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Spring Maintenance for your HVAC System


In the spring, make sure to check your HVAC system for any issues or problems that it might have. You will want to make sure to have the system inspected before the start of summer and the air conditioning season. This will help to make sure that it will run efficiently when you need to this summer. Having it checked now will help reduce the chance of an issue when you go to flip the air conditioner on for the cooling season. We can inspect the air conditioner and other HVAC parts for you to help ensure everything is working, as it should be.

Spring Cleaning Air Conditioner

Checking the air conditioner is important because you will want it to run efficiently when you need it to this summer. It is always best to have it checked ahead of time, that way you know it will cool the air in your home when you go to flip the switch from heat to cool. We can also check to make sure that leaves, debris, and other items are moved away from the exterior parts of the air conditioner. This will help it run efficiently. With proper maintenance and inspections, you can help be ready for the upcoming cooling season.

Ductwork

Another part to inspect is the ductwork. The ductwork should be clean and free of a build up of dirt, dust, and other debris that may be in there. When there is a build up of debris, then the air will not flow as efficiently as it should. This can result in more strain for the HVAC system in your home. As the air tries to push through the ductwork, the build up can prevent it from being redistributed back into your home again. If there is an issue with any HVAC part, make sure to contact us as soon as possible.

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Why you Need Proper Humidity in your Home

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The air in your home not only needs to be good quality, but it also needs to be comfortable. During the winter months, the air will become drier because of the cold temperatures. You may notice that you are more prone to getting shocks or having static on your clothes or in your hair. This can be especially noticeable when you touch something metal like a light switch or doorknob. By investing in a whole home humidifier, you can help to make sure that the home is at the ideal level for humidity and comfort. If you are not sure what this should be set at, we can advise you on what range it should be at.

Dry Air

With dry air, you can increase the chance of damage to your home. Wood, paint, fabric, and furniture can all be damaged when the air is too dry. The wood and paint may start to split or peel off. You may also notice some things will start to dry out and warp. By having your home set at the ideal humidity levels, you can keep your home and interior looking like new. In the winter this especially important because of the cooler, dry air that winter brings.

If you still notice that one room or area of the home still is quite dry, you can invest in a portable room humidifier. This is great if you want to add a little more comfort to an area, like your bedroom. The humidifier will help to add moisture to the air of your home, so it is easier to breath. When the air is dry, you may notice that you are affected as well. You may get itchy eyes, scratchy or dry throat, and even issues with breathing. Dry air also makes it easier to get nosebleeds. So make sure to look into a humidifier to make your home as comfortable as possible.

Why the Filter Should be Inspected


The filter of your HVAC system is important for a variety of reasons. The main one is to help keep the air in the home as clean as possible. It will help to capture dirt, dust, and other pollutants that are in the air of your home. Without the filter, the dirt particles can get into the furnace system. When this happens, it can do damage to the moving parts and components of the furnace. Having the furnace inspected regularly will help to ensure that everything is able to work at top performance levels and efficiency.

How the Filter Helps

The furnace is important for your home because it will help to heat and keep it comfortable. In the winter, regular maintenance should include the system, ductwork, thermostat, and the filter. Anytime there is an issue, it will need to be checked as son as possible so further problems do not develop. We can also advise you on a schedule that you should follow so everything is working as best that it can.

Check the furnace filter regularly. This can be determined by who is in your home or if you have pets. If you have pets or animals, the filter will need to be changed on a more regular basis. This is because pet fur and dander can get into the system and filter. Those who allergic to pets will find it beneficial to clean the filter regularly. Also if anyone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma, cleaning the filter and changing it will help the air quality. You will notice it is easier to breathe as well. Sometimes an air cleaner may be needed for your home. If you are not sure if that is needed, contact us. We can advise you on the options that are there, as well as recommend one. You will spend a lot of time in your home this winter, so make sure the air quality is the best it can be.

Choosing the Right Thermostat for your Home


Having the furnace system inspected is important for the overall efficiency and performance of it. When you follow regular maintenance, you can help the system to last longer as well. The furnace should be inspected before the heating season begins. Through the winter months, make sure to contact us with anything that might be out of the norm. This can include any odd sounds you might here, or if the system is not working correctly. One part to inspect is the thermostat. If the set temperature is different than the actual temperature, there could be an issue with it. The thermostat will start to wear out over time and age. When you look to get a new one, consider purchasing a programmable thermostat.

