HVAC System Maintenance: 6 Tips for Heating Season

HVAC System Maintenance: 6 Tips for Heating Season

6 Essential HVAC System Maintenance Tasks for Heating Equipment

Replace HVAC Filters Regularly

Replacing your HVAC air filter is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to keep your HVAC system running at its finest.

When your air filter is clogged by dust and debris, the reduced airflow forces your unit to work hard and use more energy to maintain the same temperature.

Clogged air filters will also reduce indoor air quality. If the air filter is clogged, dust and debris are not removed from the circulating air and it stays in the air in your home.

This poor quality can worsen health conditions for people with asthma and allergies.

Schedule HVAC System Maintenance Regularly

Your ductwork, flues, and exhaust fans are the most neglected parts of your HVAC system. These system components are not regularly visible, so it is easy to forget that they exist.

Our NATE Certified Technicians will inspect ducts and vents for any dislocated parts, clogs, holes, or corrosion, so you can correct any problems that impact your comfort conditions.

Although ductwork repair seems like an easy “do it yourself” fix, we never recommend it. Damage to internal HVAC components can occur and be more costly to repair than the original issue.

Keep Exterior HVAC Components Clean

A regular step in your HVAC System Maintenance should be inspecting your exterior components.

Keep your condenser, flues, rooftop units, and drain lines free from any vegetation growth, grass/leaf clippings, rodent nests, or excessive standing water.

Each of these can create excessive wear and tear on your outdoor components and reduce their efficiency.

Inspect Your HVAC System for Mold

Moisture and standing water can lead to mold growth. A common problem area that can be susceptible to mold is your overflow drip pan and your drain line.

A good HVAC system maintenance plan will focus on inspecting the most common places where moisture can build up, clean the components if mold is found, and add agents to reduce mold build-up in the future.

Replace Worn/Damage Parts Immediately

Regularly scheduled HVAC system maintenance can identify worn or damage unit components that are likely to fail in the near future. These failing parts can cause unnecessary strain on your system leading to larger and more extensive repairs.

Questions about HVAC System Maintenance?

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your heating and air conditioning system to identify any potential problems.

Replacing worn or improperly configured HVAC components can significantly improve the efficiency of your furnace.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our HVAC maintenance information page.

HVAC System Maintenance: 6 Tips for Heating Season

 

Heater Installation: Is It Time?

Heater Installation

Benefits of a New Heater Installation

If you have a furnace that is approaching or passed the manufacturer’s life expectancy, chances are you have begun to consider your replacement options. If the heater begins to show signs that it’s wearing down, costs more and more to operate, or runs up high bills for repairs, then you should stop considering replacement and schedule it right away.

Aside from avoiding breakdowns, you’ll save money with the new higher efficiency systems that are now available.

How a Heater Installation Will Benefit You

Modern Heater Thermostat Installation

Manual and older digital thermostats will be replaced with a modern programmable thermostat that provides better comfort levels and energy savings. A programmable thermostat allows you to take better control of your home’s heating and cooling.

With a new heater installation and your new modern thermostat installation, you have the ability to adjust your heater to be at an optimal temperature when you arrive. New Wi-Fi enabled thermostats go a few steps beyond this, putting the power to control your home’s temperature in your hands wherever you have Internet or Wi-Fi access.

Zoned Control Heating

With a new heater installation, your home can be divided into “zones” and have different temperature controls. Zoned heating provides energy savings by only heating desired rooms, or occupied rooms, rather than attempting to heat every room in the house at one time. Each room has custom-tailored comfort with zone controlled heating.

New Outdoor Condenser with a Heater Installation

It is a great idea to replace your outdoor compressor unit during your new heater installation. Replacing your condenser will increase system efficiency and save you money on your utility bills.

Questions about Heater Installation?

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your heating and air conditioning system to identify any potential problems. Replacing worn or improperly configured furnace components can significantly improve the efficiency of your furnace.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our HVAC maintenance information page.

