Stay Cool All Summer With These Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

A technician performing air conditioner maintenance on an AC unit.

As the warm summer months approach, it’s crucial to ensure your air conditioning system is in top shape to keep your home comfortable and your energy bills in check. Proper air conditioner maintenance not only extends the lifespan of your unit but also improves its efficiency, resulting in lower utility costs and a more enjoyable living environment.

In this blog post, we’ll explore five maintenance tips to help you prepare your air conditioner for the upcoming season.

5 Maintenance Tips to Ready Your Air Conditioner for the Summer

Beat the heat this summer with these air conditioner maintenance tips:

A technician performing air conditioner maintenance on an AC unit.

1. Schedule Air Conditioner Maintenance Tune-ups

One of the most important aspects of air conditioner maintenance is scheduling annual tune-ups with a professional HVAC technician. During a maintenance visit, a technician’s job is to ensure your system is ready to operate efficiently throughout the season. At this appointment, a technician will go through a series of checks, inspections, and cleaning on your unit, including the following:

  • Clean the evaporator coil inside
  • Inspect the coil to ensure there are no leaks
  • Clean and inspect your circulating fan wheel
  • Lubricate the fan motor
  • Inspect and tighten the mounting bolts
  • Inspect your electrical wiring and connections
  • Clean and inspect the outside condenser
  • Check the refrigerant level in your system

Regular maintenance can catch potential problems early, preventing costly breakdowns and extending the life of your air conditioner.

2. Clean or Replace Filters Regularly

Clogged or dirty air filters can significantly reduce your air conditioner’s efficiency and strain the system, leading to higher energy bills and potential breakdowns. Make it a habit to clean or replace your filters every one to three months, or as recommended by the manufacturer. This simple task can make a noticeable difference in your unit’s performance and indoor air quality.

At Hometown Heating, Air & Electric, we sell a variety of filters. Please visit our online shop to check out the filter options we offer.

3. Seal Any Openings Around Your Home

Air leaks around windows, doors, and other openings in your home can cause your air conditioner to work harder than necessary, wasting energy and money. These gaps and cracks act as pathways for cool air to escape and hot air to enter, forcing your AC unit to run longer and work harder to maintain the desired temperature. This not only drives up your energy bills but also puts unnecessary strain on the system, potentially leading to premature wear and tear or even breakdowns.

Take the time to thoroughly inspect your home for any air leaks. Common culprits include gaps around window and door frames, electrical outlets, attic hatches, and any cracks or holes in walls, floors, or ceilings. Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal these openings, effectively creating an airtight barrier that prevents air exchange between the inside and outside of your home. Cool air will stay where it belongs, inside your living spaces, while hot outdoor air will be kept at bay.

4. Utilize Your Thermostat Efficiently

Programming your thermostat properly can help you save energy and money while maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature. Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most use out of your thermostat:

  • Set your thermostat a few degrees higher when you’re away from home or during sleeping hours.
  • Make sure your thermostat is located in a suitable area, away from direct sunlight or heat sources, to ensure accurate temperature readings.
  • Consider investing in a smart thermostat. Since they are electronic, programmable thermostats are more accurate and efficient than thermostats that contain mercury. With programmable thermostats, you can control the temperature in your home at different times of day without ever touching your thermostat.

And if you run into issues or inaccurate readings, Hometown Heating, Air & Electric is here to help! We can accurately troubleshoot any type of malfunction and can repair your thermostat if you run into issues.

5. Consider Upgrading to a New Unit

If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old or showing signs of frequent breakdowns, it may be time to consider upgrading to a new, energy-efficient model. Here are a few signs your AC may be due for replacement:

  • Does not maintain set temperature
  • Older than 10-15 years
  • Facing costly repairs
  • Increasing energy bills
  • Uneven cooling in different rooms

At Hometown Heating, Air & Electric, we can install upgraded systems, such as split air conditioning systems and Energy Star models.

By following these air conditioner maintenance tips, you can ensure your system is ready to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the summer months.

Contact us today to schedule your annual tune-up with Hometown Heating, Air & Electric today and enjoy a worry-free summer.

Maintaining Your HVAC System: 3 Ways to Fall In Love With Comfort This Year

maintaining your hvac system can help you fall in love with comfort this year like the couple in the picture

February, the month of love, isn’t just about romantic dinners and flowers; it’s also the perfect time to show some love to the unsung heroes of home comfort – your local HVAC company. At Hometown Heating, Air & Electric, we’re not just experts in heating, air, and electric services; we’re passionate about you maintaining your HVAC system and keeping the heart of Cedarburg, Mequon, Grafton, and surrounding communities warm, cool, and bright.

