Now that the holidays are here, many homeowners have started thinking a little more about what they might ask Santa for in order to make their home a little more comfortable. Luckily, we know just what you need – HVAC accessories!

Though your HVAC system does a good job of keeping your home environment safe, healthy, and comfortable, sometimes you need a little extra help, depending on your home comfort needs and lifestyle. For example, families with allergy sufferers might need to go the extra mile to make sure their family members can breathe easy when allergies start to hit hard by purchasing an indoor air quality product.

Below, we’ll guide you through the world of HVAC accessories, so that you can make a more informed decision about which might be right for you:

Electronic Air Cleaners

Most standard air filters only trap about 7% of home pollutants like dust, dirt, tobacco smoke, mold, bacteria, and other allergens. This leaves 93% of these irritants traveling around your home left to damage your furnishings and aggravate allergies, asthma, and other breathing issues. Indoor air quality products like an air purifier or electronic air cleaner help remedy these issues.

Electronic air cleaners act as an extra line of defense against these pesky pollutants by cleaning the air in your home and removing these allergens before they impact your home comfort or health. Carrier’s patented  Captures and Kills™ technology traps and kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and other irritants, re-purifying the circulated air as many as 8 times an hour.

Who Needs an Air Purifier?

Though we can all stand to breathe air that’s a little cleaner, not every home needs an air purifier. This IAQ product is ideal for homes with family members who suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues. It is also the perfect accessory for homes that have family members with weakened immune systems such as elderly folks or infants.

Smart Thermostats

Thermostats are a must-have for any homeowner. This device allows you to control the temperature of your living space, ensuring that the whole family is happy, healthy, and comfortable all year round. However, not all thermostats are created equal! While some homes have a simple electronic thermostat, other homeowners opt for a smarter option that gives them better control over their home comfort.

Smart thermostats provide enable you to reach optimal home comfort by giving you more control over the temperature and comfort settings within your home. With a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can adjust the temperature and other settings on your thermostat from any device with an Internet connection. That means you’ll no longer have to come home to a cold house on a chilly winter night or worry about leaving the AC blasting when you leave for work this summer.

Who Needs a Smart Thermostat?

Smart thermostats are the ideal HVAC accessory for homeowners who prioritize comfort and convenience above all else. They are also a great gift idea for families that are into the latest and greatest gadgets or want to work toward transitioning to smart home technology. If you’re in the market for a new smart thermostat, be sure to check out our selection of Carrier smart thermostats.

UV Sterilizers

Did you know that your indoor air is often dirtier than the air outside? (Yes, even in LA!) UV air sterilizers create a cleaner, healthier, and safer home environment by eliminating mold, bacteria, and germs from your home and the air circulating through your home. These devices are located in the duct work upstream of your HVAC system where they work to kill a high percentage of airborne bacteria and germs as they pass through the UV light.

A single UV lamp model kills up to 70% of the airborne bacteria that passes through your HVAC system. While the coil irradiation model kills up to 99.9% of surface mold on your central AC components and cooling coil. This not only creates a cleaner and healthier home environment for you and your family, but it also helps protect and improve the performance of your heating and cooling equipment.

Who Needs UV Sterilizers?

UV sterilizers are ideal for those who suffer from respiratory issues, allergies, and asthma. It can also be great for those who find themselves getting frequent cold and flu headaches, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, sore throat, and fatigue.

Need help deciding which HVAC accessories are right for your home? The home comfort experts at Brody Pennell are standing by to answer your questions. After asking you a few questions about your home environment, comfort needs, and HVAC system, we’ll pair you with the right HVAC accessories to meet your needs.

Call us today to improve your home comfort levels: (310)896-4911.

If you’ve been putting off buying a new HVAC unit or maintaining your current unit because you just can’t afford it, fall is the right time to finally buy a new heating and cooling systems. Many companies offer cash back rebates and incentives to encourage you to purchase a new system or keep your current unit as efficient as possible.

If you want to get the best deal on a brand new HVAC system, you’ve come to the right place. Brody Pennell is currently offering a variety of current specials and rebates that are perfect for smart shoppers who want to purchase a new heating and cooling system while taking the opportunity to save big. Below are some details on our latest and greatest HVAC rebates and deals.

