5 Things that Can Break if You Don’t Get Your HVAC serviced Regularly

HVACNo one likes to deal with repairs or even maintenance on their HVAC system, but the reality is if you fail to get check-ups you could very well end up with a bigger bill down the line. In fact, the likelihood of your unit breaking down if you don’t get it serviced is very real indeed.

Down below we take a closer look at which parts will break down if you don’t get your HVAC serviced on a regular basis. Here are the five most common things that will break in your home unit if you opt to not have your HVAC serviced on a regularly recommended schedule.

  1. Poor Ventilation

Your ventilation system relies heavily on constant maintenance of your unit. A dirty filter can quickly turn into a serious air quality problem if left untreated. The longer that air filter stays clogged, the greater likelihood of your entire unit being effected. This could even eventually lead to total unit failure. The only way to manage this is through preventative maintenance.

  1. Belt breakage

As your HVAC unit ages, things such as belts wear down and can eventually break down your motor and leave your unit ineffective. If a belt breaks or a motor component locks up, you’ll end up calling a repair person to come cure your issue. However, if you choose maintenance your costs will be far lower than if and when your parts break. Technicians are much more aware of any issues that your HVAC may have and can help guide you towards the best maintenance care.

  1. Blower Motor

A blower motor that is broken down due to a broken belt or bearings, can lead to a complete breakdown of the unit. The blower motor effects your entire unit and can also reduce your airflow dramatically. Often that is the first symptom of this issue. With a quick check-up, however, a technician can identify the problem and get it back to working in no time.

  1. Condensation drain leakage or breakage

When your condensation drain is broken, backed up, or simply not flowing properly the result can be catastrophic. If the drain is clogged, you can fully expect your unit to run poorly and fail to restart on its own. Humidity extraction is a critical component to any efficient air conditioner system. Maintenance can effectively reduce or prevent any serious issues from arising. Without getting the right assistance, however, the broken down drain can create a more serious problem that eventually leads to a broken unit.

  1. Refrigerant Line

If your refrigerant line is not insulated or poorly insulated it can result in a frozen unit. This line runs from the outside of your unit into your home, and is crucial to ensuring your home stays cool during those hot summer days. Any missing or damaged insulation needs to be repaired quickly to keep your unit in check. Regular maintenance can prevent any damage by ensuring your unit is properly insulated.

The good news is that regular inspections can prevent any of the issues mentioned above, thereby preventing any expensive repair costs.

 

5 Ways the Nest Thermostat Saves You Money on Energy Costs

Nest Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat is one of the most advanced pieces of technology to be released in years. This nifty, yet effective device can help you save money on your energy costs and give you the peace of mind knowing your AC/Heating system is functioning properly.  McCalls has been installing NEST thermostats in Savannah for years.  Call us for any help or information.  In the meantime here’s more information to help you make the right choice in buying a programmable thermostat.

Here are five ways The Nest can help you save some serious cash.

  1. It works with you to set the temperature

Unlike other conventional thermostats, the Nest Thermostat is unique in that it follows your setting patterns to develop its own. In other words, when you first install the device you will set the temperature first and then the unit will follow your pattern over the course of a week. You don’t need to set it after that point. The device even learns your seasonal patterns, thereby staying accurate all year long.

  1. Automatic Temperature Adjustment

The Nest Learning Thermostat turns itself down automatically when it ‘senses’ you aren’t in your home. When you have an unexpected errand to run, an appointment you thought would be much briefer than it turned out to be, or simply decided to go out for dinner instead of staying in the Nest will automatically adjust your temperature. This saves you money when you would otherwise completely ignore your system. This worry-free no-brainer thermostat makes it easy to save money on your energy bill.

  1. Through Wireless Controls

If you head out for a vacation or have an unexpected trip and want to adjust your temperature the Nest lets you do it! If you own a smart phone, you can adjust your thermostat from it simply by downloading the app. With greater control comes a lower energy bill as well.

  1. With a Helpful ‘Leaf’ Icon

According to experts, changing your temperature by just one degree can reduce your energy usage by 5% overtime. Thanks to the easy to spot ‘Leaf’ Icon and setting from the Nest, you can automatically save energy by following its temperature suggestions. This pre-programmed adjustment gives you the ability to make smarter decisions without ever researching the right way to go about it. Built into this system is this fantastic feature, giving you peace of mind knowing you’re saving money.

  1. Through Awareness

Most of us simply aren’t aware of just how much energy we expend every single day. With the Nest you can sign up to receive email updates notifying you of your energy expenditure. By simply being aware of that expenditure, you can greatly reduce your energy consumption and take proactive steps to reduce it even more. You would be amazed how much damage a degree or two can do to your energy costs, which can leave you wanting to take action.

As you can see, the Nest Thermostat offers a variety of ways to save money on your energy costs. Even if you’re not fully aware of how much you are spending now, the Nest can help you decipher that difference and give you greater awareness of your situation. Who wouldn’t want this device in their home.

Programmable Thermostats – The Why and How

Anyone with a standard thermostat is probably familiar with the scenario of waking up in the middle of the night from overheating in bed. It’s not uncommon. Perhaps it was a cold Winter evening when you cranked up the heat to °78F, and forgot about it completely. The next thing you know, you’re waking up covered in sweat, and your bill has just climbed a little higher this month.

