Thursday, July 9, 2020

Our Top Summer Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Now that summer has finally arrived, you will likely find yourself using your home's air conditioner frequently to keep your family cool. In order to ensure that your air conditioner runs reliably throughout the hot weeks that are still to come, it is critical that you perform maintenance on your HVAC system to keep it performing optimally. In order to reduce your chances of encountering problems with your HVAC system when you need it most, here is a look at a few critical air conditioning maintenance steps that you should take this summer. 

Change The Filter

While this may seem obvious, it is important that you do not underestimate how critical it is to replace your air conditioner's filter frequently. When your air filter is dirty, this restricts the airflow to your HVAC system, causing your air conditioner to have to work harder to cool your home. Not only can this lead to increased energy costs, but it can also put added stress on your air conditioner's components. This can cause your air conditioner to break down when you need it most, leading to costly repairs. You should then replace your air filter frequently as directed by your system's manufacturer (generally every 1-3 months).

Clean The Return Air Ducts
In addition to replacing your air filter, it is also important that you take the time to clean your return air duct covers. Duct covers that are clogged with dust and dirt will also block airflow to your air conditioner, which can reduce your AC system's efficiency and life expectancy. Try to make of habit of cleaning these return vents every time you dust your house. 

Schedule an AC Tune-Up
Of course, the best way to ensure that your air conditioner is ready for the coming summer months is to schedule an AC tune-up. During a professional HVAC tune-up service, an HVAC technician will inspect your air conditioner to make sure that it is running properly, and, if necessary, they will perform maintenance and repairs in order to ensure optimal performance this summer, which can save you money in the long-run.

Contact Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. for more advice on steps that you can take to maintain your HVAC system this summer. 

Monday, April 13, 2020

Reasons You May Need A New Air Conditioner

Even if you take perfect care of your air conditioning unit, it won't last forever.  If you have high energy bills or your air conditioner isn't working as well as it used to, you might need to replace your unit.

Because replacing an air conditioning unit is a big investment, you want to make the right decision. If you are thinking about replacing your unit, we’ve detailed some points for you to think about.
First, you may be asking yourself "how long can I expect my air conditioner unit to last?" Generally, air conditioner units are expected to last around 10-15 years. That timeframe will depend on many factors, including how well the air conditioner unit was maintained and how hard it worked during its lifetime.

Because the ideal replacement time will be different for every homeowner, there is no perfect time to replace your unit. That said, below are reasons why you might need to replace the unit.
  • Your air conditioner breaks down frequently: At some point, it's going to cost more money to keep repairing an old air conditioner than to replace it.
  • Significant home renovations: If you are expanding the livable space in your house, you may need a more powerful air conditioner to cool your house down.
  • You have high energy bills: One cause of high energy bills is an older air conditioning unit. New air conditioner models are built to be more efficient than older units.  In addition, wear and tear will reduce the efficiency of an older model. You may be able to dramatically reduce your energy bills with a new air conditioner unit.
  • Your home isn't comfortable, even after running your air conditioner: If it's difficult to cool down your house or takes longer than it used to, you might need a new unit.
If you think you might need to replace your air conditioner unit, contact us here at Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. We can discuss the best options for your home and install a new unit in no time! 

Monday, March 16, 2020

HVAC Questions to Ask When Buying a New Home

There is a lot to ask when you consider buying a new home. However, don’t forget, you also need to pay close attention to the HVAC as well. After all, it plays a crucial role in your daily life! So, what should you be asking about regarding HVAC - you ask? Well, continue reading for exactly what you need to consider in terms of HVAC when looking at a potential new home.

What kind of system is installed?

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to heating and cooling. Most people like central heating and air because it is simple. However, some may prefer ductless systems, even though they do not accommodate a high-efficiency air cleaner or humidifier. You will want to do your research on whatever system is installed in the home as it may not be as energy efficient as you would like it to be. 

How old is the heating and cooling system?
Both AC units and furnaces last between 10 to 15 years. This means if you buy a house with a 15-year-old furnace, you may be looking at a few thousand dollars spent replacing it within the next few years. Furthermore, older models also mean higher utility bills.

