Riley Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘maintenance’

Now Is a Good Time to Schedule Your Heating Maintenance

Monday, September 19th, 2022
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You might not want to think about the idea of “heat” at this time of year when we’re still experiencing warm days and the summer temperatures will linger into the fall. But fall is always the season when you want to give serious consideration to the heating system that will keep your family safe and comfortable through the approaching winter. 

What can you do for your heating system to prepare it for the cold season? It’s easy: call Riley for heating maintenance in Columbus, GA!

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Importance of Cleaning the AC ‘s Condenser Coil

Monday, November 4th, 2019

The Importance of Cleaning the AC Unit’s Outdoor Coil

Your air conditioner is a somewhat complex machine with many components that work together to keep your home cool. If there’s an issue with any single part, it can drag down the system as a whole. That’s why cleaning and maintaining your air conditioner is so important. To get the best performance out of your AC unit, it is also important to regularly clean the outdoor condenser coil.

What the Outdoor Unit Does

To understand the importance of the condenser coil, it helps to know how your air conditioner works. Your air conditioner moves heat out of your home and replaces it with cool air. Hot air flows over the indoor (evaporator) coils, where the refrigerant absorbs that heat, causing it to evaporate. Special conduits then carry that gas to the outdoor unit, where a special pump called a compressor forces the gas, under high pressure, to return to liquid form. The extra heat that is created in this process is passed outdoors via the condenser coils. As a result, the gas cools and changes back to a liquid state. The refrigerant releases that stored heat outside the home, leaving the cooler air for indoors. This cycle repeats continuously in order to keep your home cool.

How Cleaning Helps

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Because the whole purpose of the outdoor unit is to release heat outside your home, having good air flow is essential. The better the air flow, the more efficiently the air conditioner can get rid of that stored heat, improving the performance of the system as a whole. Because it is outdoors, the unit is exposed to a variety of elements. Keeping the outdoor unit clean means brushing off dust, pollen, and dirt, clearing off any debris that may have fallen onto or into the unit, and cutting back any foliage within a few feet of the system. Ensure there are no objects or landscaping within two feet of the outdoor units on all sides, and within five feet of the top of the unit.

Keeping the exterior portion of the unit clean is relatively simple, but cleaning coils and other components inside is best left to the pros. Regular maintenance will ensure that your condenser coils stay in good working condition. For more information about keeping your air conditioner properly maintained, call Riley Heating & Air Conditioning at 334-298-1278.

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6 Ways You Can Improve Indoor Comfort

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

There are many factors that affect home comfort. From an HVAC perspective, temperature and indoor air quality are perhaps the main factors that you have to tackle throughout the year. When it comes to your HVAC system and your indoor air, there are ways Phenix City, Alabama residents can improve indoor comfort and save energy at the same time.

Hand_Cor_ThermostatUpgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Considered to be one of the newest energy-saving tools on the market, smart programmable thermostats provide many benefits. In addition to energy and costs savings, they are extremely easy to use and can be customized according to your schedule and desired comfort levels.

open-air-filtersChange Your HVAC Filter Frequently

Unfortunately, many people ignore or simply forget to change their air filter regularly. To avoid buildup of dust and subsequent respiratory problems, it is very important that you clean or change your filter as needed.

Open the Windows for Fresh Air

Unlike many areas across the country, temperatures in our region are comparatively more favorable during the winter months. When temperatures are mild, open the windows to take advantage of the cool air, and to improve air circulation in your home.

A Dehumidifier Keeps Moisture Levels in Check

In a humid environment like Alabama, a dehumidifier can mean the difference between a comfortable home and one that encourages mold growth. Dehumidifiers also reduce strain on your HVAC system since it provides cooling. This also helps you to save money on your utility bills.

Try Plants

Plants can also help to improve indoor air quality. Many of these plants require little maintenance, but can help to effectively remove harmful pollutants from your indoor air. Consider plants such as Aloe, English Ivy, Peace Lily, and the Spider Plant.

Carrier hvac unit repairInvest in an Annual Maintenance Plan

Investing in an annual maintenance plan with your HVAC contractor will improve the performance of your HVAC system. A well-maintained system provides better heating and cooling, and also helps you to manage your indoor air quality.

For more information about improving comfort in your home, contact Riley Heating & Air Conditioning at 334-298-1278. Our technicians can provide a variety of HVAC services and systems to suit your needs.

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Deciding Between a Gas or an Oil Furnace

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

As winter approaches, you want to be sure you are prepared. If you need a new heating system, you will have to consider many factors including whether to choose a gas or an oil furnace. Understanding the differences between these systems, as well as their various features, can help you to make the best decision.

Natural gas and propane systems are far more common than those using heating oil. However, oil furnaces do have some advantages, and could be a viable option for you.

Storage Considerations

Unlike natural gas which is generally supplied by a utility company, heating oil has to be stored on your property. You will have to find out what the local zoning ordinances require for onsite fuel storage for residential properties. Your trusted HVAC contractor can help you to determine if heating oil is a viable option for your home.

Cost

An oil furnace doesn’t cost as much as a gas furnace initially and it may last longer. However, the higher cost of heating oil may negate these savings. Crude oil has historically been more expensive per British thermal unit (BTU) than natural gas.

Heat Output

An oil furnace delivers more heat faster than a gas furnace. Homeowners in cold winter regions who debate a gas versus oil furnace often choose oil because their winter temperatures are often below zero. This is unlikely in our area, with Alabama’s typically mild winters.

Maintenance

An oil furnace doesn’t burn as cleanly as a gas furnace, and therefore requires more professional maintenance. Gas furnaces, on the other hand, require professional maintenance once a year from an HVAC pro. You will also need to change the air filter regularly. If you decide to choose an oil furnace, verify that your HVAC contractor can service an oil burning system.

For professional assistance with your debate between a gas and an oil furnace, contact Riley Heating & Air Conditioning at 334-298-1278. Our technicians are trained in the installation, repair, and maintenance of a variety of HVAC systems.

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