February Helpful To-Do List

Air Conditioning and Heating Maintenance AC

February is a good time to focus on the maintenance of your AC/heating system. Here are a few tasks you can do this month to keep your system running smoothly:

  1. Replace your air filter. It’s important to change your air filter regularly to keep your system running efficiently and to maintain good indoor air quality. Depending on your system and the conditions in your home, you may need to change your filter every month or every few months. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations and replace the filter as needed.
  2. Check the blower motor and belt for any signs of wear or damage. The blower motor is responsible for circulating the air throughout your home, and the belt helps power the motor. If either of these components is damaged or worn out, it can affect the performance of your system.
  3. Lubricate the moving parts of your AC/heating unit to keep it running smoothly. Over time, the moving parts of your system can become dry and cause friction, which can lead to problems. Lubricating the parts can help reduce wear and tear and improve the performance of your system.
  4. Check your AC/heating unit’s refrigerant levels and top them off if needed. The refrigerant is what helps cool the air in your home, so it’s important to make sure that your system has the right amount. If the levels are too low, it can affect the performance of your system.
  5. Check and clean your AC/heating unit’s outdoor condenser unit. The outdoor unit contains the condenser coil, which helps dissipate heat from the refrigerant. It’s important to keep this unit clean to ensure that it’s working efficiently. Remove any debris that may be blocking the airflow, and check for any visible signs of wear or damage.

By taking care of these tasks in February, you can help ensure that your AC/heating system is running efficiently and effectively, which can save you money on energy bills and prolong the life of your unit. Don’t forget to also check the rest of your home’s maintenance schedule to make sure you’re keeping up with all of the necessary tasks.

Happy MLK Day!

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday in the United States honoring the civil rights leader and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement.

Dr. King is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. His activism and leadership helped to bring about important legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Dr. King’s message of equality and justice for all resonates today as much as it did during the height of the civil rights movement. His words and actions continue to inspire people around the world to stand up for what is right and to work towards a more just and fair society.

As we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let us remember his message of love and understanding and strive to create a world where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Fun Facts about January

  1. January is named after the Roman god Janus, who is depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions. This symbolizes looking back on the past and looking forward to the future.
  2. January is the first month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
  3. The birthstones for January are garnet and rose quartz.
  4. The zodiac signs for January are Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 – February 18).
  5. The birth flower for January is the carnation.
  6. January is National Soup Month in the United States.
  7. The first Monday of January is known as “Blue Monday,” which is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.
  8. The highest recorded temperature in January was 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.7 degrees Celsius) in Furnace Creek Ranch, California on July 10, 1913.
  9. The lowest recorded temperature in January was -80 degrees Fahrenheit (-62.2 degrees Celsius) in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska on January 23, 1971.
  10. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday in the United States, is celebrated on the third Monday of January.

HVAC Warning Signs

Most people don’t think about their HVAC unit until its broken, which is too late.  Here are five helpful warning signs that your unit may need servicing by a certified heating and cooling technician.

It’s Not Cooling:

The most obvious sign that your HVAC needs help is that it’s not cooling. Your HVAC technician will check for the three primary causes:

Evaporation coils: They may be clogged, if there clogged with dirt the system will not cool properly and you’ll be hot.

Leaking refrigerant: Your technician will have to run a test to locate the source of the leak and fix it for your system to start operating at its full capacity.

Leaking ducts: If you have a leak in your duct, the cold air that should be keeping you cool is spilling into the attic, between walls, or outside your home.

Making Weird Noises:  

The cause of unwelcome noises could be a loose fan, screws that need to be tightened, clogged coil fins or parts that need lubrication.

Your Bill Goes Suddenly Up:

Your electric costs should be about the same this month as they were in the same month a year ago. If you notice a big change, chances are something is wrong with your HVAC system.

It Smells funny:

If you notice a foul odor coming from your vents, you could be experiencing a problem which results from bacterial growth within the HVAC system vents.

It’s Leaking:

If you notice any discolored circles on your ceiling, dripping or puddling near your unit, you have a problem. The cause for the leak could be an overflowing pan, clogged filter or backed up condensate line.

If you notice any of these problems with your system, it’s time to call a certified technician.

Summer Savings

Simple ways to save money on your summer cooling bill:

You can save money by setting your thermostat a few degrees higher during the warmer months. Basically, if you normally set it at 72 try setting it at 74 in the summer months. This small adjustment could save you up to 10% percent on your cooling bill.

Go out, enjoy the warm weather by visiting a park, the beach or just relaxing in your back yard. When you come back into the house after being outside you won’t notice that the thermostat is set a few degrees higher.

Change that filter! You should change your air filters every 30 days and schedule a yearly AC unit maintenance call.

During extra sunny days, you should close all of your blinds/shades. Especially on days when your not home or away on vacation. This will help reduce the temperature in your home.  If you don’t have blinds, use a sheet to cover the window.

If you have a garage encourage everyone to enter and exit through the garage door as it will reduce the amount of hot air entering the house directly from outdoors.  If you have kids like I do who are constantly coming in and going out, put a limit on how many times they can go out and come back in.

If you have ceiling fans, use them, a lot! Make sure they are turning in the right direction though. Turn the fan on and stand below it, if you can feel the breeze, your in business.

Just remember if you have family pets inside your home that anything over 76 is not suitable for them.