How Do HVAC Rebates Work?

You may be wondering how exactly HVAC rebates work. A rebate is a cashback offer that you are entitled to after purchasing a certain HVAC unit. Rebates might be offered by a manufacturer as an incentive to buy their brand, or they may be offered by the government or a utility company to incentivize you to buy a more energy efficient unit. Rebates are subject to certain terms and conditions, so it’s important to get more information about certain HVAC rebates to understand which rebates you are eligible for.

Los Angeles HVAC Rebates

Right now, Brody Pennell is helping our customers save big with two special rebates that are currently available for Los Angeles homeowners who purchase a new HVAC unit:

  • The Carrier Cool Cash rebate is available until November with the eligible purchase of a Carrier unit. These rebates can save you up to $1,650 depending on the unit you buy. Carrier HVAC rebates are easy to submit online, so you can get the cash back as fast as possible.
  • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is also offering rebates for LADWP customers that help offset some of the costs of keeping their AC units in top shape. This includes up to $1,200 instant rebate with the purchase of an ENERGY STAR high-efficiency HVAC system. LADWP’s AC Optimization Program also provides a free central air conditioner tune-up through Brody Pennell and a free, smart learning thermostat. Restrictions apply. Visit https://www.ladwpactuneup.com/ for more details.

What are my HVAC financing options?

Even with these rebates and incentives, it can be hard to come up with thousands of dollars to buy a new unit. Instead, HVAC financing options can help you buy a new unit while prices are low, allowing you to pay a low monthly payment over time instead of trying to come up with the funds all at once.

At Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning, we have financing options to help you secure the unit you want at the best possible price. We have interest free options to allow you enough time to pay for the unit without paying a ton of interest or fees, only the purchase price of the unit. Our flexible financing is designed to help customers who may not qualify to get financed in another way.

If you’re ready to get a high-quality HVAC unit at a low price, contact us today. We can inform you about all of the current HVAC system rebates and specials to help you save as much as possible.

 

Most finance gurus recommend having at least six months worth of household expenses saved for a rainy day, but this goal seems a little lofty for most people. The unexpected news that a home needs a new HVAC unit can be devastating for homeowners who don’t have a lot of money saved up for a rainy day. A new HVAC unit can cost thousands of dollars, which can impact the average person’s finances.

The good news for homeowners who do not have a large amount in savings is that many HVAC companies offer financing to help you pay for a new HVAC system in affordable monthly installments. However, before signing up for one of these financing agreements, there are a few things you should consider.

1. Interest Rate and Terms

Just like any other loan you might take out, such as a car loan or a line of credit, financing your AC unit can result in you paying much more than the purchase price over the life of the loan. Though you may need a new unit, you don’t want to get into a finance agreement that will end up with you losing money on the transaction.

Before signing on to finance the unit, make sure the company is offering a competitive interest rate and a reasonable amount of time for you to pay the loan back. You also want to be sure that there are no severe fines for making late payments or increases in the interest rate as time goes on.

2. Monthly Payment Options

Working with a small finance company that only takes payment via check or in person in their office is an inconvenience that is likely to get on your nerves over the months. If you’ve got a busy life, taking time out to make payments is not high up on your list of things to do. Look for a company that makes it easy to pay your HVAC financing each month without going out of your way. An online portal is by far the easiest way for you to make your monthly payment without having to leave the home or mail anything.

3. Incentives for Buying Energy Efficient Unit

Buying an energy efficient air conditioner helps you reduce your impact on the environment while also decreasing your monthly utility bills. But these systems can also come with some special incentives at the time of purchase. Some companies will give better financing terms for customers who are buying green friendly units or allow the customer a longer time to pay the unit off. These incentives can make it much easier to purchase an energy efficient unit

If you need HVAC financing to get a new unit into your home, call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning at (310) 896-4911. We offer 18-month financing at a zero percent interest rate to make it easy for every customer to afford the unit they need.

