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Is your home heating system ready for winter? Here at R&D Heating and Cooling, we’ve been providing trusted HVAC maintenance and HVAC repair services throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware since 1986. We know what it takes to keep your HVAC system running reliably throughout the year, and today we’re sharing our top HVAC tips with you.

Check Your Filters

The transition from summer to fall, and on into winter means that you won’t be able to open your windows as much anymore due to falling temperatures. This means that the air you breathe will be circulated throughout your home instead of fresh air directly from outside. If you haven’t had your air ducts, filters, or HVAC coils cleaned in some time, air quality can decrease, meaning that once you close those windows, you’ll be putting your family at risk. If we had to choose the single most important thing you can do to help keep your furnace running well, it would be to clean or replace your filter. Your HVAC system filter needs to be clean in order to function properly, otherwise, airflow to your system is restricted, leading to reduced energy efficiency and even poor air quality throughout your home. In fact, it’s a good idea to check your filter every month as part of your regular HVAC maintenance routine.

Make Sure Your HVAC Is Running Efficiently

Your energy costs can skyrocket when your HVAC system starts to run less efficiently. The problem? When this happens, you probably won’t be able to tell. It pays to have an HVAC maintenance and repair specialist out to check out your system and make sure everything is working correctly.
While having an inspection and regular HVAC maintenance certainly costs money, large repairs will cost much more if systems aren’t kept in shape, and regular maintenance means that your energy bills have the potential to be as low as possible.

Clean and Adjust Your Floor Registers

Now’s a great time to check all the floor registers throughout your home to ensure they can be opened and closed (and that they will remain in the position you set them too). If any of your registers are rusty, or worse yet, missing altogether, now’s the time to replace them. While you’re checking your registers, be sure to clear a safe space around each one to both ensure proper airflow and remove any combustible materials that could pose a safety hazard. Remember, your registers should never be obstructed in any way – that means moving furniture away from floor vents.

Perform A ‘Sound Check’

Turn off all other sources of sound in your home (like your television, dishwasher, and radios) and turn your HVAC system on. Listen for any unusual noises such as squealing belts, rattling, or banging, and make note of any odd odors – these could all be signs that you need to call an HVAC repair specialist.

Consider Your Insulation

In temperate areas, most windows and doors have rubber or foam seals that prevent cold air from sneaking through the cracks in the winter. As homes age, these seals become less and less effective.Make sure that you replace rubber strips on windows and doors so that your HVAC system doesn’t have to work harder than necessary is an important step.

Look For Rust

If you spot any rusting on your HVAC unit or vent pipes, this could be a sign that your HVAC system isn’t working properly.

Keep Leaves Out of Your Outdoor Units

These days, you’ll still have warmer weather in the fall, but that won’t stop the leaves from dropping. For people with outdoor AC units, this can be a problem. Keep leaves, grass clippings, and other debris cleared well away from your outdoor heat pump, as these materials can block the airflow and lead to poor HVAC system performance.
If leaves and other debris clog up the intake area, your AC will have to work much harder to provide the same amount of comfort, causing your energy costs to skyrocket.

Consider Upgrading To A Programmable Thermostat

If you’re still using an older, dial-style thermostat to control the temperature in your home, consider upgrading to a programmable digital thermostat or even a new smart thermostat. These low-cost devices can help you save money on your home heating bills by allowing you to adjust your HVAC system to keep your home warm while you’re at home, and lowering the temperature when you’re out.

Schedule A HVAC Maintenance Appointment

For peace of mind this winter, book an appointment with one of our licensed and insured HVAC repair specialists today. We’ll inspect your system, change your filters, and identify issues that could leave you without heat.
If your existing HVAC system is more than 10 years old, you might want to consider taking advantage of our 0% financing for up to 60 months on eligible high-efficiency HVAC systems.

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For more HVAC tips and information about how you can save on your home heating bills, contact us here at R&D Heating and Cooling today, and be sure to stay warm this winter!

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Fall Industrial HVAC Maintenance Tips

Is your commercial heating system ready for winter?

Here at , we’ve been providing trusted industrial HVAC maintenance and HVAC repair services to businesses throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware since 1986. We know what it takes to keep your industrial HVAC system running reliably throughout the year, and today we’re sharing our top HVAC tips with you to help you prepare for the cooler months ahead:

Check Your Filters

If we had to choose the single most important thing your maintenance team can do to help keep your industrial HVAC system running well, it would be to clean or replace your filter if you have a system that uses filters. The filter on your HVAC system needs to be clean in order to function properly, otherwise, airflow to your system is restricted, leading to reduced energy efficiency and even poor air quality throughout your facility. In fact, it’s a good idea to have your filter checked monthly as part of your regular HVAC maintenance routine.

