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.
We’ve given you plenty of tips on how to best take care of your HVAC system during the cooler months and even some handy DIY tips to keep your home smelling fresh. But what about when the temperature really starts to ramp up? That means it is time to start spring cleaning!
Though the temperature has remained relatively warm, we’ve seen quite a few cooler days and many cold nights. This often leads to people making household changes that affect the indoor climate of their home as well as the overall cleanliness. Since we can expect a warmup soon, now would be the perfect time to make some easy adjustments!
A dryer vent is a flexible metal tube that connects to your dryer. Its job is to allow the water vapor created by your dryer to escape outside. Sometimes the water vapor creates so much pressure that lint can be carried along with it.
After a period of time lint can build up on the outside of this vent making your dryer less effective and less energy efficient. The biggest concern with this type of buildup is that it’s a potential fire hazard. To ensure you never have an issue, check your dryer vent once every couple of months to clear any blockage and keep your appliance running smoothly!
Most homeowners are very specific about how they program their thermostats during various times of the year. The majority of Texas homeowners leave their thermostats on the cooler side, but for a couple months it’s just chilly enough outside to crank that thermostat up. With the impending warmup, it’s a good idea to not just turn it down once but to actually reprogram your thermostat if it allows you to. This means you won’t have to run back and forth every day to turn down the thermostat.
It’s not uncommon for homeowners in Texas and other warm states to use fans in their homes; however, during the cooler months these fans may be put away for storage as there isn’t much need for them. However, once the seasons change and it gets warmer outside, they will start to make a reappearance in homes. The key thing to remember about fans is that they don’t alter the temperature in a room, they simply move the air around making the room feel cooler. To get the most out of your fans remember to keep them as close to the floor as possible as warm air rises and pointed towards the opposite wall unobstructed by objects.
This maybe the most cliché type of cleaning to do during spring cleaning but there’s a reason why! It’s because air vents attract all sorts of dust, lint and many other forms of debris that can clog these vents causing stress on your HVAC system. This means it has to work harder and more often leading to higher bills and in the worst-case scenario causes a system failure. So, take a minute and vacuum, dust or even wash the HVAC surface vents throughout your home to keep the air circulating.
Bi-annual maintenance by a professional HVAC technician is vital to the performance and longevity of your system. If you’re in the Houston area and interested in scheduling an AC tune-up, we invite you to call us at (713) 481-1305 or schedule an appointment on our website.
Springtime seems to be the time that everything starts happening—the sun is up longer, the temperature starts heating up, and we start to be more active. It’s also a time for cleaning and maintenance around the home to recover from winter and look its best for the year.
Taking the time now will allow you to enjoy your home and yard throughout the warmer months!