Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips

Good Deals Heating and Cooling HVAC maintenanceHVAC Maintenance is one of the most important tasks every household should attend during the fall as a preparation to face the winter successfully. In fact, a well-maintained HVAC system ensures reduced utility bills via better efficiency. Here are some fall HVAC Maintenance tips.

Replaced air filters and vents

As the first HVAC Maintenance step, it is necessary to replace the air filters. In fact, this is a process to be followed every month by any household. Even if the filters are not dirty, filters should be changed at least once in three months. While doing a filter replacement, it is important to have a good look at the air vents and clean them, if necessary. Properly cleaned air vents permit a free flow of warm air through the system and regulate the indoor temperature.

Conduct a thorough inspection of the HVAC system

It is every homeowner’s responsibility to do a thorough inspection of their HVAC system before the winter approaches. This time of year is when they need to contact a professional HVAC Maintenance company. Such a company can identify and suggest solutions to a variety of potential errors in the respective system.

Never rely on an old HVAC system

It is true that replacing an entire HVAC system demands a considerable amount of money. However, on the long run, a new, properly functioning system delivers benefits to any household by cutting down utility bills and demanding less maintenance work. If an HVAC system is older than ten years, it is ancient!  Replacing an old HVAC system with a brand new, energy efficient model will save up to 30% of the household’s energy bill.

Have the attic insulated properly

No matter how good the HVAC system is, it cannot deliver the best performance if the attic isn’t properly insulated. A properly insulated attic will retain the warmth inside the house and reduce the workload for HVAC system.

Get a programmable thermostat installed

A programmable thermostat is a very efficient way to maintain a temperature within the home depending on the number of people present. A programmable thermostat can be set to maintain specific temperatures within the predetermined hours.

Every homeowner should pay attention to these HVAC Maintenance tips and be prepared to face the upcoming winter.  For more information contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

Is Your HVAC Ductwork Wasting Your Money?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling HVAC DuctworkHow do you tell if your HVAC ductwork is leaking your money? You are probably thinking about this right now, and wondering if there are tell-tale signs that you could look for to be sure.

It’s quite a task working in the crawlspace or going up into the attic, or tearing down part of a wall to inspect these ducts. The fact is an inspection may have to be done if you notice an upward creep in your air-conditioning bills.  Over time due to wear and tear from expansion and contraction of the HVAC ductwork; they may crack or become disconnected leading to loss of cold air causing the HVAC system to work harder. You know the outcome of this right? – a hefty energy bill at the end of the month.

How to Tell if Your Ductwork is Leaking

Most often than not, homeowners blame their air-conditioning unit for issues arising from a leaky ductwork without actually realizing where the fault lies. Here are some common signs of leaky ductwork;

  • Unusual High Energy Bills – This is the number one sign that something might be wrong with your ducts. As a result of the loss of cold air, the air-conditioning units are over worked leading to higher energy use. So if your utility bill has been going up without an apparent reason, this could be a sure sign that your ductwork has a problem.
  • Rooms Are Hard to Heat or Cool – If you notice some rooms or part of your home is unusually hard to heat or cool, this could also mean that there’s a hole in your ducts that prevents proper ventilation.
  • Stuffy, Dusty Rooms – These two things are a result of poor circulation.  If a room is stuffy, the air is not moving in that room.  If the room is very dusty, dirt and dust may be sucked into the ductwork through holes and then blown out into the room.

Sealing Your HVAC Ductwork

Once you notice signs of leaking from your air-ducts; the first step in getting it fixed would be to invite a professional and qualified HVAC technician to inspect your ducts. This inspection will enable them to assess the quality of your air-ducts, and recommend a possible course of action.

For a complete air sealing solution, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling today to schedule a visit.

Spring Maintenance Checklist

Good Deals Heating and Cooling home maintenance tipsWhen it comes to Spring, most people can’t help but do a little bit of cleaning.  Many folks just clean in a haphazard fashion – a little here, a little there.  Making a checklist of chores to be completed will keep one focused on what needs to get done.  Here are a few items to add to that list.

Test the AC Unit

It is spring, and warm weather is just around the corner.   Check to make sure the air conditioning unit is working and if it isn’t, get it repaired now before the hot temperatures of summer arrive.   In Fall, repeat the same routine for the heating system.

Check Air Filters

The HVAC system uses a filter to remove dust and other particles from the circulating air in the house.  Check this filter and replace it once a month when using the system regularly.  It is important to note that some filters can be washed/wiped and reused.