If you’re shopping for a new AC unit, one of the big questions you’ll have to answer is whether or not you want to purchase a high-efficiency unit. An energy efficient HVAC unit can be more expensive than a conventional unit, and you may wonder if the extra expense is worth it.

While you will get the satisfaction of knowing you are reducing your carbon footprint, going green can mean putting out more money up front in order to save in the long run. Energy efficiency can save you money, but it can take some time to see these returns in reduced utility costs. Below, we’ll cover the different considerations you’ll need to make when deciding if an energy efficient HVAC system is right for you.

How Do Energy Efficient HVAC Units Work?

High-efficiency units use the same general setup as traditional air conditioners, but they usually operate on a high-efficiency motor. This kind of motor takes less power to cool the air and release it into the home. An energy efficient unit like the Carrier Infinity system has a higher SEER rating, which means that it uses less energy than a conventional system to cool the same amount of air.

The average Carrier Infinity has a SEER rating between 16 and 21, making them ultra-efficient. This results in a lower utility bill because you pay the power company for the amount of wattage you use. In fact, switching to an energy efficient unit can save you up to fifty percent on your home heating and cooling costs because of the reduced power consumption.

Smart Controls Make It Easier to Stay Energy Efficient

One way to make sure you reduce your energy consumption as much as possible is to use a smart or programmable thermostat with your high-efficiency HVAC system. Smart controls for your HVAC system can help you stay on top of your utility usage at all times.

On a typical day, you may notice that it is too cold inside your home and make a mental note to turn it down, but get distracted or busy. Before you know it, hours have passed with the cold air blowing for no good reason. Smart controls allow you to change the temperature, even if you aren’t at home. So if you leave the house and forget to turn the thermostat up, and you’re going to be gone all day, you don’t have to worry about the HVAC running for no reason. You can simply adjust it through the website or app.  Or you can program the thermostat ahead of time to raise the temperature at home when you know no one will be home, like when you are at work and the kids are at school.

Energy-Efficient HVAC in Los Angeles

With smart controls in place and an efficient unit inside the home, you’ll start to see lower energy usage and costs on your bill.  Remember, even high-efficiency units require regular maintenance and care to keep working. But these systems are definitely worth it if you’re looking for ultimate home comfort and energy efficiency.

If you need expert help with your unit, call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning today at (310) 896-4911 to schedule an appointment.

Ductless HVAC systems, as their names suggest, are home comfort systems that do not utilize ductwork. Instead of relying on one, centralized unit that is connected to the rest of the home through a channel of ducts, ductless systems are wall-mounted and can perform the same heating and cooling for an entire home or room.

By ditching ductwork, ductless systems provide significant benefits for home and business owners looking for a more efficient and convenient solution for heating and cooling.

Benefits of Ductless HVAC Systems

If you are in the market for a new HVAC system, consider these five factors in deciding whether a ductless HVAC system could be right for your home.

1. Superior Efficiency

By not requiring ductwork to force cool or warm air throughout your home, ductless systems avoid costly leakage that occurs in ducts. Over time, ductwork loosens, creating gaps. These open areas force centralized systems to work harder and use more energy to provide the same home comfort as their ductless counterparts. The extra distance between the system and the rest of the home will also add to the overall energy consumption of your unit.

Ductless systems can save up to 30% more energy than centralized systems because of these factors. All of these savings can add up over the course of the system’s lifetime.

2. Improved Carbon and Interior Footprint

By heating and cooling your home as efficiently as possible, you place less strain on your electrical systems to provide your home with the comfort you desire. In addition to limiting your carbon footprint, you can also maximize your home’s square footage by not requiring the use of larger indoor HVAC units and ductwork. For smaller homes and apartments, this can make a notable difference regarding the design and layout of your home.

3. Easy Installation

Installing ductwork can be a lengthy and expensive process. While ductless HVAC systems are smaller and more compact in their design, which allows for a quicker and more efficient installation.

Ductless systems are simply mounted onto the wall in the area of the home that needs heating or cooling. The process still requires a great deal of skill and expertise, but it is significantly more straightforward and leaves fewer variables that can extend the installation process. The simple installation gives homeowners greater comfort in knowing that the quoted price and timeline will rarely vary for ductless system installations.

