The cold weather is upon us and is here to stay. If you haven’t had your heater serviced or inspected yet; it may be a wise consideration to do so before it’s too late. As with any cold weather snap; failures usually don’t occur until it’s the most uncomfortable outside or it’s the most inconvenient. Maintaining proper service and maintenance for your heating unit is crucial when relying on your family and homes comfort.Airstream Heating & Cooling
has a few tips for your consideration. Filter maintenance and replacement is widely considered the best practice a homeowner can stay on top of year round in helping prolong operations and efficiency of HVAC equipment, BUT it is especially important in the heating season to make sure your airflow is optimal and within accepted tolerance and specifications of your equipment rating since poor airflow can easily cause erratic problems related to your heater; like overheating or refrigerant pressure issues depending on your type of equipment. Heat pumps can be very confusing and hard to understand if you are not use to them. It is not uncommon to hear various noises coming from your heat pump in heating mode. A important function of your heat pump is to maintain a defrost cycle on your outdoor coil in heating mode only. The cold and humid outdoor air being utilized to help transfer heat will also cause the outdoor coil to naturally frost and freeze. A efficiently running heat pump will know when its time to defrost the outdoor coil and clear any excessive ice build up that is occurring. During this cycle of heat pump operation; it is common to hear various noises coming from your outdoor compressor circuit as well as potentially notice some steam coming from the outdoor unit which can give the alarming sight of your unit being on fire if you don’t know what you’re looking at! Fortunately; this is a normal byproduct of the heat pump doing what it is supposed to in order to keep you and your loved ones warm and toasty. Noticing the “Auxiliary Heat” indicator on more than your liking on your heat pump? This may be a sign of your heat pump systems inefficiency and/or issues that it may be experiencing. Poor refrigerant circuit operation to very cold outdoor ambient temperatures can cause your heat pump to have to rely on the auxiliary heat circuit to pick up the slack and keep your home at temperature set point. For a average, properly sized and designed home; if the outdoor temperatures are above 35 degrees; your auxiliary heat circuit should not be coming on very often depending on the temperature you are trying to maintain inside the home. Over-utilizing the auxiliary heat circuit can cause a noticeable hike in your electric bill. A lot of thermostats utilize and engage auxiliary heat in different ways and most of the time the engagement of this circuit can be adjusted based either off of a timer or temperature differential referenced to the thermostats set point. If it has been more than a year since your HVAC System has been last serviced and checked then Airstream Services highly recommends a heating maintenance service be performed to help ensure that your system is running at its best condition and to verify that there are no potential issues that can lead to a premature failure at the most inconvenient time.