3 Steps to Get Your HVAC System Ready for Spring

Spring has officially arrived. Spring in the Pacific Northwest can be truly wonderful – a mix of rain, sun, blue skies, and lots of budding flowers. With the change of season, many homeowners are working around their home getting their annual “spring cleaning” done. This is the perfect time to get your HVAC system prepped for the upcoming spring and summer months, too. Here are some steps to get your HVAC system ready for spring.

Step #1: Clean around the outside unit.
Winter weather brings lots of rain, wind, and icy conditions. Over time, this can cause build up around the outside of your HVAC unit and if this isn’t cleaned up, it could cause restricted airflow. In addition, if there are pieces of dirt and debris that have built up on the actual machine itself. This could interfere with not only the flow of air but could cause damage to the inside components of the machine. This means your system will be working harder than is necessary and your utility bill will likely increase.

Step #2: Replace your old thermostat.
When was the last time you thought about your thermostat? Springtime is a great time to upgrade your thermostat to a programmable one. These kinds of thermostats allow homeowners to regulate the temperature day and night, even when they’re not at home. This translates to being more comfortable and saving money! Programmable thermostats allow you to designate your desired temperature based on your unique schedule. For example, if you’re gone all day at work, there’s no need to keep your heat on. So, program the thermostat to turn down or off when you’re away, then program it to turn back on shortly before you arrive home, so you can come home to a room that’s comfortable.  Our favorite programmable thermostat is the Côr™ by Carrier. It has been proven to save homeowners up to 20% in their utility bill year-round and can work in tandem with most HVAC system brands.

Step #3: Clean and replace air filters.
This home maintenance to-do is one that’s easy to forget about and neglect. Dirty filters translate to dirty, dusty air! No one wants to breathe dirty air, so make sure to clean them every couple of months. This will help reduce the flow of dust, mold, allergens and other germs and bacteria that cause sickness. This will also help your system work more efficiently!

Spring is a wonderful time of year and we’re happy to help you with getting your HVAC system prepared. Schedule a preventative maintenance appointment to ensure that your heating and cooling system is working well and that there are no hidden issues that could cause an unnecessary breakdown. Or, if you need help with replacing your system altogether, we can help something that will fit well with your home and your budget. Our professional HVAC technicians and sales team are ready to help, so contact us today!

Top 5 Indoor Air Quality Solutions For Your Home

Spring is just around the corner and that means allergy season will be arriving soon, too. The upcoming change of season is a great time to evaluate your indoor air quality and figure out how you can make sure you’re breathing the best air possible. We are proud to provide a variety of indoor air quality solutions that will help keep you comfortable and healthy year-round.

#1: Aeroseal:
Leaking ducts not only cost homeowners hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars in wasted energy every year, but they also contribute to poor air quality. Leaking ducts can allow dust, dirt, pollen, and other harmful chemicals into the air of your home. Sealing your home’s ductwork through the patented Aeroseal® system means you’ll keep toxins out. It fixes leaks from the inside out by using small aerosol particles that collide and stick to the leaks. With a 98% success rate, you can’t go wrong.

#2: Advanced filtration:
Installing a quality air purification system for your home will clean the air in your home quickly and efficiently. With one-of-a-kind technology that captures up to 99% of germs, viruses, mold, and bacteria, these systems will kill those pathogens to help you breathe better air and stay healthy. In addition, these systems will capture pollen, pet dander, smoke, and other pollutants that contribute to dirty air. We offer several top-notch systems that will work in tandem with your HVAC system.

#3: Duct cleaning:
When was the last time you’ve had your ductwork cleaned? If you’ve never done this, chances are, your ducts are full of contaminants that are being blown right back into the air you breathe. These could include dust mites, bacteria, or fungi particles – all of which can contribute to health issues. Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling works to clean the ductwork as thoroughly as possible with a powerful HEPA level filtration machine. In 4 to 6 hours, you’ll have clean ducts and you’ll be able to breathe the air in your home knowing that it is clean.

#4: Carbon monoxide detector:
Carbon monoxide is deadly. It’s odorless and colorless, so there is no way to know if it’s seeping into the air you breathe. Carbon monoxide alarms are critical for every homeowner to have. We’re proud to carry the Carrier CO Alarm, which comes with a 7-year warranty and can plug into any electrical outlet in the home. Its sensor technology senses and records carbon monoxide levels every 15 seconds so you rest assured knowing that there is no carbon monoxide present.

#5: Air Scrubber:
Purified air in your home means you’re breathing healthier air. The Air Scrubber uses ActivePure™ technology, which is proven to purify the air by its germicidal UV light wave system. This process uses molecules of oxygen and hydrogen that travel through the unit, as to freshen and clean the air molecules that enter the air at home. It can eliminate 90% of the contaminants in only 30 minutes.

When it comes time to start thinking about spring cleaning, don’t forget about cleaning the air you breathe! Contact us today for information on indoor air quality and we’ll help you find the best solution for your home.