HVAC Maintenance Can Make Your Unit Last Longer

Good Deals Heating and Cooling HVAC Maintenance AgreementIf your home or business has air conditioning or heating installed, ensuring that it is working correctly and has regular maintenance comes with a lot of benefits. Many things we own need a little TLC every so often, and ventilation systems are no different. Having these checked periodically to make sure the filters are working, and everything is running as efficiently it can, will save you the cost of having to buy a new system if it breaks. Here at Good Deals Heating & Cooling, we offer an excellent maintenance plan for the Philadelphia area that will ensure your ventilation system is working as well as it should.

Just some of the benefits you will receive when you go into an HVAC Maintenance Agreement are your monthly bills will start to go down. Regular maintenance means your air systems are working to highest capacity, which will show on your energy bills. Preventative maintenance will also save you money in the future when costly repair bills arise from breakdowns. Another benefit you will find is that your air quality is a lot better. As your unit will be working efficiently, it cuts down on the amount of pollution coming from it, making the environment, and your living or working space, cleaner. If you have a warranty on your unit, yearly maintenance can sometimes be required to keep the warranty active as well.

So what can we do for your units? All units will require slightly different maintenance, as it is dependant on the size and usage. Our highly trained HVAC maintenance technician will ensure your system is thoroughly cleaned; which includes the air filter, the condenser, and evaporator coils. Electrical or gas, we will go over every inch, checking and cleaning everything, so your unit works at peak performance. Whether it’s summer or winter, we’ll have your HVAC system working correctly.

For peace of mind, longer lasting equipment and saving on monthly bills, as well as a whole lot more; getting your air conditioning or heating system regularly serviced is just as important as getting your car regularly checked. You don’t want to be left without proper ventilation systems for long periods and then stuck with expensive bills. Get an HVAC preventative maintenance contract today so you won’t regret it in the future.

For more information on HVAC Maintenance Agreements contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

 

Does Your Heating System Need Repair?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling heating repairMost of us take our heating systems for granted. After all, they mainly operate in the background, heating our homes through pipes and tubes that remain unseen. However, as with any mechanical system, it can break down, and that’s when you’ll need to call in the professionals for heating repair. There are countless different reasons why you might need heating repair. It could be due to a common problem that’s easy to diagnose and fix, or it might be something a bit more complicated.

By far the most common issue with heating systems is a problem with the air flow. If the air can’t flow correctly, then the system isn’t able to properly disperse the heat through your house. You might find that the system tends to overheat, or that however much you fiddle with the thermostat, you just can’t get it under control. This lack of control can be annoying, but luckily, it’s an easy heating repair fix. In most cases, it will be a worn-out belt, motor, or bearings. A professional can replace the affected part, and everything should be back to normal again- simple!

Another frequent problem that people have with their heating systems is clogged or dirty air filters. As time goes on, your filters will gradually accumulate plenty of dust and dirt that was floating around in the air. When this builds up, the heating system is no longer able to function efficiently. It needs to work harder to heat the house, so in general, you’ll have to crank the system up- increasing your energy bills. To prevent this you should get into the habit of changing your filters every month, and if something goes wrong, be sure to call in some expert help.

While these two issues aren’t all that difficult to fix, there will be other times when your heating system may suddenly stop working for no apparent reason. After all, these are sophisticated machines, and to the untrained eye, it can be tough to diagnose just what’s gone wrong. However, if you call in a professional for heating repair, you can be sure that the problem will be solved quickly and efficiently- and with Good Deals Heating & Cooling, it’s incredibly affordable, too!

Contact Good Deals Heating & Cooling for all your heating repair needs.  Just call 215-947-1166.

How to Assess Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Good Deals Heating and Cooling air qualityTracking and managing the indoor air quality is a priority for most of us. But the problem here is that there are many factors which interfere with getting the results you want. That being said, you can find some methods that will help you quickly test the indoor quality.

Why should you check the indoor air quality? The primary focus here has to be on removing things like bacteria, dander, rodent urine and droppings, dust mites, or mold. These problems can easily lead to various health issues for you and your family. Thankfully, you can avoid those with the right approach.

How can you assess or improve the air quality?  One thing to take into consideration is the dryness inside your home. Humidity levels should read no greater than 60%. Usually, a lower value is better. When humidity readings are higher than 60%, installing a dehumidifier is the right option.

Moreover, we recommend you to do some general cleaning, vacuuming, and wet dusting too. These will help remove the droppings and any contaminants.

