November 23, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving! On Thanksgiving Day and throughout the long holiday weekend we have technicians available to assist you with your emergency heating needs. Please call 704.321.5207 and follow the prompts to leave a message for a technician to return your call.
From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!
- week of November 16, 2015 - Why can’t I just get a quote for a new system over the phone? There are many variables in system replacement; including the age of your current system, the size and the energy efficiency of your home, your current duct system and your lifestyle. The best recommendations for your home’s system replacement will come after a comfort consultant visits your home and is able to provide you with a custom design.
- week of November 9, 2015 - Can an air cleaning system reduce colds and flu in my home? Studies show that the Trane CleanEffects, a whole house air cleaner, can remove more than 99% of common viruses and germs from the filtered air in your home. This means the Trane CleanEffects can be a powerful tool for helping battle the flu virus and cold germs at home, where you and your family may be exposed to viruses that circulate in the air you breathe indoors.
- week of November 2, 2015 - Did you change the batteries in your smoke / co detector when you re-set your clocks to standard time? Replacing the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms throughout your house twice each year is a simple task that could potentially prove life-saving. A convenient way to remember to do so is by changing these batteries at the same time as you change the clocks in your home.
- week of October 26, 2015 - Are your Ducts Properly Insulated? You can lose up to 60% of your heated air before it reaches the register if your ducts aren't insulated and travel through unheated spaces such as the attic or crawlspace. Remember that insulating ducts in the basement will make the basement colder. If both the ducts and the basement walls are un-insulated, consider insulating both. Water pipes and drains in unconditioned spaces could freeze and burst in the space if the heat ducts are fully insulated, because there would be no heat source to prevent the space from freezing in cold weather.
Get a qualified professional to help you insulate and repair ducts
- week of October 19, 2015 - Have you changed your filter this month? A clean filter will prevent dust and dirt from building up on the system, which will not only help your system run better; it can prevent expensive repairs and early system failure.
- week of October 12, 2015 - Did you know that while spring is the primary season for allergies, fall has its share of allergens? For more info on Indoor Air Quality solutions - www.mcclintockhvac.com/indoor air quality
- week of October 5, 2015 - Don't just have your heating system "checked", your system should be "checked, cleaned and serviced". A thorough system check and servicing should take about an hour per system and should include:
Outdoor coil(s) power washed and inspected, indoor coil(s) inspected
Fans inspected and cleaned
Burner and ignition assembly cleaned and inspected
Heat exchanger or elements cleaned and flue draft monitored
Exposed ducts checked for leaks
Relays, contactors, wiring, and electrical disconnect inspected
Motors and bearings checked and lubricated if required
Controls and safeties, including drains, tested
Filters and thermostats checked.
Temperatures and pressures checked and recordedWhen service is complete, a written report should be provided and explained to the homeowner along with any recommendations.
- week of September 28, 2015 - Did you know that your heat pump system still needs to be checked and serviced for heating season? A heat pump system both heats and cools your home and it’s been running most of the summer 8 to 16 hours a day. A complete check and servicing now can not only keep your heat pump system performing at peak efficiency, it can catch small issues before they become problems.
- week of September 21, 2015 - Why should I have my heating system checked and serviced now? Regular servicing and safety checks can ensure that your heating system functions properly and efficiently. Having the service and safety check performed now, before the start of heating season, gets your heating system ready before you need it and can save you time and money on that first cold day when you turn on your heat.
- week of September 14, 2015 - Now that cooler weather is on its way, have your heating system checked and cleaned now to save money this winter. Just as a tune up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune up of your heating system can improve efficiency and save you money on your utility bills this winter.
- week of September 7, 2015 - Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment. If you are considering purchasing a new heating and air conditioning system, an energy-efficient model could save up to 50% on your utility bill for cooling.
- week of August 31, 2015 - Have you changed your filter this month? A clean filter will prevent dust and dirt from building up on the system, which will not only help your system run better; it can prevent expensive repairs and early system failure.
