Signs Your HVAC System is on Its Last Leg

Do you hear weird noises when your heat/air conditioning kicks on? Have your energy bills been robbing your wallet? Don’t ignore these signs. Eventually your heating and air conditioning system will reach the end of its lifetime and will need to be replaced.  Many homeowners continue to make little fixes to their system a long the way, but it might be more beneficial to just upgrade your system. We are here to let you know some signs it’s time to upgrade your heating and air conditioning system.

1.Your System is Over a Decade Old

Typically the average span of an HVAC system is 10-15 years. If your system has reached this age or is coming close it might be a good idea to upgrade to a new system, rather than putting money into equipment that is going to need updated soon anyways. A benefit to upgrading is you you won’t have to worry about your system quitting during the cold winter months and being left without heat, or being left without AC during the hot summer months.

2.Noisy Equipment

Does your system make a lot of noise when running? This could be due to having the wrong size system installed. People may have thoughts of “a bigger system will cool/heat my home faster” or “the smaller system will save money” and these typically end up costing you more in the long run. If it’s over sized or undersized for the space it’s trying to cool/heat, your equipment will be working overtime, costing you more money than it should. We recommend getting a quote from a HVAC professional to make sure you’ve got the right size system in order for it to work the most efficiently. Having the right size system could lower your monthly costs dramatically.

3. Comfortable Temperature isn’t Maintain

Do you often find yourself too hot or very cold? An HVAC system that is getting old will often struggle to keep your home at a consistent temperature. This could be from various things such as; worn out motor, clogged filters, damaged thermostat, or cracked air ducts. Temperature inconsistencies usually mean your system is not powerful enough to supply air throughout your home for whatever reason. Maybe your duct work isn’t installed properly or like mentioned in sign 2 your system could be the wrong size. Temperature inconsistencies will result in higher energy bills, so make sure to look for those inconsistencies and get your system checked out if you notice them.

4. Frequent Repairs

Of course maintenance on your system is important and repairs will be needed from time to time, especially if your system is older, but if you have your HVAC company on speed dial you might consider upgrading your system. Instead of investing money for tons of repairs, and having an HVAC technician at your home all the time, you could invest that money into a new system. Your HVAC tech will still be there for any repairs needed to your new system over time, but wouldn’t it be nice to not worry about that for a while?

5. Poor Air Quality

Over time your HVAC system can lose its ability to filter out pollen, dust, mildew, and various other allergens. Pay close attention to the dust in your home as well as allergy symptoms in your family. This could be being caused by your air filters and duct work becoming faulty, which does happen as they age. Your system isn’t only responsible for heating and cooling your home, it also controls the quality of the air you and your family are breathing. If you notice more dust than usual in your home it may be due to your HVAC system needed upgraded.

Feel free to leave a comment or send an email with any questions. We would love to hear about any other signs you’ve experienced before having to replace your HVAC system, or about your experience after you’ve had your system replaced. Thanks for reading!

Don’t Duck Out of Clean Air Ducts – HVAC System Cleaning

Air ducts are often out of sight, out of mind for a lot of homeowners, however, your body could be suffering from the side effects of dirty air ducts. Ducking out of HVAC Maintenance and Cleaning could be a hazard to your health and here’s why.

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the rule of thumb for homeowners are “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are”. Hiring a trusted, certified HVAC professional to inspect your HVAC system is important. The need for performing HVAC system cleaning on your home and office is not just because dust and dirt regularly accumulates in your air ducts, but because of all the other factors that also accumulate inside as well:

  • Cigarette and Cigar Smoke
  • Pets in the house
  • Occupants with Allergies or Asthma
  • Mold
  • Home Renovation or Remodeling Projects
  • Water Contamination or Damage to the Home or HVAC System
Before and After Duct Cleaning

 

A good HVAC System Cleaning to clean out your residential or commercial air ducts will help address that poor indoor air quality that could be a hazard to occupants who are more sensitive to these contaminants such as those who suffer with allergies and asthma, young children and the elderly.

Indoor Air Quality is important for many homeowners and business owners. Your heating and cooling system are the lungs of your home as the system takes air in and breathes air out. Contaminants such as dander, dust, and chemicals are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulate an average of 5 to 7 times per day. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of these contaminants in the duct work.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home or business, they may be part of larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

Good health is not the only thing at risk if you are avoiding giving your HVAC System and Air Ducts a professional cleaning. Your hard earned money is also at risk. Cleaning the HVAC unit and ductwork allows your HVAC System to run efficiently. There is evidence that dirty heating and cooling coils, motors, and air handling units can make your HVAC unit less efficient.

Our qualified, certified team here at Sam’s Heating & Air Conditioning in Montrose, Colorado is experienced in HVAC Cleaning and creating a healthy atmosphere within the home and work place through clean HVAC units, coils, air ducts, and the whole system. Let us create a healthier environment for your family!


Call Sam’s Heating & Air Conditioning with confidence at (970) 249-6790 to schedule your appointment with a NATE Certified Technician. Located in Montrose, CO and serving the Western Slope.

