Advice From the Pros

Why Proactive HVAC Maintenance Saves You Money

HVAC Maintenance

We’ve said it before, most people don’t call us at Gentry AC until it’s too late to save their current HVAC system. Instead, we end up doing near complete replacements that cost quite a bit more than simple maintenance would. However, a lot of people don’t really understand how investing in preventative HVAC maintenance can save you money in the long run. In response to that, we’re going to run through three key areas where a proactive approach can show tremendous value in the long run.

 

Repairs are smaller and least expensive.

HVAC systems generate a lot of heat due to friction, so small parts will undoubtedly fail over time. The difference is that by being proactive with HVAC maintenance, the small inexpensive parts can be replaced at a lower cost before their failure leads to a larger, more expensive part failing as well. Part failure, and general wear & tear tend to snowball if not addressed quickly, so by replacing small parts as they fail, you save money by not having to replace expensive parts or an entire system.

 

Your energy bills can be significantly reduced.

Your monthly energy costs are extremely dependent on the efficiency of your HVAC system. In turn, the efficiency of your system is dependent on the quality of the parts within it. By not routinely cleaning vents & ducts, replacing filters, and repairing broken parts, you’re seriously hampering the effectiveness of the system. Conversely, by keeping an eye on vents, ducts, and filters, and by hiring a professional to perform routine maintenance, you can keep your system as efficient as the day it was installed, which has a strong effect on your energy bills.

 

Your HVAC system will simply last longer.

Like any other part of your home or business, your HVAC system will wear down over time. No amount of preventative maintenance can prevent the inevitable. While expensive, the more preventative maintenance you do, the less often you’ll have to replace your system. The life of your system will be significantly longer if you’re proactive, which means you’re replacing it far less often.

So, does preventative, proactive HVAC maintenance cost money? Yes, of course. But, does it save you a lot of money over time? Absolutely. At Gentry AC, we strongly encourage you to engage in preventative maintenance. Reach out to us today, either online or over the phone, and schedule your routine HVAC check as soon as possible, especially as Summer is upon us!

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Getting The Most Out of Your Furnace

As the weather outside continues to get colder, you can be sure that your furnace, along with the rest of your heating system, will have to work harder to ensure you’re comfortable in your home. To be certain that your home will be kept warm, it’s a good idea to do some basic maintenance on your furnace. If any adjustments need to be made to your furnace, or any major work, we recommend you go with a pro. Before you get started, be sure to disable the fuel supply and electrical power. Be sure you know how to do so before tackling this project. After you have completed the following steps, turn the fuel line and electricity back on. Always check user guides for further instruction.

    1. Examine fiberglass filters once a month regardless if the weather is hot or cold.
      • Pleated filters can last up to three months.
      • Permanent filters should be washed monthly.
      • Electronic air-cleaner filters should be cleaned every other month.
    2. Make sure the pilot light is burning. Some units will have to be lit by hand, if it does go out. Always follow guidelines for relighting a pilot light. These can often be found on the access door.
    3. Inspect the blower and vacuum for any dust or debris. Check the filter every 30 days or so, and replace as needed. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow, and cause the unit to work harder than it needs to.
    4. Lubricate the blower motor.
    5. Check the burner for corrosion.
    6. Ensure flue is venting properly, and inspect for any dents or gaps.
    7. Clean the air registers around your house by vacuuming all the dust up.

Take a little extra time to go through these steps, and you should be a able to get a little more life out of your furnace. If you are have any issues beyond basic maintenance, or if you would rather a pro take care of the steps above, you can always call us at 817-488-6733. We take your comfort personal.

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Keeping Your Heating Bill in Check

Keeping Your Heating Bill in Check

The cold weather has arrived, even though we’re sure to have some warm days this winter – this is Texas after all! We had our first freeze here in the DFW area a few weeks ago, so you’ve probably already used your heater at least a few times this season. Most of us probably are used to a higher bill in the summer than the winter. However, as it gets colder that electric bill can still be a bit daunting. So, let’s take a look at some things that will help make that bill more bearable.

Be sure your furnace is up to par. Each year you should have it inspected to be sure that it’s running properly. The money you save by having an efficient heater will outweigh the cost of a typical tune up.

Let the Heat In. Open up those curtains or blinds on a sunny day, and let the solar heat help warm your home. Plus, it’s a good way to fight off any winter-time blues. .

Don’t Let the Heat Out. Check those windows and doors for any cold air coming in. If there’s cold air coming in, then there’s warm air going out. One way to check this is by holding a candle near the seals of your windows. If the flame flickers, you know you have likely found a problem area. You can buy some inexpensive caulking to fill those leaks. If you have this issue in any of your doorways, then weatherstripping will usually resolve that issue.

Use a programmable thermostat. Like the furnace inspection, a programmable thermostat won’t take long to pay for itself. This allows you to determine what temperature your home will be at what time. The less work your heater has to do the more money you will save, but you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort. A few degrees can go a long way. Set your thermostat for about 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re out of the house, and around that same temperature while you’re sleeping (adjust for comfort). Of course, you can manually adjust a non-programmable thermostat, it just requires a little more attention.

Dress for the weather. Put on some warm, comfy clothes and enjoy some hot chocolate, coffee, or tea. You don’t have to break out your parka, but again, a few degrees can make a big difference in the cost to heat your home.
We hope these tips help you make your heating bill more manageable each month. If not, it may be time to give us a call at 817-488-6733. Stay warm and comfortable this holiday season.

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