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Basic Household Maintenance Tips: HVAC Maintenance, Inspection, and Repair

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The temperature is quickly dropping as fall is now in full swing. This means that winter is right around the corner. Is your HVAC system ready? The only way to know for sure is you call your local HVAC contractor and have them inspect your system.

Although you should leave HVAC system inspection and repair to the professionals, there are still several do-it-yourself HVAC maintenance projects that you can perform.

DIY HVAC Maintenance Tips

1. Air Filters: As a homeowner, you should change your air filters on a monthly basis.

2. Thermostat: Check your thermostat to make sure your HVAC system is working properly. Is your system achieving the set temperature? If not, you could have a problem.

3. Programmable Thermostat: You could also consider installing a programmable thermostat, allowing you to preset temperatures for different times of the day. This will ensure that your heating system only works when it needs to.

4. Vacuum: Vacuum any debris from your furnace blower compartment.

5. Air Vents: Always make sure your supply-air and return-air vents are open and unobstructed to ensure proper air flow.

6. Unusual Behavior: If you witness any unusual noises, or excess heat or water, you may have an issue.

7. Attic Insulation: While not directly related to your HVAC system, your attic insulation, or lack thereof, can affect the energy efficiency of your home. As a general rule of thumb, if you look across your attic and can easily see your floor joists, you do not have enough insulation.

8. Weather Stripping: Like attic insulation, weather-stripping doors that lead to cold or outside areas can help increase the energy efficiency of your home.

If you notice any issues, call a professional HVAC contractor to have these issues fixed before winter. Delaying repairs could cause your system to work inefficiently, costing you every month on your heating bills, and could cause your system to fail prematurely, costing you even more money.

Hopefully you have found these Basic Household Maintenance Tips useful. If you have any questions, please contact Potomac Valley Management by calling 1.877.390.4090 or visit PVMGT.com today!

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Basic Household Maintenance Tips: Preparing your Home for Fall

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Summer is quickly coming to an end, which means one thing; fall is right around the corner. But before the seasons change, there are a few preventative maintenance steps you, as a homeowner or landlord, should take to better prepare your property and make it as energy efficient as possible.

Fall Maintenance Tips

1) HVAC Maintenance: With temperatures dropping, your furnace is going to start getting a lot of use. Is it ready for the increased workload? The only way to really know for sure is you call your local HVAC contractor to come out and inspect your system. It is also a good idea to have them clean your ductwork while they are at your home.

There are a few simple tasks that you can take on to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. For starters, change your air filters (this should be done every month). Secondly, make sure your home’s heating vents are clear and are not obstructed by furniture or carpeting. Finally, dust your vents to ensure they are free from dirt, debris, and whatever else has accumulated on them during the summer.

2) Clean the Gutters: Fall is the perfect time to clean those pesky gutters to prevent clogging. Otherwise, leaves, twigs, and other debris could cause water to accumulate. And if this water freezes during the winter months, it could back up into your roof and cause a lot of problems.

3) Chimney Inspections and Cleanings: Do you plan on using your fireplace at all with the weather cooling down? If so, a chimney inspection is a must. You never know what may have found its way into your chimney while it sat dormant. And, if need be, have your chimney professionally cleaned.

4) Test Smoke and CO Detectors: Test all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and replace batteries as needed.

5) Clean Dryer Vents: One of the leading causes of house fires each year is dryer fires. Because of this, it is important to clean your dryer vents annually. And fall seems as good a time as any.

6) Prepare your Water Heater: You can prepare your home for cooler weather by draining your water heater and clearing out any debris that has settled in the tank. This will help improve the efficiency of your water heater while also prolonging its useful life.

7) Check for Drafts: Your home’s energy efficiency is affected by several different factors, including what is known as your home’s envelope (the outer walls). By checking for and fixing any drafts, you can make your home much more energy efficient, saving yourself money every month on your heating bills.

Hopefully you have found these Fall Maintenance Tips useful. If you have any questions, please contact Potomac Valley Management by calling 1.877.390.4090 or visit PVMGT.com today!

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