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Ask Dirk: Spring cleaning check list for your HVAC system

Well, you may be stuck at home for now and looking for a good home improvement project. What better time to get your HVAC system ready to rock and roll for summer than while you’ve goBlurred flower background with saying, You can cut down all the flowers but you can't stop spring from comingt time on your hands. Believe it or not, prepping your HVAC system doesn’t just begin or end with your system.

Dusting

Dust mites and allergens gather in bedclothes, furniture and window coverings. Start by washing your window coverings and all bed linens. Machine wash throw pillows and hang dry and fluff in the dryer on low heat, if appropriate. Dust furniture, lamps and artwork. Then, thoroughly vacuum or sweep. Get behind furniture, use the attachments on your vacuum to get between the cushions and to go around baseboards.

Tile

Grout has pores, like your skin does, so it can trap dirt, dust and mold. The internet offers a myriad of ways to clean your grout – do your research and get it done!

Fans

Have you ever stood on a chair and looked at the tops of your ceiling fan blades? Yuck. It’s a good place for dust to gather, so clean them at least once a year.

Also – turn off power to your bathrooms, remove the covers of your bathroom exhaust fans and clean them in warm soapy water, don’t forget the fan blades.

These measures will reduce the dust in the air and improve your indoor air quality. And while you’re at it, check out the tops of your kitchen cabinets. They probably need your attention too.

Windows

And doors. Caulk around the edges of your windows and doors each year to reduce drafts in the winter and hot air leaks in the summer. This also helps to keep out dust and dirt.

Dryer vents

Remove lint from your dryer vent by removing the dryer vent and pulling out any lint and build up. This removes additional particulates floating around in the air, and could prevent a dryer fire. Be sure you’ve turned off the power to the dryer before disconnecting the vent.

Finally, your HVAC system

Clear out any debris, weeds and other foliage from around your air conditioner outside. Clean off any debris collected on the top or sides to improve airflow and efficiency. Check the drainage hole beneath the evaporator fins to ensure proper drainage.

Then, change your filter in your HVAC system. A dirty filter can recirculate dust mites, pollens and other allergens throughout your house, undoing all that dusting you just did.

Last but not least, schedule your seasonal HVAC system maintenance. Spring is a great time to call for service before the heatwave begins and we start running summer service calls.

Home maintenance is considered an essential service, and so we are here for you throughout these uncertain times. Stay safe and stay clean!

2020-04-10T10:28:40-07:00April 10th, 2020|

A note to our valued customers

As defined in the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative, home maintenance and repair services such as ours are considered essential services.

The health and safety of our customers and our staff is our top priority during this stressful time. In keeping recent announcements from the CDC and state and local government officials, we have implemented new safety measures in response to COVID-19.

We are maintaining safe social distancing practices, as well as providing a clean and healthy office and shop environment for our staff. Each of our team members has been instructed to wash their hands regularly and use hand sanitizer, and to clean all surfaces they come in contact with.

Our staff has also been instructed to stay home if they are not feeling well, and we have implemented sick leave programs to help them and their families weather this extraordinary event.

We are grateful for your trust in Roper’s Heating and Air Conditioning and look forward to continuing to provide you with the best customer service and safe handling of your heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems. We’re here for you.

Click here to download the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative from March 18, 2020.

2020-03-20T14:47:30-07:00March 20th, 2020|

Ask Dirk Q&A: Common Questions Homeowners Ask

Ask Dirk Q&A: Common Questions Homeowners Ask

Over the past 30 plus years, we’ve been asked countless questions from customers throughout western Nevada. Many of them have been asked enough times that I felt it important to share.

Does a bigger HVAC system provide better performance?

In short, the answer is no. The size of your HVAC system depends entirely on the total square footage of your home. A system that is too small will run nonstop trying to reach and maintain your desired temperature, whereas a system that is too large will heat and cool your home in frequent, short cycles.  Either way, you may end up with a higher energy bill due to an inadequately sized system for your home.

 

How can I reduce my energy costs?

                    • Consider using a programmable thermostat to control temperatures throughout the day. Or if you’re leaving for more than a couple hours and able to remember, set your thermostat 10-15 degrees lower in the winter and 5-8 degrees higher in the summer. Energy Star estimates that users who do this can save 5-15 percent on their energy bill.
                    • Get your system serviced twice a year, once at the start of air conditioning season and once at the beginning of heat season.
                    • Make sure your vents are not closed, covered, or blocked by furniture.
                    • And last but not least, change your filters regularly.

