How to Keep Your Inland Empire Home Comfortable During the Holidays

The holidays can bring guests and friends to your home in droves, and this increased traffic in the house can have an effect on how comfortable the home feels. A crowded house can grow hot, thanks to all the body heat and heat generated as you cook dinner, but the constant movement of people in and out of the door may bring drafty winds in to balance out the warmth.

Having a thermostat and HVAC system that works quickly to return the home to the temperature you specify is extra important at this time.  Here are some home comfort tips to help you keep your home at the optimal temperature in the winter months.

Be Prepared for Cold Snaps

You may be hoping for good weather over the holidays, but just in case it doesn’t turn out that way, it’s good to be prepared. Cold snaps can happen this time of year, dropping the temperature at night in particular. Stay on top of your local weather forecast so you can be aware of the nights that are predicted to be colder and turn your heating on before the chill can spread through the home. You can also use heavier blankets if the cool weather is only staying for a short time.

Make it Easy for Guests to Stay Comfortable

Accommodating a range of guests is a challenge because some may be cold natured, while others are always hot. To keep the most people happy, its best to keep the home cool and give guests options to put on layers to warm up. After all, if a guest feels cold they can put a sweater on. But guests who are too hot can’t strip down to stay comfortable in your home. Keeping your heat usage low also helps you save energy during the holidays.

Place blankets in easy to grab spots around your living room. If you have tile or wood floors and prefer guests not to wear their outdoor shoes on your floor surface, you may want to have slippers handy for guests to wear inside the home.

Test Your Heating System

If you haven’t used your HVAC system to generate heat and warm up the house since last winter, its a good idea to try it out before guests come. When you turn the unit on, listen for any unusual sounds like popping or cracking. Take note of any smells, like burning, and how long it takes for the unit to warm the home. If you hear or smell anything unusual, or find that it takes longer than it should to get your home warm, it’s time to call an HVAC professional to examine everything before guests arrive and you use the unit repeatedly.

If your HVAC system is not working as it should, and you’re expecting friends or family for the holidays, call Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at  (877) 411-9888 to get fast, expert repairs. Our team is ready to help you at a moment’s notice.

Why won’t my heater turn on? 4 Most Common Heater Repair Issues

If your heater isn’t responding to your commands and the temperature outside is steadily dropping, you might be wondering what to do next. There can be many possible causes for your heater failing to respond to the thermostat, and the only way to know for sure what the issue is with your HVAC system is to call an expert from a furnace repair service.

4 Most Common Heater Repair Issues

If you notice one of these top heater repair issues below, it’s time to call in the experts for heating system repair:

1. Issues Unrelated To The HVAC Unit Itself

There are times that heating system failure is due to a simple issue unrelated to the actual heating unit. If your heating unit is connected to the home’s power grid, the circuit breaker can trip. To see if this may be the cause of your heater failing to turn on, find your fuse box and see if the switch that corresponds to your HVAC system is in the OFF position. Check the fuse box for any signs of an electrical short, like a smoky smell or scorch marks along the sides of the control board.

2. Dirt in The Furnace System

Maintaining the HVAC system might seem like an unnecessary task, especially if you don’t use your furnace much. But failing to maintain the system can lead to dirt getting into the key components of the furnace, like the blower motor and the burners. Once these parts of the HVAC system become weighed down with dirt, the entire system has to work harder to push out warm air. Eventually, the overwork and strain on the unit can cause it to shut down and stop responding to the thermostat. At this point, furnace repair from a professional is the only way to get it working again.

3. Pilot Light Problems

If your heater is gas powered, the furnace’s pilot light may be out.  Many furnaces have a gas reset valve that you can use to try and test the pilot light. Shut the gas off and wait five minutes before turning it back on and trying to start the unit again. If the furnace still does not turn on, there’s a good chance the flame that powers the heater has gone out.

4. Blower Motor Issues

The blower motor is the part of the system that pushes the heated air out and into the ductwork so it can be distributed through the house. When the blower motor gets clogged or shuts down, the thermostat may still respond to your commands and you may hear the unit switch on, but the home won’t get any warmer. If you have a newer unit, it may have a light to indicate whether the blower motor is working properly. If this light is glowing red, there is an issue that you should call an HVAC professional to investigate.

If you suspect that you’re experiencing one of these issues with your HVAC unit, don’t hesitate. Contact Sheldon’s Heating & Air Conditioning at (877) 411-9888 to get affordable furnace repair any time of night or day.