Fall and Winter Tips for Furnaces and Air Conditioners

Fall and winter nights are coming, and that’s when your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system becomes the most valuable item in your home. If it’s running poorly, that means higher energy bills and less comfort too. Follow these tips in the fall to help your HVAC system operate efficiently throughout the winter. This way, you can save money that can be used for better things during the holiday season.

Change the Air Filter and Clean the Vents

Monthly changing of the air filter is one of the most important things you can do, and also one of the easiest. The filter should be checked every month and replaced if it is dirty. Filters should be replaced at the very least every three months – no matter what. When you do you might also want to go through your home and vacuum off the air vents. This keeps them clean and allows warm air to flow freely, easing temperature regulation throughout the home.

Get a Tune-up

Annual service of your HVAC system ensures it runs properly. Homeowners should get a tune-up in the fall to best prepare it for the demands of winter. Lack of maintenance is usually the cause of most repairs done on furnaces and air conditioners. To see what is involved in a tune-up, Click Here.

If Your System is Old, Replace It

Replacing the home’s HVAC system costs a little money, but if your system is old and inefficient, the added comfort and financial benefits of a new system can be very real. If your system is more than 15 years old, you should call us for a free estimate. Replacing your system with a high efficiency Bryant system could reduce your home’s annual energy bill by as much as 30 percent. And if you decide to go Solar too, the sun with pick up the tab for the other 70%.

Insulate the Attic

One of the easiest ways to help your HVAC system operate at peak performance is to lighten its load. Insulating the home’s attic keeps warm air in the home and prevents it from escaping outside. This allows your HVAC system to do less and still maintain the home’s proper temperature. Per EnergyStar.gov, a simple visual test will determine whether the home’s attic is sufficiently insulated. According to their recommendation, insulation in the attic should be high enough to obstruct the view of the floor joists. If this is the case, additional insulation will offer little to no benefit.

Programmable Thermostats

The Bryant Housewise Thermostat is an excellent addition to your system. The right temperature inside a home depends largely on who is there at the time, and when no one is in the home, the right temperature a lower temperature. Homeowners, however, often fail to adjust their thermostats when they leave their home because they either forget, or they don’t want to return to a cold home. The Bryant Housewise Thermostat solves that problem and allows you to set the temperature in your home for different times and it will keep to that schedule, day after day, week after week. Plus, you can even adjust the temperature from your smartphone.

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Protecting Your Air Conditioner Before Storms

Having more Air Conditioner and general HVAC protection makes sense even if you have excellent homeowner’s insurance coverage. Storms can damage your equipment, and that can result in the loss of use, which could be costly, not to mention uncomfortable, in the winter.

  • CIRCUIT BREAKER LABELS: Label the breakers for your major appliances, including the HVAC system, and instruct family members old enough to turn them off when severe weather warnings have been issued.
  • SURGE PROTECTORS: You can use a whole-house surge protector or use them individually to protect your appliances and devices from power surges. These power spikes not only occur after a power outage, but also throughout the day and night during good weather. A whole-house protector will prevent damage to anything plugged in, while one specifically for your HVAC system will shield it from electrical damage 24/7.
  • GENERATOR: In the hot months you can keep your refrigerator going, and in the winter a generator could provide enough electricity to power a space heater.
  • TIE DOWN CONDENSOR: Strong winds associated with storms can topple the outdoor condenser for the air conditioner or heat pump. An HVAC pro can secure it to its slab to prevent tipping from strong gusts. When the condenser tips over, the damage may be irreparable. Unless your system is fairly new, you may have to replace it entirely.
  • BUSHES AND TREES: Removing dead tree limbs or those close to the home’s structure will provide some HVAC protection. Severe storms and winds can cause even healthy limbs and branches to fall on the condenser.

When the seasons cool down, Air Conditioners and outdoor related equipment protection will keep you and your system safer during extreme weather. To learn more, contact All Weather Heating, Air & Solar in Vacaville, Solano County.

