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.

 

 

Maintaining the Furnace Filters

 

The furnace and heating system is an important part of your home. Sometimes the filter is forgot about until a much larger issue forms. The other parts and components of the heating system should also be inspected. This includes the ductwork and thermostat. If the ductwork is clogged, air will not be able to get through as efficiently. If there are cracks or punctures in the ductwork, it could cause the heat to be lost. This will make the furnace work harder and longer than it should. With lost heat, it can end up costing you more money each month on heating bills. If you notice that the actual temperature is different than the set temperature, there could be an issue with the thermostat. Checking for issues early on can help to notice any signs of an issue. By catching an issue early on, you can help to prevent a much larger one from forming. It can also help to reduce the chance of a costly repair bill when it is fixed.

 

 

The filter is an important part of the furnace. Without a filter, the life of the furnace will be significantly reduced. It will cause parts to becoming worn out sooner than they should. This is because the dirt and debris will cover the interior of the heating system. It will also result in poor quality air being distributed throughout your home from the ductwork. The filter is designed to capture and trap any dirt, debris, or pollutants that are in the air. This helps to prevent these harmful contaminants from going through the heating system. It is recommended to never run the furnace without a filter in it.

 

 

Since the filter captures the pollutants and dirt that are in the air, it is important to inspect the filter on a regular basis. The filter of the heating system should be kept as clean as possible. When inspecting the filter, make sure to clean it off as best you can. Also check when it is recommended to change the filter. Over time, the filter will become so clogged that it will not be able to allow the air through efficiently. When this happens, a replacement of a new filter will be needed. If you are unsure how often the filter should be changed, we can help to recommend a schedule for you.

 

 

By investing in a good quality filter and inspecting it regularly, you can help to improve the quality of air in your home. The filter will capture the dirt and pollutants to avoid them going through the ductwork. This will also prevent the debris from being blown out through the registers and vents in the home. You can also contact us and we can advise you when the filter should be inspected and changed.

Why you should have the Proper Humidity in your Home

 

When you are in your home, you will want to be as comfortable as possible. You will also want the air quality to be the best it can be. Part of this includes making sure the humidity level is at the proper amount.

If the air is too dry in your home it can cause dry and irritated skin. It can also result in annoying static electricity and shocks. If you are not sure how much humidity should be in your home, make sure to contact us. We can advise you to what the proper amount should be, as well as recommend a humidifier that would be beneficial to your home.

Once the heat is turned on, skin will start to dry out. Managing proper humidity levels in your home can not only make you more comfortable by reducing dry throats, but it can help your skin stay healthy, too. Adding humidity to a dry home can be quite easy. Use a stand-alone, cool mist humidifier or a whole home humidifier. Make sure you clean them regularly to ensure germs or bacteria do not start to grow. Also check that they are set to the right level of humidity. This will help to avoid condensation on the windows in your home.

By having a humidifier in your home, you can help to improve your overall health and wellness. You will notice that dry skin will decrease, as well as an irritated dry throat. With the proper air quality in your home, you will also notice it is easier to breathe. Allergy and asthma chances will decrease as well. If you notice allergies are becoming more common, have the air quality in your home inspected. We can advise you on the options, and recommend an air purifier, humidifier, or if another unit would be needed in your home.

 

The best way to have good quality air in your home is to make sure the furnace is maintained on a regular basis. If you start to notice an issue forming, make sure we are contacted so the issue can be resolved. Between visits, make sure that you check the air filter on a regular basis. Over time the filter will become clogged with dirt and dust. By checking it regularly and replacing it when necessary, you can help to save money in the long run. Along with inspecting the furnace, make sure that you check the humidifier for any maintenance that it might need. Having the humidifier inspected can help to ensure it is providing the proper amount of humidity needed for your home.

The Importance of Regular Inspections

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Staying warm and comfortable this fall and winter is important. Make sure to have the furnace, ductwork, and thermostat inspected. This way you can ensure all the HVAC parts and components are working efficiently for the upcoming winter. If you ever notice any issues or problems with the furnace, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. By fixing the issue at the first sign, you can help reduce problems in the long run, as well as a costly repair bill.

When the seasons change, it is the best time to get heating and cooling systems maintained. Shifting from cool air to warm air can put a strain on the system. A heating system that has gone unused for months could have hidden issues that become major problems if they are not addressed. Since the furnace has not been used in a few months, parts and components may be worn out or need to be replaced. It is better to find that information out now, before you really do need the furnace to work.

By having the furnace and ductwork inspected, you can help prevent costly monthly repair bills. This is because the part can be fixed before it becomes worse or causes other parts to fail as well. Inspect the air filters for the HVAC unit at least once a month. This can help increase the performance by ensuring the air is not being forced through dirty ducts. Dirty filters can cause pollutants to be circulated throughout a home. Also make sure that the ductwork and vents are inspected for any blockages or obstructions. Warm air that is trying to circulate in a room may be blocked by furniture or other household items. Not only would this prevent a home from warming up, but also air that is forced against blocked vents can strain the system.

