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Does Your Air Filter Require Changing More Frequently During Summer?

Does Your Air Filter Require Changing More Frequently During Summer?As a responsible homeowner, you try to keep up with basic HVAC maintenance, and that means checking your HVAC filter on a regular basis, and changing it when it looks clogged or dirty. However, for folks living in areas with defined season changes (which includes Southern California), the frequency of air filter changes will depend on the seasons and what sort of system you operate.

If your home uses a furnace for heating and an A/C for cooling, the air conditioner’s evaporator coil is likely attached to the furnace, and uses the furnace blower to blow air across the coil and then distribute it throughout the house, via ducts and registers. The air filter typically is located in the furnace, near where the ductwork is attached. In this case, you’ll want to check the furnace’s air filter at least once a month during any season when cooling or heating is being used.

If your home uses a heat pump for both cooling and heating, the air filter will be located in the system’s air handler. As with the preceding situation, you should check the filter monthly, and change it when necessary, during both heating and cooling seasons. During the in-between seasons, fall and spring, when not much heating or cooling is needed, it’s still a good idea to expend a minute or two once a month to check the filter. However, you won’t need to change it nearly as often.

In all cases, a clean HVAC air filter will maintain smooth air circulation, whereas a clogged filter will force the system to work harder to push air through. This wastes energy, stresses parts, and leads to longer heating and cooling cycles. Your home will take longer to get comfortable. A dirty filter also allows dirt and debris to get into sensitive system components, which impairs efficiency and performance.

For more information on the benefits of proper air filter maintenance, please contact us today at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We provide superior HVAC services in North San Diego, Carlsbad, San Marcos and other San Diego area communities.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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Get Relief With These Helpful Allergy Season Tips

Get Relief With These Helpful Allergy Season TipsSpring typically means allergy season for many parts of the country, but in the San Diego area, allergies can hit you all year long. Warmer temperatures throughout the year give mold a chance to thrive, while windy conditions blow pollen from grass and trees around the region. If allergens have you sniffling, taking steps to improve the indoor air quality in your home can be a big help. Use the following allergy tips to breathe easier in your San Diego home.

Look for Signs of Mold

Mold spores can enter the air in your home and trigger allergic reactions. They can also end up causing serious health problems, so it’s important to have mold removed as soon as possible if you spot any. Check your ducts, air handler, drip pain and evaporator coils for mold growth. While you might be able to handle a mild mold problem on your own, have professionals handle more serious mold problems to make sure it’s completely removed.

Replace Air Filters

The air filters inside your HVAC system aren’t able to do their job when they’re covered in debris. Put in new filters about every few months to help lower the amount of indoor allergens in your home. For even better protection against allergens, use high-quality filters that can capture smaller particles.

Clean Ducts and HVAC Units

Make sure you don’t let dust and other debris build up around your indoor and outdoor HVAC units and inside your ducts. Keep the areas around these units and your ductwork as clean as possible, which will help reduce indoor allergens that are blown throughout your home.

Have HVAC Maintenance Done

Regular HVAC maintenance done helps ensure that your system runs efficiently. It also helps lower indoor allergens by keeping your HVAC system clean and free of dust and debris. Plan on having maintenance done once or twice a year.

From duct cleaning to air purification system installations, we can help improve the indoor air quality in your San Diego area home to relieve allergy symptoms. Contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning for more allergy tips.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Important Heat Pump Maintenance Tips

Important Heat Pump Maintenance TipsWhile a heat pump is an inherently efficient way to heat your home, it gives you the best performance when it’s optimally maintained. This appliance works doubly hard, since it functions as both a heating system and air conditioner. At a minimum, it needs to be professionally serviced annually, requires periodic filter changes and outdoor condenser cleaning.

What You Can Do

  • Check and change the air filter when it’s dirty. The filter keeps the parts inside the air handler clean that allows optimal airflow and keeps the parts inside it clean. All heat pumps use an evaporator coil that contains the refrigerant that both heats and cools your home. When dust covers the coil, the heat transfer process slows, and it takes it longer to condition your home.
  • Keep the outdoor condenser clean and free from landscaping debris and blockages. The condenser works summer and winter to exchange heat, and if the coils inside it are dirty or the air flowing through them is blocked, they won’t work efficiently.

Professional Servicing

During the heat pump maintenance visit, the HVAC technician will:

  • Clean, inspect and adjust the parts. The electrical parts, in particular, may need to be cleaned and tightened, which speeds the transfer of power through them, improving their efficiency. The motors may need oiling, and any belts need tightening or replacing.
  • Test the refrigerant levels. The refrigerant inside the pump carries the heat into and out of your home. It needs to be within the levels the manufacturer specifies for optimal performance.
  • Evaluate the airflow into the air handler and through the ductwork. Duct leaks undermine home comfort and increase energy costs.

If your heating bills seem too high, ask the technician about using an intelligent recovery thermostat, designed specifically for heat pumps. Without such a thermostat, it’s better to keep the temperature the same day and night rather than turn it down overnight.

Staying on top of heat pump maintenance lowers energy consumption and improves the performance and longevity of this appliance. To learn more, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, providing HVAC services for North County homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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