The changing of the seasons is an ideal time to take care of home maintenance tasks that improve comfort and energy efficiency. To reduce stress on your HVAC system and keep your home in the best shape, make sure these tasks are on your list.
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Just like your car, the quality of care you give your water heater is a reliable indicator of how efficiently it will operate. After all, if you don’t clean the storage tank as suggested by the manufacturer, your system won’t last as long as it could. Moreover, you’re likely to experience more water heating breakdowns and a spike in your energy bills.
Although the heating season in the Central Valley isn’t nearly as demanding as the cooling season, it’s important to have professional furnace maintenance this fall. When an HVAC expert goes through your equipment, you’ll have the assurance that the system runs as cleanly and efficiently as possible, both of which promote dependable performance.
Black-outs and Brown-outs are an annoying reminder of our country’s vulnerable power grids, though you may also have vulnerabilities within your home’s electrical power system. You likely already use surge protectors to protect your computers, flat-screen televisions, stereo, and other home entertainment equipment. But have you protected your expensive HVAC equipment with surge protectors?
When your heating or cooling system experiences a hiccup, your family’s comfort is on hold until you resolve the problem. But if you schedule routine maintenance on your HVAC system, you’re more likely to identify potential problems before something malfunctions. Similar to maintaining your car, scheduling a professional HVAC diagnostic serves as a periodic tuneup so you can stay cool in summer and warm in winter without any uncomfortable interruptions.
Your air conditioner works hard to keep you cool during the long San Joaquin Valley cooling season, and keeping your system operating problem-free all summer long can be a challenge. Clogged condensate drains are one of the most common air conditioning problems, causing your condensate pan to overflow, and eventually shutting down your system. Your annual preventive maintenance call should include flushing the condensate drain to prevent this problem, but knowing how clogs occur and what you can do to remove them is a simple but valuable skill that can save you money on a service visit down the road.
Fresno area homeowners enjoy relatively moderate winter temperatures, which, for many, makes high heating bills quite confounding. If you’re baffled by high heating bills, remember that air-source heat pump performance depends on an optimal balance point. Lower the heat pump’s balance point, and you’ll lower your heating bills.
Heating with gas is one of the most efficient ways to warm your home, but when you’re running a gas furnace, safety has to come first. These recommendations can increase your safety, and your energy efficiency as well.
Taking the time to perform routine furnace maintenance tasks will not only extend the life of your system, but will also ensure that your furnace runs efficiently and safely throughout the heating season. One of the most important furnace maintenance tasks is to have your system tuned up annually. Preventive maintenance performed by an HVAC professional will include the following important points: