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Tips for getting your system ready for springtime

Spring is right around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking about how to get your heating and cooling system ready to go for the change of season. Here are some tips on how to get your system ready for springtime.

Tip #1: Ensure the outside unit is clean and clear.
The cold winter months bring lots of wind, rain, and ice. That means your outside unit likely has some debris that has accumulated around the outside unit. When the sunshine comes out, head outside to clean and clear the unit so there is no restricted airflow. That includes cleaning the top of the system of dirt and debris. If this isn’t cleaned off, it could hinder the system’s performance and the internal components could even be impacted. A system that is working unnecessarily hard could cause your utility bill to increase and it could mean your system is prone to needless breakdown.

Tip #2: Clean or replace air filters.
It’s easy to forget about the filters in your furnace or AC unit. But this is a simple thing to do and it makes a big impact on how your system performs. Dirty air filters mean you’re breathing dusty, dirty air. Not to mention, your system won’t be working at peak efficiency. Be sure you clean or replace your filters every other month or as needed.  This helps reduce the flow of pollen, dust, dander, or other bacteria that makes its way into the air you breathe.

Tip #3: Upgrade your thermostat.
How old is your thermostat? Spring is a great time to get a new programmable thermostat installed in your home. These regulate the temperature of your home night and day, even when you’re away. Set your desired temperature based on your schedule and let it do the work for you! If you are at work during the day and don’t need to heat or cool your home, program it to turn down a bit, then turn back up before you get home. Programmable thermostats are a great investment for your home and can save up to 20% a year on your energy bill.

Spring is a beautiful time of year in the Northwest. This is a time that our experienced team at Specialty Heating and Cooling gets very busy, too! So, plan ahead and get your springtime preventative maintenance appointment scheduled. Or, if a new system is required for your home, we can help with that too! We’ll find the perfect system for your home’s layout and your budget. Contact us today for more details!

Maximize Your Furnace Performance with Spring Maintenance

Spring is officially here! Before you know it, you will be turning your thermostat down instead of up! Once warmer weather begins, you will need to plan ahead a bit and be sure that you schedule a spring preventative maintenance appointment for your heating and cooling system. By doing this, you will maximize its performance and you will be ready to head into spring and summer, confident that your system can do its job with no problems. Here’s how you can be sure your system functions at its peak.

#1: Clean air filters regularly.
If you like breathing clean air and you want to help keep your system functioning at maximum efficiency, clean and/or replace your system’s air filter regularly. The filter catches debris and dust so it doesn’t build up on the inside components of the machine. Be sure to replace or clean it at least every other month, especially when dirt is visible.

#2: Schedule a maintenance appointment.
Let the professionals at Specialty Heating & Cooling work their magic and make sure that your system is functioning at peak condition. We will clean filters, run an energy efficiency check, check the inside mechanisms, and be sure that there are no red flags. If there are repairs or adjustments to be made, we will share our recommendations so you can decide the next course of action. Our goal is for you to have a heating and cooling system that runs more efficiently, all year long so you can save money and stay comfortable!

#3: Get ductwork inspected.
Springtime brings lots of allergies. Did you know that your ductwork can have leaks in it that can allow dust, dirt, pollen, and other harmful chemicals into the air of your home? That is not a good thing for people that live with seasonal allergies! 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! Ask us for all the details!

Our experienced team at Specialty Heating & Cooling is ready to help you get your system ready for spring! Contact us today for a preventative maintenance appointment or to talk to us about a full system replacement. We want you to stay comfortable all season long, no matter what the weather is doing outside!

How Dust Impacts Your HVAC System

No matter how often you clean your home, dust accumulates quickly. Does it feel like it’s piling up almost immediately? Constant dust build-up can be an issue for every homeowner, but did you know that dust can impact your heating and cooling system, too? Here’s how.

Dust and ducts:
How’s the ductwork in your home? Do you know if it has leaks or cracks? If there are cracks or areas where air can leak in or out, you’re not only losing money in wasted clean air, but you’re also allowing dirty, untreated air into your home. Untreated air is full of dust, pollutants, pollen, and other harmful particles that impact the air quality of your home. Be sure to have your ductwork sealed properly. If you do, you’ll save money and you’ll likely notice a difference in the amount of dust that is building up around your home. We are proud to use Aeroseal technology to help seal leaky ductwork. Talk to us about how it can work to seal any gaps, leaks, or cracks in your home’s ductwork.

Dust and air filters:
Your heating and cooling system is made up of many different components, but the air filters are one of the primary ways that your system traps dust, dirt, and other debris. However, if you neglect regularly cleaning and/or replacing of your filters, dust will build up and be automatically re-circulated throughout the air in your home. That means that your home will not only be dusty, but you’ll be breathing dusty air! Avoid unnecessary build-up and clean your filters on a consistent basis.