What is the energy rating?
Your HVAC will count for a huge portion of your energy bills. As such, you will want to make sure you aren't buying a money pit. So, be sure to inquire about the seasonal energy efficiency of the air conditioner and the annual fuel utilization efficiency of the furnace. The seasonal rating should be between 13 and 25 and the annual fuel efficiency should be at least 92% or above.

Can I see the maintenance records?
This will throw most people for a loop, but it can be helpful when considering buying a home with an older HVAC system. If it has had its yearly maintenance, the system will be in much better shape compared to a system with a spotty maintenance record. It means the appliances may run better and longer. You will also be able to see if any major HVAC repairs have been made.

For over 65 years, Kent Heating and Air Conditioning has been providing superior home comfort solutions including repair, maintenance, and installation of heating and air conditioning systems. You can count on us to help keep your HVAC system running safely and efficiently. Contact us today with any HVAC service needs and/or questions that you may have!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

How a Broken Furnace Can Contaminate Your In-Home Air

When we think about a broken furnace, we often think about it in the sense that the furnace is not working at all or as well it could be in order to heat your home fully. Certainly, this is a problem on colder nights; but a "broken" furnace doesn't always mean it isn't functioning, and not realizing that your furnace could be broken and still functioning could be letting dangerous pollution into your home.

Often, pollution from the furnace doesn't come from a problem, but rather a lack of maintenance. Every year, you should have a maintenance technician out to your home so that they can check the furnace and ductwork. As homes are typically not well ventilated during the winter, to keep out the cold; dust, carbon, and other contaminants often stick around. Said contaminates are blown and settle into the air or carpeting, thus affecting the overall air quality in your home. Much of the time, simply changing the air filter can prevent a lot of contaminants from entering the home. However, if you have breeches in the ductwork, then an air filter may not completely stop pollutants until that breach is fixed.

Of course, the major worry about a furnace polluting your air is the silent killer – carbon monoxide. Usually, the appliance functions to keep this out of the home, but one crack in the heat exchanger or the combustion chamber and it can enter the system, and then enter your home. Therefore, it is so crucial to have your furnace inspected every year or at least have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home to catch a problem before it becomes deadly. While these issues can be costly to repair, they can prevent something devastating from happening. Your air quality could make your family sick, but carbon monoxide is on another level of danger.

If you want cleaner and healthier indoor air then please do not hesitate to
contact us here at Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. - we're here to help!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

When is a Heating Issue an Emergency?

Many HVAC companies offer emergency repair services for those truly chilly nights when the heat won't work or when there is something happening that may be a danger. However, higher rates can incur which leaves people wondering if their problem is really an emergency or if they can wait until the morning.

In truth, it all depends on the circumstances. If your heat shut off in the early hours of the morning, you may wake up to a chilly home, but typically you can wait until normal service hours to call a repair technician. However, the longer the heat is off, and the colder it is outside, will dictate an emergency. It is not just about you being cold either. Without heating, your home is at risk. If your home gets too cold, you may have pipes freezing, and bursting – thus causing even more damage.

So, if your heat stops early on of a very cold night, it can certainly be classified as being an emergency. However, usually heating emergencies come in the form of gas furnaces. A gas leak can be a deadly hazard. Furthermore, a damaged furnace could also cause carbon monoxide to leak in your home. If you hear strange noises coming from your furnace, or notice strange smells, you should immediately discontinue use and call for repair as it is always best to err on the side of caution. If it is particularly cold, you will then also want to make an emergency call to your HVAC company.

Most cases will allow you to be able to wait until normal service hours. And, it will also depend on the temperature when it comes to dictating whether it is an emergency. You will, however, want to mention specific issues to your HVAC company even when you do call during normal hours. This will allow them to prioritize your issue if their technicians are particularly busy, which can happen during the winter when everyone has furnace problems.

Find yourself in an HVAC emergency? Please call us immediately. Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. ensures that our emergency service is available 24/7/365.