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What to Know About HVAC Preventative Maintenance

What to Know About HVAC Preventative MaintenanceWith summer upon us, the time has come once again to look at the needs of the HVAC system in our home. To get you started as soon as possible, we’ve compiled a few quick HVAC preventative maintenance tips for you to implement that will keep your equipment running smoothly throughout the season and beyond.

Call a Qualified Technician

Before the start of the season or shortly thereafter, you should schedule an appointment with a qualified technician. He or she will check out the overall operation of your equipment and inform you of any potential problems that need to be fixed.

Clean or Replace the System’s Filter

As you’re likely aware, as your system’s air filter clears the air of debris and various particulates, it gets clogged up after a while. You should check your filter once per month to see if it’s filled up and either clean or replace it, depending on the type you use.

Upgrade Your Home’s Thermostat

Your thermostat is an essential component in keeping your HVAC system running the way it should throughout the season. Test the thermostat on a regular basis to ensure proper operation and, if you haven’t already upgraded to a smart thermostat, that’s an excellent idea, too.

Fix Any Damage to Your Ductwork

Damage to your ductwork, such as tears, holes, or joint issues can cause severe air leaks, which forces your system to work a lot harder than it needs to in order to condition your air. It’s a good idea to check the ductwork periodically and fix any issues right away to maintain proper airflow.

Remove Debris from the Outdoor Unit

Many HVAC systems are connected to an outdoor unit, but some homeowners seem to either forget this fact or simply neglect it. If you have an outdoor unit at your home, be sure that debris such as dirt, branches, birds’ nests, and anything else has been cleared away.

If you’d like to learn more about HVAC preventative maintenance or any other comfort-related issues, Powers Heating & Air can help. We’ve been serving the area of Peachtree City since 2001.

Be Prepared: Summer HVAC Checklist

Be Prepared: Summer HVAC Checklist

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

Even though upgrading your entire air conditioning system can be a costly endeavor, it may be time to do so if your system is showing its age or has had maintenance issues in the past. The good news is that newer A/C models are much more energy-efficient than previous versions, which means you’ll save money on your energy costs every year.

Ensure Proper Window Coverings 

As the summer months get warmer, an increased amount of heat will develop in your home because the sun’s rays are seeping through your windows. This is why it’s always a good idea to invest in various coverings, whether you decide on curtains, drapes, or blinds. In extreme situations, you may also want to add blackout shades to the windows, which will further aid in blocking out the heat.

If you need more help with your summer HVAC checklist or need assistance with other home comfort concerns, reach out to the professionals at Powers Heating & Air. Our technicians have been providing HVAC resolutions to Peachtree City and the surrounding areas since 2001.

Ensure Home Comfort with This Spring Cleaning Checklist

Ensure Home Comfort with This Spring Cleaning ChecklistDo you have a checklist for your spring cleaning? Making a list can help keep you organized when warmer weather rolls around and it’s time to get your house and yard in order. There’s something about writing down your tasks that helps us remain committed to actually doing them. And then, when the mission is accomplished, you can tick each item off.

One task you should add to your list, if you’re not doing it already, is some preparation for home comfort — meaning, the HVAC system and all the equipment that goes along with temperature and indoor air quality control.

Here are a few spring cleaning tasks to perform in your home.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

  1. Remove the cover from your air conditioner’s condenser if you use one. Check inside the unit for any rodent or insect nests and if you find something, have the critters removed. They can cause damage.
  2. Clear away any weeds, debris, grass or leaves from the unit so that it doesn’t interfere with air flow. Also remove overhanging limbs, shrubbery that is growing too close or yard furniture and tools less than 2 feet from the unit.
  3. Check inside your home for obstructions covering your air conditioner vents, such as carpet, drapes or furniture. Check the vents and registers for dust and vacuum if needed.
  4. Clean your ceiling and other fans. Dirt on the blades drags them down, causing the motor to strain to move them. Reverse the blades to counterclockwise for summer so that they will lift up the warm air and push down the cool air from the air conditioner.
  5. Change your air filter. A dirty air filter impedes air flow, so that your A/C struggles to cool the home. The filter also won’t keep dust out of the unit as effectively as when it’s clean. Further, your indoor air quality will diminish if you don’t change your air filter regularly.
  6. Call your HVAC technician for your annual spring maintenance, so that your A/C will run right all summer long.

