Preparing for Fall-HVAC Tips

It’s hard to believe that Summer is already ending. Now that it’s September, Fall is just around the corner, and Winter isn’t far behind, we can only hope they’ll fly by as fast as Summer did! It’s time to start packing up the sandals, and tank tops, and get ready for football and hot cocoa. Sandals and tank tops aren’t the only things that won’t be needed for the chilly months ahead. Your Summer HVAC system won’t be needed either. While you’re getting ready for football and hot cocoa, your furnace needs to get ready for its job ahead. Here are some things you should do this September to finish the Summer off and prepare for Fall and Winter.

1.Change the Air Filter

The chilly days haven’t come just yet, so you are probably still running your A/C, but changing your air filter will help give your furnace a fresh start for when it has to start doing work. It is recommended you change your air filter every 90 days. This will also help with the air quality in your home.

2.End of Season A/C Tune-Up

A professional end of season A/C tune-up will ensure that your system is still working efficiently, it doesn’t need any repairs, and everything is ready for the next summer. This is especially important if you didn’t have a tune-up done before summer started. These tune-ups help catch any small problems before they become big ones.

3.Get A Professional Furnace Evaluation

If your system is older, you have remodeled, or you just recently bought a new home, have a professional HVAC tech come to evaluate your furnace to make sure you don’t need to update your system. Having the right system will ensure your home is heated properly, and it helps save you money in the long run, as you will save a lot of money on utility costs.

4.Schedule a Fall Furnace Tune-Up

Make sure your furnace is running properly and safely and is ready for the long winter ahead. A professional tune-up will make sure your unit is clean and running efficiently. A technician will calibrate the thermostat, inspect the system and clean it, test the airflow, measure the motor voltages and tighten any electrical connections. Another good reason for a tune-up is if you have a warranty for your system. A yearly tune-up will keep your warranty valid.

Make sure your system is ready for Fall. Have a professional HVAC tech do an end of season A/C tune-up and make sure your furnace is in top shape!

 

 

Maintain Your Pets and Your HVAC System

If you have a pet it could be putting a strain on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system. If you have pets, maintenance for your system is especially crucial in order to have good air quality, all that pet dander, and fur can really affect your system. The air quality in your home affects all members, including your four-legged friends. We have come up with some essential tips you can follow to extend the life of your system and create a comfortable environment in your home.

1.Groom Your Pets

Groom them often! Prevention is key when it comes to your HVAC system. Regular grooming of your pet is not only good for you pet, it will reduce the amount of airborne hair and fur that ends up bogging down your system. Another helpful thing you can do is frequently bath your bet. This again is good for your pet, and can help eliminate allergies because it will help eliminate the microscopic pet dander, dust and pollen, which are all leading causes of allergies.

2.Keep Your Air Filters Maintained

Pet hair and dander can clog your filters and reduce the airflow in your system. HVAC air filters should be cleaned or replaced as part of normal HVAC maintenance, but even more so if you have pets. It is recommended to change your air filters every three months, but the frequency of changing air filters depends on the size of your system, the filter being used and how much you need to filter from your air. If your system has smaller filters and you have multiple pets, you may want to change your filters more often. On the other hand if your system uses bigger filters you may be able to go the generally recommended three months.

3.Consider Upgrading Your Filter

If you  have allergies and own pets, changing your HVAC filter may not be enough, you may need to upgrade to a HEPA ( High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter. These types of filters reduce allergens by 99 percent! They trap microscopic dander into the filter and prevent it from being re-released into the air. If you own pets and have allergies you can drastically improve the indoor air quality and extend the life of your HVAC system by using a HEPA filter.

4.Maintenance Your System Regularly

Regular HVAC maintenance is essential for your system, and you should consider the benefits of a maintenance plan with an HVAC expert to get the most out of your system, especially if you’re a pet owner. Most maintenance plans offer discounts on any repairs needed throughout the year and can even help save on energy bills. Many potential issues can be caught early, resulting in reduced repair bills and a healthier home.

With a little grooming and HVAC maintenance you can keep your pet-friendly home healthy and safe all year long, for all members of your family. If you need HVAC maintenance or are considering putting a preventative plan in place, we would be glad to help. Feel free to email us with any questions, or comment about any other tips you have for keeping your pet-friendly home healthy.

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.

 

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