How to Winterize Your A/C

Airtech of Stamford

21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902

(203) 323-3959

With fall’s official start date right around the corner, you’re probably starting to use your air conditioner less frequently – and you know what that means! In just a couple of weeks, your air conditioner will no longer be needed and, instead, you’ll be looking for heat to keep you comfortable as the days and nights get colder.

Have you been relying on a window air conditioner to keep cool this summer? Then it’s time to prepare it to withstand the temperatures that are about to roll in. See below for 3 tips that you can use to winterize your window air conditioner:

  1. Remove it: Always remove your unit from the window for the winter if possible. Although covering it will protect it from the winter weather, removing it is the only way to ensure that it will not be exposed to freezing cold temperatures.
  2. Check the filter: Especially if you haven’t done it lately, now is the perfect time to clean or replace your air conditioner’s filter. By getting this done now, you’ll be well prepared when it comes time to start using your air conditioner again next summer.
  3. Put it away: As you pack away your a/c for the winter, make sure that you store it in a cool, dry place that doesn’t generate a lot of traffic; for example, a crawl space, garage, or unused portion of your basement or attic. Wherever you choose to store it, make sure that it’s covered tightly and take the proper precautions if the chosen area of your home is susceptible to moisture, water or other damaging circumstances.

Are you getting ready to shut down your air conditioner for the season? As you say goodbye to summer, we suggest checking up on your furnace as soon as possible to make sure that it’s ready to perform in the upcoming months. At Airtech of Stamford, we want to help! Our technicians are available to perform maintenance checks and repair or replace your gas furnace and electric heat pump systems to make sure that you’re kept comfortable as the seasons start to change.

For more information, visit us on our website or contact us at (203) 323-3959 to speak with one of our experts today!

True or False? Common HVAC Myths

Airtech of Stamford

21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902

(203) 323-3959

As you get ready to switch from summer mode to fall mode, you’re probably making some adjustments to your HVAC system. Since weather conditions are changing and your system is about to perform different functions, we believe that the time between seasons is the perfect time to perform routine maintenance. But don’t act too quickly! There are many HVAC myths floating around that could alter the actions you take and prevent you from doing something that you should.

Before you make any decisions about your HVAC system, check out the truth behind some of the most common HVAC myths below:

Myth: “I don’t need to change my air filters regularly.”
Truth: Dirty filters are one of the leading causes of improper HVAC performance. The dirtier your filters get, the less efficiently your system will run, so it’s crucial that you change your air filters on a regular basis, whether it be weekly or monthly.

Myth: “The higher or lower I set my thermostat, the faster it will work.”
Truth: The purpose of your thermostat is to instruct your system when to turn on and off based on the temperature in the room. It will not work any harder or faster if you raise or lower the temperature depending on the season.

Myth: “It doesn’t matter where my thermostat is located.”
Truth: Thermostats read the temperature of where they are installed, so if there is a heat source near by, such as a lamp or other electronic device, it may assume an inaccurate temperature.

Myth: “Routine maintenance is not necessary, I’ll fix it when it breaks.”
Truth: HVAC units must be maintained on a regular basis to lengthen their lifespan and ensure quality performance. Checking up on it regularly can also help you avoid any serious repairs in the future.

Do you need to schedule an appointment to have your HVAC system serviced before fall? Call Airtech of Stamford today! We are available to perform preventative maintenance checks and service your existing units to guarantee your comfort all throughout the year. For more information, contact us at (203) 323-3959 today!

The Importance of Regular HVAC Maintenance

Airtech of Stamford

21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902

(203) 323-3959

In order to lengthen the lifespan of your HVAC system and guarantee its performance, it’s important to perform routine seasonal maintenance all throughout the year. An HVAC system is a huge investment that you want to see be worth your while, but without taking care of it, it’s likely that you will need to put even more money into the system for repairs or even replacement.

In addition to lengthening your HVAC system’s lifespan, there are so many other reasons why regular HVAC maintenance is important. See below for a few of the reasons why!

