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Gift Air Conditioning Service and Air Quality for Mother’s Day

May is Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month; Help Mom Breathe Easier

Before you seal the envelope of a card or make the brunch reservation, consider some longer-term gifts for Mother’s Day. Wherever in Florida your mom lives, she deserves cooling comfort and healthy indoor air all season long. Take these simple steps to improve your mother’s health, budget and peace of mind for years to come with air conditioning service. Here’s how…

Air Conditioning Service for Mother’s Day – You Bet!

It may be a nontraditional gift, but cooling comfort in Florida is invaluable! Pick up the phone and call to arrange a tune-up or annual maintenance visit for your mom’s air conditioner or heat pump. Air conditioning service should include inspecting, cleaning, testing and lubricating all applicable air conditioning components.

If your mom has recently tuned-up her HVAC system, gift a preventative maintenance plan with a qualified HVAC provider, like Mills Heating and Air, to provide steady care and put the maintenance on “auto-pilot.”

When air conditioning service takes place regularly, it extends the unit’s lifespan as technicians identify minor issues before they become excessive wear and tear or worst case, expensive repairs or breakdowns. Regular service also preserves most manufacturer warranties.

Indoor Air Quality an Issue?

If allergies, asthma, COPD or other respiratory illnesses are a part of your mother’s life, an indoor air quality audit can determine methods to improve her comfort.

May is Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, causing us to consider the millions of Americans who live with these respiratory ailments and how we might improve indoor air quality for our loved ones. Think about installing additional products to filter and actually clean the air. While sealing our homes for ultimate energy efficiency, we’ve trapped a lot of stale air and pollutants inside. Pet dander, dust, pollen and dirt we track indoors eventually circulates through our homes in the ductwork.

UltraViolet Air Purifiers, like those from Guardian, use Phi Cell or Photohydroionization cell technology using light, water and oxygen to produce “Mother Nature’s friendly cleaners” – hydro-peroxides.

These cleaners circulate through your conditioned air space and kill airborne and surface viruses, bacteria, mold, odors and VOCs before they can spread. Ask your HVAC professionals, Mills Heating and Air, for advice. Mills also carries dehumidifiers, media air cleaners and ventilators.

Air Conditioner Becoming the “Problem Child?”

Finally, if your mother’s air conditioner needs repairs on a regular basis or has created a spike in energy bills, consider replacing the unit altogether. More modern air conditioners are dramatically more efficient than those only a decade old.

Mills also installs ductless air conditioners for areas needing a cooling boost or where ductwork is complicated and expensive to install. These units are quiet, efficient and allow your mom to run the main air conditioning less while using the ductless units in her most frequently used spaces.

Concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating and Air offer multiple financing options. By spreading out payments, your mother can keep her finances predictable while enjoying lower utility bills and increased comfort today.

Mills Heating and Air has helped customers in northwestern Florida counties such as Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Bay and Walton since 1984 with various air conditioning service, repair and installation needs. Mills represents quality brands and can install a new air conditioner ready for the upcoming Florida summer. Not ready to replace? Mills can service and repair any brand. Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss air conditioner and indoor air quality options! You’ll remain the apple of Mom’s eye (or usurp your sibling’s status) for sure.

Is Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer In Florida?

Leave the Heat at the Beach – Come Home to the Cool!

Residents in northwestern Florida counties like Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Santa Rosa know air conditioning can be a year-round need. They know the truest test of a cooling system may be, is your air conditioner ready for summer in Florida? Our climate is generally pleasant – it’s why people want to vacation and live here. We do, however, definitely need our air conditioners ready when the humidity and temperature call for it. Here’s how…

Before Summer’s in Full Swing

Call to schedule a tune-up or annual maintenance visit from a trusted locally-owned and operated HVAC provider like Mills Heating and Air. Mills employs qualified and NATE-certified technicians to perform basic service including inspecting, testing, cleaning and lubricating all applicable air conditioning components.

Providing regular maintenance, ideally, twice a year, prepares your air conditioner or heat pump for the rigors of the upcoming weather. The easiest thing to do is subscribe to a preventative maintenance plan with a qualified HVAC provider.

Preventative maintenance takes the steps needed to keep your air conditioner ready for summer heat and as efficient as possible. Technicians look for excess wear and tear, minor issues which, untreated, could expand into expensive repairs or breakdowns later, preserve warranties and extend the life of your system.

