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How Clean Are Your HVAC Filters?

Posted on June 02, 2017
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Category : HVAC Blog

When was the last time you changed the filters in your home?

 
Getting your HVAC units inspected twice a year is the best thing you can do to keep your unit running efficiently! Although, the technicians don’t stop by every couple months to change the air filters in your home – this is completely up to you. Changing this filter is very important to the air quality in your home. If these filters are dirty the maintenance the technician does is not nearly as efficient. These filters can become clogged with hair, dust, dirt, and pet dander which can reduce airflow, in turn forcing the unit to work harder. This can put a drag on the unit which forces your energy bills to go up and wears the heating and air conditioning unit components quicker. Changing your filters is a quick task that can make a monumental difference.

Most filters can be purchased at your local hardware store or from your HVAC company. You can find the proper size of your filter by looking at your current filter, usually they have their dimensions on the outer part of the frame. If you can’t seem to find it, next time your technician is out for your HVAC maintenance ask him to check it for you. Most disposable filters should be changed at least every three months or as soon as once a month. This all depends on your unique household, such as how many people live in the home, if you smoke inside, have a wood fireplace, and have indoor pets.
Not all filters are disposable, some can be reusable. Make sure you follow the instructions to clean the filter specifically designed by the manufacturer. The cleaning techniques to clean a reusable filter usually include using a hose or vacuum .

When removing the old filter make sure your heating and cooling unit is off. You never want to have your unit on and not have a filter in place. Remove the filter carefully so you can avoid knocking the dirty particles back into the ducts. It is always smart to inspect the old filter before throwing it away. You should see dust and dirt, but if the filter is damp or moldy call your HVAC company. If ignored for to long, mold circulating through your home can be extremely harmful to you and your family’s health. A damp filter could be a sign of a leak in the HVAC system or a condensation problem.

Changing your air filter often is a simple way to prevent costly repairs on your HVAC system.

If you have any questions on changing the filters for your heating and air systems please do not hesitate to call us at 804.745.0294!

You can also book an appointment online by CLICKING HERE!

Save Money This Memorial Day!

Posted on May 26, 2017
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Category : HVAC Blog

Save Money This Memorial Day!


With Memorial Day coming up we remember all of our fallen heroes who have served in the United States armed forces. We want to thank them and their families for paying the ultimate sacrifice.

This weekend is also a way to bring in the summer, fire up the grill, and turn your AC on. Southern Goodman Mechanical wants to make sure you are comfortable this holiday weekend. Below are a few tips on how to save money and keep your HVAC system running efficiently for years to come!

 

Here are a few HVAC tips to lower your energy bill!

Replace your air filters – At a minimum you should change your air filters every three months. This could become more frequent during heavy use months like winter and summer. If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it! A clean filter can prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system and could lead to an expensive replacement. Dirty filters slow down the air flow into the rooms of your home and makes your unit work harder which wastes energy.

 

Install a programmable thermostat – This will help you save on your energy bill by adjusting the temperature when no one is home and turning it back to a more comfortable temperature when you are home. Your unit won’t be keeping an empty house cool or warm and will save you money!

 

Have your ducts sealed properly – The ducts allow the air to move from your unit and could potentially cause huge energy bills. Make sure you have your heating and cooling duct work sealed so the system is not heating and cooling your attic or crawlspace.

 

Protect your outside unit – A tree or an awning can provide cool shade to your unit and cut down on your energy consumption making the unit not work as hard. However, make sure that branches, leaves, or other debris don’t get stacked up or inside the system that could cause expensive repairs.

 

Check your vents – A clean vent keeps debris from flowing through the air in your home. Also, if you notice a room that is unusually warm, check your vents first. The vents in your home could accidentally be closed during cleaning throughout the year.


Stay cool this Memorial Day!

Call us today! (804) 745-0294

 

Spring Cleaning!

Posted on March 29, 2017
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Category : HVAC Blog

Check Out These Great Spring Cleaning Tips!

Spring is bringing us warmer weather which is great for opening the windows, and letting in the fresh air we have been missing through winter. Although, Spring brings a lot of allergens and keeping your units and filters clear will help your family stay healthy this spring! A spring maintenance takes care of dust buildup, dirty or clogged filters, and other issues that could prevent your family from enjoying the healthiest indoor air quality. We don’t want you to overlook your HVAC system on your spring cleaning list this year! Here are a few things you can do to keep your unit running at it’s highest efficiency.