Clean the AC Drainage Hole

Almost all residential air conditioners have a little drainage hole on the bottom of the unit.  It can be found by looking for the evaporator fins.  For the unit to maintain proper function, it is important for this hole to remain clear.  Spring is a good time to take a wire, paper clip, or similar object and poke it through to ensure the water flows freely.

Clean the Dehumidifier

The dehumidifier needs to be cleaned and dried at least once a year to function at its optimum level.  To do this, remove the housing on the unit.  Allow the unit a bit of time to dry.  Once dry vacuum every accessible piece and wipe it down with a lint-free cloth.  Make sure to be gentle when doing both!

Prevent Rust on Faucet Handles

Faucet handles get wet.  That doesn’t mean they have to get rusty.  Removing the handle once a year and wiping it down will prevent rust.  If signs that rust has started to form, use a rust remover to ensure that the faucet handles will continue to operate optimally.

Battery Replacement

Most fire/life safety devices, as well as many security devices, use batteries to work.  Spring is the perfect time to replace those batteries.  Check carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, cameras, and motion sensors.

Check Window and Door Seals

It isn’t uncommon for window and door seals to deteriorate, especially those that are frequently used.  Take a minute to walk around your house and check all of the seals.  This inspection will help to ensure and maintain the proper temperature in the home.

For more information or to schedule a professional check-up, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

Your Simple Guide to Furnaces

Spring HVAC Maintenance TipsYou need to choose the right furnace for your home for a comfortable indoor environment and energy efficiency. Different types of furnaces in Philadelphia depend on the type of fuel they use including electricity, oil and natural gas.

Gas furnaces

Today, gas furnaces are the most popular among consumers. Manufacturers are also rolling out central heating systems that use gas more often. Forced air furnaces that use natural gas are considered to be the most efficient and economic heating method for the home

Oil furnaces

Oil furnaces use oil fuel to power the heating and cooling of the home. They are not quite as popular today and are often found in older homes.

Electric furnaces

These are also quite common and use electricity to power the heating of the home. Heat pumps run on electricity and wiring heat from the outdoor air to heat up the home during winter and work in reverse during summer as an air conditioner. These systems are inexpensive to install and can be used to replace a cooling only air conditioning system. They are the preferred way of heating in areas with short and mild winters. In colder climates, heat pumps that wring heat from the ground are the best to install. It is crucial to remember that electricity rates are often higher than natural gas costs.

Features of furnaces

There are some furnace features that could further lead to classification of types of furnaces, although these features are shared in some systems. They include:

  • Variable-speed blowers: these types of furnaces deliver varied speeds of air depending on how much heat is required and this produces few changes in temperature indoors.
  • Variable heat output: this feature is available in some types of furnaces that increase efficiency in the system through varying the amount of heat from the furnace automatically between two levels. This makes it easier for the furnace to deliver heat continuously.
  • Electrostatic filters: these filters use electrical charges to trap particles and reduce the amount of dust blown into the heating system. It is especially useful for people with respiratory problems and chronic lung disease.
  • Dual heat exchanger: these types of furnaces draw heat from burning gas. The energy efficient furnaces supplement the primary exchanger with a secondary exchanger that helps to draw more heat from the air they burn. They are a great option for homes that require constant heating, especially during the cold climate.

Need some reliable furnace repair in Philadelphia? You’re at the right place! Get in touch with us today. We cater both residential and commercial HVAC concerns.

Read This Before Buying Your HVAC Equipment

The HVAC system is vital to any home when it comes to maintaining a comfortable environment. If you want to save money once a new HVAC system is put in place, be sure to pick ENERGY STAR rated products to use. They are very energy efficient so your new system won’t cost you a ton when it comes to your utility bills every month.

Look for sizing calculators based on the air conditioner you have to figure out how big of a unit you need in your home. If you purchase a unit that’s too large, it will not be efficient since it’ll cool the same.

Look at the manual to figure out the manufacturing rates the unit for accurate cooling information. If you have a window air conditioner without a timer, use a regular outlet timer to control when it is on or off. These are the same ones you use for holiday lights, so all you have to do is plug your air conditioner into the timer and set it to cool you during the day.

When looking for a HVAC contractor to install your equipment, always ask for referrals. Many contractors claim that they are the best at what they do, but you should know better. Only trust the opinion of your loved ones and friends. Or if your family hasn’t used any contractor before, ask some co-workers or other credible people in your community for some referrals.

One tip in determining a good HVAC contractor is if they do an evaluation on your home. Any professional contractor will spend time looking at the system you currently have and what the needs are for your home. They will also take a look at your duct system and look for air leaks.

