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Jul 12 2017

3 Things Your AC Needs from You Every Month

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Your heating and air conditioning system is an integral part of your home and needs your attention every month. Homeowners who neglect their systems and go months, or even years, without taking care of them often find that when problems arise, they are big ones. If you focus on the small things every month, you will find that your system runs better and has fewer big issues.
Below are the three steps you can take to keep your heating and air conditioning system working its best:

1. Change the Filter

This is the one thing most people are aware of when it comes to home maintenance of an HVAC system, but that doesn’t mean they do it consistently! For the most efficient functioning of your system, change the filter every month. It is quite simple to do and keeps dust and debris from getting into your unit and the circulating in the air.

2. Inspect Your Unit

Your HVAC unit needs a monthly inspection. While it is wise to get semi-annual professional inspections, a monthly once-over by you can help to catch small issues before they become big ones. Pay close attention to possible leaks and the lines on your unit.

3. Clean Condenser Unit Area

The outside condenser unit needs to stay clean for efficient functioning of your HVAC system and to minimize unnecessary repairs. Check the area around the outside unit monthly and cut back foliage that may be encroaching on it. A 2-foot perimeter without foliage is ideal. Remove fallen leaves, dust, and grass clippings kicked up by your lawnmower.

When you are taking care of the three things your heating and air conditioning system needs from you every month and you notice bigger issues, contact our team at Comfort Services immediately. One of our experienced technicians will be happy to take care of the problem for you.

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Jun 21 2017

Learn How to Maintain Your HVAC the Right Way

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Your heating and air conditioning system is the single most expensive system in your home. As such, it is important to take care of it like you would take care of your car. For example, most people would not expect a car to run problem-free for ten years or more without checkups and maintenance. The same is true for an HVAC system. It needs regular checkups and maintenance to extend its life and ensure it is running efficiently.

Tips for Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning System

There are many things the average homeowner can do to maintain their heating and air conditioning system, including:

  • Change the filter monthly, per the manufacturer's recommendation to keep your system from having to work harder to heat and cool your home.
  • Inspect your indoor unit at least twice a year. Clean the coils to avoid mold growth and improve air quality. Check for leaks. Contact your HVAC specialists to check out anything suspicious that you find.
  • Clean your outdoor unit each spring and keep the area surrounding it free from weeds and debris.

Bring in Heating and Air Conditioning Professionals Regularly

In addition to regular maintenance of your HVAC system you perform yourself, it is important to schedule a professional inspection from trusted heating and air conditioning specialists. They can detect small issues early before they cause your system to break down. Investing in a maintenance agreement ensures your system receives a professional inspection twice a year.

Bringing in the professionals on a regular basis can extend the life of your HVAC unit, your monthly energy costs, and the cost of emergency repairs.

Want to ensure your heating and air conditioning system runs optimally for as long as possible? Schedule service with our team of experts at Comfort Services now.

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Jun 07 2017

How an HVAC Maintenance Agreement Can Save You Money

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HVAC maintenance agreements are increasingly common in many households. They apply to either new systems or ones that have been in use for years. You may wonder about the logic of paying for a yearly maintenance agreement on a system that only gets replaced every decade or two, but the reality is that a maintenance agreement can actually save you money in several ways.

Here are some of the benefits of maintenance agreements you may want to consider:

Your HVAC System Will Last Longer

Regularly performed preventative maintenance is the number 1 way to extend the life of your HVAC unit. During semi-annual inspections, technicians can detect and repair small problems. These issues, often with wiring, leaks or belts, would lead to a major breakdown over time. Early detection and repair can keep your system running longer.

HVAC Emergencies Are Less Common with a Maintenance Agreement

We all know that when an HVAC system decides to quit working, it is often at night or on the weekend, during the hottest or coldest point of the year. That means extra costs for an after-hours service call. Such emergencies happen much less often to homeowners who invest in a maintenance agreement.

Because professionals are checking your system regularly, small problems get detected and repaired before they become a big problem. This helps you avoid a breakdown when you need your system most. Such small repairs are much less costly, saving you money. And maintenance agreements typically provide valuable discounts on repairs.

Your HVAC System Is More Energy Efficient

When your HVAC unit is running optimally, it can actually save you money on your monthly energy costs. Poorly maintained units often drive your energy bills up. Maintenance agreements ensure your system has a good inspection twice a year. If there is an issue, such as leaky refrigerant or a hole in the ductwork that can cause your system to work harder, the HVAC professional will find it and fix it. You get to enjoy the savings month after month.

Visit us online to learn more about our convenient, cost-saving maintenance agreements available through Comfort Services, or schedule an appointment with our HVAC experts today.

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May 24 2017

How to Prepare Your AC for the Summer Months

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As summer approaches and temperatures rise, your heating and air conditioning unit works harder than it does at any other time of the year. To ensure it runs efficiently, follow these tips before it gets any hotter.

Tips for Preparing Your AC for Summer

Hiring someone to perform inspections of both the indoor and outdoor units is the first step. The pros can prevent small problems from turning into big ones and can catch issues before they cause a breakdown of your HVAC unit during the hottest summer days. After performing the inspection, they will repair or replace any wires, tubing, lines, pipe insulation or anything else necessary.

In the meantime, you can do the following:

  • Clean your outdoor unit, including the coils. It needs to be clear of dust and debris to work efficiently. Ensure the area around the unit doesn't get overrun with weeds or grass.
  • Change the air filter in your indoor unit. By changing the filter regularly, you can make sure your HVAC system runs at optimal performance.
  • Clean the return grills and supply vents in your home for optimal air flow.
  • If there is a cover or coil blanket on the unit, remove it.
  • Do a test of your system to make sure it runs and successfully brings your home temperature down to a comfortable level.

Let the Professionals Help You Prepare for Summer

A professional heating and air conditioning technician can help you take care of all your pre-summer preparation and troubleshooting. The time is right to schedule your inspection with our experts at Comfort Services and keep your HVAC unit running smoothly when you need it most.

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