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Important Things to Know About AC Maintenance

Your air conditioning is running full blast this summer. If you haven’t already thought about maintaining your A/C, you need to start thinking about it right now. AC maintenance is critical for keeping your cooling costs down, repair needs to a minimum, and system life to the max.

Important Things to Know About Maintaining Your A/C

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Here is a list of things you need to do to keep your A/C running this summer:

  • Change your air filters every month. Air conditioning units require a steady flow of air to run efficiently. The air filters help keep that air clear of dust and debris. But a clogged filter makes the A/C struggle. Simply changing the filter once a month will enhance efficiency and improve your indoor air quality at the same time.
  • Clear weeds and debris away from the outside unit. Like the inside air blower, the outdoor compressor unit needs clear air flow to do its job efficiently. Weeds and debris block the flow of air. When mowing the lawn or weeding the garden, take time to clear things away from the outside unit.
  • Clean your home’s air supply and return vents. Over time, dust will accumulate in the vents’ fins. You want nothing to impede air flow in and out of the cooling system. At least once a season, use a vacuum hose to clear away dust and debris. Make sure furniture is not blocking the air either.
  • Have an annual service performed by a licensed HVAC technician. Like most mechanical systems, A/Cs need tune-ups and service to run efficiently. The technician will check refrigerant levels and make sure the system is tuned properly.
  • Update the programming on your thermostat. If your schedule has changed since you last used the thermostat with your A/C, update its programming. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, get one installed.

Doing routine maintenance of AC systems will keep them running throughout the summer. If you need your A/C system serviced or have a repair need, contact us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Tips to Protect Your Massachusetts Home This Winter

If the dropping temperatures are any indication, your Massachusetts home is probably beginning to get cold right about now. If you want to stay safe, save money and prevent problems, you suggest that you follow some of our favorite winter home protection tips:

Add Weatherstripping Around Doors and Windows

programmable thermostatYour goal should be to keep the cold air out while the warm air stays inside. Weatherstripping can be indispensable in making sure this happens.

Replace the Air Filter

When the furnace’s air filter is clogged up, the system won’t work as efficiently and you’ll waste energy. Replacement of the filter will keep the air flowing, and should be done every one to three months, as needed.

Wrap Exposed Pipes

Exposed pipes are susceptible to bursting due to their lack of protection from the air. Protect these pipes by sliding inexpensive insulation sleeves over them.

Schedule a Service Call

The furnace or other heating equipment should be serviced by a professional HVAC technician once a year. This will help maintain its efficiency and catch any potential problems with the system.

Check the Roof

A heavy snowfall can damage your home’s roof, costing you a pretty penny in some cases. Prevent this by calling a contractor to check the roof’s resilience.

Open Cabinets

When it gets especially cold outside, open up cabinet doors where pipes are located and leave them open. This will allow heat to get close to the pipes and help keep them from freezing.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Switching to a programmable thermostat will help you wrestle control over heating costs by giving you a way to set the days and times during which the heating equipment is in operation.

Turn On Faucets

Although wasting water is never the best strategy, keeping a trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to unprotected pipes will prevent freezing when you’re unprepared for a snap of cold weather.

For more expert winter home protection tips, or if you have any other questions related to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts since 1928.

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