Heater Installation

 

3 Reasons HVAC Maintenance is Important

3 Reasons Why the Department of Energy Recommends HVAC Maintenance

Choosing the right HVAC system to cool and heat your home is extremely important for maximum efficiency, it is equally important to properly maintain your HVAC system.

According to the Department of Energy:

  • Your HVAC system requires regular maintenance to be efficient and run smoothly.
  • Neglected maintenance will cause your HVAC system to consume more energy and reduce its lifespan.

Here are 3 reasons why the Department of Energy recommends regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance:

  1. Optimal Performance with Fewer Breakdowns
    When your HVAC system receives proper maintenance, there is less wear on the components. Keeping your equipment tightened & properly lubricated will reduce friction and wear and tear on your HVAC system’s parts. During our maintenance appointments, our experienced team of HVAC technicians can identify any potential issues that can cause system breakdowns. Fixing minor issues early can reduce the chance of major breakdowns at a later date.
  2. Increased Energy Efficiency
    If there are parts that are loose or have dust and debris build-up, or parts that need lubrication, the entire system’s efficiency is compromised. Your HVAC system is required to work harder and longer, consuming more energy to achieve the same level of comfort within your home. This will lead to larger utility bills.

    Your air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil are especially prone to collecting dust that hampers the cooling process. Similarly, your furnace’s burner and heat exchanger can also collect dust that inhibits the heating process. It’s important to get these parts cleaned annually to keep your energy costs low.

  3. Extends the Life of Your HVAC System
    HVAC systems are expensive. Replacing and repairing these systems is expensive as well. Preventative maintenance will extend the lifespan of your HVAC system by reducing the wear of system components.

Questions about your HVAC Maintenance?

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your heating and air conditioning system to identify any potential problems. Replacing worn or improperly configured furnace components can significantly improve the efficiency of your furnace.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our HVAC maintenance information page.

 

 

 

Heater Efficiency: Keeping Your Heating Costs Down During the Winter

Heater Efficiency: Why It’s Important

Heater Efficiency: Why It’s Important

Maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature during the winter months can be expensive if your heater is not functioning properly. Worn components or improper maintenance will reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency leading to a breakdown in performance. These breakdowns can lead to the failure of your heater.

Why is heater efficiency so important?

Choosing a heater that fits your home’s size and heating needs is crucial in cutting down on your energy usage. Moder systems can reduce utility bills up to 70% with technologically advanced components that lead to better heater efficiency. Having a better heating system is not always linked to price. Having an efficiently functioning heater will provide the most efficient use of your investment.

In a world where environmental concerns are on the rise, heater efficiency can protect the environment when they use less fuel and produce less waste.  Older heaters are less efficient than the modern heating systems that use technologically advanced components.

How is Heater Efficiency measured?

All furnaces come with an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. The AFUE measures the percentage of the actual heat that is converted from the potential energy of the heating source. In other words, AFUE measures how much heat is produced from the energy source fueling the heating system.

Some modern high-efficiency furnaces have an AFUE rating of close to 100. These systems use energy from the fuel as well as fuel combustion exhaust. The average heater efficiency has an AFUE rating of around 80 percent.

Heater Efficiency and Cost

The determining factor in which heating system to choose is cost. The more efficient your heating system, the more upfront costs you will have to come out of pocket.

The main factors you need to consider are as follows:

Fuel Consumption: The more you run your heating system, the more fuel that is used. Higher efficiency heating systems burn less fuel, which equates to lower utility bills.

Utility Costs: If your heating system is gas or electric, the cost will fluctuate depending on the cost to provide utilities to your home.

Home Construction: Depending on how well your home is built and how well your home is insulated will depend on how efficient your heating system will function.

Picking the best option is not easy to do by yourself. We recommend speaking to one of our professional heating efficiency consultants to estimate the lifetime cost of various models of furnaces in order to clearly see which is the best option.

Heater Efficiency: Why It’s Important

Questions about your heating system’s efficiency?

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your heating and air conditioning system to identify any potential problems. Replacing worn or improperly configured furnace components can significantly improve the efficiency of your furnace.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our gas furnace repair information page.

 

 

Repair Your Gas Furnace or Replace it?

