Many Tempe, Arizona residents love the diversity of living in a college town. There’s plenty of sports and theater with Arizona State University and ASU Gammage in your backyard, there are additional theatre and art options at the Tempe Center for the Arts, and numerous recreational activities at Tempe Town Lake.
Although the area is known for its abundance of sunshine, it’s sometimes easy to forget that it can dip into the 20s and 30s in the winter months. That’s why now is a great time to gear up for the winter by calling a Tempe heating and cooling expert to get your heat pump and furnace in prime condition for the cold months ahead.
An HVAC company will typically do the following during a seasonal heating tune-up or maintenance:
- Ensure your family’s safety by checking all the potential fire hazards. If your system isn’t being maintained, dirt and malfunction can be a fire hazard. Specifically, the contractor will look at the gas pressure, burner combustion, and the heat exchanger.
- Speaking of safety, the contractor will also ensure there isn’t any risk of carbon monoxide.
- A look and lubrication of all the moving parts.
- An overall look at the motor to make sure it is operating properly.
- An examination of the heat pump to see that it starts, runs, and shuts off as it should.
- A check for any voltage issues and tightening loose connections, if there are any.
- A calibration of the thermostat. Even the littlest bit of dirt or movement of the thermostat cover can alter the thermostat and the actual temperature could be higher than the temperature indicated on the thermostat, costing your more on your heating bill.
- An examination for signs of rust or piping on the flue.
- A check of the condensate drain to make sure there are no signs of blockage and clogging. If there is, your system could be damaged and your house will be humid.
After a licensed HVAC visits your house to tune-up your heat pump or furnace, there are quite a few things you can do to ensure your family stays warm while reducing your energy bill, including:
- Take advantage of the sunlight. Open all your shutters, blinds, and curtains and let the sun shine through.
- Replace your air filters every month.
- Use a programmable thermostat. Turn it down low while your family is asleep and, if everyone is out of the house during a portion of the day, turn it down during that part of the day and set it to turn back up right before everyone arrives home.
- Seal up any drafts you have in your windows and doors. All it takes is a little rubber weather-stripping.
- Set your ceiling fans for winter. They’re not just for staying cool in the summer. If you turn your fans counter-clockwise, the warm air will shoot down and into the room.
- Do plenty of baking. Those holiday treats will make your family happy and help warm up the house.
Don’t be left in the cold this winter. Make sure your heat pump and furnace are working at their most efficient to lengthen their lifespan and minimize your heating costs. Call a top-notch company that performs the best HVAC installation and heating repair in Tempe Arizona.
Call (480) 359-7141 to speak with Scottsdale Air