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Home Tip: Invest in Preventive Maintenance

Home Tip: Invest in Preventive MaintenanceYour HVAC system contains equipment that’s essential to your family’s day-to-day comfort, and it needs to stay in top condition to operate safely and reliably. Investing in preventive maintenance for your HVAC system can let you rest easy knowing that the equipment is working properly and efficiently every day of the year.

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Plungers, Augers, and Snakes — Oh My! A Look Inside the Plumber’s Toolbox

Plungers, Augers, and Snakes — Oh My! A Look Inside the Plumber's ToolboxIt’s often said that to get the best results with any project, you need the right tool for the job. That’s why the licensed plumber carries around an extensive array of specialized tools — much more, in fact, than most handymen are likely to have at their disposal.

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HVAC Tips for Back-to-School

HVAC Tips for Back-to-SchoolWhether you’re getting the kids ready for back to school or just glad they’re finally getting off your lawn, the beginning of fall signals a time of change. In the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to forget some of the maintenance jobs that can get your HVAC system ready for the new season.

Here’s a checklist to get you started on your fall HVAC maintenance:

  1. Clean around your outside HVAC unit. Over the summer, grass and other plants can grow up around your unit. Grass clippings can build up around it when you mow, and falling leaves add to the pile. None of these blockages are good for your unit. They block the flow of air, reducing energy efficiency and increasing wear and tear. Cut back plants and rake away any debris that has built up to leave a clear space around your unit. Remember to check back regularly to remove additional leaves that have fallen.
  2. Change or clean your air filters. Most air filters only last one to three months before needing to be replaced or cleaned if they’re reusable. Clean filters do a better job of catching particles in the air that can cause wear and tear on your HVAC system. They also improve your home’s indoor air quality, allowing your family to breathe easier.
  3. Schedule an HVAC fall maintenance appointment. As you’re shifting from air conditioning to heating, it’s important to make sure your system is ready for the job ahead. An HVAC technician will start your system to make sure functions right and check the thermostat readings to be sure they’re accurate. Electrical connections will be inspected and tightened. If you have gas or oil heating, the appropriate connections will be inspected. The heat exchanger will be checked over for cracks or signs of other problems. Any issues that come up can be dealt with before cold weather makes the situation urgent.

If you’d like to know more about preparing your HVAC system for fall, or you have any other HVAC concerns in the Grand Traverse County area, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC tips and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.

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A Timeline of HVAC Replacements and Maintenance

A Timeline of HVAC Replacements and MaintenanceIs your HVAC system 5, 10, or even 20 years old and still going? Maybe you don’t even know how old your A/C and furnace actually are, nor have an inkling of their maintenance history. That’s not unusual, but it should be remedied ASAP. Use this guide to get a good grasp for your HVAC maintenance timeline and system replacement down the road.

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DIY vs. Professional HVAC Maintenance

DIY vs. Professional HVAC Maintenance | Team Bob'sRegular HVAC maintenance for your cooling and heating system keeps it running efficiently and dependably, and it’s engineered for both homeowner and professional maintenance. Neglecting either drives up energy costs and precipitates early part failure.

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You Need Clean A/C Coils. Here’s Why

You Need Clean A/C Coils. Here's Why | Team Bob'sYour summer comfort depends on having a reliable cooling system, but you may not realize that clean A/C coils have a major impact on your system’s performance. An air conditioner has two sets of coils that work in tandem to capture heat indoors and send it outside:

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Shh! Silence the Noisy Air Vents in Your Home

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Don’t Forget About Your HVAC System in Your Spring Cleaning Tasks

Don't Forget About Your HVAC System in Your Spring Cleaning TasksSpring is traditionally the time when we get our houses in order. This thorough, top-to-bottom cleaning ritual presents a great opportunity to freshen up the home and get it ready for the busy times ahead. It may never have occurred to you before, but you also need to include an HVAC spring cleaning on your to-do list.

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Get Relief With Helpful Allergy Tips

Get Relief With Helpful Allergy TipsIt’s allergy season across the Grand Traverse County area, and that means sneezing, sniffing and watery and itchy eyes for many allergy sufferers. Whether your allergy attacks stem from oak and maple trees, dust and dust mites, your furry friend or all of the above, use these allergy tips to help reduce allergens in your home.

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Springing Forward: Your HVAC To-Do List

Springing Forward: Your HVAC To-Do ListWhen Daylight Saving Time starts this year, it’ll be time for homeowners to thinking about “springing forward” by preparing their HVAC system for the upcoming cooling season. Here is a short list of things to do to get your air conditioner or heat pump ready to keep your home cool this summer.

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