Spring Break for Your HVAC System

Leaving for vacation can be a scramble – there are so many things to do to prepare and to remember to keep your home safe and secure while away! Did you know Spring Break is the perfect time to give your HVAC system a break? If you’ll be gone, use our HVAC vacation checklist to maximize energy savings while you’re away.

HVAC Vacation Checklist

  • If your vacation coincides with your routine furnace filter checks and changes, examine the filter before leaving town. If you’re due to replace it, go ahead and do so early to ensure air is moving properly through the HVAC system while you are gone and contaminants are being filtered out properly.
  • Program vacation mode settings for your programmable thermostat. It’s better to keep your HVAC system on rather than turning it off, adjust the temperature by 15 or more degrees. This way, you can bring your home back to temperature for your return without wasting energy while you’re gone. If you have pets in the home, you may not be able to use such drastic setbacks – keep temperatures between 78 and 80 degrees for safety.
  • Don’t forget to turn vacation mode on before you leave! It’s helpful to set a reminder on your calendar if you do not have a Wi-Fi accessible thermostat allowing you to adjust settings remotely from your phone or another device.
  • Schedule HVAC preventative maintenance before you leave. Your system will be tuned up and ready to serve you with reliable comfort while you’re gone.
  • If your system is experiencing performance problems, have it serviced now with heating and cooling repair prior to vacation. Solving issues before you head out of town will ensure there are no surprise system breakdowns while you’re gone, leaving you with a big comfort problem to solve upon return when you’re ready to relax from traveling.
  • Inspect the drip pan and condensate drains of your HVAC system to ensure there are no clogs and moisture is exiting the system properly. Clogs could cause water to back up into your home while you’re away – this can be dramatically damaging to your home, especially if water is sitting and destroying your home over a long period of absence.
  • Clear the outdoor unit of vegetation, debris and items stored nearby to make sure it receives proper airflow.
  • Check your gutters to verify water isn’t pouring on your outdoor unit, which can be damaging if heavy rains occur while you’re away.
  • Trim trees and shrubs nearby to protect your home and outdoor HVAC unit from damage if storms occur while you’re gone.
  • Lock the gate to your yard to protect your outdoor HVAC unit from theft while you are out of town. Empty homes can be a target for vandals and theft, both indoors and out.
  • Make sure your windows are shut and locked if you’ve been leaving them open for natural ventilation while at home.

Ray & Son will help you prep your HVAC system for use, whether you’re home or out of town! Call us today to schedule maintenance or repair so your system always runs optimally.

March Madness Preparation for Your HVAC System

March Madness is here – your team has been preparing to take the court and win. Have you prepared your HVAC system for the job it needs to do this March? A winning heating and cooling maintenance plan will carry your HVAC system this season – read on and learn just what you need to do to keep it running like a champ!

Change Your Filter

Getting enough air is critical to players running up and down the court – your heating and cooling system is the same! Proper airflow is essential to performance, and without it, your HVAC system won’t move conditioned air effectively into your home and will struggle, using excess energy.

Your heating and cooling maintenance plan should include regular filter changes. The frequency depends on the recommendations of the manufacturer – high-efficiency filters need fewer changes while low-quality disposable filters need changed more often. During the spring season, change your filter on a regular basis and check it monthly to make sure its surface has not become clogged with contaminants, restricting airflow. This is especially important if you live in an area with a high pollen count or have pets.

Adjust Thermostat Settings

With the changing temperatures, it’s time to reevaluate your thermostat settings! With outdoor temperatures rising, you may find it comfortable to keep lower temperatures indoors. Or, it may be time to turn on the cooling system! In the spring, your heating and cooling maintenance plan should include reprogramming your programmable thermostat settings for spring.

Set temperature schedules based on the needs of your household, with setbacks of 10 to 15 degrees for periods of 8 or more hours for optimal energy savings. Great times to save are when your home is empty during work and school hours or while you sleep.

Schedule Preventative HVAC Maintenance

Your cooling system needs a professional tune-up as soon as possible so it’s ready to cool your home efficiently as temperatures rise. Heating and cooling maintenance plans should always include annual tune-ups for both heating and cooling equipment.

