Spring Cleaning for Your Air Ducts

When the warmer air arrives in spring, it is time to freshen your home. You want to open the windows, clean out the winter dust bunnies and begin getting your outdoor space ready for summer. When you begin your spring cleaning, make sure to add one more item to your list: air ducts. Spring is the perfect time to ensure your HVAC system is clean between the heating and cooling seasons.

Air Duct Cleaning

Air ducts can become quite dirty, harboring dust, mold and debris left by pests that find a way into your duct system. These contribute to poor air quality in your home, triggering allergies and respiratory issues. While air ducts do not need to be cleaned every year, they should be inspected and the outer vents cleaned. Professional air duct cleaning should be performed about every three years to maintain good air quality and to inspect for duct damage.

While the main ducts may only need to be cleaned every three or so springs, every spring you should clean HVAC components you can reach yourself. Components and areas to clean and check: vent covers, around your furnace, AC condenser coils and around your outdoor AC unit. This can help maintain your HVAC system and remove debris that has accumulated over the winter months. You should also check your air filters and change if needed to help improve your HVAC efficiency and keep good air quality.

This spring make sure to add your air ducts and HVAC components to your spring cleaning list. If it has been a few years since you have had your air ducts cleaned, schedule a professional cleaning through your local HVAC service company.

Posted on behalf of:
Western Aire Heating & Cooling
264 Buchanan Highway
Dallas, GA 30157
(770) 505-7426

Pet Hair and HVAC Systems 101

Furry companions are commonplace in many homes. They become part of the family and can add joy to your life. They can also add extra hair and dander in your home, a problem when you have an HVAC system. If you have furry family members, it is important to know how their hair and dander are affecting your air quality and HVAC system.

Dogs and cats are notorious for shedding. Their hair is everywhere, on furniture, your clothing and your floors. In addition, their skin or dander is constantly flaking off, creating dust around your home. All this hair and dander floats and can be filtered through your HVAC air ducts and filters, causing havoc on your system.

Tips for HVAC and Pet Owners

If you have an HVAC system and pets, you need to be aware of how the hair and dander of your pets can impact your system. Filters can become clogged, and you may have less efficiency. Plus, your system will circulate the dander throughout the home, which can trigger allergies. Here are a few tips to protect your HVAC system from the pet hair and dander:

  • Brush pets regularly to remove excess hair
  • Bath dogs routinely to remove dander and dirt
  • Vacuum and dust your home 1-2 or more per week
  • Change your HVAC filter at least once per month
  • Use an air purifier to help collect hair and dander from the air

You can have your furry friends and an efficient HVAC system, you just need to minimize the amount of hair and dander that is released into the air and keep your filters changed. Talk to your local HVAC service about the best filters to use for homes with pet to get the efficient results.

Posted on behalf of:
ClimateSmith, LLC
5950 Shiloh Road East
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 475-9555

Tips to Keep Cool During the Summer

Air conditioning is a luxury, but it can feel like a necessity when the temperatures soar through the summer months. Luxury or not, you want to use your air conditioning to stay cool, but you also do not want to pay enormous energy bills. The best way to reduce your AC bill and keep cool is to set your temperature higher in your home and find other ways to cool yourself and your house. Here are some tips to stay cool and minimize the cost of AC this summer.

  • Use your windows. Windows can either cool or heat the home, depending on how you use them. Make sure you use drapes or blinds over closed windows during the day to keep sunshine out of the home that can heat it up and open the windows to let in cool air in the evening and early mornings.
  • Use a cooling pad in your bed. You can turn your AC off or down during the night if you use a cooling pad on your bed. You will stay cool and use much less energy during those eight hours a night.
  • Use cold or wet shirts. A t-shirt stored in the freezer or wetting your shirt and putting it back on can cool you down quickly.
  • Use your thermostat wisely. Try to reduce the use of AC when you are not home. A smart thermostat is a wise investment to help you control when to use your AC. Set it at higher temps when you are typically not home, then lower the temperature shortly before you will be going back home. Smart thermostats give you the ability to adjust these times as needed from wherever you are to save on energy.

Also be sure that your HVAC system is properly maintained and checked for its efficiency. An efficient system saves money. Stay cool without breaking the bank by keeping yourself and your home cool with these tips.

