Replacing your home’s HVAC equipment is a big expense, and it’s also a critically-important investment in your family’s comfort. Due to its high cost and value, you need to make certain that your new equipment is well-protected by a manufacturer’s warranty. The specifics of your warranty coverage will vary based on the brand and type of equipment, but reputable HVAC dealers will tell you to register your purchase as required by the manufacturer.
Why Registering Your HVAC Equipment is Important
Following your manufacturer’s guidelines on product registration can ensure that you have coverage for breakdowns and failures due to factory defects in the equipment, but it also allows the company to alert you about recalls and key updates. The importance and benefits of registering can differ between manufacturers:
With some companies, you have to register within their required time-frame or the warranty is null and void, which leaves you without any coverage. Some manufacturers don’t cancel the coverage entirely if you don’t register, but they’ll shorten the warranty length significantly, so you lose out on valuable protection. Other reputable brands – Lennox is one example – still give you a full standard warranty even if you don’t register. However, they …
If you want to save money on your home’s heating and cooling energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint, switching to solar power may be the answer. Going solar offers some distinct advantages, including:
Long-term energy savings. A properly-sized solar energy system has a expected lifespan of 25—30 years and can provide up to 84 percent of your household’s annual electricity needs, so you can expect to see significant, long-term savings on your monthly power bills. Enhanced home value. Having solar in place when you decide to sell can make your home more attractive and valuable to energy-conscious buyers who want to make the switch to solar. Security against rising energy costs. Right now, electricity rates in Georgia are fairly low, but we have the sixth-highest yearly energy costs in the country because of our hot, humid climate. When you’re able to generate your own electricity to offset most of your HVAC operating costs, you won’t have to worry about future rate increases and higher utility bills. Reduced reliance on fossil fuels. When you install solar, you’re doing your part to reduce the carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels, which is vital if we want to halt global climate change. …
HVAC problems often occur when you first begin to use your A/C in the spring. Hopefully, the problem is a minor reminder that your HVAC system needs some attention before the summer months. Following are five common spring HVAC problems you may run into and the right way to address the issues.
Overdue Filter Change
Something as simple as forgetting to change your air filter can cause big problems for your HVAC system. When the filter becomes clogged with dirt, your A/C can overheat and shut on and off. Check the filter and make sure you change it regularly during the summer.
Dirty Evaporator Coil
The evaporator coil should be cleaned every spring to remove dirt and to check for mold and mildew development. The evaporator is located in the air handler by the blower. Turn off power at the thermostat and power disconnect switch outside. You can clean the coil and fins with a cloth and brush, but it’s better to use a self-rinsing coil cleaner.
The beginning of daylight saving time is right around the corner, so you’ll soon need to move your clocks ahead to gain an extra hour of sunlight each day. The functionality of your HVAC system is another key consideration during this seasonal time change, so be sure to take the following steps so it stays in perfect sync as you spring forward:
Check the Time on Your Thermostat Display
Most programmable thermostats today have a built-in clock adjustment feature that takes care of daylight saving time changes, but it’s worth verifying that yours makes the change automatically. If not, you can set it ahead by one hour on Sunday, March 11,th so your established HVAC preferences stay on schedule.
Make Warm Weather Programming Adjustments
The spring time change also signals that you’ll need to switch from heating to cooling soon. During this transitional period, you may want to make some short-term adjustments to your comfort settings. Once you’ve made the switch to cooling mode, make sure you input your summer temperature setting changes to minimize your energy consumption when no one is at home during the day, and at night when everyone in the household is usually sleeping.
It’s a bit hard to believe with the spell of cold weather we’ve had, but it’ll soon be time to turn on the air conditioner here in Peachtree. One thing about it, our winters don’t tend to last all that long, while summer just goes on and on.
And that’s why, before you turn on your air conditioner, you need to take steps to ensure it’s going to run reliably all during the cooling season. Do not skimp on annual maintenance. An HVAC tech can catch little problems before they turn into bigger, more expensive ones.
Here are some things you can do before you call for your annual maintenance.
Spring Homeowner Air Conditioner Maintenance Checklist
1. Check the outdoor condenser. Look for leaves and other debris that may have blown up against the unit. Remove them so that air flow will not be restricted. Also, make sure all vegetation is cleared away from the unit for a distance of at least 2 feet.