Gas Furnace Repair and Replacement

Gas Furnace Repair and Replacement

Repairing your gas furnace or replacing your gas furnace is always up for debate. This is an investment that requires you to research your options. The discussion typically arises when you are faced with frequent repairs and breakdowns. Purchasing a home is also a time when you need to review the options of repairing an existing gas furnace or replacing the heating system.

A home purchase is a great time to consult with one of our experts to have an evaluation of the existing system and make sure that the size is correct for the square footage of your home.

Here are some additional factors to consider:

Age of Your Gas Furnace

The age of your HVAC system is an important factor in deciding between repairing or replacing the unit. Our standard is that if the HVAC system is passed 75 percent of its estimated life expectancy, the chances are repairs may outweigh the value of the system itself.

Our certified technicians can look at your HVAC system to determine its manufacture date. Proper maintenance is key to a long life for an HVAC system. If you are new to the home, it may be difficult to tell how well the unit and its components have been maintained.

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE)

Your furnace becomes less efficient each year it ages. 2008 is a pivotal year for AFUE standards. Homes built before 2008 have furnaces that do not meet current AFUE standards. If your home has a standard furnace with an AFUE rating of 80 percent, any major repair should spark consideration of a potential furnace replacement. Modern furnaces achieve an AFUE of up to 98.5 percent. That’s a huge difference in ratings and a big reduction in gas bills!

Gas Furnace Repair and Replacement

Do You Need to Replace Your Gas Furnace Or Replace Your Ductwork

HVAC stands for heating, VENTILATION, air conditioning. Inefficient, improperly installed, or damaged ductwork can present heating challenges for homeowners. Experts say that up to 30 percent of heated/cooled air can escape your ductwork.

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your ductwork to identify any potential problems. Replacing worn or improperly configured ductwork can significantly improve the efficiency of your gas furnace. Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our gas furnace repair information page.

3 Reasons Why Proper Ventilation is Important

Ventilation: 3 Reasons Why Proper Ventilation is Important

The Importance of Maintaining Good Indoor Air Quality

It is never a comforting feeling to walk into your home and smell your air. Stagnant, musty, and stale odors are a sign that your home’s ventilation needs to be improved.

Inadequate ventilation is a problem which has increased with better home building practices and the yearning for more energy-efficient homes. Many modern homes are designed to be airtight, which trap allergens, dust, pollutants, and other contaminants inside. This practice chokes off your home from the fresh air of the outdoors.

Here are three reasons to make sure your home is properly ventilated:

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals that are released by household cleaners, furniture, and other building materials. VOCs can lead to serious respiratory complications, headaches, and other chronic neurological symptoms. Since VOCs are almost impossible to avoid, the best way to prevent their harmful effects is to provide proper ventilation.

Mold and Moisture

Improperly ventilated homes can fall victim to moisture build-up. This is compounded when you live in extremely hot and humid climates like Southeast Texas. Air movement and proper ventilation are ranked as the most efficient method of conducting moisture by the Department of Energy.

Allergens and Pathogens

Allergens and pathogens such as pet dander, dust, bacteria, and viruses can cause irritation to your eyes, lungs, and skin. Proper ventilation allows these contaminants to be pushed outside and away from your home’s air.

Ventilation: 3 Reasons Why Proper Ventilation is Important

Home Ventilation Options

Remove excess moisture, VOCs, and odors from areas of your home, such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and kitchens using spot exhaust and ventilation fans. Ventilation systems for your entire home are also available to improve indoor air quality. These systems are a great solution for today’s well-sealed energy-efficient homes.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our indoor air quality systems information page.

Heater Maintenance: Steps to Follow Before Turning on Your Heater

Heater Maintenance: Steps to Follow Before Turning on Your Heater

Heater Maintenance: Winter Planning Tips

As we say goodbye to the heat of the summer, we approach cooler months where we will turn on our heater. Before the cool nights set in and you start to rely on the warming comfort of your furnace, follow these easy steps for safety and energy conservation.

