Who doesn’t like a winter getaway? Whether you’re hitting the slopes or jetting off to a tropical locale, there are ways to lower your utility bill while you’re on vacation. If you consider that you can save one percent for each degree adjustment every eight hours, it’s easy to calculate a significant savings if you cut back several degrees while you’re away from home. The following are some best practices for your HVAC system while you’re on a winter vacation.
Don’t Completely Turn Off Your Unit
One of the mistakes most commonly made by homeowners is completely turning off their system while they’re gone. The problem is air can’t circulate efficiently, which can result in condensation and ultimately mold and other problems. It also takes more energy to return your home back to a normal temperature once you’ve returned.
Keep Windows and Doors Locked and Shut Completely
This is not only a good safety practice, it will also enable you to use less energy while you’re away because it will be easier to maintain a consistent indoor temperature. With less temperature variation, your system won’t have to work as hard.
Lower Your Thermostat by Four Degrees
Many homeowners are unsure of what temperature to set their thermostat before heading off on vacation. In the winter, lowering the thermostat by around four degrees is optimal because it will prevent your heat pump or heater from having to work too hard to get things reheated once you return from out of town.
Prepare for Bad Weather
Winter storms can cause debris to restrict the air flow to your outside HVAC unit. Before heading out of town, make sure to clear your yard of low-hanging tree limbs, overgrown shrubs, leaves and other debris.
Get an HVAC System Check
The best way that you can prepare your HVAC system any time of the year is with a service maintenance contract. This ensures that you’re getting the year-long protection you need whether you’re home or enjoying some time away. Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today to learn more about affordable, convenient HVAC maintenance at 480-968-5652.
Winter is officially here, and evening temperatures are dipping below freezing throughout the valley. During the holidays, we hope you’re staying warm and cozy inside your home with loved ones and friends. This means ensuring your heater is working optimally.
Throughout the winter (and the rest of the year, too), you can rely on Bruce’s Air Conditioning and Heating for all your HVAC needs.
And, consider giving the gift of home comfort this holiday season. A gift of an HVAC maintenance contract, programmable thermostat or energy audit can provide cost savings and greater energy efficiency to someone you love. To learn more, contact the expert team at Bruce’s Air Conditioning and Heating at 480-968-5652.
With fall officially here in the Valley of the Sun, you’re probably more than ready for a break from the heat. Is your HVAC system ready for the seasonal change? The following are some tips to ensure your home is prepared for when the temperature dips and you need heat.
Clean Your System (Exterior)
Summer storms often result in leaves and debris accumulating around exterior air conditioning units. With monsoon season now over, this is the perfect time to clear vegetation, dirt and dust that can impact your system’s functionally. Trim back bushes and landscaping that surround your unit. Remove dead leaves, branches and weeds.
Clean Your System (Interior)
Summer winds also can wreak havoc on the interior of your HVAC system, causing dust to quickly collect inside your unit, ductwork and filters. With the season over, replace or clean your indoor air filters. It’s a simple task that can dramatically improve your indoor air quality and the efficiency of your system.
Inspect Your System
While much of your system isn’t visible, you can still conduct a preliminary inspection to determine if there are any obvious issues. Grab a flashlight. Inspect the outdoor unit, as well as your furnace, vents and any visible areas of ductwork. Look for potential problems like leaks, loose seals or cracks.
Next, turn on your system. Check to make sure air is moving through every vent. If you haven’t used your heater in six months or more, you will likely smell a burnt odor for a few minutes. This is normal as dust that has built up on the furnace or heat pump will burn the first time you use the heat. If the burnt smell continues or if something doesn’t seem quite right, don’t delay in calling for service.
Call for a Professional Tune-Up
Not every issue can be discovered through a visual inspection. This is why it’s important to get regular tune-ups to ensure your system is working as it should be. A professionally-trained HVAC technician knows exactly what to look for, as well as what to do to extend the life and efficiency of your system. This includes lubricating moving parts and tightening electrical connections.
Kick Off Fall with a Tune-Up
Winter chill is just around the corner. Be prepared by scheduling a fall tune-up with Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating. It’s the best way to ensure the efficiency of your system and prevent a small issue from turning into a costly repair. Call us today at 480-968-5652 to schedule a time that’s convenient for you.
Not all HVAC contractors are the same. Most specialize in residential services and have limited capabilities to provide the air conditioning and heating required for a business. Because nearly every commercial space in the greater Phoenix metro area requires climate control, having a trusted HVAC system repair provider on hand is an important part of your business strategy.
Yet, it can be challenging deciphering qualified commercial HVAC contractors from those who just claim to provide services to businesses. The following are some questions to ask to help you choose the best one for your business or commercial property.
Do You Have Referrals from Other Businesses?
An experienced commercial HVAC contractor should have plenty of referrals from other businesses. Don’t be shy about asking for a few names and numbers of businesses that you can call. Online review sites, such as Yelp, can also be beneficial for reading the opinions of commercial customers.
Are the Technicians Factory Trained?
Don’t put the comfort of your employees or the quality of your products in jeopardy by trusting a technician who isn’t qualified to do the job. Use only certified, factory-trained HVAC technicians.
Do You Provide Emergency Service?
Whether you have around-the-clock operations or store valuable inventory that needs to be kept at a consistent temperature, you require an HVAC contractor who can be there for you whenever you have an emergency. It’s not just important to have a provider of HVAC services available 24/7, it’s essential for your business success!
Do You Offer a Maintenance Plan?
Ongoing upkeep of your commercial space is a given. The best way to ensure your air conditioners and heaters are running as they should be is to invest in a maintenance plan that includes seasonal tune-ups and system checks.
Are You Licensed, Bonded and Insured?
You can’t take chances working with an HVAC contractor that doesn’t have the necessary credentials that guarantee their work. Not only can a system failure impact your employees’ comfort, it can result in a business shutdown and even legal issues.
Need a Commercial HVAC Contractor?
Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today to learn more about our commercial HVAC solutions for businesses in Chandler and across the Valley of the Sun at 480-968-5652.
Are you risking a big-ticket repair because you don’t have an HVAC maintenance contract? It goes without saying that you need insurance to protect your home, life and vehicle. It’s understood that the peace of mind you gain from this protection is worth the cost. Few individuals can afford the financial impact of an unforeseen accident, illness or other unfortunate event. Yet, many homeowners choose not to invest in protection for one of their most important and costly aspects of their home – their HVAC system. This unfortunately can be a very unwise and expensive decision.
The Many Benefits of HVAC Preventive Maintenance
The single best way to prevent budget-breaking repairs or replacement of your air conditioner and heating unit is to have an HVAC contract that includes regular HVAC maintenance. Tune-ups of your air conditioning and heating units include identifying and repairing small maintenance issues before they turn into big, system-hindering problems. This helps to minimize the chance of unexpected breakdowns during peak cooling and heating seasons. As well, regular maintenance extends the life of your HVAC system and maintains its peak efficiency for as long as possible. This results in lower utility costs, as well as longer stretches of time before requiring new installation.
Which Air Conditioning and Heating Maintenance Contract Is Right for You?
At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we recommend a biannual (twice a year) HVAC maintenance agreement to ensure your system is working optimally for both summer and winter, as well as throughout the rest of the year. We offer contracts for both residential and commercial customers.
With an HVAC maintenance contract, you save on the cost of maintenance appointments while receiving valuable discounts on necessary repairs for issues that are discovered during these appointments. You also have the flexibility to schedule maintenance appointments when they are convenient for you!
Don’t spend another day without any protection for your HVAC system. Call Bruce’s today to learn more about the value of an HVAC maintenance contract.