Perform A ‘Sound Check’

Turn off all other sources of sound in your facility (or as many systems as is feasible) and power up your HVAC system. Listen for any unusual noises such as squealing belts, rattling, or banging, and make note of any odd odors – these could all be warning signs that you need to call an HVAC repair specialist.

Look For Rust and Air Leaks

If you spot any rusting on your HVAC unit or vent pipes, this could be a sign that your HVAC system isn’t working properly. Rust leads to holes in your ductwork which will cause your system to work harder, leading to higher energy consumption and poor overall performance.

Clear Away Any Leaves & Debris

Keep leaves, grass clippings, and other debris cleared well away from your outdoor heat pump, as these materials can block the airflow that’s needed to keep your HVAC system running at optimal efficiency and even be a fire hazard if the materials are combustible. Also, check the areas around your heat exchangers and vents – these spaces need to be clean and free of obstruction as well.

Schedule A HVAC Maintenance Appointment

For peace of mind this winter, book an appointment with one of our licensed and insured HVAC repair specialists today. We’ll inspect your system, change your filters, and identify issues that could leave you spending more money than you should be to keep your facility comfortable this winter. Remember, regular HVAC maintenance by a licensed HVAC repair specialist is usually required in order to ensure that the warranty on your industrial HVAC system remains valid.

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For more HVAC tips and information about how you can ensure your industrial HVAC system delivers optimal performance this winter contact our licensed and insured HVAC repair experts at R&D Heating and Cooling today.

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Don’t Let The Temperature Rise Stress You Out

When the hottest months of the year roll around, you want the kind of peace of mind that comes with knowing your home cooling system is up to the task of keeping your home comfortable throughout the summer. Most people shudder at the thought of having to sweat while they wait for HVAC repair services when their AC goes down, right in the middle of a 90-plus degree day. What many people don’t know is that certain practices can prevent issues with your HVAC system. Here is a set of HVAC tips that can all but guarantee that your heating and cooling system works all year ’round, including the important summer months.

Tip #1: Schedule an Inspection

Before the summer starts, it’s a good idea to have a preventative inspection of your HVAC system carried out by professionals. They can look over your HVAC system, air filters, ductwork, and more, including advising you on the difference in cost between your current system and a more energy-efficient model. An older HVAC system can use much more energy, so it may make sense to replace your system to save your summer energy bills.

Tip #2: DIY Maintenance Goes a Long Way

While you should certainly call a professional for any major complications with your HVAC system, there a few things you can do on your own to extend its lifespan. DIY HVAC maintenance includes: • Making sure the air filters are changed out every month to ensure that dirty filters aren’t making your system work harder than it needs to • Make sure the outdoor unit is clear of debris like leaves and other organic material. If the unit is in the sun, this can also affect its ability to cool, so it may be worth it to put up an awning over it.

Tip #3: Take Some Stress off of Your HVAC

The best way to avoid HVAC repair is to use your AC sparingly in the summer, only for the hottest days and nights. Once you get comfortable running your cooling system around the clock, it can be difficult to get readjusted to not living with AC. Meanwhile, your HVAC is working much harder than it needs to, potentially taking years off of its life. Using fans, opening windows at night, and closing the curtains or blinds when a window is directly in the sun can take some of the stress of your AC, making a large difference in the amount of time it’s running. When to Call an HVAC Company for Service When your HVAC system is around 10 years old, you’ll start to worry about how much time it has left. Preventative HVAC maintenance can bring you much-needed peace of mind, but what about when your AC system stops working completely? First, you’ll need to make sure it’s your HVAC system and not the thermostat.

When It’s Time To Call The Professionals

Once you’ve confirmed that the problem isn’t the thermostat, then it’s time to call an HVAC company to diagnose the issue and carry out HVAC repairs. RDVAH Has HVAC Systems to Meet Your Needs For any home set-up and budget, RDHVAC has an HVAC system for you. From standard AC units to central air and ductless HVAC systems, you’ll find the service and the equipment that meets your needs right here with RDVAC. We offer 0% financing available for up to 60 months on every AC unit we sell, ensuring that summer comfort is within your price range. To learn more, contact us today!

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