4. Cleaner Indoor Air Quality

Like centralized systems, ductless HVAC units can utilize added devices that help to improve indoor air quality such as UV lamps, ventilators, and air purifiers. In addition to these indoor air quality products, ductless systems have their unique benefits in that they eliminate the exposure to contaminants that can be found in ducts.

Pests, dust, and dander often gather in a home’s ductwork. It’s the perfect hiding place for these less than desirable things. Unless you regularly have your ducts cleaned out by a professional, the “fresh air” from your air conditioner, is not as fresh as you think. With ductless systems, you’re receiving air directly from the source.

5. Comfort Flexibility

By not requiring an entire household or building to be restricted to the same, centralized HVAC unit, ductless systems can be placed throughout a home to provide customized temperature control. Multiple ductless systems are the best way to effectively and efficiently zone a house.

Ready to Go Ductless?

Curious about whether or not ductless HVAC is right for your home? Our home comfort specialists can help you better understand the benefits of ductless and help you choose the best HVAC system for your home. For more information on ductless HVAC systems, visit our ductless page or give us a call: (310) 896-4911.

Whether you’re an L.A. native who has lived in your home for a decade or a new transplant to our beautiful city – and new to your home too – feeling comfortable is probably on the top of your list of priorities. We spend a LOT of our lives in places where we’re not comfortable like work, school, the grocery store, a first date, a job interview, and a whole host of other places where everything feels rigid, awkward, too hot, too cold, or utterly unwelcoming. Your home should be different.

At home, you should feel like the atmosphere, the look and feel, the temperature, and even the air you breathe is catered to your preference and desires. You are the king or queen of your own castle, and it should feel that way year round. We’ve rounded up some of the BEST, easiest ways to improve your home comfort whether your home is old, new, or somewhere in between.

Embrace Your Space

Whether you’re in a minimalist one-bedroom home with a partner or roommate or you’re living in a four-bedroom family home with kids and pets, it’s important to love the space you’re in. This means that every room in your home is functional for your needs and that whether you’re working to transform tight spaces or happy spreading out, you can make it yours.

How to make your L.A. house a home:

There are many different ways that you can make your house feel more like home. House Nerd suggests tips like:

  • Diversify where you buy your home goods from.
    If everything in your home comes from IKEA, Target, Crate & Barrell or Pottery Barn this year, your home is going to look more like a catalog of stock images and less like an expression of you and yours. Pick up pieces as you go, and don’t take ALL your cues from the store display.
  • Display sentimental or personal items.
    Your home will feel less staged and more comfortable when you see yourself reflected in every space. This might mean hanging photos, shelving books that mean something to you, or putting up your kids’ artwork.
  • Add some greenery.
    Your home can really feel like you and like a place where real life happens when you infuse your spaces with plant life. Add a hanging pot, a succulent, or a 6-foot tree wherever it suits you, and watch how that little touch of green can impact your environment.
  • When all else fails, relax.
    Don’t worry so much about how your home will appeal to others. Instead, focus on making it work for YOU, and watch how quickly you become more confident and comfortable in every room. That comfort will be contagious when you entertain, and you’ll feel proud to share your home with others.

Revamp a Room Affordably

We all have those rooms that were the last to get the golden touch. Perhaps when you moved into your space you made the living and dining rooms the oases that they should be – ripe for entertaining – but the poor bathrooms lack the luxe finish.

Brainstorm ways to start giving these rooms the attention they need without a pricey, stressful overhaul.  Swap out hardware, paint an accent wall, or add a new texture with drapes, a rug, or even a set of fresh towels in the half bath. A quick touch-up will feel like self-care when you walk into a room and feel at home instead of ill-at-ease.

Breathe Cleaner Indoor Air

This might seem like a rookie tip, but you’ll be surprised how many people aren’t giving their indoor air quality enough attention. For many homes, swapping out filters as recommended is enough to breathe easy. However, Los Angeles can fall victim to smog, emissions, wildfires, and other outdoor influences that can seep indoors. Indoor air cleaners and purifiers can help ease the burden on your filter and help your HVAC system (and your lungs) work as they should.

