Posted on April 27th, 2017
4 Spring-Cleaning Tips For 2017
Spring-cleaning can quickly get overwhelming but you don’t have to do it all at once. Spread it out over a few weeks and it’ll flow much easier. Here are some tips for making your spring-cleaning a refreshing endeavor instead.
The first step is to make some room in your home. Instead of piling everything into boxes and stacking it in the basement, get rid of the clutter and resolve to minimize.Start by sorting according to the STUD method:
Store what you absolutely need or love. Photos mightn’t count as a “need” but they definitely have a special place and should never be discarded.
Toss anything that you haven’t used for more than a year that’s too old to give away or isn’t working anymore. Broken toys that you’re holding on to for sentimental reasons fall into this category (sorry kids!).
“Unsure” pile, is a temporary holding place so you don’t get stuck trying to make a decision. One you’ve sorted everything else, promise yourself you’ll spend no more than 30 seconds deciding on each item. Set a timer if you must!
Donate gently used clothes, shoes you wore once, the baby’s high chair that never left the basement (even though “baby” is now six years old).
Once you’ve made some room, start cleaning all surfaces. Enlist friends and family, turn on some music and turn it into a party.Here’s a quick checklist to get you started:
- Clean windows (inside and out).
- Dust ceiling fans and light bulbs.
- Wipe down and polish furniture and anything on it. Deep clean fabrics to get rid of embedded grime.
- Dust eletronics. Make sure you use the right anti-static cloths to prevent static build-up.
- Deep clean carpets and polish floors.
- Dust paintings and picture frames.
- Wash and replace curtains. Wipe down blinds.
- Replace your furnace filter.
Here’s the fun part.Give your home a makeover by replacing old photos, adding new ones, changing your curtains, rearranging the furniture, buying new furniture, having the kids do a huge painting for the living room, repainting, buying flowers for the dining table… you get the picture.
When it’s all done, have some hot chocolate and watch your favorite movie. Invite your friends over for a barbecue on the first warm day in spring. You don’t have to wait for a summer evening to fire up the grill.
Always remember that we at Western Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help! Though we may not be able to come and totally clean your home, we can surely help make your home comfortable by helping your family breathe easier! To learn about what Western can do to help with your spring-cleaning this year, click here.
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Posted on April 13th, 2017
How To Protect Your A/C From Storm Damage
After the sudden storm we had recently, many of our customers have been asking what can be done to protect their A/C from being damaged.
Just before the storm begins, you may be focused on stocking up food, making sure you have candles or preparing to go to a storm shelter. In the midst of all this, don’t forget you have important equipment to protect. Here are 5 tips for keeping your air conditioner safe during a storm:
Turn off your AC
Electrical surges are common when lightning hits and you don’t want your air conditioner’s electrical components destroyed (and you certainly don’t want a fire to start!)
Make sure your AC is off before the storm hits. If the weather is particularly hot, you can run it until the sky darkens (lightning might be flashing before the rains come so don’t wait that long). Then make sure you remember to turn it off.
Exposed components can be damaged from flying debris. Use a tarp, or board to cover your unit and protect it from anything that the wind throws at it. Protect your refrigerant piping from damage since leaking refrigerant is hazardous to both you and the environment.
Make sure your cover is secure so it doesn’t turn into debris itself to cause damage elsewhere. And after the storm passes, remove the covering before starting up your unit.
Clean up your yard
Before the storm hits, pack away outdoor furniture, toys, your barbecue pit and anything else that’s not tied down. Clean up branches that might have fallen and inspect and remove anything else that could puncture your equipment. Collaborate with neighbors to clean up their yards as well. Storms have no respect for property lines!
Strap it down
If you live in a hurricane prone area, you need hurricane straps, which are specifically designed to withstand hurricane-strength winds. If your unit is newer, you might already have these straps installed. If not, don’t wait for the storm warning. Get them right away to save yourself stress and the unnecessary cost of replacement or repair.
Inspect and clean it before start-up
Once the storm has passed, do a thorough inspection of your A/C unit and refrigerant piping for damage. Clear any debris that might be covering it. As long as you’re certain that the unit is free from damage and debris, turn it on and monitor to make sure it’s working as it should.
Get professional help
If, despite your best efforts, your unit or piping has been damaged, give us a call right away. We can also help you prepare for the storms ahead and reduce your equipment’s risk.
If you have had storm damage on your A/C unit, we’re ready and prepared to help! Give us a call at 801-735-COOL or visit TimeForComfort.com
Posted on April 6th, 2017
4 Reasons to Tune Up Your Air Conditioner Before Summer
When was the last time you changed the oil in your car? Probably when the manufacturer recommended, based on the mileage and time since the previous oil change.
Your heating and cooling equipment should be no different. It might be stationary equipment, but it’s certainly not something you can set and forget.
Maintenance is a must for your furnace and air conditioner, not an option. Here’s what you can expect from a tune up:
1. A thorough inspection of the fan, burners, pulleys, belts, motors, heat exchanger and controls.
2. Burner cleaning.
3. Filter replacement if needed.
4. Lubrication of bearings.
5. Tightening of connections.
Reduce risk of shutdowns at the wrong time
The first reason to keep on top of your HVAC equipment is to prevent a major catastrophe. Having no furnace in the middle of winter is like shutting down at the side of the highway. You never want to be in that situation. Preventative maintenance on your furnace reduces the likelihood of being left out in the cold.
Keep your equipment working longer
The harder your equipment has to work, the shorter its lifespan. As with any machine, wear and tear will take a toll. The inevitable shutdown happens much sooner if you keep pushing your equipment without proper maintenance. Regular tune-ups will lengthen your HVAC equipment life, saving you money.
Lower your energy bill
No matter what shape your equipment is in, it has to provide the same amount of heating or cooling on a given day. A unit in top shape will do so with less effort, using less electricity and gas to keep your home at the right temperature. Proper tune up will allow your furnace or AC to work without emptying your pockets to pay outrageous energy bills.
Keep your family safe and improve air quality
Furnaces can introduce deadly carbon monoxide into home if not maintained. A cracked heat exchanger can allow combustion gases to enter the supply air. A dirty burner can result in incomplete combustion, which in turn increases the amount of carbon monoxide produced. A professional inspection and tune-up will prevent these situations from happening, keeping you and your family safe.
Getting it done
To keep your home’s air system working well, give us a call and we’ll tune up your HVAC equipment so you’ll be cool this summer and toasty in the winter.