Advanced Service firmly believes that regular checkups and maintenance of your air conditioning and heating system can prevent major expenses later on in most cases.
We offer preventive maintenance agreements to provide the routine maintenance to your cooling and heating system to make your family feeling more comfortable at home than ever.
The simplest way to ensure that your HVAC system operates efficiently and economically is by replacing or cleaning the air filter regularly. To ensure proper air flow through your heating and cooling system. Monthly filter cleaning or replacement is recommended by most manufacturers, beware of expensive high efficient air filters because they may be too dense to allow the amount of air flow necessary for your particular system. Most systems were not designed or installed to use these high efficient air filters. When in doubt which air filter to use for your system please contact us.
If you have a heat pump you want to make sure that your system has the proper refrigerant charge not only to have it operate more efficiently but also help prolong the life of the system. In a recent study, for Arizona Public Service, heat pump or air conditioner systems were tested for their refrigerant level. Only eighteen (18%) percent of all the units were properly charged. Seventy-eight (78%) percent of the units were under charged. While four (4%) percent were over charged. Clearly, only a small percentage of Heat pumps or air conditioners are properly charged with refrigerant. The wasted energy cost is real. As little as 10% undercharge will reduce the heat pump or air conditioners capacity as much as 10%. To ensure that your system has the correct charge of refrigerant we must test and confirm that the system is properly charged. If it isn't then we can make the necessary adjustments by adding or removing the refrigerant.
To reduce the heating load in the winter as well as the cooling load in the summer, close all doors and windows to the outside. Ensure that you have maximum retention of heated or cool air by adding insulation to outside walls and to the attic. Seal cracks and use storm doors or insulated doors to prevent air leaks. Also double check that your furniture and drapes don't obstruct the output vents and intake grilles. Avoid excessive use of exhaust fans not only to avoid energy consumption and cost but excessive use of kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans will make your system work harder as well.
The most important tip for winter is to have your heating system checked to make sure that it is operating properly at its peak efficiency and not leaving you stranded without heat in the cold months ahead. Changing your air filter is also something to do for the winter since you are spending most of your time inside you want to have clean air and with changing the filter it also allows your heat to move through the duct system effectively.
Consider installing an Aprilaire humidifier on your heating system to eliminate the irritations and annoyances of excessively dry air. The average heated home has a relative humidity of about 15% in the winter. The best part is about adding a humidifier to your home is that it can save you money on your energy bills and it allows you to feel warmer at a lower thermostat setting. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that you can save up to 4% on your heating bill for ever degree you lower your thermostat.
Also you may want to consider installing a programmable thermostat in your home. Through the proper use of a programmable thermostat you save up to 33% on your annual heating and cooling costs just by automatically changing to an energy saving temperature setting when you're away from home or asleep. www.yourhome.honeywell.com