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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Proactive Maintenance Planning

Proactive maintenance planning means basically exactly what it says.  You are planning ahead to make the routine maintenance, that you should be having done to your heating and a/c unit(s), most worth your while.  Right now in the heating and air business we are in an in-between time.  That means we are currently in between peak seasons.  So if you are willing to get your fall Preventative Maintenance done a little early, the chances of getting any replacement parts you may need or any other service done that you may require as identified by your Preventative Maintenance technician, you will receive the fastest service available.  That often means same day parts replacement appointments.  Turn around time on these appointments is the fastest during this time of year.

A Preventative Maintenance Contract can more than pay for itself in fewer emergency repairs and lower utility bills alone.  There are a multitude of things that can cause your heating and a/c unit to fail as well as take years off it's life, and most of these things can't be found unless you are proactive and have someone with a trained eye who can spot the immediate warning signs.  Whether it's low refrigerant in your heat pump(which can cause your heat strips to stay on all the time during the winter = high energy bill) or a furnace with a cracked heat exchanger(which produces the deadly gas Carbon Monoxide), there really is no downside to signing up for a Preventative Maintenance Contract.  If nothing else it will be to have the peace of mind knowing that you don't have to worry about your heating and a/c, as we keep a detailed record of your system's specifications and tendencies.  To learn more about Environmental's Preventative Maintenance Plan or if you have any questions about anything else we can help you with, please visit our website or give us a call!

Environmental Heating & Air of NC

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hottest Month Of The Year!

Typically, August is the warmest month of the year.  This year will probably be no exception.  If you are on a maintenance plan then you are already a step ahead and good for you.  If not, then cross your fingers your a/c doesn't go out!  Here are just a few things you can do around the house to make sure you get the most from your a/c this summer:
  • change your air filter(s) every 30 to 90 days.  Depending on how quickly your filter(s) get dirty
  • keep shades, blinds, windows closed to keep out sunlight as much as possible during the day when you aren't home
  • have a Preventative Maintenance Plan with a licensed, fully certified hvac company like Environmental Heating & Air
  • keep all bushes, grass, and other debris clear from around your a/c unit outside.  A 2 foot minimum clearance is best
  • take a quick look at your ductwork.  If it looks old and/or appears to be falling apart, have a professional take a look at it.  You would be AMAZED how much efficiency is lost because of loose and/or deteriorated ductwork
These are some of the major points that you at home can take care of in just a short amount of time.  If taken care of, these things can help ensure you stay cool in the hottest of weather and achieve the longest life possible from your a/c and heating system without getting HUGE electric bills.  Prices are also great right now on replacement A/C systems.  To inquire about getting a price on a new system or you would like to sign up for Environmental's Preventative Maintenance Plan, just give us a call at the number below or visit our website, thanks for reading and stay cool folks!