Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Annual AC Inspection
If you are planning to install an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), then you should know that the entire design of the system (sizing and placement of air ducts and registers, among others) is just as important as the type of the installed system. Here are some examples of poor placement of air registers during your heating and air conditioning installation:
Return and Supply Registers Near Each Other
In an efficient register design, fresh air delivered by the supply register is supposed to circulate around a room for sometime before getting pulled back by the return register (after it gets stale).
When winter starts moving in, you want to make sure that your house is going to be warm. No one wants to spend all winter without heat, bundled up in blankets and 17 layers of clothes. That means that you are going to have to do some things to make sure that your furnace is going to work when you want it to and that you are going to get the heat that you want when you want it.
When your air conditioner won't turn on, your imagination may run wild and lead you to think it's a big issue that will cost thousands of dollars to fix. Most of the time, it is a simple issue that can be readily fixed with a small amount of effort. Here are two things to double check that may be causing the problem before calling a repair technician.
The Thermostat is Getting Power
If you reside in an area that is prone to big storms during hurricane season, you are probably all too familiar with the things you should do to get prepared when a hurricane watch comes in. While stocking up on water supplies and protecting your valuables may be some of your first plans of action, there are also steps you should take to protect your property, even your HVAC system. The fact is, your HVAC system can be completely damaged by strong winds and heavy rains, but there are things you can do to protect this expensive home component before a hurricane hits:
For homeowners busy with work, family, and vacation plans, summer can be an extremely busy time. But as vacations wind down and the kids make plans to return to school, many homeowners are already looking ahead to the demands of winter. For those who experienced the pain of higher than average heating bills last winter, now is the perfect time to consider making some changes that will help to make their homes more efficient and reduce their 2018 heating bills.
I almost always have my air conditioner inspected every spring before I start using it in the summer. However, last year I decided to skip the inspection. Everything had been OK for the last couple of years, so I assumed that it would be fine this year as well. Why not save a few dollars and skip the annual check up, just this once?
Of course, this was the year that my air conditioner decided to break down. It ran for a few days, but it never really seemed to get cool enough to bring the indoor temperature down. Then it started making a loud noise, right before shutting off completely. By that time, the AC repair company was swamped like it always is when the weather is warm, and I had to wait days for an appointment. Next year, I will definitely be getting that yearly inspection first.
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