The Most Common Spring Maintenance Issues

Spring is here! Along with beautiful weather and fun seasonal activities, spring is also a great time to tackle some common maintenance issues around your home. Whether you plan to work on home maintenance projects yourself or choose to call in a professional, it’s important to stay on top of your maintenance needs to avoid any issues later on that might lead to costly repair needs. Below, we will cover some of the most common spring maintenance issues that you can check for in your home today.

4 Common Spring Maintenance Issues

Here are some of the most common maintenance issues that homeowners experience during the spring:

1. Damage to the Exterior Walls

Changing temperatures and weather conditions can be harsh on the exterior of your home. It’s best to inspect the outside of your home in spring after winter is over. Look for troublesome spots in the brick, stucco, or wood siding of your home. If you notice water stains, this could be a sign that your gutters are not properly managing runoff from your roof. If you have wood siding, you will also want to check for damaged areas or openings that pests may burrow into.

2. Leaking Windows

If your windows are older, there may be gaps and cracks around the windows. These are often most noticeable when the temperatures start to change. These leaks can allow cool air to escape your home, thus increasing your energy usage. Check for the caulking and weather stripping around your windows for any damage or deterioration.

3. Air Conditioning Preparation

The two seasons that see the most action from your HVAC system is winter and summer. That’s why it is important to get a seasonal tune-up in spring just before summer arrives. Make sure that your system is clean, the parts are well-lubricated, and the equipment is free of any repair needs. To do this, you can schedule a tune-up with your local HVAC company where a certified technician will clean and inspect your system to ensure that it is running properly and efficiently.

4. Leaky Pipes

Spring is the best time to check your home for leaky pipes and faucets as well as clogged drains. To start, check under your bathroom and kitchen sinks. Look for pipes and hoses that are not properly sealed. You will also want to check your dishwasher for any leaking. If you notice wetness around the machine after you run it, this could be a sign that you have an issue. You’ll want to do the same for your washing machine and water heater. Make sure there are no signs of corrosion or leaks.

Having trouble with your HVAC system? Need to get an AC tune-up before summer arrives? The experienced HVAC team at Schmitt Heating and Air Conditioning has been serving individuals and families in the bay area for over 100 years. No matter what your HVAC needs may be, we are here to help. Call us today to schedule a service appointment: (415) 689-7849.

 

Beautify Your Outdoor Space: How to Conceal Your Outdoor AC Unit

Your HVAC system is an amazing invention. It keeps you cool in summer and warm when the weather starts to cool down. Though your HVAC system is crucial to maintaining home comfort for you and your family, it is not exactly the most attractive piece of machinery. To improve the look of your home’s exterior, try concealing your outdoor HVAC unit. With the DIY tips we have listed below, you can easily camouflage the AC unit without impairing the functionality.

How to Conceal Your Outdoor AC Unit

Concealing your outdoor AC unit doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here are our favorite DIY tips for hiding your outdoor HVAC unit:

1. Fence it.

Create an adorable picket fence or lattice to surround your air conditioning unit. Add a statement piece, such as a wooden heart, in the middle of the fence or hang other decorative outdoor decorations from the outer side of the fence so that it becomes a part of your living space.

2. Make Something Grow.

If you have a green thumb, then you would be thrilled with a vertical garden. Essentially, you cover the surrounding area of your air conditioning unit with wooden pallets which can feasibly grow your flowers or greenery inside the crevices. This is a great way to create a tiered planting space for herbs, small florals, or succulents.

3. Hedge it.
Plant hedges or other plants around the air conditioning unit to help keep it concealed. If real plants are not your thing, consider an artificial outdoor boxwood hedge. This option is quite simple, but still gets the job done. When planting hedges or hiding the unit behind potted plants, make sure that all of the shrubbery is at least one foot away from the unit to avoid debris clogging the unit.

4. Create an edifice.
Make a faux brick wall or other barricade between your AC unit and the rest of your backyard. You can make this wall out of a variety of materials, including two-by-fours, pallets, or other types of wood. Again, make sure that there is room for the unit to breathe and be maintained.

Remember: In any case, you need to make sure NOT to attach anything directly to your outdoor condenser unit or block it in so that it cannot be accessed by an HVAC technician. In the event that your air conditioning breaks down or requires inspection, this area will need to be cleared. Make sure your beautification can be moved!

