As every season begins, it is important to evaluate the needs of your home’s HVAC system. For the summer months, this means taking a look at its air conditioning unit to ensure proper cooling without being forced to expend too much energy. Let’s take a look at a few summer HVAC tips that will help improve your residence’s home comfort capabilities.
Schedule Annual Inspection
If you haven’t already scheduled the annual maintenance that is recommended for your cooling system, now’s the perfect time to call up a qualified HVAC technician and get it done. This will help ensure the system’s efficiency and increase its longevity.
Be Diligent About the Filter
It’s obvious that you’ll be running your air conditioning on a rather continuous basis during the summer months to help maintain a reasonable comfort level throughout your home. This will force your air filter to catch more debris than before, so it’s important that you check it on a regular basis basis and replace it as necessary.
Upgrade the System, If Needed
You don’t expect complete silence when your HVAC equipment is running to combat the heat of summer. Low-level sounds of a motor or air movement through the ducts is normal, but excessive HVAC noise is a disruptive nuisance. Fortunately, there are options available to lessen loud noises like the following:
Banging and Popping Sounds
Bangs and pops in the ducts occur because metal naturally expands and contracts due to normal temperature/pressure changes between cycles. If the noise is excessive, your technician can look for other possible causes and take measures like these to quiet things down:
Fix damaged/sagging ductwork sections Seal and then wrap accessible ducts in sound-minimizing insulation Add duct silencers Install insulated spacers if duct sections are contacting framing members Loud Whooshing Noises
If you hear loud whooshing coming from the air vents with every cycle of the blower fan, it can indicate too high a static pressure within the HVAC system. High static pressure should be addressed promptly because it can also restrict airflow and damage your equipment, or shorten its useful lifespan. Your technician can perform various tests to identify the cause, then advise you on the steps needed to correct the problem, such as: …
Have you ever wondered about the various tools and equipment a qualified HVAC technician needs to repair your home’s system? Some simpler problems can be dealt with using just a screwdriver, wrench, pliers, drill, and other basics, but the more complex issues require specialized HVAC tools to be resolved. Here are the top five tools and what they’re used for:
To make sure your system is doing its job, it’s important not only to know what the temperature is in your home, but to be able to track the differences from one room to another. That’s why a handheld digital thermometer is one of the first HVAC tools a technician needs. Many even display multiple temperatures at once, allowing you to compare the current room to the outdoor temp, other rooms in the house, etc.
A voltmeter’s a great way to figure out if one of your system’s parts is defective. It will show you, at a glance, whether or not there’s power running through it. This can be a great tool to help your technician narrow down the problem quickly.
Whether you need routine HVAC maintenance or repairs for your air conditioning this summer, it’s important to make sure your pets can handle having a technician around. HVAC technicians are there to ensure that your system is working as it should, but they need to be able to do so safely and without distractions.
Reasons to Train Your Pet
Your pet should know how to behave around technicians in your home for a few important reasons. Having pets that are calm allows technicians to do their job without having to worry about being jumped on, lunged at, or bitten. Well-behaved dogs also don’t distract technicians with constant barking, which lets them work on your HVAC system in a timely manner and without interruptions. If your dogs are relaxed around HVAC technicians, they’re also less likely to get in the way and cause problems while work is going on.
How to Train Your Pet
If your pets need a bit of training to be calm around HVAC technicians, you can do so with some simple steps. Just keep in mind that you should start working on this training with them before HVAC technicians are scheduled to come by. This gives them …
When your HVAC system is humming along fine, it’s easy to take for granted. Though, at the first hint of trouble, the reality of costly A/C repairs suddenly comes to light. So, help take care of the systems that take care of your comfort with this HVAC maintenance timeline and system replacement guide.
Your A/C or heat pump leverage the natural properties of refrigerant to remove heat from your home. This requires a lot of parts and components working together fluidly. Free airflow, good compression, and clean electrical connections are key.
Maintenance: Schedule preventive maintenance for your A/C or heat pump in mid spring. If you wait too long, you may be waiting in line for an available HVAC company. Replacement: Central A/C systems last 15 years on average. Your heat pump may last only 10 if you use it for home heating, too. Heating System
Gas furnaces need special and expert attention due to safety factors. Combustion parts are tested and cleaned, and the heat exchanger is checked for hairline cracks and corrosion. Make sure your contractor sends an experienced NATE-certified technician to service your HVAC system.