Monday, May 16, 2016

Why Air Conditioner Maintenance Should be at the Top of your Priority List

Before summer hits, it is important to have air conditioner maintenance performed. There's nothing worse than your AC unit breaking down on one of the hottest days of the year. In addition to preventing a future problem, there are a few additional key reasons why having your machine inspected and serviced are essential.

Reduce Energy Usage

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, something as simple as replacing a clogged filter can lower the amount of energy you use by 5 to 15 percent. That may not sound like a great deal, but over the course of several months, it really adds up. It makes more sense to have a professional clean or replace the filter each year, especially since this task takes just a few minutes.

Keep Your Warranty in Good Standing

Don't forget to read the fine print when obtaining a warranty for your AC unit. Some specifically state that if you do not perform yearly air conditioner maintenance, the warranty is null and void. This means that if your machine breaks down during the warranty period, the company is not obligated to fix it, which is more money out of your pocket.

Extend Equipment Life

The better you care for your AC system, the longer it will last. You'd be surprised at how quickly one small problem can turn into a big problem that requires you to replace the entire unit. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you'll extend the amount of time the equipment runs, which means you'll save money by not having to buy a new unit before the proper time.

When hiring a professional to service your air conditioner, you'll want to make sure that a few things are on his checklist. You'll need all of your coils cleaned out, your refrigerant level checked, and all of the system's moving parts lubricated. All controls and thermostat settings should also be checked.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

End Leaks With Duct Sealing

Controlling home heating and cooling expenses requires ongoing vigilance and maintenance. A house’s ductwork is one area where air can escape, which can result in uneven temperatures and rising HVAC costs. Duct sealing can help minimize waste and inefficiency in heating and cooling systems.

Symptoms of a Problem

A house can develop efficiency issues over time. These problems might occur gradually, or they could suddenly present themselves without warning. Monitor an HVAC system for telltale symptoms that could indicate a problem, such as:

  • Uneven heating and cooling

  • Furnace or air conditioner running excessively

  • Increased utility bills

  • Reduced interior air quality

Resolving the Problem

When a homeowner has noticed symptoms of a problem, a technician can provide heating and cooling services that include examining the home to determine whether a problem exists. After detecting a leak, the technician can repair it with special HVAC duct sealing. The process involves creating a vacuum and then sealing the leaks to stop the expensive airflow.

  • Wall registers throughout the home will be sealed to ensure that the only air escaping the system moves out through the leaks.

  • The technician injects the special chemical sealant into the system.

  • The chemicals in the sealant create tiny particles that move through the ducts. The airflow in the ducts eventually pulls the particles to the sources of the leaks. The particles bind together to stick to the leaks, sealing the area and stopping the flow of air.

  • Remaining particles and chemicals dissipate, leaving only small traces of material in the system.

  • The technician analyzes the system once again to ensure that the escaped airflow is reduced.

With comprehensive maintenance and heating and cooling services that may involve duct sealing, homeowners can ensure that their HVAC systems remain cost-effective and efficient.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Common Household Heating Mistakes

When winter comes around, people go to great lengths to keep their houses warm and cozy. Unfortunately, some of the things that people do to heat their homes can actually do more harm than good. Here are a few common mistakes and tips on what to do instead.
1. Cranking The Thermostat
One thing that many people do, which seems logical, is crank the thermostat way up in the hopes that this makes it work faster. If you come home on a frosty evening, it's certainly tempting to dial it up to 82 degrees, but this won't actually speed up the heating process. Heating systems are designed to pump out warm air at a steady, fixed rate until the room meets the desired temperature. You won't heat the house faster, but you may wake up in a sweat if you forget to dial it back down! Invest in a programmable thermostat that kicks on 30 minutes to an hour before you get home.
2. Thermostat Near Heat-Producing Appliances
Ever wonder why thermostats are most commonly found in hallways? That's because it's the best location to prevent another common mistake. You want to keep the thermostat away from appliances that put out heat because the device will register that as the ambient temperature of the whole house. For example, if an appliance raises the temperature two degrees, your thermostat will stop heating the house two degrees shy of your desired temperature. Keep the thermostat in a neutral area that will accurately reflect the temperature of the entire house.
3. Blocking or Covering Vents
When it seems that the warm air is not circulating properly, check the vents. Oftentimes, we unintentionally block or cover the vents with a rug, piece of furniture, plant, or any miscellaneous item, without noticing that with the vent blocked, the air cannot get out and circulate as it normally would. Blocking and covering vents is also hazardous, and it is in your family's best interest to keep all items at a safe distance from the vents for this reason.
4. Not Changing the Filter
Another very common mistake is allowing the task of changing the air filter to fall to the bottom of the priority list. The dirty air filter is actually polluting the very air that your family inhales throughout your home, and that can lead to health problems as well as increase your energy bill. Make changing the air filters regularly a priority, and you'll efficiently heat your home and keep your family healthy as a result.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Winter is Coming: Is Your Furnace Ready?