Maintaining your air conditioner will offer great benefits to your family this season. You’ll maintain consistent, even temperatures indoors to improve comfort, your air conditioner will operate efficiently to save you money on energy costs and your system receives the care it needs to avoid game-ending breakdowns over the season. We want your equipment to stay in the game longer offering you more years of service!

Join Ray & Son’s Comfort Club

Ray & Son has a simple solution to help homeowners stay on top of their heating and cooling maintenance plan – Comfort Club membership! By joining the Comfort Club, you’ll receive regularly scheduled tune-ups for your heating and cooling system and peace of mind from our repair-free and energy savings guarantees! Ask our team today what a Comfort Club membership can do for your HVAC system.

With a winning heating and cooling maintenance plan in place, your HVAC equipment will be ready for whatever the elements have in store this season! Schedule heating and cooling maintenance now with Ray & Son.

New HVAC Systems Need Love Just Like a New Car

So you’ve recently upgraded your HVAC system – congrats! You’re already seeing the benefits of improved comfort and lower energy bills and to keep these benefits up, new furnace maintenance is important.

Many homeowners mistakenly think since their HVAC system is brand new, it doesn’t need the TLC older equipment does because it hasn’t been in service long. This misconception can be costly, lowering efficiency, contributing to breakdowns, and even shortening the service life of the HVAC system you invested in. Imagine skipping oil changes for a year or two with a new car. Sounds irresponsible, right? HVAC systems are sophisticated equipment and deserve the same care from Day One. Be sure to schedule new HVAC system maintenance every year with Ray & Son to preserve the operation, efficiency, and service life of your new furnace.

New HVAC System Maintenance Protects Your Investment

It’s no secret purchasing a new HVAC system costs a pretty penny. You made an investment in a new furnace, so respect the financial outlay to gain years of continued comfort and service. New HVAC system maintenance protects your system from the wear and tear over the course of normal and heavy use, correcting issues causing the system to consume excess energy and run hard, leading to breakdowns.

New HVAC system maintenance is a minor investment compared to the overall cost of installing a new HVAC system and it’s absolutely necessary. You wouldn’t buy a new car and never have a tune-up, would you? Your new HVAC system needs to be thought of in the same way – with the TLC a tune-up provides, your HVAC system will retain the value it gives you, which is reliable comfort over many years.

New HVAC System Maintenance Maintains Your Warranty

Warranty coverage is a deciding factor why you may have chosen a particular HVAC system. Did you know HVAC system manufacturers recommend annual HVAC system maintenance, even for new systems? Not caring for your HVAC system properly can void warranty terms, leaving you without coverage when you need it down the road and you’ll be forced to pay repair costs out of pocket.

HVAC system maintenance shouldn’t start a few years after purchase. New HVAC system maintenance needs to be scheduled within your furnace’s first year of service, so it’s ready to perform as expected for the heating or cooling season to come. Give your new HVAC system the maintenance it needs to keep your warranty intact in case malfunctions occur – you don’t want to lose these valuable benefits over skipping the cost of a simple new HVAC system maintenance visit!

Join the Comfort Club

Ray & Son makes it easy to stay on top of new HVAC system maintenance with our Comfort Club! As a Comfort Club member, you’ll receive annual tune-ups for both your furnace and air conditioning systems, scheduled with our skilled technicians. We guarantee your HVAC system will be free from repairs for 90 days following service or your tune-up is free! New HVAC system maintenance increases efficiency, so if you don’t save the value of your tune-up within 90 days of service, we’ll cover the difference.

Don’t neglect new HVAC system maintenance just because your heating system is young! Schedule HVAC system maintenance with Ray & Son today to keep your new HVAC system performing just like new, year after year!

Is Your HVAC System Ready for the Big Party?

Entertaining doesn’t have to stop when the weather is cold! When your outdoor living space is too chilly, moving the party indoors is the perfect solution – just make sure your HVAC system is ready to keep your guests comfortable. Before the party starts, change your furnace filter and use these tips to keep your home at the perfect temperature when company arrives.