  • Clear at least two feet of space around the outdoor units
  • Replace filters at least every 60-90 days to keep the air quality in your home the healthiest.
  • Clear all debris such as pollen, leaves, or grass around your units. Remember, when you mow the lawn to not let grass shoot out at the units.
  • Schedule a Spring Maintenance

Regular maintenance prevents breakdowns and avoids other costly replacements that you do not want to deal with once summer is in full swing. Your technician will perform a thorough inspection of the equipment in your home during your spring maintenance.


Here are some of the biggest factors that are taken care of during your maintenance visit.

 

1. Dirty Coils –

The coil can get coated with dirt and dust which can make it hard to transfer the air. Your air conditioner has condenser coils that release heat outside of your home, and evaporator coils that remove the heat from the air in your home. If these coils are not treated and cleaned it can make your unit work harder and run longer causing your electricity bill to go up and your unit to fail.

2. Electrical Wiring –

During your spring maintenance your technician will inspect and tighten all of your electrical connections so they do not cause a power loss that could take out your HVAC unit.

3. Calibrate Thermostat –

To ensure proper operation of your AC unit your technician will test your thermostats for correct temperatures being maintained, programmed schedules are functioning, and batteries are new.

4. Fan Blades –

Cleaning the fan blades in your HVAC unit is essential for the highest proficiency. They are exposed to all of the elements throughout the seasons and if they are coated with grime, the fan speed can slow down which can put a huge strain on the motor.

5. Refrigerant Levels –

Refrigerant is what runs through your coils that removes the heat and humidity from the air in your home. Your technician will test the refrigerant charge to ensure your system is not leaking. If the AC unit is low on refrigerant there may be a small hole in the line that can cause the system to lose cooling power. The technician can find and fix the leak before you even notice you have a problem!

6. Clogged drain line –

Clearing the lines and drains is a simple process that can prevent a huge problem. If there is a water leak it could end up with a dangerous mold growth in your system.

For more information on our maintenance plans CLICK HERE!

Save Some Green This St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted on March 17, 2017
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Category : HVAC Blog

Here are some great ways to save some green this St. Patrick’s Day!


Find out how simple it is to save on your electricity bill with just a few tips on your air filters, thermostats, ducts and much more!

Air Filters
Change the filters in your system every month or two to keep your system running at its peak efficiency. One of the number one reasons a HVAC unit failed is because of a clogged air filter.

Cracks & Leaks
Don’t let all of your heat and ac get out through the cracks around your house. Make sure you seal your doors and windows to keep them from costing you hundreds!

Update Your Thermostat
Programmable thermostats can save you money on your electricity bill too! These thermostats can be set to automatically turn down the temperature in your home while you’re at work and turn back up when you get home!

Seal Ducts
Have a qualified technician come out and check your ducts for holes or cracks. You can lose a significant amount of air causing you to heat and cool your attic or crawlspace. Sealing the holes or cracks in your duct work can save you money and keep your unit running efficiently.

Maintenance
Schedule a preventative maintenance twice a year for your heating and cooling units to keep them running smoothly. You wouldn’t go an entire year without getting an oil change on your car would you? We want to make sure a small problem doesn’t turn into a big one!

Installing An Energy Efficient System
HVAC systems can cost as much as a new car, but choosing one with a higher SEER rating will save you money in the future. HVAC systems are sensitive and need to be properly installed and calibrated for the unit to run at full efficiency.

Southern Goodman Mechanical is here to help you! Our technicians and office staff are here 24/7 to help you with any of your HVAC needs! Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our qualified technicians!

President’s Day – History of AC in the White House

Posted on February 20, 2017
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Category : HVAC Blog

In honor of President’s Day we have some fun facts about the history of air conditioning in the White House. In the pre air conditioning era of the 19th century some Presidents chose to leave Washington during the hot and humid summer months for cooler areas. Virginia has been experiencing some warmer than normal temperatures for February this year and some of us are already turning our AC units on! Check out these interesting facts about the evolution of air conditioning in the White House!

1881 – President James A. Garfield was shot in the summer of 1881 and U.S. Navy engineers improvised an air conditioner to keep his sickroom cool in an attempt to save his life. The air conditioner they put together was an electric blower that forced air through cotton screens that were kept wet with ice and water through a duct. The device did lower the temperature and humidity in the room, unfortunately he only lived 80 days after being wounded.

