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It’s Time For Maintenance

Energy Star ProductsSummer is already here, and It’s time for heating and cooling maintenance. According to Energy Star, you need to know that almost ½ of the energy you use in your home will used by your heating and cooling equipment. Honestly your electric bill tells all. Atlas Plumbing in Dallas Texas, is here to help enable you to  make sure you are doing all you can to make smart decisions about your HVAC right now for the 2014 summer season. Proper education about such things as heating things up for mid fall, ventilating, and preparing your complete HVAC system for this summer means your electric bill will be less than last year...

Are you comfortable that every necessary step has been taken to increase the efficiency of your entire heating and cooling system? If there is any doubt,  Atlas Plumbing your Dallas plumber, will help fill in the gaps. Here are some serious tips as we come in the heat of summer then into heating your home for winter for consideration.

Be Sure To Change Air Filters Regularly

Atlas Plumbing recommends that all air filters be changed every month. And, most especially during heavy AC and Heat use months. A dirty filter will slow down the air flow and cause the entire system to work harder in keeping you cool and will waste energy. This means more money paying for electric.

Keeping the filter clean prevents dust and dirt from building up inside the ducts which goes directly inside the AC equipment. Filtrete makes Allergy grades of filters for those with allergies as well and provide micron filtering. Remember a dirty filter may lead to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure. A very costly repair! Let’s avoid that completely.

HVAC & Heating Equipment Need To Be Checked Annually

The HVAC and Heating System in your home or business can be compared to putting gas in your car. No gas means you can’t go anywhere. Putting the gas in a well tuned vehicle will achieve better gas mileage, and so will a yearly tune up of your heating and cooling system. If you can improve the overall efficiency and comfort of your HVAC equipment then saving you money over the life of the equipment mean extra savings.

Equipment Maintenance Is Required

Atlas Plumbing believes running a checklist of items to check seasonally is the best to keep your equipment running right all year long. This will prevent future problems and additional unforseen costs. Peak performance operations means using a qualified contractor to complete an annual pre-season check up on a regular basis. Atlas is in business to make that happen.

A general maintenance HVAC check up should include:

  • Check all thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable both at home, in a commercial setting, or just at work.
  • Make sure all electrical connections are tight,  and measure voltage and current on all motors. This insures no faulty electrical connections which contribute to unsafe operation of your system and reduces component life.
  • Liberally lubricate all moving parts. Parts that need adequate lubrication must be free to move inside the motor and will decrease the amount of electricity used which is great for equipment life and your bill.
  • Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). A plugged drain will definitely cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.
  • Check all system controls to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly. Hard starts are a sure sign you need to call your favorite Atlas Plumbing right away before equipment damage is done.
  • Make sure to clean evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils. This will make a big difference. Dirty coils can reduce the system's ability to cool and could mean the system will run longer to cool or heat, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment. Who wants to increase cost?
  • Check your central air conditioners refrigerant level and make any manufacturer recommended adjustments  if needed. Did you know that too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient increasing energy costs? It could also reduce the length of your equipment life.
  • Proper cleaning and adjustment of all the blower components will provide manufacturer recommended system airflow which means greater comfort levels. Remember that a major airflow problem will reduce your system's efficiency by/ up to 15 percent. That’s quite a difference.

What Can You Do Right Now?

Call us here at Atlas Plumbing in the Dallas Metroplex area to discuss with you how to locate and change your filter if you are unsure where it is  or what type of filter you need to purchase. It seems so simple but it’s so easy to overlook.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Many older homes have older thermostats. It’s an easy upgrade and if you work it can be of great benefit. Energy Star data indicates you can save up to $180 every year in energy costs with this item alone…This makes a considerable difference.

Seal All Heating & Cooling Ducts

Ducts moving air to and from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are bit energy wasters due to air leaks. This is true with older homes especially. How would you like to have a 20% increase in airflow?  It’s possible with very little effort. Start with the attic, crawlspace, unheated basements or garages. Duct sealants with mastic or metal backed foil tapes are usually best. Upon completion wrapping them in insulation keeps them from getting hot in the summer or cold in the winter. Next try sealing additional ducts accessible or open to view. Atlas Plumbing can come out and inspect the system for you, and provide a bid to begin the process.

If a replacement HVAC system is eminent or a requirement do to system failure, please consider the purchase and installation of a  new ENERGY STAR qualified and rated heating and cooling piece of equipment. If your current HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old, or it’s not keeping you comfortable then it’s time to find out what is wrong, and what can be done to make the system more efficient.  You could be saving up to $200 more a year with a new system. It also makes good sense to go ahead and seal all the ducts and insulate to maximize performance while you replace. Usually these are the biggest issues to early replacement and are probably the real challenges that will make the most performance difference even in a brand new unit. Maximize your % of savings across the board.

Proper Installation of Any HVAC & Heating Equipment

Replacement with new energy efficient heating and cooling equipment is a great way to begin getting savings and great performance. However, if improperly installed, you could increase inefficiency up to 30%, and this costs you more across the board. If you have questions call Atlas Plumbing at 972-243-8051 We are in business to serve the entire Dallas Frisco Plano and North Texas communities.

Call Atlas Plumbing in Dallas and schedule one of our qualified staff professionals to meet with you and discuss at length our current heating and air conditioning annual check up recommendations.

Trust The Best! Call us right now at 972-243-8051 and a staff professional will help you get started today. Atlas is Your Dallas Plumber

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The plumber from Atlas that installed my new water heater also provided the estimate and evaluated whether or not it was feasible to switch to tankless water heater. He was very knowledgeable about talkless systems and provided both the pros and cons of tankless vs. traditional tank hot water heaters.
  -- Angela M. - Plano, TX