Change Your HVAC Filter

Changing your furnace filter will improve your indoor air quality and help your HVAC system run better. A dirty filter is ineffective at removing airborne contaminants – if your filter is dirty, there will be more contaminants indoors, exacerbating allergy symptoms and increasing discomfort. A clean filter will pull contaminants out of the air, keeping your air and your living spaces cleaner, too!

Clogged HVAC filters also harm the system, restricting airflow. More energy is used to push air to your living areas, placing critical components under more stress and increasing the likelihood of a breakdown. Keep on top of furnace filter changes to protect your air quality and equipment.

Proper Thermostat Settings

You want your guests to feel comfortable in your home and temperature plays a serious role. A home too hot or cold means guests will be uncomfortable and your gathering unenjoyable.

The thermostat settings you prefer on a regular day are inappropriate when your home is full of guests. People bring in body heat, which increases the temperature of your living areas. Cooking for a party, starting a fire in the fireplace – these activities are common during parties and add heat to the home.

Before guests arrive, set your thermostat back a few degrees so everyone will stay comfortable when your home starts to warm up.

Get a Furnace Tune-up

The last thing you want is for your HVAC system to break down when hosting company. Regular HVAC  tune-ups protect your system from surprise breakdowns. Schedule your annual HVAC maintenance visit prior to your party if you haven’t already done so for the winter. Your technician will change the HVAC filter, inspect the system, perform maintenance to improve performance and catch issues to fix before they snowball into larger repair emergencies. For the ultimate in convenience, join our Comfort Club and we’ll call YOU to set up maintenance visits twice a year!

Call for Repair Service

If you notice your HVAC system isn’t performing properly, is turning off and on frequently, is making loud, unexpected noises or presents any other issues, call Ray & Son to schedule HVAC repair service right away! We will have a technician diagnose and repair your HVAC system issues ahead of the big event so you can avoid surprise breakdowns leaving you without heat during your gathering. An HVAC system breakdown will definitely end your party too soon – resolve performance issues ahead of time to keep the good times rolling along.

Contact Ray & Son today to get your HVAC system in top shape before the big party! Schedule HVAC maintenance or repair and HVAC filter changes today!

Why you should join our Comfort Club

HVAC maintenance matters. Yet, we get it: life is hectic, and keeping your air conditioner and heating system in working condition is probably the last thing on your mind. That’s why we offer our Comfort Club.

Comfort Club members receive two annual tune-ups (one for heating in the fall and one for cooling in the spring) and a number of other benefits.

Let’s dive in and explore the full advantages of joining our Comfort Club.

Ray & Son Van | Ray & Son#1. We call you, not the other way around

Look, you have enough to worry about without having to think about scheduling your furnace or air conditioning tune-up. One of the best perks of being a Comfort Club member is that we call you to schedule your tune-ups.

No more needing to remember to get a tune-up during the busiest times of the year! This added level of convenience helps ensure that you don’t forget to have your HVAC systems maintained.

#2. HVAC maintenance can save you money

As a homeowner, you’re looking to save money wherever possible. Instead of diving into the couch looking for pennies, we recommend an air conditioning and furnace tune-up.

Not only will maintenance make your system less likely to break down, but it will also make your furnace or air conditioner more efficient, saving you on your energy bills.

As a Comfort Club member, your savings go even farther. We include an energy-savings ROI guarantee. If your energy savings in the 90 days after your tune-up don’t match the cost of the tune-up, we’ll refund you the difference.

Finally, a regular tune-up history (such as the kind you’d have as a Comfort Club member) helps your system live a longer life, and keeps your manufacturer’s warranty intact.

#3. Our 90-day repair-free guarantee

It not only costs money to repair a broken air conditioner or heating system, but it’s an added level of stress for you, your family, and your pets. A tune-up can help prevent breakdowns, but let’s go a step farther.

As a Comfort Club member, all of our maintenance comes with a 90-day guarantee. That’s right: for three months after we complete your tune-up, we guarantee you won’t need repairs. If you do, we’ll refund you the cost of the tune-up.

