How Routine HVAC Maintenance Can Save You Money

Some Seattle homeowners live by the motto, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” However, when it comes to your HVAC system, this mindset can actually impact you negatively. Just like your car needs an oil change and tire rotation after every 2,000 to 5,000 miles, your heating and cooling system also need some routine maintenance to keep the equipment clean and running smoothly. Below, we’ll explain how routine HVAC maintenance can save you money and prolong the life of your HVAC system. We’ll also discuss how Cardinal’s Planned HVAC Maintenance Agreement Program can help you save on your routine maintenance costs.

Benefits of HVAC Maintenance

You may be wondering, how can spending money on HVAC maintenance services help you save money. Though it may seem counterintuitive, scheduling consistent routine HVAC maintenance services on your home comfort system can actually help you save more money over time. In fact, the cost of the HVAC maintenance services more than pays for itself over the life of the unit.

During your HVAC maintenance visit, a certified HVAC technician cleans your equipment and checks for any issues that may impact the way your heater or AC functions. Cleaning and lubricating the system helps keep your system running smoothly and efficiently, while preventing malfunctions. Additionally, your HVAC tech will check to see if your system needs any repairs. By identifying these repair needs early on, the HVAC technician is able to fix the problem before it becomes a bigger and more costly issue.

Routine HVAC maintenance not only saves you money by keeping your system running efficiently, but it can actually extend the life of your heating and cooling units. Just as routine car maintenance often allows you to put the maximum amount of miles on your car for the life of the vehicle, the same is true for your HVAC system.

Save Money with Planned HVAC Maintenance Agreement Program

At Cardinal Heating & AC, Inc., we take every opportunity to help our customers save money while staying comfortable. Our Planned HVAC Maintenance Agreement Program (PMA) helps you ensure that your HVAC system is consistently maintained and kept clean to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. With the planned maintenance agreement, Seattle homeowners get to enjoy reduced maintenance service rates and 24/7 emergency service rates as well as preferential scheduling.

The best part is that with a planned HVAC maintenance agreement from Cardinal, you don’t have to worry about making sure that your system is serviced. Our team of certified HVAC technicians will perform automatic regular inspections on your system where they will clean the equipment and look for any repair needs. This will help you ensure that your factory warranty remains valid for your HVAC system.

Fall is the perfect time to schedule a routine HVAC maintenance visit to help you get ready for the colder months ahead. Contact us today to schedule a maintenance visit, and don’t forget to ask about our planned maintenance agreements! Call now: (425) 296-2097.

2017 Home Maintenance Budget: How to Plan Ahead for Next Year

Budgeting is one of those things that many people know is important but very few actually take the time to do. When it comes to home maintenance, services and repairs can become costly, especially if you don’t plan ahead. A home maintenance budget is a great way to make sure that you set aside enough money throughout the year to cover your home improvement projects and maintenance needs.

How to Create a Home Maintenance Budget

Planning ahead is the best way to ensure that your home maintenance projects go smoothly. Here are the steps you should take to create a home maintenance budget for 2017:

  1. Determine how much money you can set aside for home maintenance.

Like any other type of budget, the first step in creating a home maintenance budget is deciding how much money you have to work with. Whether you are setting aside funds each paycheck or you have savings set aside specifically for home maintenance needs, you will first need to determine how much money you have to work with before deciding which projects you can plan for in the new year.

  1. Prioritize your home maintenance needs.

Once you have decided how much you can afford to spend on home maintenance in 2017, you need to prioritize your home maintenance projects. Though you may really want to renovate your bathroom or install hardwood floors throughout your home, these projects may not be as important to home comfort as purchasing a new air conditioner or replacing a damaged roof. Make a list of all the home maintenance projects you need to complete, and then decide which can wait and which cannot.

  1. Anticipate upcoming home maintenance needs.

When determining which home maintenance projects you will take on in 2017, you will also want to anticipate any future needs that may need to be taken care of. For instance, though your roof may not be leaking right now, that does not mean that it may not need to be replaced fairly soon. Consider the age and condition of your home and appliances to better anticipate any home maintenance or renovation needs you may have in the near future, and factor these into your home maintenance budget.

  1. Set aside funds for unplanned expenses and emergencies.

When creating your home maintenance budget, it is important to set aside funds for unplanned expenses and emergencies. For instance, let’s say that when you are renovating your bathroom, you discover a major issue with the plumbing. Though you may not have planned for this in your initial bathroom renovation budget, you can use the extra funds that you set aside for emergencies to fix this problem before it becomes a bigger issue. Similarly, it is always helpful to set aside funds for emergency issues like a broken down HVAC system or a busted water heater.

