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March 14, 2019

It is recommended to consider doing general cleaning on your HVAC system at the beginning of every heating and cooling season. With the coming of spring, there is an increase in allergens and pollens that cause severe allergic reactions. As a homeowner, you should not compromise the air quality in your home. Spring cleaning of the outside unit, as well as the inside unit, should be done by every homeowner. The following are some RDHVAC spring cleaning tips that can help ensure a trouble-free spring season.

Clean the air filters

Air filters should be inspected, cleaned, and replaced when necessary. Filters for your heating and cooling systems are vital because they prevent contaminants from entering the air flow in our air conditioning units. This ensures that the air we breathe in our home is clean and fresh. Dirty, clogged filters should be cleaned before the Spring and Summer seasons to not compromise the efficiency of the air conditioning system. Filters are inexpensive and easy to change, so it is a good idea to get into the habit of cleaning them on every change of season.

Keep Grills and Vents Clean

Sometimes the smallest issues can cause your system not to perform as well as it should. This is why regular cleaning can be so critical. Spring cleaning your air vents help stop random debris from entering the system’s duct.Dust that has accumulated inside your heating and cooling system can make your blower fan go off balance. When the fan is off balance, it can cause unwanted noise, lower the performance, and increases the potential future issues of the entire heating and AC system.

Keep Return Registers, and Supply Registers Open and Unblocked

Be watchful when closing and blocking off portions of your r and d heating and cooling system. When it is askew, it can have significant effects on your HVAC’s efficiency. Your heating and cooling system is designed to be balanced and when a part of your system is closed off, you may create an unequal balance of air. While this is not abnormal to do based upon the season it is imperative to check that your system is set up properly for the heating and or air conditioning season. In the summer, returns should be open to pull hot air out rooms which is predominantly on the second floor of a home. Conversely, in the winter, the first floor returns should be open to pull the cold air which sinks from the first floor rooms.

Clean the Outside Condensing Unit

If your home is surrounded by trees or is you have shrubs or other vegetation near you outdoor condenser, debris and tree leaves may clog the coils of your unit and cause substantial inefficiencies or potentially damage the unit. Be sure to check your system regularly and clear all debris. This task can also be completed at the beginning of spring. Ensure there are no the bushes and tree branches around the outside unit. A If the outdoor unit has dirt or other debris on the coil be sure to spray it with a hose and try to remove any debris that has managed to get down into the middle of the AC unit.

HVAC Cleaning and Inspection

While spring cleaning and home check ups will make a difference, it is highly recommended having a skilled technician to inspect and tune up your system yearly. It is recommended to have your furnace looked at in the fall and have your AC looked at in the spring. The worst time to get your HVAC looked at is when it is already broken. These simple tips are easy to do and could potentially save homeowners large repair bills in the future.If potential problems are noticed during the spring cleaning, then it is time to call an expert at R&D Heating and Cooling to have the issue fixed. Especially when dealing with gas units, it is best to leave problems to the licensed and trained professionals.

January 29, 2019

heating and air conditioning tune up

Regular heat pump maintenance not only extends the life span of your heat pump but also elevates the comfort of your living space. Also, routine maintenance helps identify any pump malfunction before it escalates. Regarding energy consumption, a well-maintained unit consumes about 25% less energy compared to poorly maintained units.

DIY heating pump maintenance checklist

While we recommend that you request HVAC services when needed, observing the following practices will help maintain your heat pump:

  • Avoid setting the thermostat below 65ºF during the warm season or below 70ºF during the cooling season.
  • Make sure your heat pump is at least 4 inches above the ground. This allows for proper drainage.
  • Clean or change the air filters monthly or as needed
  • Regularly check your heat pump for snow build-up during the winter
  • Clean the coils on your unit as soon as they appear dirty
  • If you have an outdoor unit, make sure the area around it is clean and free of any foliage. Keep shrubs and plants at least 20 inches away from your unit.

