April 21, 2014
Did you know that a whole house air cleaning system can help allergy sufferers? Recent studies show that the Trane CleanEffects, a whole-house air cleaner, removes more than 99 percent of dust, pollen, dander and other irritants from the filtered air in your home. This means that a Trane CleanEffects can be a powerful solution for helping battle allergies at home, where you and your family may be exposed to irritants that circulate in the air you breathe indoors.
- week of April 14, 2014 - We often get asked questions about duct cleaning. While we don't recommend it most cases due to the damage a poorly done job can do to a heating and a/c system, here is a good article on what to look for if a homeowner is considering the service - http://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-do-i-know-if-my-air-ducts-need-be-cleaned.htm
- week of April 7, 2014 - Have you changed your air filter lately? We have had several calls from folks whose system isn't working and when we arrive the system is frozen due to reduced airflow from dirty filters. Save yourself time and money by replacing your filters!
- week of March 31, 2014 -Remember to have your cooling system checked, cleaned and serviced every year. Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort. Here are a few the items that McClintock Heating and Cooling checks, cleans and services when performing your air conditioning maintenance:
Outdoor coil will be inspected for heat transfer loss and will be power washed
Indoor coils will be inspected
Fans will be inspected & cleaned
Refrigerant checked for proper charge to assure no leaks
Exposed ductwork will be checked for leaks
Thermostats will be checked and calibrated as required
Motors and bearings will be lubricated as required
Controls and safeties will be tested
Drain will be checked
Relays and contactors will be inspected
Unit wiring and electrical disconnect will be inspected
Air filters will be inspected and replace if requested
- Advise of any abnormal conditions and make recommendations if necessary
- week of March 24, 2014 - I have a heat pump, does my system still need to be checked and serviced for cooling season? Absolutely! A heat pump system both cools and heats your home and it’s been running most of the winter 8 to 16 hours a day. A thorough check and servicing now will not only keep your heat pump system performing at peak efficiency; it can catch small issues before they become problems. Check out this article for more information - http://www.mcclintockhvac.com/blog/spring-cleaning-for-your-air-conditioner/
- week of March 17, 2014 - I just had my system checked last fall, why should I have it checked again this spring? Your a/c unit has been sitting idle since the start of heating season and the outdoor unit, especially the coil, needs to be cleaned of the dirt and debris that has built up during this especially cold and wet winter. A cleaning, tune up and check now, will help your system run more efficiently this summer, saving you money on your power bill as well as taking care of any potential problems that might cause breakdowns.
- week of March 10, 2014 - Don't just have your system "checked", have your system "checked, cleaned and serviced". Our seasonal tune up not only checks your entire system including all exposed ducts to make sure it's operating properly, we clean the coils and fans, plus service the system by tightening electrical connections, lubricating all moving parts, and adjusting thermostat calibration.
- week of March 3, 2014 - Now that March is finally here, warm weather is just around the corner. Don't forget to schedule your a/c system maintenance now so your system will operate at peak performance on that first hot day.
- week of February 24, 2014 - If you are considering purchasing a new heating and air conditioning system, an energy-efficient model could save you up to 50% on your utility bill for cooling. Your heating and air conditioning contractor should be able to give you energy fact sheets for different types, models, and designs to help you compare energy usage. For furnaces, look for high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings. The national minimum is 78% AFUE, but there are ENERGY STAR models on the market that exceed 90% AFUE. For air conditioners, look for a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The current minimum is 13 SEER for central air conditioners. ENERGY STAR models are 14 SEER or more.
- week of February 17, 2014 - With all the cold weather we have had lately, I'm sure everyone is dreading their next power bill, here are some energy savings tips that may help reduce your bill: (1) Make sure registers are not blocked by furniture or drapes. (2) Use a programmable thermostat to adjust your home's temperature to be cooler when no one is home or everyone is sleeping. (3) Keep draperies and shades on south facing windows open on sunny days to allow sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- week of February 10, 2014 - 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 February 3, 2014 - Why have outdoor units gotten so big, my new one is twice as tall as the one it replaced? Units are larger to be more efficient and cost less to run. A bigger unit houses a bigger coil with more surface area so it will cool more efficiently and need a smaller horsepower fan which draws less wattage. A lower head pressure means a lower compression ratio, so the compressor draws less wattage and doesn't work as hard. Less wattage used equals cost savings!
- week of January 27, 2014 - 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 January 20, 2014 - Can ice and snow damage my outdoor unit? While you should always try to keep snow, ice, and leaves away from your outdoor unit, it is especially important if you have a heat pump. Anything on the top or sides of a heat pump can restrict air flow and possibly damage the unit. Look at the outdoor heat pump after bad weather for signs of ice or snow. If the heat pump is covered in ice or snow it should be removed for it to work properly. Turn the thermostat to Emergency heat or off and carefully attempt to remove the snow and ice. You can pour cold or warm water over the unit to melt the snow and ice. Do not use any sharp objects to pick or knock the ice off of the heat pump. This could cause severe damage to the unit. Once the unit is clear of snow and ice turn the thermostat back to normal heating, if the unit ices up again, call for service.
- week of January 13, 2014 - 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 January 6, 2014 - Does your home have a CO detector? Your 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 December 23 & 30, 2013 - Happy Holidays! The McClintock Heating & Cooling office will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th and Wednesday January 1st to celebrate the holidays. However our technicians are available every day to help 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 December 16, 2013 - Are your Ducts 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 December 9, 2013 - Can a whole house humidifier make me more comfortable? A host of health issues can plague you if your house isn't properly humidified during the heating season. Heated air is dry air - and dry air with a humidity level below 30% can cause respiratory irritation, uncomfortably dry nasal passages, nosebleeds and chapped and itchy skin; it can also aggravate conditions such as allergies and asthma. Experts agree that a humidity level of over 30% is optimal and when you're running your heating system that means running a humidifier too.
- week of December 2, 2013 - 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.