There is nothing more pleasant than an efficiently working air conditioner in the summer months. In the hot summer months of Dallas, TX, the AC is a saving grace and reprieve from the sweltering heat. In order for your AC to consistently offer your that cool reprieve, it must be regularly maintanenced.
By performing regular AC maintenance, you can keep your unit clean, efficient, and free of potential breakdowns. It also prolongs the unit’s longevity and saves you money in the long run. But what is included in AC tune up? This article will outline some of the services that an HVAC technician provides during a maintenance inspection.
HVAC Maintenance Checklist
Since the air conditioning system is such an integral component of the comfort of your home, it is important its tune up is thorough. Enjoy a comfortable home atmosphere by ensuring your AC tune up includes the following steps:
Check and change air filters
Test the thermostat settings
Check and adjust blower motor and belts
Lubricate all moving parts
Tighten electrical connections
Check and clean condensate drain
Read freon levels and recharge if necessary
Check all controls and straighten fins
Clean all coils
Adhering to this checklist will ensure that your AC gets a proper and thorough tune up. With these items checked off, it will be contentedly working to serve the needs of your household.
AC Tune Up Costs
The costs for a quality air conditioning inspection is dependent upon the scope of the maintenance work, the HVAC service provider, and the season. In general, there are five factors that will drive the cost of the tune up:
How often your AC is maintanenced
Size of your home is square footage
Age of the unit
Model of the AC unit
To save money on your air conditioning operation and maintenance costs, we recommend a annual AC tune up at minimum. With time, you will see that there are less required repairs, lower energy bills, and a longer lifespan for your overal unit.
Length of AC Tune Up Service
In the same way that the price of tuning your AC varies, so does its length. A maintenance service will largely depend on how often it is tuned up. The longer period between maintenance visits, the longer the service will be. This is because with time, certain parts of the unit wear out and require replacement or adjustment. The number of these needed repairs increase with time and will lengthen the tune up service. They will also increase the cost of the service as they require additional labor and equipment.
AC Tune Up vs. Repair
An AC tune up is different from a repair service but both can be performed concurrently. A tune up is like an annual doctor’s visit, but from an HVAC expert. Your technician will go through the checklist we provided above to make sure the unit is working as expected. During this time, he or she may find areas that need special repair services and make appropriate recommendations to the homeowner. It is then up to the homeowner to decide whether to proceed with the repairs or to put them off.
AC repair services are generally targetted toward a specific problem within the unit. Here’s a common list of issues that typically require repair services versus a simple AC tune up:
Increased energy bills
Bad smells coming from vents
AC is loud when operating
Not producing enough cool air
Stuffy, muggy air
Thermostat not working
An AC tune up service will help prevent the need for these repairs. Your technician will also be able to make the best recommendations for your home that will help you make the most out of your air conditioning system.
Schedule Your AC Tune Up Today
Is your home in need of an AC tune up? Dallas Plumbing has all the top-rated service technicians for you plumbing, air conditioning, and heating needs. With over a century of experience, we know how to get the job done to provide you with the most optimally functioning AC unit. Do not delay the comfort and safety of your home! Contact Dallas Plumbing by calling (877) 769-5547.
Order Air Conditioning Equipment Now to Avoid Shortages, Delays, and Rising Costs
We’re gearing up for another hot Texas summer! Are you? Whether you’re a Texas veteran or experiencing your first summer in Texas, you need to know some critical considerations this year to avoid getting stuck without AC.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the world and economy have shifted. While some things have gotten back to normal, others continue to feel the impact. This summer, the heating and cooling industry faces difficulties that could land you in an AC nightmare. With average temps in the high 90s and some 100+ days, we’re here to help you avoid facing the heat without air conditioning. Our experts have curated some helpful suggestions to safeguard your home and health from the extreme Texas weather.
What’s Affecting the AC Industry this Summer?
Costs are Rising The economy is taking a hit, and everyone is feeling it. Almost all industries have seen substantial price increases. The heating and cooling industry is no exception. Air conditioning systems are 30% more expensive than last year, with three price hikes already since the beginning of the year and at least two more expected before summer ends. The longer you wait, the more you can expect to pay.
The cost of raw materials has increased substantially, with sheet metal at the top of the list. Additionally, labor shortages in production and the rising cost of gasoline will continue to affect the price consumers can expect to pay throughout the summer. Air conditioning unit prices are not like gas prices, which fluctuate depending on the market. Once the price goes up, it will not go back down, even after the economy stabilizes.
