HVAC systems consume the most energy within any home or building. Keeping them up to date with routine maintenance helps them run at top efficiency and use the least amount of energy necessary on a daily basis. HVAC machines include heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration systems.  With today’s energy concerns, older systems, especially those over ten years old, should be replaced with new HVAC machines with energy star ratings.  These machines may cost a little more, but will repay you each month through their energy conservation. With potentially tricky wiring or harmful chemicals, it is best to have these machines installed and serviced by specifically trained repairmen. Between their expertise and your diligence, HVAC machines can operate at green energy standards, making an impact on yearly expenses and overall energy consumption.

Before You Call

With a heating or cooling problem, the first thing you should check is the thermostat. The thermostat’s breaker or switch may be off or on the wrong the setting.  Also, check the blower of a furnace system to make sure it is closed appropriately. The safety switch of the door will shut down a gas furnace completely. If there’s no air coming out of a running system, the problem may be in the filter. After resting the unit for an hour or two, test it out with a filter that isn’t clogged.

Selecting a Professional

The best way to select an HVAC repair contractor is by talking to people. Ask people for references. A friend or co-worker may have the perfect name and number you’re looking for. Before making the call, refresh your memory on your heating or cooling system’s repair history. So the contractor can assist you more quickly, be sure to know the model of the system. After making the call, get in touch with the contractor’s references. They should be able to offer an unbiased opinion about the contractor’s quality of work and job performance. Once a highly recommended contracted has been found, remember that ink and a piece of paper protects both parties involved. Make sure there is an outlined contract highlighting the specifics, requirements and expectations of the agreement.

Prices

There is usually a base fee attached to having a HVAC repairman travel to your home and evaluate your system’s needs. A few minutes of their time could cost you anywhere from 50 to 200 dollars. This base pay allows the contractor to travel to appointments and take classes to stay up to date in the field. The final price will be the base amount in addition to the cost of the actual time, expertise and equipment needed to fix the problem.

Regular Maintenance

HVAC systems require regular maintenance from specialized contractors that are trained to handle dangerous chemicals and electrical wiring. HVAC contractors can specialize in either heating or cooling systems. Narrowing their specific skill set even more, contractors can also specialize in a type of heating or cooling system. Systems receive routine maintenance when they’re not in use. For example, air conditioners are routinely served during the winter. Cooling system contractors are specially trained to handle dangerous refrigerants and help protect the environment. During the summer, contractors check heating systems to make sure they are free of dust and other impurities. Keeping a HVAC system regally maintained helps it reach its full life potential at top efficiency.

You’re Responsible

Keeping the repairman away and your system running efficiently, can save the average home hundreds of dollars a year. At the top of the list is cleaning air conditioner filters often. There are, also, several tricks that help air conditioners be more efficient. Avoid setting a thermostat below 78 degrees. After 78, every degree lower will use up to five percent more electricity, reducing your systems efficiency and raising your bill. Using indoor fans to help supplement an air conditioner in the summer will keep the thermostat at a higher setting. Instead of cutting a system off, raise the temperature. During an absence, this will conserve more energy than making the system work to re-reach your desired temperature. The outside coils of air conditioner should also be hosed off once a year. This helps clear away anything blocking air flow within the coil.

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