#4. You’d be partnering with a great, local company

Ray & Son has been serving Valdosta, Nashville, and southern Georgia since 1965. We’re proud to be your local, trusted HVAC company.

As a Comfort Club member, you’d be establishing a service relationship with the very best. We value all of our customers, but we also recognize our Comfort Club members with added guarantees and services.

Join our Comfort Club today!

Ready to sign up for our Comfort Club? Great choice! To get started, learn more or contact our team today.

HVAC 101: What are heat pumps and how do they work?

There’s a lot of jargon and industry terminology that gets tossed around in the HVAC business. There’s furnaces and heating systems, and then air conditioning and cooling units. Then, there’s a whole separate deal: heat pumps. But, just what are they, and how do they work?

In this blog post, we’ll review what heat pumps are, and what makes them different from traditional furnaces and air conditioners that people associate with the HVAC industry.

If you’re interested in learning more about putting a heat pump in your home, give Ray & Son a call at (229) 686-5531 or contact us online.

Heat PumpsWhat are heat pumps?

Heat pumps are a category of HVAC units that offer both cooling and heating. In short, heat pumps offer all the cooling of an air conditioner, with decent heating ability in the winter. This makes heat pumps a good fit for homes located in the southern half of the United States, where winters can be cold, but are rarely freezing.

How do heat pumps work?

These systems work by moving warmed or cooled air from one place to another, depending on the season.

When it’s hot outside, the heat pump removes warm air from the inside of the house and places it outside, like an air conditioner. In this “cooling mode,” the outdoor coil serves as an evaporator and the indoor cool works as a condenser.

In contrast, when it’s cold outside, the heat pump extracts any heat from the outside air and circulates it inside the home. While in “heating mode,” the outdoor coil serves as a condenser and the indoor coil serves as an evaporator—a flip from where things stood in the summer.

What advantages do heat pumps have over traditional HVAC systems?

One of the most significant benefits of heat pumps as compared to standard HVAC systems is obviously the reduced cost of only needing to purchase one system. There is no need to install a separate furnace or a separate air conditioner for your home: just one, unified system.

Heat pumps are also much more energy-efficient systems than traditional HVAC units. So, apart from saving money on upfront costs, you will also benefit in terms of reduced energy bills.

So, what’s the catch? Heat pumps are ideal for moderate climates. They are not effective in regions that face extreme temperatures.

This, however, makes them a good fit for southern Georgia, where we have hot summers but relatively mild winters.

Call Ray & Son to learn more about heat pumps

Not sure if a heat pump is the right fit for your home? Contact the experts at Ray & Son for more advice and tips regarding residential systems and their pros and cons. We offer free in-home estimates on new cooling and heating systems.

To contact us, give us a call at (229) 686-5531 or contact us online.

Here are 3 signs that you need summer AC repair from Ray & Son

 

Summer brings sunshine and high temperatures to Georgia, and there are few things worse than your air conditioner breaking down on a hot summer day. What you might not know is that there are a few ways to determine if your air conditioner is one the verge of a breakdown. Here are three signs that you need summer AC repair from Ray & Son.

AC Repair Recommendations Nashville GATo save you the money and the trouble of buying and installing a new air conditioner, here are some signs that you should consider which indicate that you need air conditioner repair:

1. There are leaks and moisture

Leaks and excessive moisture near your air conditioner are sure signs that there is something wrong with the system. If you notice water pooling near your air conditioning unit, there is a very high chance that the drainage tubes or pipes are blocked or broken.

This can cause a number of problems. The condensed vapors have no way to escape from the system, causing water to start accumulating on the ground or in the walls around the air conditioning unit. Water pools around the air conditioning unit also pose electrical hazards and can be extremely dangerous.

2. There’s been a change in air temperature

If you feel like the air conditioner is not cooling your home or office like it once used to, it’s recommended that you get it checked by professionals. Changes in temperature generally indicate that the air conditioner is straining to cool the air like it used to when it was new. You should not put off repairs in this situation.

Summer AC repair is essential if the airflow is barely cold or if your air conditioning unit refuses to circulate any air at all.

