Don’t forget your HVAC system this Christmas!

Dec 23, 2020 | Furnace, HVAC, Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

With most people celebrating Christmas after a very strange and tumultuous year, we would like to take this time to remind all our friends and family about the one thing keeping everyone warm and comfy this holiday season. 

Our HVAC systems tirelessly pump out comfort all year long, and to help homeowners give their home heating and cooling systems a little extra love and care for Christmas, we at Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air put together the following list of some of the best gifts you can give your HVAC systems so they keep doing their thing for years to come, increasing your comfort while saving you hard-earned cash:

It’s Time for a Smart Thermostat!

If your home still has that old hockey puck-looking thermostat dial on the wall, it’s long overdue time for an upgrade! Christmas is a great time to do yourself, your HVAC system and your home a massive favor by bringing your thermostat into modern times. Smart thermostats and Wi-Fi Thermostats give you peace of mind while saving you money on energy costs and giving you convenience you won’t want to go without ever again. When customers have smart thermostats installed, they thank us and wonder how they ever did without! Smart thermostats and programmable thermostats are cheap, extremely easy to install, and amazing Christmas gifts. Additionally, these cool gadgets help you get the most out of your HVAC system 24 hours a day. They come with a host of cool features, including indoor air quality features, system diagnostics, air filter notifications and Wi-Fi connectability. They are very Smart Home-friendly and accessible from any smartphone or device so you can adjust your settings on the fly — anywhere, anytime.

The Three “C’s” of Air Filters: Check & Change or Clean

If not regularly changed or cleaned on time, our air filters can wreak havoc on our home comfort systems. If left unchecked, air filters can clog up and block airflow, which can snowball quickly into other problems with your system. These problems include everything from energy wasting to indoor air quality issues, breakdowns and even system failure. As such, checking them monthly and changing them as often as needed will not only help improve indoor air quality, it will also lighten the stress being put on your system and save on energy consumption. Changing your air filter frequently means a lot less wear and tear, enabling a longer and less expensive useful lifespan for your comfort systems. And while this is all good and well, if you’re looking to truly improve your home’s Indoor Air Quality, you should consider getting an air filter upgrade. Better air filters with a higher HEPA rating provide more bang for your buck!

Insulate Attic & Basement

Ask yourself, when’s the last time you checked the insulation in your home? Proper levels of insulation enable our HVAC systems to operate efficiently and decrease the amount of work they have to do. This is because insulation prevents warm air from escaping from the structure. If you haven’t done so in the past couple years, having a professional assess your attic and basement’s insulation levels is a good idea. They can assess whether there’s a need to increase insulation or replace it. More often than not, adding a little insulation will go a long way.

Get A Whole-Home Humidifier Installed

As with almost all winters, Ohio’s weather serves up some seriously dry air. Can you feel it? However, to make matters worse, this arid air can be the source of all sorts of health problems, breathing problems, sleeping problems, etc. If it’s bad enough, winter’s arid air can cause static electricity all throughout your home, which some experts say can cause damage to certain electronics. Moreover, we know dry air damages within dwellings. Things like trim, furniture, antiques, woodwork and flooring are subject to warping and other damages. The only sure and solid full-proof solution is to get a whole-home humidifier installed. If you’re interested, or would like to know more, call the number below, or click on the link. We’d love hearing from you!

Check Airflow in Ductwork

Over time, dust, dirt, debris and all sorts of impurities tend to build up in our air duct systems. Because of this, it’s important we check our air ductwork to ensure air is flowing freely through them. If it’s not, it’s probably a good idea to have a professional perform air duct cleaning to get air flowing properly again. Blockage in ductwork puts unnecessary strain on our comfort systems. Furthermore, it also negatively affects the quality of the air coming through and being distributed throughout our homes. Often, this results in unwanted smells and even respiratory problems that can go unnoticed. Although we do offer air duct cleaning, the service’s availability is limited. For more information, call the number below.

Preventative Maintenance is Key

In essence, there is absolutely no substitute for seasonal maintenance. When it comes to something as intricate and as expensive as a residential HVAC system, it always pays off to be proactive rather than reactive. Having a certified technician come out to your home to check your comfort systems every year, give them a tune-up and safety check and make sure they are working properly as part of a maintenance appointment is the gift that keeps on giving — giving comfort all year long. Maintenance allows our techs to troubleshoot for concerns to avoid surprise repairs and wear-and-tear.

‘Tis the Season To Give Your HVAC System the Love it Deserves!

‘Tis the season of giving, so give your HVAC system the gift that keeps giving back — giving you heat, comfort, peace of mind and lower energy bills all winter long. Call Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air today at 937-502-3842, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! 

As always, we look forward to hearing from you! From our families to yours: Have a Merry Christmas . . . and a Happy New Year!