We wish to keep our customers and all others in Norther California informed about energy and home comfort issues specific to HVAC systems. For service or maintenance call us at 707-400-6875. Oh, and remember to Like us on Facebook and to Follow us on Twitter.

10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for The Summer Heat

Is your home ready to take on summer? This year, make sure that all you need to tackle at home is accomplished before the summer heat sets in. This includes everything from weatherproofing your home to making sure your A/C is in tip top shape.

We’ve created a helpful list for Vacaville residents on how to prepare for the impending summertime heat. From simple maintenance tasks to smart tips to reduce your cooling bill, this list covers it all. And if you’re looking for expert help with your summer cooling needs, be sure to check the professional services we offer.

Summer Home Improvements to Beat the Heat

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Another great way to prepare your home for the summer heat is to make sure that all your “ducts” are in a row. That’s right—your air ducts! We offer expert duct cleaning services that will ensure that the air you breathe is of the utmost quality. Not to mention, dirty vents could cause your energy bills to spike–or worse, your system to fail–both of which cause you to spend more than the cost of having your ducts professionally cleaned. Give us a call today to find out more about our duct cleaning services 707-400-6875.

“People Love us on Yelp” Award 2017

We are excited to announce that All Weather Heating, Air & Solar is a winner of Yelp’s 2017 “People Love Us On Yelp” award. Currently, our Yelp page has 49 5-Star reviews, photos of our services, our location and contact information are easily accessible so you can always get in touch with us, and we reply to all messages promptly. Yelp awards business two times a year with the “People Love Us on Yelp” accolade. This award is based on high quality reviews, photos, and easily accessible information to the consumer.

Yelp is an online tool, founded in 2004, to help people find great local businesses like restaurants, doctors, home services, and so much more! In addition to reviews, you can also use Yelp to find events, lists, and to talk to other Yelp users. Yelpers had written 100’s of millions of reviews. However, Yelp isn’t just for customers – business owners can use Yelp, too! Every business can set up a free account and post photos, reply to reviews, and message users. You can access Yelp either online or from your mobile phone. A Yelp app is available for both iPhone and Android. To check out our Yelp page, Click Here.

Once again we are so excited to be receiving this award. Thank you so much to our customers who have made this reward possible. (Oh, and please remember to “Like” us on Facebook too: Click Here.)

The Ultimate End-of-Spring Home Improvement Checklist

As Spring comes to an end, it’s time to start getting ready for summer. Your house and home comfort systems have worked their hardest during the winter, and they are about to get another workout once summer arrives. That’s why it’s important to perform seasonal maintenance and repairs around your home to make sure that it is ready to keep you safe and comfortable as the seasons change.

The best way to avoid damage to your home and keep everything running smoothly and efficiently is by preparing for the seasons ahead.In this post, we will cover some of the important spring maintenance tasks that homeowners should complete before summer arrives.

Spring Home Improvement Checklist

It’s time to get your home ready for the summer. Here is a simple checklist of things that you need to take care of this spring before the season starts to change:

  • Check your roof shingles. Your roof can take a beating during the winter. Before the summer weather arrives, you’ll want to check for any loose, damaged, or missing roof shingles. Replace any shingles that are cracked or loose in spring to avoid more serious damage in the coming months.
  • Examine your gutters. Check your gutters in spring to make sure that they are not damaged or loose. It’s vital that your gutters drain properly to avoid water buildup in your basement. While examining your gutters, make sure that downspouts are free of debris and draining away from your home’s foundation.
  • Inspect your concrete. Homeowners also need to check their concrete slabs for cracks or signs of movement. Damage to your concrete can present safety issues for you and your family. If you find cracks, be sure to fill them with caulk or concrete filler. You should also power-wash and seal the concrete to protect it long-term.
  • Get an HVAC tune-up. Your HVAC system works hard to keep you warm in winter and cool in the summer. That makes spring the perfect time to get a seasonal HVAC tune-up. Schedule a service visit with a qualified HVAC technician who will clean and lubricate your system while also checking for any repair needs.
  • Look for leaks around windows and doors. Insulation is important to keeping your home comfortable no matter what the temperature is outside. One way to improve your insulation is by checking for and repairing any cracks or leaks around your doors and windows.
  • Prepare your outdoor area. Don’t forget to prepare your lawn and other outdoor areas for summer. Get rid of any weeds, trim your plants and bushes, and make sure all debris is removed from your outdoor HVAC system. Clean off your patio furniture and make sure that you store any grills, lawnmowers, or other equipment in a shed or other location to protect it from the summer sun.

