Maintenance Checklist: What to Repair Before the New Year

With the coming of the new year, Las Vegas area homeowners look forward to seasonal changes that affect their home’s HVAC system. We’ve created this handy HVAC Maintenance Checklist so you can easily determine how to prepare your home for the upcoming year.

Maintenance Checklist for 2017

Here are 10 things you should complete in the new year to keep your home maintained and your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently until 2018:

  1. Have a maintenance check performed on your HVAC system. This should be done twice a year, both in Spring and Fall, and at the very least performed annually. If you haven’t scheduled an annual professional service call for HVAC maintenance, be sure to do so today!
  1. Winterize your home. Check for any drafty spots on and around exterior walls that could allow cold air to sneak into your home. Weather strip doors and windows and seal areas that could have air leaks: around external electrical outlets, attic entryways, and floorboards.
  1. Irrigation backflow devices need insulation, too. Do so by covering the device with a towel and placing a large bucket over the covered device so that it is completely shielded.
  1. Check all vents in your home and make sure that none are being blocked or obstructed.
  1. The temperatures don’t often dip below freezing in the Las Vegas area, but it’s certainly possible. It’s even more likely if you live in an area of higher elevation. Be sure to protect your pipes by disconnecting and draining hoses when the temperatures drop and when not in use.
  1. Keep drafts from entering underneath doorways by placing door draft blockers at the bottoms of every external door on your home.
  1. If you plan to leave your home for an extended time, instead of turning your HVAC system completely off, set the temperature to around 50 degrees. This will ensure that your pipes don’t freeze in case very cold temperatures occur, and it will also keep houseplants from dying.
  1. Clean around your HVAC systems thoroughly. Be sure to remove any dust and debris on and around the unit. Also, check the space around your HVAC units to ensure that there is plenty of clearance, and that no objects are leaning on or are placed on top of your system.
  1. To prevent damage to soft pipes when frozen water expands, be sure to close off the valve to your irrigation system. Hardware and home improvement stores also carry insulated wraps for pipes and faucet socks that can help protect any exposed spigots or pipes.
  1. And last, but certainly not least: replace your furnace’s air filter. This is a simple fix that can quickly add a bit of life back into your HVAC unit. A system that is struggling to work against a dirty air filter will work harder, and because of this, your system will have to run longer and less efficiently than it would with a clean filter. Check your filter regularly for buildup and replace it as soon as it gets dirty.

Need help getting your HVAC system ready for the new year? Contact the experts at Cal Air Cooling and Heating. Whether you need a new HVAC system or just want your annual tune-up, we are ready to help make sure your home comfort needs are met.

Do These Things in Fall to Prolong the Life of Your HVAC Unit

 

HVAC systems are a big investment. That is why it is important for homeowners to do all that they can to prolong the life of their heating and cooling systems. Fall is a slower season for HVAC companies, making it a great time to schedule your annual tune-up or make an appointment for repairs in order to get the most out of your HVAC system.

How to Prolong the Life of Your HVAC Unit

Here are just a few ways that you can get more out of your HVAC system and prolong the life of your unit:

  • Get an annual tune-up. It is recommended that all homeowners get a tune-up annually. Fall is the best time to do this so that you can identify and fix issues before you start using your heater in the winter.
  • Change your air filters regularly. Cleaning or replacing your air filters regularly is not only important for indoor air quality, but also energy efficiency and the health of your unit. When the air filter is dirty or clogged, it can cause your system to work harder than it needs to in order to keep your home comfortable.
  • Schedule any necessary repairs. If your HVAC unit needs repairs, make sure that you schedule these at the first sign of trouble. Broken or malfunctioning parts can put stress on your heating or cooling system, potentially causing even more damage.

Take Advantage of Fall and Winter Specials from Cal Air

Cal Air Heating and Cooling is offering Las Vegas homeowners the opportunity to save money on HVAC services this fall and winter. Here are just some of the great promotions that can help you save money on HVAC services before the new year:

  • Save $50 on Repairs – Save $50 on any repair under $1,000 at Cal Air Heating and Cooling. The offer expires January 31, 2017.
  • Save $100 on Repairs – Save $100 on any repair over $1,000 from Cal Air Heating and Cooling. This offer also expires on January 31, 2017.
  • Buy 2 Get One Free on Maintenance – Get one free maintenance check-up with the purchase of an Advantage Club Membership. This membership normally offers 2 maintenance check-ups and value rate pricing on emergency repairs and priority service during the year. However, with this deal you get an extra 6 months of club membership. This offer is only available for first time members and expires on January 31, 2017.
  • Free Air Purifier Installation – When you purchase an Infinity Air Purifier from Cal Air, we will install the equipment for free. This offer is a $140 value and expires on January 31, 2017.