Shortages and Delays Heating and air conditioning companies around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex are experiencing extreme delays and shortages, up to 20 weeks in some cases. Without AC, you will need to find alternative solutions until your system can be repaired or replaced. Proper preparation can help you avoid being without AC for months in the middle of the Texas summer.
Big box stores are facing shortages of portable and window AC units due to the AC industry’s crisis. Higher demand means higher prices, so expect to pay more for a window or portable air conditioning unit this summer. You may be left scrambling, running from store to store, while the parts or a new system are on backorder.
Changing Regulations Regulations are changing next year. Air conditioning systems are rated according to their energy efficiency. The minimum rating currently required is a 14 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) unit. But starting next year, that will change to a 15 SEER unit. Parts to repair a 14 SEER unit will become more expensive as they will not be in production. We have already seen an increase in price for the refrigerant needed in 14 SEER units. If you have a 14 SEER unit nearing the end of its life, consider replacing it before repair and maintenance become a financial burden.
Repair or Replace?
Be Proactive Texas heat frequently overloads air conditioning systems, causing them to work harder as outdoor temperatures soar. Now is the best time to schedule maintenance for your AC system. A professional HVAC technician will come to your home and evaluate the system’s performance. Weak points that keep the system from functioning optimally can be assessed and help you understand the steps you can take to prolong the life of your AC. Whether you have a newer system or one reaching the end of its life, address issues before they become problematic and interrupt daily life.
This summer, the crisis we are facing in the heating and cooling industry will cause hardships for many homes and businesses across North Texas. Exposure to extreme temperatures can lead to heatstroke or worse. The best thing you can do to protect your family is to get ahead of the game before you are stuck facing the heat. Even if you have never taken steps to safeguard your AC system in years prior, it is vital to do so this year.
Replacing and servicing your air conditioning system early can save you thousands in the long run. When you are proactive, you have time to research the best option for you, your home, and your needs. Once your unit has gone out, you may be left with the most readily available unit or whichever has the shortest delays. This can convert into higher unit costs or sub-par units that don’t meet the needs of your home, based on availability.
When Should I Repair My AC?
Schedule annual maintenance to evaluate your AC system. If an identified problem needs repair, but your unit is still functioning, you are on the winning side of your HVAC crisis. If your unit is just a few years old and meets minimum requirements, replacing it doesn’t make sense. You will have time to order the needed parts and schedule the repair before the unit goes out completely. This is the ideal situation with the delays we have seen this year.
When Should I Replace My AC?
Most AC units last 10-15 years. Prices are going up. It is better to replace your unit sooner rather than later. Manufacturers recently increased prices by 9%, and experts expect to see at least two more price increases before the end of the summer. The earlier you order a replacement system, the more money you will save.
The shortages of AC units have grave implications for North Texas families who wait. If you have had problems with your AC in prior years or suspect your unit is reaching the end of its life, don’t wait to call an experienced HVAC professional.
If cost is an issue, consider alternative options. Many reputable HVAC companies offer financing with 0% interest over a particular term or period. There may also be rebates available for choosing high-efficiency systems that are environmentally friendly. A tax credit may also be available, depending on the unit’s rating.
The Push is on for Energy Efficient AC Systems
Energy efficiency is a priority for governmental boards of regulation. As mentioned earlier, minimum requirements will change in 2023. AC units are rated based on their energy consumption. A 14 SEER system is the lowest rating currently in compliance with regulations, but that will change to 15 SEER units next year.
There are a few things to consider regarding energy efficiency ratings. A higher-rated AC system will have a much higher price tag, but the benefits may not outweigh the cost. Switching from a base-rate unit to a 16-18 SEER unit is adequate in most cases. It will give you considerable savings each year without the unnecessary costs of a more expensive unit.
What are the Benefits of Replacing My Air Conditioning System?
Efficiency An efficient machine is just that – efficient. New units always function better than older units with worn-out parts and components. An efficient air conditioning system helps maintain a constant and consistent temperature in your home, regardless of how hot it gets outside.
Lower Electric Bill Once you have determined that a new air conditioning system is needed, you will undoubtedly be upgrading to a more efficient unit. This increase in efficiency translates into lower electricity usage, which saves money on your monthly bill.