Steps to Take Outdoors

When performing maintenance, HVAC technicians will inspect and care for exterior units as well as indoor. In the interim, you can help by landscaping carefully around them and periodically checking for debris and other obstructions to its airflow.

When landscaping, take care not to plant invasive vegetation too close to the unit. Greenery should remain between two to three feet from the unit. Surround the unit with gravel or grass, rather than mulch and refrain from mowing while the unit’s running.

Mulch can bounce up during a hard rain and grass clippings can get sucked into the unit, both clogging the system and impeding its efficiency. Keep the area tidy around your unit to keep your air conditioner ready for optimal airflow.

Increase Efficiency With Air Quality Bonus

Another go-to step is to check your filter every month and change or clean as necessary. Whether to replace or clean depends on your model. Unsure? Ask your HVAC technician. A clogged and dirty filter affects your indoor air quality as well as hindering the performance of your air conditioner.

An excessive amount of contaminants, such as dust, pollen, pet dander and pet hair hampers your air conditioning as well, because it reduces air flow while circulating pollutants throughout your ductwork.

Air Conditioner Ready for Replacement?

If your air conditioner struggles to perform efficiently, has been neglected or is more than 10 to 12 years old, maintenance or repairs may be exhausted. Newer air conditioners function at a greater energy efficiency, saving homeowners more money than those manufactured only a few years ago. Mills also installs ductless air conditioners for areas needing a cooling boost or where ductwork is complicated and expensive to install.

If expenses are a concern, Mills Heating and Air offers multiple financing options. By spreading out payments, you can achieve lower energy bills and greater comfort immediately.

Mills Heating and Air has counseled customers in northwest Florida since 1984 on various air conditioning needs. Mills represents quality brands and can install a new air conditioner ready for the upcoming Florida summer. Not ready to replace? Mills can service and repair any brand. Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss your air conditioner options! 

Choosing a New Air Conditioner

Carrier and Mitsubishi Offer Multiple New Air Conditioner Options to Cool Your Florida Home

It may not happen as often as buying a new television set or even a new car, but choosing a new air conditioner requires thought and research. Let’s review some of the considerations you should make as a home or property owner in cities in northwestern Florida…

Your Current Space

Most people don’t realize the importance of a correctly-sized air conditioning unit. It’s crucial an HVAC professional determines the size of a new air conditioner so it accommodates your needs.

Too big and you’re wasting energy. Your unit becomes vulnerable to “short-cycling,” or constantly turning on or off. Too small and your new air conditioner struggles to keep even temperatures throughout the home and may constantly run, putting excess wear and tear on your equipment.

If your current air conditioner is under ten years old and still runs well except for certain areas, you may consider adding a ductless air conditioner to complement your system.

In older homes, building additions or finished spaces like attics or garage apartments, ductless air conditioners can save the day. They can augment an existing system to erase “hot spots” in the home or provide air conditioning in areas inaccessible to ductwork.  

A qualified HVAC technician will take into account your location, the current insulation of the home, square footage and other factors. The technician should take into account all of your home’s spaces, including attics, basements and crawl spaces, if applicable.  

Your Current Needs

In your conversations with your HVAC technician, you will hear certain terms, including tonnage and SEER.

Tonnage is not a weight reference, it is a reflection of the cooling power of a new air conditioner – you can think of it as V6 or V8 in your car. It’s important to remember, just like in cars, if you’re not hauling a horse trailer or a boat, you may not need the most powerful engine.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and measures the efficiency of a new air conditioner. Generally, the higher the SEER rating, the better. A variable speed system, popular in northwest Florida for example, increases energy efficiency and SEER ratings.

If you or family members cope with allergies, asthma or other respiratory illnesses, a new air conditioner can help. Choosing indoor air quality products such as: Dehumidifiers, Media Air Cleaners, Whole Home Filtration or UltraViolet Air Purifiers can dramatically filter and even clean your indoor air, reducing the number of airborne particles aggravating respiratory conditions. Regularly changing filters, scheduling regular maintenance for your new air conditioner and periodically cleaning your vents are all good air quality practices.

How Long Will You Be In This Home?

If you plan on selling your home in the near future or if you plan to remodel and stay as long as possible, either may impact your decision. You may choose to upgrade or replace a system to increase energy efficiency and differentiate your property from others in your neighborhood or you may choose to leave it alone if it’s performing adequately. Consult with your HVAC technician regarding your system’s specific pros and cons and talk with your realtor as well. He or she can provide insight on buyer expectations.

