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Top 5 Questions About HVAC

When it comes to your heating and air conditioning, there is a lot to know and remember. You probably have many questions about HVAC systems and how they work, which practices are preferred, and how much you should be spending. Here at Complete Heating and Air Conditioning, we want you to feel like you have enough knowledge to make good decisions when it comes to your systems. So we tried looking at it from our customer’s point of view.  What are the Top 5 Questions About HVAC?

So to help you, we’ve come up with the top five questions about HVAC! Today we’ll give you Top 5 Questions About HVAC brief answers and in future posts we will delve into each topic more deeply. With these topics, we hope you will learn how to use and maintain your system, and know when it’s time to call professionals for your repairs.

Top 5 Questions About HVAC:

How long will my system last, and why should I replace my existing HVAC?

The lifetime of your system will depending on how well it has been maintained over the years. With proper maintenance and services your air conditioning unit will last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, while your furnace will last 15-20 years. Replacing your system means getting a more advanced and efficient HVAC that can save you money in the long run.

What are the most common repair issues and what should I look for?

There is a myriad of things that could go wrong with your HVAC system. Your vents may be blasting cool air when it’s supposed to be hot, your electric bill may be too high, your thermostat might not be working properly, or there is water leaking from your unit. These examples are just a few of many. Most HVAC issues will be caused from poor maintenance practices. As you systematically check out your system you will see warning signs for minor and major repair issues.

Does spending money on regular maintenance really pay off?

We can unequivocally answer yes! Spending time and money on regular maintenance will pay off. As we have already mentioned, most repair issues happen because of poor maintenance practices. Doing your own maintenance and minor repairs will save you time and money in the long run. And when bigger issues arise, you’ll have the funds necessary to call a professional.

How can I reduce my expenses?

Conserving energy is a great way to reduce your monthly expenses for both your air conditioning and heating system. There are many ways to conserve energy. One example would be to take advantage of a programmable thermostat. The efficiently of your HVAC will also play a big part in your monthly bills.

What kind of system is right for me?

While forced air heat and central air are well known HVAC systems, there are other options like radiant heat and heat pump systems. To decide you’ll need to consider the cost, your contractor, and what size system you need.

We hope the Top 5 Questions About HVAC have been able to supply some answers for you. For other any other questions about HVAC that you may have, don’t hesitate to call Compete Heating and Air.

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HVAC Maintenance Plans

Are HVAC Maintenance Plans Worth It?

HVAC Maintenance Plans

Are HVAC Maintenance Plans Worth it?

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – maintenance and preventive care is the best way to avoid unnecessary costs and unexpected problems with your HVAC. While there are many maintenance items you can do on your own, what if you have an exceptionally busy schedule and often get behind on those system check-ups? The good news is that there are annual HVAC maintenance plans available from professionals who can take care of all that for you. We know maintenance is worth it, but is a scheduled and payed for maintenance plan worth it too?

To help you decide if an HVAC maintenance plan is right for you, let’s take a closer look at what some of these plans include. Energy Star outlines a maintenance checklist to give you a detailed idea of what your system needs twice a year. Your plan will likely include most, if not all, of the items on that checklist. Most importantly your plan will include at least an annual inspection and cleaning of your cooling and heating systems. Ideally, someone will come in for a heating system tune-up just before winter, and an air conditioning system checkup just before summer.

Some plans will also include parts and services for repairs necessary that may be found during those maintenance checks.  Generally, with an HVAC maintenance plan, you’ll get faster response times to any problems that may arise.

Why HVAC Maintenance Plans?

Still not sure about a maintenance plan? Your more familiar with it than you think. You schedule regular maintenance for your car by change your oil, rotating your tires and changing the filter. Doing this avoids bigger problems in the future. Regular checkups keep your furnace safe, prolongs the lifespan of your systems and avoid major repairs. Nipping a little repair in the bud means avoiding disastrous repairs later.

But how much do maintenance plans cost? Prices can vary depending on who you go to. Consider whether your HVAC is still under a manufacturer’s warranty, which may be redundant when it comes to repairs. However, you’ll want to keep on up maintenance regardless. Consider your annual repair costs and routine maintenance to decide if the price is right for you.