Then you have to think about maintenance. Changing HVAC filters and opting for a better filtration system can indeed come in handy. Opt for cleaning products that have natural ingredients. Stay away from harsh chemicals; it will help you stay healthy in the long term.

Using natural pesticides or chemical alternatives is also a good idea. Infestations will end up lowering the overall air quality.

Indoor ventilation needs to be at its best, so make sure that you use a proper ventilation system. Circulating air throughout the house is vital for a healthy home.  Open the windows on nice days to bring in outside air.  Warmer temperatures can also promote the appearance of various microorganisms. In time, these can lead to allergies. Use carbon monoxide detectors to identify any potential problems, especially during the winter when the house is sealed.

Is there a way to boost the air quality? Make sure that you are always focused on improving the air quality using the methods above. If you need help with this and you want to take better control over heating/cooling as well, Good Deals Heating & Cooling is here to help. We are fully committed to helping you with any cooling or heating problems, so just get in touch, and we’ll happily assist!

 

Which Is Better: Oil or Gas Heating System?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling heating systemAlthough the choice between oil and gas heating systems is an important one, a surprising number of homeowners hardly give it a second thought. Some people stick to ‘gas only’ policy while others believe there is no other option than oil. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of each of these furnace types.

Features of Oil Heating Systems

In general, oil-powered heating systems can generate more heat compared to any other sources available today. However, this system demands an on-the-site oil storage tank that needs to be filled with oil. Under general circumstances, cleaning and servicing oil-powered heating systems is an easy task. The service is conducted by the oil delivery company, and the customer needs to get into a service agreement/contract to receive such service. However, the maintenance process of the oil heating systems is relatively extensive; these systems gather dirt and soot significantly. To maintain a smooth operation and assure maximum efficiency, you should clean the chimneys and change the oil filters accordingly.

The overall cost to install an oil heating system may be less compared to the gas heating system installation. On the other hand, the overall efficiency of the oil furnaces is lower compared to the gas alternatives. The overall cost to you will have to spend on oil (fuel) will be higher compared to the gas.

Features of Gas Heating Systems

Compared to the oil-powered heating systems, natural gas heating systems feature better efficiency. In addition to the higher level of effectiveness, gas is an affordable fuel compared to oil. Unlike with oil heating systems, however, it is compulsory that your house is located in an area where a gas supply network is available. When it comes to maintenance, gas furnaces demands significantly less attention compared to oil heating systems. Also, gas furnaces don’t need a service contract to get the occasional maintenance done. One of the most notable drawbacks associated with gas heating is that they generate relatively less heat (per BTU) compared to oil. Heating systems powered with gas are remarkably quiet, and the operation is pretty clean. However, the initial cost to install a gas furnace is higher.

For all your heating system needs contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

 

Know When To Replace Your Heat Pump

Good Deals Heating and Cooling heat pumpAn electric heat pump is a cooling and heating system that uses compressed and decompressed gas to heat or cool a home. This mechanical device can extract heat from the air, water or the earth. It functions as an air conditioner during the summer and a furnace in the winter, by being both a heating and cooling unit in one unit.

Heat pumps are great systems that help keep your home comfortable all year round. It’s important to note that a heat pump doesn’t last forever. Therefore a fair knowledge of knowing when to replace your heat pump is necessary to avoid total failure of the system. Fending off a scenario where your heat pump breaks down beyond repairs in the middle of winter or summer is a smart move.  Not only is that situation uncomfortable, but repairs during high seasons can cost big bucks.  Preventing such an occurrence is wise so look for these four signs that indicate your heat pump needs replacing:

1.  Numerous Repairs

If your heat pump continues to develop fault now and then like say several times a year, you have to consider replacing it. Continuous wear and tear of your heat pump may lead to an unexpected failure when you need it most. When reviewing the cost of replacement, weigh in the amount spent in constant repairs of the system. This calculation may be enough to get you a new heat pump.

 2.  Elevated Energy Bills

A higher energy bill is another sign showing that your heat pump needs replacing. When the heat pump reaches the point where it no longer functions efficiently, it will lead to a drastic rise in your energy bill.  When things reach this stage, no amount of repair can reduce the increase.  It’s time to put the old heat pump to rest and get another one.

3.  Age

Consider the age of your heat pump. Once the heat pump gets over the age of 15-20 years, it is past its prime. Sure, you can still keep it, but at this stage, it will start having frequent faults and perhaps a total breakdown.

4.  Reduced Heating and Cooling

If you notice your heat pump has suddenly reduced its efficiency regarding heating and cooling after several repairs, then it’s a clear sign that you need to replace your heat pump.

