Here in Texas we have expansive land area with very diverse climates throughout the state. The Houston area is a part of what is known as the Piney Woods region of the United States. Some areas of this region receive more than 60 inches of rain annually, and with spring right around the corner, we’re expecting frequent thunderstorms and rain showers.
If you live in this area, you may be wondering “what’s the best way to protect my HVAC system from exposure to these elements?” Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with some easy steps to help you and your HVAC system weather the storms to come.
When it comes to your HVAC system, your external unit is vulnerable to the strong winds, rain and debris that accompany thunderstorms. Make sure all furniture, tools, and other items have been secured to keep them from blowing away or into your home and outdoor unit. If you’re expecting torrential rain or hail, it’s a good idea to cover your unit to protect it.
Lightning can cause severe damage to property outside your home and destroy electrical devices and appliances in your home. To keep this from happening having a surge protector installed will ground the lightning in case it hits your house.
A surge protector is an excellent device that can save you thousands of dollars if your home is struck by lightning; however, it’s not 100% guaranteed. Turn off your HVAC system and unplug all other appliances if you want to be even safer.
A regular HVAC inspection can save you time, money and headaches in more ways than one. If your system is experiencing problems prior to even a minor storm, it could sustain damage that makes it worse. Preventative maintenance will catch the problem before it happens and ensures your system runs as efficiently as possible.
For more help and to schedule professional spring HVAC maintenance and storm preparation, Air Specialist is the heating and air conditioning company to call in Houston. Call us today call at (713) 481-1305 or schedule service online.
February is a month dedicated to things people love: their spouses, their kids, their pets and even their homes. With that in mind, showing some love to the inner intricacies that make your home function on a regular basis isn’t a half bad idea, actually it’s a great one!
HVAC system maintenance is often overlooked on a daily basis. Instead people opt to sweep the floors, dust the windows and tend to the yard without even thinking of the HVAC systems that keep us comfortable each and every day.
To ensure your HVAC system is getting all the love and
attention it deserves, here are a few easy ways to keep it running smoothly the
rest of the year.
A great place to start is with the air filters. Even though in Texas it doesn’t get bitter cold it does get chilly during the nights, so you may be cranking up the heat. During these cooler months, it’s always a good idea to check the filters once a month for contaminants. If you notice your filter picking up a lot of contaminants, it may have to be changed sooner than the standard recommendation of every three months.
Checking your vents is the second easiest thing to do after checking your air filter. Go around your home and simply make sure that the vents and air grilles aren’t blocked or obstructed. If they are, this can cause performance issues and system overheating. Your HVAC system is designed to move air, and if it can’t do its job, that’s bad for your system and your wallet
Most heating and cooling systems use fossil fuels to power them; yours is more than likely one of these systems. A byproduct of this energy use is carbon monoxide, but you would never know this because your home vents it outside where it’s safe to release. However, HVAC systems can create what is called a “carbon monoxide build-up” which typically occurs when the vents that lead outside are blocked or obstructed in some way. It’s always a good idea to check these vents if you can access them. It is also highly recommended to have carbon monoxide detectors placed around your home.
If you have any questions about your HVAC system, vents, air filter etc., Air Specialist would be more than happy to help. Give us a call at (713) 481-1305.
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