Houston, Texas based Air Check Mechanical Service has published a new blog post on their website that discusses the importance of ensuring the readiness of homeowner air conditioning systems as summer approaches. As homeowners and businesses rely less on furnaces and heaters during the warm spring, it is a reminder that the extreme South Texas summer is on its way, when an efficient HVAC system is paramount to family comfort.
As with any key HVAC appliance, maintenance and repair are key to ensure consistent and efficient service. One of the biggest mistakes many HVAC service customers make is to not think about their AC system during the absolute best time of the year to repair or replace it - the spring.
"For many customers in the Houston, Texas area where Air Check Mechanical operates, AC maintenance tends to be out of sight and out of mind between the winter and just before it is turned on for the season," said Donald Compton, owner and lead technician with Air Check. "One of the things we always preach to customers is to start running their air conditioner early in the year. While the utility costs of running it tend to be very low and the system itself may run sporadically, it does provide a great opportunity to determine the system condition."
Spring is the absolute best time to consider HVAC repair and maintenance, as well as perhaps considering things like AC inspection or Freon recharging. It is also a great time for business owners and homeowners to save money on air conditioning service, as many HVAC contractors tend to be far less busy before the summer crunch.
Another important consideration for homeowners is to ensure that the furnace or AC filter has been changed recently. Not only can a clogged AC filter impede overall HVAC performance, it can also wear down the system, which has to work harder to force air through the system. Once summer does come and the air conditioner is running almost 100% of the time, knowing that the filter is brand new provides piece of mind that the unit will last long and perform strong.
According to the post, it is critical for customers to also ensure that their thermostat is functioning effectively, as it tends to be the heart of the HVAC system's operation. Accuracy is always a good thing when it comes to thermostats, and an Air Check Mechanical Service technician can easily recommend newer models, which have additional benefits such as the ability to connect with smart phones, and schedule operation electronically.
"The bells and whistles on some of the newer digital thermostats are really quite an excellent addition for customers in some cases," said Compton, who boasts over 15 years of experience in the HVAC industry. "What's more, when people use apps to connect with their AC often, they tend to think about the system more often as well, and consider maintenance tasks that they would not think of normally."
Another point that the post makes is that not every AC unit is the correct unit for a house or business. A licensed professional should always be hired for AC installation of any kind, but often previous property owners may not have considered this. As a result, homeowners may find that the installation was improperly done, either causing blockages or discouraging air circulation. Also, previous owners may have installed an incorrectly sized AC unit, either because they were looking to save money or were just advised incorrectly.
"We never like to tell customers that their air conditioning unit is the wrong size, as no one wants to have to deal with the additional expense," said Compton. "But, there are generally ways around this problem, even if you can't afford a replacement."
SOURCE: Press Advantage [Link]
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