Here are three ways Hometown Heating, Air & Electric strives to keep you comfortable all year round:

1. Warm Embraces: Heating Services that Melt Away the Chill

As the winter winds howl through Wisconsin, we know a cozy home is a happy home. We arm our dedicated team of certified HVAC technicians with the expertise to install, maintain, service, and repair heating systems and boilers. We’re not just in the business of maintaining your HVAC system in the winter; we’re in the business of keeping your family warm and comfortable. So, this winter, let our heating services wrap your home in a warm embrace that will make you fall in love with winter.

2. Cool Connections: Air Services to Sweep You Off Your Feet

When summer sizzles, we’ve got the cool solutions to sweep you off your feet. Our full-service HVAC company ensures your air conditioning systems are in optimal condition, making scorching summers a breeze. From installing to maintaining your HVAC system, we’ve got the expertise to keep your home cool and comfortable. Love the feeling of walking into a refreshingly cool home on a hot summer day? That’s the magic of our air services working their charm.

3. Electrifying Love: Sparks Fly with Electrical Services

In matters of the heart, and home, sparks should fly only in a figurative sense. Our electrical services are here to ensure your home stays well-lit, safe, and sound. Whether you need installations, repairs, or maintenance, our team is dedicated to illuminating your life. This year, let sparks fly in your heart, not from faulty wiring.

Maintaining Your HVAC System & Putting Customers First

At Hometown Heating, Air & Electric, we believe in treating every customer the way we would want to be treated. While our priority involves maintaining your HVAC system year round, our love language is effective communication, transparent pricing, and punctuality. We understand the area’s climate, and we’re committed to providing high-quality, in-home comfort for our friends and neighbors throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

Our process is meticulous, just like a perfectly planned date night. We learn about your home and needs, and then we complete the job quickly and correctly. No surprises, just the satisfaction of a job well done.

This season, experience the warmth, coolness, and brightness that only Hometown Heating, Air & Electric can provide. Contact us today and let us be your local HVAC heroes, making sure you fall in love with your home’s comfort all over again.

Heating Emergency: How to Survive the Cold When Your Furnace Quits

couple bundling up in a heating emergency

As the frigid winds sweep through Wisconsin, the last thing you want is for your heating system to call it quits. A sudden loss of heat can be not only uncomfortable but also potentially dangerous, especially in the heart of winter. So, what do you do when your furnace decides to take an unscheduled vacation? Here’s a guide to help you navigate a heating emergency situation in the Badger State:

1. Check the Basics

Before panicking, ensure the basics are covered. Sometimes, the issue might be a simple fix.

  • Verify your thermostat is set correctly, the circuit breakers are not tripped, and the furnace switch is in the “on” position.
  • If all of those items are in the proper position, locate the emergency shut-off switch, typically located on the furnace itself. Ensure it’s turned on. If the switch is off, flipping it back on might resolve the problem.
  • Finally, for those who have older furnaces with a pilot light, check if it’s still burning. If it’s out, relight it following the manufacturer’s instructions. If the pilot light won’t stay lit, it might indicate a deeper issue that requires professional attention.

2. Contact the Professionals

In Wisconsin where winter can be harsh, it’s crucial to have a reliable heating professional on speed dial. At Hometown Heating, Air & Electric, we’re here to help you in a heating emergency. Keep our contact information close by, so if an emergency situation happens, you’re ready and can contact us right away. It’s worth having this information handy for unexpected situations.

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3. Utilize Temporary Heating Solutions

In an emergency, you need warmth, and fast. If your situation is dire, you may have to wait a short time for help to come your way. Consider these temporary heating solutions while you wait:

  • Blankets: While waiting for professional assistance, layer up in warm clothing and use blankets.
  • Fireplace: If you have a fireplace, now is the time to use it as it’s a quick way to bring heat into your home.
  • Oven: Bake something in your oven, and when finished, turn off your oven, but keep the door open to let in heat.
  • Space Heaters: If you have electric space heaters, use them to provide temporary warmth.
  • Sunshine: If it’s daytime and the sun is shining, open your blinds and curtains to let the sun in.
  • Towels: Seal drafts with weather stripping or towels to keep as much warmth inside as possible.

While these solutions can be helpful in a heating emergency, remember to follow safety guidelines and use these options only as temporary solutions.

4. Employ Preventative Maintenance to Avoid Another Heating Emergency

Once the emergency is resolved, schedule preventive maintenance for your heating system. Regular inspections and tune-ups can catch potential issues before they become emergencies. Maintaining your furnace won’t just help during emergencies — it will also help keep your bills down and extend the lifespan of your heating equipment.

Remember, when facing a heating emergency in Wisconsin, acting promptly and seeking professional help is key. Stay warm and safe during the winter months, and don’t let a heating hiccup put a freeze on your comfort.

If you have any questions or want to schedule a furnace tune-up, please contact us. Don’t just survive the cold — but beat it with Hometown Heating, Air & Electric.

