Now more than ever, spring is one of the best times of the year—the weather is warming up, which means shutting off your furnace and getting outside for nice, fresh air. But your house and home comfort systems need a little bit of help getting ready for the change in seasons. Thankfully, the experts Martens Plumbing & Heating have what you need. Use our spring HVAC checklist to get prepped properly, then call us at 262-363-7146 for assistance.
Swap Your Air Filter
To keep your indoor air as clean and healthy as possible, it’s important to change your air filter every one to three months. That filter catches airborne contaminants like viruses and bacteria as they cycle through your heating and cooling systems, preventing them from flowing through the house. Replacing it regularly keeps it from dirtying up and ensures it’s able to catch those airborne pathogens.
Schedule Routine AC Maintenance
This yearly service does wonders for both your cooling system and your budget. The pros at Martens Plumbing come out and clean every working part in the unit, making sure everything operates as it’s supposed to. That means a more energy-efficient system, which can help you save on your monthly bills. It also helps the system last longer—and lets you put off having to worry about replacing it in the near future.
Clean and Dust the House
While this may have already been on your spring-cleaning to-do list, it can help your heating and cooling system operate more smoothly. It’s easy for dust, dirt, and mold to accumulate in places like ceiling fans, vents, and windows. Start by cleaning ceiling fan blades, vents, and registers to clear dust, pet hair, and other debris that’s built up—this will cut down on the amount of contaminants that circulate through your house. Don’t forget to dust your windows, either, which can easily build up mold and allergens.
Consider a Whole-Home Air Purifier
Opening windows works well to freshen up stale indoor air, but it also enables outdoor allergens and germs to work their way inside. An air purifier takes care of both those problems—it can capture and kill up to 99 percent of airborne pathogens that can make you sick while providing fresh, clean air. If you’re wondering what they can do to create healthy air in your home, give Martens Plumbing a call.
Install a Wi-Fi Thermostat
You may not have to turn on the furnace every day anymore, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need it at all in the spring. Temperatures can swing wildly this time of year, forcing you to keep adjusting your thermostat. Consider upgrading your system to a Wi-Fi-enabled model—it lets you set a custom temperature schedule to battle varying weather forecasts. There’s less playing with the settings to find your perfect conditions, which can save you money on energy costs, too.
Call Martens Plumbing to Get You Ready
The last item on our spring tuneup checklist is to call us for help getting ready. We work with Bryant® systems of all kinds and can help get your cooling system and house prepared, whether it’s regular maintenance, or installing indoor air quality solutions and Wi-Fi thermostats. Call us now at 262-363-7146—we’re here to help.
It’s usually a point of pride among Wisconsinites to see how long they can go without turning on their heat. But at this time of year, there’s no getting around it—homeowners have to turn on their furnaces to keep them warm through the winter. But what happens when you turn it on and it’s not blowing hot air? Follow our “no heat checklist” before calling in a professional to help.
Start With the Thermostat
As simple as it sounds, your thermostat can actually prevent your furnace from functioning. Make sure that:
- The thermostat is switched into heating mode
- The batteries still work—change them if need be
- You set the temperature higher than room temp
- The fan is set to “On” and not “Fan”
Check Vents and Filters
If the thermostat isn’t to blame, inspect the air filter. It catches dust, dirt, and other contaminants and prevents them from circulating through your home. If the filter is dirty, it could prevent air from flowing at all. The experts at Martens Plumbing & Heating recommend changing standard filters every one to three months and high-efficiency filters once every six to 12 months.
Closed vents and air ducts can prevent air flow, too. In fact, closing vents—even in rooms you don’t use that often—can put more strain on your heating system, as it works harder to try to heat the room you just closed off. Opening all vents in your home should make a difference.
Give the Furnace Area a Once-Over
Sometimes a non-working furnace is caused by something as simple as a tripped breaker. Check the circuit box and ensure the furnace breaker is set in the “On” position. Similarly, for gas models, check to see that the pilot light is lit. If not, you can re-light it yourself.
Still No Heat? Time to Call in Our Professionals
If you followed our checklist and you’re still experiencing no heat, call our experts immediately—a broken furnace during a Wisconsin winter is no joke. We proudly repair and service all makes and models of heating systems, including Bryant® furnaces. Don’t wait for heat—call us today at 262-363-7146 or contact us online.
As summer winds down and cooler temperatures creep in, it’s just about time to turn on your furnace or boiler. And when that happens, you need to know that your heating system can keep your family warm through fall and winter. That’s why scheduling routine furnace maintenance now is so important—it’s the difference between a safe and warm home and one that isn’t much better than being in the cold outdoors. Read on to discover how furnace maintenance protects your family and your home.
Prevent Unexpected (and Costly) Breakdowns
Our technicians follow a multi-point checklist when performing routine maintenance, including lubricating mechanical equipment and checking parts for wear and tear. This thorough inspection enables them to find and fix potential issues, such as weak or failing parts, before they cause breakdowns and cost you a lot more money in repairs down the line.
Improve Your Furnace or Boiler’s Energy-Efficiency
A heating system that is regularly cleaned and tuned has fewer issues and runs more efficiently. It won’t waste excess energy trying to compensate for internal problems, which means you’ll save money on your monthly utility bills.
Extend Your Heating System’s Life
A furnace, boiler, or other heating system is an investment you want to last as long as possible. Without regular cleanings, dirt and dust build up and force your system to work harder. It also increases the chance for breakdowns and the likelihood you will need frequent repairs. Schedule routine furnace maintenance to avoid all this trouble and help keep your heating system running efficiently for longer.
Need Your Furnace or Boiler Serviced? Leave It to Our Pros
At Martens Plumbing & Heating, we understand the difference a well-maintained heating system makes for your family and home. That’s why we service all makes and models, including Bryant® Heating & Cooling systems, with our 21-point furnace inspection. Trust us to get the most out of your furnace, boiler, or other heating system—call us today at 262-363-7146 or contact us online.