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Even though summer is a couple months away, it’s not too early to start getting your air conditioner ready. Doing so now will save you money and avoid breakdowns during the hottest days of the year.

Here are several tips to get your air conditioner ready for summer:

Schedule annual maintenance
Air conditioners should be serviced once a year. Yearly maintenance will keep your air conditioner running throughout the summer and catch smaller problems before they become larger ones. It will also ensure that your air conditioner is running efficiently, which can save you money. Scheduling maintenance now will ensure that your air conditioner is ready for summer.

Clean any debris surrounding your air conditioner unit
Air conditioners run best when there is space around the unit. Plants, debris, or other items around your unit will reduce its efficiency. As part of your spring cleaning, make sure to trim any trees, shrubs, or other plants around your air conditioner unit. Also, remove any debris that may be nearby.

Change your air conditioner filter
Air conditioner filters should be changed every month. A clean filter will help your air conditioner run more efficiently, which will lower your energy costs. It also will help reduce dust and allergens in the air. During the winter, you might have forgot to change your filter. Now’s the time to get back in the habit of changing it every month. Replace your old filter and set up a reminder to replace your filter regularly.

Clean your vents
Dirty vents reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner. They also collect dust and debris that may be blown throughout your house. Check your vents and clean them if necessary.

Have any other questions? Contact us today!
If you need to schedule annual maintenance or have your air conditioner serviced, contact us today! Our experienced technicians will help get your air conditioner working efficiently and keep it running for years to come.

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Comfort
With record temperatures being reached and exceeded every year, the hottest days of the summer can test anyone’s patience. With window units or portable air conditioners, it can be hard to maintain the temperature you want. With central air, you can cool the entire house, choose the precise temperature you want, and control humidity levels.

Efficiency
Unlike single-room models, central air is efficient in many ways. They make effective use of the room, as they don’t take up floor space or block windows. They’re also cost and energy efficient. There are many ultra-energy-efficient models available now make economical use of energy and therefore save you money.

Air Quality
Pollution has made poor air quality an issue nationwide. Many children and older adults have lung issues such as asthma while others have allergies to air pollutants like pollen, pet dander, and dust. The filters in many central air units can vastly lower or nearly eliminate them. They can also help with common household odors like pet smells and musty scents.

Convenience
One of the greatest advantages is the extra convenience. You can control the temperatures, choose which rooms get cooled and when, and you have the option of combining heating and cooling. Many even come with remotes too.

If you have questions about installing central air conditioning in your home, we encourage you to contact our team.

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Gas furnaces are one of the most common types of heating systems in the United States. As such, if they weren’t safe, then they wouldn’t be half so widespread in the country. However, any appliance that uses natural gas has the potential to become dangerous to use.

When it comes to gas furnaces, they can manifest a few issues that could cause them to be dangerous to use. These include:

• Natural Gas Leaks
• Carbon Monoxide Exposure
• Toxic Exhaust Exposure
• Uncontrolled Combustion

While all of the above are equally as concerning, they can all be prevented by regular maintenance service on your furnace. The usual cause for a furnace manifesting a dangerous problem is a crack in the heat exchanger. This can allow gas, exhaust, and carbon monoxide to be pumped into your home. If the crack gets large enough, it can affect combustion as well.
Unfortunately, damage to the heat exchanger is not something a homeowner knows the symptoms of or can spot easily. The issue really only is caught during regular inspections that should be performed yearly before it become regular furnace use weather. Not only do they catch problems, regular maintenance also keeps the furnace clean to prevent any problems from being created due to obstruction, debris, and any grime that has collected on its working parts.

The small bit of good news is that before your furnace becomes dangerous to use, you will typically notice problems. The heat may not be as strong, the furnace may be louder or making strange noises, or it could have started short cycling. You should never ignore a furnace that is acting strangely because it can very well be a sign of a dangerous problem developing. You want to catch it before that happens to keep your home safe.

We encourage you to contact our team today if you have any questions.

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As a general rule, you should never consider smelly air coming from your furnace and out of your ducts to be nothing to worry about. Some smells can be completely harmless, but more often than not, if your furnace is producing smelly air in your home, it is an indicator of a problem. As such, you need to be able to deduce what might be happening and take the right action.

Dusty Smell
Everything gathers dust over time. If you are starting your furnace for the first time in the season, it will likely have a dusty smell to the air for the first few days. You can combat the smell by running the furnace with the windows open for an hour or two just to get all that dust out of the system.

Metallic or Burning Smell
This is definitely more worrisome. Often if you smell metal or burning, you have something burning in a place it is not supposed to be. If your air filter is very dirty, it can produce this smell, but you still need to have some investigation done. What you really need to worry about is faulty wiring or burning insulation that is producing this smell. You should discontinue use and call an HVAC technician out right away so they can fix the issue that is manifesting the smell.

Rotten Eggs Smell
This is the biggest cause for concern. As natural gas has no smell, a sulfur smell is added to detect leaks. If you smell rotten eggs in your home coming from the vents, shut off the furnace, open all windows and doors, and leave right away. You will want to contact your gas company to report the leak.
Ultimately, you should call a professional HVAC company to repair what could be going wrong in your system. Contact us for more information.

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To some, they can handle the colder temperatures of winter, but the real problem comes with the drop in humidity and the unbearable dry air. It is hard on the body, and some people blame it on their furnace. The furnace looks like a solid suspect because the dry air coincides with turning it on, but it is not quite so simple.

While it seems a lot like your furnace is siphoning the humidity out of your home the same way an air conditioner does in the summer, that is actually not true. In the winter when the air in your home gets dry, it is because the furnace is bringing in more outside air.

The way a furnace works is that it brings in air, heats it, and pumps it into your home. This outside air is less humid than the air inside your home so the air inside your home becomes less humid. Furnaces can’t add humidity to the air it uses, so you will lose humidity.

If your home is suddenly getting drier during the winter time, it could just be a naturally less humid winter, but it could also be a sign of issues in your home. Typically if more outside air is getting in, it can lead to lower humidity levels inside. What this means is that there may be an air leak either in the home itself or in the duct system that is letting in more dry air. This can also coincide with higher energy bills as your furnace works harder to heat your home to a desired temperature, making the air even drier.

Obviously, the solution here is to get these potential problems fixed. However, for some households, installing a humidifier in the home for the winters can be a good option as well if there are no other contributing problems.
If you have questions about your furnace or are interested in having a humidifier installed, we encourage you to contact us today.