If a pre-summer HVAC tune-up is on your list of spring to-do’s, All Weather Heating, Air, & Solar is here to help. Our team of experienced HVAC technicians provides preventative maintenance and seasonal tune-ups to homeowners in Vacaville, Fairfield, and the surrounding Solano county and Napa County areas. Call us today to schedule a service visit: (707) 400-6875. And remember to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

What Homeowners Need to Know About HVAC and Home Automation

As technology evolves, it’s important to stay on top of ways in which you can utilize smart tech and home automation to your advantage as a homeowner. This is especially the case for your HVAC unit in terms of performance, maintenance and energy efficiency. The ability to get real time data on how your HVAC system is performing and control your unit remotely from your smartphone, gives homeowners the power to maximize their home’s energy efficiency, but only if they understand how. Here is what you need to know about how home automation can benefit your HVAC system.

It allows for the most efficient energy use

A smart thermostat can be programmed in a number of ways to save you money and help your system perform better, longer. From timely starts and stops at hours in which you are and aren’t home, to only running in certain zones of your house while you are home, a smart system can take away the burden of constantly monitoring your HVAC system to cut costs.

Home automation makes remote HVAC control possible

Wondering if you forgot to turn down your thermostat before you left for the office, or for a long vacation? Having a surprise visit to your unoccupied home? From your mobile device, you can check on your system and, if necessary, adjust your thermostat from anywhere in the world. This is not only great for the frequent flyer, but it gives homeowners the versatility to live whatever lifestyle they want, while being a responsible homeowner.

If you forgot to program your system, you can change your system’s settings as you enter your vehicle and by the time your commute is over, your home will be set to your desired comfort level.

Homeowners are given real time reports

The Côr™ Home Automation System is the heart of a smarter, more secure home. This easy-to-use, professionally installed system teams three industry leaders, providing comfort, safety and security that you can take with you. If cutting costs means more to you than home comfort, your system will be able to tell you ways in which it could operate more efficiently. Humidity is a major contributor to home comfort and home entegrity. A smart thermostat can read your home’s humidity levels to ensure that your home is as comfortable as possible and that humidity is not slowly damaging the wood inside of your home.  The Bryant® Housewise Wi-Fi thermostat is our recommendation.

At All Weather Heating, Air & Solar, we’re dedicated to staying on top of industry trends and informing our customers on how the latest technology can improve their home’s comfort, air quality and energy efficiency. If you want more information on how home automation and HVAC come together to make your life easier and more comfortable, call our office to speak with one of our expert HVAC technicians at (707) 400-6875. We would be more than happy to send one of our Vacaville HVAC experts out for a FREE estimate to install an automated HVAC system in your home. 

 

 

 

 

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tips

Did you know that the air inside your home can be dirtier than the air outside? Well, the Environmental Protection Agency says it can be. Dog or Cat hair, other pets, various cleaning products, building materials, tobacco smoke, radon, and even cooking residue are normal inside of homes, and can be the cause of air inside your home being dirtier than the air outside. All Weather Heating, Air & Solar can help.

Ironically, new houses and buildings can be at risk for dirty indoor air because of better, more air-tight construction techniques and materials that can trap pollutants inside.

