Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Annual AC Inspection
If you reside in an area that is prone to big storms during hurricane season, you are probably all too familiar with the things you should do to get prepared when a hurricane watch comes in. While stocking up on water supplies and protecting your valuables may be some of your first plans of action, there are also steps you should take to protect your property, even your HVAC system. The fact is, your HVAC system can be completely damaged by strong winds and heavy rains, but there are things you can do to protect this expensive home component before a hurricane hits:
For homeowners busy with work, family, and vacation plans, summer can be an extremely busy time. But as vacations wind down and the kids make plans to return to school, many homeowners are already looking ahead to the demands of winter. For those who experienced the pain of higher than average heating bills last winter, now is the perfect time to consider making some changes that will help to make their homes more efficient and reduce their 2018 heating bills.
When you turn the air conditioning on in your home, you expect one thing: for your home to cool. If your air conditioning is operating correctly, but your home still feels warm, it's time to start doing some investigating. Here are some of the common culprits behind a warmer-than-wanted home.
When it comes to maintenance, the focus is often on the air conditioning unit itself. However, your thermostat needs a little attention every now and then too.
One of the most important services to have at your disposal is a heating repair service, mostly because they can ensure that your heating system is not only operating efficiently but also operating in a safe manner. Listed below are two reasons to hire a heating repair service.
Inspect Your Furnace
The biggest reasons to hire a heating repair service is the fact that they can inspect your furnace for you.
Heating and cooling systems are the largest energy consumers in most homes. This means you can reduce your energy bills greatly if you can reduce your heating and cooling energy needs. Passive solar heating is a good way of increasing your house's temperature to reduce the HVAC's load and the associated energy consumption:
Install Large South-Facing Windows
Installing large south-facing windows allows maximum solar radiation to reach your house. In fact, the sun's orientation during the winter season (when the sun is low in the sky) maximizes the amount of sunlight entering the house through the windows.
I almost always have my air conditioner inspected every spring before I start using it in the summer. However, last year I decided to skip the inspection. Everything had been OK for the last couple of years, so I assumed that it would be fine this year as well. Why not save a few dollars and skip the annual check up, just this once?
Of course, this was the year that my air conditioner decided to break down. It ran for a few days, but it never really seemed to get cool enough to bring the indoor temperature down. Then it started making a loud noise, right before shutting off completely. By that time, the AC repair company was swamped like it always is when the weather is warm, and I had to wait days for an appointment. Next year, I will definitely be getting that yearly inspection first.
If you reside in an area that is prone to big stor …
For homeowners busy with work, family, and vacatio …
When you turn the air conditioning on in your home …
One of the most important services to have at your …
Heating and cooling systems are the largest energy …