11. 12. 2018
Written by: Metro Air
If you’ve started on a home renovation project, you know the excitement and exhaustion that can come from it. Renovating your home will give you most, or all, of the things you want in a home without having to relocate to a new home. If you are considering a home remodel or have already started the renovation process, don’t forget to factor in a new HVAC system into your plans. Old and inefficient heating and cooling systems waste energy and money. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to your HVAC system and tips on how to replace it during your remodeling project.
Tip #1: Research heating and cooling companies.
It’s no secret that there are a lot of different heating and cooling companies out there. With a lot of options out there, you will need to set some time aside to do some research. First, look at the company’s history in the area and their experience working in the industry. Don’t be afraid to ask them about what kind of jobs they do the most and have them provide information on recent jobs they’ve completed. Next, look online for positive reviews on Angie’s List, Yelp, Google, Facebook, and most importantly Better Business Bureau. If you see a lot of bad reviews, consider this a red flag. In addition, look at the depth and breadth of services the company offers. They should have a comprehensive list of services that not only includes new installs, but replacements, repairs, and preventative maintenance services.
Tip #2: Figure out what system is right for your home.
Your heating and cooling system will be a part of your home for many years, so it’s important to determine which one will suit your home’s layout and your specific needs. This is especially true if you are doing a major remodel of the home and you’re adding on or re-configuring a space. Not sure which system or system size is right for your home? Our professionals at Metro Air Heating & Cooling can come to your home remodel site and work with you to find a system that can be configured with your layout as well as your budget. Whether it’s a heat pump, ductless system, gas furnace, or programmable thermostats, we will make sure that you have what you need to keep you comfortable year-round.
Tip #3: Pay attention to your air filters.
If you plan on using your current HVAC system during the remodel, be sure to change and/or clean the filters more often than you normally would. There will likely be a lot of dust and debris that will be circulating through your air during the construction work, and that will go straight into the filters of your system. Keep them clean and free of dust build up so you can breathe cleaner air and keep your system working at its peak.
A home remodel is a big project to tackle, so let us help you with some of it. We will explain your HVAC options, so you can figure out a reliable system that will work well for you for years to come. Contact us to learn more and to get an appointment scheduled!
11. 5. 2018
Written by: Metro Air
Your thermostat is a household item that plays a big role in the overall comfort of your home. The average thermostat will last about 10 years usually, and if it’s older than that, there is a good chance that it will start to malfunction. This can happen because of dust accumulation, faulty wiring, or just because of general use over the years. Here’s how to tell if your thermostat is beginning to near the end of its life.
#1: It’s not responsive.
If your thermostat doesn’t turn on or doesn’t respond to the command of turning it off or on, it’s obvious that there is something going on with it. Or, if you adjust the temperature to a specific number and you don’t see any change in how the rooms feel, it could be that the thermostat is not working. Check to see if batteries need to be replaced if this is the case. If the batteries are fine, it may need to be looked at by a professional.
#2: Uneven room temperatures.
If you want your room to stay at 72 degrees and you set your thermostat to this number, it should match. If the numbers are not matching, it could be a sign that the thermostat isn’t doing its job very well. Uneven or fluctuating temperatures in your home are not only frustrating, but they can because you to pay more in your energy bill. If you have noticed that your rooms are not being evenly heated or cool, it may not be a problem with your heating and cooling system, it could be an issue with your thermostat.
#3: Heating unit doesn’t turn on or off.
When you adjust your thermostat to a specific temperature, it should turn on or off, depending on how cool or warm it is. If it doesn’t, it could mean that there is something wrong with the wiring of the thermostat. This problem should be examined by our team of professionals at Metro Air Heating & Cooling because if it isn’t your thermostat that ends up being the issue, it could be your system itself, which requires professional diagnosis and repair.
If your thermostat is more than 10 years old, start doing research on getting a new one installed. New programmable thermostats are the best option on the market today and allow users to adjust and program the temperatures how they want it with convenience. Program the thermostat to turn up 20 or 30 minutes before you plan on getting home from work, so your space is warm and inviting, then program it to turn down while you’re away so you can save money on utilities. We carry the following thermostat:
- Bryant Housewise Wi-Fi Thermostat
- Bryant Evolution Connex Control
- Nest Learning Thermostat
- Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
We are standing by to answer your thermostat questions! Our testimonials speak for themselves! Contact us today to talk to us about upgrading your thermostat, or to learn more about heating and cooling system replacement or repair options!