It Pays for Itself Your new air conditioning system will pay for itself over its lifetime. Depending on the age and health of your current system, you could see savings of up to 20% on your monthly electric bill! Keep your home cool and dry affordably.
Humidity Control Air conditioning units do more than cool your home. They lower the overall humidity, helping to prevent mold and mildew and reducing allergens inside your home. Your air will feel cleaner and cooler with more effective humidity control.
Environmentally Friendly Go green with a highly rated AC system. Higher-rated air conditioning units optimize energy usage for a cool home throughout the day while reducing the energy needed to run a less efficient system. Manufacturers and energy companies periodically offer rebates for energy-efficient air conditioning systems. Your certified HVAC specialist will be able to help you determine what is available. You may also have access to certain rebates and tax credits as part of an incentive to go green. Consult your CPA to see what options are currently available.
Variable Speed Variable speed systems are highly energy-efficient and sophisticated. The technology used allows the unit to analyze how the temperature outside affects the temperature inside. When the indoor temperature is affected by a fraction of a degree, the system automatically adjusts the fan speed to accommodate these changes and maintain the desired levels. This effective technology and energy use allows homes to stay cool and comfortable year-round.
More Options Take control of your AC with more advanced options available on newer units. Advanced technology gives you control over the kind of energy you use and how it is used. Thermostats are programmable to control indoor temperatures. Some systems allow you to see your energy usage and temperature analysis.
Home Investment If you are considering selling or wish to invest in your forever home, energy-efficient AC units boost your home’s value. A new AC system is an excellent way to ensure consistent heating and cooling while putting your home on the leading edge of technology and efficiency.
What Should I look for in an HVAC Company?
Consumer-Focused Practices When choosing an HVAC company to service your unit, ask about their business model. If they have a commission-based model, technicians are encouraged to focus on sales. In some cases, this can lead to unethical practices where the consumer is encouraged to purchase a more expensive unit than their needs require. A consumer-centric approach allows technicians to focus on the customer’s needs, providing suggestions that directly impact and improve their current situation.
Detail-Oriented Service Many companies offer free estimates the first time they visit your home. A qualified and experienced HVAC technician should evaluate your air conditioning system points. As part of their evaluation, they should take time to listen to your concerns, consider your needs and budget, and provide you with a detailed follow-up report. The follow-up report should be informative, list out the options discussed, and give you valuable tools for making the final decision. They should provide a plan of action and timeline for completing repairs and installation, helping you understand what to expect and projected completion dates.
Experienced Technicians Replacing and repairing your air conditioning system is complicated and involved. Technicians must be highly trained, experienced, and licensed to ensure they can handle the task. Additionally, a qualified technician understands the industry and all its caveats, making suggestions based on their experience and the scope of your needs. All technicians must follow safety procedures and protocols. An inexperienced technician can cost you even more money if they do not use the proper tools, equipment, wiring, and components.
Service and Warranty What happens after a technician comes out to repair or install a new air conditioning unit? What if something goes wrong? Can you call them out to fix the issue with the repair or installment? Be sure to ask these questions when selecting your HVAC company. Find out the scope and limitations of their recall policy before getting stuck with a company or repair technician that doesn’t offer these services.
Service Packages Yearly maintenance prolongs the health of your air conditioning unit, ensures function at optimal levels, is proactive against costly repairs, and avoids additional expenses if a unit goes out unexpectedly. Choose a company that offers service plans to ensure your unit is in good working order and ready for each season without worry. Plans should include annual maintenance and discounted labor rates for needed repairs. You will have peace of mind knowing that your system is in good hands and ready to take on the seasons.
Financing Options Replacing your air conditioning system can be a financial burden, especially if it catches you off-guard. Look for an HVAC company that offers payments and financing to fit your budget and needs. Financing options give you the advantage of investing in your home and family without breaking the bank. Many companies offer 0% interest for 60 months. And if you decide to pay it off early, check to ensure you won’t incur any penalties or fees.
Texas is not the place to get stuck without air conditioning in the summer. Shortages, delays, and rising costs make focusing on your AC system even more important this year. Take control of your home and health by scheduling a maintenance call today.
For a complete check-up of your system, call our licensed professionals at 214-340-6300 in the HVAC division of Dallas Plumbing Company.
Homeowners often don’t pay much attention to the ductwork that runs through their home unless a problem is detected. Ductwork is generally hidden and is the main reason why it doesn’t get required attention from owners. Ducts are an essential part of any HVAC system and deserve your attention. Do you know whether ductwork installed in your home is in healthy state or not? In this blog we’ll discuss some common signs that you should look for to assess whether your home needs an air duct replacement.