Heat Smart, Spend Smart: 10 Ways To Save On Heating This Winter

woman sitting by the fire trying to save on heating this winter

Winter has a magical way of transforming our beautiful state into a snowy wonderland, but it can also turn your heating bill into a frosty nightmare. Fear not! Hometown Heating, Air & Electric is here to sprinkle some warmth and wisdom on how to keep your heating costs low without sacrificing comfort. So, let’s dive into the cozy world of energy efficiency and discover the secrets to save on your heating bill that won’t break the bank.

10 Ways to Save on Heating This Winter

Find out the secrets to a toasty home this winter:

1. Snuggle Up Your Home

No, we’re not suggesting you invest in an army of fluffy pets (although that sounds pretty tempting). Instead, make your home a snuggle sanctuary by sealing any drafts. Grab a tube of caulk and weatherstripping to plug gaps around windows and doors, preventing precious heat from escaping and cold drafts from sneaking in.

2. Embrace Your Smart Thermostat as a Warm Friend

Upgrade to a smart thermostat and let technology do the heavy lifting. These nifty devices learn your heating patterns and adjust the temperature accordingly. Program your thermostat to lower the heat when you’re away and crank it up before you return, ensuring comfort without wasting energy. Even lowering your thermostat by just a degree or two can make a world of difference in cost savings.

3. Let the Sun Shine In

Mother Nature provides a free and fabulous heating source – the sun! During the day, open curtains and blinds to let sunlight naturally warm your home. As the sun sets, close them to trap the heat and keep the winter chill at bay. While these ideas might seem obvious, it’s often the little things that can help you save on heating.

4. Bring Your Blankets into Your Living Spaces

Your blankets aren’t just for beds, so embrace the cozy vibes with blankets and bring them into your living spaces! Layer up with warm throws on couches and beds to create a snug atmosphere. When the temperature drops, reach for a blanket before adjusting the thermostat.

5. Mind Your Vents and Radiators

Don’t let furniture play hide-and-seek with your vents or radiators. Arrange your space so that heat can circulate freely. Move furniture away from these sources to ensure an unobstructed flow of warmth, making your heating system’s job a breeze.

6. Seize the Power of Layers to Save on Heating

While we understand that wearing layers are the key to staying warm, your home follows the same principle. Instead of cranking up the heat, throw on your favorite sweater or hoodie to stay warm and stylish inside.

7. Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up

Just like your car needs regular maintenance, so does your furnace. Schedule a tune-up with Hometown Heating, Air & Electric to ensure your heating system is running at peak efficiency. A well-maintained furnace not only keeps your bills down but also extends the lifespan of your heating equipment.

8. Become a Draft Detective

Put on your detective hat and hunt down drafts. Check for gaps around windows, doors, and even electrical outlets. Sealing these openings is a simple yet effective way to prevent cold air from sneaking in.

9. Don’t Get Warm Alone

Engage the whole family in the quest for a lower heating bill. Encourage everyone to wear warm clothes indoors, close doors to unoccupied rooms, and remind them to turn down the thermostat when heading out. Teamwork makes the (warmth) dream work!

10. Cozy Cooking Counts

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and cooking can generate heat. On colder days, consider baking or cooking heartier meals to help warm up your space. Bonus: you get delicious food as a reward!

Remember, keeping your home warm doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. With these creative and cost-effective tips, you’ll be sipping cocoa in a cozy home without worrying about your heating bill. Stay warm and wallet-wise this winter, courtesy of Hometown Heating, Air & Electric!

If you have any questions about any of these tips or want to schedule a furnace tune-up, please contact us. Let’s stay warm this winter.

Understanding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and the Vital Role of HVAC Maintenance

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Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a silent menace that can infiltrate your home without warning, posing a grave threat to your family’s safety. Understanding the risks of CO poisoning is essential to prevent this potential hazard. HVAC maintenance plays a pivotal role in keeping your home CO-free, and we’re here to shed light on the importance of this critical aspect.

This post will define carbon monoxide poisoning, delve into the risks associated with it, and explain how HVAC maintenance can mitigate this potentially lethal threat.

How to Guard Your Home Against the Silent Threat of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Read on to learn how you can protect against your home from CO poisoning:

1. Understanding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be produced in your home when fuels like natural gas, oil, wood, or propane are not burned completely. Common household appliances can become sources of CO when they are inadequately maintained or malfunction. Some examples of these appliances include the following:

  • Furnaces
  • Water heaters
  • Fireplaces
  • Gas stoves

The gas can escape into your living space, silently putting your family’s safety at risk.

2. Considering the Risks

The insidious nature of CO poisoning lies in its initial flu-like symptoms. Understanding what these symptoms may look like can be helpful in identifying a carbon monoxide leak. Some of the primary symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Shortness of breath

Prolonged exposure to elevated CO levels can lead to severe health complications, and in extreme cases, it can be fatal. Tragically, the invisible nature of this gas often means that its presence goes undetected until it’s too late.

