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.

 

Why Regular Inspections are Needed

Regular inspections to your HVAC system are always important. By doing so, you can help the efficiency of the HVAC system. We will be able to inspect the parts and components of the HVAC system for you. If there is an issue, we can advise you on the options you have to repair and have it fixed before it becomes worse. If you ignore an issue, it will end up costing more in the long run. This is because you will use more energy, so the monthly energy bill will become higher as well. The parts and components may also start to fail if they are not working correctly with one another. As one part fails, it can cause damage and wear to the other parts as well.

 

You will want to be aware of any odd noises the HVAC system has. Noise that are a grinding or clunking noise should be a reason to worry. This means a part has worn and should be repaired or fixed as soon as possible. It will also help avoid that piece from failing and needed to be repaired as well. Even if you are in doubt, contact us. Checking it can help ensure that everything is working efficiently with one another. If you notice that there is a difference between the set temperature and actual temperature, it could be caused by the thermostat. Make sure that the thermostat is placed out of direct contact of the sun or windows. We can also check the location of the thermostat for you.

 

Remember to change the air filter in your system as well. Over time the dirt in your home can start to collect on the filter. When this happens, the system may run rougher. There will be extra strain and stress when trying to pull the air through the filter. If you are not sure what type of filter is needed for your system, contact us and we can advise you on the best one.

Keeping your Home Cool and Comfortable

 

HVAC units are not all about the cold or warm air that is pumped into your home. Whether you need air conditioning repairs or you want to install a new system, you want to be sure that you understand more about HVAC units and their options to be sure that you will get maximum value from the money that you are spending. From indoor air cleaners to solar heating and cooling to hybrid systems and more, you want to do your research to ensure that you will get what you want and what you are paying for. If you are considering purchasing a new HVAC unit or are thinking about repairing your own, you want to understand more about the systems in general. This can go a long way to allowing you to get the most value from the system that you choose, as well as get the system that you will be most comfortable with.

 

Ductwork is the foundation of any HVAC unit, unless you have a ductless air conditioning system, as it is the conduit in which your air travels from the unit into your home or business. Having the ducts in the right location in your rooms can make the difference between keeping your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Duct cleaning can keep these ducts efficient for your use and make sure that you have the best chance possible at keeping your home or business in a comfortable temperature zone.

 

The energy that your HVAC unit will run on is another decision maker that you will have to consider. Whether you choose energy-efficient boilers, a geothermal heating and cooling system, or a solar heating and cooling system, you will want to be sure that you consider your needs as your wants as far as energy usage. Whether you choose a system that will work entirely on alternative energy or you choose one of the many hybrid systems, you will find one that will work great for you.

 

Some optional things that you will want to consider in an HVAC unit are indoor air cleaners, in-floor heating, comfort zone finder, and more. While you may think that these are not necessary options, you may be surprised by how much that they can add to your home. Keeping the air clean can help to keep everyone healthier, while having a comfort zone finder can help you to save money on your electrical costs. If you are tired of your feet being cold when you walk around during the winter, in-floor heating may be something you want to consider. By thinking about your family and your life, you will be able to determine which optional features you want to include.

The Benefits of a Generator

 

There are several reasons why a generator can be installed on your house, no matter what age it is, would be a good idea for the future. By having a generator, you will be able to keep your home running in the time of a crisis or bad weather. If you have a generator, make sure to inspect it so it can operate efficiently when you need it to. You can also invest in a generator so that you will have one incase the power goes out. If you are not sure what type of generator is right for your home, make sure to contact us, and we can recommend one.

 

 

Even though there is the initial expense of the generator, that will pay for itself over the years as the power shuts on and off and you save in other ways. The first way is to think of the contents of your refrigerator and freezer. Having a standby generator to kick on when the power goes out will prevent any spoilage of the food. Therefore, since you do not have to empty the contents of the freezer or the fridge, you will save money. Restocking one or both can be very expensive and costly, especially if there was a large supply of meat on the inside. Another way generators save money is that if your own few lights, they will turn on during a power outage, then you can stay in your home. Even with minimal functions on, the house can be comfortable and lived in until the power comes back. Then there will be no expense for a hotel stay where the air is the right temperature and there are lights to see by.