3. There are unusual sounds and odors coming from the AC

It’s important to get your air conditioning unit repaired as soon as you notice any unusual sounds or odors coming from your air conditioner. There can be several different underlying causes of abnormal sounds and odors.

In the case of strange sounds, it’s a possibility that parts of your air conditioning unit have become loose due to improper installation or wear-and-tear. Loose parts can break off completely and cause significant system damage. With strange smells, you should be concerned that mold is growing inside your air conditioner.

Regardless of the causes of odors and sounds, it is important to get your air conditioner repaired by the trusted professionals at Ray & Son as soon as you notice these problems.

Call Ray & Son for your summer AC repair needs

If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, it’s important for you to contact the air conditioning professionals at Ray & Son for air conditioner repair. We’re your local source for summer AC repair, and we can help you and your family keep cool during the remaining hot months of the year.

Here are 4 things you should know about summer AC service

Regular air conditioner maintenance is important. It helps you keep your cooling device from malfunctioning during the most hot and uncomfortable times of the year. By not scheduling summer AC service, you could be putting yourself at risk of up to a 5% decrease in cooling efficiency. That adds up to some serious money over the course of the entire summer.

Schedule your summer AC service

In this blog post, we’ll review the four most important things you should know about summer AC service and the difference it can make for your home’s comfort.

1. Regular AC tune-ups can increase the lifespan of your system

Just as regular exercise and medical checkups help you live a longer life, a routine air conditioner tune-up helps prolong the lifespan of the unit.

Just a fact: new air conditioners are not cheap. They tend to pack a punch on the wallet. If you want to maximize the lifespan of the air conditioner, you should consider scheduling summer AC service with the professional team at Ray & Son.

2. Results in reduced energy bills

Another important thing to know about air conditioner tune-ups is that they help keep your cooling system’s energy-efficiency intact. Regular air conditioner maintenance and repairs will ensure that the air conditioner doesn’t strain while functioning. As a result, the system will use less power to cool the room.

This will significantly reduce your summer energy bills. Just another reason to schedule summer AC service with the pros here at Ray & Son.

3. Reduce your annual repair costs

Another benefit of regular air conditioner tune-ups is that you’re reducing the risk of needing major repairs during the summer.

That’s because our professional and trained technicians use the inspection that comes with summer AC service to look for signs of wear-and-tear. This will ensure that minor issues don’t turn into major problems.

Also, the efficient operation of the air conditioner will result in less wear-and-tear inside the unit, leading to less frequent repairs.

4. Your tune-up from Ray & Son is comprehensive AC maintenance

A number of people have the wrong notion that air conditioner tune-ups merely involve checking the filter and then getting out of your yard as soon as possible. That’s not the way that Ray & Son does things.

Our professional and licensed technicians perform a comprehensive inspection of the unit. They’ll check the coolant level and ductwork to ensure optimal cooling in your home. Our technician will lubricate any moving parts to reduce friction that causes increased energy bills.

Also, the tune-up involves full calibration of the thermostat to ensure proper operation. The air conditioner technician will inspect and tighten the electrical connection to ensure safe operation.

Finally, the technician inspects and repairs the blower motor and blower belt.

Schedule your summer AC service with Ray & Son

If you reside in southern Georgia, you should give us call for your AC maintenance. We have a team of experienced and licensed air conditioner technician who offer affordable and highly professional tune-up and repair services.

Here’s how to keep your home cool during a heat wave

Unfortunately, heat waves are often a reality of summers in the United States. Strongly associated with weather patterns, a heat wave can cause a prolonged spike in daily high temperatures and humidity, leading to sweltering conditions here in Georgia and elsewhere.

How to Keep the Rooms Cool During a Heat Wave

If you want to avoid having your home turn into an oven during a heatwave, it’s important that you keep your air conditioning tuned up.  There is nothing worse than having to spend the day sweating out a heat wave due to an unexpected breakdown of the system.

Here are some other tips that will allow you to remain perfectly cool inside the house during the scorching heat this summer.

Close your windows and blinds

When you go out to work, you should avoid keeping the windows open in the mistaken belief that it will make the room cool. Keeping the windows and blinds closed will prevent sunlight from entering the rooms. This will also reduce the home cooling requirements, resulting in lower energy bills and less strain on your air conditioner.

