My Word

Hello Friends,

Are you as ready as I am for a change of scenery?  I’m glad to be seeing the signs of spring… brighter landscapes, warmer days and more outdoor activities.  But spring also means one other important thing: summer’s coming.

As you know, it can get pretty hot and humid when it’s here.  We don’t want any of our friends (some companies call them “customers”) to flip the switch on the first warm day and find your air conditioning system has “forgotten” the basics of keeping you cool.

If you haven’t already called us for your pre-season tune-up to make sure your air conditioning system is ready for the heavy load, please do this as soon as possible.

Our job is to make sure our friends are comfortable.  Let us know how we can serve you.

Jim Petersen

My Word

Time for A Spring Cleaning Shakeup

Spring Check-up Time

Spring is in the air – and so are dust, pollen and a host of other airborne particles.  It makes my lungs quiver just thinking about it!  So, it’s no wonder spring cleaning fever strikes at this time of year.  But if you’re neglecting one very important part of your home, it’s time to shake up your spring cleaning routine…

Adding spring TLC to the list for your home’s heating and cooling equipment can save you a few headaches and potentially a lot of money.  How, you ask?  A clean unit works more efficiently and reduces the risk of a breakdown.  It’s simple…

It’s time for a change.  Start by replacing the filter.  Air will be able to flow more freely through your home after this task is completed.  (We can do this for you for no extra charge, except for the filter, while we’re there for your seasonal tune-up.)  You can also…

Stop the invasion.  Your backyard jungle could be costing you big.  Bushes, weeds and shrubbery that are allowed to grow up and around your unit can end up causing major damage to your system and your wallet!  Clearing the area around your unit is a quick way to help protect it for the long-term.

Give it a makeover.  This means from the inside out.  We’ll take care of the inside during your seasonal tune-up where your system is cleaned and set to factory specs so you get maximum efficiency for your energy dollars.  Call us today to get on the schedule.  Plus…

You don’t want to overlook the outside.  Scrubbing down your heating and cooling unit doesn’t just make it look pretty – it also increases its efficiency, which means energy dollars back in your pocket where they belong.

Air Conditioning maintenance: A Quick and Simple Home Investment

Spring is almost here and routine air conditioning tune-ups are among the best home investments you can make.  That’s because tune-ups improve your system’s efficiency and increase its lifespan, saving you operating dollars and keeping you comfortable at the same time.  Not only that, you can avoid problems with mold build-up that can harm your breathing space.

It’s the same principle as routine dental cleaning and annual medical appointments.  Nothing’s wrong, and you want to keep it that way.  But some folks let the “ounce of prevention” opportunity pass right on by, thanks to a misguided impression that it’s just too much trouble.

Yet tune-ups are simple and quick and very much worth a very minor inconvenience that can save you a good bit of time and money in the long run.  Basically, a licensed professional will:

1: Clean evaporator and condenser coils, as needed, and straighten bent fins.

2: Check all the electrical components and controls.

3: Oil motor and shaft bearings.

4: Check the condenser.

5: Examine fan belts and replace if frayed or worn.

6: Calibrate the thermostat.

7: Check to see if the system is properly charged with refrigerant and that there are no leaks.

8: Check filters. (Ask your local HVAC dealer to see how often your filters need replaced)

Oh, and you can keep a watch on this on your own.  While many homeowners choose to shade their condensers with trees and shrubs to improve efficiency, you’ll want to watch to make sure vegetation doesn’t grow around the condenser and restrict the air flow.

Most tune-up tasks are too extensive for the average homeowner – because of the risk of electrical shock and potential for shorting in the electrical components.  But one of your techs can tend to these things in a very short time.  Also, there is additional maintenance that can be advantageous to your system.  When a tech comes to do your maintenance, ask if it would be beneficial to you to get some additional equipment maintenance.

Think of it as a way to save money while avoiding a whole lot more trouble later on.  Equipment failure in the heat of August is never as fun as a preventive measure taken in springtime!