Age of Duct: Just like any other system, ductwork also starts deteriorating over time. However, with proper upkeeping, and maintenance, lifespan of ducts can be enhanced. In case your ductwork is more than a decade old, it is advisable to replace your ducts. We recommend scheduling periodic inspections and considering replacement if frequent repairs are required.
Airflow Status: Check the airflow level of your ducts. Clean and healthy airducts enhances the efficiency and comfort level that you experience in your living area. Damaged, dirty, and clogged drains are the prime factors for inefficiency of your HVAC system and also puts undue strain on your entire system. In case you are experiencing limited airflow or find you’re A/C struggling, its time to opt for ductwork replacement.
No Cooling/Heating: Are you unable to experience the cooling impact of your HVAC system? Check out the filter and replace if required. In case your issue is still not resolved, the main issue underlying is with ductwork. Over the time, there can be wear and tear in ductwork in form of leaks and holes that allow cool air to escape before it reaches its destination i.e., your living area. Ductwork repair is a temporary yet costly affair. We recommend consulting a professional plumbing and heating company about your options.
Dents Accompanied with Strange Noise: Over the time, dents may develop in your ductwork and can hamper the overall effectiveness of your system. In case you notice some odd noise in your system. It’s a warning sign that something is wrong. We recommend contacting a professional and expert plumbing company for immediate evaluation of issue and suggest remedial measures before it cause additional turbulence.
Improper Installation: Faulty or poor installation is the prime cause of energy loss in transit. This scenario arises when homeowners pay for services of budget contractors that perform sub-par work which eventually leads to high energy use, system inefficiency and at last, but not least, complete failure of the system. If your new unit is inefficient, it might be a faulty installation is the real culprit. Hire an experienced and licensed plumbing and heating company that can provide right solution.
For a complete check-up of your system, call the licensed professionals at 214-340-6300 in the Air Conditioning division of Dallas Plumbing Company.
As temperatures continue to dip, an energy efficient home that is
comfortable indoors is just what you want for frosty winters. An energy
efficient home is safe as well as comfortable round the clock, from hot summers
to chilling winters. Here we’ll discuss how you can cut in your energy
consumption and heating costs without sacrificing comfort by paying attention
to some common home heating mistakes.
a Vacant Home: When’s there is
nobody at home or you’re at work there’s no need to heat the home. It is
recommended to use a programmable thermostat to set the temperature throughout
the day. Dropping it 4 or more degrees while you’re gone more than an hour or
so will help you to cut costs on your monthly energy bills. You can also
program it to warm the home several minutes before you return if you’re away
for several hours.
Left Unlocked: Closing your
windows is not enough. Windows should be kept locked as well to avoid loss of
energy. Proper locking of windows is important to insure the window is
completely closed to prevent entry of cold air from outside and preventing warm
air from furnace escaping.
Has Been Left On: Make sure to
turn off the exhaust fan in the bathroom or kitchen. Exhaust fans are helpful
in removing odors and moisture from your home. However, when not required, you
wouldn’t want exhaust fans to draw the warm air out of your home. Turn off the
exhaust fan when it’s not required.
Up The Thermostat: There’s no
shortcut to faster heating. Cranking the thermostat up higher will have no
impact on the heating time. It will take take the usual time for the home to warm
up. However, cranking up the thermostat past the desired temperature and
forgotten can definitely make your furnace work harder and increase your energy
with Your Local Gas or Electric Service Provider: They may have government funds to offer for
insulating your home at little or no charge to you. These programs are not
available everywhere, and when the available funds are depleted for the season,
the program is ended for that year.
Keep An Old System Alive: if
your heating and air conditioning system is eight to 10 years old, you should
get a professional HVAC inspection to determine if you would be better off
replacing it that repairing it. Often, a new high-efficiency unit can pay for
itself in energy savings over a period of three to five years, depending on
several factors. We offer free onsite estimates for new equipment.
Keep your home warm this winter by expert heating solution experts from Dallas Plumbing Company, a trusted
name for plumbing, heating and air conditioning in Dallas since 1903. We work
diligently with homeowners to provide them with exceptional heating solutions.
Call us at 214-340-6300 or contact us to book an appointment.
