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Early Maintenance for your Furnace

Doing early maintenance for your furnace now will help you to save money in the long run. In fact, sometimes a discount is given because the furnace is not in an emergency situation. Before the rush of furnace maintenance is needed this fall and winter, it is always best to have it inspected now. That way incase parts or components have to be ordered, it will allow enough time to get here. If you need to switch the furnace on this winter quickly, rest assured that it is in the best condition.

Early Maintenance

As always, early maintenance also includes checking the filter for your HVAC system. The filter will capture any dust and dirt pollutants that are in the air of your home. As they get to the filter, they are captured in it. This will help prevent them from blowing through the ductwork and back into your home. Over time, the filter will become clogged with these allergens. Make sure that the filter is replaced when recommended so fresh clean air moves through. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on it.

 

Other parts of the HVAC system should be inspected now as well. Check the thermostat to ensure the actual temperature is the same as the set temperature. As they age, they will no longer be efficient at maintaining the temperature in your home. Also remember where they are placed also affects how they operate. If they are near a window or register, they may start to have a false reading for the HVAC system. We can inspect the thermostat to ensure it works properly. This will also help you to save money on monthly energy bills for your home. If you notice an increase, make sure to contact us as soon as you can.

 

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Summer Heat Affects the Air Conditioner

The summer heat can put extra strain and stress on your home air conditioning system. There are some tip and general maintenance that should be done in order to keep it working efficiently. It there are any issues or problems, always make sure to contact us. The issue will never get better, so it is best to have it fixed and inspected before it becomes worse. One of the most important task is to change the filter when recommended. They should be replaced every month if you have pets. Otherwise they should be changed every two to three months.

Summer Heat can affect the system

The condensation lines should be cleaned during the summer as well. Over time the pipe that carries condensation away from the air conditioner can become clogged. If this happens, then it can back up into the air conditioner or your home. This will then result in a large repair bill as well as a large mess to clean up. We can also inspect it to ensure that it is draining properly. Also remember to check around the outdoor unit so it is free of any debris. Any high grass, leaves, plants, or landscape will reduce the performance of the air conditioner. Make sure to cut or move them away so the air conditioner has proper air flow.

Installing a programmable thermostat can help keep the home cool and comfortable this summer. This is a great way to set the home to the ideal temperature, while also saving money. It will help reduce the amount of time the air conditioner operates. In the long run, this will make it more efficient for the home when it cools it down. There are several different options when it comes to the thermostats, so make sure to contact us. This way we can recommend which one is best for your home and air conditioner.

Children and Pets should not Stay in Hot Cars

Be aware of any children or pets that might be in backseat of your vehicle. Always make sure that you look back there when exiting the vehicle. Do not rely on noise, because if they have fallen asleep, it can be easy to forget they are back there. Some newer cars have a feature that will alert you for anything left in the back as you get out. It will sense a difference in weight in the seat. This can include children, pets, or even if you set groceries or objects on the seat. No matter what, it is always best to look. Overall, it is a good habit to get into to open the back door and double check. This way you can reassure yourself nothing or no one is in there.

Remember Children in the Car

Even if you think that you will run into a store quick, do not leave a child or pet behind. There is no guarantee how long you will be in there. There can be several circumstances that change how long it takes to run in. If you start talking to someone you know, start browsing around the store, or even a long wait for checkout are all things that can happen. Cracking a window or parking in the shade will not help either. Typically on an 85 degree day, the vehicle can warm up to 100 degrees quickly. This can happen in as little as ten minutes. When the temperature is warm, it will heat up quicker.

The car can act like a greenhouse when you shut the air off. The sunlight will heat the interior through the windows. As it heats up the dashboard and seats, they will radiate more heat as well. This will increase the temperature inside. Without the air running or windows cracked, there will be no circulation either.  So always make sure that you take everyone with you when leaving the car.

Notice Signs When a Dehumidifier is Needed

Always notice signs and issues of the air quality in your home. If it is hot and humid, investing in a dehumidifier can be beneficial. When the air is hot and humid in your home, having a dehumidifier will help remove the excess moisture to make it more comfortable. If you are not sure what dehumidifier to invest in, contact us. We can recommend and advise you on what one would be ideal for your home and lifestyle.

Signs of Allergies

If anyone in the home suffers from allergies, the humidity can make things worse. With added moisture, it can trigger some allergens like mold, mildew, and dust mites. This can especially be noticed in rooms with poor air circulation in them. Bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements can all be an ideal spot to notice any of these allergens. Investing in a dehumidifier will decrease the moisture, which also improves the air quality. Look for any signs of mold growth, which will typically start off black and in corners. By noticing the issue early, further problems can be prevented in the long run.

