Ever find yourself struggling with a heating system that just can’t seem to warm up your home when temperatures start to drop? Or, has your heating system ever given out on one of the coldest nights of the year? As a top-notch heating contractor in Stamford, Connecticut, we at Airtech of Stamford know that emergencies (and non-emergencies, of course) can happen at any time, and we also know how important it is to have them addressed right away! That’s why our team is available around the clock to help with various heating needs. Below, we outline some of what we specialize in when it comes to residential heating in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, Connecticut:
Gas furnace systems
Electric heat pump systems
Heat recovery systems
Air distribution systems
Geothermal heating systems
Residential zone control systems
Furthermore, we also offer preventative maintenance programs to help with the upkeep of HVAC units around the state – there’s nothing we can’t do!
For more information about our residential heating services, check out the following YouTube video, then mark our number down in your contact list in case you need assistance this fall or winter!
Well, tomorrow is officially the first day of fall, and that means the day when we turn our furnace on is drawing near. Since you’ve been relying on your air conditioner for the past few months rather than your heater, it’s important to pay attention to your furnace well before you really need it to double check that it is still in good working order. Here are a few fall furnace maintenance tips we encourage you to use when you get started: Turn it off: Most importantly, don’t begin any work until you turn off your furnace completely. If you aren’t sure where the switch to do so is located, check by the top of your basement stairs; if it isn’t there, start looking on the walls near the system. Then, head on over to your oil tank or gas pipe and turn off the fuel shutoff as well to ensure that your furnace isn’t being supplied with either of these products as you work. Clean out the combustion chamber: Once you’re sure that your system is turned off, remove the door leading to your combustion chamber so that you have full access to it. Then, using a vacuum, suck up any dirt that has built up over time. As soon as you’re done, make sure to check for any holes that may have formed due to corrosion and seal if needed. Change the air filter: We simply can’t say it enough – one of the most important parts of furnace maintenance is changing the air filter. Even though your furnace has been dormant for the past few months, it’s still a good idea to put in a fresh filter at the start of fall – you want your system to work as efficiently as it should, right? Wipe down the pilot: Since the pilot is the part of your system that encourages heat to start flowing, you’ll want to make sure it isn’t covered with any dirt that could get in the way. Cleaning it is simple – just wipe off the dust until it is as good as new! If you need to get into tight spaces, the Family Handyman suggests using a straw to help. Contact a professional: After you’ve completed the easier tasks, contact your local HVAC specialist to have professional maintenance performed. Though you may feel confident that you’ve done it all, only an expert can guarantee that your system is ready to go. When you get to tip number 5, contact a professional, be sure to consider Airtech of Stamford if you’re located in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien or New Canaan, Connecticut. We have a team of highly trained technicians ready to help and would be more than willing to assist with your fall maintenance. To make an appointment with us, please call (203) 323-3959 today.
While some homeowners choose to remove their window air conditioners once the cold weather sets in, others may opt for keeping it in year round to avoid the hassle of needed to re-install it every summer. However, for those that choose this approach, it becomes even more important that the unit is secured properly to ensure that it doesn’t become loose or worse – fall out – when harsh winter weather conditions arise. So, which of the above do you prefer to do? If you plan on keeping your window unit in during the next few seasons, here are a few tips to help you make sure it’s secure:
Use an air conditioner mounting bracket: Even if your air conditioner is on the first floor, you may benefit from installing an air conditioner mounting bracket. Although your unit may be screwed into the window from the inside, this piece of equipment can provide added protection on the outside as it gives the back of the air conditioner something to rest on. Not to mention, the fact that these brackets are typically attached to the house gives your air conditioner another source of strength to hold it up. Double check the accordions: If over the course of the summer you only used your air conditioner’s accordions to seal the open space and didn’t secure them directly to the windows, you’ll want to do so now. But before you start making any holes in the window, refer to your air conditioner’s instructions as they may outline the exact way in which this should be done – including which type of screws or other tools are best to use. Tighten the window locking bracket: Once you’re sure that the air conditioner isn’t going to move, you’ll need to make sure that the window won’t either – this is where the window locking bracket comes in. Even if you haven’t noticed any movement over the summer, wind, rain and snow from fall and winter could place more stress on your unit, so you must be able to guarantee that your window can hold it in place. Do you have any other tips that you use to keep your air conditioner in place all 365 days of the year? If so, be sure to let us know on our Facebook or Twitter page! For over 50 years, we at Airtech of Stamford have been providing exceptional HVAC services to Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan customers. To learn more about how we can help you with your air conditioning system, please visit www.airtech-hvac.com or call (203) 323-3959.
With Labor Day having passed, many of you may be getting into the mindset that summer is officially over. And even though we are still battling some high temperatures, soon enough it will be time to prep our homes for the fall. That being said, if you have a window air conditioner at home, you may be starting to think about taking it out. Here are step-by-step instructions you can use when doing so:
Power down your unit and unplug it. If your wiring is quite lengthy, you may want to find a way to tighten things up so that it doesn’t get caught during the rest of the process.
Place a towel or other protective covering on the floor under the unit to catch any water that drips out.
Assuming you have secured the air conditioner to the window with screws, take them out and slide in your unit’s accordian side panel/side curtain and frame.
Grab the air conditioner firmly from behind, then have a buddy lift the window. As the air conditioner is no longer held in by the window, be prepared for it to tilt or move a little.
Remove the unit from the window and place it on the towel below to allow any extra water to leave the system.
Although taking your air conditioner out of the window seems pretty simple, always have a friend near by. Not only can they help when it comes time to physically remove the unit, but it’s always a good idea to have a second set of eyes and hands available in case the situation should get a little hairy.
On the other hand, if you have an HVAC unit that needs to be prepped for fall, give Airtech of Stamford a call! We specialize in various cooling services and can help with just about any need you may have. To learn more about how we can help customers in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan with their air conditioners, please give us a call at (203) 323-3959 today.
So the time has come to start thinking about what needs to be done with your air conditioner to protect it during the fall and winter seasons. Do you know where to start? One thing’s for sure, you’ll want to cover it once it’s no longer in use to prevent fall and winter weather from causing any harm.
But what’s the best way to do so? Although you may be tempted to wrap it in a material like plastic as this seems like a pretty hassle-free job, this is a method you’ll want to avoid. Why? Wrapping it in this way can lead to rust. Even if you’ve wrapped your unit to the point where you are completely confident it is as tight as can be, it will never be airtight – that means moisture can get trapped between your unit and the covering. Not to mention, having a tarp-like material may seem inviting to outdoor critters, and unfortunately, if they find their way in, they could do some serious damage.
All that being said, one of the best ways to cover your air conditioner at the end of the summer season is to use plywood. And the best part is, you only need to cover the top! By covering your system in this way, you can protect your unit from being harmed by icicles, leaves, snow and all other seasonal debris – that’s what really matters!
For more information on this topic, check out this article from the Family Handyman.
At Airtech of Stamford, we want you to rest assured knowing that your air conditioner is protected properly before the cold weather sets in. If you’re located in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien or New Canaan, Connecticut and have questions about your cooling unit, including how to prepare it for reduced temps, please give us a call at (203) 323-3959. In addition to helping you prep for the upcoming seasons, we can also perform any repairs where necessary if your system experienced a lot of wear and tear this summer!