If you plan to stay in this home indefinitely, you can take the needed steps to keep these critical home systems serving you as well as possible.

Mills Heating and Air has counseled customers in northwestern Florida counties such as Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Bay and Walton since 1984 on various air conditioning needs. Mills represents quality brands like Carrier, Mitsubishi and Guardian to provide new air conditioners and air quality comfort in large estates and in single-zone condos. Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss your new air conditioner options!

Is Your Thermostat Programmed Right for Spring Weather?

Spring is fast approaching and with it comes warmer temperatures and an increase in humidity. Soon you will be sweating and dreaming of cooler days when the heat has you down. Ask yourself, is your cooling system ready for the hot, sticky summer? Maintaining the ideal temperature setting in your home can be expensive and a challenge if you don’t know how to utilize your thermostat settings starting in the spring. Follow these 5 tips before your home becomes rainforest hot!

Gradual Thermostat Settings

The first way to acclimate your thermostat to the rising temperature outside is to gradually lower your thermostat. You might want to crank the setting extremely low, unfortunately doing so will send your energy bill through the roof and force your system to work harder than necessary. Set your thermostat at the highest possible setting you can stand, so it’s not far off from the outside temperature. This allows your air conditioner to work less often and lowers your energy bill.

Adjusting Your Internal Settings

When you slowly adjust your thermostat to adapt to the climate change outside, it makes for a smoother transition for both you and your HVAC system. You can get used to the warmer weather gradually by increasing the thermostat by one degree every day until you reach the setting perfect for your home and wallet. Your body will adapt to higher temperatures without sacrificing your comfort. Ideal temperatures for your home during the spring and summer average around 78°F and during the winter, set the at 68° or lower to maximize savings year-round.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Preparing for spring weather is simple with the right thermostat. A programmable thermostat helps you control your heating and cooling equipment 24/7 without you being at home. If you have an older analog thermostat requiring you to manually adjust and reset your temperature, upgrading to a programmable thermostat is worth the initial cost.

Basic programmable thermostats allow you to set temperatures based on your schedule. You can raise the temperature setting while you are at work/school and asleep. When you are home, you can program your thermostat to lower the temperature before you come home, so you never consciously feel the warmer temperature. Programmable thermostats even offer a setting for vacation, which you activate when you head out of town.

One step further if you upgrade is a smart, programmable thermostat. A smart thermostat has additional features to boost your HVAC system’s efficiency without you hardly lifting a finger! It learns the behavior and habits of you and your family, dropping and raising the temperature without you controlling it. In vacation mode, you can switch your heating and cooling unit back to an ideal temperature just before you get home. Smart thermostats offer mobile applications and are accessed through Wi-Fi connections. The possibilities are limitless when you upgrade your thermostat to a more advanced Wi-Fi programmable thermostat!

Deny the Sun Access

Aside from controlling the temperature in your home directly via a programmable thermostat, you can also lower the temperature indoors by closing the blinds or shades. When the sun is directly beating down on your home and shining through your windows, the temperature of your home begins to rise. Keep cool by blocking the sun with dark curtains and blinds during the middle of the day. This allows you to stay cool and prevents false readings between your thermostat and HVAC system.

Utilize Ceiling Fans

Don’t underestimate the value of a ceiling fan. They come in handy during the summer and winter! Running a ceiling fan can make a room feel several degrees cooler. The cool air created by your air conditioning system is circulated to every room and a ceiling fan will push cool air around, so even temperatures are easily maintained. Reverse the rotation during the winter to push warm air back down from the ceiling.

Take advantage of your thermostat settings to save energy without sacrificing your comfort. Contact Mills Heating & Air for your new programmable thermostat! Our technicians will offer you the best options for your current system and quickly install your new equipment. For lower bills call Mills!

Spring Allergies are Almost Here

Spring brings flowers, pollen and allergens affecting your health on a daily basis. Your home is a refuge against allergens so you can relax without sneezing, coughing or suffering from itchy, watery eyes. What do you do when your indoor air quality is low and you can’t escape constant allergy issues?

You can take preventative measures to reduce the allergens in your home. Consider the benefits of installing a media air cleaner in your home, schedule routine HVAC maintenance and have your air ducts cleaned before your allergies flare up. You will experience reduced allergy symptoms and your cooling system will perform more efficiently as the temperatures start to rise.