Is a new HVAC system on your list of home maintenance needs for 2017? Contact us today to discuss your options for a new air conditioning and heating system and installation. Don’t forget to ask about our financing options and rebates.

When to Call an HVAC Tech for Heater Repair

Before you call an HVAC technician for heating repair, there are a few minor things you may want to check for that could end up saving you money on an unneeded service call. No one likes to spend unneeded money on something simple that could have been fixed without a professional, so take a look at this list below to see if your HVAC issue is really worth a call to a pro. Oftentimes, a simple fix can save you the hassle and costs associated with an HVAC house call.

Is Your Gas Turned On?

If you have gas heating, make sure that your home’s gas supply is still turned on. If your gas company suspects a problem or leak, they will turn off the gas supply to check for issues. Give your gas company a call before calling an HVAC technician to rule out any potential interference with your gas company as to why your HVAC system is not running properly. Also, with older units especially, make sure that your pilot light is lit. Most heating units use an electronic starter these days, but some people do still have units that run by pilot lights and an unlit pilot light will cause a heating unit to stop working. This goes for a hot water heater, as well. Newer electronic driven units generally have “flash codes”, which help indicate whether something is wrong. Take a look at our heating unit’s manual to help diagnose issues for these types of systems.

Take a Careful Look at Your Thermostat

This may seem obvious, but it’s an easily overlooked issues. Be sure to check the settings on your thermostat to make certain that the thermostat’s display is displaying the desired settings. Double check that the system is turned on, and that the switch is set properly to the correct temperature and to “heat” and not to “cool” or “off”. Many times homeowners will think that their heating and cooling system is not working properly only to find that their thermostat was simply not set correctly. Double checking your thermostat could save you the costs of a service call.

Pay Attention to Your Power Supply

Check your HVAC’s power supply. There may be a switch for your HVAC unit located close by to the unit (it could resemble a light switch), or your HVAC’s switch may be located on your circuit breaker. Generally, if up to code, this on/off switch will be clearly labeled for your HVAC system.

How’s the Air Filter?

If your heater seems to be running poorly or has decreased in efficiency, take a look at your system’s air filter. A dirty air filter can cause big problems for how well an HVAC unit performs. If you have an extremely dirty air filter, then your HVAC system cannot function properly. Before investing in an HVAC technician telling you’re your filter is dirty, simply check yourself and replace the filter if needed. A clean filter can go a long way in allowing your heater to function normally.

If you’ve checked all of the issues above and your heating system still doesn’t work, then it’s time to call a pro. We can help! Call us today at 425-296-2097

5 Ways to Get Your Seattle Home Ready for Winter

Winters in Seattle can get a bit chilly with the average high of 47 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low of 36 degrees. Just as you have to take steps to prepare yourself for the winter, you also need to prepare your home. Below, we offer some tips for getting your Seattle home ready for the winter weather.

Tips for Preparing Your Seattle Home for Winter.

Preparing your home for the winter is an important part of making sure that you and your family stay comfortable throughout the coldest months of the year. Use these 5 tips to help you prepare your home for winter in Seattle:

  1. Clean your gutters.

Once all of the leaves are down, it is time to make sure that your gutters are clean. Clogged gutters can cause a variety of problems in your home including overflowing and flooding. Make sure that your gutters are clean before the coldest temperatures hit when you will be less likely to clean your gutters.

  1. Seal up your home.

Seal any cracks around windows and doors to ensure that you are not letting heat escape. Leaks in your insulation make it more difficult for you and your family to get comfortable as heat can escape through these cracks, wasting energy and making your heating system work harder than it needs to in order to keep your home warm.

  1. Hire a chimney sweep.

When is the last time you had your chimney cleaned? If you use your chimney three times a week, you should have it cleaned once a year. If it is only once or twice a week then every other year should be fine. For best results, have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually to identify any internal water damage that may have occurred.

  1. Check to ensure there is no roof damage.

Check your roof for any damaged, loose, or missing shingles. These can allow water to leak in your home, causing an uncomfortable mess. If you notice any areas of your roof that might need repair, call a roofing professional to repair any issues before winter arrives. You don’t want to be left with cold water leaking in your home during the holiday season.

  1. Get your furnace or heater inspected.

It’s recommended that you get your HVAC system inspected and cleaned annually. The best time for a heating system tune-up is in the fall before winter. This is because winter is typically a time when your HVAC system works its hardest to keep your home warm and comfortable. It’s important to make sure that everything is clean and running smoothly before you use your heater for the season.

But if you haven’t gotten your annual tune-up yet, it’s not too late. Call Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment for your seasonal tune-up. One of our experienced technicians will clean your heating system and perform an inspection to ensure that your heater or furnace does not need any repairs. This helps keep your heater working smoothly and efficiently during one of the coldest times of the year.