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How Often Should You Get an HVAC Service?

Routine care can extend the lifespan of your HVAC system by 40%

It’s a fact that waiting until you have a problem getting HVAC maintenance will only cost you more money, time, and energy in the long-run. But, how much service is too much? How much do you really need? 

Here’s how to know when it’s the right time to get an HVAC service.

Why You Need an HVAC Service 

So why not just handle the maintenance yourself? The same reason you don’t perform annual check-ups on your dog instead of taking it to a veterinarian or do DIY dentistry services for your family. 

Yes, there are some things in your HVAC system you can check yourself. But, no amount of YouTube videos can replace actual experience and education. 

You might think an annual service is “extra.” However, what’s really “extra” is spending thousands of dollars trying to fix a problem that could have been avoided by having a professional tighten a bolt or screw. 

A professional will know the ins-and-outs of your system in a way you don’t. They’ll be able to navigate your warranty and see what types of free services you might be missing out on. 

99 Problems? Don’t Let Your HVAC Be One 

Not properly caring for your HVAC system can cause a lot of serious problems. Not to mention expensive ones. Expect to spend at least a couple hundred dollars for any HVAC repair. 

Heat in the middle of winter and cool air during a heatwave is not optional. For example, heating your home uses the most energy out of any other system in your home. One small leak or problem can have expensive repercussions in the short term and over time. 

Dirt and cracks can also lead to dangerous circumstances like causing a fire or releasing carbon monoxide. But almost every problem you can run into with your heating and air system, whether it’s deadly or not, can be avoided with professional routine maintenance. 

What Will an HVAC Service Check? 

An HVAC professional will use an industry-standard checklist to go through your HVAC system. 

An HVAC service will check for debris in areas of your system, like the blower wheel, evaporator coil, and condenser. If there is dirt, they’ll clean it to unblock your system. 

A professional will also check for loose or underperforming parts. Worn out pieces of your system can invite problems. Over time parts of your system, like the seal on the doors of your blower, will become loose. 

They’ll check the drainage system and look for areas at risk of corrosion and rust. They’ll check your burners. Ultimately they’ll tune-up and fix underperforming and inefficient areas of your HVAC system.

How Often Should You Get HVAC Maintenance?

So, you’re convinced that getting routine HVAC service is the right move. But how often should you get it? 

Split HVAC systems should be checked at least once annually. If you live in a place with distinctive seasons, it’s best to get it checked twice every year, prior to the start of summer and winter. 

HVAC Preventative Maintenance

Finding a reputable and reliable HVAC service isn’t always easy. There are a lot of options but few ways to tell if a company performs the way they say they will. Luckily, your search is over. 

Have questions about your HVAC system, or are you ready to schedule your tune-up? Get in touch

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Tips & Tricks

How Ceiling Fans are a Winter Winner

If you’ve looked up energy-saving tips for winter, you’ve probably seen the suggestion to turn down your thermostat. 

The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy suggests lowering yours to a cool 68 degrees — yes, even in winter — to boost home energy savings and protect the environment. 

If that sounds a bit too cold for you, there are other ways to stay warm in winter without lowering your thermostat and bundling up into spring, though. 

As it turns out, using ceiling fans in winter can keep your home cozy and save you in utility costs. It sounds crazy, but it works — here’s how. 

Why Would I Turn On Ceiling Fans in Winter? 

Most people rely on ceiling fans to keep them cool in the summertime. Having a ceiling fan turned on can circulate air-conditioned air very effectively. You can turn up your thermostat by four degrees and maintain your ideal summer temperature, so long as you have ceiling fans overhead and pushing air downward.  

With this information in mind, you still may be wondering, how would cool air from a fan help me stay warm? 

In the summertime, your fans run counter-clockwise, pushing air down into the room and keeping things breezy. If you reverse that flow, though, you change the direction of air flow.

Clockwise Air Flow is the Key

Setting your fans to twist clockwise pulls air up toward the ceiling, rather than pushing it down. This is great news if you think about what happens to hot air — it rises, while cool air stays closer to the ground. 

So, as your ceiling fan moves in reverse, it pulls that cold air up and away from your living space. As that comes up, it pushes the lingering warm air out and down toward the edges of the room. 

In other words, a reverse-motion ceiling fan pushes warmer air down, which helps you stay cozy and comfortable throughout the winter season. 

Will This Provide Home Energy Savings? 

There are so many ways to cut costs on heating. Having your unit serviced or replaced with a more efficient model can make heating cheaper.

But switching on ceiling fans to work in conjunction with your heater can work wonders, too. It ensures you feel more of the warm air. You won’t have to crank the heating to get your space comfortable — you’ll get the airflow you need. 

As such, some people see their monthly savings increase by up to 15 percent when they start to use their ceiling fans alongside a heater. That’s a great discount, especially now, when we’re spending more time at home — and with our utilities on. 

Stay Warm in Winter

Using ceiling fans in winter is just one way to stay warm this season. At the core of this tactic, though, is having a well-functioning heater in your home. 

If yours needs repair or replacement, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn your options — then, get ready to get cozy this winter and beyond.