Have Your Unit Cleaned

Allergens are at their worst when the weather starts to warm. Schedule maintenance on your cooling system to eliminate any dirt, dust or debris accumulated over the winter. A clean system operates more efficiently, saves you money in the long run and pumps clean air throughout your home. After a long, cold winter, your HVAC system can have dirt on the components. The dirt from the inside of your equipment will get stirred up and travel into your home via the air ducts.

Mills Heating & Air offers preventative maintenance twice a year. Once in the fall and again in the spring. Contact us to discuss the perks of our preventative maintenance program and experience cooler temperatures in your home.

Media Air Cleaners

When you install a media air cleaner in your home, you can rest easy knowing every inch of your home has healthy air and allergens are controlled. It works directly with your cooling system and traps a variety of particles affecting your health. Whether you install a media air cleaner filter-based unit or a duct-based unit, your indoor air quality will greatly improve in your home.

A high-efficiency media air cleaner can capture up to 99% of particulates in the air and lasts longer than the average air filter. They keep your heating and cooling system cleaner, which keeps your system operating more efficiently between maintenance calls. Media air cleaners can work with any forced-air system and maintain high airflow year-round.

Other Ways to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

If you want more measures to reduce allergens in your home, consider different indoor air quality products, such as:

  • Whole-home humidifiers installed with your current heating and cooling system by an HVAC technician. Dry air is common during the winter months and a humidifier will add moisture to your indoor air to reduce allergies, asthma, respiratory infections, colds, viruses and bacteria.
  • Whole-home dehumidifiers perform the opposite of a humidifier. A whole-home dehumidifier pulls moisture out of your indoor air during the summer months, providing ideal humidity levels for your home and reducing mold and mildew. It also works in tandem with your current HVAC system and requires installation by a licensed professional.
  • Ultraviolet lights installed in your ductwork and air handler. The ultraviolet bulbs kill bacteria and mold before it can be circulated through the air in your home. UV lights are great for preventing mold growth and condensation on your evaporator coils.

 

Trap and eliminate allergens in your home this spring with preventative maintenance and a quality media air cleaner. Schedule preventative maintenance with Mills Heating & Air. Our technicians will improve your indoor air quality by cleaning your system, replacing your filter and reducing allergens in your home.

Is Humidity in Our Near Future?

Warmer temperatures are on the horizon, which might compromise your indoor air quality. Now is the time to prepare your HVAC system for the upcoming humidity levels, so you can enjoy the arrival of spring and not dread it. Maintaining an ideal humidity level is essential for your comfort and the performance of your heating and cooling equipment. Here are 3 ways to prepare your home and HVAC system for spikes in humidity this spring.

Indoor Humidity Problems

Humidity isn’t always a bad thing, except when indoor humidity reaches extreme highs, there are tough repercussions to face. A moist environment becomes the ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew, spreading spores throughout your home. Dust mites are common in homes with high humidity, which affect those who suffer from asthma and allergies.

Excess moisture will damage your home, such as furniture, floors, walls and even the structure of your house. Peeling paint and wet stains will occur in every room where moisture is present. Humidity will even cost you with expensive medical bills for health issues related to allergies and asthma and remodeling projects to repair or replace damages in your home.

#1—Increase Ventilation

Excess moisture will remain in the air when it’s not properly circulated throughout a room. Increase the ventilation in your home by using ceiling fans, exhaust fans and by cleaning your air ducts and vents. Reduced airflow in your home lowers your heating and cooling system’s ability to circulate air throughout your rooms, resulting in stagnant air building up in your home. Contact Mills Heating & Air to have your home’s return vents and ducts inspected. We will install additional ductwork and air units if your home lacks proper ventilation.

#2—Preventative Maintenance

Before the humidity arrives, schedule preventative maintenance on your heating and cooling system. Our licensed and skilled professionals will clean your equipment, eliminating dirt, debris and excess moisture accumulated on your components during winter. Before you schedule maintenance, look around your home for signs of excess moisture, such as:

  • Water damage/stains
  • Rotting wood
  • Excess water around the HVAC unit
  • Musty odors
  • Increased allergies
  • Condensation around windows and
  • Mold or mildew 

If you notice any of these indicators, let our technicians know during the maintenance call. These signs help us to locate potential problems in your home if the humidity levels are not kept in check. Indoor humidity also affects the performance and lifespan of your heating and cooling unit. Preventing malfunctions due to high humidity levels will decrease the wear and tear on your current system.  

