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How a HVAC Maintenance Check Can Save You Money

Many homeowners skip over annual HVAC maintenance, but the truth is that getting regular maintenance on your HVAC system is just as important as getting your car serviced regularly with an oil change and tune up. HVAC systems are designed to provide home comfort and energy efficiency throughout their lifespans. And since HVAC systems are subject to stress significant wear and tear, regular maintenance is crucial to prevent an unanticipated breakdown.

Why You Need HVAC Maintenance

Now that you know that regular preventative HVAC maintenance is a must, let’s talk about how it can save you more money in the long run. Check out the graphic below:

HVAC Maintenance

 

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Our HVAC maintenance service, which is performed by NATE certified technicians, is designed to provide many benefits to homeowners—including energy savings. We also offer two different maintenance plans that make it simple for you to keep up with your HVAC maintenance.

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A Simple Guide to Spring Home Improvement Projects

Spring is here! Now is the perfect time to think about starting this year’s important home improvement projects. There are a few home fixes that are especially well-timed for spring. We’ve gathered a list of some of the most appropriate fixes to tackle soon after winter ends.

Best Spring Home Improvement Projects

Here are the top tips for tackling home improvement projects in spring:

Start at the Top

If it’s been awhile since you’ve examined your roof for missing or torn shingles, cracks, holes, or other places where leaks can enter your home, you should make this a priority. If you’ve noticed any water leaking into your home from your roof, grab a ladder and investigate where the leak is coming from.

If you’re not keen on heights or DIY, call in a professional for any inspections or repairs that need done. Your roof is your home’s biggest defense against bad weather, so make sure it’s in good shape.

Pay Attention to Siding

Just like your roof, your siding also acts as a shield against the outdoor elements. This means that is likely to suffer a bit of wear and tear during the winter months. Inspect your home’s siding thoroughly, and be sure to address any needed repairs as soon as possible.

If your siding is rather old, or shows a great deal of wear and tear, consider replacing it entirely. A benefit of replacing your home’s siding is that you can upgrade to a more energy efficient option that will help better insulate your home and be easier to keep clean.

Inspect all Windows

While cleaning your windows, inside and out, check for broken or cracked panes, damaged trim, or any areas where leaks may occur. If the windows need weather-stripping placed around the perimeter, do this as well. A new coat of paint on window trim and sills can really improve the look of your home with little effort or cost.

Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning gutters can sometimes seem like a daunting task, but there truly is no better time to make sure that your gutters are in good working order than during the springtime. Fall and winter storms can cause a lot of debris, such as leaves, twigs, and dirt to accumulate in your gutters.

If you notice that your gutters are leaky, broken or cracked, you’ll want to replace the damaged areas. This is an inexpensive way to improve your home; properly working gutters can help keep your home dry and cozy and prevent water damage in your home.

Get Maintenance on Your HVAC System

There is no better time than the springtime to have a professional HVAC technician perform maintenance on your heating and cooling system. A technician can spot any defects with your system or any small repairs that your furnace, radiator, air conditioner, or ductwork may need. This can go a long way in preventing small issues from becoming huge costly problems down the road.

We have expert technicians that can inspect your current system and answer any questions you may have about improving your home’s air quality and HVAC efficiency. Call us today to schedule a maintenance check, so you’ll rest assured that your cooling system is ready to go when the summertime heat hits: 703-496-5527

 

Read This Before You Try an HVAC Hack

There are a lot of videos out there explaining how to do “simple” DIY hacks to your home’s HVAC system, including how-to fix furnaces and air conditioning units. However, you may want to hold off on any home improvement projects and read this first.

Why HVAC Hacks Might Not Be Worth It

There are several reasons why you should avoid trying an HVAC hack, and these three are probably the most important:

You could break what you’re trying to fix.

This is very significant reason to avoid DIY HVAC hacks. You may go into a project thinking you’ll save a couple hundred dollars, only to realize that your handiwork has cost you thousands. If you are not a trained HVAC repair professional, we recommend staying away from fixes that go beyond changing your air filter. You could cause damage to your HVAC system inadvertently, or worse: break the entire unit. The cost of a full HVAC system replacement is just not worth the small amount of savings that the DIY promises.

Also, it’s important to keep in mind that all HVAC units aren’t the same. Many videos online explain how to repair a specific type of unit. Variations in brands, year made, and unit sizes mean there are a plethora of HVAC systems out there and they all require their own unique repair and maintenance. Instead of leaving it to chance, leave it to a pro.

It’s dangerous.

You know how your HVAC system is powered by high voltage electricity? Yep, you don’t want to mess with that. Electrical safety is really important: switches, fixed wiring, outlets, and receptacles are responsible for approximately half of all fires caused by electrical equipment—and the cause of most fire related deaths and injuries in the United States.

Unless you’re very well experienced with electricity, you should steer clear of messing with any appliances that require high voltage electricity. Even if your unit is unplugged, a charge can remain in the unit’s capacitor, which could cause quite a shock. When working with high voltage electricity, one wrong decision or accidental move could cause serious injury or death… and that’s simply not worth the small savings of DIY.

You’re probably not equipped for the task.

Not only do HVAC professionals have appropriate training and experience fixing HVAC systems, they also have the proper tools. This is a pretty noteworthy thing to keep in mind if you’re considering taking on an HVAC hack of your own. For proper HVAC diagnostics and repair, you’ll need several specific types of tools and gauges. These types of tools can be quite pricey, and may cost more than a simple service call would. Unless you plan to go into HVAC repair yourself, purchasing these tools may not be the wisest investment. Instead, save yourself the trouble and opt for a professional when your HVAC system needs repair.

As a homeowner, you know that HVAC systems don’t come cheap. So, protect your investment, and call in a professional when your system needs repair. We’re here to help! Call us at 703-496-5527