As spring weather approaches, many homeowners forget about their furnace and ignore potential HVAC problems while dreaming of warmer temperatures. But in our area, spring is no guarantee of warm weather. Don’t let an unexpected cold snap catch you off guard. That minor maintenance task could turn into an expensive repair bill next winter. Your heating system has worked hard all season to keep your family warm and could be showing signs of stress right now.
If you have any concerns about HVAC problems, a professional inspection can help. Protect your heating system investment and ensure that your system is functioning properly so you won’t be inconvenienced next fall.
Spring is almost here, and with it comes the start of Daylight Saving Time. On March 10th, you’ll dutifully set all your clocks ahead one hour. But will you remember to reset your thermostat? There are a number of ways Daylight Saving Time impacts your HVAC system, without your even realizing it.
First of all, if you have a programmable thermostat, you need to change its time settings.
And when Daylight Saving Time begins, it’s an ideal time to change your thermostat’s batteries. You’ve probably heard the rule of thumb to change your smoke detector’s batteries once a year, at the same time you set your clocks ahead. Well, your thermostat battery should also be changed once a year. So to make sure you remember, do it along with your smoke detector, at the start of Daylight Saving Time.
To learn more about how Daylight Saving Time affects your HVAC system, contact us at JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
The saying that “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” means that when the month begins it is still winter and by the time it ends it is spring. Needless to say March is a strange month for the weather, and it always has been.
You don’t have to let the swings of March make this time of the year difficult in your home. Proper HVAC services this month not only help maintain comfort, but they also prepare your air conditioning for the coming summer and help the heating system close out the season on a strong note. Even if it’s still cold outside, March is an excellent time for scheduling your annual AC maintenance.
Spring maintenance is essential to ensure that an air conditioner will work in top condition during the coming hot weather and won’t unnecessarily drain power. With proper maintenance your air conditioner should enjoy a lengthy service life.
Stay on top of heating repairs. You take a big risk when you let heating problems go without repairs at any time of the year. But in March, the risk is higher because you’re more likely to ignore the problems outright due to the approach of warmer weather.
Take a moment to think about the age of your home’s AC and if it has shown signs that it’s wearing down. If it’s over 15 years old and isn’t working as well as it once did, take advantage of this month and arrange to have a new system installed. During maintenance, one of our technicians can assist you with making the choice about a replacement. If you do need a new air conditioner, you can trust our team to find the best system to install and have the work done fast and correctly.
So call us today at JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air!
Winter is a great time to take a vacation, but before doing so, tend to your HVAC system and other critical components of your home before you leave. A bit of preparation before you go will assure you that your home will be safe and secure during your absence.
Change the air filter for the blower if it’s dusty. The furnace will run more efficiently.
Schedule a heating system tune-up if you haven’t had it serviced this year. Besides running more efficiently, a maintenance visit may turn up any issues that could become bigger problems while you’re away. Considering how cold it is in the winter here, the preventative care will give you peace of mind while you’re away. If your furnace doesn’t run properly, you risk frozen pipes and the damage that plumbing problems cause.
If you’re going to be gone more than a few days, turn the water valve off to your home. Once off, turn on a faucet and leave it open for 15 seconds or longer to make sure there’s air in the pipes to prevent broken pipes.
Turn the thermostat for your HVAC system down to 60 degrees F to save energy. It’s also a good idea to open the cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks so that the pipes stay warmer, especially if they’re located on exterior walls.
The pros at JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air can help you prepare the HVAC system in your home, helping it run smoothly and safely throughout the heating season.
At JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air, we want to help you keep your home comfortable during these record-low temperatures. Follow our tips for keeping your heating system operational. If you run into any problems, please contact us at 888-365-1171. We do have emergency service if necessary.
If you’ve repeatedly turned up your thermostat and you’re not feeling the temperature heat up, it just might just be the polar vortex. Furnaces aren’t designed to function in subzero temperatures, so your heating system may struggle to keep up with this week’s extreme cold. Even if your thermostat is set at 70 degrees, it doesn’t mean your furnace can keep your home at that temperature.
The key is to not mess around with the thermostat or change it frequently. Turning your heating down or off during the evening can put even more strain on the system. Without proper heating, pipes can also freeze during the night — even more reason to keep your thermostat on a “hold” during extreme cold.
Keeping garages and doors shut can also keep the heat in.
Be sure to check pipes on external walls for snow or ice because that can stop furnaces from functioning. Keep your outdoor condenser clear of snow if you have a heat pump.
Replace your furnace filter. Ideally in the winter months, especially during these ultra-cold spells, you should change the filter monthly.
Be sure your ceiling fans are on to keep the warm air moving if they have the reverse setting for colder months.
Help to heat your home with some cooking or baking—or even just boiling water. It gives extra humidity and warm temperatures to your indoor air. Under no circumstances should you ever heat your home with your oven, stove, or grill, as this is extremely dangerous.
Be sure to keep your cupboard doors open where your plumbing is located to allow your heat to keep your pipes warmed. The last thing you want is frozen or burst pipes. In these extreme temperatures, keep all your indoor faucets on a constant trickle with room-temperature water. This also helps to prevent frozen or burst pipes.
Check on neighbors or anyone elderly in this freezing weather to be they are safe and warm.
A dirty filter prevents air flow to your furnace and blower, making it run harder and take longer to heat up or cool down your home. Most importantly, a dirty filter can cause damage to your furnace and it also wastes energy. Call us today at JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air with any concerns you may have.