Kids are heading back to school and the hot summer will be over soon. Before you know it, autumn will be here. So now is the time to plan and get your system ready for the change of season. Here are some ways to do that.
#1: Clean and/or change your filter.
During the summer, your system is working hard to filter the air and capture the dust, pollen, and dust that is prevalent. Over time, this kind of debris will build up and could clog the air filter. That means your system needs to work harder to get your home to the temperature that you designate. Be sure to clean and/or change your filter every 1 to 2 months.
#2: Install a programmable thermostat. When the temperatures start dropping this fall, it’s a great time to set your thermostat to a different temperature. The weather tends to change a lot during our Pacific Northwest autumns, so that means the range of temperatures can vary. A programmable thermostat is a great way to make sure that you stay comfortable all season long. You can program the thermostat to turn on at a certain time at a certain temperature. Then simply turn down, up, or off as necessary. You can program this at home or even when you’re away. They are incredibly convenient and affordable.
#3: Get your fall maintenance appointment set up.
If you want your system to last longer and run with peak efficiency, you will need to schedule regular maintenance on it. Fall is the perfect time to check your heating and cooling system. This will ensure you won’t have any surprise breakdowns that could be expensive. Our experienced team of technicians at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning will check your system’s internal components, run an energy efficiency check, clean the filters, and make sure we discuss any potential problem spots.
This autumn don’t fall behind in your HVAC prep work! Staying ahead of the game on this simple maintenance means your system will work well all fall long! Call us today for your fall maintenance appointment.
Thermostats don’t generally have a lifespan, but will usually last about 10 years, on average. If your thermostat is at least a decade old, it can start to malfunction because of the wiring or because of dust accumulation. Here are some other signs that your thermostat might not be working properly.
#1: Your thermostat isn’t showing any signs of life.
This one is obvious, but if your thermostat doesn’t have any power or is totally unresponsive when you try to turn it on or off, there is probably something wrong with it. If there is no change in the temperature of your home when you adjust the temperature on the thermostat, or if the display unit is not lighting up, check to see if batteries need to be replaced. If that isn’t the issue, it may be broken entirely and may need to be replaced.
#2: Your heater doesn’t turn on or it won’t turn off.
If your heater isn’t turning on, there could be a defect in the thermostat’s wiring that is causing an interruption in the electrical signals that are being sent to your heating system. In the same way, if your heater is running continually and won’t turn off when you want it to, this could mean there is an issue with the wiring. This should be checked out by one of our heating and cooling specialists at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. If it’s not your thermostat causing the problem, it could be a problem with the heating unit itself and that requires a professional look as well.
#3: Temperature of the room and thermostat temperature do not match. When you designate your thermostat to be 70 degrees, the temperature of the room should be 70 degrees as well. If the temps do not match, it could be a sign that your thermostat isn’t doing its job. Fluctuating temperatures throughout the house can cause your heating system to work harder than it should and could increase your energy bill. If you’re noticing that the room temperatures are colder or hotter than what your thermostat says it is, be sure to get it checked out to make sure that it isn’t faulty.
If your thermostat is old and defective, replacing it with a new programmable thermostat can be a great option. Programmable thermostats are well made and allow you to control the temperature to be exactly how you want it, even allowing you to set a time to have the heat turn back on. For example, turn down the thermostat during the hours you’re away, then program it to turn up 20 minutes before you plan on getting home. This will allow for some time for the house to warm up before you get home, so you don’t have to walk into a cold space. These thermostats are affordably priced and in the long run, they can save you money because of the energy savings associated with them.
Call us today to talk to our professional HVAC team! We will work with you to see which thermostat is right for your home!
Now that fall is here, the weather starts to get cooler and you may find yourself turning up the thermostat a bit to stay warm. Your HVAC system is meant to keep you comfortable all season long, but sometimes things happen and there may be an issue that needs to be fixed. How do you know if you have a problem with your HVAC system? Here are some indicators.
Does the system make weird sounds or put off weird odors?
Out of the ordinary smells or sounds are usually a sign that something is going wrong with your HVAC unit. Sometimes, these could also be dangerous, so it is important to not ignore the sound or smell for long. If you hear something banging in the system, it could mean that there is something loose or broken inside the machine. If you hear a loud screeching noise, it could indicate that a belt is loose or worn. If you smell something like rotten eggs, that could indicate a gas leak and you should get out of the house immediately and call the professionals for help. Even if the sound or smell only happens occasionally, it’s a good idea to get it looked at in case there is something wrong with it. If you put it off for a long time, it could end up damaging the system even worse.
Is your energy efficiency dropping?
If you notice your utility bill spiking, there is a good chance that your energy efficiency is dropping and there could be a problem with your HVAC system. Without regular maintenance, your HVAC system will not be as energy efficient as it could be. In addition, if there is something happening on the inside of the unit and a repair needs to be made, it could be causing a drop in efficiency. If you notice a big change in your utility bill from month to month or even when compared to last fall to this fall, it’s time to call our experienced team of licensed HVAC technicians to help determine what the issue is.
The sooner you catch HVAC problems, the better it is for you and your family’s comfort, as well as the system as a whole. Contact us for a preventative maintenance appointment today or to have your system looked at for a potential repair. We’re standing by to help.
Picking the right thermostat for your home is an important decision. There are a variety of different options on the market today, so how do you know which one is right for you? Here are some basic tips on finding which kind of thermostat is right for your home.
There are two basic types of thermostats: programmable and manual. Both of these work with gas, electric, or oil furnaces, and can also help control air conditioning.
If you’ve been considering your options on a new furnace system installation, now is the time to act! Getting your new system set up before the severely cold days of winter is a great idea. A ductless heating and cooling system is a perfect solution too! It doesn’t just keep you warm and cozy in the winter months, but it keeps you cool and comfortable during the hot days of summer! A ductless system is affordable and will save you money over time. It’s a great option for homes that don’t have the ductwork for a traditional furnace system. They can be used in all types of spaces!