Ah, springtime! Bright sunshine, warmer temperatures, flowers blooming and trees pollinating... Definitely springtime in South Carolina! While you're making your spring cleaning checklist, don't forget to add HVAC tune-up to your list. Why is spring the best time to schedule your HVAC regular maintenance service? We can think of a couple of reasons...
1. If your HVAC tune-up is always a part of your yearly spring cleaning, it makes it easy to remember when your next service is due.
2. Ensure your system is working as efficiently as possible to keep you cool when the summer heat hits town.
3. A freshly tuned-up system saves you money. Greater efficiency means less energy use and lower utility bills.
4. Lubrication of the moving parts during a tune-up helps them run smoother and quieter, reducing noise from your unit.
5. Regular maintenance increases the lifespan of your HVAC system.
6. Catch small problems early before they become bigger and more costly problems later on.
7. Maintain indoor air quality - especially after the big yellow tree pollen explosion wraps up. A good tune-up cleans all that gunk out and preserves your air quality.
8. Winter temperatures and conditions can cause hidden damage or leaks while the cooling part of the unit wasn't in use. Yes, this even happens in South Carolina.
9. Your thermostat will be checked and calibrated to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long.
10. Take advantage of your HVAC maintenance professional's more open schedule before summertime breakdowns start to make sure your family isn't left sweating!
Summer temperatures will be here before we know it. Give us a call to schedule your tune-up today and beat the heat!
Changing the air filter for your HVAC system is one of those regular household chores that seems more complex than it is and often gets overlooked. However, not changing your air filter regularly can really cost you - on your utility bill and on costly repairs.
What Filths up Your Filter?
You may be wondering how your air filter gets so, well, filthy. First, your air filter is the first line of defense between your family and poor air quality. It catches the particulates that can cause breathing difficulty and even illness. And filters fill up with grime faster from any of the following factors:
* You have pets. Pet dander is a big time filter filler.
* Multiple people live in the home. The more people living in the home and stirring up dust, the faster the filth builds up.
* It's allergy season. Allergens like tree pollen don't just stick to your car and the outside of your home. They stick in your air filter too.
* Smoky conditions exist in or near your home. Nearby wildfires, pollution, using your home fireplace and people who smoke inside the home all contribute to filthy filters.
* There's construction nearby. Construction projects naturally kick up dust, soil and other debris that can make its way into your intake and get caught in your filter.
Changing Your Filter
Knowing that a dirty filter reduces airflow which makes the unit work harder to cool your home and that extra work means higher energy bills, more costly breakdowns and shortened lifespan likely makes you want to swap that filter this second. Before you rush to the home improvement store, take a moment to check inside your system and write down what size filter you need. Using the incorrect size filter creates gaps that compromise the function of your system and prevent the filter from working as it should.
1. Turn off the unit. Note: Some units have a sensor that shuts it down for safety when you open the panel where the filter is located.
2. Unfasten any levers, unscrew any screws or braces that hold the filter in place. Set any loose pieces in a safe place.
3. Remove the dirty filter carefully and place immediately in a large enough trash bag to avoid bending or causing particulate to release from the old filter.
4. Install the new filter. Make sure it is in correctly by looking for any gaps around the edges.
5. Secure the new filter with the levers, screws or braces provided to hold it in place. Gently test it to make sure it is firmly in place.
6. Replace the cover panel and turn the unit back on.
To track how often your filter should be changed, check it monthly and note on your calendar the condition of the filter and whether you changed it. How often should you change your filter? Depending on the conditions inside and outside your home, that can vary from home to home and throughout the year. In most cases, the filter should be changed at least every three months. Simple!