All Weather Heating, Air & Solar offers a number of Bryant IAQ products (click here). Call us at (707) 400-6875 or (877) 447-9855 for a free estimate.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is rated according to particle allergens, volatile organic compounds, temperature, carbon dioxide, relative humidity and carbon monoxide. Bad IAQ can irritate health conditions such as allergies and asthma, and adversely affect children, the elderly, pregnant women or anyone with chronic respiratory issues. Also, improving the quality of the air in your home can help keep dry skin and cracked wood furniture at bay, lessen the viruses and bacteria that can circulate throughout your home and enjoy more customized home comfort.

Call All Weather Heating, Air & Solar for you indoor air quality needs: (707) 400-6875 or (877) 447-9855.  And remember to “Like” us on Facebook: Click Here.

Archives of Past E-Letters from All Weather Heating, Air & Solar

All Weather Heating, Air & Solar sends out monthly E-Letters to our customers and other interested folks. They contains helpful tips and information, interesting articles, and current specials we are running. If you missed our past emails, below is a list of our recent E-letters. When you click on one to read you can also sign up to receive future E-Letters.  Just look for the link at the very top. (NOTE: Discount specials in older E-Letters may no longer be valid.)

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Looking Back At 2016 – A Pretty Good Year

2016 was another great year for All Weather Heating, Air & Solar.  Thanks to our great customers we had another consecutive year of growth, and thanks to them we are one of the top rated HVAC & Solar companies on Yelp, Home Advisor, and we are one of only two Diamond Certified HVAC companies in the entire Solano County.

In 2016 we started our Monthly Newsletter* campaign, bringing helpful tips and information to your inbox for free every month.

And of course, 2016 was the year that we went Solar! We are now a SolarWorld dealer. (Click Here to see our previous blog post.)

In 2016 started our Youtube page – it’s still small, but slowly growing, and we are happy to have offered a variety of great deals to make sure all of your home comfort needs are met.

We look forward to serving you throughout this new year of 2017 and finding new and innovative ways to take care of your home comfort needs.

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Who Let the Dogs Out? Home Comfort Tips for Pet Owners

If you live with pets, there are a few things to be aware of regarding how to maintain great air quality within your home. Here are a few of our favorite tips to help keep your home happy, healthy, and pet friendly! These tips will not only keep your air quality up to snuff, but will also keep your HVAC system running great all year long!

Keep Clean!

One essential thing to do when you own pets is also one of the most basic: keep clean! Be sure to bathe your cat or dog regularly depending on recommendations from your groomer and/or veterinarian. Keep your pet’s fur brushed daily to prevent any buildup of undercoat and to reduce the effects of pet shedding.

Be aware of pet dander. Dander is oftentimes microscopic, but can cause serious issues with air quality. In fact, dander, not pet hair, is the leading cause of allergies in people to both dogs and cats. This is why bathing and brushing your pet is crucial in keeping a clean home with great air quality. Another easy way to minimize excess dander and shedding is to provide them with the best quality food you can afford as well as unlimited fresh water.

Keeping clean also refers to your living quarters. Be sure to vacuum regularly, and dust often to keep debris, dirt, and pet hair to a minimum in your home.

Get Your HVAC System Checked Out

Another easy way to make sure you and your pets have a healthy home is to get regular maintenance checks on your HVAC system. With regular maintenance, an HVAC professional can give your HVAC system a thorough evaluation to make sure everything is running as should be—and if it’s not, they’ll be able to help you fix it. This is also a great idea for the long term investment of your system, as a yearly maintenance check on your system can catch small problems before they turn into very big problems.

Change your HVAC System’s Air Filter

Living with a pet means that you should change your HVAC system’s air filter more often than you would in a pet-free home. Be sure to check your home’s air filter once per month; make sure your filter is not dirty and change as often as needed. You can also purchase an air filter specially made for pet-loving homes which will help trap and control dander more effectively than a traditional HVAC air filter.

If you live with cats or dogs, give us a call today to see how we can help you improve the quality of air in your home for both you and your pets! Call: (707) 400-6875.