Make Sure Your HVAC System Is Ready For Winter

Whether there is snow or not, the temperatures are dropping and you along with your HVAC system should be prepared for the cold months ahead. It may be cold outside, but you don’t want inside your home to feel the same. So get out this winter; build a snowman, go sledding, or simply shovel the snow from the sidewalk and driveway, but be able to come back to a warm home. In order to make sure your home stays warm throughout the winter there are some steps you can take to make sure your HVAC system operates efficiently throughout these cold months.

 #1-  Clean vents and clean air filter

You may not realize how much of a difference cleaning your vents can make. If you make the effort to clean your vents, even just once a month, it makes a difference. All you have to do is take the vacuum hose attachment to the vent. Besides, why wouldn’t you want to clean your air vents? Your air vents are responsible for circulating the air from your heating and air system in and out of each room, aka the air you are breathing. Keeping these vents clean can help insure you have adequate airflow and insure stuff doesn’t get caught up in your duct work.

The importance of a clean air filter cannot be stressed enough! Having a clean air filter helps prevent malfunctions and brings benefits to you and your home. Changing your air filter is a simple task and helps the life span of your HVAC system. Allowing build-up on your air filter can cause poor quality for your indoor air, raise the cost for operating your system, or cause damage to your HVAC system . You should change your filter monthly, but never go more than three months without changing it.

#2- Have an up-to-date thermostat 

Having a thermostat that is programmable can have many benefits. A big benefit and money saver of having a thermostat you can program is efficiency. If your programmable thermostat is used right it can save money. Some tips for using your thermostat correctly; have it set to 68 degrees while you are awake, and a bit lower while you are sleeping. This same rule applies to having it set while you are home/when you are away. Like most working people, you are probably out of the house for an average or 8 hours a day. Have your thermostat set lower for the time you are away, and program it to kick on shortly before you to arrive home. This way your house it always comfortable while you are there, and you are saving money because it doesn’t run all day when there is no need for it to.

#3- Get HVAC maintenance

Keeping on top of the maintenance of your system allows you to prevent bigger, more expensive problems from coming up. If you get your HVAC system checked annually a technician can catch small problems, and fix them before they turn into big ones. Paying for a certified technician to do a checkup on your home once a year is a lot cheaper than having major work done on your system, or the whole thing replaced because a small problem turned into a major one. Allow your system to stay up to date and prevent issues by getting a yearly checkup! A good time to do your yearly check up is right before winter in order to get it ready for extended use.


Call Sam’s Heating & Air Conditioning with confidence at (970) 249-6790 to schedule your appointment with a NATE Certified Technician. Located in Montrose, CO and serving the Western Slope.

 

NATE Certification and Why You Should Hire A Company Who is Certified

If you are following us on Facebook and have been around our website, then you have noticed we are consistently talking about how our Montrose, Colorado HVAC technicians are NATE-Certified. We are very proud of this certification. Once in a while, you may have seen pictures of projects Team Sam’s fixed because a company who was originally hired for the job was not NATE-Certified. We have seen first hand what happens when technicians who are not NATE certified are hired for a job.

Being NATE-Certified may not be on your “make it” or “break it” list for your HVAC company… but it should be. And here’s why!

What is a NATE-Certification?

NATE Stands for North American Technician Excellence. This leading non-profit certification program is specially for technicians in the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry. This program is supported by the entire industry as it was created to help HVAC employers hire, train, and develop the best technicians possible.

While others train, NATE tests. These tests represent real world working knowledge of HVAC systems. A committee of industry experts nationwide developed these NATE exams representing HVAC topics pertinent to contractors, educators, manufacturers and utilities alike. All of the NATE tests are knowledge-based tests, rigorous, multiple-choice and validate a technician’s knowledge.

Benefits of NATE Certification

Having NATE-Certified Technicians have a positive impact and the benefits of hiring a HVAC Company who requires their technicians to have a NATE certification says a lot about their character. NATE certification tests represent real working knowledge of HVAC systems. These tests are specifically designed to allow technicians to be certified in specific knowledge areas. NATE certified technicians have proven their knowledge in the HVAC industry by passing specialized NATE certification exams. This means the consumer can hire our Montrose, CO HVAC company with confidence. Don’t worry, SAM’S Heating and Air Conditioning serves the Western Slope, so you can experience our qualified technicians to assist with your HVAC needs even if you don’t live in Montrose.

Are all HVAC companies NATE-Certified?

You would think (And even hope!) so, but NO. It is not required for technicians to study and take the challenging test for a NATE-certification. Instead, they can just rely on training alone. So there is no proof they know what they say they do. However, because of the importance of this certification program, NATE is supported by the entire industry and benefits everyone if the company offers their consumers NATE certified technicians.

Is Sam’s Heating and Air Conditioning NATE Certified?

YES! Sam’s offers some of the best things a local HVAC company can offer. One of these things are we are NATE Certified and we hire only NATE certified technicians. If they aren’t certified when we hire them, they are required to pass the NATE Certification exam before we send them to your door step so we can all rest assure your HVAC needs are handled with only the highest professionalism it deserves.


Call Sam’s Heating & Air Conditioning with confidence at (970) 249-6790 to schedule your appointment with a NATE Certified Technician. Located in Montrose, CO and serving the Western Slope.

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