Dealer maintenance

During your preventive maintenance appointment, the R & D Heating and Cooling technician will closely examine the heat pump for any signs of repairs. A dealer’s heating pump maintenance checklist includes:

  • Electrical connections including the pump’s relays, contractors, and capacitors. The technician will tighten any loose connections to minimize chances of compressor and motor failures as well as electrical hazards.
  • Lubrication to reduce energy losses through friction and resistance.
  • Startup, shutdown and other pump control tests to ensure that each control is functioning as it should. The technician will also be on the lookout for unusual vibrations and noises as the unit shuts off or turns on.
  • The condition of the unit’s air filters
  • The state of the motor and blower wheels. The technician will check on the motor to ascertain that it draws in required amperage and clean blower wheels to reduce energy wastage.
  • Alignment of the pump’s components including the pulley and belts.
  • Checking for consistent coil temperatures.
  • Checking on the crankcase to minimize the chances of compressor damage.
  • The state and positioning of the unit’s panels.
  • Checking on the refrigerant charge and leaks.
  • Based on the findings and the improvements they will suggest any repairs or improvements your unit might need.

If you need a repair, you can schedule it here.

How often should you schedule preventive heat pump maintenance?

Experts recommend that you have your heat pump serviced twice every year. This is so because unlike other climate control systems which experience heavy use during one season and mostly stay idle for the rest of the year, heat pumps are used both in the summer and the winter. It would be ideal to have your unit serviced during the spring and fall of each year.

R&D Heating and Cooling understands that your home’s comfort is dependent on the efficiency, and reliability of your heat pump. We are a Nate Certified and a 5-star rated company that provides heat pump installation, maintenance, and repair services. Get in touch with us at 610-364-5569 or click here schedule a maintenance appointment.

November 1, 2018

Buying a furnace is no small investment, and like any major decision, demands a certain amount of thought before making a final choice.

Here are 10 considerations you should have completely thought out before making the decision about the furnace you purchase, and some questions you should ask yourself about each one, courtesy of the team at R&D Heating and Cooling:

1. System Type

Do you need a split system furnace or a packaged HVAC unit? Split HVAC components are the more common choice, in which there is an indoor and outdoor unit in use. Packaged HVAC systems are better for residences without much extra room in crawlspaces, basements, or closets for bulky heating and cooling systems.

2. Indoor Air Quality

When it’s time to replace your old furnace, there are other things to consider as well. For example, have you ever had your indoor air quality checked? When was the last time you had your ductwork cleaned? No matter the age of your furnace, air being pushed through unclean ducts and filters can present the added risk of respiratory illness on the occupants of your home or office.

3. Zoning Systems

Do you have a particularly large home or office? Does the climate tend to vary greatly in different parts of your space? When your heating and cooling needs are more complicated, you need a furnace with a zoning system. This splits different parts in your home up among different thermostats, meaning that you can stay comfortable in one part without sacrificing comfort in another.

4. Fuel Source

How old is your home? If you live in an old home, you may not have gas lines, meaning that your choices are an electric furnace or an old-fashioned propane-powered furnace. If not, gas and electric are the two most affordable, cleanest fuels to provide heat throughout your home or business in the winter. Electric heat is the cleanest but may cost more than gas heat, the most common source of energy for residential furnaces.

5. Blower Speed

Do you find yourself needing certain rooms heated nearly constantly? This can be solved by an upgrade in the blower speed of your furnace. Fixed speed blowers only distribute air at one speed, while variable speed blowers can offer an enhanced efficiency in creating comfortable living and working spaces.

6. Installation

Do you have a team that you trust to handle installation? A furnace and/or any other HVAC equipment is only as reliable as the team you use to install it. At R&D Heating and Cooling, you get access to experienced furnace installation experts.

7. Pricing

What’s your budget for a new furnace? Do you know how much a high-quality furnace will cost you? Buying a cheaper option may seem economical in the short run, but over time the costs of additional maintenance and the likely need to replace it faster than higher-quality models may cost you more.

8. Size

How much space do you have for a new furnace? If the answer is “not a lot” you may want to consider a packaged HVAC unit. If you’re replacing a furnace as part of a split system, you may want to stay with the more common choice, although switching to a packaged system may save some space.

9. Warranty

Make sure that when you purchase a new furnace, you get the equipment and installation with a great warranty. At R&D Heating and Cooling, we offer warranties on all our installation, as well as manufacturer’s warranties on the equipment we install.

10. Rebate and Incentives

Look for specials like incentives and rebates from the company you choose for installation of your new furnace. Check out the specials that we offer right now at R&D Heating and Cooling!