01 Sep 2016
Fall is a great time to check off your home maintenance items. Although you probably still have your AC turned on, winter is right around the corner. If you’re not prepared, you and your family could be in for a very cold and uncomfortable season.
Fall temperatures can be extremely unpredictable; you may have the AC on one day and the furnace on the next. That’s why it’s important to make sure your entire system is in good working order and that your furnace will be there for you when you need it exclusively for the colder temperatures. Here are some ways to ensure you’ll have a warm and comfortable winter.
- Change your air filter: Ideally, your air filter should be changed every three months and this is something you can easily do yourself. If you have a home maintenance checklist (and you should!), make sure it’s included. Consider purchasing high-quality filters from your local home or hardware store; you’ll get much better efficiency and cleaner air. If you or someone in your home is an allergy sufferer, you may want to change your air filter monthly.
- Have your ducts cleaned: This isn’t something that you need to do every year, and if you have an air cleaner in your home, it may only be necessary once every few years. But if it’s been more than three years since you’ve had them cleaned, you really should get it done. It will cut down on the dust and debris that accumulate in your home and can make living with allergies a little bit easier. Once the ducts have been cleaned, consider investing in an air purifier. These can be purchased separately or attached to your furnace.
- Consider a professional inspection: If your furnace is less than two years old, you’re probably still covered under warranty. An inspection is recommended nonetheless, just to make sure that everything works well. If it’s older than two years, than you should definitely consider having a professional inspection. It’s also a good idea to sign up for a monthly maintenance plan. This can save you thousands of dollars in the long run and keep your furnace in good working condition all season.
- Consider upgrading your thermostat: Today’s ‘smart meters’ are technologically advanced and can save you plenty of money in the colder months. With a programmable thermostat, it’s much easier to manage the inside temperature when unpredictable weather patterns occur. If your budget allows, opt for one that automates both heating and cooling portions of your furnace so you don’t have to remember to switch it over manually. Some models can be programmed via a smartphone app!
- Check your outdoor landscaping: This is a good time to inspect your landscaping and trim hedges, grass around your AC unit. Get rid of any debris that may have built up over the summer and be careful not to dispose of grass clippings onto the unit itself. It’s also a good idea to put a cover over the unit before the cold weather hits.
With some preparation and planning, you can ensure that the fall and winter months will be comfortable and cozy. Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Riverton, NJ offers HVAC inspections and heating repair services. Call, contact, or visit our website to learn more about our heating system services.
22 Jul 2016
After a long, cold winter, the prospect of summer brings promises of sunshine and warm weather. Before you run that AC unit on full blast, though, you may want to do a few things first; otherwise, your home could turn into a sauna because you’re in need of cooling repair. Here are 5 HVAC tips for summer that will have you cool and comfortable all season long.
- Clean the Air Ducts
Over time, your air ducts collect dust and other particles throughout the entire system. Having a professional HVAC company, such as Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, inspect and clean your air ducts will make sure that the cool air coming out is as clean as possible. Having air ducts that are dusty and dirty can also aggravate those with allergies or breathing problems.
- Inspect HVAC System
A thorough inspection of your AC and HVAC systems will ensure that it will work all season long, without interruption. The technician will inspect all major components to make sure they are in working condition and that everything is up to code. If any problems or issues are found, you can find out right away and deal with them immediately. Unattended maintenance issues can cause bigger problems later on.
- Clean Around the AC Unit
Most air conditioners have drainage holes at the base of the cabinet. It’s important to keep this clear of dust and debris (such as dead leaves) that may have piled up over the winter. A clogged hole means that the AC unit won’t work as efficiently as it should. A qualified technician can inspect and clean around your entire unit to make sure it the drainage holes are unblocked.
- Replace Filters
As a general rule, filters should be replaced every 3 months or so (more frequently for those with allergies). The start of summer is a great time to replace your filters. This is something you can do yourself; just make sure you are purchasing the right type and size for your HVAC system. If you’re unsure, you can ask your HVAC technician to verify the type and size you need.
- Clean Air Vents
It’s important to vacuum and clean the air vents all around your home, particularly your bathrooms, where a lot of hair can accumulate. Thorough vent cleaning will get rid of built-up dust and debris and will help minimize impurities in the air. Keeping your air vents clean can help minimize allergies and breathing issues.
Summer is a good time to have your HVAC system inspected. Keeping your system maintained will keep it working longer and more efficiently. Once your system is over 10 years old, it might be time to think about replacing it with a more energy efficient unit.
Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can take care of all your air conditioner repair and air conditioning service needs. Call or contact us today to learn more about our range of HVAC services.
Your HVAC system is one of the most important components of your home; without it, you’ll either be very cold or very hot! Keeping your system in top condition all year long will ensure that it’s there when you need it. Here are three important reasons to call an HVAC company this spring to inspect and clean your unit.
Cleaning and Maintenance
If your air conditioner is part of a comprehensive HVAC system, it’s been sitting dormant all winter long. The furnace portion has been continually working and can cause a build-up of potentially harmful dust particles. Even if it’s a stand-alone system, there will still likely be a build-up of dust and other debris from not being used – even if covered all winter. These particles can move through air vents when turned on and can cause breathing problems for you and your family, particularly if there are allergies in the home.
A reputable HVAC company, such as Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, can give your entire system a thorough spring cleaning. Knowing your air conditioning system is operating properly and is repaired professionally if needed, you can rest assured that your air conditioning system will be there when you need it (similarly, if you have a fall cleaning of your furnace, you know you’ll get through the winter comfortably).
Many companies also offer maintenance packages. For a monthly fee, an HVAC technician will come to your home on a regular basis to inspect your system and make sure everything is working properly. This is an invaluable resource, as you will be alerted to potential issues before they become bigger problems that will cost more to repair down the road.
Replacing or Upgrading Your System
Like most items in your home, your air conditioning system has a lifespan. Typically, it’s anywhere from 10 – 15 years. Once your system ages significantly, you may find yourself calling in repair technicians more often. You may also find your utility bills increasing, as older units become less energy efficient.
An experienced HVAC company can provide air conditioning service in New Jersey and assess your current system so you can decide whether or not you need a replacement air conditioner. This recommendation is based on several factors including age and performance. They can then discuss the available cooling repair or replacement options for your home.
Trust the Experts
One of the most important reasons to call an HVAC company to service your air conditioning system in the spring is that they are experienced – and this experience makes all the difference. When you hire a qualified technician, such as one from Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, you can be assured that highly skilled, licensed, and insured professionals are working on your air conditioning system. These technicians will inspect and clean your system thoroughly and then provide a report of how it’s working and what issues you should be aware of. You can decide from there how you want to proceed.
When you call an HVAC company to inspect your air conditioning system, you are being a proactive homeowner and protecting you and your family from potentially harmful air particles as well as system breakdowns.
Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling provides air conditioning service in Riverton, and throughout Burlington County and Camden County. Their professional team can take care of all of your maintenance, air conditioner repair, or replacement needs. Call or contact us today to book an air conditioning system cleaning and inspection appointment, or if you have any other HVAC issues.