When you choose an HVAC maintenance plan, go to someone you trust. Complete Heating and Air  is a locally operated and family owned company with expertise in heating and air. There’s no one better to handle you HVAC maintenance plan. Another benefit of choosing an HVAC maintenance plan is that you get to work regularly with trusted professionals. It’s comforting to know that with each maintenance trip and any necessary repairs, you’ll know who is coming to the rescue.

And if you are putting the effort into preventative maintenance, you’ll save money in the long run. Some companies offer discounts when repairs are necessary. Regular tune-ups, especially when it comes to things like consistent filter changes, mean a more efficient HVAC which will save you even more.

Take the time to consider if a maintenance plan is right for you. For more information about HVAC maintenance plans, and for a free quote, visit Complete Heating and Air.

Energy-Conservation

Reducing My Energy Costs

Each month when that utility bill unapologetically and unrelentingly shows up in your mailbox, it can trigger some reflection on your energy consumption. Perhaps, you ponder about your energy conservation efforts. “How can I reduce my energy costs?” This question may surprise you with how simply the answers can be. There are many ways to simply and easily conserve energy and drastically reduce your monthly bill.

Here are several ways to increase your energy conservation specifically when it comes to your heating and air conditioning.  Most of the energy used in your home is dedicated to your HVAC.

Energy Conservation

Keep your vents open and clean

By using and replacing filters when necessary, you keep the air clean inside your home and eliminate any obstructions in your vents. Make sure all of your vents are open so the air can more freely throughout your home without added effort and strain on your system. Good air flow will increase your energy conservation.

Using your ceiling fans!

Your fans can also aid in creating good air flow. In the summertime, use fans to push hot air up and out by spinning counter-clockwise. In the wintertime, push hot air back down and trapping the heat by running the fan clockwise. Correctly using your ceiling fans means reducing the amount of effort your heating and air conditioning system needs to keep your home comfortable. This will save you money and wear on the unit.

Take advantage of your thermostat

By lowering the temperature at night when no one is home or when people are sleeping, you can save an impressive amount of energy. Try changing your thermostat from 75 degrees to 70, which can save you up to 10 percent in heating costs. If you really want to take advantage of your thermostat, install one that is programmable. By programming temperatures to automatically adjust during slower hours, you can save a bunch of money each year while increasing your energy conservation.

Keep your HVAC system running smoothly

with regular maintenance and speedy repairs. Nothing will throw a wrench in your energy conservation plans like a heating or air conditioning system that isn’t running smoothly. Contact the professionals at Complete Heating and Air for regular maintenance and any repair issues you may have. With a one year parts and labor warranty, you can rest easy knowing your system is in reliable and qualified

Draw your curtains at night

This is so simple and takes seconds to do. Closing your curtains will insulate your windows from cool nighttime temperatures.

Seal and insulate your home

Doing this will make a big impact financially and is often simple enough to do yourself. When your home is well insulated and sealed, the comfort Energy-Conservationand air quality in your home will improve. With a more stable temperature you will conserve energy.

Keep lights off in unoccupied rooms

I remember growing up my dad was constantly reminding us to shut off the lights in the house.  Now as an adult I’m constantly reminding my children the same thing.  I can usually gauge how well we’re doing with the lights because it directly reflects on my energy bill.

By following these simple tips, not only will you increase your energy conservation and save money, but you may also be eligible for tax breaks. You will increase the comfort of your home, reduce pollution, and relive the demand on your wallet.

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Why Should I Care About Indoor Air Quality?

Last week on the Complete Heating and air’s blog we talked about a few ways to improve your indoor air quality. This week we wanted to share a few more reasons why you should care about the quality of the air inside your home.

The quality of our indoor air affects the quality of our health. Most people spend the majority of their time indoors, and indoor air pollution is typically higher than the air outside. Spending more time outside and breathing fresh air is a great way to improve the kind of air your breath. However, during the winter months most people don’t get outside as often as they may like to. And if you live in Utah, you know the air quality outside with the inversion is not a superior option.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the average person breathes more than 3,000 gallons of air each day. Exposure to poor air quality can leave your eyes nose and throat irritated, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. There are many things you can do to improve your indoor air quality. You can find our list of suggestions here, and a much more in depth guide from the EPA here.

But one thing you can do that will make a big difference in the quality of your indoor air is to have your HVAC system inspected annually for regular maintenance and for any damage. Instructions for the service and maintenance of your system is important for you to follow, especially instructions on when you should change your filter.