Control Humidity in Your Home

Imbalanced humidity is the enemy of comfort. Too much humidity and you’re going to feel clammy, phlegmy, and overcome by that sticky, summertime feeling you DON’T want. Especially here in California, humidity just isn’t that common, so having an excess of humidity in your home will feel strange and uncomfortable for you. Likewise, if your home is too dry, you’ll feel it too. Dry eyes, bloody noses, itchy skin, and red, dry eyes are all signs that your home needs a humidifier.

A professional can come and analyze your home to let you know where your humidity level stands and how to rectify any imbalance but you may be able to identify that need for yourself, too. Once your humidity level is within an ideal, comfortable range, you’ll feel so much better.

Invest in Home Security

If you and your family don’t feel safe, you can’t feel comfortable. Security and comfort go hand in hand. For you, this may mean installing security cameras or an alarm system or having regular pest control appointments to avoid creepy crawlies.

It is also essential that your home is equipped with working and reliable smoke detectors and CO detectors. Learn more about the dangers of carbon monoxide here. Once your home is secured with these measures of safety, you can rest easy knowing that you are doing everything you can to keep your family safe.

Upgrade to a Smart Home

While technology can sometimes feel like a burden, it isn’t the enemy. Smart and conscientious scientists and technicians work to improve our world by inventing and improving technologies to make life easier, safer, and more comfortable for us.

While some “smart home” technologies might be extravagant for your lifestyle, and not everyone needs a refrigerator that carries on conversations with you, there are some smart home upgrades that could make you happier and more comfortable. For example, an Amazon Alexa or other smart device can play music for you, turn your lights on and off at your request, make phone calls, provide answers to your questions, and a lot more that could make life easier.

A smart thermostat is also a good move for individuals looking to upgrade the comfort in their home. The more control you have over your temperature and home environment, the more comfortable you’ll be. Not only does a smart thermostat give you more control over your home comfort, but it can also help you save more energy over time, leading to lower utility bills. (And who doesn’t like to save money while keeping comfortable?)

Feel Cozy Year-Round

So much about home comfort comes down to temperature, doesn’t it? When you’re too cold, it won’t matter how beautiful your wall décor is or how fluffy those bath towels look folded in the master bath – you’re going to be uncomfortable. Similarly, if you’re feeling sweaty in these hot SoCal summers, nothing will make you feel comfortable until the air conditioner steps up to save the day.

At Brody Pennell, we like to think of ourselves as home comfort experts. We’ve been in the business long enough to know exactly what it takes to keep L.A. homeowners comfortable year-round. Below, we’ve put together a little guide with our top 5 expert tips for keeping your temperature RIGHT where you want it.

How to Control Your Home Temperature

  • Learn to program your thermostat.
    When your thermostat is more intuitive to your patterns of life and knows when to level your temperatures up or down, you’ll be able to feel comfortable and catered to all the time. Don’t want to bother changing the temperature every time you leave and return? Invest in a programmable or smart thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature for you for optimal home comfort and energy savings.
  • Consider zoning your space.
    If you and your family members tend to prefer different levels of warm and cool temperatures OR if parts of your home tend to retain heat or feel more drafty, zoning could help you keep things more comfortable throughout your home. When you use zoning to customize the comfort levels in each room of your home, you can make sure that everyone stays comfy, no matter what their preferences are. You can also use zoning to help balance temperatures throughout your space to make sure that the comfort you feel in the kitchen travels with you to the den, your bedroom, and beyond.
  • Don’t work against your HVAC system
    Being cognizant of your lifestyle and how it impacts your home comfort will allow you to help your HVAC system perform at its best. For example, by turning off lights, drawing window blinds closed, or using fans wisely, you can help make sure your air conditioner isn’t working too hard. This will save you money on energy costs, keep your AC in better shape for longer, and prevent wear & tear. Similarly, by running your heat just a little lower, keeping your filter clean, and warming your home with a fireplace or space heater when possible, you can keep your heat pump or furnace happy and functional for much longer. Using your heater more efficiently will result in cheaper operating costs and more comfort for you.
  • Have your system properly maintained.
    Having your system maintained both DIY and by a professional can extend its life and help ensure that the system keeps working effectively and efficiently. Proper maintenance can also help you get ahead of a major issue, preventing the need for costly repairs or uncomfortable downtime for your system. Though there are some maintenance tasks you can perform yourself, like changing your air filter, you may want to call in the professionals for help with other tasks like cleaning and lubricating your equipment. When your HVAC technician is staying abreast of issues, he or she can help you avoid waiting so long to repair that the system fails and you’re uncomfortable in your own home.
  • Replace your unit when it makes sense.
    HVAC systems – air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, ductless systems, and all of their components – have a lifespan. They do not live forever. This means that at some point, your system will need to be replaced. Heed the warnings of your HVAC system itself and consult with a professional if you think you’re getting close to needing a replacement. Waiting too long could result in system failure that will leave you sweaty in July, frozen in the winter, and unhappy with the atmosphere of your home. Here are some signs that your system might need to be replaced.