Is the heat pump running and running, but you are still cold or hot?  This situation happens especially when the unit has gone past the age of 15. The efficiency reduces to the point that you have to consider replacing it because it will never work properly again.

It’s essential that you inspect your heat pump and watch for these signs. Biannual maintenance checks by a professional HVAC service company will keep your heat pump going as long as possible.  They will also give you a report on how well your heat pump is working and a recommended time to replace it.

You need professionals to installed your heat pump correctly. You don’t have to look further if you need the best professional to install your heat pump, get in touch with Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166 for the best heat pump installation and other general heating and cooling services.

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.

Is Your Air Conditioning Contributing to Ozone Depletion?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling air conditioning repairFor decades now, a variety of standard household appliances have used chemicals that are harmful to the environment. This practice has been a particular problem with air conditioners. The most common refrigerant, R-22, can do a lot of damage to the ozone if it leaks out into the atmosphere. For that reason, R-22 and other harmful refrigerants are being phased out. If your air conditioning unit uses these refrigerants, then it’s time to take action.

The ozone acts as a layer of sunscreen around the entire planet. Without it, the Earth would be exposed higher levels of ultraviolet rays from the sun, Instead of being absorbed by the ozone layer keeping the stratosphere cool, vastly increasing the effects of global warming. Without the ozone, we would be toast which is why governments all over the world are taking action against products which pose a threat to the ozone.

As of 2020, it will be illegal to manufacture any new air conditioning units using R-22 as a refrigerant. That means any units that rely on R-22 will have to be repaired using recycled parts. Repair costs for these older units will skyrocket, and only get higher as time goes on. A more cost-effective solution is to invest in a new unit now. Not only will you save yourself a small fortune in the long run, but you’ll also be doing your bit to help the environment.

There is a nameplate on all air-conditioning units, which state the type of refrigerant used. Check if yours uses R-22.  If so, start planning to make the switch to a new, more environmentally friendly unit. Many brands are already moving away from these harmful refrigerants, so even before the 2020 cutoff date. R-22 is already illegal in many countries. Make the switch today, and you can keep cool without heating up the planet- a win-win situation for everyone.

Contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling for all your HVAC needs.  Call 215-947-1166 today.

 

Understanding HVAC Filters

Good Deals Heating and Cooling HVAC FilterMany people find HVAC units pretty intimidating. After all, they are big pieces of equipment, and since they need to be fitted by a professional, most assume that any additional work, including changing the filter, also needs to be done by an expert. Others still are confused about how often they need to change their filters, and as a result, they never bother to change them at all- meaning the filter won’t work properly. This article will help clarify some of those issues and explain MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). MERV is the standard by which the effectiveness of HVAC air filters is measured. The higher the MERV value, the better the filtration, which means small particles of dust and other substances are less likely to pass through the filter. MERV values range from 1 to 20, and filters rated between 8-13 are powerful enough to keep the air in your home nice and clean. Anything above that range is usually intended for use in hospitals or other healthcare facilities, so there’s no need to spend the extra money for something that won’t have much of an impact in the average home.

However, filters with higher MERV ratings need to be changed more frequently to keep them working to their full potential. If you don’t change it often enough, the filter will start to become clogged, and stop filtering out particles. The recommendation is to change the filters every three months.  Changing filters every two months will provide superior filtration. One exception to this rule is during the summer when the unit will be operating at full capacity. During this period, it’s advised to replace the filter every month.

Measuring the size of filter needed is easy.  Take a tape measure and measure the length, width, and depth of your filter.  These measurements are all you need to find the right size.  Changing the filter is also a simple job- just make sure the HVAC unit is turned off before you start. If you’re not sure how to do this, then it’s best to shut down the breaker to be on the safe side. Most HVAC units have the filter situated at the bottom or right-hand side of the unit. Pull out the old filter, and then slide the new one in- easy!

For all your HVAC needs contact Good Deals Cooling and Heating at 215-947-1166.

What Does an HVAC Maintenance Agreement Include?

Good Deals Heating and Cooling HVAC maintenance agreementYour HVAC system is what heats your home in the winter and cools your home in the summer.  This system provides both comfort and safety.  Making sure that the HVAC system in your home is operating correctly and efficiently is important, that is why many people opt to get an HVAC maintenance agreement.  These agreements help to keep your system running.  Here is what you need to know.

