Life for Scottsdale, AZ residents is rich in recreational opportunities. There’s the world-class shopping and dining at Scottsdale Fashion Square, the desert landscape landmarks like Camelback Mountain, and some of the most famous resorts and golf courses in the world, including the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
Scottsdale is also known for its beautiful weather. While many days are sunny and beautiful, it’s easy for us to forget that it gets frigid during the winter months. That’s why it’s important to get your heat pump and furnace tuned up and seasonal maintenance conducted before you face a surprise breakdown and repair in the middle of a cold spell.
A professional HVAC contractor will run through a number of things when conducting a tune-up and seasonal maintenance, including:
- Calibrating your thermostat. If there’s dirt in the thermostat or the cover gets bumped, the calibration could be affected, meaning your thermostat says a different temperature than it actually is. This could lead to inefficient and more expensive heating.
- Lubricating the moving parts of the motor to keep it running smoothly.
- Checking the electrical connections, tightening up anything that’s loose and fixing any voltage problems to ensure it stays safe.
- Making sure you don’t have any signs of carbon monoxide coming from your system. Excess dirt or other malfunctions can create deadly carbon monoxide.
- Checking for fire dangers. The most common sources are gas pressure, heat exchanger, and burner combustion. A contractor will clean the burners and fix any cracked heat exchangers.
- Looking at the flue piping for signs of back-drafting or rust.
- A general look to make sure the system turns on, operates and shuts off as it’s supposed to.
- Examining the condensate drain to check for signs of clogging. Clogging can trigger furnace damage, as well as high humidity in the house.
Once your HVAC contractor runs down his to-do list, you’ll be able to run down your own list to keep your family warm and help bring down your Scottsdale heating costs. Some of the things that should be on your list include:
- Seeing if you have any drafts around your windows or under your doors. You don’t want cold air from outside to drift inside. To prevent that, you can purchase some rubber weather-stripping and easily seal windows and doors.
- Opening up all your window treatments and let the sunshine in. Bask in the sun’s natural warmth.
- Changing out your air filter every month. Extra dirt leads to more work for your system, leading to higher heating costs and reducing the life of your system. Buy several at a time so you have extras on hand and you’ll have no excuse.
- Making use of electric blankets. Keep your thermostat set cooler at night and keep the kids (and yourself) warm with electric blankets.
- Do lots of cooking and baking. There’s nothing better than baking in the fall and winter months. Not only do you provide your family and friends with yummy treats, but you’ll help warm up your kitchen and adjacent rooms.
- Don’t neglect the ceiling fan. It’s not just for summer. Turn the blades to spin counter-clockwise and warm air will push downward.
Don’t be left in the cold this winter. If you call an HVAC Heating with a stellar reputation to check your heat pump and furnace and conduct seasonal maintenance and tune-up NOW, you’ll be prepared for the bitter winter ahead. Maintenance now will prevent major repairs down the road, extend the life of your system, and ensure your system and heat pump are running efficiently.
Call (480) 359-7141 to speak with Scottsdale Air