7 Tips To Get Your Home Ready For The Cool Weather

Philadelphia is at last taking in the cool fall weather. The air is crisp and fall scents permeate the city with hints of the holiday seasons to come. While the cooler weather is a welcome change to the sweltering heat of the summer, it is also a sign that winter will be upon us before we know it.  Is your home ready for the cool weather to come?

Get Your Home Ready For The Cool Weather HVAC Philly

HVAC Philly, Philadelphia’s most trusted heating specialists, compiled 7 tips to get your home ready for the cool weather. 

  1. ) Attics can be the number one unidentified source for creating air leaks. You can basically watch your money go straight out through the roof. Look for air leaks in your attic around any type of pipes, windows, wiring or light fixtures. If you find any sources of air leaks use caulk to seal them up.
  2. ) Similar to your attics, chimneys and even vent pipes can also be sucking warmth and money from rising energy costs from your home. Be sure to inspect or hire a professional to check your vent pipes or chimney for any possible leaks. Ensure all flashing is properly sealed.
  3. ) Proper insulation for your attic and walls will keep heat in and cold air out. Bring in a building inspector to check your insulation. Older homes in Philadelphia can sometimes be lacking the proper insulation. An update to your home would certainly help in the long run to save on energy costs.
  4. ) Your basement also needs attention. Although heat rises, leaks in your basement can be sucking out your warm air before it has the chance to rise. As with the attic, look around your basement and fill in with caulk any wiring holes,  or plumbing pipes/joints.
  5. ) Fireplace dampers need to be tightly sealed. If your home has a fireplace, it would be wise to do a yearly maintenance inspection to make sure it is clear of any debris or critters before tightly closing the dampers. That way when the time comes to, roast those chestnuts on an open fire, you can avoid any dangerous fumes from funneling into your home.
  6. ) Get smart with your thermostat. In 2018 we are officially living in the “future”. We are capable of taking care of our homes even when we are not there. Installing a programmable, Wi-Fi enabled thermostat will give you the peace of mind and control to properly heat your home, even when you are not there to manually adjust it. You can control it with your mobile device.
  7. ) Get a professional to perform heating maintenance. Hire a local HVAC professional to ensure that your heating system is in top working condition for efficiency and to boost the indoor air quality.

For more FAQ about your HVAC system, be sure to follow HVAC Philly Blog, for helpful tips and information related to heating repair, heating maintenance and services provided to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA areas.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

Heating Service areas:

Looking for a first-class HVAC service? Contact us today! 215-725-6111

Spring Checklist for Your HVAC System

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In areas where there is a definitive change of season, like all areas of Pennsylvania including Glenside, PA, it is important that your cooling and heating system is checked and serviced at the beginning or right before the start of each season in order to ensure that it functions properly. This is especially true for the spring, as you prepare your home to accommodate the change from colder to the warmer weather months. Spring can range from cool to warm weather here in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County, PA, and Bucks County, PA areas, which HVAC Philly has been serving for over 20 years. With such a range it is a good time to open the windows and let your HVAC system take a much-needed break. Which also allows time for maintenance and repairs before the hot summer months put a greater demand on your unit.

When you put the mild and moderate weather that usually comes with the spring into consideration, you’ll see that it is definitely the perfect time for you to check if both the HVAC unit in your home and your outdoor air conditioning system are in perfect functioning condition.

To start, make sure that you perform the following quality and functionality assessment checks:

  • It is important for you to check if there are any strange noises emanating from your HVAC or air conditioning unit. If you hear any loud rattling or rumbling sounds, then you should contact your HVAC technician.
  • Check that when your furnace is in use that the warm air is coming through the vents.
  • In the same manner, make sure that when the air conditioner is running, the cool air that you get is coming directly from the vents.

If you perform any of these checks and you notice anything abnormal, then it is time for you to call for professional help. Call HVAC Philly and we’ll send you a competent HVAC contractor who will be able to offer a reliable diagnosis as well as feasible ways to eradicate the issue and ensure that your system is restored to a perfect working condition.