Regardless of how you want to beautify or conceal your air conditioner, there are plenty of options out there to look into. It never hurts to use your creative knowledge, either. You can start something trendsetting! For all of your other HVAC needs, contact us now.

 

 

Global HVAC Equipment Market Is Expected To Exceed $139 Billion By 2018

It should be no surprise that as populations expand and more incomes becomes available to developing nations, more and more people and companies will demand climate conditioned homes and working spaces.  For all the current economic doldrums of some nations, the global HVAC equipment market is expected to exceed $139 billion by 2018, growing at a pace of nearly nine percent per year over the next five years, according to Transparency Market Research.  This growth, which is far stronger than the rate of inflation, suggests that many factors are making cooling systems both more affordable and more practical than ever before.

Analysis Of The Global HVAC Equipment Market

Some nations, like the United States and the European Union, have particular standards about heating and cooling units with regard to power consumption and energy efficiency.  For these nations, new technological developments in green energy are allowing for the increased production of HVAC units that can cool more with less power.  As other nations adopt energy policies, new providers of HVAC equipment will be able to sell units based on these regulations without having to aggressively market their products — air conditioning, after all, is certainly a product that sells itself.  Where some nations, especially those in east Asia, once struggled for the capital needed to buy and install (and maintain) HVAC units, increases in economies as well as lowered costs of production appear poised to make cooling units as a dominant segment of what was previously a luxury-scarce economy.  

Geography And Climate

What parts of the world will be spending the most on HVAC units for the near future?  While North American and Europe will continue to shell out money for cooling during hot summer months, these markets offer less profits than do much of the developing world.  Asian economic powerhouses like China, Indonesia, and Thailand experience hotter temperatures for longer than many western nations, yet previously had little ability and infrastructure to provide for comprehensive cooling capabilities.  Today, however, larger energy grids make cooling available to all parts of these nations as greatly expanded markets allow for middle-class (and in some cases, even lower-class) families to be able to afford units.  Latin America appears poised to follow suit, as the robust economies and class movement in emerging nations like Brazil should keep HVAC production and maintenance in the black for the foreseeable future.  

Major HVAC Producers

Analysis of the future of the HVAC market identified Carrier as the leading player for the production and distribution of new heating and cooling units.  This world leader in climate control faces competition from industries, but has risen above much of their competitors to be the world’s leading provider.  All told, however, mega-corporations only account for about a third of the global market, meaning that independent climate control providers have the ability to call the shots in their own business territories.

3 tips on maintaining HVAC equipments

The term HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning systems and it is very important for home owners to keep their HVAC equipment in excellent condition. This is done by maintaining the heating and cooling units in the home. Home owners should take the proper precautions to make sure that their units are functioning properly and efficiently to help save money as well as remain comfortable in the home. Below are three tips to maintaining your HVAC equipment.

Filters

The filters of your heating and cooling units should be inspected on a monthly basis. Dirty filters should be replaced with new ones at least every three months or so. You can clean a dirty filter somewhat, but fresh filters will ensure the air you breathe is fresh and clean as well as help the workability of your unit. Filter inspection is not only vital to air quality but also to the functionality of your unit.

Cleaning

It is important to have your heating and cooling unit cleaned on a regular basis. Cleaning helps each component work properly so your unit can function. The coils should be disinfected every six months as well as cleaned of dust and dirt. It is important to keep this area clean of mold so the air stays clean as well as dirt to keep the air clean. The system should be turned off during cleaning to ensure safety. Home owners can clean the unit themselves or hire a professional to tackle the job.

Tune Up

Another important maintenance factor is a tune up. Your heating and cooling unit should be tuned up every six months to a year to ensure that each component is working properly and is in good condition. Chemicals needed for functioning such as refrigerant, should be checked and topped off as needed. This is important as a tune up can help find any imperfections or issues that your unit may have and then solve the issue quickly.  A professional technician can handle the tune up, or the home owner.

Overall, maintenance is very important. If you feel comfortable completing the tasks at hand, then make sure to carry out the steps needed to keep your units in good shape. Home owners may also choose to hire professionals to do the job. A local HVAC company will be able to provide you with a maintenance program so that you will have your units taken care of on a scheduled basis. You will be able to rest assured and stay stress free as you know that your units are functioning properly and working as they should. The extreme seasons will be a breeze as your units will be in check and ready for operation!

 

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