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.

“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.)

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.

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What You Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as a silent killer. It’s a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can cause sudden illness or death if inhaled. Death from carbon monoxide poisoning is usually preventable by avoiding the use of certain items inside your home and by having regular inspections of combustion appliances, chimneys and vents. CO can be detected by using a carbon monoxide detector, which is a device that sounds an alarm if the level of CO in your home isn’t safe.

Sources of Carbon Monoxide

Fuel-burning appliances that are malfunctioning or misused can be sources of CO. Examples include malfunctioning hot water heaters or furnaces, portable non-electric space heaters and portable generators. Outdoor tools that use fuel such as snow blowers or lawn mowers can emit CO and shouldn’t be started in the house or in an enclosed garage.

An automobile shouldn’t have the engine running in an enclosed garage that is attached to a house. A blocked exhaust pipe on a running vehicle can also cause CO to come into the enclosed car through a cracked floorboard.

Symptoms of CO Poisoning

Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble the flu. A person that is exposed to this deadly gas may complain of headaches, dizziness or nausea. Continued exposure to CO can lead to worsening symptoms that quickly lead to confusion, unconsciousness or possibly death.

Carbon monoxide poisoning should be suspected if flu-like symptoms happen shortly after turning on a fuel-burning device such as a tool, generator or vehicle. Another likely indicator is that multiple people in the family suddenly experience symptoms, or symptoms improve if you leave the area near the fuel-burning item. If you suspect CO poisoning, seek fresh air immediately and call 911.
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How All Weather Heating and Air Conditioning Can Help Protect Your Family

To help prevent death or illness from carbon monoxide poisoning, be sure to use a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Select CO detector that is battery powered and is certified by Underwriters Laboratory. Detectors should be placed around the home according to the manufacturer’s instructions or with the assistance of an expert at All Weather Heating and Air Conditioning. Batteries should be changed twice a year. Carbon monoxide detectors expire after several years. Follow the manufacturer’s replacement instructions.

Skilled technicians at All Weather Heating and Air Conditioning can provide annual inspections of your furnace, fireplaces and chimneys, and we can answer any questions you may have about the safety of your furnaces or appliances. Follow us for more heating and cooling tips.