With the hot summer days now upon us. It's time for you a/c system to be cut on. However, your air conditioner isn’t just a matter of flipping a switch on the thermostat.They need preventive maintenance, cleaning and an annual inspection before you turn it on. You wouldn’t abuse your car for years and expect it to keep running without oil changes or air filters.Regardless, experts say homeowners often labor under misconceptions about how to get the best A/C performance throughout the summer.
1. There's no need to clean my outdoor unit
The outdoor unit and condenser fan move air through the coils, and it doesn’t take much cottonwood, mud, grass or dirt to get inside and gunk up the works. This decreases your A/C efficiency and spikes your electric bills, but fortunately, cleaning the outdoor unit is a simple job. If you plan to fire up your A/C soon, you might want to clean the components first.
2. I need to check my air filters frequently
Your HVAC filter serves as the first line of defense against contaminants getting into your HVAC system and clogging up the works, but it needs to be monitored frequently. This is the most commonly forgotten about step in keeping your HVAC running smoothly.
3. I can fix my HVAC unit on my own
Unless you know what you’re doing, you run the risk of an expensive error once you start getting into the nuts and bolts of the system. A part may be cheap online but, if it isn't installed properly that $6 dollar part online could turn into a couple thousand dollar problem. Leave the diagnostics & installation to the professionals.
How Much Does Installing New A/C Cost?
That all depends on the type of system you need in your home.
4. I should leave my thermostat fan setting on "auto"
In the summer, the ducts that run through your attic or close to your walls can heat up, filling with warm air. Without the AC to cool it down, the fan just blows hot air into your house. You end up running the AC more, not less, to counteract all that extra heat.
5. I should set my thermostat to a higher temperature while I'm away during the day
Instead, you should find the temperature you’re comfortable with and leave the thermostat there. When you do this it overloads your HVAC whenever you come home & turn it down.
Why Is a Spring Tune-Up Important?
Think about our physical bodies for a moment. We clean ourselves, feed ourselves, and try to maintain acceptable activity levels. Why? Even if you ran marathon last year, if you took six months of the year off from running, you wouldn’t expect your body to be able to jump back on the road and clock 26.2 miles without a warm up (and probably visit to your doctor). Because a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle leads to poor physical condition, shorter lifespans, and a lack of energy. Your cooling system might be a machine, but machines operate in a way that is much the same. Poor care and a lack of proper attention makes your HVAC system perform poorly, reduces its efficiency and will shorten its lifespan.
A professionally handled maintenance gives your cooling system all it needs to work in its best possible form, saving you a lot of stress, time and money in the future.
The Benefits of Professional Maintenance
Maintenance will get you a lot more than you might think. Benefits include:
Reduced frequency and severity of repairs. It’s an outright fact that the majority of repairs our experts handle could be completely avoided by regular maintenance. Most repair involves buildup, clogging, component wear and bad connections that maintenance would catch long before it has become an issue. This means maintenance will almost certainly save you money.
Increased efficiency. The efficiency of your system begins to deteriorate after the first few years of being installed. Nothing will stop time from catching up with your system eventually, but you can keep your system running at its maximum potential with regular maintenance. That equals out to more cooling power, at less cost.
Extended lifespans. A system that is not maintained will, on average, last nearly half as long as one that is. Maintenance will protect your investment, providing you with the comfort you deserve for years to come.
Better cooling. In Georgia, our summers (and often springs) can be pretty demanding on a cooling system. If your system is well maintained, you can expect higher cooling output and much improved comfort levels throughout the season.
Why Spring Maintenance Specifically?
Generally speaking, we would recommend a complete, professionally administered tune-up for your HVAC system twice a year. These are best done for your cooling system in the spring and your heating in the fall. Why? Because these are the best times to ensure your system is in perfect condition for the coming months. It’s better to locate and handle small issues before they morph into much larger concerns at a time when you need comfort the most. With regular maintenance, you can be sure that you’re ready to handle all that the year sends your way weather-wise.
The best way of ensuring your system gets the care it needs is by enrolling in a tune-up and maintenance or customer care program, which most professional HVAC specialists will offer.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance to Get a Jump on Spring CleaningYou may dread the spring cleaning ahead, but if you get started early, you’ll have lots of time to enjoy the beautiful weather and your favorite spring activities. Put your HVAC maintenance at the top of your priority list so that summer doesn’t catch you unprepared for your home comfort needs. AC repair during the early days of summer is common, but preventive care for your system will allow you to head off most potential problems.
Financial Advantages of Spring HVAC MaintenanceA spring tune-up will provide some very important monetary benefits, especially if your system has been neglected for some time. As your technician runs a thorough check of your equipment, he will adjust loose parts, lubricate moving components, and clean dirty areas. Potential problems can be diagnosed so that preventive repairs can be completed before summer. Following are some specific ways in which your budget can benefit:
Enhanced Indoor Air QualityAnother major issue addressed through spring HVAC maintenance is the condition of your indoor air. Dirty ducts and coils can aggravate your allergies or other respiratory issues. If you are sensitive to mold, you need to recognize that an unmaintained air handler is a huge problem, providing a place for mold and bacteria to increase with ease. Annual cleaning improves the condition of this area, and your technician can also discuss the benefits of a UV lamp for killing the materials in this space.
Duct cleaning may not need to occur annually, but a duct inspection is helpful for establishing information about the condition of the area. Your ducts can harbor many kinds of pests, and droppings and dander can also trigger your allergies as your cooling system is operated.
Get More from Your SystemAs your maintenance is completed, you can expect to get better comfort and energy performance from your equipment. Additionally, you may benefit from a longer life of service from your air conditioner or heat pump. The life expectancy of such a system is approximately 14 years. Well-maintained, however, your unit may provide you with even more years of use.
