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.

 

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.

 

Common Heating Repairs to Know

Keeping your home warm and comfortable is important. If you notice that the home is not heating as efficiently as it should, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. This way the issue can be resolved so you are able to keep the monthly energy bills from increasing. It is important to have regular maintenances done for your heating system. This way you can help to prevent further issues and a costly repair bill from happening.

Not Heating Properly

One of the most common heating problem that happens is insufficient heating or no heating at all. This can be very frustrating, especially when it is very cold outside. Insufficient heating can be caused by a number of different things but is most often due to a clogged air filter. If you have a heat pump or a furnace then you have an air filter that keeps dirt and insects from getting pulled into the working parts. Without regular changing, your air filter can get clogged and restrict the flow of air into your home. Less air means less heating. Make sure to contact us if you start to notice poor heating in your home. If the thermostat is different than the actual temperature, it could mean there is something wrong with the furnace. It could also indicate an issue with the thermostat.

Odd Noises

Another very common problem is unusual noises coming from the heating system. If your heater begins making strange noises it is best to call us. These types of problems do not just fix themselves and normally just get worse with time. If your furnace or heat pump is squealing it is likely that the fan belt has gone bad. A rattling sound could mean a carbon monoxide leak, which means that you should not operate your furnace until the issue is inspected. Even if the noise is subtle, it is recommended to contact us before a much larger issue occurs.

Poor Air Filter

If you have a forced air system like a furnace or a heat pump then you need to make sure that the air filter is regularly changed. It can cause insufficient heating and also a whole host of other issues. Check the filter on a regular basis to make sure that it is clean and free from any build up of dirt and dust. If the filter is clogged, make sure to replace it when it as soon as you can. Not only will a clean filter help with the efficiency of your heating system, but it will also help to improve your indoor air quality. If you are unsure how often to clean the filter, we can advise you on a proper schedule.

 

The Importance of a Clean Filter

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The most important thing you can do to save money on heating in is to regularly change your furnace filter. There are several reasons why changing your filter on a consistent basis can benefit you.

Extended Life of the HVAC System

As dirt and debris accumulate in your filter, air has trouble passing through, and your furnace has to work increasingly hard just to function at a normal capacity. Consistently clogged filters can cause overheating, clogged systems, and costly repairs. In worst-case scenarios, older furnaces may completely break down and require replacement.

Lowers Costs

When a clogged filter is causing your furnace to work extra hard, your monthly utility bills will increase because of the extra energy that is being used. The inexpensive cost of changing your furnace filter on a regular basis is nothing compared to the money you will lose if you let clogged filters run your furnace down.

Better Air Quality

Finally, keep in mind that filters serve a purpose for your health. They keep fine particles from pet dander, pollen, bacteria, lint, and other contaminants out of the air you breathe. When a filter is clogged, it cannot do its job, and you and your family will end up breathing all of these nasty particles in. Some of these might end up lodged in your lungs. This is not good for your health, and can cause a series issue for those with compromised immune systems or with allergies or asthma.

If you are not sure how often to inspect the filter for your HVAC system, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on a schedule and recommend when a clean filter should be added.