Whether you live in Contra Costa or anywhere in the Bay Area, you know the time is coming – spring and summer months. While we’ve been deluged with rain recently, it won’t be long before flowers begin to bloom and all of the tasks begin. Cleaning up the lawn, clearing away leaves, picking up limbs, and more. As trusted San Francisco HVAC professionals, we also recommend you make sure your air conditioning and heating system is up to speed! Anyone who’s lived in the area long knows it can be cool one day and uncomfortably warm the next, so we have some HVAC tips to help you out.
First, schedule a tune-up. Call us to do a check on your system to ensure all of the components are in good working order, and so any minor repairs can be made to ensure you avoid breakdowns and potentially costly repairs. The last thing you want is a malfunctioning air conditioner on a hot day!
Change the batteries in your thermostat and replace the air filter. These are two simple and inexpensive things you can do that help you avoid problems. A clean air filter helps your system run efficiently, and filters out dust, pet dander, and other allergens. Improved indoor air quality is important, especially if members of your family suffer from allergies, asthma, or respiratory problems. Today, the majority of thermostats are battery operated, although you may not be aware of it. Change the batteries, and avoid your entire system shutting down at the worst possible time.
This time of year is also ideal for doing an inspection around the outside of your home. Following heavy rains or other harsh weather, it’s important to check for damaged or missing shingles, leaks in the roof, or damage around doors and windows. Water is damaging, and can cause wood rot. Closely inspect all around your home so that any damage can be repaired while it’s minor, before it becomes a major (and costly) headache.
Don’t forget to take a look at the outdoor unit on your heating and cooling system, as it’s important to clear it of leaves, spider webs, and other debris. You want a clear area around the unit, so clean any weeds or greenery from around it as well.
Spring and summer months are when we all want to get outdoors and enjoy the warm, beautiful weather. Take care of these tasks in the coming weeks, and you can relax knowing your work is done.
Whether you need to schedule a tune-up or repair or are considering replacing your HVAC system with a newer, higher efficiency model, give Ortiz Heating & A/C a call today. We bring unparalleled products and service to those in Contra Costa, Hayward, and throughout the Bay Area!