Dust and preventative maintenance:
Spring is here and for many homeowners, that means spring cleaning is in full swing. This is a great time to schedule a preventative maintenance appointment with our team of experienced HVAC technicians. We will clean the inside of your system and ensure that everything is in good working order. A clean system on the inside will keep air flowing properly and bolster overall efficiency. It can also help prolong the system’s lifespan and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that the air being circulated into your home is clean!

Need to schedule a maintenance appointment? Contact us today to get on the schedule. Or, perhaps your system is old and inefficient, or it consistently breaks down. Now is the perfect time to get it replaced. We offer financing and there are several price savings deals happening that can save you money. Let us help you find the right system for your home and contact us today for details on which system is right for you.

Why you should schedule your service appointment during spring cleaning

 

Spring is officially here and it’s a great time for homeowners to de-clutter and organize their home to get it ready for the longer, warmer days. If you want to help reduce harmful allergens and breathe cleaner air, it’s a great idea to get your HVAC system serviced. The air inside your home can often times be more polluted than the outside air, but if you take care of your heating and cooling system, you can keep healthy throughout the year.  In addition, if you maintain your equipment well, you will prevent future problems and other unexpected costs later down the road. Routine yearly maintenance appointments are important and necessary.

We’ll check your thermostat settings to make sure it’s accurate and able to keep you comfortable throughout the spring and summer months. If the thermostat works in tandem with your furnace system, it will save energy. This translates to a lower utility bill and a healthier environment.  We’ll also check the moving parts and electrical components/connections in your system. If the system has any sort of defects – especially electrical – it could pose a safety threat or ruin the overall lifespan of the system and the larger components that help it run.

Our maintenance plans are a cost effective to keep your system running at its peak. With our maintenance plans, you’ll receive a 15% discount on all repairs, you’ll get priority scheduling, your system’s filters will be replaced, and you’ll get 24 hour/7 day emergency service. We will service and repair all brands, so no matter what you have in your home, we can work on it!

Regular maintenance for your home’s heating and cooling system is just like changing the oil in your car or going to the doctor for regular check-ups. You’ll notice energy savings, enhanced comfort, better air quality, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that professional HVAC professionals have taken care of your system!

We offer easy payment options and are ready to get your system serviced. Contact us today for more details.

Types of Furnace Filters

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Home improvement and home maintenance on your home is something that should be a high priority on your list. Replacing your air filters/furnace filters on a regular basis is something that should be done in order to maintain clean air and reduce indoor allergens, but it’s easily neglected by many homeowners. Did you know that finding the right furnace filter for your HVAC system will not only save you money, but it will improve indoor air quality in your home? Originally, filters were built to protect the inside portion of the furnace, but now filters are much more than that – they will also stop harmful particles from circulating back into the air that you breathe. Whether it is for industrial or residential use, here are the most basic furnace filter options:

  1. Disposable fiberglass:
    These are usually the most common filter and they don’t do much more than stop large particles of lint, debris, or dust from clogging your system. Unfortunately, these filters are not good for cleaning the air itself. They’re inexpensive and are not good for those that live with asthma or allergies.
  2. Disposable pleated:
    This is a standard and very popular option that consists of cotton paper or polyester. It’s very affordable and made from environmentally friendly materials, and is effective in removing some small particles like mites and spores. However, these require frequent changing in order to prevent clogging of your HVAC system.
  3. Disposable electrostatic:
    These are developed with self-charging electrostatic cotton or paper fibers that are able to capture small particles that can be potentially harmful. They are affordably priced, but can get pricier if you need a custom size. They are great for homes with smokers or pets.
  4. Permanent electrostatic:
    These are also made of self-charging electrostatic fibers and permanent options have removable, machine-washable filters that can be taken out and cleaned, then used for up to eight years.
  5. High-efficiency pleated:
    These are made from pleated 4-5” pleated synthetic cotton and are attached to a firm metal grid that helps stop leaks from occurring. These will filter out the smallest of particles and are exceptional for those that live with respiratory issues or other autoimmune diseases. They are commonly seen in hospitals because of their efficiency, but are costly and may not be available for installation in all systems.

Not sure which one is right for your specific system? Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling is happy to come take a look at your home or office and evaluate what filters would work best for you. Our experienced team is well-versed in a variety of heating and cooling systems and we’re proud to carry an outstanding line of indoor air quality products from Carrier. With the right filters in place, you’ll have cleaner air and you’ll be ready for a comfortable spring and summer.