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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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.

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.

 

Spring is a Week Away, but the Heat is Already Here

Have you “felt the heat” recently? In 2017 Spring Equinox starts on Monday, March 20, bringing with it rising energy bills for air conditioning and home comfort.

You can save money, reduce energy usage and be ready for summer when the heat really hits us by installing or upgrading to high-efficiency rated heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC) and going solar to power it all.

Depending on factors like the age of your current system, lifestyle, etc., you could cut your monthly energy bill in half.

Tax Credits

Tax credits are available for purchases made in 2017. ENERGY STAR products eligible for tax credits are independently certified to save energy, save money and protect the environment. Use up to 30% less energy in your home by outfitting it with ENERGY STAR products available across more than 70 categories. Click Here for more details.

Solar Energy in California

The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a 30% federal tax credit for solar installations on both residential and commercial properties, reducing the tax liability for individuals or businesses that purchase qualifying solar energy technologies.

In addition to the federal ITC, California also has state and municipal incentives that can be seen via the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE). We can provide most up-to-date information on solar incentives when you schedule a FREE estimate with us. Click Here for links with more information.

More Ideas for Savings

Most importantly, you should practice preventative maintenance on your systems, new or old, for optimal performance.

We recommend getting a tune-up before the summer to make sure everything is in proper working order. Like an oil change on a car, you really should do it to help make sure that the engine won’t break down.

Check the air filter often for dirt, pet hair, grass and other debris. Shutting the system off when mowing the lawn can help prevent clogging, and will help those who have allergies in your home.

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End of Summer AC Maintenance Could Help You Save Money Next Spring

If you keep waiting until the A/C stops working, then the repair costs are going to be much greater than catching the problem during maintenance. The technician can find problems that are brewing, and stop them before your system completely shuts down.

An example of this is a leaking compressor. If left unattended, the compressor will eventually go out. When it does, it can cost $1,000 or more to replace. These parts are typically not covered under warranty unless the system is brand new.

A fan motor that is on its way out could also be a preventable, costly repair. Usually, when a technician services an air conditioning unit, they can detect problems with parts that are starting to break down.

Air Conditioner Maintenance Steps

One of the biggest energy users, as you know, is heating and cooling. Following are 4 simple maintenance steps to help you get the most out of your central air conditioning system and keep it operating at its best:

Step One:

Make sure to clean and/or change the air filter in your central air system every month in the summer. You should routinely check for clogs or dirt in your filter. A clogged and dirty filter causes your unit to work harder, thus drawing more electric. Refer to your owner’s manual for the actual suggested maintenance and replacement schedules, and follow all instructions for your specific model (and remember the biggest safety rule when working on any electrical device is to turn off the power before servicing).

Step Two:

Make an appointment to have an HVAC mechanic go over and tune up your AC unit once a year. You can do this at the end of winter or early spring. All parts will be properly checked to be sure the unit is running in good working order. If your unit needs repairs, have them done immediately. Do not ignore them. Having all the parts in working order will ensure that your unit is working efficiently.

Step Three:

The world is a dirty place. Dirt will build up around your unit and its parts. If you vacuum the unit, vents, and ducts, it will make it easier to pull the air through the system. The vents are simple to clean. Just vacuum them when you clean your home. This will also help you to notice if you have any holes or leaks that need to be repaired. If you do not want to do this yourself, you can hire a cleaning service to help you. This will help the unit to work more efficiently as well, helping to save your electric draw.

Step Four:

Finally, sometimes in order to save the most on your electric and to maintain your unit, the unit should be replaced. Every twelve years, you should consider investing in a new unit, one with a higher star central air conditioning system. The higher efficiency central air systems are easier to maintain and can save up to 30% of your electric.

If you need a tune-up or have a maintenance issue, call the experts at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll get you back up and running in no time.

Signs Your Central Air Conditioning Needs Recharging

If your cooling system suddenly stops giving you the cold air you expect, it is a very good sign that your central air conditioner needs charged. Regardless of the model you have, air conditioners cannot run faultlessly for life. Sooner or later, one part or the other becomes affected. When this happens, it is highly advisable to let a professional get the Freon charged and conduct maintenance to save you money in the long run.

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How to Tell Your Air Conditioner Needs Recharging

Because there are several things that can go wrong with air conditioners, it is important to make sure that a low charge is the actual problem. When the central air conditioner needs charged, the first thing it does is blow out warm or room temperature air. Simply place your hand in front of the vent that releases air into your home and feel its temperature for a few minutes.

Checking thermostat readings is also a great way to detect charging problems. If your thermostat seems to be broken or malfunctioning, try to reset it and turn on the conditioner to check for any temperature changes. Broken thermostats are not necessarily a sign that you need recharging. When in doubt, it is better to call a specialist to diagnose the problem properly.

How to Conduct an Inspection At Home

Some maintenance tasks can be done at home while others require professional help. Learning the difference between the two can help you save money, time and prevent you from causing further damage to the system.

Fan

Apart from checking thermostat and the temperature of air coming out of air vents, you can do a visual inspection of the fan. When you turn your air conditioner, the fan should automatically start moving. If not, it might indicate a problem with the motor. Placing your hands inside can be very dangerous. This is a problem only professionals should fix.

Filters

It is quite easy for air filters to get clogged with dirt and debris. If you know how to check filters safely, make sure they are clean and unblocked. Sometimes all a cooling system needs to get up and running again is a thorough clean.

Frost

Leaking coolants tend to cause malfunctions in many air conditioners. Fortunately, leaks are easier to detect because they cause frost to build up on tubes, motors and other parts of the system. Should you notice a leak or frost build up, contact us immediately to help you fix the problem. Coolants are gaseous in nature and might cause harm when handled inappropriately.

If you manage to clean and sort out minor maintenance tasks without getting your air conditioner back in shape, most often than not, it means you need your Freon charged.

DIY vs. Professionals

Recharging the cooler at home seems like a great way to save money, but it is dangerous and should never be done yourself.  Owners lack the professional knowledge to do it properly, not to mention the licensing.

Professionals are the correct option here. Not only can they charge your system properly, you can also score other maintenance checks during the service appointment. By checking your entire system, they can diagnose and recommend the right solutions for your problem. You can easily avoid costly mistakes and prolong the life of your cooler at the same time.  Remember to “Like” us on Facebook: Click Here.