Posted on behalf of:
Western Aire Heating & Cooling
264 Buchanan Highway
Dallas, GA 30157
(770) 505-7426

3 Spring Checklist Tips for your HVAC

Summer can take its toll on both your HVAC and your business’ energy bills. Commercial HVAC systems are put under heavy strain when the temperatures rise, especially in hot climates. Spring is the best time to perform maintenance on your HVAC system to get it ready for the summer ahead. This can ensure your system will work efficiently for lowered energy costs and can reduce the chance of breakdowns. Here are three spring checklist tips to keep in mind for your commercial HVAC:

  1. Change filters. Keeping your HVAC filters up-to-date can improve air quality and efficiency for your system. Your filters are changed during routine maintenance and tune-ups, but you should check them between service and change them if they look dirty.
  2. Clean indoor components. Keep indoor air vents clean, along with coils, control panels and blower fans. Make sure there are no blockages to prevent air flow.
  3. Inspect outdoor unit. Inspect the outdoor cabinet that contains your condenser – make sure no debris is blocking any air vents or stuck in the coils. Wipe down the cabinet and coils to keep it clean.

Keeping your HVAC maintained can reduce your repair costs by up to 20% and improve efficiency. Spring is the perfect time to get your system tuned up and have routine maintenance performed. You can reduce your energy bills by at least 25% with regular maintenance and cut down the amount of breakdowns and expensive downtime.

Calling your local commercial HVAC service team to schedule your spring tune-up should be moved to the top of your checklist. Improve your energy efficiency and save money on your cooling system this summer by having a professional perform the needed maintenance on your system.

Posted on behalf of:
JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

Professional Maintenance Is the Key to Efficient HVAC Operation

Heating and air conditioning issues can be a major headache for homeowners. You rely on your system to provide comfort in your home year-round, so you need a professional HVAC repair service you can trust.

When the frigid days of winter come knocking at your door, make sure your heating system is in good repair and working efficiently. Professional HVAC repair technicians are trained and qualified to inspect and repair your heating system for you.

Got a cooling emergency in the sweltering heat of summer?  Licensed HVAC professional repair techs will inspect and repair your air conditioning system quickly for you.

Tired of skyrocketing utility bills? Heating and air conditioning repair specialists can conduct an efficiency analysis of your system to determine energy consumption and how you can save energy. Keep your heating and cooling air inside where it belongs; make your home more energy efficient with our blown-in insulation service.

Want to avoid spending a fortune on heating and cooling your home? Find local HVAC technicians who will install a new energy-efficient system in your home. Enjoy the comforts of home at a fraction of the cost.

Your comfort and safety are too important to leave to chance. Professional HVAC repair technicians provide installation of dehumidifiers and carbon monoxide detectors to protect your family’s health. If you’ve got an attached garage especially, a carbon monoxide detector can be a life saver in your home.

For whatever heating and cooling needs you may have for your home, you can rely on the HVAC professionals in your area to do what it takes to get the job done. Don’t sweat through another summer, and keep old man winter at bay.

Posted on behalf of:
ClimateSmith, LLC
Marietta, GA
(770) 475-9564

Why You Need An HVAC Efficiency Analysis

Energy costs can run high, especially if your HVAC system is not working efficiently. Even homeowners who have invested in energy efficient HVAC equipment may still not be getting the utility savings they should be realizing. Often, it can be a simple fix to reduce your monthly energy bills and get the most out of your HVAC system. If your energy costs are higher than you would prefer, it may be time to have an efficiency analysis performed on your HVAC system. 

What An Efficiency Analysis Should Include

There are many different components which can affect how efficient your HVAC system is and how much energy your home is consuming each month. An efficiency analysis performed by a quality HVAC professional can identify areas where you could improve your HVAC’s performance, often saving you money on your energy bills. A thorough efficiency analysis should include the following: 

–        Analysis of your home’s heating and cooling operating costs

–        Inventory and inspection of your HVAC equipment

–        Identification of any potential hazards, including performing an indoor air quality test

–        Evaluate your energy consumption

–        Test for comfort levels throughout the home

–        Inspect air distribution system, checking for leaks and air loss problems 

Once the analysis is complete, your HVAC professional can give you recommendations for ways to improve your efficiency and discuss any potential problems. These improvements can be used to lower your energy bills, and possibly increase the life of your HVAC system. Call your local HVAC company today and ask about scheduling an efficiency analysis for your system. It could save you hundreds of dollars on your energy bills, and help increase the comfort level inside your home.

Posted on behalf of:
ClimateSmith, LLC
Buford, GA
(770) 475-9528