirty, you can clean it. There are also times that you should change the filter. This will help provide good filter maintenance for the air conditioner. If you are not sure how often the filter will need to be changed, contact us and we can advise you on the schedule. This way you can help to ensure that the filter is always as clean as it should be.

Noticing Noises

If you notice any odd noises, make sure to have a scheduled appointment so we can inspect it. Over time the parts will start to wear with one another. If these noises are ignored, then more damage could be done to the air conditioning system. This runs the risk of it going out when you will need it on hot humid days. If the noise gets worse or is more often, immediate action should be taken. You also run the risk that the system will not work efficiently, causing a higher energy bill at the end of each month. By having regular maintenance and proper inspections done, you can help to ensure the air conditioning system it working the best that it can for your home.

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

Variable Speed

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.

 

Keeping the Air Quality Ideal in your Home

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The combustion pollutants can be gases or particles that come from burning materials in your home. This can include gas stoves, water heaters, dryers, and others that are either improperly vented or not vented at all. Types and amounts of pollutants produced will vary depending on how well the appliance was installed. It is also affected by how it is maintained, and vented, as well as what kind of fuel it uses. A few common combustion pollutants include carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. These are both of which are colorless, odorless gases.

Remove pollutants

There can also be pollutants in the air of your home as well. These are found in household products, including paints and varnishes, cleaning and disinfecting supplies. You will also find them in pesticides, craft materials like glues, adhesives, and permanent markers, air fresheners and other synthetic fragrances, dry-cleaned clothing, carpets, sealing caulks and solvents. You can purchase an air purifier to help remove these from the air in your home.

Notice signs of asthma

Asthma and allergy triggers can also reduce the air quality in your home. Some household triggers include mold, dust mites, pollen, secondhand smoke, and pet dander are some. At any given time a home may have mold growing on a shower curtain, dust mites in pillows, blankets or stuffed animals. Also, cat and dog hair on the floor and upholstery.

There are some things you can do to improve the air quality. Open the windows as much as possible, even just for a few minutes. Clean or change all the filters in your house regularly, particularly if you use an air conditioner, air purifier, and vacuum. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us. This way we can advise you on the correct schedule that you should follow to have clean air in your home. Adjust your humidity levels accordingly with a moisture or humidity gauge, this will help improve the air.

Ideal in-home humidity levels should hover around 45%. Humidity under 30% is too dry, and humidity over 50% is too high and can contribute to mold growth. To increase humidity, use a vaporizer or humidifier. To decrease humidity, open the windows, turn on a fan or air conditioner, or use a dehumidifier. If you think there is poor air quality in your home, contact us and we can inspect it. By doing so, you can help to breathe easier. You will also have better air quality in your home as well.

Regular Inspections this Summer

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Having regular inspections done this summer help improve the efficiency of your air conditioner. You will stay cool while also avoiding emergency breakdowns. This also helps to save money on your energy bills. A well maintained air conditioning unit would run more efficiently, use less energy, and cost less money to run. Properly maintained systems will last longer before needing to be replaced. If you are not sure how often to inspect the air conditioner, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you on the correct schedule.

Importance of Air Conditioner Maintenance

Replacing your air conditioner air filter is important. If you have a reusable filter, then cleaning it is one of the most important regular maintenance. It should be done every month during high-use seasons, as well as once during the fall and spring. You can locate the filter behind the return air grille on a wall or ceiling in a central room of the house. Also inside the blower compartment of the air handler, or in a slot on the side, bottom, or top of your system. When the filter becomes full of dirt, dust, or other air pollutants, the airflow will decrease. This will make your system work harder than it should have to. The air flowing through your system may also become dirtier, dustier, and prone to triggering allergy and asthma symptoms.

System inspections

Before the air conditioner is worked on, make sure to turn off the unit. Do this at the service disconnect on your outdoor unit or at the main breaker panel of your home. Then the access panel should be removed on the condensing unit and see if you see any signs of overheating. This can included melted insulation on wires, blackened or burned-looking wires.

Also do inspections for the thermostat to make sure it’s working properly and keeps your home at the right temperature. If you have an older thermostat, you may want to consider upgrading to a programmable model. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature higher when no one is home. It also will cool the house down about 30 minutes before people arrive home for the evening. That way you will always have a comfortable home waiting for you. You will also save energy and money by not having your air conditioner running all day when no one is at home.

Over time leaves, dirt, grass clippings and the like will build up on the outside of the air conditioner unit. This results in decreasing system capacity and reducing airflow. Regular inspections can help improve the efficiency of the air conditioning unit.

 

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.

The technology for your HVAC System

HVAC technology

Technology advancements are always being developed for the HVAC systems on the market. We will inspect your home and advise you on the right system for you. Anytime you notice something out of the norm, make sure to contact us. This will help you save time, money, and stress in the long run. Having a technician inspect the system can ensure all the parts are working correctly. The ductwork, thermostat, and general unit should all be inspected. With new HVAC technology available for homes, we can advise you on the best options. Programmable thermostats are a popular option. Some programmable thermostats can be controlled by your smart phone.

Geothermal

Geothermal technology works by drawing energy, out of the earth. When you need to heat your home, the geothermal heat pump pulls the heat from the ground and distributes it into the system. As the house needs to be cooled, this system is reversed. It draws warmth out of the home. You can also get hot water from geothermal technology. This results in allowing this to be a smart option for your home. A home is not always able to have geothermal energy, so contact us. We can inspect your home, location, and other things to ensure that geothermal energy is beneficial for you.

 

Remember Maintenance

No matter what HVAC system you have, it is always important to have it maintained. If you are not sure of the regular schedule, make sure to contact us. A maintenance schedule will benefit your HVAC system. Proper inspection and maintenance will save you money in the long run. If you notice an issue between visits, contact us. Changing the filter regularly can help with the efficiency of the system as well. Make sure the filter is the correct size. We can recommend the best filter for your HVAC system, and your household. With all the options for HVAC technology, make sure to take advantage of this. These options can offer you an easier way to care and look after your home.