Your HVAC unit could technically last for 15 to 20 years, but earlier failures can occur, depending on several factors, including usage, weather, maintenance, quality and type of installation and original quality. The acronym, HVAC, is the abbreviation for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. “Air conditioning” most often refers to both heating and cooling. You’ll want to ensure you have a model that works to its fullest capacity for as long as possible. Energy efficiency can keep you from spending more on heating or cooling costs.
You should think about when it’s time to replace your HVAC unit. The following considerations will help you get a better idea of what you should be looking for and when you should consider a replacement in order to keep your system running efficiently and keep you comfortable. Here are a few important points to consider when it comes to replacing your HVAC unit.
The humidity in your home might be a sign that you need to replace your HVAC unit. The humidity can increase as a result of the HVAC unit not operating as well as it should. Air conditioning is designed to pull heat and moisture from the air. Older units or systems with dirty cooling coils or filter can cause humidity to rise. This can be a time when you need to have a professional inspect your system and possibly time to replace your HVAC unit because it is causing a rise in humidity making it feel muggy and uncomfortable.
A noisy HVAC unit can mean there is a current or imminent problem. Central air conditioning systems are designed to be as quiet as possible. Some are quieter that others, but if you notice an unusual noise or sound you should have it checked. This can happen as age and wear effect the performance of the HVAC unit or parts are about to break down. It is best to catch the problem before you find yourself without cooling or heating. Then you will need to weigh the repair cost against future problems and the cost of a replacement HVAC system.
Inaccuracies in Temperature in Your Home
Your HVAC unit might contribute to cases where you have inaccuracies with temperatures in different areas of your home. For instance, it might be warmer in one room and rather chilled in another room. This could be a sign that your HVAC base is not getting enough air to the many rooms in your home. The problem could be adjustable, or could indicate something else, such as disproportionate distribution of the air through your ductwork, or the unit itself. Again, get it checked. It may not be the unit at all, but rather other adjustments to more evenly distribute the warm or cool air.
The Age Is a Factor
The age of your HVAC system can be especially important. Any system that is at least ten years of age could be costing you more than you realize. Recent advances in air conditioning technology offer much higher efficiency providing much lower annual and seasonal energy cost, plus greater comfort year around. The likelihood of a breakdown increases with age. A new unit could pay for itself in 5-7 years in operating cost.
The last important point involves the dust in your home. Every home has dust, but some more than others. Some dust particles can be harmful to your health, especially to those with other health issues such as allergies or breathing disorders. Pets and people are the mains sources. Your HVAC filtration system offers your best control over the dust in your environment. Adding an in-duct air purifier further cleans your air at a very low cost. Dirty filters and low efficiency heating or cooling reduce dust control and can cause problems.
Make sure you check at least twice per year how well your HVAC system is working. Consider all the costs and other benefits of a replacement before spending money on high cost repairs. You can visit Energy Star at https://www.energystar.gov/products/most_efficient/central_air_conditioners_and_air_source_heat_pumps for a list of recommended high efficiency HVAC systems, listed in alphabetical order.
For a complete checkup of your system, call the licensed professionals in the Air Conditioning division of Dallas Plumbing Company.
Every year, it seems that there is a steady increase in water and heating bills for homeowners. In order for you to limit the additional expense that will surely cause a lot of pressure on your budget, it is best to try out some cost-saving measures when it comes to your plumbing and heating.
In the house Regularly check pipes all over your house for leaks. In the kitchen, if you wash down the drain leftover food, be sure to let the water run for several seconds after the disposer has emptied. Accumulated food wastes will cause pressure on drains, and will add to your plumbing and cleaning due to leaks. For the shower, use a sprayer that has adjustable flow, so you can switch to lower force when the stronger flow is not needed. This will conserve both your cold and hot water usage, which means lower water and energy bills. Check your toilet as well for leaks every so often. If you notice the sound of running water, the culprit could be the toilet flap, which you should immediately adjust or replace. If you are planning to renovate and change your toilet, choose a model that uses less water for flushing.
When you plan to be gone for more than four hours, set your thermostat three to four degrees warmer in warm weather and colder in cold weather while you are away. Consider adding a programmable thermostat that you can set to automatically adjust to your various needs. They are proven to save energy.