For more spring cleaning tips to improve your HVAC efficiency, contact Powers Heating and Air, serving Peachtree City.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040. 

Your Spring HVAC Preparation To-Do List

You Spring HVAC Preparation To-Do ListThe arrival of spring signals that it’s time to get your HVAC system ready for the coming cooling season. Preparing your HVAC before the heat and humidity settle in primes it to run efficiently and reliably, so you can enjoy a comfortable home all summer long. Here are some key spring HVAC tasks to tackle:

Replace Your Air Filter

A clean air filter helps maintain the airflow that keeps your HVAC system working properly. Going forward, check the filter every month, and replace when you see any debris accumulation, or every three months at minimum.

Clean Up Around Your Outdoor Unit

Good airflow through the condenser coil is crucial to the heat exchange process, so tidying up the area surrounding your outdoor unit is an important spring chore. First, rake up and remove any yard debris that has collected over the winter. Then, clear away overgrown grass and weeds, and trim nearby plants and shrubs to allow two feet of airflow clearance all around the unit.

Check Your Ductwork

Ductwork that’s damaged, leaking or uninsulated can waste up to a third of the conditioned air produced by your HVAC system. To curb that energy waste and increase your comfort, have your ductwork inspected, and if recommended, get it repaired, sealed and insulated.

Re-evaluate Your Thermostat Settings

Checking and adjusting your thermostat settings now can help you save energy throughout the coming cooling season. If you have an older, basic thermostat, now’s the time to install a programmable model that provides more streamlined temperature control. The Department of Energy also advises that using a programmable thermostat can save you up to 10 percent on your annual energy bills.

Schedule Seasonal Maintenance

Before you start up the cooling system this spring, make sure it’s in optimal working condition by having it inspected, cleaned and tuned-up by a trusted HVAC pro. Keeping it well maintained preserves the equipment’s energy efficiency, extends its service life, and reduces the likelihood of an unexpected breakdown mid cooling season.

To book a spring HVAC maintenance appointment for your Peachtree City home, contact us at Powers Heating & Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040. 

Bad HVAC Habits Homeowners Need to Kick

Bad HVAC Habits Homeowners Need to KickIt’s easy to take your home’s HVAC system for granted and develop bad habits about its use and care that affect your comfort, energy bills and the equipment’s reliability and longevity. If you identify with any of the following bad HVAC habits, now’s the time to kick them:

Neglecting the Air Filter

Your air filter is in place to trap debris so it can’t accumulate on and harm sensitive components. Running your HVAC with a clogged filter can cause a loss of energy efficiency and premature equipment wear that leads to breakdowns or failures. You can easily prevent these costly problems by checking your filter monthly, and replacing it whenever there’s visible debris accumulation, or every three months at minimum.

Fiddling With the Thermostat Settings

If your living areas frequently feel too hot or too cool and you’re in the habit of changing the thermostat temperature settings to compenstate, you’re wasting energy and adding to the equipment’s workload needlessly. A better alterntive is to use your programmable thermostat to make temperature adjustments based on your usual daily routine. If you’re still experiencing discomforting temperature variations, get your HVAC pro’s advice about installing zoning to give you greater control.

Putting Off Routine Maintenance

Having your HVAC system professionally serviced twice a year is essential to keep it operating efficiently and minimize the likelihood of breakdowns and failures. If you often forget to schedule maintenance appointments, opting for a preventive maintenance agreement with a trusted, local HVAC company is a hassle-free way to keep your equipment in peak condition.

Not Paying Attention to Airflow Issues

Failing to maintain good airflow through your HVAC system can cause serious problems with its performance and reliability, and erode your comfort too. Actions to avoid to keep the system’s airflow healthy include shutting registers in some rooms, intentionally or accidentally blocking the return air vents, and allowing airflow through the outdoor unit to be stifled by tall vegetation and/or yard debris.

For helping identifying and kicking bad HVAC habits so they don’t comfort and efficiency in your Peachtree City home, contact us at Powers Heating & Air.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.