Update Your Thermostat

Outdated dial thermostats prevent you from enjoying a comfortable (and fuss-free) home environment. For easy home upgrades, new tech is where it’s at!

The latest programmable thermostats are an easy upgrade for energy-efficiency. And a smart thermostat will even let you change your home’s temperature remotely. Depending on the model you choose, you can enjoy a few other perks, too.

Most programmable thermostats include different settings based on the day of the week. This is great for homeowners who have a pretty consistent routine Monday through Friday. When your thermostat is set to your schedule, it will automatically adjust your indoor temp when you’re away, then bring it back to a comfortable level when you return.

As a general rule, you want your programmable thermostat to do the thinking for you. You don’t want to be worried about changing the temperature and checking in when you’re getting ready to leave the house.

Programming your settings helps you save on energy costs when you don’t need that “perfect” indoor temp — like when the whole family is out running errands, working, or at sports practice.

When it comes to programmable thermostats, there isn’t always a clear winner. It usually just depends on what features would be most useful to you. Of course, some devices are made better than others. They might come with better warranties or have a more intuitive display. These factors should always be considered, as should price. You don’t want to pay for a model that doesn’t do everything you want.

Call us today at JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating & Air to talk to us about programmable thermostats. If you’re still dealing with a dial thermostat or some other inconsistent system, this would be a sweet upgrade.

Keep Your Home Comfortable This Winter

There are things that you can do to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient this winter:

Do not close off unused rooms in your house unless there is a supply AND return register in the room. Your heating system was designed for the square footage of your home so by closing rooms off, you are changing the air flow of your heating system which can actually increase your monthly bill.

Rearrange the furniture to make sure that couches, beds, and other items are not blocking the vents. Allowing the air to flow freely through the house will improve comfort.

Keep all exhaust vents clear. It is very important to understand how your furnace’s exhaust is vented. For example, 90% efficiency furnaces are mostly vented through PVC pipe where it exits your home outside above ground level. It is very important to check that this area is clear of snow and ice, otherwise the buildup will block the exhaust and cause your furnace to not function properly.

Older homes are prone to leaks due to older windows and doors, or chimneys and fireplaces without working dampers. Check for leaks by lighting a candle and holding it by door and window cracks. If the flame moves, you should seal the windows with caulk or put draft guards under the doors. Well-maintained windows last for about 20 years so if yours are older, it may be time to replace them.

Severe Winter Weather

With the recent severe winter weather and the extremely cold temperatures, don’t forget how hard your heating system is working. Motors, belts, fans and other critical parts have to work extra hard to keep your home comfortable. To make sure that your heating system continues to work at peak efficiency call JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air for a midwinter check up. The forecast indicates that this will continue to be a severe winter so don’t be left out in the cold.

Winter Maintenance Tips for Commercial Buildings and Facilities

 

While the cold weather may be great for deer hunting, it can be challenging for maintenance and service teams. As a result, preparing your HVAC system in commercial buildings and facilities for winter becomes all the more critical.

These tips are tied solely to your heating and cooling systems to ensure that you are ready for whatever Mother Nature has up her sleeve.

Inspect Heating Systems

It’s a no-brainer that maintaining your heating systems should be a top priority in colder weather. We recommend that you inspect heating systems regularly and create a written plan to outline what maintenance tasks need to be addressed daily, weekly, monthly and annually.

Concerning equipment, hot water heating boilers will see increased use. To ensure their proper operation, we suggest you:

Examine flues for carbon buildup

Analyze combustion to ensure the flames burn cleanly and efficiently

Check safeties for proper operation

Look for cracked heat exchangers

Examine water pressure gauges to ensure they are calibrated correctly

Remove and clean burners

Brush boiler tubes

Check expansion tanks for proper air cushion and to ensure they aren’t flooded

Furnaces and rooftop units also need to be checked. Specifically, look for cracks in the heat exchangers, which can leak dangerous carbon monoxide into a building. For furnaces older than 10 years, consider replacement. Efficiency ratings for today’s equipment far exceed those of older ones, sometimes as much as 40 percent or more.

Winterize Cooling Systems

While heating systems move on-line, cooling systems not in use during the winter need to be taken down. This might include draining your cooling tower, shutting down your chiller or emptying a condensate drain trap. Not addressing maintenance tasks as systems are taken off-line could result in significant damage to them. Additionally, necessary repairs can be addressed at this time rather than at the moment when you need cooling in the spring and summer.

Call the professionals today at JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air for all of your HVAC needs.

Furnace Safety Tips

With DIY books, blogs, TV shows and podcasts, there’s never been more free content out there to help you take on basic maintenance around the house. However, it’s important to remember to follow safety guidelines to avoid accidental injury. If you’re planning on troubleshooting problems with your heating system yourself, keep these furnace safety tips in mind.

