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What's Cool about Winter

Posted by: Mark Anderson on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:15:00 pm

Your air conditioner can undergo much tension in the summer months. It’s not uncommon for people to run their units all day long at a setting that produces a lot of strain.clientuploads/corrtez-10percent.png

Take advantage of the seasonal lull with cost-saving preventive steps. Because you’re running it less in the winter months, it’s the perfect time to take stock of your A/C’s performance, giving you the flexibility to address any issues long before the summer heat. Also, it’s less likely rain will interfere with work on any exterior components.

Make sure you contact a A/C certified specialist at Cortez to do a home inspection (including inspecting your home's ducts and heating equipment) and take advantage of the 10% off special we have going on now. 

Winter A/C Maintenance Checklist

  • Running a test for leaks
  • Checking the thermostat
  • Making sure filters are clean (Be sure to replace or clean your filter every month for optimal efficiency.)
  • Checking the Freon
  • Cleaning the condensate pan
  • Checking the drain lines
  • Lubricating all bearings
  • Check your attic for proper insulation
  • Clean chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly

Other Important Tips

It’s rare that we run our heating here in South Florida. There are the occasional cold nights when the temperatures get low into the 40s and even the 30s.

  • If you turn your heat on and notice an odor coming from the vents, often it is just dust and will dissipate shortly.
  • Late fall and early winter is also a good time to schedule a tune-up if you warm your home with a heat pump. See how you can handle DYI maintenance to keep your heat pump running smoothly this winter.
  • Close all doors and windows to the outside. This will reduce the heating load in the winter and the cooling load in the summer. Your system will operate more economically as a result.
  • Excessive use of kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans will make your system work harder. This will increase energy consumption and costs. Keep costs in check by making wise use of exhaust fans.
  • Run the ceiling fan instead of the A/C if it does begin to warm up outside. Most ceiling fans have a clockwise setting and a counterclockwise setting. The counterclockwise setting is usually meant for summer, meaning that the air blows directly below the fan, creating a breeze effect. The clockwise setting is typically the winter setting and draws the air up towards the ceiling where it circulates down the walls, mixing warm and cool air and keeping a stable temperature.
  • Open the windows and enjoy some fresh air!

Having your system maintained is similar to getting the oil in your car changed; you do it so your engine lasts longer. The same thing goes for your heating and air conditioning system – maintenance makes it last longer. When it comes to HVAC systems, checking for problems can be the difference between expensive fixes or a fine-tuned operation. A licensed professional can help identify a number of concerns all around your property. Call Cortez today to learn more and find out how you can save 10%.

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