Seal any air leaks in your home

Air leaks will prevent your air conditioner from efficiently and effectively cooling the room. If your home is not properly sealed, hot air will enter the room, while cool air will escape outside due to convection.

This will make your air conditioner strain to sufficiently cool the room. Increased wear-and-tear will result, due to the system straining to generate cool air. Over time, this will most likely result in a system breakdown.

To deal with air leaks, you should consider having Ray & Son conduct a professional energy audit of your house. We’ll make sure that there are no leaks around the doors and windows. In case any leak is detected, the area can be sealed by using a sealant. Also, we can insulate the area by putting foam gaskets in to prevent unwanted air leaks.

Cook smarter

During summers—and especially during a heat wave—you should consider using microwaves to cook food. This will minimize the heat generated indoors. In case you have to cook indoors, you should use range hood to vent hot air outside. Also, you should cover the pots to reduce humidity levels inside the house.

You should check food in the oven by looking through the glass instead of opening the oven door. These simple measures can ensure that the room does not get too hot during a heat wave.

Unplug unused appliances

You should consider switching off unused appliances. You should keep computers, television, and laptops switched off when not in use.

Anything that can generate heat inside the house should be turned off. This can help reduce the room temperature by about one degree—and when it’s sweltering outside, every degree counts.

Have Ray & Son put your air conditioner in the shade

Placing the air conditioner in the shade will allow the unit to perform efficiently. It won’t heat up quickly due to sweltering heat outside. Consider placing the unit under the trees. This will not only reduce the likelihood of overheating problem, but will also reduce the energy bill by more than ten percent.

Call Ray & Son for an AC tune-up and beat the heat wave!

In case you want to get in touch with licensed technicians in southern Georgia for air conditioner tune-up, you can contact Ray & Son Heating and Air Conditioning.

4 signs that your air conditioner ducts require cleaning

4 Signs that Air Conditioner Ducts Require Cleaning

What’s wrong with having dirty air conditioner ducts?

Fine dust particles collect on the surfaces of the air ducts. The dust catches flakes of dead skin and pet dander. Before long, the ducts harbor an environment conducive for the development of mold, bacteria, and allergens.

The obvious signs your air conditioner ducts need cleaning

Do you see little wisps of dust coming out of the air duct? Do you notice dust puffing out of the air vents whenever you open the air conditioner? Does anyone in the household experience an allergic reaction whenever the air conditioner is turned on?

If the answer to these questions is yes, you may need to call Ray & Son for air duct cleaning or ductwork.

Here are four signs that indicate that you should hire a professional for air duct cleaning.

1. Blockage inside the air vents

You should regularly check the return air inlets. In case you notice a dirty air vent, the duct will need to be cleaned. Dust and other debris that accumulate in the return air vents can prevent proper flow of air to the motor of the air conditioner blower. This can result in major problem for your air conditioner.

2. A reduced airflow

If you notice less airflow coming from one of the ducts, it indicates that you should get it cleaned. You should regularly check the airflow of the ducts in every room. The vents should be opened for checking the airflow.

3. Noise inside the air ducts

If you notice a whistling or other noise coming out of the vent, there might be a blockage in the ducts. A blockage can happen if a piece of the insulation or a broken piece of filter gets sucked in the ducts.

The blockage can also occur in case the damper is caked with dust. In all such circumstances, you should hire a professional technician for duct cleaning.

4. A blast of dust when the AC is started

Watch the vent after turning on the air conditioner. If you see a blast of dust when you turn on the air conditioner, it indicates that your air ducts require cleaning.

The above are some of the telltale signs that indicate you should hire an air conditioning technician for ductwork cleanup. It’s important that you hire an experienced technician, such as those at Ray & Son.

Call Ray & Son for air conditioner ducts services

In case you reside in the southern regions of Georgia, you can contact Ray & Son Heating and Air Conditioning.

We have a team of experienced technicians who have years of experience in performing repairs and cleaning air conditioners. You can count on our licensed and NATE-certified technicians to perform professional work for you.