- week of August 24, 2015 - How would you like to control your home's heating, cooling and general energy usage from anywhere using an internet-enabled smart phone, tablet or computer? With a Trane ComfortLink Home Energy Management Thermostat and Nexia Home Intelligence you can remotely monitor and control the thermostat and reduce your home's energy consumption up to 10-15 percent.
- week of August 17, 2815 - What is “Zoning” and can it help me be more comfortable?
Zoning is where “dampers” are used to direct heating and cooling from a single HVAC system to more than one area, as needed.
Multiple HVAC units, each serving a different area or floor are not zoned; they are completely independent systems.
Zoning your HVAC system can help save energy as well as make your home more comfortable. If you want to sleep in a cool bedroom at night, why should you have to cool the rest of your house, too? Bedrooms and living areas can be maintained at independent temperatures any time of day or night.
Discuss the possibility of “Zoning” your air conditioning system with your Heating and cooling professional.
- week of August 10, 2015 - Help your AC be more efficient:
In addition to not using your oven or stove during the hottest part of the day, other major appliances such as dishwashers and dryers should be used in the cooler times of day.
Humidity causes your a/c to work harder, avoid steamy showers, baths, or boiling water for long periods of time
Whole-house fans help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air through the attic.
- week of August 3, 2015 - Did you know that ants and other bugs can cause your outdoor unit to stop working? Bugs love your outdoor unit; they can cause it to break down by getting in the contactor, which is a switch that brings your unit on, and causing it to short. Remove plants, leaves, even pine needles from around the unit and use bug spray frequently or use a barrier insecticide.
- week of July 27, 2015 - Does your home have a CO detector? Your home should have a Carbon Monoxide monitor to alert you to harmful CO levels if you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove or other appliance in your home, or an attached garage. Read more about the dangers at our blog - http://www.mcclintockhvac.com/blog/preventing-detecting-carbon-monoxide/
- week of July 20, 2015 - Repair or Replace? The age of your HVAC system, its warranty and the number of problems the system has had are the most important factors to look at. Is your system still under warranty? A repair probably makes sense. Do you have a system that’s more than 10 years old and have you already had several repairs? Then replacement is probably a better decision.
- week of July 13, 2015 - Have you changed your HVAC filters lately? As hot as it has been lately your A/C system has been working overtime to keep up. Help it be more efficient by changing your filters every 30 days!
- week of July 6, 2015 - During the cooling season, keep the window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain:
• Opaque roller shades block 80 percent of the sun's heat.
• White Venetian blinds block 45 to 50 percent of the sun's heat.
• Awnings, sunscreens or overhangs reduce heat gain up to 90 percent.
- week of June 29, 2015 - Happy Birthday America! As we celebrate our freedom, let us not forget to thank all those who have fought for our country to give us this day. While our office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and throughout the long holiday weekend; we will have technicians available to assist you with your emergency cooling needs. Please call 704.321.5207 and follow the prompts to leave a message for a technician to return your call. From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!
- week of June 22, 2015 - With temperatures forecasted to be in the high 90’s all week, help your AC be more efficient by:
- Not using your oven or stove or other major appliances such as dishwashers and dryers during the hottest part of the day.
- Humidity causes your a/c to work harder, avoid steamy showers, baths, or boiling water for long periods of time
- Keep lights off in unused rooms and your curtains and blinds closed during the day.
- week of June 15, 2015 - Use fans with your AC to make your home more comfortable. Using a fan will create a "wind chill effect" that will make your home more comfortable and could allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. Also, turn off fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms.
- week of June 8, 2015 - If you see an ice build-up on your outdoor unit during cooling season use the thermostat to turn the a/c off and the fan on. This will melt the ice and allow the technician work on your unit. Unfortunately if you unit is frozen, nothing can be done until it thaws.
- week of June 1, 2015 - With all the thunder and lightning storms we have been experiencing, don't forget to protect your heating & air conditioning system with a system surge protector. People put surge protectors on their TVs, computers, appliances and small electronics... but often don't protect one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in your home...Your Heating and Cooling System - find out more at: http://www.mcclintockhvac.com/Current-Promotions/residential-surge-protector.aspx .