Clearing and Maintenance

  • Make sure to have the filter of the furnace changed every 6 to 8 weeks. However, if you have pets in the home, make sure to change the filter on a monthly basis. The little amount of money you’ll shell out to have your filter changed will definitely save you from having to pay exorbitant energy bills. Your furnace will become less efficient if it gets clogged up with debris, dirt, and dust particles of all kinds.
  • It is also important for you to lubricate the components of your HVAC system
  • Check the coils and bower fans of your HVAC system to ensure that they are free of dust and dirt particles.
  • When you’re done cleaning the indoor HVAC unit, clear out the outdoor air conditioning unit with the same amount of vigor. You might need to clear any bushes, dirt, grass, and mulch that might have accumulated and gotten stuck around the unit, so get ready.
  • If you find anything that is capable of obstructing the proper flow of air in and out of the air conditioning unit, then make sure to clear it out.

For more FAQ about your HVAC system, be sure to follow HVAC Philly Blog, for helpful tips and information related to heating repair, heating maintenance and services provided to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA areas.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

Heating Service areas:

Looking for a first-class HVAC service? Contact us today215-725-6111

Maintenance Tips for a Happy Furnace

At HVAC Philly we want to provide you with a few easy maintenance tips to extend the life of your furnace and its efficiency.

Fall Furnace Maintenance Tips

School is almost back in session, and Fall is right around the corner.  The chilly nights in Philadelphia and Bucks County will be here before you know it, and we’ll all be longing for the sweet summer heat once again.  When the cold months arrive, it’ll be time to fire up the furnaces to keep our homes nice and toasty. When’s the last time you performed any maintenance on your furnace?  A typical furnace lasts anywhere from 13 to 20 years, but as your furnace ages, it loses efficiency and costs more to heat your home.  Older furnaces can be dangerous too.  If cracks form in the heat exchanger, there is a risk of a carbon monoxide leak that is not only deadly, but will be costly to fix as well.  At HVAC Philly we want to provide you with a few easy maintenance tips to extend the life of your furnace and its efficiency.  Our experienced HVAC technicians are experts in furnace, boiler, and heat pump repair, maintenance, and installation.  Call 215-725-6111 for a free estimate, and read on for our furnace maintenance tips to keep your furnace running at the top of its game.

Safety First

Before you perform any maintenance on your furnace, it’s crucial to make sure you aren’t putting yourself in danger.  Start by checking for black soot around the furnace.  If you find any, contact a HVAC Philly technician as this could indicate a serious carbon monoxide problem.  If not, look at the flames in the burner to verify that there is a constant blue flame.  A flickering orange flame could indicate that something other than natural gas is burning.  Next, smell for any gas leaks.  Natural gas is odorless, but gas companies add a rotten egg smell to it so you can identify any leaks.  If you detect this rotten egg smell, leave your house immediately and call a HVAC Philly technician.  Do not try to fix anything yourself.  Once you’ve gone through an inspection of your furnace, you’re ready to shut off the power system and circuits connected to your furnace so you can begin maintenance.

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Replacing your furnace’s filter is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your furnace running smoothly.  The filter prevents dirt and other debris from entering the furnace. When you buy a filter, it will list a recommended amount of time in between replacements.  These times generally vary from 1 to 3 months.  Make sure the filter is facing the right way when you put it in.

Keep it Clean

Even with an air filter, dust and debris can get into your furnace.  You can use a dust brush, damp cloth, and vacuum to clean different parts of your furnace and reduce damages to the system.  The blower, pulleys, and belts, which are beyond the panels that cover the air filter, can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Furnace ducts in forced-air furnaces also often get dirty and can be cleaned by a vacuum.  Finally check your vents, clear any debris with a large brush, and vacuum the waste out.

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If you feel like your heating system isn’t working to its full potential, you could have a problem with your thermostat.  Often, old thermostats stop working and need to be replaced. If you feel like your thermostat isn’t working or need help with your furnace inspection or maintenance, call a HVAC Philly technician to come take a look at it.  Our technicians will do a thorough inspection of your heating system and can perform maintenance that will save you money in the long run.  Remember it’s much cheaper to maintain a furnace than it is to repair a broken one.