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The Ultimate Fall Home Maintenance Checklist


After months of stifling, 100-degree days in Las Vegas, you can now throw yourself into the task of preparing your home for fall – and the cooler temperatures that await. Check these 10 tasks off your “to-do” list so that you can get into the spirit of this time of year, maybe by falling into your favorite comfortable chair.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Tasks:

  • Flip the switch on your ceiling fans so that the blades run in a clockwise direction. This reversal – from running counterclockwise in the summer – will push the warm air that naturally gathers up high downward into a room.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Run a test to ensure they work. Replace batteries at least once every year.
  • Prune trees to prevent limbs from falling and causing damage as well as to improve their overall shape. Trees grow slowly in the fall, making it the best time of year for this job.
  • Clear out gutters and downspouts. Keep water from backing up and accumulating on your roof – and eventually, seeping into your home. Also, check for damaged pieces and tighten hangers and brackets.
  • Replace damaged caulk or weather stripping around your windows and doors. This prevents air leaks and keeps your energy bills in check. Use weather-stripping around movable components and caulk around stationary ones.
  • Seal holes and gaps around your home. This is especially important near the foundation and on the roof – where rodents and small animals could enter. They’re actively scouting for a winter refuge, so make your home off-limits.
  • Schedule a chimney inspection. The National Fire Protection Association and the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends doing this at least once a year. The inspection could lead to a chimney sweep to remove creosote, the black substance that can ignite a chimney fire.
  • Check the condition of your fire extinguishers. If they show any sign of damage, they should be replaced. While you’re at it, ensure that you have one on every floor of your home and one devoted to the kitchen. Fall is also a good time to run through a fire drill with your household. While fire extinguishers are not difficult to use, a practice drill helps because we don’t use them every day and will prepare everyone in the household in case of a fire.
  • Replace your furnace filter. You should check it every month, especially if you’re running your HVAC system regularly. It’s time to replace the filter with a new one when it’s stuffed with clumps of dust and dirt. A clean filter will help your system run more efficiently.
  • Schedule a furnace inspection with Instant Air. We’ll thoroughly clean and lubricate your furnace so that you derive all the benefits: a system that is safe to run and doesn’t pose a fire hazard; runs smoothly; keeps your utility bills under control; shouldn’t breakdown unexpectedly; and reaches its expected lifespan (and maybe longer).

 

Begin Your Fall Maintenance Checklist by Scheduling an HVAC Maintenance Visit

The best way to tackle a home maintenance checklist is to start checking off the easiest tasks. Within just a few minutes, you can check off scheduling your HVAC maintenance visit by calling Instant Air at 702-385-2665 or filling out our contact form. We will tune-up and prepare your HVAC unit for the cooler months and allow you to focus on completing the rest of your fall home maintenance checklist.

 




Prepare for Cooler Fall Weather by Scheduling a Las Vegas HVAC Maintenance Visit


Nevada enjoyed a beautiful summer this year, but those long summer days are readily getting shorter and shorter with fall and winter fast approaching. The cooler temperatures may be ideal for outdoor bon fires and longer hikes outside the city, but they also signal it’s time to switch from using your air conditioning equipment to your heating equipment. This makes it prime time to schedule Las Vegas HVAC maintenance. Here are three more reasons why you should schedule a maintenance visit now.

3 Reasons It’s Important to Schedule Las Vegas HVAC Maintenance in the Fall

  1. Keep HVAC efficiency high and energy bills low. Heating and cooling account for nearly half of the average household’s energy bills every year. These important pieces of equipment are key to keeping our homes comfortable during the hot days of summer and frigid winter nights. However, peak efficiency performance requires preventative care and maintenance. When you schedule a fall Las Vegas HVAC maintenance visit, technicians will do a thorough inspection of your heating equipment and check fluid levels, test motors and inspect for leaks. These preventative and mitigation steps will ensure when you turn on your heating equipment for the first time, you are enjoying its best performance possible.
  2. Confirm clearance from summer clutter. There’s a lot of fuss about spring cleaning, but we believe fall clearing is just as important. After the warm winds of summer and late summer monsoon season, Nevada homes often showcase a fair amount of overgrowth and clutter. In the fall, it’s important to complete thorough inspections and clear out any leaves, twigs and other debris from around outdoor HVAC units. Fall is also an ideal time to trim back any shrubs, branches and other plant life (a good rule of thumb is to keep a three-foot clearance around HVAC units). Fall trimming is especially important if you have any weak or dying branches that could knock out heating equipment should they fall.
  3. Preventative maintenance and repairs now mean less risk of headaches tomorrow. The last thing you and your family want is for your heating equipment to break down in the middle of winter, especially in the peak of the holiday season. Impromptu major breakdowns like this can be expensive to fix when they’re last-minute and often could be avoided with a bit of preventative maintenance and equipment inspections. While no heating equipment will last forever, experienced technicians know how to spot warning signs before they become reality. Scheduling a Las Vegas HVAC maintenance visit in the fall enables you to be one step ahead of repairs with small issues remedied before they have the chance to become mega headaches. Plus, such annual or biannual service visits can add years onto the lifespan of your equipment.