If you have been thinking about upgrading or replacing your existing unit, you may also be eligible for significant savings. Now until November 15, 2016, Carrier is offering factory rebates of up to $1,650 on the purchase of new qualifying Carrier systems and equipment. This offer isn’t available for much longer, so make sure to let us know you are interested as soon as possible.

With so many ways to save, it is clear that now is the best time to service your HVAC unit or even upgrade your entire system. Contact us today for more information, and ask about our Winter 60 month special financing with approved credit on qualifying systems.

You’ve Got HVAC Questions – We’ve Got Answers!

We know that sifting through pages of information on HVAC control systems can be tiresome and mind-numbing. You have enough going on in your busy lives. That’s what your local Las Vegas HVAC specialists are for. We have compiled the most frequently asked questions we get from our local community and provided the answers to these crucial HVAC questions.

What is HVAC?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. These functions are interrelated, seeking to provide good air quality and thermal comfort throughout the year. All are crucial to combat the temperature and humidity variations that come with the changing seasons.

Do heating and air conditioning systems require regular maintenance?

Absolutely. Regular maintenance is imperative for your system to function at its optimal level throughout the year. It is natural for dust and dirt to build up in your ducts, vents and especially filters. Filters are advised to be checked and or replaced monthly. The rest of your unit, especially if it is more than 5 years old, should be inspected before the seasons of heavy use, winter and summer.

What factors should I consider when choosing the size of my HVAC unit?

The size of your home is of course a large component when deciding the size of your new HVAC unit. However, other factors such as the energy efficiency of your home, the size and quality of your windows and your home’s orientation to the sun. If your home isn’t very energy efficient, it may require a larger unit than usual to effectively cool and heat your home.

How should I clean my air filter?

Cleaning your air or furnace filter is an important part of maintaining your home’s air quality and your units integrity as a whole. This is why you should use the proper technique when cleaning your units filter. Sinks and tubs will not provide an adequate amount of pressure to clean your filter. Utilize your home’s hose or a vacuum with a powerful suction tool to flush out dust and dirt. If you use a hose, make sure to get both sides and start cleaning against the airflow (there should be an arrow indicating the flow of air on your filter). Make sure your filter dries completely before inserting it back into your unit.

During winter, should I cover my outdoor unit?

No. Not only is it not necessary because all major brands’ units are built to withstand harsh temperatures, but it can actually invite pests to set up their homes underneath your covered unit for the winter.

Should I be concerned about plants growing around my outdoor unit?

Yes. If vegetation grows too close to your unit, it could invite curious pests to investigate your condenser. Pests like rats and other rodents can nibble and gnaw their way through a unit and use your unit as an entry point to your home. This can lead to serious allergy and air quality issues.

If you still have more questions, we would love to answer them. Contact Cal Air Cooling and Heating for a trusted Las Vegas HVAC expert!

 

Save on Cooling Costs in 2017 by Doing This Now

With summer ending, you may be looking at your cooling costs for the season wondering how you managed to afford to cool your home & feed the family. While customarily less expensive than usage costs for heating, your air conditioning system requires energy usage. Even bigger costs can surface when repairs or other maintenance become necessary – especially during the busy season for HVAC contractors.

How to Save on 2017 Cooling Costs

Summer Sixteen might be fading away, but there are things you can do RIGHT NOW to make sure next spring and summer are less costly.

Replace the Air Filter.

Your air filter can affect the cost of operation for your AC in two ways. First, failing to frequently replace your filter can cause system performance issues that will require repair. That costs money! Also, if you opt for a HEPA filter, you may notice your energy bill goes up because your system has to work harder to push through such high filtration.

Clean your Outdoor HVAC Unit.

Debris and growth can cause your AC system extra labor, resulting in excess energy costs as well as fatigue to your system. Avoid this by clearing a 2 foot radius around your outdoor unit and monitoring it to make sure pests aren’t infiltrating. Catching this before big problems happen can save money, too!

Monitor Refrigerant Lines.

Letting your refrigerant go can cause major problems in the performance of your air conditioner. Monitor your refrigerant levels, and have your HVAC contractor visit annually to make sure your refrigerant is at a proper level. If you think that your refrigerant may be too low, it is important to call an HVAC specialist to remedy the problem.

Use a Cool Mist Humidifier in Fall & Winter.

Another way to make sure that your HVAC unit works well year-round is by using devices like a cool mist humidifier to help control indoor air quality. By keeping your home misted and your rH levels optimal, you can ensure that your air conditioner starts up next spring in the best conditions possible.

Have Your Cooling System Serviced.

The shoulder seasons – Autumn and Spring – are the best time to get your HVAC system serviced. Call us and we can come out and do a once-over of your entire system, prepping your heating system before winter hits and checking up on issues and efficiencies for your cooling system.

Routine maintenance is an important part of keeping your HVAC unit running efficiently and effectively year-round. Contact the HVAC experts at Cal Air Cooling and Heating today for a tune-up or service visit.