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How to Prepare Your Holliston Home for Hot Weather This Summer

The weather this summer is hot. And your home may be making it difficult to stay comfortable inside. Is your Holliston home ready for the summer? Knowing how to prepare your Holliston home for hot weather will keep you comfortable this summer.

How to Protect and Secure Your Home Against the Heat

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What can you do to get your home ready?

  • Keep the cool inside by weatherproofing your home. Hot air can get in from the outside through cracks around doors and windows. You can use caulk to seal any openings around frames. Weatherstripping provides protection around the moving parts of windows and doors.
  • Have your HVAC system checked. Like most mechanical equipment, your A/C needs routine maintenance to work smoothly. Once a year, have an HVAC professional do a tune-up and inspection.
  • Change your air filters regularly. Your air filters help your HVAC run smoothly and efficiently. When they get clogged, it can decrease the system’s efficiency.
  • Use your ceiling fans, in the right direction. During the summer, your ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise for the best movement of air. The movement of the air will make your skin feel cooler and let you turn the A/C up a few degrees. If you don’t have ceiling fans, install them this summer.
  • Put your drapes to work. When the sun is streaming in your windows, it is heating up your home. Use your drapes to keep the heat at bay. If you don’t have insulated drapes, consider installing them. They can make a real difference in how comfortable your home is.
  • Get a programmable thermostat. You can program the thermostat to have your home nice and cool when you are there, and save money when you are not there.

Once you know how to prepare your home for hot weather, you can enjoy the fun that summer brings. And there is a bonus. Many of the things you do for the summer will translate to better comfort in the colder months. If you need someone to inspect your HVAC system, contact us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Make Sure Your Home’s HVAC System Is Properly Maintained This Spring

Spring’s warmer weather has finally arrived here in Massachusetts. As the spring flowers bloom, it’s time to do some home maintenance. One of your spring to-do items should be HVAC system maintenance, which will keep your cooling system running smoothly in the coming months.

Spring HVAC Maintenance Tasks

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Here are routine HVAC maintenance tasks you can tackle this spring:

  • Change the air filter regularly. A forced-air HVAC system needs free flowing clean air to run properly. If you have a clogged filter, that air isn’t flowing freely and it’s full of dust and minute particulates. Once a month, check the filter and change it as needed.
  • Clear the outside unit of debris. If you have central A/C or a heat pump, then you have a condenser unit outside. Just like the inside, these outdoor units need airflow to run efficiently. Take a look around the outdoor component and see if there are any leaves or debris; clear it  all away to avoid restricting airflow.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. When no one’s home, there’s no reason for your HVAC system to run at full capacity. A programmable thermostat allows you to coordinate your cooling and heating with your family’s schedule.
  • Schedule annual system maintenance. Once a year, you need to have an HVAC technician come out and do routine maintenance. The technician will inspect, clean, lubricate and test the system from top to bottom. Simple preventive maintenance can lower your repair needs, prolong the system’s life, and keep your energy costs down.
  • Consider an HVAC upgrade. The period between the heat of summer and the cold of winter is the perfect time to have HVAC upgrades done. If your system is over 10 years old or if it’s having significant ongoing repair issues, consider replacing your old system with a newer, more efficient one.

Don’t let summer’s heat arrive without performing these spring HVAC system maintenance tasks. Contact the experienced pros at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air to schedule your annual maintenance.

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What’s the Best Way to Heat and Cool Your Home Efficiently?

The heating and cooling systems in the average home typically use about half of the energy consumed each month. To heat and cool your home efficiently and reduce unnecessary spending, it’s important to keep the HVAC system in good working condition with regular maintenance. What specifically should you focus on?

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Learn More About Your Programmable Thermostat With These Tips

Programmable thermostats offer a convenient way to maximize comfort and energy savings through pre-programmed temperature changes. But they must be installed and used correctly to enjoy the benefits. Use these tips to learn how to make the best of your new or current programmable thermostat.

