Well it’s that time of the year Buffalo. We’ve begun to melt away the slush and snow and see the spring bloom commence. Though it is a wonderful time of the year for many Western New Yorkers feeling the sun return to our lives, it’s also the time to make sure everything is setup properly with your Central Air and Air conditioning systems. If your system is older than 8-10 years, you are probably losing efficiency and may even be causing problems to the system overall. Here are a few things to check on before the summer sizzle hits.
There are a few thing that may be causing uneven cooling within your multi story home or office. Maybe your bedroom feels like a sauna but the family room feels like an icebox. Here are a few things that may require a call to your Buffalo NY AC specialists.
Check the Vents
Check to make sure your vents aren’t blocked or dirty. This may seem simple but after months of shut in dust and lack of ventilation, dust and dirt are probable. Make sure no furniture or anything is blocking any of the vents in the room, and check for debris. Use a vacuum attachment to take care of any dust/debris. You can also redirect some cool air by partially closing some vents. This way the cool air will move past first floor vents.
Switch Fan from “Auto” to “On”
See that little toggle switch on your thermostat? Of course typically we would think to leave this on “Auto” right? If you’re running into uneven cooling problems, try changing the switch to “On”. When it is in the “auto” position, it only runs when there is a call for cooling and the outdoor unit is on and active. This differs from the “on” position, which tells the system to leave the fan on to circulate air, even after the system cooling cycle ends. This helps circulate the air throughout the home.
Have Your Ducts Checked For Leaks
Over time, your ductwork can naturally form leaks. When a leak occurs, the air escapes out of the vents and you lose that cool air where it needs to go. The holes or leaks in the ducts will definitely cause the central air to work harder, and can lead to further issues with the entire system. Having a professional inspect your ductwork for leaks to see if that could be contributing to the cooling problem in the home. Remember, regular AC maintenance is necessary for any central air system.
Consider Installing “Zoning Systems”
If you’re seeing no progress, give a call to a professional HVAC team. One solution could be investing in a zoning system, that can help tremendously with efficiency. Installing a zoning system can allow you to control each room’s temperature, compared to one central thermostat. Working with a Central Air specialist can help you choose what type of zoning system would be best for your current layout and system.
If you’re recognizing issues with uneven cooling from your Central air conditioning, something is probably going wrong. As we mentioned, if your system is old, you’re probably losing money on efficiency. Trying some of the more simple solutions may help, but you can always give Warm & Fuzzy a call to have us take a look at what’s going on. If you or someone you know is experiencing issues with Central Air, remember Warm & Fuzzy is always ready.
Although we’re still only in February, you may have noticed it doesn’t exactly feel like winter lately throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region. With March just around he corner and temperatures expected to hover between forty and fifty degrees throughout the next ten days, Western New Yorkers are feeling an early spring. Since the external weather just recently started to shift, not many people have started to think about what will happen when the temperatures heat up and their old air conditioning systems will be called back into action. But it’s never too early to make sure you’re prepared.
Many of us have experienced an air conditioning or heating system suddenly break down without warning, and it’s safe to say it’s a problem that nobody wants to deal with when it gets hot and outside and temperatures are unbearable. But one way to avoid this unexpected scenario is having annual air conditioning maintenance visit completed – especially when temperatures are still low.
Exactly What Does a Maintenance Visit Accomplish?
Air conditioning maintenance is a process that involves checking the inner-workings of your system, ensuring everything is working correctly and to protect from unexpected breakdown. It involves tuning up a plethora of integral components that all need to work cohesively to keep you in your preferred comfort zone. These components include electrical parts and/or coils. During a maintenance visit, a trained technician will check on a myriad of parts, and depending on your specific system and preferences, may include:
- Lubricating parts that require movement
- Testing voltage rates
- assessing the refrigerant pressure
- Ensuring electrical connections are retightened
- Adjusting blower components
- Cleaning/replacing filters
- Adjusting blower components
- Cleaning external condenser coil(s)
Making sure all these components are working properly is important for not only keeping you up-to-date and informed about your air conditioner, but making sure its running efficiently as well. If there’s something out of line or not working properly with your AC system, being aware and making sure it’s alleviated can save a lot of headaches and prevent inconveniences down the line. A maintenance visit can ensure better system performance due to parts running smoothly after any needed adjustments, improved efficiency with tuned-up components maximizing energy usage and avoiding costly and untimely future repairs.
While the warmer temperatures are just beginning to bring people back out of their houses, spring and summer are both on the horizon! Scheduling air conditioning service well before the sun starts blazing down will ensure you’re ready to enjoy the summer air, and tuning your system up in the early springtime is your best bet. If you need anything fixed, adjusted or maintained, don’t hesitate giving us a call or fill out our contact form and we’ll call you!
You never want to find out your heating system is dead at the moment you need it the most. Winters in Buffalo can get bitter cold, and because we have cold temperatures for practically half of the year, your heating system is put to work more than other regions. Waiting until your system breaks down can become more costly than replacement. You really should look to replace older heating appliances every 10 to 15 years. Replacing older heating systems will usually increase your efficiency, comfort, and cost efficiency. If you’re considering installing a new HVAC system, take these things into consideration.
Obviously there are different types of heating & cooling systems. One of the most effective is a split system, or a packaged system for your HVAC needs. Often found in newer homes, split systems feature the AC or heat pump located outside of the home. The indoor portion contains the furnace, evaporator coil, and air handler. When you have a limited space, packaged systems are attached to the home’s exterior, typically on the roof.
To Duct, or Not to Duct?
As long as it’s clean and doesn’t leak, any pre existing ductwork should suffice. Split systems typically rely on ductwork. If you don’t have ductwork in your home, say your home is older, you may be able to install, if there is room. Otherwise you can select ductless heating and cooling that delivers air through many air handlers in different rooms.
One of the most important factors in choosing a heating and air conditioning system is ensuring you decide on a size that is right for your home. Bigger isn’t always better. If a system is too large, it will cycle on and off without enough time to remove humidity. Too small and it won’t heat or cool the home effectively and may cost more. Our technicians will work with you to provide the proper equipment for your size home.
What is Effieciency?
Upon knowing what size equipment to choose for your home, you can consider efficiency. How much output your system can provide is determined by the size, while efficiency shows you how much heat or cool air the system delivers related to the energy consumed. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio are measurements to quantify heating and cooling efficiency.
These are 4 of the first and most vital things to think about when considering a new HVAC system. Warm & Fuzzy has been providing HVAC installation and replacement in Buffalo NY for years, and we pride ourselves on delivering outstanding service. We also provide 24 hour HVAC services for the entire WNY area, in case anything ever happens. If you need something fixed, or are considering a new HVAC system, please give us a call, or fill out our contact form and we can call you!