#3—Installation of Variable Speed System

Consider installing a variable speed HVAC system. Variable speed heating and cooling only uses as much energy as needed to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Variable speed also tends to lengthen the lifespan of your entire system by saving wear and tear on the equipment. This technology also better impacts humidity levels.  Variable speeds boost your air conditioner’s ability to remove excess moisture from your home and increase your indoor air quality. With better controlled humidity, you will notice benefits such as:

  • Stuffy air will dissipate and leave your home feeling fresh.
  • The surfaces in your home won’t have a sweaty or sticky feeling when you touch them.
  • Mold and mildew won’t grow in your home or HVAC system.
  • Fewer musty odors will accumulate.
  • No more unsightly water stains on ceilings and walls.
  • You and your family will live healthier with a reduction in allergy symptoms, asthma issues and respiratory infections.
  • Clothing in the back of the closet and items in storage will stay in good condition – no surprises when you reach for them again!

Improve your indoor air quality by installing a variable speed system in your home. Contact Mills Heating & Air to reduce your indoor humidity levels and experience cool temperatures this spring. We are available seven days a week to meet your needs!

Leave the Spring Cleaning of Your Home’s HVAC System to the Pros

Before you pack up your winter clothes and prepare for warm spring weather, consider the steps you need for your HVAC spring cleaning. Properly maintaining your heating and cooling system will lengthen its lifespan and provide you with lower energy bills during the hottest times of the season.

Our NATE-certified technicians will inspect and clean your equipment, so you don’t suffer surprise breakdowns. We will repair or replace damaged components, keeping the cost of HVAC repairs manageable for your wallet. Read on for suggestions of what you can do before your maintenance appointment and what to expect from our professionals at Mills Heating & Air.

Preparing for HVAC Spring Cleaning

You can prepare for routine HVAC spring cleaning by taking the time perform a few simple tasks. These chores will help your heating and cooling technician before deep cleaning your equipment and inspecting it for damage before the weather changes. These include:

  • Change the air filters: Clean filters trap and eliminate dust and other particles from spreading throughout your home. They keep your indoor air healthy while maintaining your heating and cooling system’s efficiency. Air filters can vary so change it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. The recommendations will provide direction on the frequency of filter replacement or if your specific air filter requires cleaning instead of changing it. If you can’t remember when the air filter was last changed, change it now to ensure consistent temperatures and smooth operation of your HVAC system. If monthly is appropriate for you, you may find it a helpful reminder to change it whenever your utility bill arrives.
  • Turn on the air conditioner: Before you schedule preventative maintenance on your HVAC system, turn the air conditioning unit on for a test run. This allows you to listen for any weird noises or notice any issues while the system operates. You can let your Mills Heating & Air technician know if there are any concerns once he or she arrives to service your unit.
  • Clean the outdoor unit: You can sweep away any leaves, branches, dirt and other debris cluttering the outdoor unit before maintenance from a licensed professional. Inspect the landscaping around the outdoor unit as well and make sure nothing is interfering with the airflow around your equipment. Gently rinse your air conditioner’s condenser coils with a garden hose if you notice dirt or debris covering them. Look for damage from hail or a rock thrown from a lawnmower.

When to Leave HVAC Spring Cleaning to the Pros

After completing the above tasks, it’s time to call the heating and cooling experts at Mills Heating & Air! Two things our professionals will do to for your HVAC spring cleaning include:

  • Preventative maintenance: Routine maintenance includes an inspection of your HVAC system to diagnose any potential problems throughout the season. Maintenance keeps your unit running efficiently even when temperatures spike during the summer. Wear and tear on your components is decreased when the system is cleaned on a regular basis. Problems are caught early to prevent expensive and unexpected repairs in the future. Our technicians will clean the evaporator coil, check the refrigerant levels, clean and inspect the fins and test all electrical components.
  • Duct inspections and cleaning: Schedule to have your ductwork inspected and cleaned as part of your HVAC spring cleaning. Ducts can develop air leaks during the winter, resulting in your home feeling humid and dusty when the temperatures increase. Energy is also lost when you have leaks in your ductwork, so repairing or replacing the damaged area is essential to keeping your energy bill low. Contact Mills Heating & Air to have our technicians perform routine duct cleaning and inspection of your ductwork now. For lower bills call Mills.