 

Since the generator can run several functions through the house, then you can be comfortable. Your house will not be affected much because the generator will still run and power the air conditioning unit that will keep the house at a more comfortable level than if the power were to go completely off and leave you in the sweltering heat. The same is also true for the reverse conditions. Having a generator kick on during any electrical malfunction can also be a safety factor. No matter what type of device it is, with a generator on standby, then you know it will always work and be able to help your loved one, no matter if the real power is off for one hour or one whole day. If you need help deciding what type of generator is right for your home, make sure to contact us and we can recommend one based on your home.

Getting the Most out of your Air Conditioner

 

Most of the electricity used in the home during the warmer months is by the air conditioner. This is one area where homeowners can save money. By becoming aware of certain habits that need to change, the home will run more smoothly. The first tip for saving money is to choose the air conditioner size correctly. Sometimes, people think that bigger air conditioners will provide more home comfort and feel that it is the best for the home. This is not always true. Using an air conditioner unit that is too big for the home will not provide uniform temperatures or lessen humidification, so in this case, bigger is not necessarily better.

 

 

Placement of the thermostat and proper usage can help save money. Many times when people come home from work, they flip the thermostats to an excessively low level thinking it will make the air conditioner get colder faster. This is not true and can damage the unit and cost more money when the unit works harder to get to the low temperature. It will not enhance the air conditioning and repairs may be necessary from overuse. The placement of thermostats is another great factor to consider when saving money. It should never be located around warmer items, like televisions, lamps, or stereos. This could accidentally trick the thermostat into working harder than is required.

 

 

Another common mistake that wastes money is placing the air conditioner in a spot that collects heat. Just because there is an available space beside the house does not make it the best choice. Make sure that the unit is placed in a shady spot or else it will have to work harder than necessary. Being in direct sunlight hinders the unit from working properly. Similarly, you will not want to place it behind bushes or shrubs to hide the unit. This will obstruct ventilation and can clog the condenser coils so that repair is needed, along with making it less efficient to run.

 

 

If your home currently uses several window air conditioning units to provide home comfort, it would be less expensive to cool the area with ductless air conditioning. These units are revolutionary cooling solutions and situate in one or two story homes. Many homeowners are switching to the ductless air conditioning these days, due to the money saving factor of running traditional air conditioning units. If you have any questions about your current air conditioner, or if you are looking for a new one, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you on the options you have.

Setting the Thermostat to the Right Temperature

 

 

By installing the programmable thermostat, you can help to save money in the long run. This is because energy that is produced will not be wasted. You can set the thermostat based on when you are home, when you are away, and when you plan on getting home. This helps to ensure you come into your home with the temperature being as ideal as possible. There are several types of thermostats you can buy. One allows the week days to be set the same, and the weekend differently. This is great if you have a constant work schedule. There is also another model that you can set each day differently from one another. This is best if your days are different, or even other family member’s. If you are not sure on the best type of thermostat, we can advise you on your options and recommend one.

 

The thermostat should also be placed in a location away from sunlight, heat, cool air, and vents. This will help prevent it from having a false reading. When air is around it, the temperature set and actual temperature might differ significantly. If you notice this issue, contact us. We can inspect the thermostat in your home to ensure it is operating as efficiently as possible for you. If there is a problem, we can make sure that it is fixed as soon as possible. This will help keep your home cool and comfortable this summer.

 

Programmable thermostats also help to reduce cool air that is produced. When keep the home nice and cool if you will not be there. Some systems even have an override that you can do with a smart phone. This way you will always ensure your home is at the ideal temperature you want it to be.

