Winter Is Coming: Proper HVAC Maintenance for the Season

Winter Is Coming: Proper HVAC Maintenance for the Season

Florida winters may not be quite as brutal as in other states, but especially here in Northeast Florida, we can’t disregard the season as irrelevant… especially as it pertains to our homes. In fact, your HVAC system should have routine maintenance performed before the coldest of the Florida weather sets in, and you should also check on certain aspects of your unit on your own whenever possible. So, what specifically are you looking at?

  1. Check on your air filter
    If your air filter is dirty or in need of replacing, your entire HVAC system is likely to function improperly. And on the cold days where all you want to do is curl up on your couch under blankets with hot soup in hand, you’re not going to feel so keen on taking care of your air conditioning. Before the cold snaps decide they’re here to stay, check on your air filter now and, if the time is near (but not quite here) to replace it, contemplate buying a backup filter to have on hand later down the road.
  2. Check on your thermostat
    The last thing you need is for your thermostat to be in dire need of batteries in the middle of a cold night. Be sure your system is charged and consider setting your thermostat to a slightly lower temperature than normal in order to save money on your energy bill. Bundle up at night in order to compensate for the temperature difference and prevent your heat from blowing constantly!
  3. Schedule a routine inspection
    Ideally, you would have had a heating inspection performed at the start of the fall season. But if not, it’s okay! Just be sure to schedule one now in order to ensure that your HVAC system is in working order and will be running efficiently for the coming cold months ahead.

Preparing for winter is nothing to sweat about, particularly if you contact Bold City Heating and Air. You can rest assured your HVAC system is being checked and repaired by locally trusted professionals! Call us today to have your annual winter inspection scheduled today!

How Your Air Filter Gets So Dirty, So Fast

How Your Air Filter Gets So Dirty, So Fast

Ever find yourself breezing through your air filters faster than anticipated? If it feels like there’s more and more dirt just about every time you look back and blink, then it may be time to reassess both your unit and your strategy for keeping the air in your home clean. In fact, here are three of the most common reasons you may be struggling to keep your air filter clean for a given length of time:

  1. You have leaky air ducts
    Your ductwork is one of your first lines of defense against dirt and dust. But, if it’s leaking, you’ll start to notice a steady and regular accumulation of grime on your filter. Why? Because defective ducts actually pull dirt in from areas that are unconditioned in your home, like an attic or crawlspace, making it difficult for your filter to stay clean or function optimally.
  2. Your thermostat fan is always left in the “ON” position
    It’s a common misconception that leaving your A/C fan switched to the “ON” position keeps your unit functioning efficiently. Of course, this is problematic because you’re not only burning more energy (thereby increasing your energy bill) by leaving it running, but you’re actually keeping a steady stream of air flowing over your filter… nonstop. Therefore, you’ll actually want to keep your system fixed to the “AUTO” setting, which will both save you money and ensure that your HVAC unit only runs when necessary. In effect, less grime will build up because your air filter won’t be catching contaminants constantly.
  3. You have continual visitors and continual dirt
    The more people that cross the threshold into your home, the more dirt is being dragged in right along with them. Especially if they’re visiting with their furry loved ones, you never know what dust, dirt, dander, or fur may be floating around in the air! Try asking guests to leave their shoes at the door or take the time to learn more about what you can do to maintain healthy indoor air quality.

Whether you’re looking to buy a new filter, have routine maintenance performed on your HVAC unit, or you just want a proper inspection from a local company you can trust, be sure to call Bold City Heating and Air today! With quality workmanship and guaranteed satisfaction, we promise you’ll experience the bold difference!

Choosing A New Thermostat: What You Need To Know

Choosing A New Thermostat: What You Need To Know

You may not often need to do a double take to reconsider whether or not you need a new thermostat. After all, in comparison to all of the other parts of your HVAC unit that may need more immediate replacing, the thermostat can be rendered all but an afterthought. However, it may be time to purchase a new one if you’re upgrading your HVAC system or if your current thermostat doesn’t offer all of the features you want.

Moreover, thermostats tend to malfunction on their own once they reach the ripe age of ten years old, as not even this type of technology is immune to the defects that come with the passage of time. That being said, what should you consider or keep in mind when choosing a new thermostat?

To start, your first step is going to be hunting for thermostats that are compatible with your current HVAC system, or new system if you’re upgrading. Not only will the console need to fit your wall space, but it needs to match your system’s voltage as well as include the appropriate heating and air capacity. If you’re not sure what this looks like, be sure to contact your local professionals, like Bold City Heating and Air!

During this hunt, be sure to also consider the specifics. Do you want a programmable thermostat? A traditional, manual thermostat? Or maybe even a smart thermostat? In all, the level of control you desire over your unit is going to help you narrow down your prospective systems, so research the current market thoroughly and have an idea of what the ideal thermostat looks like to you.

Finally, always be sure to call for professional help when it comes to installation. Not only will this serve the purpose of making the whole process easier, but it will also ensure the safety of all parties involved. Plus, if your new thermostat is not installed properly, a variety of new problems will begin to pop up over time: HVAC malfunctions, continual repairs, higher energy bills, less control over your home, and more.

If you’re not sure who to call when it comes to finding HVAC and thermostat advice or maintenance, just contact Bold City Heating and Air! We’re a locally owned and trusted company, so call us today to schedule an inspection and experience the bold difference!

How To Keep Your Energy Bill Low During the Fall

How To Keep Your Energy Bill Low During the Fall

As we roll into October and the ensuing chillier months, we all want to keep our homes on the warmer side and our financial stresses on the cooler side. Of course, as the summer heat begins to subside, we’re presented with more opportunities to lay off the thermostat and keep our energy bills low, meaning it’s actually easier to save money than you might think.

For instance, one easy to way to make sure you’re not spending too much money during the fall season is to simply keep it cooler in your home at night. Not only will this keep your heater from running at inopportune and costly times but, as Jacksonville itself cools down, you’ll gradually be able to let nature do the work for you once the sun goes down. This way, you don’t have to touch the thermostat at all—your energy bill can simply dip with the forecasted low for the day.

In this same train of thought, be sure to take advantage of nature’s strengths during the daytime, too. Rather than raising the temperature in your house and pushing your HVAC unit to work throughout the day, throw back your drapes and open your blinds. The streaming sunlight will warm your house on its own and, again, you didn’t have to lift a finger or drop a dime in order to make it happen.

What will take a little more effort and attention, however, is checking your home for leaky ducts and weak insulation. Add weatherstripping seals and caulk to the edges around windows to prevent unwanted chilly air from seeping in or the coveted warm air from leaking out. Also check in on your ducts, as an ineffective duct system will cripple your HVAC system’s ability to function properly and can lead it to overwork itself and use more energy. Additionally, other “air leaks” around your home, such as around pipes or chimneys, will likely lead to a colder home, a higher set temperature, and therefore a higher bill.

Last but not least, it’s vital to have any HVAC maintenance performed prior to the start of the season. Ensuring that your HVAC unit is in working order and functioning efficiently is one of the simplest and most important ways you can save money during the fall, and Bold City Heating and Air is here to help you keep your bill down. Don’t be left out in the cold—call us today to schedule an appointment and experience the bold difference!