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Home Heating on the Fritz? Focus Your Troubleshooting on These 3 Areas

Home heating systems can stop working for a wide range of reasons, and none of them are welcome on a cold winter’s night. Some system breakdowns may be relatively easy to fix yourself. When you can’t fix it, any additional information you can pass on to a qualified service technician may help speed repairs. Start troubleshooting heating in these three primary areas.

Inspect Air Filters

air filterAir filters frequently get dirty or clogged, and not just the filter inside the furnace. Check the furnace filter every month, and change it at least once or twice a year.

The cold air intakes and heat vents generally also have filters. Look at each individual filter; remove any large debris that may be caught in them, and change the filters if they’re clogged with dust. Ensure that all registers are fully open.

Confirm the Thermostat Works

Programmable thermostats need batteries to work properly, and they may not function properly if the battery is low. Check that the display lights properly and doesn’t show any battery warnings. Next, locate the breaker associated with the thermostat and make sure it’s turned on.

If you want to go into advanced thermostat troubleshooting, you can shut off the breaker and cross the two wires that serve the furnace. Flip the breaker back on. If the furnace fires, the thermostat is the problem.

Check the Furnace

The pilot light should be visible inside the heat exchanger on the furnace. If you don’t see a flame when the furnace is off, then you may need to re-light it. Pilots that don’t re-light properly may have a supply issue that a furnace technician needs to assess and fix.

If the pilot is on but doesn’t ignite the burners when the thermostat calls for heat, the ignitor is the likely culprit. Turn off the gas reset valve for at least five minutes, and then turn it on and try again. Call a technician if it still won’t light.

Contact us at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for more expert advice on troubleshooting heating concerns in your Route 495/128 area home.

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Programmable Thermostats Are the Way to Go When You Upgrade From a Manual Model

programmable thermostatsIf you’re like many homeowners, you may be wondering why programmable thermostats are generating such enthusiasm. In many ways, it’s akin to why most people don’t miss cranking the windows in their cars: there are real advantages to automation. And when it comes to programmable thermostats, the advantages are plentiful,  even if you never really minded jumping up and down to adjust the thermostat. Read More Programmable Thermostats Are the Way to Go When You Upgrade From a Manual Model >>

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Use Your Home’s Programmable Thermostat Properly to Save Money

programmable thermostat Average household spends well over $2000 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of the used energy spent on heating and cooling. Installing and maintaining efficient heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems is an important step towards a comfortable home, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and lower utility bills. Read More Use Your Home’s Programmable Thermostat Properly to Save Money >>

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Troubleshoot Programmable Thermostat Problems With This Checklist

programmable thermostatDespite a well-deserved reputation for reliability, a programmable thermostat problem can disrupt your cooling and heating comfort. Programmable units turn the task of making temperature adjustments over to customized schedules created by the user or built-in pre-programmed settings provided by the manufacturer. Household comfort can be tailored to your daily routine. Heating and cooling changes are executed more gradually than abrupt manual adjustments, maximizing energy efficiency. A faulty unit, on the other hand, can cause energy costs to increase while resulting in a noticeable decline in indoor comfort.  Read More Troubleshoot Programmable Thermostat Problems With This Checklist >>

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Upgrading Your Home Furnace? Supplemental Equipment to Consider

furnace featuresWhen you’re having a new furnace installed, consider adding supplemental furnace equipment at the same time. Doing this may save you money on additional service calls, and many types of additions make your furnace more energy efficient. Read More Upgrading Your Home Furnace? Supplemental Equipment to Consider >>

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The Smart Programmable Thermostat – Your Key To Energy Savings

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Heating and cooling technology has come a long way in the past few decades, and with it, the act of controlling that technology has gotten better. Perhaps the best example of this is the smart programmable thermostat. Let’s take a look at how this new system can help you save energy. Read More The Smart Programmable Thermostat – Your Key To Energy Savings >>

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