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How to Get Your HVAC System Ready for Spring

How to Get Your HVAC System Ready for Spring

Spring is here, and that means it’s time to prepare your HVAC system for the seasonal transition. Your HVAC system works hard all summer and then remains dormant for several months during the winter. In order to prepare for the warmer months ahead, your cooling system is due for some maintenance. We have listed some tips below on how to prepare your system on your own, as well as some steps that need to be performed by a trained technician. Do It Yourself – HVAC Spring Maintenance Checklist   Here are 3 easy-to-do steps you can take to prepare your HVAC system. First things first, check the HVAC or heat pump air filter. When you replace your air filter regularly, you will increase indoor air quality and make your home more energy efficient. Your filter should be replaced according to need and use, which works out to 30-90 days for most homes. Try to make it a habit to inspect the air filter every month. If you haven’t looked at it all year, it’s definitely time for a new air filter. Remove drapes, rugs and furniture from vents and registers. If you cover your HVAC’s outside unit for the winter, uncover it now. Then clean up any leaves, weeds, or sticks that may be have accumulated on it. To prevent any issues, you want to keep at least a 2-foot clearance around your entire unit. Call a Professional – Yearly HVAC Service These steps should be performed by a trained technician every spring to keep your HVAC system in good working order. Clean the indoor and outdoor coils of your HVAC...
Changes are Happening in the Air Conditioning Industry

Changes are Happening in the Air Conditioning Industry

Changes are Happening in the Air Conditioning Industry And They May Affect You! Refrigerant-22 (also known as R-22) is one of the most widely used residential air conditioning refrigerants. You may be using R-22 in your system now. This refrigerant is being phased out of production by US law under the Environmental Protection Agency. As a result, it is becoming more and more expensive and in the future will be hard to obtain. We’ve presented information here to help address your concerns. Please contact us to learn more about your system and your options or to schedule an appointment with us. Q: Why is R-22 being phased out? R-22 has been classified as a Class II refrigerant under the US Clean Air Act of 1994 as it is Ozone Depleting. A phase out schedule has been in place since 1994 and accelerated several times under worldwide treaties and most recently by the US EPA for total phase out effective 12/31/2019. Major refrigerant manufacturers have developed new refrigerants to replace R-22. Q: When will R-22 be phased out and when will it be gone? New manufacturing of R-22 is already reduced and will cease by 2020. After that, only recycled R-22 will be available. Q: Is recycled R-22 as good as new R-22? R-22 that has been recycled by an EPA-certified refrigerant reclaimer meets AHRI specifications and is equal to newly manufactured R-22 refrigerant. Q: Why is my maintenance and repair more expensive than last time? Prices for R-22 have risen steeply. You may not need R-22 refrigerant when your system is serviced, but if you do, you will see...