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Maintenance Tips

Before You Need AC Repair for Your Ridgewood, NJ Home, Consider Maintenance.

The air conditioning system in your Ridgewood, NJ home is something you rely on for relief from the summer heat for you and your family. If it isn’t working properly, not only will you feel less than comfortable, you may be paying more than you should in energy bills. Interestingly, you might be surprised to learn that the need for AC repair will be far less likely if you have an annual maintenance plan in place.

In fact, having a maintenance plan for your air conditioning system is the number one way you can prolong its life and keep it running effectively and efficiently now and for years to come. If you choose not to maintain your system, you’re running the risk of needing AC repairs for your Ridgewood, NJ home sooner than later. You don’t even have to take our word for it – the U.S. Department of Energy agrees. On their website they state, “Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.” So how does preventive maintenance help?

When you choose a company like GRC Mechanical to help you, you’ll get comprehensive maintenance for your system, that will help eliminate system inefficiency and ineffectiveness, and make the need for AC repair in your Ridgewood, NJ home far less likely. Each year, your cooling system will be inspected by one of our qualified, skilled technicians. They will complete a number of tasks that will ensure your system is running in top form.
The need for AC repair in your Ridgewood, NJ home will be less likely when your technician performs the following:

Sanitize cooling coil
Apply seasonal drain pan treatment to prevent sludge buildup and growth of harmful bacteria
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Tips for Maximum Efficiency and Comfort in your home

Whether your comfort system is old or new, in a new or old home, in an apartment or a single-family home, there are many little things you can do to optimize its efficiency and minimize your utility bills. They’re definitely worth the small amount of time and expense they take, because in the long run, they’ll save you money.
Are you getting the most for your comfort dollar? Or are you paying to heat and cool the neighborhood?
Outside
Whatever the season, you want to keep your comfortable air inside the house. That means caulking and weather stripping doors and windows, around chimneys and flues, and anywhere else inside air can escape. Be sure to check for cracked or broken shingles, crumbling grout, and worn or torn vapor barriers, too.

Inspect the exterior of your home once or twice a year. A good way to remember is to do it when you have your regular, professional HVAC check-up because heating and cooling will be on your mind anyway.

If you’re building a new home or replacing windows, invest in vinyl- or wood-clad insulated (thermopane) windows and storm windows and doors. Then keep them closed whenever the heat or air conditioning is on!

Keep vegetation and debris well away from the outdoor unit of your system. They can block air flow, which forces the system to work harder to produce the same level of comfort. You’ll spend more now … and in a few years, when the equipment fails prematurely and you have to replace it.

However, use vegetation to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. For example, plant a row of trees on the side of your home the wind usually comes from. They’ll act as wind […]

How Preventive Maintenance Will Save You Money

Preventive Maintenance = $avings!
Take care of your HVAC system, and it will take care of you.

Preventive maintenance agreements (PMAs) are agreements between you and your Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) quality contractor for scheduled inspections and maintenance of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

PMAs are generally scheduled for the spring and fall to maintain peak efficiency, help keep utility bills lower, extend the life of your HVAC system, and avert failures. Sometimes PMAs are referred to as “planned maintenance agreements,” “start and checks,” or “preventive service agreements.” Most agreements offered by ACCA contractors cover an inspection of the entire HVAC system and routine maintenance (such as replacing or cleaning filters).

Energy Consumption
The HVAC system is most likely the single biggest use of energy in your home. In commercial applications where refrigeration is applied (combined with the HVAC systems), huge amounts of energy are used in the building. In fact, over a third of the energy used in the United States is used to heat and cool buildings.

According to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), up to 50% more energy can be saved with proper installation, sizing, and maintenance of commercial central air conditioning and heat pumps. Although the CEE study did not measure residential systems, a compelling case can be made that proper maintenance can save homeowners up to 50% as well.

Out of Sight, NOT Out of Mind
The cliché “out of sight, out of mind” is often the reason for neglected maintenance on your HVAC system. HVAC systems are usually installed where they aren’t seen, such as in a section of the basement, a closet, on rooftops, or in mechanical rooms, making them easy to ignore. The systems are simply taken for […]

Replacing Filters

Replace your heating and cooling air filters regularly when they’re in use. Operating your system with old, dirty filters means energy is wasted and your system may even be damaged. While you’re at it, check and clean the filters in your home’s air cleaners and humidifiers.

Maintenance Scheduling

Schedule a maintenance service call before the heating season starts. If there are any problems with your system, it’s better to find out before it’s freezing outside! Do the same for your cooling system before the sweltering season begins.