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Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips for Your Holliston Home

The hot summer months are definitely here. Your air conditioning is going to be working overtime. You need to keep your HVAC in good working order to keep your home cool in this heat. You can use the best summer HVAC maintenance tips to help your system keep up with the worst summer can bring.

Summer HVAC Tips to Use

If you haven’t already done basic maintenance on your HVAC system, now is the time to start. Here are five tips to get you going:

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  1. Make sure supply and return vents are not blocked. Your HVAC works by moving air out of and into the system. During summer, the warm air comes in, gets cooled, then gets expelled out to cool the house. If you have furniture or other items in front of the vents, the air flow is blocked, which means it takes longer to cool your home.
  2. Vacuum dust and pet hair from vents. Over time, dust will accumulate in the fins of your vents. As the dust accumulates, it starts attracting larger debris and slowly cutting off air flow. If you want your HVAC to be as efficient as possible, keep those vents clean.
  3. Rinse the outside unit with a hose. The outside part of your HVAC system gets dirty over time. In summer, grass clippings can accumulate. In the autumn, leaf debris is the main culprit. Spring brings plenty of pollen. All of this can decrease the system’s energy efficiency.
  4. Change air filters monthly. Air filters help remove the minute particulates that can decrease the HVAC system’s efficiency. They also help improve the air quality in the house.
  5. Have an annual service visit. Your HVAC system needs regular maintenance to work at its best. Having an HVAC professional make a visit and do a tune-up will keep the system running efficiently. It also prolongs the system’s life and keeps repair needs to a minimum.

These best summer HVAC maintenance tips will help you beat the heat. If you need to schedule your annual maintenance visit, give us a call here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Which HVAC System Size Fit My Home?

Is your current HVAC system too small or too large? Up to 50 percent of heating and cooling systems installed in the U.S. are not sized properly. Knowing how to choose the right size HVAC system will cut your energy costs.

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Undersized HVAC Equipment

One obvious sign of an undersized HVAC system is an uncomfortable home on the hottest and coldest days of the year. The unit is running continuously, but the house never gets comfortable. On moderate days, the system runs much more than it should. That translates into higher energy bills.

There are also hidden costs. Because the system is running so much, it sustains excessive wear and tear. That leads to more frequent repairs and shortens the life of the equipment.

Oversized HVAC Equipment

Oversized HVAC systems cycle on and off frequently. During the summer, the A/C does not have enough time to remove the excess humidity in the house. That can lead to mold growth. The frequent cycling also causes excessive wear and tear, leading to more repairs and a shorter life.

You are going to also pay more upfront installing an oversized unit.

Getting Properly Sized HVAC Equipment

If you need to replace your current HVAC equipment, keep these things in mind:

  • Don’t let the contractor do a one-for-one swap based on the current size of the unit. If your current unit is over or under-sized, you do not want to replace it with the same size unit.
  • Don’t let your HVAC contractor use a rule of thumb (like one ton of capacity for every 500 square feet) for guessing the size of the new equipment.
  • Make sure your HVAC contractor in Holliston uses Manual J from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America to calculate the size of your new HVAC equipment. This is a comprehensive method for figuring out the exact load that your home needs based on its size, dimensions, orientation, and features.

Save money by knowing how to choose the right size HVAC system. If you need to replace your HVAC equipment, call 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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When It Comes to Replacing the A/C, Consider the System’s Initial and Lifetime Costs

Are you about to make an expensive mistake with your A/C replacement? If you’re not considering both the initial and the lifetime costs of a new cooling system, it could end up costing you a lot of money in the next decade or more.

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Why Is Condensation Forming on the Windows of Your Massachusetts Home?

You’ve seen it often, but do you know what causes condensation on home windows and sliding glass doors? Even energy-efficient windows form condensation, but they’re not to blame. When high indoor humidity comes into contact with a cooler surface, such as cool glass, water vapor in the air condenses on the cooler surface. If you want to rid your home of condensation and mold risks, alleviate high indoor humidity by modifying activities and using practical indoor air quality (IAQ) upgrades.
Read More Why Is Condensation Forming on the Windows of Your Massachusetts Home? >>

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Do You Know How to Change Your Home Air Filter?

Replacing your home air filter regularly improves HVAC system performance and efficiency, as well as safeguarding indoor air quality. Monthly home air filter changes are well within the skill set of any homeowner and pay you back with lower operating costs and enhanced indoor comfort.

Read More Do You Know How to Change Your Home Air Filter? >>

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Balanced Airflow Is the Key for Comfort

balanced airflowCentral HVAC units are specially constructed to provide an entire building with heated or cooled air. Why, then, do so many buildings end up with uncomfortable hot or cold spots? In many cases, it boils down to unbalanced airflow in the building. Read More Balanced Airflow Is the Key for Comfort >>

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There’s an Array of Programmable Thermostats to Select From

programmable thermostat 8Programmable thermostats are one of the most affordable and effective ways to trim energy usage in your home, especially if you’re away on a routine basis. These devices remember when to change the temperatures in your home based on a schedule you set. Considerations for choosing the best one for your heating and cooling needs involves identifying the type you want, its features and its compatibility with your system. Read More There’s an Array of Programmable Thermostats to Select From >>

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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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What a Holliston Homeowner Should Know Before Buying a New Furnace

new furnacesThe first thing that may catch your eye when shopping for a new furnace is the sticker price. While the price is obviously important, the process of furnace selection requires more details regarding performance, efficiency ratings and lifetime costs of competing models to make an informed decision. Here’s what you should know about buying a new furnace for your Holliston home. Read More What a Holliston Homeowner Should Know Before Buying a New Furnace >>

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