 

Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule preventative maintenance on your heating and cooling system. Contact Mills Heating & Air today to get a head start on your HVAC spring cleaning and beat the rush!

Don’t Let HVAC Repair be Your March Madness

March Madness and the NCAA tournament are upon us, which means basketball parties are bound to happen in your home. Before tip-off, make sure your heating and cooling system is primed for the game with a home HVAC inspection. Achieving ideal temperatures in your home will keep you and your guests happy while celebrating your favorite team’s victory. Mills Heating & Air offers affordable home HVAC inspections performed by qualified and experienced heating and cooling technicians. Now is the time to boost your unit’s performance efficiency and reliability, lengthening its lifespan.  

Schedule a Home HVAC Inspection

March also comes with fluctuating temperatures and seasonal changes so it’s smart to make a home HVAC inspection high on any priority list for the spring. An inspection of your heating and cooling system will detect what needs to be cleaned or lubricated, spot any damaged components and ensure proper operation before you switch from heating to cooling and vice versa. During the inspection, if an issue is discovered, an HVAC repair will be scheduled or performed on the spot to prevent the problem from escalating and damaging your equipment further.

Most importantly, home HVAC inspection keeps your family safe by preventing a system from overheating and damaging vital components in your unit or leaking toxic carbon monoxide Mills Heating & Air will ensure your heating and cooling system is functioning properly, so you aren’t scheduling an emergency HVAC repair right before the final game. Our NATE-certified technicians know exactly what to look for when inspecting your system and will quickly repair any potential problems they find.

Schedule Preventative Maintenance

Aside from scheduling a one-time home HVAC inspection, you can invest in a preventative maintenance plan for your heating and cooling system. Maintaining your HVAC equipment not only extends the life of your system, it also increases its energy efficiency. You will save money on your monthly energy bill and expensive repairs in the future when your system is kept clean and free of obstructions. Common tasks performed during preventative maintenance include:

  • Inspection of your air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty or clogged
  • Checking your thermostat settings to ensure proper communication between your HVAC system and thermostat
  • Lubrication of all moving parts to reduce friction in motors and wasted electricity
  • Inspection of the condensate drain and line for clogs
  • Checking the system controls for safe operation
  • Cleaning of the outdoor unit in case of excess debris
  • Checking the refrigerant levels and adjusting them if necessary
  • Adjusting and cleaning the blower components to increase airflow and
  • Inspection of all gas connections, gas pressure, burner combustion, and heat exchanger to prevent potential fires and keep your family safe. 

Clean and Seal Ductwork

Once you have scheduled a home HVAC inspection and preventative maintenance, another measure to keep your party going is scheduling an appointment for your vents inspected and your ducts sealed for any air leaks. During your inspection, leaks may be found, causing energy to seep out of your home. Leaks compromise your airflow and interfere with your heating and cooling system’s performance. Leaks prevent thermostats from obtaining accurate readings and trigger your HVAC system to operate more often than necessary. Contact Mills Heating & Air to schedule cleaning and sealing of your air ducts.

Prepare your heating and cooling system before the big tournament with a home HVAC inspection, maintenance and proper cleaning of your ductwork. Contact Mills Heating & Air for all your heating and cooling needs this year! Our HVAC experts are the best in the industry and will deliver quality service every time. Remember, to lower your bills call Mills.

How Does Daylight Saving Time Affect Your HVAC System?

Spring brings daylight saving time and extended hours to enjoy your daily activities. While setting your clocks forward, adjust your thermostat settings to reflect your waking hours. Your heating and cooling system will only operate as efficiently as your thermostat allows it and scheduling an inspection of your current unit will keep it effective. Mills Heating & Air is ready to spring into action and prep homeowners’ systems for daylight saving time operation.

Daylight Saving Time Thermostat Settings

In the spring when daylight saving time springs forward, you gain an extra hour. The extra hour means you may be awake longer and need to adjust your thermostat settings for the day. Just change your sleep setting to start an hour later and modify the sleeping temperature as needed. Your temperatures will remain constant during the hours you are awake and maintain cooler temperatures while you sleep.

To save energy, try raising or lowering the temperature a few degrees depending on whether you are heating or cooling your home. Adjusting the ideal temperature will give your system more breaks and reduce the wear and tear on your HVAC components. Check the batteries on your thermostat when you adjust your settings to ensure the thermostat continues to communicate with your heating and cooling system.