Anyone who has ever woken up to a freezing home and an unresponsive thermostat knows how important proper furnace repair can be. Because the furnace is rarely used during the summer months, many homeowners forget to maintain this important appliance. Lack of use can cause corrosion and other problems, so preventative maintenance is always advised to prevent serious problems down the line. These tips will help ensure that your furnace is ready for winter.

1. Schedule a Fall Tune-up
Sometimes letting a professional take a look at your furnace is the best way to make sure everything is in working order. A maintenance expert can check for leaks or unhealthy gases, thoroughly clean the furnace, and make sure that the system is operating safely.

2. Change the Filter
A clogged filter will constrict the airflow through the furnace, causing it to work extra hard and reduce heat production. As a rule of thumb, filters should be changed every three to six months.

3. Make Sure the Vents are Unobstructed
Since air needs to flow easily through the vents, it’s important to make sure that they are clean and unobstructed. If air is not able to circulate freely, the system can become overworked and malfunction.

4. Check the Ducts
Increased power bills are often the result of leaking ducts. If a duct is leaking or has come apart, hot air will have a hard time reaching living areas, causing homeowners to turn the thermostat higher and higher in an attempt to stay warm. Make sure all connections are properly attached before turning on a heater for the first time.

5. Remove Flammable Objects
Take a look around the furnace and water heater to make sure the area is clear of flammable objects such as clothes, boxes, aerosol cans, paints, gasoline, and motorized yard tools.

If you have any questions about furnace repair, contact a professional at Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems today.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Schaafsma Heating and Cooling Receives Second Award for 2015

Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems offers an award to businesses that show outstanding customer service in addition to consistently selling more Bryant equipment than the average retailer. Schaafsma Heating and Cooling is pleased to count itself among the award winners, having received Bryant's Tier 2 award for 2015. The tiers are based solely on annual sales.

The Medal of Excellence Award (MOE) is only awarded to 15 Bryant dealers annually. Schaafsma, along with the 14 other award winners, will eventually compete for the top spot, the Dealer of the Year Award (DOTY), which Bryant awards to one business every year. Schaafsma has won the DOTY award once before, in 2010.

So far, this is the second award Schaafsma has received in 2015. The magazine Contracting Business named Schaafsma "Contractor of the Year." To continue with such praise, writer Terry McIver of the same magazine commented that "Schaafsma Heating & Cooling has survived for more than 100 years because its leaders were open to change." McIver continued, stating that Schaafsma is a "regional monument" in the way it consistently serves its customers. Schaafsma's claim to fame is the "red carpet treatment," meaning that the company will do whatever possible to meet its customer's needs.

The Bryant slogan is "Whatever it Takes." Coming from a company that, like Schaafsma, is also over 100 years old, the award is meant to value businesses who show hard work and dedication. Schaafsma will continue this trend of hard work and commitment as long as possible, serving the people of the Grand Rapids area with the highest possible dedication and expertise.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Stay Cool This Summer With Regular Air Conditioner Maintenance

When homeowners think about maintenance on their air conditioner, they think about fixing something that is broken. However, true maintenance happens when the unit appears to be working well. Regularly scheduled maintenance is critical for your HVAC system, and the Red Carpet Maintenance Program will ensure that your air conditioner is ready for the heat of summer.

Protect Your Warranty
AC systems break down most frequently during the summer months. This makes sense because that is the time when your unit will be working the hardest to keep you comfortable. If your system is under warranty, you have very little to fear other than a few days of downtime while it gets repaired. However, many manufacturer warranties require regular maintenance to be performed on the system. Getting a tune up each year will ensure that your system is fully protected by its manufacturer’s warranty.

Benefits of Regular Maintenance
One of the biggest benefits of an efficient, working AC system is saving money on your electric bill. As the AC gets further and further away from its original efficiency, it requires more energy to run effectively, which can be especially problematic during the summer months. Regular maintenance will also save you money on future repairs by diagnosing issues before they become even worse and preventing unexpected breakdowns. Checking the Freon levels, coils, filters, and looking for leaks on a routine basis will limit headaches down the line.

Protect your investment, and make sure your air conditioner is running at peak efficiency. Join our Red Carpet Maintenance Plan today!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Schaafsma Heating and Cooling named 2015 Residential HVAC Contractor of the Year

We are so proud to announce we have been named the 2015 Residential HVAC contractor of the year by Business Contracting magazine.

We have been serving the Greater Grand Rapids since 1905 with quality HVAC products and services. Our motto is "Red Carpet Treatment".  That is giving the best service possible and treating our customers as though they are stars, because in our eyes they are!

Click on the link below to see our article in Contracting Business Magazine!

2015 HVAC Contractor of the Year