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Commercial HVAC Troubleshooting Tips from the Experts
Thursday, May 17, 2018
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H1: Odors? Sounds? Increased costs and decreased output? How can you track down the source of your HVAC troubles? Turn to the commercial services pros.

When it comes to commercial services for HVAC systems, it is essential to know a few things. If your system doesn't seem to be acting quite right, it can cost your business money. It can make customers and employees uncomfortable. And odors or sounds aren't good for anyone.

What to Check First

There are a few common issues with commercial HVAC systems. Most tend to be easy, like thermostat issues or clogged filters. Or they can be more involved, like leaking refrigerant. An important first checkpoint is your maintenance log. When was the last time someone was out to service your system?

Preventive maintenance keeps the HVAC running efficiently. A regular schedule of maintenance identifies smaller issues before they become larger problems. Commercial services include checks on refrigerant and the air balance in your vents. When you take care of your system, it will take care of you.

When to Get Help

It's always a good time to call if you need help. Some places to check on your own include the thermostat and your air filters. Thermostats can misbehave for many reasons, but a common one is dying batteries. Check your thermostat and see if new batteries help improve HVAC functionality.

On a similar note, review your maintenance log to see when you last had air filters replaced. If it's been a while, now is a good time to change them. As air filters become clogged with dust and dirt, the system works less efficiently. The loss of efficiency results in higher electric bills, lower output, and even unexplained odors. New filters may be just the fix you need.

If you've done the basics and you still are experiencing problems, call a professional. Commercial services are there so you can do your job well and not worry about the environment in your office or business. Sometimes it's best to leave it to the pros. If they do their job, you can do yours without worrying about your HVAC system.

To reach the trusted professionals for all your HVAC commercial services needs, contact our team of experts at G+S.

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Ways Changing Your Air Filter Can Help You Save Energy This Spring
Thursday, May 10, 2018
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Who doesn't like to save money? Save green by being greener with a little help from expert energy services.

It's easy to overlook an air filter, but it's a key component to efficient energy services. What you can't see may be making your air quality less than ideal, but it's also hurting your wallet. Air filters are a relatively inexpensive way to keep your HVAC system running at its best. In extreme cases, the dirt and pollutants can even harm your system.

How Do Air Filters Work?

Air filters trap pollutants, like dust and dander, and prevent them from entering the HVAC system. When air filters get dirty or blocked, the system has to work harder. Usually every two to three months, filters need replacing. Families with pets or anyone who smokes may find that their filters get clogged even faster. Clean air filters will improve your HVAC efficiency and save you money. Your HVAC accounts for about half of your electric bill, so saving on efficiency is good for your bottom line.

But I Don't Want to Spend the Money

Hey, we get it. Air filters often seem like money for nothing. They look like cardboard with paper in the middle. But the money you spend on filters saves you in the long run. Maintaining your air filters reduces the need for expensive repairs. All that dirt and grime can get into your HVAC and cause bigger, more expensive problems. And, don't forget, you are saving on your electric bill when your system runs more efficiently.

How can you know if your system is running at its best?  Call us at 704-933-2256 to schedule an appointment with our energy services team.

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3 Indoor Air Quality tips to Combat Spring Allergies
Thursday, May 03, 2018
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Sneezing? Itchy eyes? How can you combat seasonal allergies with clean indoor air? Learn how to maximize your heating and air conditioning system for the season.

During the season when you switch between heating and air conditioning, allergens abound! If you find yourself sneezing and itching, it is a good time to think about cleaning up your indoor air. There are a few things you can do around the house to make breathing easier during allergy season.

Service Your HVAC

Pollutants build up in your HVAC system over time. Proper inspection and cleaning is one option for improving indoor air quality. During preventive maintenance, a trusted technician will inspect your filters, which often cut down on allergens in your home.

Some filters keep the HVAC system clean but don't actually clean your air. For cleaner air, consider upgrading to HEPA filters or high-efficiency filters. HEPA filters are not compatible will all HVAC systems, however. During your preventive maintenance visit, your technician can help you understand your options.

A second benefit of having a technician inspect your HVAC system is that they can spot trouble. If you have mold or dust in your ducts, the technician may suggest cleaning them out. Smells coming from your air vents are another hint that it's time to schedule a duct cleaning. Older systems have more accumulated allergens. Newer, modern systems draw outside air in, filter it, and circulate it. This increased ventilation improves air quality.

What Else Can You Do?

Are there other changes you can make to improve the air quality inside your home? Yes! You can start with these tips:

  • Review your cleaning routine and products. Many household cleaners contain allergens. Look for cleaner and greener products with fewer ingredients. Some people now use vinegar, for example, as a go-to cleaner. It doesn't have the harsh chemicals and does a great job.
  • If anyone in your home smokes, it is preferable to keep it as an outdoor activity. The pollutants stick to carpet, upholstery, and window treatments.
  • Ensure proper ventilation around your home. This includes the kitchen, bathrooms, and HVAC system. Great ventilation reduces mold and mildew growth.

Get Started Now

If your HVAC system is older and needs inspection, scheduling an appointment is a great first step. Look around your home to see what else you can do to reduce chemicals and pollutants.

For more information or to schedule preventive maintenance contact our team at G+S Heating Air Energy Services. Breathe easier knowing your indoor air quality is good. And sleep well knowing your heating and air conditioning system is running efficiently.

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What Is the General Lifespan of an HVAC Unit?
Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Maintenance agreements can extend the life of a furnace or air conditioner, but nothing makes them immortal.

Maintenance agreements will help your heating and cooling equipment work as long as possible, but even the best brands won’t last forever. How long should you expect a well-maintained heater or air conditioner to last? Is that even the right question to ask? Here’s what you need to know.

Maintenance Factors into Wear

When businesses figure the lifespan of a new model of air conditioner or heating device, they figure maintenance into that equation. The 10-year warranty you get doesn’t mean the unit will function properly for that long if it goes ignored. In fact, in many cases, refusing to the do the basics will invalidate any protection you have against problems down the road.

Maintenance and Energy Efficiency

A pampered system won’t just last longer than a neglected HVAC setup. It will perform better too. You’ll be able to use less energy to comfortably heat and cool your home or business. Spend less for improved benefits.

Maintenance Plans Lead to Replacement and Repair Savings

According to industry leaders, homeowners should replace air conditioners after ten years. They recommend homeowners replace heating units after 15 years. While they certainly can last longer, this is the age where replacement is likely to return cost benefits based on new advancements in technology. As systems age, even those with a long history of regular maintenance, they begin to lose energy efficiency and start to break down. Property owners who enroll in a maintenance plan often find they save on repair and replacement plans through their local service dealer.

The same is true for neglected equipment, but build quality also makes a difference. A poorly maintained poor-quality system will only last a few years after installation.

Keep your HVAC equipment lasting long and strong by enrolling in one of G + S Energy’s maintenance agreements today. We want to help you make the most of your HVAC system. Contact us today!

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