As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
It may be winter now, but spring will be here before you know it. After a long winter of regular use, your HVAC system will be ready for some routine maintenance. When the time comes, you'll want to be ready to perform the following tasks:
Change the Air Filter
Your furnace and air conditioner share the same air filter, and all air that circulates through your HVAC system passes through this filter. The EPA's Energy Star program recommends changing your air filter every three months at minimum. Many households change this air filter more frequently, to cut back on allergens and remove unwanted debris like pet hair.
Either way, when winter is over you'll want to change your air filter if your furnace has seen continuous use during the cold part of the year. Mark your calendar to change the air filter as soon as your heating season ends, or sooner if it's your preference. Air filters are sold in home improvement centers and hardware stores.
Clear out Debris Around and Inside the Air Conditioner Condenser
Debris around and inside the air conditioner condenser can cause your AC to work harder than it really needs to in order to cool your home. When the snow melts around your condenser in February, March or April, you'll want to rake up any old leaves in the vicinity of the condenser and spray down the inside of the condenser with a jet spray from a hose.
When you start to plan your garden in the early spring, remember that any flowers or shrubs should be kept at least two feet from the condenser to allow for adequate air flow; so figure that into your landscaping plans.
Get a Tune Up
Spring is the perfect time for heating and air conditioning repair because contractors are easier to schedule in spring than at times of the year when temperatures reach extreme highs and lows. Get an HVAC tune up this spring as soon as your furnace is no longer seeing regular use. Your HVAC repair person will check on the following systems:
Your repair person may make recommendations to repair your furnace or air conditioner, and may also recommend sealing your ducts. These improvements will lengthen the lifespan of your HVAC system, and may lower your heating and cooling bills. Contact your heating and air conditioning repair person today to schedule a date for your spring tune up. For more information, contact a company like http://cbrothers.com with any questions you have.Share
20 January 2015