If you find yourself in the market for a tune-up, a repair, or maintenance on your HVAC system OR if you would like to consult about upgrading your HVAC system, contact Brody Pennell today!

Ultimately, feeling comfortable, safe, healthy, and happy in your home doesn’t have to be expensive, impossible, or difficult to attain. With a few tweaks and more focus on the important things, your home comfort is 100% in your control.

Which tips will YOU be implementing this summer? What else do YOU think makes a home more comfortable? Let us know on Facebook or poll your friends by hitting the SHARE buttons below!

Inconsistencies in temperature inside a household can be attributed to many different factors. The position of a room can affect its temperature. As warm air rises and cool air sinks, high leveled homes with multiple floors often heat up relatively faster. On the other hand, lower stories and even basements can be much colder than the rest of the home. Architecture also plays a role as vaulted ceilings tend to retain heat poorly and windows that face the sun can warm up a room quickly.

The new year is finally here, so it’s time to make a resolution to get your home clean and clutter free. We understand that cleaning doesn’t always come easy. But sometimes all you need is a simple to-do list of things to tackle to stay on track. That’s exactly what we’ve created below – a simple checklist to make your cleaning experience more enjoyable.

New Year, New Home Cleaning Schedule

Is a cleaner house on your list of New Year’s resolutions? If so, check out this super handy printable below so you can get 2018 off to a squeaky clean start! This schedule will make it easy and convenient to keep your home clean.

Home Cleaning Schedule

A Clean Home Also Means Clean Air

Clean air is also important for a healthy, happy home. At Brody-Pennell, we have been offering the best indoor air quality solutions for over 50 years. We’re also the only factory authorized Carrier dealer in West Los Angeles, and our NATE certified technicians are ready to help you improve IAQ.

Call us today to learn more: 310-836-0606

 

Tempted to Hack Your HVAC Repair?

You’re handy around the house. You’ve stained some kitchen cabinets, repaired a few leaky faucets, and maybe even built a deck. You’re that homeowner. Now that your HVAC system is in need of a repair, you’re probably thinking “hey, why not?” Maybe, you’ve even considered replacing the system entirely – no technician needed. You’ve seen a few YouTube videos, plus you knew someone who did it and it went alright.

Slow down. DIY HVAC repair is dangerous and the consequences could include your family’s safety, your own safety, the condition of your system and your home, and the financial burden of a job done wrong.

DIY? Don’t!

HVAC service technicians are highly trained and licensed – there are years of schooling, tests, and ongoing trainings required to be an HVAC tech and maintain licensure. You would never walk into an operating room and feel qualified to perform surgery. This is hardly different! Your heating and cooling systems have dangerous components, require the use of electricity, and have dire consequences if installed improperly. Plus, only certified technicians should handle some of the equipment and materials required to perform repairs.

What could go wrong?

Electrocution

HVAC system installation and repairs can require interaction with high voltage electricity. By handling this poorly, you could blow a fuse in your home or worse, electrocute yourself.

Chemical Contamination

Refrigerant is a chemical used to keep your air conditioning system functioning. This chemical compound is cold enough to burn your skin and can be deadly if inhaled or handled poorly. Not only does refrigerant misuse put you at risk when performing repairs, but it also endangers everyone inside your home, as it could cause a gas leak.

