How to Help Your HVAC System Stand the Test of Time

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How to Help Your HVAC System Stand the Test of Time

Nov 20, 2016

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We all dread the day when we finally have to replace an expensive item. We often stretch our cars and our cell phones just about as far as they can go before giving in and spending money on their replacements. The HVAC system in your Longview, Texas, home is probably one of those goods that you dread having to upgrade. However, as is likely the case with most of your possessions, the key to making an HVAC system last longer is proper care and attention. By being aware of HVAC problems and understanding the importance of regular maintenance and HVAC upgrades, you can make sure that your HVAC system stands the test of time.

Listen to Your HVAC System

Have you noticed any new or unusual noises coming from any part of the unit? These sounds can include clanking, screeching, and whistling from any part of the system. If you hear strange noises coming from your HVAC system, call your local licensed HVAC contractor as soon as possible.

In addition to listening for strange sounds, you can also keep on the lookout for other symptoms of HVAC issues. A sudden drop in the efficiency of your system, reduced indoor comfort, or lowered indoor air quality, are common signs of a problem. If you keep an eye and ear out for these symptoms, you can catch issues before they cause your system to fail altogether or reduce your system’s lifespan.

Regular Maintenance

If you don’t take your car for that required oil change or if you ignore that clanking in your engine, you may end up on the side of the freeway with a cloud of smoke billowing from your engine. Some homeowners may think that they can get by avoiding maintenance, but investing in regular HVAC tuneups will save money and prevent premature system failure.

Regular maintenance includes a careful analysis of your system by a trained HVAC technician. Maintenance is more than just changing filters; it can also include cleaning and repairing dirty or faulty components. Scheduled maintenance is especially essential during fall. This is a good time to make sure your system will be prepared for the cooler weather. We offer maintenance plans to make scheduling preventive maintenance easy for all our customers.

HVAC Upgrades

If you haven’t looked in a few years, you may be surprised to find the various HVAC upgrades that can increase the efficiency and thus the lifespan of your HVAC system. One of the best options for upgrading and increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system is the smart thermostat. This welcome addition to the smart technology family connects managing your home’s comfort and efficiency to your smart device. From there, you can conveniently control and program the temperature in your home and receive reports and alerts regarding how you can increase energy efficiency in your home.

Many homeowners in Texas also consider upgrading their HVAC system by incorporating a whole-home humidifier. With the fall and winter come conditions that can contribute to reduced efficiency and air quality in your home. A humidifier restores the air to a healthy level that also increases the efficiency of your system.

Also relating to indoor air quality, whole-home air purifiers work with your HVAC system to keep your air cleaner than it would with just a standard air filter. When the indoor air is clean, your system experiences less strain and operates with greater efficiency.

You have plenty to worry about without holding your breath and awaiting the day when your HVAC system finally quits. So implement these simple steps and rest easy knowing that your efficient HVAC system will stand the test of time. To set up a maintenance plan, or to investigate HVAC upgrades, call JD’s A/C today at (903) 759-7483.

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How Does a Heat Pump Work?

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How Does a Heat Pump Work?

November 17, 2016
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Mild winters are a great benefit of living in Longview, Texas. Very rarely do we have to endure extreme weather conditions or their consequences. Since we normally don’t need to worry about blasting the heat throughout the fall and winter months, we can consider other options for efficiently heating our homes. Heat pumps move heat, rather than generate it, and are an efficient solution for heating homes in moderate climates. Here’s a look at how these systems work.

Heat Pump Technology

Standard air conditioners and furnaces can consume a lot of electricity when cooling and heating your home. Heat pumps, on the other hand, take heat from one area and move it to where it is needed. That is, during the cooling season, heat is removed from the air in your home and sent outdoors. To heat your home, the unit extracts air from outdoors. Heat pump systems consist of two units: an outdoor condenser and an indoor air handler. Heat pumps can either move heat to and from the air (air source heat pumps) or the ground (geothermal heat pumps).

Benefits and Drawbacks

Since heat pumps simply move heat, they operate with higher efficiency. Older model systems don’t have the power of a standard HVAC system, so in extreme climates, they will not be able to cool or heat your home efficiently. Newer designs can work very well even when temperatures dip below freezing. Heat pumps are also safer to operate, require less maintenance, and often have longer lifespans.

Once again, despite the many efficiency benefits of heat pumps, they do not work well in every situation. If you are considering a geothermal heat pump, make sure to get a consultation from one of our experienced technicians. We won’t just sell you a system; we’ll make sure that it is ideal for your needs.

A heat pump is a great cooling or heating option to consider for your Texas home. To start saving money with a heat pump, call JD’s A/C and Heating today at (903) 759-7483.

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3 Ways You Could Be Wasting Energy at Home

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3 Ways You Could Be Wasting Energy at Home

November 15, 2016
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Do you bring a coupon book to the grocery store? Have you become a master bargainer? Whether you’re this serious about saving money or not, no one can complain about saving a little cash. Unfortunately, homeowners in Longview, Texas, are likely wasting energy and losing money in ways they don’t even realize. Understanding how you may be using and maintaining your HVAC system incorrectly can help you to save money and energy.

Wrong HVAC System Size

HVAC systems are not one size fits all. One system may work perfectly in one home but be very inefficient in another. Whether you live in an older home or you’re just worried that your HVAC system could be improperly sized for the needs of your home, contact your local HVAC technician. Your techs at JD’s can let you know if you’re losing energy and money because of an incorrectly sized HVAC system.

Poor Temperature Control

We all want to be comfortable. On cold days, it’s tempting to blast the heat, and vice versa on hot days. However, no matter how well your HVAC system performs, you’re wasting energy if the temperature in your home is drastically different from the air outside. We’re not saying to suffer in a home that’s too hot or cold, but when the situation permits, try to keep your indoor temperature as close as possible to the temperature outside.

Lack of Maintenance

Without regular maintenance, an HVAC system does not run as efficiently as it could. Professional maintenance ensures that all components of an HVAC system are in their best condition and performing as efficiently as possible. If you’ve forgotten to have your system maintained for a year or more, give your local HVAC contractor a call today.

Saving energy is as simple as addressing your HVAC system’s performance. If your system is performing efficiently, then every bit of energy is going where it belongs. To stop the energy waste caused by your HVAC system, give JD’s Air Conditioning a call today at (903) 759-7483.

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