As mentioned earlier, you need to have a great HVAC system in order to feel comfortable in your own home. The best way to get this kind of system is when you are educated on the topic! Talk to us, Good Deals Heating & Cooling, more about HVAC system installation, maintenance and other HVAC repair Philadelphia concerns.

Spring Tips for Your Home from Your HVAC Professionals

Winter faded away very quickly this year, and summer is fast approaching, already many people have cranked up their A/C to deal with the oncoming season.  Here are some friendly tips and reminders to help you navigate the season within your home!
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Outside your house

  1. Check your roofs and gutters- the summer heat can really damage shingles, so it’s always a good idea to have a professional inspect your roof every couple of yours. Make sure the gutters are clean and ready for the spring showers, and ensure that the spouts that direct the water face away from your house’s foundations- wouldn’t want a flood in the basement.
  2. Seal your deck- if you have a deck, make sure to inspect the wood for stains, discoloration or warping, finding those signs may mean it’s time to reseal your deck. To see if your old application still works, pour water on to your deck and check for beading. We know your sealer said that it must be applied annually, but if there are no immediate problems, skipping a year shouldn’t cause a huge issue. This is also a good time to check and see if the wood is splintering, rotting, or has any sharp edges. During your inspection, look closely for rusted nails or nails that are coming out of the wood. Also make sure to check the railings and the stairs to make sure everything is stable and secure and nothing wobbles.
  3. Ready Your Soil- it’s time for new growth in our gardens. Make sure all the winter debris and leaves is gone from the plant beds. Mix up and loosen the soil and add a little compost for nutrients. If you’re growing veggies or herbs, they need soil that drains well and has a high level of nitrogen, so make sure to find compost or plant food that has plenty of that nitrogen.
  4. Check your foundation- those midsummer basement floods are a huge pain. Make sure to check the foundation before the rains start. Look for cracks and other imperfections and make sure to seal them (or call a contractor, if necessary).  Look for dips and hills in your foundation and yard and fill them in with some compacted soil. These areas collect standing water and can be a breeding ground for nasty mosquitos and other bugs.
  5. Check you’re A/C- call a qualified, certified HVAC contractor to come out and tune up your air conditioning unit. Doing this annually will help you lower your energy costs and keep everything running efficiently. Ask your HVAC specialist to inspect your system’s condensate drain hose, especially if it’s humid where you live. This hose becomes clogged with algae and other sediment.

Inside your house

  1. Spring HVAC Maintenance TipsDemustify your basement and attic- hate that musty smell that collects in your basement and attic? Check to make sure that your roof is free of leaks and the insulation isn’t discolored, or deteriorated. In the basement, make sure the walls, floor and trim are all free of water stains and other signs of seepage.
  2. Check your water heater- look around and ensure that there is no leaks. The average life span of a water heater is 8-12 years but if it’s over 5, checking monthly for signs of a leak is a great idea. Any evidence of water leaking or if any rust is found denotes that it’s time to get that water heater replaced. If you live in an area with hard water, you may need to drain your water heater because of sediment build up in the tank.
  3. Change those air filters- when you invite your HVAC professional to look at your A/C, ask him to check and change your filters too. Dirty filters make your unit work harder thus increasing your energy costs and maybe even damaging your equipment.
  4. Recaulk those cracks- seeing cracks around your doors or windows that are wider than a nickel? Get some exterior caulk and seal them in to prevent cold air escaping and making your A/C work twice as hard. You’ll save money on A/C during the summer and heating during the winter!
  5. Install a programmable thermostat for your HVAC system- If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you could be losing money big time. Your HVAC specialist can install one for you- it’ll pay for itself quickly. The perks of having a programmable thermostat is that you can control your HVAC around your schedule. That means that it changes the settings for you and maintains a more balanced temperature. You can program your A/C to kick in an hour before you get home from work, so it’s not cooling the whole house while you are gone- it’s also great for when you’re on vacation! Program it to lower the temperature the day you get home so your house is comfortable when you arrive but hasn’t been cooling unnecessarily while you’ve been gone!

If you follow these HVAC tips you can easily maintain your property and run at an efficient, comfortable pace. Your house is the most expensive thing you own (unless you have kids)- so make sure to take care of it. Preventative maintenance always saves you from expensive, surprise repairs and going without A/C in the hottest months of the year! As your HVAC professionals, we would be glad to answer any questions you have about maintaining your units. Call us to schedule your spring appointment and get your questions answered before the heat is really upon us.

We hope you have a beautiful spring and summer and enjoy the sun and the warmth.