It’s hard to believe that fall and cooler temperatures are just around the corner. It’s no surprise that a properly maintained HVAC unit operate more efficiently in all seasons. But what some people don’t know is that a malfunctioning HVAC system can be dangerous, exposing the home’s occupants to the risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Regular maintenance of the system by HVAC Sacramento experts at the beginning of the heating or cooling cycles can not only remove these risks but also save you energy and money.
Sacramento HVAC Maintenance Tips
1. Keep your filters in the central air conditioning unit clean. One tip is to shine a flashlight through the filters. If you can’t see the light beam through the filter, it’s time to replace it.
2. Pilot lights and oil burners need to be cleaned and adjusted by professionals. Oil burners need more attention than gas burners because they don’t burn as cleanly, but gas burners have to be serviced, too.
3. Change filters in forced air furnaces at least once a month when they’re being used. A clogged filter can cut the efficiency of heat output by as much as 70 percent and the entire system will overstrain itself trying to keep the house warm.
4. Schedule regular HVAC maintenance with Ace, the HVAC Sacramento experts. We can keep a house comfortable over many years and in all kinds of weather. Use our promotional coupon for additional savings.
5. If your HVAC system is over 10-years old, it could be time to upgrade to a new energy efficient model. Knowing HVAC Sacramento requirements, our technicians can advise you on the best model for you needs and discuss government rebate or tax credits that might be available.
Save Energy and Money
There are several other easy ways to keep your home cool and warm through out the seasons:
1. Program Your Thermostat – One way to save energy is to have a programmable thermostat. Keep it low during the day while you’re away and turn it down a few extra degrees at night. Here’s a video from Home Depot explaining how to program your thermostat.
2. Keep Vents Clear – Double check that your vents and registers aren’t blocked. Furniture, drapes and plants should be kept away from them to let air flow freely.
3. Install Light Filtering Shades – Light filtering shades can lower the heat inside the house as much as 20 percent.
4. Caulk Windows, Doors, and Cracks – Little gaps can let in a big amount of hot or cold air. The weatherizing should begin in the attic and proceed down to the basement.
5. Plant Shade Trees – Planting trees around the house, they stop/filter direct light and provide cleaner air in the process. Some people allow Virginia creeper to grow up the walls of their house and provide a natural curtain for their windows.
6. Take Advantage of Mother Nature – Don’t forget to open the windows in the evening to let cool air into the house. Be sure to keep the interior doors open to get a breeze throughout the house.
Get ready for fall, call Ace for your system maintenance today!