First things first, I created this blog to try and help out you the customer with questions and comments you may have. As for my background, I have been an employee at Environmental now for a little over a year and it has been quite a learning experience to say the least. Before Environmental, I was in the Air Force for 8 years and my job had many elements of hvac work involved with it. I was able to travel all around the world and experience things that most Americans will probably never have the chance to experience, I am one lucky individual.
I digress, to those of you who might be unfamiliar with the acronym 'hvac', it stands for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Now that you are well on your way to impressing all your friends with this hip new lingo that will surely make you sound like you know all the ins and outs of the heating and air industry, just remember that the best thing to do with your system at home is to use common sense and keep it simple. By keeping it simple of course I mean:
- Keep those filters changed! (especially if you have pets, animal hair and dandruff can dirty up a filter in not much time at all. Having a dirty air filter can put a huge strain on your system, leading to higher energy bills and shortened lifespan. Also, make sure and always buy pleated filters, don't settle for the cheap fiberglass filters as they barely filter anything out of the air.)
- Keep the area around your outdoor a/c free of obstructions, i.e. shrubs, grass trimmings, anything that would block airflow from flowing freely through the coils.
- Be sensible with your thermostat, depending on the season, you can't turn it up/down or off all day while you're at work and then come home and turn it back on and expect your house to be immediately cool or warm because it's not gonna happen even with the best of systems. To do it right, just set the temperature for just a few degrees apart from what you will want it to be later, so that way when you do go to set it to the desired temperature it only takes a little while to get it there with less strain on your system.
- It never hurts to sign up for a yearly contract for preventative maintenance, it's only going ensure that your system is in fact working at peak efficiency. No this was not a sales pitch, that's not the intent of this blog I assure you.
I came to my bosses at Environmental with the idea to create an interactive blog to make it easier on the customers with questions and allow them to maybe pick up some helpful tips in the process, Ryan and Chris(owners) said that this was a great idea! So with all this stuff said, I would genuinely like to field some questions and pass on some knowledge to you the customer from someone on "the inside." I'm here for you folks so let it fly...