Do I really need an HVAC maintenance contract?

As a homeowner, it is well worth your while to look into maintenance plans for key appliances in the home. These regular preventative care plans can save you time as well as money in the long run. The HVAC maintenance plan is just one great example of a regular maintenance plan that can provide many benefits to homeowners.

Since it is designed to last for many years, you may not even recognize the need to maintain your air conditioning or heating unit. But without regular repair and maintenance, you can easily end up with a faulty AC unit and an emergency repair bill for thousands of dollars. An HVAC maintenance plan helps you keep your system running smoothly year-round for years at an affordable price.

What Can You Expect During a Maintenance Visit?

As part of an HVAC maintenance contract, a technician will visit your home and visually inspect the unit. He will also lubricate any key joints or parts, tighten any electrical connections, and recharge the refrigerant in the unit. This will keep the unit working at peak condition anytime you turn it on.

Once all of the indoor components have been inspected, the technician will then go to your outside unit to see if there are any issues with its parts. Rain, yard debris, and animals can all tamper with this unit, leading it to shut down or work less effectively if not properly removed. The technician will inspect your outside unit and perform any maintenance or repair tasks necessary.

Best of all, the technician will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have during this process. You can report any unusual sounds, smells or operational quirks long before they become a chronic problem and have an expert assess the best way to deal with them. If an element in the unit is close to wearing out or needing replacement, you can be aware of the situation and factor this into your household budget over the next weeks or months instead of spending a large amount at once, the way you would during an emergency call.

Avoid Emergency Service Calls With an HVAC Maintenance Contract

No one wants to call an HVAC repair company in the middle of the night unless you absolutely have to. Emergency service calls carry extra fees, which are typically used by the company to pay workers a premium for being on call overnight or on the weekend. In addition to the added cost, emergency service calls can take much longer than a regularly scheduled appointment. Instead of dispatching a technician who is already on the road or in the office, the service now has to find an on-call technician who will answer the phone, get dressed and drive from their home to yours. This can lead to you waiting anxiously in the middle of the night for someone to arrive and put your home back to normal.

An HVAC maintenance agreement can help you avoid expensive and inconvenient emergency service calls by keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently. Since your technician inspects the unit and alerts you to any repair needs, you are able to take care of repairs right then and there instead of waiting until the system breaks down.

If you’re ready to give yourself increased peace of mind with a HVAC maintenance contract, call Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (877) 411-9888. Our maintenance plans are affordable and easy to schedule at your convenience.

Duct Sealing: What You Need to Know

Hidden from view inside the walls and ceiling of your home, the ductwork system might be the last thing you consider as a cause of issues in your house. But this system is actually one of the most important when it comes to preserving the quality of your indoor air and keeping the home comfortable.

Although you may not be an HVAC expert, there are easy ways to identify these kinds of issues and resolve them through duct sealing. If you’ve ever noticed uneven heating or cooling, foul odors coming from the HVAC system or a sudden spike in your utility costs, you may want to investigate the condition of your home’s ductwork to see if it needs to be sealed.

What is Duct Sealing?

Duct sealing is a process through which the area around your ductwork is reinforced to help the conditioned air travel through the system without seeping out. Inside the walls, your HVAC unit prepares heated or cooled air to circulate through your home. This air is funneled through the duct system to reach the vents placed all around your home.

The area between each section of ductwork can wear down over time, causing the seals to let energy out and let dust in. If you find that certain parts of your home cool unevenly compared to other sections, this can be a sign that your ductworks are not sealed properly.

How Can Duct Sealing Help You?

Duct sealing helps preserve your HVAC system and stop the conditioned air from escaping. During the duct sealing process, a trained HVAC technician will inspect the seals around each portion of ductwork to see if there is any seepage, cracks, or other issues. This can reduce energy waste as the air travels to its destination in the home and lower the cost of monthly utility bills. It also helps you stay comfortable by making sure that the home gets to the temperature you set as fast as possible.  With less of the cooled or heated air wasted as it seeps along the way to its destination, the rooms in the home get to the desired temperature faster and the system works less overall to keep it at this temperature.

Another issue that duct sealing can solve is poor air quality in the home. Dust and other debris can seep into the air flowing through holes in the ductwork. These allergens are then filtered into the air that you and your family breathe. This can cause allergies to flare up, and increase the presence of symptoms like:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy or dry eyes

In homes with active families and pets, dust, dirt and pet dander can collect inside the ductwork system and recirculate. Only by placing new and secure seals on the system can you stop these elements from entering your indoor air supply and reduce the negative effects on your respiratory system.

Riverside Duct Sealing

Preserve the quality of your indoor air, reduce your utility costs, and maintain your family’s health with proper duct sealing by our expert crew. The experienced HVAC technicians at Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning are registered and trained contractors with AeroSeal – the latest in reliable and affordable duct sealing solutions. We’d love to talk more about how AeroSeal can help you achieve ultimate home comfort while reducing energy waste.

If you want to see how much of a difference duct sealing can make in your home, call us today at (877) 411-9888.

Smart HVAC: What does it mean for your home comfort?

Smart technology is changing the way that we live, and every part of the home can now be automated. From turning the lights off when you accidentally leave them on to starting your HVAC system so that your home will be comfortable when you get home, things are possible now that seemed impossible twenty years ago. Being able to control the temperature in your home right from your phone or having an HVAC system that can sense if you are home or not can help you feel like you’re living in the future and make your living environment much easier to manage.

How Does a Smart Thermostat Work?

Adding a smart thermostat to your home can help automate the use of one of the most important appliances you have – your HVAC system. And as an added bonus, a smart thermostat can help reduce the amount of power you consume on a daily basis.

All of the small bad habits that your family has like constantly adjusting the temperature or forgetting to adjust the thermostat before you leave home can be curbed with the help of a programmable thermostat. Plus, the system will help you stay aware of the times you are using the most power so that you can work on making changes to reduce your energy use throughout the year.

What Are The Advantages of a Smart HVAC System?

In addition to keeping the home at stable temperatures when you are there, a smart thermostat provides several advantages when you aren’t home, including:

  • You can place the thermostat on vacation settings while you are away to conserve energy instead of letting it run for no reason.
  • Set the thermostat to a higher temperature during the times that you are out of the house for work. This is at least 40 hours out of the week that the home doesn’t need to be cooled or heated

In some homes, a smart thermostat is put in place of an older one. Smart HVAC technology may also be included as part of a home automation package. These systems can control not only the temperature but other home comforts like:

  • Sound system
  • Home security system
  • Lighting
  • Outdoor sprinklers

End Thermostat Wars Once and For All

With a smart thermostat keeping your home at one, comfortable temperature, there is no need to constantly adjust the thermostat to heat or cool your home. This keeps the unit from overworking to compensate for constant changes to the indoor temperature and reduces your power bill as a result.

A thermostat isn’t the only smart technology that you can use to regulate your home comfort efficiently. Smart HVAC systems also help you keep your heating and cooling equipment in good condition by giving you maintenance reminders and updates about how the system is performing. If you forget to change the filter, the system will notify you before the indoor air quality starts to plummet. The system can also give you important information about how well the heating or cooling is working, the humidity level in the home and whether there is an issue developing inside the system.

If you need an expert opinion on how smart HVAC technology can be incorporated into your home, call Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (877) 411-9888. We’d be happy to help!