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Extend the life of your AC

5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Your AC

Prolong the Life of Your HVAC with These Easy Steps

When the streets start to sizzle from the heat and you get the urge to stand in the shower for hours to cool down, using the air conditioning system in your home can be a real life-saver. To keep your AC in perfect condition and operating in full capacity, you need to take care of your unit and the space around it. Besides the usual advice about cleaning the filters and doing an annual checkup before the summer starts, here are five simple ways you can help your AC work better when you need it the most.

1. Take care of your outdoor unit

Before using your AC, make sure nothing is blocking your outdoor unit. Clean the space around it and eliminate excess grass, weeds or even flowers growing next to it. After periods of poor weather and strong winds, check for debris and clean the unit.

2. Give your floor registers some space

Be careful while decorating your house and try to avoid putting furniture directly above your floor registers. If you cover them, you will prevent the air from circulating, and your HVAC will not heat nor cool your space correctly. Forcing the air back into the register will create additional problems in your ducts.

3. Use your window blinds

Just because you are cooling your space with your AC, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to use additional methods to reduce the temperature of the air coming into your home. One of the best ways to prevent your home from overheating is to pull down the blinds on your windows. That means your AC will need less energy to cool the interior of your home to the preferred temperature.

Adjust the thermostat for optimal temperature

4. Adjust the thermostat

Be careful not to exaggerate when lowering the temperature inside your home, in comparison to the situation outside. Most homes have less than ideal insulation which means the AC will not be able to sustain a temperature difference of 30 degrees or more, even though it will keep trying. Instead of forcing your AC into overdrive, invest in a programmable thermostat to keep the temperature of your home under control.

5. Choose when to turn on your AC

Avoid using the AC in cases when the perfect temperature of your home is easily achievable by opening the windows. Instead of using a lot of energy, simply create a light breeze and enjoy the nice weather without racking up an enormous electricity bill.

In case you discover that your HVAC needs thorough maintenance, feel free to contact us at 

Total Comfort Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation with our team.

care for your HVACsystem

Getting Your Heating System Ready for Spring

Do Some Spring Maintenance for a Healthy Heating System

With spring making our lawns green again and the sun warming the air, it’s finally time to stop heating our homes and to give our systems some well-deserved maintenance. By preparing our furnaces and HVAC systems for this new period, we can significantly prolong the lives of our units and save money in the long run. When furnaces are concerned, there are several easy steps you can take to keep your system in top shape for years to come!

Extending the Life of Your Heating System

In order to get the best out of your heating system, you should frequently check your units and carry out simple maintenance tasks that will help you avoid serious damage and unnecessary repairs.

5 Heating System Maintenance Tasks to do Regularly

1. Tighten all the electrical connections because sometimes malfunctions can be avoided by simply fixing the basics.

2. Clean or change the air filters because they can make your system use more energy than necessary.

3. Clean the drains of your system to avoid possible water damage due to overflowing.

4. Check the controls of your system and the thermostat to make sure your system shuts off when you want.

5. Grease the moveable parts of your furnace to reduce the possibility of friction and subsequent damage.

Checking the thermostat is one of the main heating maintenance tasks.

HVAC technician testing voltage on a mercury thermostat.

Buying a New Furnace

Depending on the way you use and care for your heating system, it can last up to 20 years! However, different factors can take a toll on your unit and force you to consider buying a new furnace. Since it takes time to choose a new unit, find the right contractor, and gather the funds necessary for replacing an old furnace, we are sometimes reluctant to take the plunge. That is why it is useful to know which signs you need to pay attention to when inspecting your current system.

Main Indicators for Replacing a Furnace

1. The energy bills have been increasing lately despite all your efforts to reduce them.

2. The furnace has been breaking down frequently.

3. The thermostat is not a reliable indicator of the temperature in your home anymore.

4. The furnace keeps making strange noises you cannot identify.

If your heating system needs quality spring maintenance or you are considering an upgrade, contact us at TOTAL COMFORT Heating and Cooling and we will help you keep your home in perfect shape.