Read Before You Sign

The number one thing that you need to know is to read the agreement before you sign it.  Make sure you thoroughly understand what is and is not included.  Are the cost of parts included? Labor? Is the work guaranteed?

Remember that with almost all contracts, once you sign it, it is yours.   Often the word contract is left out, but you are signing a binding deal.  These contracts may be called any of the following:

  • Service Agreements
  • Service plans
  • Comfort Plans
  • HVAC Maintenance Agreement
  • Maintenance Agreement

Basic HVAC Maintenance Plans

A basic HVAC maintenance agreement is very simple.  It covers the regular checks of your HVAC unit.  That is a start because you need the system to run.  They will also often cover the swapping out of filters and other regular service.

With a basic plan you might pay $200 and a lot of the basic service you can do for yourself such as replacing the filter.  If you use your HVAC a lot you probably will need to replace that filter more than once a season anyways.

Mid-Level Service Plans

There are plans that fall into the middle of HVAC maintenance service plans.  These cover the basics, just like the basic plan.  They will also cover the cost of the parts that are replaced with the regular service that happens every year.

In addition to that, you will find that most mid-level plans start to offer priority service.  That means if something goes wrong, they will come to work on your HVAC system before some others.  This can help, especially if you need service during the busy times of the year.

High Level Maintenance Contract Plans

High level service contracts allow you to call in help whenever you need it.  That includes emergency service at no fee.  For many people that is a huge benefit, especially if they are concerned about their system going down.

Remember that the more wear and tear that you put on your HVAC system, the more likely that your HVAC will go down.  If it goes down in the winter it can leave you and your family without the heat that keeps them safe.  The highest level of HVAC maintenance agreement includes parts on top of everything else that we have already talked about.

With parts included you will be able to get your system repaired no matter what when it goes down.  That is, as long as you aren’t the one fiddling with it.

The one problem that you will encounter is that these highest of level service plans only come with brand new units.  They can cost upwards of $600 but when you factor in maintenance and parts to the cost of a repair, it will still end up saving you money.

Do It Yourself

Some people think that they can do all of the HVAC maintenance that is needed by themselves.  While there are some people that can do that, others can’t.  You need to keep in mind that when you work on your own HVAC you are liable for any damage that you might accidently do to it.  Working on the system yourself might also void the warranty if your system is still protected by one.

Getting an HVAC maintenance agreement can help save you a lot of money.  It also helps to make sure your system is always working when you need it.  While the plans cost money upfront, they can quickly pay for themselves.  You just need to decide which one is right for you.

For more information, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

 

How to Know When to Replace Your HVAC Unit

Good Deals Heating and Cooling HVACHVAC units, just like anything else, have a lifespan to function at an optimal level. Once the unit starts to malfunction, it is time to decide whether to repair it or replace it depending on its condition. Here’s how to know when to replace the HVAC unit.

  1. The unit is older than ten years.  If the unit (either the heat pump or the air conditioner) is older than ten years, the efficiency of the HVAC is in serious doubt. It can be a leading cause of massive electricity bills. Such units can consume up to 20% more energy than the modern units. So, it is wiser to switch for a new HVAC with energy star label.
  2. The furnace is older than 15 years.  Again, if the furnace is older than 15 years, it might be consuming up to 15% more energy than the modern units. In that case, it will cause a huge impact on the electricity bill.  It is better to switch for an Energy Star furnace that consumes less power and delivers more efficiency.
  3. The energy bills are significantly higher for the household.  Older, inefficient HVAC units consume remarkably more energy and perform poorly compared to the new ones. If a particular household’s energy bill is too high, and still runs on decades older HVAC units, it might be the time to think of a replacement.
  4. Equipment breaks down regularly. If the equipment breaks down frequently, it might be a serious annoyance for the residents. This situation should be addressed with a replacement for a trouble-free, comfortable and convenient life.
  5. Some rooms are either too hot or too cold. When an HVAC system malfunctions, it will either work excessively or moderately. Issues related to duct, insulation or equipment installation might be the reasons. Such matters can be adequately addressed with a new HVAC installation.
  6. Non programmable devices.  It is important to install a programmable HVAC unit in order to save energy and assure maximum convenience.   Home automation that includes the heating and cooling system can monitor the home and maintain the proper temperature when people and in and out of the house.  Programmable thermostats save a lot of energy.

Apart from that, if the unit has a very noisy operation, the residents experience humidity imbalance within the house or excessive dust clogs inside the house it might be the time for a HVAC replacement.

Contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling for all your HVAC needs.  Call 215-947-1166.