Having a programmable thermostat will help you to set the temperature in your home, when you want it to be that. There are different models of thermostats that you can by. We can also help to advise you on which one would be right for your home and lifestyle. One thermostat allows you to set Monday through Friday the same, and have the weekends different. This works great if you have a consistent work schedule through the week. Another option is to set each day separately for the thermostat. If you have a schedule that is different each day, this may be the best option for you.

Setting the Thermostat

With a programmable one, you can program it for temperatures for certain hours of the days and for days of the week. This is nice for when you want to return from work to a nice warm house. When the temperature is lowered during the day when you are gone, heat and energy will not be wasted. You can program the thermostat to raise the temperature to the desired temperature when you return home. The same can be done at night when you sleep. This can allow you to wake up to a warm and ideal home.

Inspecting the Furnace System

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You may know that a maintenance inspection is important, but also remember to check some parts through the winter as well. The first thing is to check the filter for your HVAC system. Inspecting the filter will help ensure that the air can get through the system efficiently. When the filter is clogged with dirt and dust, it puts extra strain on the furnace system. Then the parts within the furnace can start to become damaged and wear down. They will need to be inspected on a regular basis to help ensure they are always in the best condition possible when it is operating.

Inspecting the Ductwork

The ductwork is another important part that you should inspect. Doing so will help decrease the chance that there is damage or wear to it. Any issues like cracks, holes, or puncture marks can actually increase your monthly energy bill. This is because the heat that is produced will escape through the damaged parts of the ductwork. When this happens, it causes the furnace to work harder and longer than it really should be. The furnace will constantly be operating to make up for the heat that is otherwise lost.

Other Parts

Remember that the thermostat should also be inspected. One sign is if the set and actual temperature are different. The signals could be getting lost to and from the furnace. If you are in need of a new thermostat, consider a programmable thermostat. This will help to make sure the settings are how you want them to be. It allows you to lower the temperature when you are away from the home. Before you arrive home you can program the thermostat to start operating. This will help your home to be warm and comfortable once you get there. If you are not sure what thermostat would be right for your home, we can recommend one.

Check all Components of the Furnace

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Having the furnace operating in top condition is important. This will help you to have efficient airflow so your home is properly heated. The first thing to do is make sure the system has been properly maintained and inspected. Doing so also includes checking all the parts and components of the heating system. This includes parts like the filter, furnace, ductwork, and thermostat. Anytime there is an issue with the system, it could be one of the parts that is starting to malfunction. If the part has worn, it can end up costing you more in the long run.

Furnace Filter

One of the most important parts to inspect is the filter. The filter will collect dirt and dust over time as it operates. When the filter becomes clogged, the air flow is then reduced. This makes the system work harder with extra strain and stress for it. Make sure you have the correct size filter for your HVAC system. One that is too small or too large will not fit the furnace properly. The filter will need to be checked to ensure it is clean and still working properly. Based on how many people and pets you have in your home, you will need to change and replace the filter.

Thermostat

Look to see if the set temperature is the same as the actual temperature. If there is a significant difference between the two, there could be an issue with the thermostat itself. Sometimes the signal between the thermostat and furnace can malfunction. This will result in the furnace operating too much and producing too much heat. The opposite could happen where the furnace does not operate enough and will not produced the heat for the desired temperature you want. We can inspect the thermostat for your home.

Clean Filters are Important

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In the winter, you will want your home to be as warm and comfortable as it can be. This should include having regular maintenance inspections done for it. You will want to have all the parts properly inspected to help ensure that everything is working correctly. The ductwork, thermostat, furnace, and all parts should be looked at. If you are not sure how often this should be, you can contact us. We will advise you when the inspections should take place. This will help ensure everything is working at top performance levels for the furnace.

Filter Maintenance

The filter will also need to be inspected for your home. It should be checked often. Also remember to have it replaced when it is recommended. This is important because the filter collects dust, dirt, and any other pollutants that could be in the air of your home. When the filter is cleaned, it will help increase the efficiency of air flow through it. Otherwise, strain can be put on the furnace system. This can cause it to need to be replaced sooner than it otherwise should.

Notice unusual things

If you hear an odd noise, you will want to check the furnace. Sometimes if the filter is too clogged with dirt and dust, the parts will wear. This is caused by the system working harder because it takes extra stress to get air movement through. When it is recommended, you should replace the filter. It is a great idea to keep an extra one or two on hand, so you know you will always have one. Make sure that you get a filter that is the correct size and design for your system. Not all filters will fit all furnace and HVAC types. If you are not sure what one to get, contact us and we can advise you on the correct one.