Heating Emergency Checklist

 

Want to prevent a heating emergency this winter?

Be sure to add these things to your checklist.

  1. Schedule annual maintenance.

Regular maintenance keeps your system working efficiently.

  1. Check your furnace filter monthly.

This will prevent breakdown due to overheating.

  1. Call an expert at the first sign of trouble.

This keeps minor issues from escalating into larger ones.

  1. Replace your equipment if it is 10 years or older.

An older heating unit may require frequent costly repairs.

  1. Enroll in a maintenance plan.

This makes heating maintenance simple and convenient.

Don’t take any chances with your heating system this winter.

Talk to a heating expert today!

Is Your Air Conditioner Short Cycling?

Guess what? It is still hot and humid and it is also still humid and hot. And we are not sure when it will stop being hot and humid or if you prefer, humid and hot. So let’s talk about a common air conditioner problem you may be experiencing during these dog days of summer – short cycling. Cycling is a normal operational process for HVAC systems. Typically, your system should have 2-3 cooling cycles within an hour on a moderate summer day. If your system is cycling inconsistently in rapid successions, then you have a short cycling problem. Short cycling not only harms the energy efficiency of your system, it puts excess wear on your equipment which can lead to frequent breakdowns and repairs. Let’s figure out what may be causing this issue:

  • Oversized Unit – Air conditioners must be sized properly for each home – not too small, not too large – they have to be “just right”. It is possible that the air conditioning system in your home is simply too large for the space it is supposed to cool. It may be cooling your home too quickly causing short cycles that will prematurely wear down your equipment.
  • Clogged Air Filter –  Dirty filters result in insufficient air flow through your system. This will cause your system to work much harder to compensate for the loss of airflow. Filters need to be replaced at least quarterly, but check it monthly and if it looks dirty or clogged go ahead and change it. It is a small price to pay for big savings down the road.
  • Low Refrigerant – Contrary to popular belief, your system does not “use up” refrigerant like a car uses gasoline. If you have low refrigerant, it usually means you have a leak. This can put excess stress on your system causing it to short cycle.

Proper maintenance of your system is the best way to prevent short cycling from occurring. If you are experiencing problems or if you need to schedule maintenance, call the experts at Anchor Heating & Air – 770-942-2873.

Indoor Air Quality Solutions – Part 1

Are you concerned about the indoor air quality in your home or business? In today’s world, we are spending more and more time indoors which means health risks due to indoor air pollution are on the rise. We know you want to keep your family and employees breathing the best, safest air possible, so we have some practical tips to help you do just that!

Change Air Filter: By far, the easiest and cheapest tip we have to improve your indoor air quality. A clogged air filter allows dust and debris that should be filtered out to be re-circulated right back into your home. This is the exact opposite of its purpose! Regularly changing your air filter about every 3 months will not only keep your air cleaner, it will also save money on your energy bills.

Vacuum Regularly: This is another easy one. Regular vacuuming can greatly reduce harmful allergens that affect your indoor air quality. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter will throw less dirt and fewer microscopic allergens back into the room as you vacuum. For best results, dust flat surfaces from the top to the bottom of the room allowing all the dust to float to the floor before you vacuum.

Proper Ventilation: Ever heard the saying “Build Tight, Ventilate Right”. Older homes have natural ventilation and it is called having leaks. This is not necessarily a good thing, because leaks lead to higher energy usage and higher bills. Newer homes are being built much tighter and leak free which is great for your energy bills. However, with a leak free home you must be more vigilant about ventilation. You can allow your home to breathe by opening windows during nice weather and running exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen regularly. If you are concerned about the ventilation of your home, you can also speak to a professional about the addition of a whole house mechanical ventilation system.

Check back next week for more solutions to improve your indoor air quality. If you have concerns about the ventilation in your home or your indoor air quality, call the experts at Anchor Heating & Air – 770-942-2873.

 

 

 

Extend the Life of Your HVAC Unit

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units can be costly to repair and even more expensive to replace. So today we share some tips that will hopefully extend your HVAC unit beyond the average lifespan.

  • Air Flow: HVAC units need room to breathe. Keep the area around the unit free of storage and clutter. Remove debris such as leaves, pollen, and twigs from the top and sides of outdoor air-conditioning units and heat pumps. Also, keeping the unit and the vents free of dust will keep the unit cooler and clog-free.
  • Replace Filters: I know we sound like a broken record stuck on the words “replace filters”, but that is because of the utter importance of this task to the efficiency and life of your system! Filters need to be replaced at least quarterly, but check it monthly and if it looks dirty or clogged go ahead and change it. It is a small price to pay for big savings down the road.
  • Thermostat Setting: If the temperature outside is not too extreme, keep the thermostat set a couple of degrees higher or lower. By doing this, you will save your unit from working too hard and as an added bonus, reduce your utility bill.
  • Semi-Annual Maintenance: Fall and spring, ahead of each peak season, are an ideal time to have an HVAC contractor inspect and do maintenance on your system. Maintenance allows us to make minor repairs and save your heating and air conditioning equipment from major blowouts, which can cost big money.

One other great tip we wanted to share is to schedule your filter replacements and semi-annual maintenance through your online calendar or smartphone calendar. Adding a recurring event on electronic devices is easier than ever and a great way to keep on top of maintenance.

Each one of the above tips can extend the life of your HVAC unit, saving you money over the life of the unit and on your utility bills. Anchor Heating and Air would love to help you with this goal. Read here for more information on the service plans that we offer.

Keep Your Home Cool This Summer!

It feels like summer time! That means swimming pools, barbeques, beach trips and of course hot summer days ahead. Keep reading for some great tips to help keep your home cool this summer.

  • Ceiling Fans: One important thing to remember is that ceiling fans cool people by creating a wind chill effect. Ceiling fans do not cool empty rooms so be sure to turn it off when you leave the room. Keep your ceiling fan running in a counter clockwise direction during the summer months.
  • Light Bulbs: Use energy-efficient light bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs. ENERGY STAR lighting produces 70 to 90 percent less heat than incandescent bulbs.
  • Filter: If it has been more than 3 months since you changed the filter on your air conditioner, do that now! Remember, the dirtier your air filter, the harder the system has to work to keep your home cool.
  • Window Treatments: Curtains, shades, and blinds can all keep your home cool and lower your utility bills. Keep them closed on windows that receive direct sunlight.
  • Window Awnings: Solar heat gain can be reduced on south and west facing windows by installing light colored window awnings. If you choose retractable awnings, in the winter you can roll them up to let the sun warm your house.
  • Ventilation Fans: Use kitchen, bathroom and even laundry room fans to remove heat and humidity from these areas. Make sure the fans are vented to the outside, not just the attic.
  • A/C Registers: Vacuum registers regularly to remove any dust buildup. Be sure furniture and other objects are not blocking the airflow through your registers.
  • Seal it up: Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around doors or windows that may be allowing warm air to come inside.
  • A/C Service: Have your air conditioner serviced every year for maximum efficiency and optimal savings.

If you have any questions or need help keeping your home cool this summer, give the experts at Anchor Heating and Air a call – 770-942-2873.