Your Fall Heating and Cooling Maintenance Checklist

Kids are heading back to school and fall will begin before you know it. Now is the perfect time to start prepping for the change to autumn weather. When you’re doing that, don’t forget to take care of your heating and cooling system! By ensuring that it’s maintained well, you won’t need to worry about unexpected breakdowns or a spike in energy usage. Here are some helpful tips on maintaining your heating and cooling system.

#1: Don’t neglect the air filters.
These little filters have two big jobs: they make sure the air circulated through your home is clean and they help prolong the life of your system. Dirty air filters translate to poor indoor air quality. Air filters should be cleaned or replaced every 1-2 months or longer depending on the type of filter you have and if you have pets.

#2: Get your preventative maintenance appointment on the books.
Do you remember the last time a professional checked out your heating and cooling system? If not, it’s time! Preventative maintenance appointments are crucial to keeping your system working well and getting the most out of its lifecycle. You should have annual appointments scheduled for your heating and cooling system and the end of summer is a great time to do that. Our team of experienced technicians at Specialty Heating and Cooling know what to do! We will inspect your system, clean the filters, run an energy efficiency check, and make sure we point out any issues that might cause problems down the road.

#3: Check airflow.
Walk around your home and make sure all of the vents and registers are clean and clear. Ensure that they aren’t blocked by furniture, rugs, drapes, and make sure they are not closed. This will help with more efficient airflow and will ensure that your system isn’t working harder than it has to.

#4: Consider a system replacement.
How old is your system? If it’s more than 10 to 15 years old, chances are, a full system replacement will need to happen soon. Systems that are this age are significantly less efficient and more prone to breakdowns. That means you could be left with a hefty utility bill or an expensive repair bill when you’re least expecting it. If your system is on its last leg, now is a great time to replace the whole thing. We have a variety of options within your budget and also help with financing to help.

Stay on top of your heating and cooling checklist this year by staying ahead of the game! Let us help with getting your system maintained or replaced. Contact us today for your appointment!

Creative Ways to Disguise Your Outdoor AC Unit

Your outdoor air conditioning unit has a big job to do: it has to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest days of summer. Unfortunately, these systems are oftentimes big and bulky, and they are not the most attractive things to look at. Here are some creative ways to disguise it, while adding some unique aesthetic appeal to your yard.

#1: Greenery.
This is a beautifully natural way to keep your AC unit out of sigh! Plant some shrubs or small trees around the unit. This can not only add some nice landscaping to your exterior space, but it will also help act as natural shade to keep the system out of the hot sun. When you’re planting, be sure to keep it trimmed and leave plenty of accessible space to the unit itself, in case you need to get to the unit to clean it, repair it, or perform an annual tune-up on it.

#2: Fencing.
This is a common way that people disguise their outdoor AC unit, but it’s important to know how to correctly do this. Make sure to leave space around the unit so the air can properly circulate. Never fully enclose the unit, but instead, keep it open and free of obstacles.

#3: Structure.
Some homeowners enjoy building structures for their AC unit to match well with their existing home. This often looks like an outdoor closet that has a removable top. In addition, keep in mind that you should never fully wrap the AC system, as this will obstruct airflow and could cause an issue with the system’s functionality. 

So, with a little creativity, your AC unit won’t be a distraction to your yard, but it will instead help add some curb appeal! If your current AC system is old and out of date, chances are, it’s not as energy efficient and effective as it used to be. Contact us today to talk about what options you have for a full replacement. We will work with your home’s layout and most importantly, your budget!