1909 – President William Howard Taft attempted to install a type of air conditioning that consisted of electric fans that blew over bins of ice in the attic. This cooled air was forced through the duct work of the heating system. Unfortunately, this system never worked very well and was dismantled.

1930 – Not until 1930, when President Herbert Hoover was in office, did they install a central air conditioning system. The reconstruction of the West Wing was due to a Christmas Eve fire in 1929.

1933 – Only three years later when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office did they add air conditioning units to the private quarters of the white house.

1952 – During President S. Truman’s time in office they were forced to do a major reconstruction of the White House. There were multiple contributing factors that forced this renovation such as adding plumbing, heating and elevators, the third floor addition, and fires with poor renovations. The White House got a complete makeover and that included the revamp of all the mechanical systems, including the air conditioning units.

1964 – The 36th President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson would keep the White House air conditioning so low during the summer he slept with an electric blanket!

We hope you enjoyed some of these facts about the HVAC in the White House! Let us know if you need your air conditioning serviced as the days get hotter!

 


 
https://www.whitehousehistory.org/keeping-cool-in-the-white-house

It’s Valentine’s Day and your HVAC system needs some TLC too! Your heating and air system gets you through the hottest summers and the coldest winters, so why not show it some love? Here are a few reasons to love your HVAC system this Valentine’s Day.

  • Love Your System – Your HVAC system aids in our health providing great indoor air quality. The air pollutants and allergens are removed from the air in your home and replaced with clean air. This keeps you healthy by removing dust, pollen and dander. With a quality heating and air system you can be sure to have clean, healthy, filtered air in your home!
  • Enjoy Your System – Your HVAC system is the heart of your home. The extreme temperatures that Virginia brings each year can be unpredictable! One day your heat is on and it’s 32 degrees outside and the next you have to turn your AC on because it’s 79 degrees! Through all the ups and downs of Virginia weather your HVAC unit has to consistently make your home and family comfortable.
  • Give Your HVAC A Gift – It is easy to forget to replace the filters around your home, but this is the easiest thing you can do to ensure your HVAC system is running cleanly and efficiently. Not only does it keep the air in your home clean, but it extends the life of your unit and saves you money on your energy bill!
  • Plan A Date For Maintenance – Just like your car needs an oil change and tune up, your HVAC unit deserves the same courtesy. Having regular maintenance performed on your system increases the lifetime of your unit and decreases the chances of your unit breaking down when you need it the most. Some systems can cost as much as a car! Don’t put off preventative maintenance on your heating and air system. Get your HVAC system checked in the fall and spring to make sure your unit is running at its peak efficiency throughout the year.
  • Make Sure Your Unit is Comfortable – Placing furniture or curtains in front of your vents can make it hard for your unit to ventilate the rooms in your home. Let your system breathe by moving furniture at least 6 inches away from your vents. Also, don’t forget to clean around your unit outside. Remember to keep leaves, snow, and weeds away from your unit throughout the year for your HVAC units best performance.

Call us today and show your HVAC system some love by getting your maintenance scheduled!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Southern Goodman!

Buying Your First Home?

Posted on February 07, 2017
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Category : HVAC Blog

Here are some questions you should ask about your new HVAC system!

  • How old is it?
    • If your system is over 10 years old you should plan to replace it within the next few years. Most HVAC units are only designed to last for 10-15 years.
  • What type of system is it?
    • In order to be sure you are receiving the right maintenance and upkeep, you need to know what kind of system you have. This new home could have a heat pump, straight AC, furnace, boiler, mini-split, or a combination of these.
    • Also, make sure you know how many system you have and where they are located. Some systems are in the crawlspace or in the attic.
  • When was the last HVAC inspection?
    • Do the previous homeowners have copies of the inspections or maintenance done on the unit? If no, it would be a good idea to get a certified HVAC inspector to come out and take a look at the unit.
  • Is the heating and cooling system under warranty?
    • If the HVAC system is brand new it should be under warranty and you will want to get it switched into your name.
    • Also, you should ask about a homeowner’s warranty that may cover the heating and cooling in the home. According to Home Warranty, 50% of the claims they pay on are from heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Is the HVAC system efficient?
    • If the system is energy efficient it should have an Energy Star label on the outside of the unit.
    • Your heating and air is half of your yearly energy bill, so it is extremely important to have your HVAC system properly maintained.
    • If you do get it inspected make sure it is the correct size for your home.