The seasons are changing and spring has come. Soon summer will be here and that comes with warmer weather.

If you are more of the prepping type, these tips will help save you time and money if your HVAC system decides to crap out on you.

  1. Schedule an AC tune-up – First and foremost I personally would schedule a spring tune up for your air conditioning unit. Inevitably, we would miss something trying to make everything right with our heating and cooling units so having a professional come in to take care of the job first just seems best practice to me. Afterwards, we can perform and keep an eye on some of the following to help maintain.
  2. Change Your Filter – The filter is located (a majority of the time) by the furnace. This keeps all of the dirt, debris, and other junk out of your system which can cause issues in the long run. Find your furnace size when the technician is there or it should be located on the filter itself. You can pick up replacements at your local hardware or department store. Good practice is to change your filter ever few months.
  3. Install a “Fancy” AKA Smart Thermostat – With the new thermostats you are able to schedule what your system is actually doing during different times of the day. For instance, if you are going to be gone a certain time of day, you may want to have the house set to a warmer temperature so that the AC unit is not overworked.
  4. Check Thermostat Batteries – This is an all too common issue. We will not rant on this one but check your batteries to your thermostat to ensure they are still working.
  5. Keep Outside Unit Tidy – Now I am not saying you need to be out daily with the feather duster, cleaning off the air conditioner but, make sure there are not things blocking the unit or any plants growing to overtake the AC into something from “The Little Shop of Horrors”. An obstructed AC unit can cause different issues that are easily preventable.

These are just a few things that you can keep a lookout for during the shift in the seasons to help with some preventative maintenance. This post was brought to you by 

If you have any questions or concerns about your heating and cooling system feel free to reach out to them as they are an expert in the industry.

Emergency Heat – this term seems frightening, but what does it truly mean?

Emergency Heat, also referred to as Auxiliary Heat, is what your thermostat utilizes if the temperature is too cold for the heat pump to remove heat from the exterior. The outside temperature that typically activates the Emergency Heating setting to turn is 35°F and beneath that.

Now that we understand what Emergency Heat is, it’s important to comprehend how it works and when it’s acceptable to utilize it. In order to genuinely understand how E-Heat functions. It’s essential to understand the way the heat pump works. A heat pump is a bit of gear which operates exactly like a air conditioner in cooling but, in heating mode, the air flow is reversed and the heat is extracted from the external air to heat your house.” A heat pump is the supply of secondary heating and is normally electrical, even though it can be gas or oil as well. Electric second phase heat is located in the form of coils inside a air handler; whereas gas or oil heating is attached into your own furnace. Many men and women think that if it becomes really cold outside, it’s crucial to turn their Emergency Heat setting on, however this is not correct. The only time someone should manually turn on the Emergency Heating setting is when there is a issue with your heating pump. For instance, if there is physical harm to the outside unit or when a heating pump continues to freeze or short out. You would then activate your emergency heat from the thermostat, which in most cases will stop using your gas and convert over to using 100% electricity to heat your home.

If you ever find yourself needing to manually turn on the Emergency Heating setting, it’s probably a good idea to call and follow up with your local heating and cooling company straight away as there might be problems with your system which need immediate care. Not only is it inefficient to warm your house exclusively this way, but it’s not cost effective either.

There are many benefits of having a heat pump and if you do not have one and are a homeowner, you should consider getting one in the near future. If you do, be sure to talk with an experienced HVAC company as there are phase-outs of refrigeration that will be happening in the immediate future.

Hiding your Air Conditioning Unit

In our area of the country the spring and summer seasons are approaching. You may need to have service done to your air conditioning unit before the warm weather comes. You also may already have an AC unit outside and you just hate looking at it.

Lets face it, some units just do not look appealing to the eye outside and you need to take matters into your own hands to make it. There are a number of different ways to do this just look on Pinterest – LOL! I am going to go over my favorite which is a very simple.

I say simple becuase it is, but you do need the appropriate tools and knowledge. Anyone is able to make this will a little bit of determination.

Simple HVAC trick for your backyard space

The simple fix is to make an enclosure around your air conditioning unit. This can be made with simple wood materials from your local hardware store. Here is a picture example below.

Now this is just one option. As you see in the above image, the air conditioner is not completely enclosed. This option is not only less time consuming and less work but, it can also serve the purpose if you are only needing to hide you AC from a certain angle. Now lets look at another option that is totally enclosed.

This way does have more intensive work to be done. There are different ways of going about this though as you see both photos are completely different styles. If you plan out how you want your enclosure to look, the hardware store should be more than willing to cut your wood however you see fit. This is amazing if you do not have all the power tools to make the cuts yourself. The first photo was made more with paneling and the second with lattice if I am correct. Which ever way you go about hiding and covering your unit to make it look better on your property, any means you take will be simple once you have your plan of attack and style you are happy with.


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