Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for March, 2015

Why You Need Professional Ductless Heating and Cooling System Services

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Among the many luxuries that modern homeowners enjoy is the number of different options available when it comes to heating and cooling a home. Regardless of which heating or air conditioning system you may choose to keep your home comfortable throughout the year, though, you are going to require professional installation, maintenance, and repair services to get the most from it. One great all-in-one HVAC solution to consider is the ductless heating and cooling system. Like all of the others, such systems require that you schedule professional ductless heating and cooling system services in Windsor, CO. To do so, just contact a member of theĀ Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning staff.

There are many reasons as to why you must have your ductless mini split system installed and serviced professionally. Chief among these is the level of skill and expertise that the successful installation of such a system demands. Not only must your ductless mini split be of the right heating and cooling capacity for your needs, but it is also necessary that the individual blower units that such a system uses be located strategically throughout the house. The potential is not limited, with a single condenser unit typically only able to accommodate up to four blowers. In order to heat and cool your home effectively, these blowers must be installed carefully to maximize the performance of the system as a whole.

Unlike, say, a furnace or a traditional split central air conditioner, a ductless heating and cooling system also has no off-season to speak of. Considering the fact that you will rely on the same system to both heat and cool your home for year round comfort, it is seriously in your best interests to keep this system in fine working condition. The best way in which to do so is by scheduling routine ductless mini split maintenance. That way, you can resolve any issues that general wear and tear may lead to over the course of the year.

We are more than happy to provide you with the answers that you seek, as well as any ductless heating and cooling system services that you may require. We look forward to doing business with you soon.

To learn more about why it is necessary to schedule professional ductless heating and cooling system services in Windsor, CO, contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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Steps Taken During Routine Air Conditioning Maintenance

Friday, March 20th, 2015

As we warily anticipate the movement into spring, and another harsh winter is laid to rest, it is already time to start looking forward. With summer fast approaching, along with the heat that it brings with it, you need to know that your air conditioning system is in fine working condition. The only way to ensure that your air conditioner is indeed in peak working order is to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance in Loveland with a trained, qualified professional. Guarantee that this is the case by making ours the number that you call. Our technicians are happy to thoroughly inspect your system and to tune it up as needed.

There are a number of steps taken during routine air conditioning maintenance services which will help your technician to evaluate the overall condition of your AC. Armed with this information, we can go about prepping your air conditioner for the hottest time of the year accordingly. First, we will not your system settings, then begin our inspection. The ground surrounding your condenser unit will be checked to ensure that your condenser coil is enjoying sufficient airflow.

The coils themselves will be checked to ensure their good condition, and they will also be sprayed down with cleaner. The line will be cleared out and replaced if need, and the drain pan will be cleaned out as well. Contacts will also be checked to ensure that they are not excessively worn or exhibiting signs of burning. Temperature differentials will be measured, and your ductwork will be visually checked for leaks. Simple and easy to access leaks may be sealed with mastic. Once all of the steps in the maintenance procedure are completed, your system will be closed back up and it will be returned to its original settings. Upon completion of the service, your AC will be ready for action.

A central air conditioning system is dependent upon numerous different parts and components in its operation. If any one of these components is not functioning properly, then there is just no way in which you can hope for your AC to work at peak performance and efficiency levels.

Schedule routine air conditioning maintenance in Loveland with a technician here at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Why We Clean Your Heat Pump During Maintenance

Friday, March 13th, 2015

When functioning properly, a heat pump is capable of effectively cooling a home, as well as of heating it with outstanding energy efficiency. With that being said, of course, there is simply no way in which you can hope for your heat pump to function at peak performance and efficiency levels if you do not schedule routine heat pump maintenance in Wellington. There is no other way in which you can count on getting the very best performance that a heat pump has to offer. Fortunately for you, the professional heat pump maintenance technicians here at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning are never more than a phone call away.

One of the most important ways in which our technicians can keep your heat pump healthy is to clean it thoroughly during our routine maintenance services. There are a couple of reasons as to why doing so is so important. While it is true that heat pumps, which run on electricity, may not get as dirty as systems burning oil or other combustible fuels, the debris that accumulates within your system can take a toll. The grilles, ducts, heating elements, and fins of the heat pump should all be cleaned yearly to ensure proper functioning.