One of the most overlooked safety concerns when repairing a heating system is carbon monoxide poisoning. When not properly maintained and monitored, your HVAC system could quickly become a health hazard either due to a damaged system, a diagnostic problem or inadequate maintenance. Because carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas, it’s hard to detect, and prolonged exposure can lead to brain damage and even death. To protect you and your family, keep a carbon monoxide detector with fresh batteries near the furnace at all times. When dealing with any gas-burning system, be sure to follow furnace safety tips by turning off the gas and the power switch and following the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions. If you smell gas while maintaining your furnace, don’t try to fix the leak or shut off the gas yourself. Leave the house immediately and call your utility company’s emergency hotline.

Of course, the best heating system safety precaution you can take is to call JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air. One of our technicians can come to your home to perform a safety check and repair any issue you may have with your heating system. Rather than attempt repairs yourself, our certified and trained technicians will safely service your unit to ensure that your furnace will continue to keep you comfortable.

October is Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention month so it’s a good time to raise awareness and implement steps to protect your family. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a home structure fire is reported every 87 seconds each year and 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke detectors or without working smoke detectors.

Steps to take to be as prepared as possible include:

Home (or workplace) fire escape plan
Changing your smoke-alarm batteries
Awareness of any chemicals in the home
Awareness of main reasons for fires starting in the home

While our HVAC systems keep us comfortable when they are working properly, without proper maintenance, they can become dangerous. Electrical and mechanical failures are the foremost cause of HVAC related home fires. That is why it is important to schedule regular tune-ups so our technicians can make sure everything is working as it should.

When it comes to fire safety, you should do the following:

Ensure that window ACs are plugged into their own outlet.
Replace any improperly grounded receptacles.
Keep any flammable materials far from space heaters.
Use space heaters only on firm and solid surfaces.
Make sure that there are no loose fittings, leaking valves, faulty pilot lights.
Clear any debris or flammable materials stored near your HVAC system
Upgrade any overloaded circuit breakers, panel boxes, or fuse boxes
Inspection of the individual breaker connections

Ready for your HVAC maintenance? Give JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air a call today at 888-365-1171.

Hurricane Harvey

Our JMD Corporation family joins with other Americans to offer prayers and support to the people of Texas as they start the long recovery process from Hurricane Harvey. Please consider a financial contribution to any of the many agencies helping with this massive effort

End of Summer HVAC Tips

It’s that time of year when the summer is settling down and the weather is getting cool. This can only mean it’s time for end of summer HVAC maintenance. Because the kids are heading back to school, houses are beginning to become empty during the day, which means it’s time to consider turning your thermostats down.

Transitioning from the cooling season to the heating season also means taking care of any air conditioner maintenance tasks that you may have put off. Taking a few minutes to follow these HVAC tips will ensure that you get the most out of your last weeks of summer.

Tips For End of Summer HVAC Maintenance
•Close your shades and blinds during the day. This will help keep the sun’s heat from raising the temperature in your home. It will also help ease the load on your air conditioner and allow you to save energy while you’re not at home.
•Use your ceiling fans more often. Transitioning to a season like fall is the perfect time to take advantage of energy-saving tips that remove a strain on your HVAC system. When you run your ceiling fan, you can turn your thermostat up 4 degrees without feeling a difference in temperature.
•Change your air filter. You should change it monthly anyway, however it’s very important to do it after summer. Summer is one of the seasons that your air filter gets dirty the fastest. That’s because your HVAC is running almost non-stop so airborne particles are constantly getting trapped in the filter.
•Clear debris from your outdoor condenser unit. If you haven’t checked it all summer, the right time is now. With all the wind storms and summer activities like mowing the lawn can cause all types of debris to build up on your unit and restrict its airflow. Make sure to clear any visible debris away and consider cleaning the unit with a brush or vacuum.
•Schedule preventive maintenance for your furnace. The end of summer and the beginning of fall is the perfect time to begin thinking about getting your annual furnace maintenance. This will ensure that your furnace is ready for winter and will prevent it from breaking down in the middle of the season.

For more tips on HVAC maintenance or if you’d like a heating and cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact JMD Corporation today.

Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips

You can feel it when you walk out of your home in the morning. The sun is beating down and the humidity is up. Summer is here and it is the season for your air conditioner. Make sure your system can handle the heat with a few helpful HVAC tips!

Check/Change the Air Filter- A blocked air filter can make keeping your home cool difficult.

Clean the Condenser Coil- The condenser coil lets off heat outside in order to cool off the refrigerant.

Check the Refrigerant Lines- Refrigerant lines are the two copper pipes that connect the outside condensing unit to the inside evaporator coil.

Turn on your System- The best way to find out if there is any issue with your air conditioning system is by turning it on. Listen to the sounds it makes.

Regular Maintenance- The best way to save money on your air conditioning system is to have it regularly serviced by a licensed and trusted professional.

Turn up the Temperature- When you are gone during the day, you don’t want your home to be kept as cool as if you were there.