Programmable thermostats should also be inspected to ensure that the temperature is kept lower when you and your family are at work or school. There is also an option to change the settings to a lower or higher temperature overnight when everyone is sleeping. If you notice anything out of the norm with your thermostat or HVAC system, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to have a warm and comfortable home this winter.

What is a Programmable Thermostat

 

If you want to save on energy costs this winter, consider a programmable thermostat for your home. Regular thermostats let you adjust the temperature in your home, as it is just a control panel for your heating and air conditioning system. Programmable thermostats let you set the temperature and have the thermostat change it based on the time of day. What makes most smart thermostats so smart is that they learn from your behaviors, allow you to control the climate in your home remotely, show you energy consumption in real-time, and can even adjust themselves based on ambient conditions like humidity.

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With a programmable thermostat, you can set it to shut off after you leave the house for work, and then turn back on in just enough time to make the house nice and warm by the time you to get home. Most smart thermostats show you how long it takes to make the change you have requested, so you can see how effective your climate control system really is, and it discourages people from turning a thermostat all the way up to try “warm up the house faster”. Plus, you can manage many smart thermostats from your phone or an app. From the remote interface, you can always see how much you are spending on heating or cooling costs, tweak the programming to you save money, and see the results immediately.

 

Smart thermostats usually come in two varieties. The type that learn automatically from your behavior and adjust themselves accordingly (and therefore do not even need you to program them), and the type that offer internet connectivity for remote management and programming. The best models fall into both groups, however.

 

It is recommended to contact us with any questions you might have with your programmable thermostat. We can advise you on the options that you can choose from, as well as recommending what type of thermostat would benefit your home and lifestyle the best. This way you can save on monthly energy bills, as well as keeping your home warm and comfortable for the upcoming months.

 

Benefits of Cleaning the Ductwork Regularly

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Since you spend a majority of time indoors, you will want the air to be the best quality possible. This makes it easy to breathe if you or a family member suffers from allergies or asthma. When your HVAC system is running, airborne contaminants are being drawn into your duct system. Over a period of time, these harmful contaminants will eventually build up inside your air ducts.

Indoor contaminants may include: dust mites, tobacco smoke, household mold, chemicals, airborne allergens, bacteria, animal dander, and carbon monoxide. These contaminants are then circulated throughout your home or office and affect the health and comfort of you, your family, or your employees. Air duct cleaning can remove airborne contaminates such as bacteria, fungus, mold spores, pet dander, and pollen which may help to alleviate allergy & asthma symptoms. By cleaning the ductwork, you can improve the quality of air in your home.

According to the EPA, a build up of only .042 inches of dirt on a heating coil can result in a decrease of efficiency of 21%. A clean air conveyance system may help to increase efficiency and therefore may help to reduce energy costs. If the unit has a build up of dust, dirt, and debris, it will cause the parts of the system to work harder with more strain. Make sure to contact us and we can inspect the HVAC system, and clean out the ductwork for you.

Keeping an Efficient Air Conditioner

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In the summer, you will want to keep your air conditioner working efficiently. You will want to make sure you contact us so we inspect the system for you. Between visits, be aware if there is anything out of the norm with the system. This can help you to prevent further damage to the parts of the system.

 

Make sure to inspect the filter for the air conditioner. The filter is important because it helps to capture the dirt and dust that is in the air. Over time the filter will become clogged and need to be cleaned and replaced. If you are not sure how often to inspect the filters, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on how often the filter should be inspected and changed. The correct air filter you choose is important, as you will want one that fits the air conditioner.

 

Another task is to inspect the ductwork. It should be free of any cracks or gaps in it, as well as puncture marks. If there is damage, it can result in the air being produced to leak out of the system. This will result in your air conditioner having to work harder, and a higher monthly energy bill.

 

Anytime you notice an odd sound or issue from the air conditioner, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to have an efficient air conditioner this summer when it operates.

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.

 

Keep the Air Conditioner Operating Efficiently

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You might take turning on your air conditioner for granted during the summer months, but now is the time to start thinking about it. You will also want to make sure that the unit is energy efficient. If you have a central air conditioner or window one, it is important that it is cleaned and maintained so it can perform as efficiently as possible.

 

As summer approaches, make sure that you have the air conditioner inspected by us. We can check the parts and components to ensure it will be reliable this summer when you need it to be. We can check the condenser and also the evaporator. The parts are usually sealed, so a professional will need to inspect them.

 

The condenser is the outside unit. It contains a compressor, cooling fins and tubes and a fan. Any visible debris like dirt, leaves, or grass clippings should be removed from the fins. They can be vacuumed gently with a soft brush as well. The fins are fragile, so they can bend or break easily. If you notice that the condenser’s fins have been bent, you will want to straighten them.

Cut back branches and any other plant life back at least two feet in all directions to ensure proper airflow around the unit. To help keep the condenser clean during the months when it is not in use, you can cover the top of the unit with a piece of plywood or plastic to keep debris from falling in. Make sure to not cover the sides, which can cause moisture buildup and eventual corrosion.

If you ever notice anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the air conditioner for you.