How often should my filters be changed?

Your filters should be changed twice per year at least, during your summer and winter maintenance services. Even better—change them quarterly. Best—during high use periods, change them monthly.

 

 

 

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How long will my HVAC system last?

The length your system lasts is reliant upon how well the unit is maintained. You can expect your HVAC system to roughly last between 15-25 years—IF—the recommended service and maintenance is performed throughout the last of the system. Certain elements of your total system may have different lifespans.

                    • A/C Units: 10-15 years
                    • Gas Heater: 15-30 years
                    • Heat Pumps: 10-15 years

 

If you have a question or comment, I’d love to hear from you. Please send it to me at dirk@roperhvac.com and I’ll try to answer it in an upcoming column.

2019-08-02T17:07:13-07:00July 15th, 2019|

Ask Dirk: What happens during my HVAC maintenance service?

Ask Dirk: What happens during my HVAC maintenance service?

Roper's Heating and Air Conditioning ServicesYour HVAC system is a mechanical system with lots of moving parts. Without regular maintenance and care, its performance will start to decline and eventually the entire system will just plain fail. A heating and cooling system replacement costs thousands of dollars, so regular maintenance can extend its lifespan and protect your wallet.

What does the technician do?

Inspect and Change Your Filters

We’ve talked about how important clean filters are regularly in this column, and we’ll probably keep talking about it – it’s that important. In our dusty climate, filters need frequent changing because they trap all kinds of dust, debris, germs. Dirty filters can cause inefficient heating or cooling, and poor indoor air quality.

Visual Inspection of the Entire System

A thorough visual inspection can identify problems before they happen, and it’s a good idea to get it done before peak cooling or heating season begins. Addressing minor problems found during regular maintenance service can greatly reduce potential emergencies.

Clean and Remove Debris

While filters help with dust and debris, particulates also collect on blowers, moving parts, condensing units, and other system components, interfering with smooth operations and potentially causing corrosive damage to internal systems.

Check the Condensate Drain

A clogged condensate drain in your air conditioner and heat pump can obstruct water flow, causing moisture to accumulate in the system. This can potentially lead to mold, water damage, uneven temperature regulation, bacteria, and compromised air quality.

Check the Electrical Connections and Voltage

HVAC connections and systems can come loose or break over time. Frayed and damaged wires should be replaced to minimize the risk of fire and component failure.

Inspect Exhaust Outlets

Gases like carbon monoxide escape through exhaust outlets. Clogs can lead to dangerous build-up, and possibly compromise your safety. Your technician will check for signs of corrosion, leaks, and backdraft in the system, chimney flue and vent stack.

Check Fuel Lines and Connections

Leaking gas and fuel lines in your system can be a fire hazard, and disconnected fuel lines, accumulated soot in the burners and cracked heat exchangers can impact on the system’s efficiency.

Check the Refrigerant Levels

If your air conditioner doesn’t have enough refrigerant in it to cool the air efficiently the compressor will have to work harder to achieve the desired level of temperature, which can damage the system. Losing refrigerant often means leaks, which need to be detected and repaired.

A final note

Regularly servicing your HVAC system is beneficial in many ways, with improved reliability, lower energy bills, longer equipment life, and a safer, healthier environment. Additionally, a thorough examination by a trained technician will help to ensure the whole system is healthy, and if it’s not, your technician will advise you of any needed repairs.

With summer rapidly approaching, it may be a good idea to get your system serviced early to make sure you’re covered before it gets too hot, so you have ample time to enjoy your air conditioner.

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Have a question for Dirk? Send it to dirk@roperHVAC.com and he’ll try to answer it in an upcoming column.

About Roper’s Heating and Air Conditioning: For more than 30 years Roper’s Heating and Air Conditioning has been providing essential indoor climate management services to the citizens of western Nevada. Roper’s is a family-owned, community-oriented business that specializes in the restoration and preservation of Total Home Comfort. Roper’s Heating and Air Conditioning is located at 2062 S. Edmonds Drive in Carson City. For more information, visit https://roperhvac.com/.

2019-07-23T10:55:44-07:00June 16th, 2019|