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Spring 2012

When to Schedule Your Annual Maintenance Exam for your AC Unit

With routine maintenance tasks, such as regularly changing air filters, you can help keep your AC unit at optimal performance levels throughout the cooling season. However, before the summer months arrive, you should also schedule your annual maintenance exam. Spring is the perfect time to schedule your yearly tune-up for many reasons.

Having a professional HVAC contractor inspect your air conditioner and catch any problems before the season starts is one of the top benefits of the spring annual exam. In addition, it’s best to have your AC system tested on a warm day to get more accurate results. The technician cannot properly test pressure controls on colder days, which is why it is not as practical to have your system tested in the fall when you are getting your heating system checked.

Scheduling your inspection before the summer starts will help you save energy and lower your bills as soon as you start using air conditioner again. If you don’t have your AC unit tuned up by a professional annually, your air conditioning system can lose up to 5% of its overall efficiency each year. Depending on the type of system you have in your home, an AC system that is performing at its highest efficiency level can reduce your monthly energy bills in half. You can also recover the lost efficiency through regular maintenance if you start now. Air conditioners that are working more efficiently will also last longer and improve indoor air quality by controlling humidity levels within the home.

Don’t wait until it gets hot to schedule your annual AC maintenance exam. If you need a repair, or your air conditioner breaks down, you don’t want to be left without air conditioning for any length of time during the summer.

Take advantage of the first signs of warm weather, and be sure to schedule your appointment in the spring. A good way to remember is to schedule around the major spring holidays, usually around Easter or Passover. If you haven’t already scheduled your AC maintenance inspection, call today!


Spring Cleaning Tips

When spring arrives, many homeowners start pulling out the cleaning supplies to clean the house from top to bottom. While most people remember to clean windows, drapes, carpets, and polish wood floors, it’s also important to make sure your HVAC system is clean and ready for summer. Whether you have a heat pump or central AC, here’s a checklist of some useful tips to ensure that you maintain home efficiency throughout the summer.

 Change indoor fan direction. If you change the direction of your fans in the fall to a clockwise motion to help distribute the warm air inside your home, remember to turn them back to the standard counterclockwise direction to create a cool breeze when spring arrives. To change the motion, look at the base of the fan. Many manufacturers design the fan with an easy to find switch on the base that allows you to change the rotation.

Change light bulbs and batteries. Even if you have recently changed light bulbs and batteries, spring cleaning is a good time to make sure batteries aren’t corroded or that the light bulbs are clean. Take out the bulbs in recessed fixtures and clean them; this also provides an opportunity to clean the light cover. Remember to check lights in fans and to dust the fans as well. It’s also a good time to upgrade your lights to compact florescent lights or LEDs if you haven’t already.

Clean your HVAC system. Before you start to clean your HVAC system, make sure you turn off all power to the unit at the breaker box. Then clean the outside components before you clean the indoor unit. Overall, just be sure to clean vacuum out anything that could restrict airflow, such as fallen leaves or lawn clippings, but be mindful of the motor. If you see any corrosion, call one of our technicians to assess the damage and clean and lubricate any corroded parts. Also trim any limbs or bushes that could get caught in the condenser. Inside components can be cleaned with a mild cleaner (avoid harsh chemicals), and make sure you change air filters and vacuum out your vents if you have a forced air system.

Schedule your yearly maintenance inspection. Don’t forget to call and schedule your annual maintenance visit with one of our qualified technicians. Yearly inspections will help to ensure that your central AC unit or heat pump works efficiently and safely all summer long.

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- C. Raines

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