Schedule a Las Vegas HVAC Maintenance Visit Today

For more information about why you should schedule a Las Vegas HVAC maintenance this fall, or to go ahead and schedule a service visit, contact us today at Instant Air. You can also call us at (702) 385-2665 for same day guarantee service whenever you need professional, experienced HVAC repair.




Hit by Flash Flooding in Las Vegas? Why You May Need an HVAC Replacement


As frightening as flash flooding can be, dealing with the aftermath can be even more stressful.

Many homeowners are dealing with flooded heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment from the recent monsoon season. And many are now confronting the possibility of an HVAC replacement in Las Vegas.

Here we answer some commonly asked questions about HVAC units impacted by flooding:

Question: My outdoor unit got flooded with water. What should I do?

Answer: Turn it off and call a professional to inspect the damage before turning it back on again. Instant Air provides 24 hour service for instances like this, so be sure to call us right away so we can get you back up and running ASAP.

Question: So, I really I shouldn’t turn on my AC?

Answer: Correct. If you haven’t already turned it on, leave it that way. And if you have turned it on, turn it off immediately. Even if your air conditioner looks OK, or you think the heat may have dried it out, it’s not worth taking the chance as it could lead to irreparable damage.

Question: My neighbor turned on his flooded unit after a few days and it seems fine. So what does this mean?

Answer: It’s difficult to tell without seeing the unit in person. But remember that looks can be deceiving. It’s possible that your neighbor’s condensing unit sustained considerable damage – and that he is taking a safety risk by continuing to run his air conditioner in a compromised state. It’s never worth taking chances with a complex piece of electrical machinery like an air conditioner.

Question: So what can flood water do to an air conditioner?

Answer: Potentially, lots of things. The electrical components – the wiring, fuses and circuits – may be damaged. Plus, flood water tends to be dirty and clogged with debris. This debris can cling to the condenser unit coil. So even if your air conditioner is working now this grime may be reducing its efficiency and eventually cause the unit to falter. Your HVAC system represents one of the biggest investments you’ve made in your home. Entrust a reputable HVAC contractor to clean, dry, disinfect, repair and restore it, if possible.

Question: “If possible” sounds like I should prepare myself for the possibility of an HVAC replacement. Is this correct?

Answer: Yes, this might be a smart move. Take it from the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, a trade association that has been advising homeowners dealing with flood damage from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek has been encouraging flood-ravaged homeowners to “play it safe” with their HVAC systems: “Standing water in a yard, house or basement can damage a home’s heating, cooling and water heating equipment in ways that are not always readily apparent, putting families at risk. We advise homeowners to play it safe and replace, rather than repair, flood-damaged heating, cooling and water heating equipment.”

Schedule an Inspection or Las Vegas HVAC Replacement Quote

Avoiding a professional HVAC inspection after a flooding can lead to detrimental consequences. Protect your investment by scheduling an Instant Air technician to come inspect your unit for damage. If it’s beyond repair, our team will guide you through different HVAC replacement options and provide recommendations. If you have any further questions, please call us at (702) 385-2665.




Last Chance to Capitalize on This Summer End Closeout Deal for HVAC in Las Vegas


Savvy consumers know the best time to buy winter coats is at the tail end of winter – just like the best time to buy summer suits and dresses is at the tail end of summer.

You may have to wait until the season rolls around again to wear your purchases, but in the meantime, you can bask (and boast) in the realization that you’ve saved a significant amount of money over what you would have spent at the high-season mark.

The stakes grow right along with price, which is why a $1,000 discount from Instant Air makes now the very best time to purchase a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for your home.

Customers find lots to love in their new HVAC in Las Vegas

A discount like this one will not last forever. In fact, it ends on October 31st. Take it from the Instant Air customers who have already taken advantage of this deep discount. They have told us:

  • Saving $1,000 has made a new HVAC unit affordable and attainable.
  • They relish the idea they successfully saved a great deal of money on what is the costliest system in their home.
  • They finally feel unburdened by the constant expense and worry of “patching together” their ailing air conditioner (because most air conditioners require more frequent repairs during the last two years of their lifespan).
  • They’re surprised at the improved quality of their indoor air (explained by the fact that many of today’s energy-efficient systems are better equipped to reduce humidity and indoor allergens).
  • They enjoy the quieter operation of their new HVAC unit.

They will need a little more time to tell, but many of our customers also should enjoy lower energy bills. This is because many HVAC systems consume far less energy than their predecessors. In fact, “today’s best air conditioners use 30 to 50 percent less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the mid-1970s,” the U.S. Department of Energy says. “Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20 to 40 percent of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.”

Inquire About Instant Air’s Summer End HVAC in Las Vegas Deal

Cash in on the $1,000 savings and get your new HVAC in Las Vegas. To get started, call Instant Air and make an appointment so we can properly size your home, study its exposure to the sun on all sides and make a recommendation for the best HVAC units for you.