Having lived the better part of my life in Arkansas, I know when the seasons are changing, when it’s time to put up the sandals, get out the closed toed shoes and don the long sleeves. But, when I moved to Texas thirteen years ago it was a whole new experience. When I was ready to “dress appropriately” everyone was still in flip flops, as they are today in San Antonio. Of course the calendar clues everyone in, but those days of wanting to wear the new school clothes don’t come as quickly because it’s not even chilly at the time of purchase! I found it shocking to see so many wore shorts and sandals when I was ready to acclimate to “my” normal weather.
It is never too early to have your air conditioning and heating units prepared for what lies ahead. To reiterate this, here are things to consider to protect your unit(s) and keep cost of maintenance to a minimum. With a preventive maintenance plan from Service First, you’ll enjoy:
• Regularly scheduled maintenance
• Maintenance plans to fit your budget
• Priority service
• Discounts on repairs, services, and new equipment purchases
• Lower energy bills due to a well maintained air conditioning units
• Extended equipment life
We’re nearing those seasons we dwell on up to the day of and even afterwards, for the sales and family gatherings. There are always deals on Black Friday and those during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons and, although fun and exciting, we miss things necessary to guarantee full enjoyment. We are not thinking about the dreaded mountain cedar allergy season that knocks us to our knees during the festive times.
In San Antonio, you can count on mountain cedar coming in after the first freeze. So what can you do to fight the red, itchy eyes and sniffles/sneezes you get from mountain cedar? If you’re a severe cedar sufferer, you need to check those filters every two weeks until cedar season is over. If they’re dirty – replace them with high-quality, pleated, high-MERV filters. Some of the basic maintenance jobs can be performed by homeowners if they have the time to do so.
The simple change of air filters, clearing debris around the heating and cooling equipment not only maintains the life of your equipment, but the maintains the safe and efficient operation of the system. You could also inspect the duct system for any air leaks by turning the indoor blower on and feeling for leaks. However, it is best left to professionals to dismantle the equipment and tend to the intricate parts in order to provide exceptional service. Don’t wait until the last minute and suffer needless consequences. Service First is available 24/7 365 days a year.