One more thing, the EPA requires 608 certification for anyone who handles refrigerant. If you don’t have the certification, you are putting your life in danger.

Being Ill-Equipped

Equipping yourself with the right tools is essential. This will require more than what you’ve got stored in your toolbox or out in the shop. In fact, there are special gauges and tools that are required specifically for the HVAC industry including those that measure refrigerant gas leaks and other MAJOR issues. Failure to procure and properly use this equipment will result in major risks to your health and safety, as well as to the integrity of your system.

Fixing Your Mistakes Will Only Cost More!

With incorrect handling, your faulty system repair may not only need to be redone by a professional – which could cost more than it would have to rectify any problems your repair has caused. Also, the mistakes you make could compromise other components of the system which will then need to be repaired or replaced as well. Surely, you can see the HVAC bills piling up. It’s better to handle the problem with a professional from the very start.

HVAC DIYs You CAN Do

The desire to be involved in all aspects of home ownership and maintenance is a noble one. In fact, there are things you should be involved in, as a dedicated homeowner, to help your HVAC technician care for your system in between visits.

Swap your batteries: Your thermostat and your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors operate on batteries – swap these out regularly to ensure that your system and air quality are being monitored properly.

Swap your filters. Nearly all heating & air conditioning systems have filters to help manage debris and keep your air clean. If you’re not sure where your system’s filters are located, how to switch them, or which ones you need to buy, consult your Owner’s Manual.

For more information on HVAC system maintenance – both routine and repair – contact Brody Pennell Heating & Air today!

HVAC systems are complex, expensive systems to replace. Luckily, homeowners can take steps to get more out of their existing systems. With proper care and maintenance, many homeowners can extend the lives of their systems years beyond the average life expectancy. Here’s what you need to know.

The Average Life of an HVAC System

Central heating and air-conditioning systems should last for years. With typical care and use, most systems will last 15 to 20 years. However, many homeowners can increase that time by several years if they follow industry-recommended maintenance schedules and invest in high-quality products as needed.

Keeping Your HVAC System Maintained

Investing time and money in maintenance tasks can improve your system’s performance, improve energy savings, and extend the life expectancy of your current unit.

Invest in a Yearly Tune-Up

See if your local HVAC service provider offers any deals for customers who maintain an annual tune-up appointment. Your equipment will require regular support over its lifetime (just like a car or a tractor), and a trusted HVAC professional can serve as an invaluable, money-saving resource for maintenance, repairs, and replacement services.

Change the Air Filter

Follow the recommended guidelines for changing the air filter in your unit. Pay attention to the level of dust and debris captured in each filter to determine if you need to change the filter more frequently. Keeping up with air filter changes will improve the overall air quality and prevent dust and other allergens from building up in the air and causing health and operational issues.

Invest in Energy-Efficient Products

If you need to replace any component within your system, look for products with efficiency ratings from EnergyStar, MERV, and other industry guidelines. Choosing high-quality energy-efficient products allows your system to perform at its peak level for longer periods.

Ask for Professional Installations

An improperly installed system or component may cause problems down the road. Always work with an HVAC professional to ensure your system receives the best installation and service over time.

Switch to a Modern Thermostat

A programmable or smart thermostat allows users to maintain energy-efficient settings throughout the year. Use programmed settings or remote capabilities to manage your system regardless of your presence at home.

Do Not Block Air Vents

Heating and air-conditioning systems need a balance of incoming and outgoing air. Do not place boxes, wall hangings, or rugs on top of air vents to prevent the accumulation of particles and the risk of mold.

The Right Service Provider for Your HVAC System

In addition to routine maintenance, owners of long-lasting HVAC systems don’t hesitate to contact a trusted heating and air conditioning service provider. You may be able to perform some maintenance and repair tasks yourself, but a professional has the knowledge and equipment to handle significant repairs and replacements. Maintain a strong relationship with an HVAC provider to make the most of every maintenance call and installation.

We would love to help you keep your HVAC system maintained in the long term. Please contact us with any questions or to schedule a service appointment with one of our experienced HVAC technicians.