Doors and windows Consider installing drapes or blinds on your windows for added insulation. This will lessen the need to turn up the thermostat, keeping your heating bills low during the cold months. Replace old weather stripping around windows and seal leaky doors as well to keep the warmth in when it is cold. Make sure you have at least 12 inches of quality insulation in your attic, and consider adding a radiant barrier. Check with your electric and gas utility companies to see if they have a program that offers insulation incentives to homeowners.
Outside the house If you have plants all around your home, set the nozzle of your garden hoses at the spray pattern that uses less water. Only turn the hose on when watering plants.
Doing these simple cost-saving measures will help you keep your plumbing and heating bills low even when the price of water and electricity increases.
HVAC stands for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning and includes the complete system that cleans the air and gives cool or warm air depending on your needs. HVAC is the term most commonly used by industry professionals. Most consumers refer to the system as “air conditioning” for cooling and “heating” or “furnace” for the warmth in cold weather. However, the air conditioning and heating functions are usually all in one HVAC system. These systems found in most homes in Texas are split systems. The split system includes an outdoor condensing unit which dispels heat and sends the cooling back to an indoor unit containing an evaporator coil for cooling and a fan for circulation. HVAC systems should be installed by experts and are best chosen for their energy saving, air quality and performance features. If your HVAC system is older than few years then it may be time to check into upgrading your older HVAC system with a high efficiency system. Here are some advantages to upgrading your HVAC system that you might want to consider.
Replacing an old furnace with a high-efficient one can start saving you cash on your very first bill. Heaters are estimated by AFUE (yearly fuel use productivity.) Many older systems work around 65 percent AFUE, which means 35 percent is essentially lost. High-efficiency units work at 93 to 98 percent AFUE, which means less heat is being wasted each time it’s used. That implies it’s better for the earth and your wallet too.
The latest technology HVAC system delivers much more than heating or cooling. It helps in maintaining a steady temperature in each room in your home, improves air quality and offers better humidity control. The result is greater comfort and energy savings.
High efficiency systems have variable speed condensers and fan motors that guarantee better circulation and more even temperature all through your home. Variable speed fan motors precisely adjust the air output or capacity according to your home’s temperature settings and offer energy savings over older single speed fans.
Variable speed motors may run longer, but provide better circulation and afford better comfort in each room. By reducing the heavier loads on your electricity caused by more frequent on/off changes, they can save in energy cost.
Older models tend to be a little noisier when they cycle on and off. The new system has better sound control that means your system is felt but not heard.
If you are considering selling your home in couple of years, a new high efficiency HVAC system can be an advantage. Home buyers look for advantages, and this can be a major checkpoint on their list. By upgrading now, you can enjoy the increased comfort and energy savings now and have an added selling feature later.
So is it the time to change your HVAC system? To enable you to settle on the best choice, we’re glad to assess the system you have, and demonstrate to you the best alternatives for your home. Contact us today.
Winters are round the corner and in this chilling winter, you can rely on HVAC systems to make the winter months bearable. However the luxury and comfort comes at a cost (in the form of an inflated utility bill for subsequent month). Here are some tips that can help you minimize the cost of HVAC system installed at your home.
Lowering The Thermostat: This fact tops the list of cost minimization as it is a simple way to directly curb your heating cost. As per study conducted by Department of energy, lowering the thermostat temperature by around 10 to 15 degree for eight to nine hours a day can save you around 10% per year. So by doing this while asleep or whenever you are out of home can save you some easy bucks without comprising on your comfort. So making a minor change in your daily routine you can save a lot.
Make use of Renewable source of Energy: Sun is an endless and free source of energy in every season be it summer or winter. So whenever sun is shining bright in the sky, it is high time to welcome the heat in your home. Open the curtains, blinds and window to let sunlight enter directly in your home. Don’t forget to shut the windows and curtains back to their position after sunset to preserve that extra layer of insulation to keep your home warm and insulated.
Be Tech Savvy: Besides lowering the thermostat temperature, it is advisable to switch over to smart thermostat available in the market. These thermostat come with inbuilt smart features and can be controlled from anywhere in the home through a user friendly smart app. Moreover you can also customize a heating schedule as per your convenience and routine in order to save energy without being tied to your thermostat.
Periodical Checkup: Just before the onset of winter season, it is advisable to get your furnace tuned. In case there is any delay in the essential maintenance, don’t delay the tune up of your HVAC system.
Home Cleaning: Unhindered flow of air from vents and ducts is the key criteria for effective heating of your home. It is advisable to ensure regular cleaning of these vents to remove dust and other debris or any other object that might be the blocking the air passage.
