Is your HVAC unit summer ready?

Summer – a time when we like to slow down, relax and spend quality time with our friends and our family. To make sure you are cool and comfortable this summer, preparing your HVAC unit with some seasonal maintenance tips is essential! Maintaining your system keeps the warranty intact and increases the life of your unit.

Here are some basic maintenance tips to get you ready for warmer temperatures:

1. Change your air filter

Clogged air filters can restrict the flow of air and decrease the level of cooling in your home as a result. A clean filter can reduce your energy consumption by as much as 15%. If you have a temporary paper filter, replace it every three months. Even better invest in a permanent Electrostatic Filter, this can be removed and rinsed off, saving you money.

2. Book Air Duct cleaning

To ensure unrestricted air flow and the ease of operation of your HVAC unit, have your air ducts cleaned to remove any dust, debris and allergens that have built up. This results in easier air flow and cleaner air – less dusting

3. Upgrade your thermostat

With many new Smart thermostats on the market, it is an excellent idea to upgrade your thermostat, giving you complete control over the temperature settings for your home.
These allow you to program the temperature to warmer when you are not home and set the cooler temperatures for when you return, so you save money and reap the optimal benefits of your appliance.

4. Check the outsider condenser

As the condenser is located outside your home, it is exposed to the elements and can become blocked by leaves, grass and debris. Checking the surrounding area and providing a clear zone around it is essential for proper operation of the unit. This enables the unit to draw in the air required to cool your home. If you notice any damage to the unit or the components, do not attempt to straighten or repair them yourself, please call us to diagnose and repair as needed.

5. No A/C installed at present?

With many options now available from A/C system to heat pumps which cover heating and cooling, it is easier than ever to upgrade your home. Rebates are also available to help ease the cost of improving your system.

Have a wonderful summer season from all of us at BC Wide Home Services Ltd.

Troubleshooting Your Central Air Conditioner

Is your AC running all day and not cooling your home?

Are your energy bills increasing steadily?

If your answer was YES to either of the above questions, there is a possibility that the refrigerant in your AC system is running low and needs to be topped up.

The refrigerant works to absorb the heat from the air indoors, before dumping it outside, keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. As refrigerant generally does not run low, the cause may be a leak somewhere in the system which has caused this to happen. This should be assessed by a certified HVAC technician, who will measure the amount of refrigerant in the system and augment it to optimal levels.

Low refrigerant can also have damaging effects as the AC can freeze and the ice that has formed inside blocks the airflow to the vents.

As a result of this blockage, the system must work harder to push the air through. This, in turn, will cause your energy bills to spike dramatically.

To troubleshoot, first, check that your air vents are all fully open and that the airflow is not restricted in any way. Also, check that your air filter is clean and not clogged preventing the flow of air through it.

The second step would be to check that your thermostat is set on Cool and not Heat and that your circuit breakers are all set in the on position.

Lastly, check your outdoor unit is clean and free from debris (soil, leaves, branches) that could prevent the flow of air. It is best to ensure that the area around the condenser is kept clear of debris as this can be very damaging.

Prevention is always better than a cure!

Annual preventative maintenance is a great way to ensure that your system is running smoothly.

After all, summer is just around the corner!

 

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SPRING IS ALMOST HERE!

Every year, when spring is in the air, our thoughts turn to shaking off the winter blues and spring cleaning our homes for a fresh new season. It is important to add your heating and cooling equipment to your spring checklist as preventative maintenance is always better than the cure!

All fall and winter your heating equipment has been keeping you and your family warm and cozy.
Pretty soon it will be time to switch from heating your home to cooling it, it is therefore a good practice to have your heating and cooling (HVAC) equipment checked twice a year in Spring and Fall.
This ensures that everything is working safely and efficiently for the upcoming seasons.

In spring your air conditioning equipment should be checked and tested (run) to make sure all is running smoothly. By doing a test run on a warmer day, you will be able to determine if there are any unusual noises (grinding, banging etc) or unusual odors coming from the vents. You will also be able to see if the cooling system is working optimally and your home is becoming cooler. If you find any issues then you know a maintenance check is required. This will protect your investment and ultimately your home.

In spring your filter should be changed or if you have an electrostatic permanent filter, cleaned to keep the air flow moving well throughout your home. Air duct cleaning is also beneficial as the dust, debris and allergens that have accumulated throughout the fall and winter months can be eradicated.

This helps twofold, firstly it helps the furnace to run more efficiently as it does not have to work so hard to push air through the ventilation system and secondly, as less allergens are then airborne it greatly reduces the allergens which exacerbate your allergy symptoms.

Another part to check is working well is your thermostat. There are quite a few upgrades in thermostats available, from wifi controlled to programmable digital thermostats, so you can just set it and forget it!
You can then customize your temperature settings based on your schedule and your personal needs, after all your home is your sanctuary!

At this time it is also recommended to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector, or install one if you have not done so as yet. This will give you peace of mind which is priceless!.

Schedule your spring maintenance check today @ www.bcwide.ca

Upgrade & Save for Spring!
There are currently available rebates from FortisBC and BC Hydro should you chose to upgrade your equipment to High Efficiency models. This will save both at the time of installation and in your future energy bills, a win win!

Have a safe and wonderful spring season from all of us at BC Wide Home Services Ltd.