3. Preventing CO Poisoning

One of the most effective ways to safeguard your home and family from the dangers of CO poisoning is through regular HVAC maintenance. Our certified technicians can inspect and service your heating systems, ensuring they operate safely and efficiently. This includes checking for leaks, ensuring proper ventilation, and addressing any issues that could potentially release CO into your living space.

Additionally, installing carbon monoxide detectors is a crucial preventive measure. These devices emit an alarm when they detect elevated CO levels, serving as an early warning system for your safety.

To protect your loved ones from this silent threat, it’s imperative to schedule routine HVAC maintenance. At Hometown Heating, Air & Electric, we’re dedicated to keeping your heating systems in top condition and ensuring your home remains a safe, CO-free environment. Take proactive measures to protect your home and health, and don’t wait until disaster strikes.

If you have any questions about carbon monoxide poisoning and how to prevent it, please contact us. We’re ready to help!

8 Benefits Of Hiring A Certified HVAC Technician

When it comes to maintaining and repairing your HVAC system, hiring a certified technician is important. Certified technicians understand the importance of proper installation, maintenance, and repair services to ensure your system runs efficiently and effectively. Below are the benefits of hiring a certified technician for your HVAC system:

1. Helps to Ensure Quality Service

Installing an HVAC system can be expensive, so having a qualified technician for a standard job is important. Certification shows that the technician has the training and expertise to install, maintain, and repair HVAC systems. Furthermore, a certified technician can also provide advice on the best type of system for your home or business as well as specialized services such as energy auditing.

2. Helps Protect Consumers

HVAC certification helps shield customers from novice or unqualified workers who might be unable to fix their systems effectively. Sometimes, an uncertified technician may cause more damage to an HVAC system than was originally present. This can be costly and time-consuming to repair.

Ensuring that HVAC technicians have the certification guarantees they will have the necessary skills and knowledge to properly and safely complete the job. Furthermore, certified technicians know the current industry standards, so they will stay on track and perform updated techniques.

3. Is Necessary For Some Warranties

Sometimes, your HVAC system’s warranty may require you to use a certified technician for service and repairs. This is because manufacturers know certified technicians have the training and skills needed to service HVAC products properly.

If you use a non-certified technician, you may void your warranty and have to pay for expensive repairs yourself. Certified technicians can also provide valuable insight into how to maintain your system to keep it working efficiently and reduce the likelihood of costly repairs in the future.

4. Saves You Money and Time

Certified technicians are experts in the field, meaning they can quickly identify and repair problems with your equipment. This reduces the amount of time spent troubleshooting. It also reduces the overall labor cost.

In addition, certified technicians will perform HVAC jobs with professional expertise and know-how, which can reduce the risk of costly mistakes. By working with certified technicians, you can be sure they’ll perform repairs and maintenance right the first time.

5. Shows Commitment to a Career

The drain line is a pipe that allows water to safely move from the drip pan to the condensate drain. Although not very common, it’s possible for the drain line to disconnect from the drip pan. When this connection is interrupted, water may instead accumulate in the drip pan or even leak out onto the ground near the drain. Unlike many HVAC components which are hidden inside the unit itself, the drain line is easily visible on the back of the unit. You can take a peek behind the unit to see if the drain line is disconnected or damaged. An HVAC technician can handle re-installing or replacing the drain line.

6. Shows the Company Understands the Latest Industry Trends

The HVAC industry keeps changing, so technicians must stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends. Certified technicians show that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to install, repair, and maintain HVAC systems according to current standards and practices. Certified technicians can also better adapt to changes within the industry.

7. May Be Necessary by Law

In some states, certification may be legally necessary for an individual to work as an HVAC technician. Furthermore, certified technicians understand all the related regulations. Certified technicians demonstrate that they have completed an approved training program, passed licensing exams, and are up-to-date with current standards in the industry.

8. Provides Peace of Mind

Finally, choosing a certified HVAC technician provides peace of mind knowing that your technician has the training and experience necessary to service your system properly. Certified technicians must pass a rigorous examination process, ensuring they are knowledgeable about the latest safety standards in the HVAC industry. In most cases, certified technicians are from reputable certifying organizations and can assure your project gets completed with the highest level of quality.

At Hometown Heating, Air & Electric, we take pride in our exceptional service to Cedarburg, WI residents. Our team is highly trained and certified to handle all of your heating, air conditioning, and electrical needs. We take great care to ensure that our technicians are up-to-date on the latest technological advancements so that we can take care of your HVAC system with the most modern solutions available. Contact Hometown Heating, Air & Electric today to learn more about our services. We can ensure that your home or office is in safe, reliable hands.