November is off to a pleasant start with warm weather. We know this won’t last forever, and so right now when you don’t need to run your home’s heating system is a great time to call us and schedule your annual heating maintenance in Covington, LA. It’s close enough to winter for maintenance to have the maximum effect, and you won’t have to worry about missing out on warmth while our technicians inspect and tune-up your heater.
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One of the important steps to prepare your home for the winter is to ensure that your natural gas furnace is working safely. We don’t want to alarm you into thinking your gas furnace is some sort of ticking bomb that’s a major menace to the health of your family. Gas furnaces are built to strict safety requirements and rarely pose any danger to homeowners.
However, there is the chance that a gas furnace will create combustion dangers (flames escaping from the cabinet) or leak carbon monoxide. The threat from CO is one we recommend all homeowners to take seriously if they use natural gas in their homes in any way. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and highly toxic gas. According to the CDC, at least 430 people in the US die from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning each year. Even smaller exposure will lead to health problems.
What can you do to boost your winter safety with your gas furnace? Check out our safety tips below.
Ah, the spookiest time of year is here! We hope the only frights you encounter are the safe, fun kind found in movies, costumes, and decorations. There’s one October fright we don’t want you to deal with, and that’s having a heating system that isn’t ready for the approach of cold weather.
We can help you make your heating in Gretna, LA much less spooky and scary. All it takes is for you to join our Residential Club Agreement (if you aren’t already a member) and schedule your regular fall heating maintenance appointment.
With the kids back in school and fall and winter holidays quickly approaching, now’s the perfect time to do some routine maintenance on your heating and cooling system.
Learn how to prepare your air conditioner for a long hibernation as well as tips for waking up your heating system without any problems. The last thing you want is to have your furnace break down in the middle of winter.
Heating and cooling accounts for around half (48%) of the total energy use in a typical home, easily making it the largest energy expense (U.S. DOE).
By putting a little effort into making sure your HVAC system is working properly, you will significantly reduce your HVAC system’s energy consumption. Make the switch from cooling to heating as smooth as possible. Below are some insightful tips on fall HVAC preventive maintenance.
Fall HVAC Preventive Maintenance Tips!
1) Consider Replacing Your HVAC System – You should consider the age of your heating system and your current energy bills before you do anything. Heating systems that are more than 10 years old are only 40-60 % efficient. If your HVAC system is on its last legs, seriously consider replacing the entire HVAC system. Today, gas furnaces available in the market boast of efficiency ratings that are as high as 97%. Learn why you should probably replace your cooling and heating systems at the same time.
2) Clean or Replace Air Filters – Dirty HVAC filters restrict airflow and reduce the entire efficiency of the HVAC system. If you have not cleaned or changed the air filters of your system for a while, now is the perfect time to do it. This should be done every 1-3 months.To be safe, inspect your air filter every 30 days to see if it is dirty and clogged. Check your owner’s manual for the best air filter to use in your system. Choose an air filter with a minimum MERV rating of 7. Make sure to have plenty of back-ups so you don’t have to run to the store every month or two.
3) Clean and Unblock All Vents and Registers– Go around your home and make sure all of your return and supply vents and registers are clean and clear. Double check that none of them are blocked by rugs, furniture, or closed off in any way. Learn why you should never close any of your vents and other common HVAC misconceptions. While you are checking to make sure nothing is blocking your vents, take some time to clean them of any dust that may have gathered around the area. Cleaning your vents helps prevent the dirt and dust from entering your HVAC system and circulating around your home.
4) Professional HVAC Inspection – Have you serviced your heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for the Fall period? Whether you are a homeowner or a property manager, you will need to find a reliable HVAC professional to help you service your HVAC system. A well maintained and serviced HVAC system is highly efficient in both its functionality and energy consumption. A professional contractor should inspect your HVAC system at least twice a year, once in the fall for the heating system and once in the spring for the cooling system. The inspection is meant to detect any potential problems and ensure that the HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible. The HVAC inspection involves checking filters, inspecting electrical switches, belts, contacts, motors, safety switches, gas pressure, and refrigerant levels.
5) HVAC Maintenance Agreement – An HVAC maintenance agreement, such as our Maintenance Value Plan (MVP), is a great way to keep your system at peak performance. Having an HVAC maintenance agreement not only gives you the advantage of priority service in the event of system failure, but also ensures that your checkups are done on schedule. This agreement will help you save a lot of money in the long run.The demand for HVAC systems increases as winter approaches. Therefore, you should always have your system inspected by a licensed HVAC professional contractor! Let us know if we can be of assistance or answer any of your questions.
Gowland’s Heating & A/C values “Relationship over revenue!” Call us today to schedule your vital heating maintenance service in New Orleans and the surrounding area.
We know that it’s easy to put off certain important tasks until later, and heating maintenance in Slidell, LA is one important task that too many people let slide until near the end of the year. We understand: the weather is warmer here and cold temperatures don’t start to set in until deeper into the fall and the early winter.
So if you haven’t yet arranged for your annual heating maintenance visit from one of our technicians, you haven’t yet missed out—but now is definitely the time to have it done. The sooner you have this annual job completed, the more you’ll benefit from it.