  • Regular maintenance is a great way to keep your utility bills low. When your unit runs properly and doesn’t need to over exert itself, it won’t need to stay on as long or use as much power to keep you warm or cool.
  • A maintained HVAC unit can help improve your indoor air quality. By regularly cleaning your filters and coils, you prevent dirt, mold and bacteria from spreading throughout your home.
  • HVAC systems that are well-maintained are bound to run much more efficiently. Systems that are dirty or overused will require much more of an effort to maintain the temperature of your home, and, in the long run, this will put a strain on the machine and its components.
  • By checking on your HVAC system every season, you reduce the amount of emergency repairs you will have to make in the future. Those that are properly taken care of are less likely to fail when you need them the most!

Although you may think your HVAC system is running smoothly, it’s best to get a professional opinion from a reputable HVAC contractor. Should you have any underlying issues, they are the ones who can diagnose the problem and advise you on a solution that works best for your situation.

Do you need to schedule an appointment for your system to be serviced? With summer coming to an end, we recommend performing your fall maintenance within the next few weeks. Contact Airtech of Stamford for help today! We are available to service existing heating and air conditioning units to help you keep your systems running the way they should. For more information, contact us at (203) 323-3959 today!

Benefits of HVAC Zoning Systems

Airtech of Stamford

21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902

(203) 323-3959

When it comes to comfort, most people are concerned with having an HVAC unit that can distribute heat and cool air equally throughout their home. Rather than struggle with window air conditioners for each room and radiators that cause one room to be hotter than the other, zoning systems allow you to adjust and maintain the temperature in different rooms without sacrificing comfort in another.

The following is a list of just some of the benefits that come with HVAC zoning systems:

Comfort: HVAC zoning allows you to control the comfort in each room of your home or building. Rather than change the temperature throughout the whole house, you can adjust the thermostat for each zone depending on your location and preferance.

Convenience: Having a thermostat in each zone can be extremely convenient when it comes to keeping up with your comfort. If your home or building isn’t zoned, you probably only have one thermostat in a central location. That means you must constantly move around to adjust the temperature of your home! With zoning systems, instead of traveling downstairs, you will likely only have to travel a few feet to the nearest thermostat.

Conservation: Zoning systems are a great way to reduce your monthly utility bills. This is because you have the ability to turn off the heat or A/C in rooms that are not being used!

Are you ready to maximize comfort in your home? At Airtech of Stamford, we are available to install residential zone control systems! Our technicians will work with you to make sure that the rooms in your home maintain a comfortable temperature all throughout the year without requiring too much effort on your part.

For more information on how we can help or to get started working on your zoning systems, contact us at (203) 323-3959 today!

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Common Causes of HVAC Problems

Airtech of Stamford
21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902

(203) 323-3959

HVAC emergencies can happen at any time, but the real question is why do they happen? Your heating, cooling and ventilation system is made up of several components that all work together to maximize comfort in your home, so even if just one piece doesn’t work properly, the efficiency of your entire system could be compromised.

Have you ever found yourself hot with no A/C or cold with no heat? See below for common causes of these unfavorable HVAC problems:

  1. Thermostat: If your heating or cooling system isn’t working, check to make sure that your thermostat is functioning properly. A broken thermostat is one of the top reasons HVAC systems fail, but it’s also one of the easiest fixes!
  2. Filter: Another quick fix, dirty filters can quickly cause your HVAC system to perform poorly. We suggest changing your filters at least once a month during high use seasons to keep your system working as it should.
  3. Refrigerant: When your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be keeping you cool, check to make sure your refrigerant isn’t leaking. Refrigerant is necessary for your system to produce cool air, so if you’re losing it to a leak, your unit will produce air that is no where near cool.
  4. Breaker: When you just can’t seem to find the problem, check to make sure that your breaker hasn’t tripped. Sometimes all it takes is the flip of a switch to get your HVAC system running again.

Even if you feel like you were able to fix the problem on your own, it’s always best to check with an HVAC professional. Ask Airtech of Stamford for help!  We are a fully licensed and insured heating and air conditioning contractor that services all major brands. With over 50 years of experience, we’re the perfect candidate to assess and repair your HVAC system.

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