 

 

Why you Should not Ignore the Thermostat

 

The thermostat is a vital component in your heating and cooling system’s ability to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.  It detects the temperature of the air in your living space while the system is running.  The thermostat gives you the ability to set a comfortable temperature for your home.  If the thermostat detects that the temperature in your home has surpassed your personally preferred temperature, it will pause the air conditioning unit until the temperature has dropped to the level you indicated as desirable.  Likewise, the thermostat will activate your heating system if it detects that your home’s temperature has dipped below your desired set point.

There are a variety of types of thermostats that can provide you varying levels of climate control in your homes.  The two most commonly used types of thermostats are the digital non-programmable thermostat and the programmable thermostat.  The digital non-programmable thermostat provides consumers with manually controlled settings and accessible, easy-to-read buttons and LCD display.  These types of thermostats use electronic means to determine your homes temperature and control the cooling and heating of your living space accordingly.  They offer programmability, quick response time, and automatic setback.

The programmable thermostats provide consumers even more control over the heating and cooling of their home.  These systems present the ability to set different desired temperatures for your home based on the time of day.  With the ability to coordinate hours of absence with less temperature variation, consumers can conserve energy.  This allows consumers to avoid wasting money and energy on an empty house and provide their families with the most comfortable and cost effective environment while they are at home.  These systems provide a wide range of programmability, from simple daytime and nighttime options to the option to program appropriate temperatures for different days and times of the week.  Programmable thermostats give consumers the ability to make the most productive use of their system, resulting in the most efficient energy use and lower energy costs.

Regardless of your choice of thermostat, it is important to maintain this essential component of your climate control system.  Thermostats control when your heating and cooling system turns on and off, how long it runs, and the subsequent temperature of your family’s living space.  They control how much energy your system uses and, consequently, how much money you spend on your home’s climate control.

 

 

Why your Air Conditioner should be Inspected

The air conditioner will need to be inspected before summer arrives. This will help to ensure everything is working correctly. If there is an issue with a part on it, we can inspect an replace it. You will want your home to be cool and comfortable this summer, so make sure to take the time for air conditioning maintenance. If you hear odd noises, make sure to contact us since this is an indication of a larger problem.

 

Also remember to check the air filter on your HVAC system. The filter ensures that nice clean air is recycled back through your home. It will capture dust and other pollutants that are in the air of your home. If the filter is dirty, make sure to clean it. You will also want to change it on the recommended schedule. We can advise you on when the changing should be done. Keeping the filter clean will help your home to have the best air quality.

 

Also make sure that the thermostat is checked. If it is starting to have issues, it may need to be replaced. A programmable thermostat is best because you can set the temperature for certain days of the week and times of the day. This allows it to operate as efficiently as possible in your home. If you notice an issue with your monthly energy bill, make sure to contact us and we can inspect the air conditioner and hvac system for you.

 

Why Preventative Maintenance is Important for your HVAC System

 

Regular maintenance for your HVAC system is important. When you do this, you can help improve the life and longevity of it as well. You will want to have this done, because it will help reduce strain and stress against the parts of the system. If you notice anything out of the norm between visits, make sure that you contact us so we can inspect it for you.

 

The filter should also be checked. If it is dirty, make sure to clean it. There comes a time though that it will need to be replaced. If you are not sure how often to check and change the filter, we can advise you on the proper schedule. By doing so you help keep your system running efficiently when it operates. Running the system without a filter is not recommended, because dirt and dust can get into it. This will lead to even further issues and breakdowns.

You will want to have the thermostat inspected as well. If the set temperature and actual temperature are the same, there is likely an issue. We can inspect it. If you ignore the issue, it may cause the system to run longer than it should. You will then notice an increase on monthly energy bills for your home. It will also increase the chance of having parts wear out much sooner than they otherwise typically should. To help keep it running, make sure to call us today for an appointment.