seasonal maintenance

Heating

How to Transition Your Home and HVAC into Heating Season

Cooler fall temperatures are a welcome relief after the summer heat and humidity, and they are also a sign that Broken Arrow residents need to think about switching from cooling to heating their homes. By transitioning seasons wisely, you can ensure the comfort and safety of your family throughout the winter months while saving money on the cost of heating and repairs, using these tips.

Enhance Airflow

Supply and return vents are an important part of your HVAC system and those which are closed or obstructed can upset the pressure balance and cause a loss of efficiency or equipment malfunction or breakdown. Check your registers to ensure they remain open and they are not blocked by drapes, furniture, area rugs, or other items.

Turn Off Your A/C at Night

Milder daytime temperatures translate into colder nights, so rather than leaving your A/C running and burrowing under the covers, set the temperature several degrees higher or turn it off altogether. Ceiling and floor fans can help to circulate the air while you sleep without breaking the bank.

Clean Your Air Filter

An air filter is the first line of defense to prevent particulates such as allergens, dander, dirt, and dust from traveling throughout your HVAC system, and it should be cleaned or changed before you first turn on your heating system each fall, and again every four to six weeks as needed.

Schedule Annual Maintenance

Annual preventive maintenance each spring and fall can help make transitioning seasons easy, by ensuring your HVAC equipment is cleaned, tuned, and optimized for maximum efficiency and performance.

Change Direction on Your Ceiling Fans

During the summer months, your ceiling fan should be set to rotate counter-clockwise to push the cool air towards the floor, but in winter, your ceiling fans should be set to rotate clockwise at a slower pace to create an updraft that redistributes rising warm air back down the walls.

Contact Air Assurance for expert assistance with transitioning seasons, with services that include residential HVAC installation, replacement, and repair. We have been proudly serving Tulsa area residents for more than 30 years.

Heat Pumps, Service & Maintenance

The Heat Pump in Your Tulsa Home Needs Seasonal Maintenance

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Most homeowners know that their heat pumps require seasonal maintenance. However, you may be neglecting to schedule the service, especially if you aren’t convinced it provides long-term value. Learn the tasks your heat pump technician will perform during a seasonal tune-up, and see just why investing in maintenance offers proven, long-term benefits.

Here are just some of the tasks your technician will perform during maintenance:

  • Identify components that are wearing out, and replace parts as necessary.

  • Check the ductwork, ensuring that the duct's joints don’t leak; install insulation around ducts located in the basement or attic.

  • Test the system’s airflow, making adjustments as needed.

  • Clean all the components like the coils, giving heat transfer a boost.

  • Test the refrigerant charge, adding more refrigerant if the charge is below manufacturer’s specs.

  • Clean electric terminals, tightening connections and lubricating the motor’s bearings.

  • Calibrate the thermostat to ensure correct temperature readings.

  • Check the control sequence, making sure that the heat pump’s heating mode is locked out when the thermostat is set to cool.

  • Clean the condensate drain, identifying obstructions that lead to water damage.

These are the primary benefits the service affords:

  • Lower operating costs -- With a seasonal check, the technician is able to keep all of the components in peak operating condition, so the unit performs efficiently. Over the years, you’ll pay less to operate the system than you would if you neglected to service it.

  • Fewer repairs – A neglected system will eventually break down, and you’ll likely pay for costly repairs to get the heat pump running again. Preseason tune-ups allow the technician to identify worn components before they break down, which means you’ll pay for a part replacement only, which typically costs less.

  • Better comfort – When you keep your system in good shape with regular maintenance, it will not only operate more efficiently, but it will be able to keep your home comfort at optimal levels, regardless of the outdoor conditions—or how hot it gets.

Air Assurance Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing has served homeowners in greater Broken Arrow for more than 30 years. Give us a call today to schedule preseason maintenance for your heat pump.

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