What are we doing in the crawlspace and attic during a System Check Up?
Crawlspace: Not only are we looking at the HVAC equipment, ductwork and the electrical, we are checking to ensure that there is no visual water leaks or dampness, hanging or missing insulation and the overall condition of the crawlspace. ( When was the last time you crawled around under your house? )
Attic: Not only are we looking at the HVAC equipment, ductwork and the electrical, we are checking to ensure that there is no visual signs of water damage, condition of the insulation, roof and overall condition of the attic. ( When was the last time you were up in your attic? )
How does the System Check Up help me?
Heating: Gas pack / Furnace; we want to ensure that you will last the whole winter with no equipment issues. We put the system through it’s paces to see if under strain the individual parts will hold up. We make the system fail to ensure that the safeties will stop the system if and when a component fails. Heat pump; because the refrigerant, ( Freon ) not only is used to cool, it also is used to heat, we are ensuring proper levels and coil conditions.
Cooling: Gas pack / Heat pump / Air conditioning; we want to ensure that you will last the whole summer with no equipment issues. Do you have good airflow, coil condition, refrigerant ( Freon ) levels and are there hidden condition that might need to be addressed?
Spotting components that are failing is the reason why systems that are maintained last longer the ones that are not. When a component fails, other components are affected by the broken part. Which in turns put undue strain on the other working components.
What is my responsibility as a homeowner?
Spring: Make sure that your outdoor equipment is clear of yard waste, leaves, bushes and that you can walk all the way around the unit. As airflow is critical to use, so is it for the outdoor unit. Also make sure that if you have vents on the side of your home, birds are not building a nest in them. After the great pine tree pollen explosion, wash the outdoor unit to let the unit breathe. Test the system to ensure that the outdoor unit comes on.
Summer: Change your filter every 30 days even if it is a 3 month filter. Why? This is the time of the year we are in and out of our home with the doors open for longer periods of time then the winter months. Close, the garage door when going in and out. With it’s up, the summer heat is trapped in the garage, making the surrounding room in the home hotter.
Fall: Test the heat on a mild day, not for long to ensure that it will still work. With the change of the season look for twigs that might have fallen into the outdoor unit. Keep leaves and yard waste away from the unit.
Winter: If you have a heat pump keep everything away for the outdoor unit so that it can breathe. Again, air flow is very important to the operation and energy cost.
Air filters should be replace every 30 days, regardless of what the manufacturer states.
There is a lot more that you can do as a homeowner, please ask us when we our out at your home.