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Spring 2015

Why Spring is the Best Time for Air Conditioning Maintenance

As winter comes to a close and spring gets underway, it is time for homeowners to start preparing their homes for the coming summer season. Now, it may seem a bit early to start thinking that far ahead. Trust us, though, spring is the perfect time to start preparing your home for the hottest months of the year. One of those preparations should be air conditioning maintenance.

Your air conditioner is a pretty sturdy system, and it’s designed to last for many years. However, all air conditioners are designed with the assumption that their users will be conducting regular preventive maintenance on them. Without that maintenance, your air conditioner may not last nearly as long as you’d like. Most manufacturers recommend that you have your air conditioner checked at least once a year. In fact, a lot of air conditioner warranties require that annual maintenance in order to remain valid. Why spring, though? What makes spring such a good time to schedule air conditioning maintenance?

Well, the best time to conduct maintenance on anything is usually right before you plan on using it more often. Heaters are often serviced in the fall, and air conditioners tend to be serviced during spring. This ensures that any developing issues your air conditioner has are dealt with, before they are exacerbated by the increased usage during the summer. If you don’t conduct annual spring maintenance on your air conditioner, you run the risk of having it break down from the strain during the hot summer months. It will probably be a lot more comfortable to have your air conditioner repaired or replaced during spring, when you don’t necessarily need it, then to spend several days without it during summer.

Your air conditioner’s efficiency will also likely go up after your annual spring maintenance. As wear and tear from normal use begins to accumulate on the system, the various parts in the system slowly begin to decline in their ability to perform their various functions. Some of these parts may need to be replaced, while other just need a good cleaning to be restored to full strength. Either way, an annual maintenance checkup is the best way to ensure that your air conditioner is in prime operating condition. If you haven’t had your annual spring air conditioner checkup yet, give us a call today.

Preparing Your Home for the Summer

As spring’s warm thaw replaces the cold days of winter, many people are taking the opportunity to relax and enjoy the weather. For homeowners, however, there’s still work to be done. Summer is not far off, and it is important that you take steps to prepare your home for the hot months ahead. Keeping your home during the summer involves a lot more different systems than you are probably aware of. If one of those systems is not in the best shape, or happens to fail during the summer, then you could be faced with a significant drop in your home’s comfort level. Below you’ll find a list of all the things in your home that you should have checked before summer begins.

Air Conditioner

Obviously, air conditioning is one of the best ways to keep your home cool and comfortable during hot summer days. Air conditioners, like many other home systems, are designed with the expectation that they will receive annual preventive maintenance. Without this maintenance they won’t last nearly as long, or operate as efficiently. So, it is important to have a professional HVAC technician inspect your air conditioning system every spring. This will help identify and fix developing issues before they are worsened by the increased demand of summer.

Insulation

Heat will always travel from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration. If your home were not insulated properly, that would mean it would be hot in the summer and cold during the winter. Insulation is designed to hinder the transmission of heat between your home and the environment, which allows you to keep your home at a comfortable temperature regardless of the weather outside. However, insulation is not invulnerable. Over time, it can wear out and rot away. Animals can damage it, as can excessive moisture.

Energy Audit

Though you may not realize it, the insulation in your walls may no longer be up to the task of keeping your home comfortably isolated from the heat changes outside. So, how do you test your insulation? The best way is with an energy audit. This is a test designed to locate areas in your home that are releasing more energy into the environment than they should be. It doesn’t just apply to insulation, either. Energy audits can isolate problems with improperly sealed windows, as well as any other areas that might be allowing heat to enter or leave the house. Before summer gets fully underway, make sure that your house is properly insulated against the heat with an energy audit.

Duct Sealing

According to the US Department of Energy, the average forced air system loses around 30% of its output to duct leaks. Don’t waste money on cool air that isn’t even reaching you. Have your ducts sealed before you plan on using your air conditioner this summer. Duct sealing is the process of finding and closing any leaks that may be present in your ducts, increasing your energy efficiency and helping to keep you cool.