Besides the suggestions from last week, an AC tune up can make a huge difference when it comes to improving your indoor air quality. The heating and cooling system in your home plays a major role in your comfort. If you take a minute to stop and think just how much you depend on your HVAC system, an AC tune up each season is a no-brainer and a necessity. Typically, you want to check your system before each heating and cooling season, to make sure everything is working properly before you are stuck in weather that is too hot, or too cold.

The inspection and preventative maintenance that accompany your AC tune-up will leave you with the peace of mind that your heating and cooling isn’t going anywhere, as well as improve your indoor air quality. Ideally, your AC unit should be inspected each spring before the “cooling season” begins.

Schedule a professional AC tune up

When you have an AC tune-up performed, you can avoid unexpected breakdowns, improve AC-Tune-UPefficiently and system performance, operate more safely, prolongs your system’s life, improve the overall level of comfort and reduce your utility bills. By enlisting the help of the professionals at Complete Heating and Air you know you’ll be getting the attention you and your AC need.

Typically, an AC tune up will include:

  • Measurement of important system components
  • Inspection of wear or damage of components
  • Measuring refrigerant levels for the best performance
  • Tightening, adjusting, lubricating and or flushing components
  • Checking overall system air flow and operation

If you’re still not convinced that you need an AC tune up, keep in mind that to keep a warranty in effect, many manufacturers require an AC tune-up. And an uncleaned or unmaintained system can lose up to five percent efficiently! So take a simple step by calling Complete Heating and Air to improve your air quality, prolong your system and save you money in the long run.

 

 

Steps To Clean Air

Four Steps to Clean Home Air

Breathe easier this winter with Clean Home Air!

During the winter months when you and your family are cooped up inside, it’s important to make sure the quality of the air in your home is top notch. And when the inevitable winter inversion hits Utah, Clean Home Air is even more important. The air in our homes can carry more toxins and chemicals than the air outside. While some gasses can be deadly, it is more likely certain elements in your air could aggravate asthma or allergies. Poor air quality is also connected to headaches, more frequent colds, sore throats, skin rashes and eye irritation. To make sure your family is breathing safe while awaiting spring, we’ve compiled a list of tips below.

Step 1: Check your air filter

The air filter in your heating and cooling system will capture allergens in the air like pollen, mold spores, dust mite debris, smoke, pet dander and smog. Choose a high quality filter like a HEPA, Clean Home Airor high-efficiency particulate air filter, for your heating and cooling units. Read the directions on your filter, but generally it should be changed a few times a year. But during the long winter months if you or your family have allergies consider changing it sooner or more often.

Changing the air filter is an easy and safe task for homeowners. But if you find you are having trouble with yours or notice a problem with your furnace, Complete Comfort Heating & AC can help. Whether it is a thermostat, ignition or airflow issue, Complete Comfort will be there to keep your home warm.  

There are other filters in your home that also require attention if you want to achieve clean home air. Change the filter on your vacuum so that the particles you clean up don’t get blown right back out into the air. Check other filters like the dryer lint screens, air purifiers, range hood screens, and bathroom exhaust fan grilles. Clean or replace them as needed.

Step 2: Vacuum and Dust

Vacuum your home often. All of the dust, dander, pollen and other particles you don’t want to have in the air settle onto the floors. Vacuuming often, even if your floors look clean, will help keep the air cleaner. You should also vacuum after you dust. Dusting with a wet rag will also help to collect particles rather than sending them airborne with dry dusting. It’s also a great practice to vacuum your air vents.

Step 3: Minimize hazardous fumes

Minimize carbon monoxide gas by properly maintaining and venting heating equipment, wood stoves, fireplaces, chimney and vents. You should always have a working carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home. Get a radon testing kit to avoid one of the leading causes of lung cancer. If you smoke, do so outside. And don’t store chemicals, solvents, glues or pesticides in your home.

Step 4: Natural Air Filters

Not only do they look great, but plants will naturally clean the air around them. Aloe Vera plants, palms, and orchids are just a few examples of the many plants that are great options to have in the home. This shouldn’t be the only method of filtration if you want to maximize your clean home air.

Dry winter air will also dry out the mucus membrane, making you more susceptible to germs. If you’re feeling extra dry, plug in a humidifier while you sleep. You may also want to consider an air purifier to help filter out dust, tobacco smoke and pollen.