Look for an increase in pests. This can include spiders or roaches, as they like moist environments. If you notice any pests, the humidity levels are high and should be inspected. Help control the high levels of humidity in your home to solve the problem. Also look for structural problems that might occur. There might be condensation that starts to build up. This will cause mold and mildew to form. It can also cause warping and deterioration issues in the long run as well. Warping can damage furniture and other wood products in your home. There might also be signs of the paint or wallpaper peeling or staining. Anytime there is an issue with the air quality, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.

Tips to Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency

By following some tips, you can help keep the air conditioner operating efficiently for your home. This will increase the comfort level in the home for you and your family. The best way to keep the system working efficiently is to have regular maintenance inspections scheduled. Without inspections, the parts can start to wear and will work harder than they otherwise should. Lack of maintenance can be increase the chance of a failure to the HVAC system.

Tips for the Thermostat

Other tips to follow include the thermostat. Make sure that the thermostat is not constantly adjusted. If you turn the thermostat down to cool the home, it may not help to cool it any faster. It will cool at the same rate no matter what it is set at. The most ideal and efficient temperature to have it set at is 78 degrees F. You can even adjust it so the house is not as cool when you are away at work. The best way to do this is to invest in a programmable thermostat. Scheduling it to adjust to your ideal temperature when you are home will help reduce the amount of strain and wear on it. If the set temperature and actual temperature are different, make sure that we are contacted for an inspection. That way we can ensure the thermostat is working properly.

Also remember to keep the blinds and curtains closed when it is sunny outside. This will reduce the chance of the home becoming warmer than it otherwise should. If the home heats up, then the air conditioner will turn on to help cool the home down. If the air conditioner has to constantly run to cool the home, parts and components will wear out sooner. It will also lead to more repairs needing to be done over time as well. If you notice any issues, make sure to have it inspected as soon as possible.

Knowing what a SEER Rating is

An important part of choosing an HVAC system for your home is knowing what the SEER rating is. SEER rating stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Before 2015, the national minimum rating for a residential system was 13, no matter where you lived. Now the minimum depends on the area you live in, and what type of system you choose. The SEER rating calculates the average cooling output a unit provides compared to how much energy it consumes. A higher rating, the better energy efficiency it will provide for your home. This will help you to save money and expenses in the long run for any repairs or operating the system.

SEER Rating Recommendations

There are different regions where the SEER ratings vary. In the north region, the minimum is a 14 SEER rating for packaged HVAC systems. If you have a split system, it can have a 13 SEER rating. A split system is one where the unit components are both inside and outside the home. If you are not sure what type of system is right for your home, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the options and recommend on that is best for your home.

Choose a system that is not too big or too small for your home. This can result in the system no longer working efficiently. It will end up running longer and harder, and increase your monthly energy bills. The best thing to do is contact us for a personal recommendation of what one would be best in your home. With the correct air conditioner, you can efficiency cool your home, while decreasing the energy bills. The other HVAC components should also be inspected like the thermostat and the ductwork. Any issues should always be looked at and repaired as soon as possible.

The Benefits of having the Filter Changed

There are several benefits for having the filter changed regularly for your HVAC system. The air will go through the filter and the pollutants will be collected and stored. This will help to improve the air quality in your home. Over time, the filter will become dirty with the contaminants from the air. As it collects them, it also helps prevent dust and dirt from getting into the HVAC equipment and causing damage. Make sure to change the filter when it is dirty or recommended so you can have the best quality air. We can also advise on when the filter should be changed, based on the home and lifestyle.

Savings Benefits for a Clean Filter

One of the benefits is that it allows for better energy savings over time as well. The utility bill will be lower each month. This is because there will be better air flow through the system. If the filter becomes clogged, it will restrict the air flow. This causes the blower to operate harder to get the air moving through the ductwork. It can also cause dirt to accumulate on coils and other parts of the HVAC system. The dust and dirt can build up on the components that will reduce the efficiency of the unit over time. If you notice any increase in the monthly bill, check the filter to ensure it is clean.

Choose the correct filter size for your home and HVAC system. Check the MERV rating for the filter so you can ensure it will be reliable. The higher the number is, the better the filter can remove tiny particulates from the air in your home and air. The filters are rated according to the number and size of the particles they trap. If you are not sure what one is best for your system, always make sure to contact us. We will be able to tell you what filter your home and HVAC system should have to improve the efficiency and air quality. But always remember to contact us for regular maintenance for the HVAC system in your home.