At Calm Air, we are committed to providing you with prompt and efficient maintenance service. Our maintenance agreements allow you to keep costs down as you access high-quality assistance for AC repairs, indoor air quality issues, or any other HVAC needs. The staff located in Lavonia, GA office can schedule your appointment today.
-Closing some of your vents and registers will save you money- False closing your registers or vents can sometimes increase your power bill. Closing off vents or registers can throw your system off balance and make it work harder to cool or heat your house.
-Turning your heating and air unit off so often will help you save money- False your unit use more energy in the first 15 to 20 minutes.
-Having a fan running while you are not home will cool your house down. -False a fan does not cool the room down it only circulates the air and makes it feel cool to our skin
The AC part of your HVAC system plays a key role during the warmer months. Your AC runs its best when it is properly maintained, up to date and in good working order. A summer maintenance program provides you with the tools to make sure your unit is running at its peak efficiency.
An AC unit is only as good as it’s weakest link so if any one critical component is not functioning properly then this will cause the unit to run inefficient. This directly translates to more money you will put out either in repair cost but more likely in energy costs. An AC unit that is not properly maintained will wear out quicker and be more costly to repair when it does have issues. A summer maintenance program can help avoid this.
An HVAC service professional’s job is to inspect your unit, look for potential problems and fix them. A good HVAC service professional will have the knowledge to know the difference between a worn part that will last through the season and one that is going to wear out sooner. They will give you the options and facts and advise you on the what is best to do to maintain your unit.
Often HVAC service companies will offer different routine specials that will come out and check your unit during the cooler and hotter parts of the year. These are apart of your summer maintenance program. A summer routine will inspect all aspects of the AC system and will charge up the coolant if the unit is missing any, will know what is too much coolant lost vs. what is normal, will tell you what is wrong and what can be fixed now as opposed to latter, if applicable. A good HVAC service company will have well trained professional staff that will make sure your unit is running its best and provide you with the knowledge of what is going on so you can make the best most informed decision on what to do to maintain your AC unit.
If you’re looking for an HVAC repair contractor in the Northeast Georgia area, call Calm Air Heating and Cooling at (706) 621-0242 and set up a service call with our expert today!
Winter weather has arrived in Northeast Georgia - Now is the time to make sure your heating system will keep you out of the cold. Proper care can keep your unit running efficiently this winter and help you avoid costly repairs.
Most heating systems require very little owner maintenance. However, operating a dirty furnace can result in an unnecessary loss of efficiency and can damage the furnace. You play a vital role in making sure your heating system operates at peak performance.
Although it's best for a qualified service technician to handle major maintenance on your furnace, service experts say there are a few procedures you can do at the beginning of each heating season to ensure a more comfortable winter.
Have your Heating system tuned-up for the season, so that you are running at peak efficiency. Operating at peak efficiency will save money because the system doesn't have to work as hard to do its job.
Replace your furnace or air handler filters on a regular basis. Lack of regular filter changes and maintenance is the Number 1 cause of system breakdowns and costly repair bills.
Keep the thermostat constant. Continuously adjusting the thermostat can be very inefficient. You can, however, lower the thermostat 2-3 degrees during the day while you're away to save money. For every degree you lower the setting, you can expect to cut energy consumption by up to 3-5%.
Flip the fan switch on your thermostat into the "fan on" mode when heating the house. This process will ensure that air is always being stirred to prevent hot and cold pockets from forming.
Consider a Heat Pump if you are going to replace your outdoor unit. Although a Heat Pump cannot produce air as hot as your gas furnace, when you combine a Heat Pump with your gas furnace you have a system that is much more efficient and still able to deliver the warmth we all love.
Set air vents on the second floor to receive approximately 45 percent of the heated air. This will help even out the temperatures from the first to the second floor of the home. (Remember, hot air rises)
Open the shades and curtains to help produce radiant heat of the sun.
Replace older windows with more efficient low-E glass. These windows help to reduce the heat loss of your homes HVAC system. Also, keep storm windows closed. This saves money and extends the life of the system.
Run humidifiers to help maintain the warm feeling in your home. Proper humidity can make the air feel up to 3 degrees warmer. Which means you can turn down your thermostat a couple of degrees and save money on your utility bills and still feel the warmth that we all love on those cold days in winter. (Depending upon your environment, you may still need a dehumidifier running in the basement)
Clear or cut back shrubs and bushes from the outdoor Heat Pump unit. The sides of the unit require at least 12-18 inches of clearance for proper performance.
Keep fallen leaves, grass clippings, foliage and other dirt and debris away from your outdoor Heat Pump unit. And keep the indoor coils clean, following manufacturers' instructions.
Don't block vents or ducts inside the house to assure air flow in the home.
Caulk and install weather stripping around windows and doors (especially the attic) to close air gaps.
Consider use of a programmable thermostat to automatically increase or decrease temperatures during day and night to suit a family's lifestyle and reduce energy cost.
Keep windows and doors closed to help with the homes natural heat loss.
April was the last time we woke up to temperatures this low!!!
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Today is the official start of Autumn and it is hard to believe that summer days have come and gone. While it might not feel like Fall just yet, rest assured that the cold months are going to be creeping up on us sooner than we think, making now the best time to schedule your heating system maintenance service check. A little bit of preventative Heating system maintenance goes a long way.
We recommend two annual inspections of your heating and cooling system – one in the Spring for your air conditioner and the other in the Fall for your heater. The inspections themselves are done in order to ensure that the appropriate part of your overall system is up to par and ready for the demand that the upcoming season will place on it.
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