It is also vital that air passages around the heat pump are kept clean, which may require that a professional technician employ the use of vacuums, brushes, and other tools. Even if conditioned air is flowing from your ductwork, you must keep in mind the fact that your heat pump may be working harder than it should have to in order to make this the case. Excessive airflow resistance can really drive down efficiency levels, leaving you to pay more than you should have to when heating and cooling your home with such an efficient system.

Heat pumps work throughout the entire year in order to keep you comfortable. Show them the TLC that they need so that they can do so effectively and reliably. Prevent the buildup of dirt on electrical components or debris from reducing airflow. These are precisely some of the issues, among others, which will be addressed during heat pump maintenance in Wellington.

Schedule service with the experienced technicians at Fort Collins Heating & Cooling, and your heat pump will be cleaned and tuned up with the expertise and attention to detail that the job demands.

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How Much Maintenance Do Radiant Heating Systems Require?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

With all of the different heating systems available to homeowners today, it can be difficult to determine precisely which is the right option for any particular home. The good news is that the heating professionals here at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help. We are familiar with all of the heating systems out there, and one that we can recommend whole-heartedly is the radiant heater. Radiant heating systems come in different varieties, but they all share a few characteristics in common. One of the most appealing is the limited maintenance that such systems require. Radiant heating maintenance in Loveland is still an absolute necessity, of course. If you are ready to schedule such services, then contact the professional radiant heating technicians on our staff.

To understand why it is that radiant heating systems require less maintenance than certain other systems, you must first understand how it is that they work. While some systems use electric radiant heating panels, most homeowners opt to heat water with a boiler, and to circulate that heated water throughout a network of tubes running throughout the house. They may be installed behind walls or beneath the floors. Such methods of hyrdronic heating allow for the even, effective heating of a home, with great efficiency to boot.

The main difference between radiant heating and forced air heating systems is the fact, of course, that radiant heaters don’t require ducted, forced air distribution systems in order to heat a home. Boilers are simpler in mechanical terms than furnaces, don’t require fans and other moving parts that furnaces or heat pumps do, and don’t use air ducts. The fans and ductwork that forced air distribution systems utilize leave a lot more room for damages, and require much more in the way of maintenance than a radiant heating system does. While it is important to have your boiler tuned-up and inspected on a regular basis, you can count on a reliable performance from the radiant distribution system, which doesn’t suffer the same sort of wear and tear that other options do.

No heating system is without its drawbacks and maintenance needs, and your radiant heater is no exception. However, these maintenance needs are pretty light when compared to other alternatives.

If you are ready to schedule radiant heating maintenance in Loveland, just call the technicians at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Why Your Heat Pump Requires Regular Tune-Ups

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

In terms of convenience and efficiency when heating and cooling a home, the heat pump is a pretty tough system option to beat. Heat pumps utilize the heat transfer process in order to remove heat from the air in your home during the summer months, venting it outside and then redistributing the cool air back throughout your living space. However, they can also reverse their operation, taking heat from the air outdoors and using that to warm your home.

This allows homeowners to use their heat pumps in order to maintain comfort levels in their homes all year long. It also means that your system is in near-constant use, and can accrue considerable wear and tear. That is precisely why it is so important that you schedule routine heat pump tune-ups in Wellington. Do so with the professional technicians here at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning.

As any heating or cooling system operates, it is going to degrade in certain respects. Parts can wear out, such as fan belts, and dirt, dust, and other debris can collect on vital components within the system. Any such compromises in the integrity of a system can negatively impact the efficiency and performance levels of that equipment. Considering that heat pumps run all year long, ensuring their proper working condition should be a top priority.

Not only can heat pumps incur a lot of wear and tear because of the frequency with which they are used, but the fact that you use your heat pump to heat and cool your home means that there is no real offseason to speak of during which it is convenient to repair your heat pump. One of the greatest benefits of routine heat pump tune-ups, of course, is the fact that such services can help to keep repair needs at bay. Pair that with increased efficiency levels and performance quality, and it is clear that routine maintenance is worth scheduling.

We will help you to get the best performance that your heat pump has to offer. Ours is the number to dial when you are ready to a comprehensive heat pump tune-up in Wellington.

Contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule your heat pump maintenance services with skilled professionals that you can trust.

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