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Tips for Preparing Your Home’s HVAC for Winter

Tips for Preparing Your Home's HVAC for WinterWhen the air turns cold and you switch on your heating equipment for the first time in nearly a year, the last thing you want is for it to not be operating properly. To keep you from being unprepared, here are a few quick winter prep tips that’ll allow your household to continue running smoothly:

Call a Technician

Annual maintenance of your heating equipment will keep it operating at peak performance for many years. A professional HVAC technician will ascertain any potential problems that might arise and make suggestions that will improve its energy efficiency. This means a more robust system that saves you money.

Test the Thermostat

If your thermostat isn’t working properly, your entire household – and its energy bill – will suffer. Before the winter season kicks into full gear, we suggest that you switch on your heating equipment to test it out. If it takes longer than expected to warm up your home, then it may be time to invest in a new thermostat, preferably a wi-fi or other advanced model.

Fix Ductwork Leaks

When air leaks occur due to holes and tears in your ductwork, the heating equipment is forced to work harder to deliver the same amount of comfort throughout your home. You can choose to either fix these problems yourself or contact a professional technician for assistance. Either way, tend to this immediately.

Check the Vents

You’d be surprised how many heating and cooling issues come down to blocked or clogged vents. It isn’t uncommon for vents to become clogged by dirt and debris, which is an easy solution to fix in a matter of minutes by removing the vents, wiping them down, and cleaning out the debris. It’s also possible that vents in certain locations may be blocked by boxes and similar items that can be removed.

For more expert advice on the winter prep needs for your HVAC system, or if you have any other questions related to home comfort, please contact the professionals at Roth Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Portland and the surrounding area since 1976.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Start Your Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Now that cooler weather is finally upon us, it's time to start dealing with your HVAC system's fall maintenance needsIt seems that just as you get accustomed to one season, another one is already here to take its place. Now that cooler weather is finally upon us, it’s time to start dealing with your HVAC system’s fall maintenance needs. Here’s what we would suggest you tackle right away:

Hiring an Heating & Cooling Technician

Your heating and cooling equipment should be checked each year for any possible issues that could hurt the system’s efficiency or lifespan. A technician will be able to pinpoint these issues and help maintain the equipment, which will keep your energy costs down and help the system last longer.

Clean or Replace the Air Filter

Your air filter needs to be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis, if neglected debris in the air will eventually clog filters and cause your furnace to stop working properly. This is a do-it-yourself project, that could have lasting effects on your utility bills.

Remove Debris from Outdoor Unit

If your HVAC system includes an outdoor unit, it’s time to walk outside and check on it. There’s a very good chance that it’s covered with anything from leaves to bird nests. Remove what you can by hand and then grab a hose to clean the rest of it off. This is a quick and easy job that will keep your system running smoothly and efficiently.

Switch to a Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat

This piece of advice is good for any time of the year. While your home probably isn’t equipped with one of those antiquated manual models, there’s a good chance that you don’t have one of the newest “smart” thermostats. These devices allow you to make changes on-the-fly so that you can adjust them as needed. Plus, they send reports on usage to help you target your energy bills.

For more fall maintenance assistance or any other home comfort questions, be sure to reach out to the professionals at Roth Heating & Cooling, serving the heating and cooling needs of Lake Oswego and the surrounding area since 1976.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

How To Endure Severe Weather: 5 Tips For Preparing Your Home

How To Endure Severe Weather: 5 Tips For Preparing Your HomeAlthough the weather in the Portland region is calm nearly all year long because of the sheltering we experience from the mountains, occasionally we do have to endure severe weather. Being prepared is your best insurance against the hardship the loss of utilities can cause for both you and your home. Continue reading

Air Conditioner Replacement — Knowing When Repairs Won’t Cut It

Air Conditioner Replacement -- Knowing When Repairs Won't Cut ItYou could wait until your air conditioner completely croaks to replace it, but that could leave you without air conditioning on a hot afternoon in Portland. Rather, the best step to take is to learn what signs indicate your air conditioner is on its last leg. That way, you can stop pouring money into repairs and fit an air conditioner replacement conveniently into your schedule and budget. Continue reading

Heat Pump Maintenance — Why It’s A Seasonal Concern

Heat Pump Maintenance -- Why It's A Seasonal ConcernJust like any other piece of heating and cooling equipment, heat pumps need regular tune-ups to operate well. That’s why every season, heat pump maintenance should be your number one concern. And here’s why. Continue reading

Don’t Make A Big-Ticket A/C Upgrade Without Expert Advice

Don't Make A Big-Ticket A/C Upgrade Without Expert AdviceAlthough the worst of the summer heat is still a ways off, it pays to start early when you’re considering an A/C upgrade. These big-ticket items are complex machines and may be one of the most expensive systems you have in your home. Air conditioners also come with an array of options that an HVAC expert can tell you about, increasing your comfort while lowering your utility bill. Relying on the expertise of an HVAC contractor assures you that you’ll get the right system for your home for years of dependable comfort. Continue reading

Routine Filter Maintenance — A Small Effort That Yields Large Results

If you want your heating and cooling equipment to run efficiently and last for years, routine filter maintenance is your key. Dirt takes a substantial toll on the parts inside your air handler, all of which is preventable when you change or clean the filters on a routine basis. Continue reading

If Allergy Season Sends You Running For Shelter, Indoor Air Quality Is Paramount

Allergy season in Portland runs from spring through summer. This extended season for allergies makes it difficult for allergy sufferers to function during spring and summer. Many people suffer from both indoor and outdoor allergies, making it difficult to find comfort indoors or out during pollen season. Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve the indoor air quality of your home, which will reduce the symptoms you feel for indoor allergies. If you make some small adjustments to your indoor filtration systems, you will see fewer allergy symptoms and breathe easier this spring- at least while indoors. Continue reading