Signs You Need an HVAC Inspection

When spring arrives, schedule an HVAC inspection for your equipment. An inspection will determine if there are any problems with your unit and if so, provide solutions to fix the problem. If you notice any of these signs coming from your heating and cooling system, call Mills Heating & Air to schedule an inspection of your unit:

  • Uneven temperatures throughout your home can be caused by several issues. An inspection will diagnose the correct cause so the problem can be fixed quickly and affordably.
  • Increased energy bills every month are a sign your unit isn’t performing efficiently. Our NATE-certified professionals will inspect your system and boost your energy savings fast.
  • An HVAC inspection will determine if past problems are still an issue and provide solutions.
  • A heating and cooling system 15 years old or more requires more attention. Scheduling an inspection will prolong your unit’s life or determine if it’s time to purchase a new system.
  • Excessive dust in your air and on surfaces in your home point to either a dirty filter or obstructed ductwork. An inspection will clean your components and see if your airflow is restricted.
  • Loud rattling, popping or clunking noises heard while your system operates is a major warning sign something is wrong. Schedule an inspection with us immediately to avoid any safety hazards.
  • Constant trips to the breaker box because your HVAC system keeps blowing a fuse is best dealt with by an HVAC professional

Take the opportunity of daylight saving time to adjust your thermostat settings and schedule a routine inspection of your heating and cooling system. Contact Mills Heating & Air for service performed by the best. Our HVAC experts are NATE-certified, knowledgeable, skilled and ready to assist you with your heating and cooling needs this spring. Remember, for lower bills call Mills.

Attic Heating and Cooling Problems Can Cost a Fortune

Attics are a common source of heat loss in a home, producing expensive energy bills every month. There are three attic temperature problems you can control and reduce your energy use during the winter. Valuable energy is lost from problems with your attic insulation, ventilation and air leaks. Strong insulation, appropriate ventilation and sealed components work together to keep your home comfortable during every season and promote the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Contact Mills Heating & Air to have your attic and HVAC system inspected if you notice continued attic temperatures and cooling problems.

Attic Temperature Problems: Insulation

A well-insulated attic is a key to preventing attic temperature problems. It promotes energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system keeping you comfortable throughout the year. If your attic walls and ceilings aren’t insulated, heat is escaping through the building materials. Heat loss occurs during the winter as precious heat escapes outside instead of circulating throughout your home.

During the summer, heat is gained from outside through the building materials and the humidity from outside increases in your attic space. The excess moisture invading your attic causes mold and mildew to grow on your insulation, becoming a health hazard to your family. Mold-infested insulation needs to be removed and replaced by a professional immediately.

Without proper insulation, your home will experience uneven temperatures, causing your thermostat to provide inaccurate readings and forcing your system to run continuously to compensate. An inspection of your HVAC system and the ductwork in your attic will determine if any insulation is blocking or restricting the airflow of your unit.

Attic Temperature Problems: Ventilation

The guidelines for proper ventilation for attics and roofs are less strict than those stipulating how well they are sealed and insulated. Poor ventilation is another culprit if you have high energy bills. When an attic is properly ventilated, the space is healthy, durable, moisture-free and doesn’t experience ice dams. Consult the HVAC experts at Mills Heating & Air to find solutions to your attic ventilation problems. Depending on the condition of your roof and ductwork, the job might require seasoned professionals.

Attic Temperature Problems: Air Sealing

During the winter, your HVAC system operates continuously to provide your home with ideal temperatures. If your attic has gaps, your precious heat is escaping through those gaps and forcing your HVAC system to work longer to make up for the loss. Aside from the extra expense of your energy bill, your HVAC system will experience more wear and tear during the winter from working longer and harder than expected.

The same problem occurs during the summer, except you lose cold air through the gaps and humidity seeps back into your home. The moisture will cause difficulties throughout your attic and the rest of your home. Consider having your attic inspected to determine where the gaps are and the best solution for sealing them. During a service call to have your ductwork inspected and cleaned, our HVAC technicians will take note of any gaps present in your attic and offer suggestions for solutions.

Schedule an inspection of your attic and HVAC system to determine what is causing your attic temperature troubles. Our NATE-certified technicians are highly trained and know exactly what to look for when inspecting your HVAC system, ductwork and attic. Contact Mills Heating & Air today to schedule services or preventative maintenance for your heating and cooling equipment. Remember, for lower bills – call Mills.

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