Air Circulation: Ceiling fans are an integral part of every home. Ceiling fans aren’t just meant for summers instead you can switch on the fans on low speed in rooms. It will help in creating an updraft that will ensure circulation of warm air near the celling.
These are some simple and effective hacks that can help you save some hard earned money. So why spend more when you can save by following some simple tips. Dallas Plumbing Company is a trusted and reliable name for HVAC system and other residential, commercial and industrial heating services. To get some best results you are anticipating, contact your local Heating & Air Conditioning service providing company for a free consultation about other options, including upgrading to Energy Star-certified HVAC equipment.
Owning a home in America is a dream come true for many. Whether your purchase id big or small, your home is your abode where you can relax, unwind and be comfortable. Our lives have become hectic and everyone looks for comfort. Temperature is usually high during summers. In such a weather usage of air conditioning system is generally high. Either you need to service your AC unit or replace it. Here is a list of things that will serve as a helping hand for your new purchase.
Go for Second Opinion: Before replacing an HVAC unit, it is advisable to go for second opinion from another HVAC company. There might be a scenario where your HVAC unit may be in need of a part replacement instead of going for a complete overhaul. Buying a new HVAC system is a big investment and second opinion never hurts, only helps.
Initial Research: It is better to do some homework. You can make online research ad look for product price and reviews shared by other consumers. You can take advice and reviews from your family or friends. Such recommendations are more reliable than positive and negative reviews that you’ll find online.
Longevity: Look for a company or brand who has been into this business of HVAC for long time. In case anything goes wrong with installation of or fitting, you’ll need a company that can come to your rescue and fix the issue. It is advisable to check the history of the company before zeroing down.
Expert Professional/Technician: A right, trained and certified technician plays a vital role in installation and fitting of a new system. An expensive machine will be of no value if it’s not properly installed. It is advisable to develop a good relationship with the technician. It will enable you deal with future problems. In case of any problem in future, a known technician will handle it quickly and will definitely answer your queries.
Cost Benefit Analysis: Go for cost benefit analysis. If the problem is simple and small, it is advisable to go for repair if unit instead of purchasing a new unit. Also consider the age of unit and the general effectiveness of the unit. If the unit is continually under repair, it is better to buy a new all together. Go for long term cost benefit.
Analyze your Needs: Every region is different. Some have hot and humid summer. It is important to determine the climate and weather or area where you live in.
Latest Technology: When you are looking for replacement, it is advisable to go for new technology. Keeping up with latest technology will enable you same more and much more efficient. More new technology laden systems are much more sophisticated.
Heating system installation that is done right the first time is essential to your home or business. When the system is installed properly, the chances of needing a repair are minimized. In today’s economy, you cannot afford to spend money unnecessarily.
One of the things that your home or business depends on is the most efficient home heating system to maintain the comfort levels inside when the temperature dips outdoors. When the wind is blowing and icy conditions prevail is not the time to find out that your most efficient home heating system is not working properly.
Also, a heating system installation that updates your old worn-out system can provide savings on energy costs. Many homes and businesses are using old, out of date systems that have been repaired many times. The old systems are not nearly as energy-efficient as modern ones. Of course, if your heating system is not very old, it will still need to be maintained to keep it functioning properly by operating at peak efficiency.
Choosing the right heating system installation and maintenance provider can be challenging. There are many choices, and often people get recommendations from friends, neighbors, relatives or co-workers. There are a few things that should be checked before hiring an HVAC service provider.
Here are some that you will want to verify:
Are they insured?
Are they licensed?
What are their rates? Are they reasonable?
Is their work guaranteed?
Do they work on all makes and models?
Choosing an HVAC service and installation provider can include other aspects. Do they have 24/7 service if your system breaks down at 3 a.m. and the temperature is below freezing? Do they offer same day service? Heating businesses may be family-owned and operated, and their reputation will be based on many years of service. This can be one way of feeling assured that you are choosing the best service possible.
Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Choosing a company that is certified by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is another way of checking the business to ensure you are choosing the right one. The BBB rates businesses on 16 factors including the date they opened, if there have been complaints lodged against them and if so, were they resolved. This included complaints from individuals as well as government actions.
Does the company you are considering should finance available? It is not always the most opportune time for a heating system installation. They are often expensive initially although the savings realized by the new technologically advanced systems will not take long to show up on energy bills. Over a short time, the return on your investment will be realized.