G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘HVAC Maintenance’

Boost Your AC Efficiency This Summer

Monday, May 6th, 2019

With summer well on its way, you want to be sure that you have money to afford the things that you want to do, whether it be planning a beach vacation, going to an amusement park, or visiting the family for a barbeque. Of course, when temperatures skyrocket, you don’t want to end up sacrificing your savings for your comfort, and therefore, it is important to ensure that your air conditioner is working efficiently and effectively.

There are plenty of things that you can do to boost your AC efficiency, and below, we have listed some of our favorite tips and tricks! All you have to do is keep reading, and before you know it, you’ll see lower energy bills and fewer repairs!

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Why Bother with a Maintenance Plan?

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

I know, I know, you may be thinking, I need to have my HVAC systems tuned up. Well, since you already know how important routine heating and air conditioning maintenance really is, you may be wondering why we’re talking about it today. The focus of this post is about why you should actually enroll in a heating and air conditioning planned maintenance agreement with our team. Trust us, there is a lot to recommend it.

Life is busy, and you tell yourself now that you’ll remember to have your systems tuned up as needed. What happens when that first really hot day of the year arrives, though, and you turn on your AC before you’ve had it tuned up? Are you going to shut it off and have it serviced when the heat passes? Or are you going to convince yourself you’ll remember next time around? A maintenance plan can take the risk out of your scheduling habits.

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HVAC Safety the Whole Family Should Know: Some Pointers from Seattle

Monday, November 7th, 2011

If you think the most important thing a heating and cooling (HVAC) system can do in your Seattle home is to provide indoor comfort, you are right. But there is another thing an HVAC system does that is very important and it affects your entire family. It provides a safe indoor environment, too.

Besides warmth in the winter, a finely-tuned HVAC system can clean and filter the air you breathe. That’s important to people who suffer from allergies and is especially important for minimizing the spread of germs that cause colds and the flu. The key phrase in this paragraph is finely-tuned. If your HVAC system is not working correctly – out of tune – it can cost you a great deal in monthly utility bills and can be harmful to your health.

It is important for you and your family members to understand the basics of HVAC system maintenance so you can all understand the symptoms of improper maintenance and its consequences. For example, if anyone in your home is suffering from flu-like symptoms or are constantly drowsy or listless, they may be suffering from the a silent killer: poisonous carbon monoxide gas. This gas is formed during incomplete combustion of fossil oils like natural or propane gas. A malfunctioning furnace can emit carbon monoxide gases and you may never even realize it, until it is too late. Long-term exposure to the gas can cause brain damage and/or chronic sleepiness. It some cases, it can even cause death.

You may be able to diagnose the problem, but you aren’t qualified to test and repair a furnace that is creating deadly carbon monoxide gas. Your best bet is to call a qualified HVAC contractor who can diagnose the furnace and offer repair or replacement suggestions. But there are things you can do to prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide gas.

Check all exhaust vents, like chimneys and flues for any blockages. A blocked or partially blocked vent can cause the build-up of carbon monoxide gas. And never, EVER, use a gas or propane powered heater in an unvented area of your home. These types of heaters create various levels of carbon monoxide gas that needs to be circulated out of each room and replaced with clean, fresh air. So, your family can actively ensure that there is no debris, bird’s nests, animals, leaves, or snow in the ventilation system.

You can also “help” your HVAC system by keeping vents clean by vacuuming dirty vent grilles and, in general, keeping the home clean. The cleaner the home, the easier it is for your furnace to do its job and the easier it will be for you and your family will breathe. These are a few easy maintenance tips will keep you and your family warm – and safe – this fall and winter.

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