Make Sure Your Pilot Light is Lit

It has been quite some time since your heater has been running, so there is a chance that your pilot light may need to be lit once again. If you do not know how to do this, it is best to call in the professionals. If you have not had recent heater maintenance servicing on your system, this is a great time to have this done. Lighting the pilot light, routine heater maintenance, ductwork inspection, and a general check-up is a safe and energy-efficient way to start the winter months.

Heater Maintenance 101 – Replace Your HVAC Filter

Chances are, you cannot remember when the last time your air filter was changed. As your filter traps dirt and debris, your system becomes strained and will not run as efficiently.  Not to mention, that when your air filter is dirty, more contaminants and allergens are circulating through your home. We strongly recommend changing your air filter every 30-90 days depending on if you have pets, smoke, or have chronic allergies.

Update Your Thermostat

Heater Maintenance: Steps to Follow Before Turning on Your HeaterManual thermostats are being phased out and replace by programmable and smart thermostat models. These more modern alternatives allow you to program your days and evenings of your heater’s operation. Most newer thermostats can be controlled via WIFI to allow you to adjust your home’s heater while you are away. Weather updates and smart technologies allow your heater to adjust itself based on you and your family’s behavior.

Test Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Replace your batteries or test direct-wired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Most of these devices have a small button that allows you to test its function. If you do not remember the last time the batteries were changed, change the batteries now just to be safe.

Heater Maintenance Is Just A Click Away

As Summer ends, it is a great time to have your furnace services and a proper maintenance appointment by an HVAC maintenance technician. Planning ahead will make sure that your system is not delayed when the rush hits during the first cold front.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our indoor air quality systems information page.

HVAC Maintenance: Winter-Proofing Your Home

HVAC Maintenance: Winter-Proofing Your Home

HVAC Maintenance: Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Summer is about over and your HVAC system has taken a beating to keep up with the heavy demands of a South Texas Summer. Your HVAC unit may not be ready to flip the switch to heating without maintenance to keep the system running at its best. Before your HVAC system can switch gears, you’ll need to take care of its end of summer maintenance.

Here is a guide for HVAC maintenance tasks to get you ready for winter.

Change Your HVAC Air Filter

Your air filter is the key to keeping your HVAC system running efficiently. Dust and debris build-up will bring unnecessary work on your HVAC system causing it to use more energy and cause wear and tear on your unit. Replacing your HVAC filter will improve efficiency, reduce utility bills, and improve indoor air quality.

Check Your Thermostat Setting

Drained batteries can cause your HVAC system to power on irregularly or not at all. If you cannot remember when the batteries were replaced, replace them to make sure that a fresh set is installed and ready for the winter. If you are using a smart or programmable thermostat, make sure that your zones and settings reflect your wintertime temperature settings.

Inspect Your Ductwork

Keeping your ductwork clean is crucial to efficient airflow. Inspect your ductwork thoroughly for any wear and tear, breaches in the ductwork, or rodent infestations. Clogs, and dust and debris buildup will cause a loss in airflow and reduced efficiency in your furnace’s heating ability.

Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Appointment

Our HVAC technicians will provide the manufacturer’s maintenance procedures to keep your HVAC system functioning at its best. Remember, regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance can prevent costly repairs that can sometimes be avoided.

HVAC Maintenance: Winter-Proofing Your Home

Get Ready For Winter

As Summer ends, it is a great time to have your furnace services and a proper maintenance appointment by an HVAC maintenance technician. Planning ahead will make sure that your system is not delayed when the rush hits during the first cold front.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or Air Purification Systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our indoor air quality systems information page.

5 Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips

5 Myths About HVAC Service

Benefits of Regular HVAC Maintenance

The Summer heat has arrived in full strength. Your HVAC system needs to be operating at it best to keep your family and guests comfortable during summer cookouts, swim parties, and other indoor/outdoor gatherings.

With these HVAC maintenance tips, you can care for your air conditioning system throughout the heat of the summer. Proper maintenance will help prolong the lifespan of your HVAC system resulting in saving you money on costly HVAC repairs.