No one enjoys these happenstances, so how can we avoid it? Luckily there is an alternative which still includes the ability to have heat when you need it, and preserve it when you don’t; programmable thermostats.

What is a programmable Thermostat?

Despite the conceptual simplicity of this device, not many people know about them, or have heard about them, but haven’t had the chance to learn more info.

A programmable thermostat is a device which at first glance, looks like an ordinary temperature controller, often in a white casing on the wall. Unlike ordinary thermostats however, these mechanism allows the owner to designate different heating/air conditioning settings to different times of the day.

Nearly half of all the energy costs in your home can come from heating! Luckily with devices such as these, you can save literally hundreds a year by simply scheduling your home to be ten degrees cooler while you’re at work!

What to look for in a programmable thermostat?

As with all other technology, there is a wide variety of thermostats you can buy, with different sets of features, and an equally wide range of cost.

As far as cost is concerned, the base range is only 25$! For that price, you can get a basic, but good system that will save you tons!

Features that can add to the price (but can be ultimately useful):

  • 7 day programmability (able to set up a different schedule for each day of the week)
  • An energy consumption monitor
  • backlit display
  • Wifi connection (allowing you to adjust temperature from your mobile devices)

If you have further questions about programmable thermostats, please send us an email or give us a call! We’re happy to supply anyone and everyone with professional advice and insights to heating, air conditioning, and air conditioning repair.

McCall’s Technicians are Nest Thermostat Certified Professionals

If you live anywhere in Savannah or the low country, a Nest thermostat can probably save you money.  About half of your energy bill can be traced directly to your thermostat.  A programmable thermostat can save you money, but only if you program it!  if you don’t know your family’s favorite thermostat settings throughout the day and at different times of the year, you might not be taking advantage of the programmable thermostat you bought. Enter the Nest thermostat.

Nest Thermostat in Savannah

Nest ThermostatThe Nest thermostat actually programs itself.  It remembers when you turn the heat up and down and has motion sensors to know when you are at home and when you are away.  It remembers what you like the setting to be when it is hot in the Savannah summers.  And it takes into consideration when you keep the heat off in the mild seasons in a Savannah fall or early spring.     In short, the Nest thermostat learns your behavior and your preferences in order to keep you most comfortable and save you the most money, and you don’t have to program a thing.  All that’s left is installation.

McCall’s Technicians are Certified Nest Installation Professionals

If you don’t like messing with the wires coming out of the walls in your home, or you’d just plain feel more comfortable knowing that work is being done by a heating and air conditioning professional, call us.  McCalls Heating and Air technicians are Nest Certified Professionals.  You can buy your Nest thermostat through us and we will take care of the installation.  If you’ve already bought your Nest thermostat online or elsewhere, we are still happy to help you install it.  Click here to schedule an installation or call us: 912-898-1888.

Using the Nest Thermostat with iPhone and Android

Nest Thermostat OnlineAfter the thermostat is installed you can control it from an iPhone, an Android phone, or any internet connection.  Even more than control, the Nest also records your energy history so that you can view and track energy performance online.  Here’s a link to all of the information you can track and see with the Nest thermostat.

 

Nest Smoke & CO Alarm

nest smoke alarmAsk us about the new Nest smoke alarm.  It’s as advanced and forward thinking as the thermostat.  As of this writing, the Nest Smoke Alarms are only in pre-order phase right now.  You can pre-order through McCall’s.  Just give us a call: 912-898-1888.

 

5 things to do which save money on your heat and air bill right now

A major financial expense revolves around the use of heating and air conditioning. Let’s face it, you want to be comfortable whether you are at work or at home and these environmental factors play an important role in accomplishing it. You can still enjoy a pleasant temperature without breaking your bank in heat and air bills by using a reputable heating and air conditioning service.Here are five tips from our professionals to get you started:

  1. Routinely change the filters. A poorly functioning filter not only decreases the ability of air to flow throughout the room, but forces the heating or cooling unit to work harder to accomplish half the results. A clean and well maintained filter system will keep the air flowing freely and effectively as well as provide the added benefit of diminishing air pollutants.
  2. Install a programmable thermostat. Having a programmable thermostat enables you to have greater control over not only the average temperatures, but how often and when your unit is being used. You will see an instant difference in your heating or cooling bill as you lower the use when you are not home, or sleeping.
  3. Set the thermostat to a higher or lower temperature. Changing your setting by just a few degrees higher or lower, depending upon the season, will provide a nice change to your utility bill.
  4. Consider a zoned temperature approach. If you have ever noticed that different areas of your home or business are warmer or cooler than other locations in the building, it may be a prudent choice to consider using a zoning system. These are designed to balance out the temperature variants, or create rooms which naturally are different from other areas within the dwelling. This leads to less fighting over the thermostat as each person attempts to get comfortable.
  5. Heating and air conditioning service for maintenance and repair. Having a trained and qualified technician provide seasonal maintenance and diligent repairs when needed will keep everyone comfortable and your unit working at peak performance.

Too often people will wait too long, or neglect to provide heating and air conditioning service to thier unit. It is far easier to keep a unit working properly than to suffer the added cost and hassle of needing to replace or repair a unit when it no longer works correctly.

Are you unsure about your heat services? Want more info? Contact McCalls heating and air, or check out our article on furnaces Here!