HVAC Maintenance: Replace Your HVAC Filter Regularly

During the heat of summer, your air conditioning system will be working overtime to keep up with the demand to cool your home. Your AC filter will need monthly inspections to make sure it is not full of contaminants that cause your air conditioning system to work harder than necessary.

We recommend keeping air filters on hand so when a replacement is needed, they are readily available. Another great reason to keep spares on hand is to beat the demand that can result during the summer months.

HVAC Maintenance: Inspect Your Vents and Registers

Thoroughly inspect your vents and registers to make sure that they are not blocked and adjusted open. Blocked vents will restrict airflow and can create performance issues and can cause system overheating.

Remove any rugs, carpets, or furniture, or any other items away from vents and registers. Make sure that all vent louvers are in the open position and never close more than 20 percent of your HVAC system’s vents.

HVAC Maintenance: Inspect Outdoor Equipment Components

Inspect your outdoor cooling equipment components. Remove any grass, leaves, or other debris that can accumulate around your unit. Keep vegetation trimmed to eliminate growth around the unit. Keep any outdoor furniture from the area that immediately surrounds the unit.

HVAC Maintenance: Monitor System Condensation

Keeping your drip pan and condensation drain lines free of clogs or water build-up. Clogged drains or filling drip pans can grow mold, algae, and bacteria when condensation cannot properly drain.

Excessive condensation can cause your HVAC system to malfunction, and overflows can cause water damage.

You can clear clogs within the drip can or drain lines with compressed air or by using bleach poured into the drain pan. You can also use a wet vacuum to remove water making it easier to monitor how fast water accumulates.

5 Myths About HVAC Service

Be Sure to Plan Ahead

As Summer ends, it is a great time to have your furnace services and a proper maintenance appointment by an HVAC maintenance technician. Planning ahead will make sure that your system is not delayed when the rush hits during the first cold front.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or Air Purification Systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our indoor air quality systems information page.

5 Myths About HVAC Service

5 Myths About HVAC Service

Truths About Quality HVAC Service

Everyone seems to have their opinion about HVAC service and AC system repair. There is so much misinformation circulating that it is difficult to tell what is truth and what is a myth. We have identified five myths about HVAC service so you can keep your HVAC system working properly.

MYTH: Your Air Filter Needs to be Changed Once per Year

Fact: Many people fall for this, or they simply forget to change their filter on a regular basis. This is much more than a myth, it can be a costly mistake. Your HVAC filter removes not only dust and debris, but it also removes harmful allergens like pet dander, bacteria, some viruses, mildew and mold.

If you have pets or suffer from chronic allergies, you will want to consider changing your filter more often.

MYTH: The Bigger HVAC System is Best

Fact: Bigger is not always better. If an HVAC system is too large, or too small your HVAC system will be less efficient. In addition to cooling challenges, removing humidity can be a challenge. It is important that you consult one of our HVAC service technicians to configure the properly sized air conditioning system.

MYTH: Your AC Does Not Require HVAC Service and Maintenance Until it is Broken

Fact: Do we use the same philosophy with our car? We don’t wait until we are sitting beside the road to consult with a mechanic. You take your car in for regular maintenance, oil changes, replace the tires, and have a tune-up.

Your AC system needs regularly scheduled HVAC service to ensure that it is working properly. This plan can and will save you big when compared to the costly repairs or replacement of a neglected AC system.

MYTH: Air Leaks in Your Ductwork Are Easy to Find

Fact: Air leaks can sometimes be very difficult to find. Our HVAC service technicians can assist to properly seal any leaks that waste energy and reduce efficiency. Our experienced experts can check for leaks and make the necessary repair.

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MYTH: Turning up/down the Thermostat is the Best Way to Heat or Cool Your Home

Fact: If your AC system is not functioning properly, your system may not ever reach the thermostat temperature setting. Lack of insulation, ductwork leaks, or wearing components are all factors that can affect the efficiency of your AC system.

To ensure that your home’s HVAC system is able to heat and cool efficiently, schedule regular maintenance with one of our HVAC service professionals.

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For more information about R.M. Mullinix or HVAC Service, schedule an appointment, or visit our indoor air quality systems information page.