The Ultimate Los Angeles County Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is just around the corner, and many Los Angeles County homeowners have already gotten a head start on their spring cleaning. Though it may seem like a daunting task, a deep cleaning of your home is important to do at least once a year. Not only does this help you stay organized and get rid of things that you don’t need anymore, but cleaning your home can also help you improve your indoor air quality so that you can breathe easier throughout the year. Below, we offer the ultimate checklist for spring cleaning in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County Spring Cleaning Checklist

Are you ready to start your spring cleaning? Use the checklist below to make sure that you don’t forget anything important when cleaning your home this spring:

Get all the spring cleaning supplies you need.

Before you start cleaning, take inventory of your cleaning supplies. Make sure that you pick up anything you might need before you get started. The last thing that you want to do is make a trip to the store when you are in the middle of deep cleaning your home. You are much more likely to be successful if you have everything that you need right from the beginning.

Here’s a list of supplies you might need:

  • A good all-purpose cleaner
  • Wood polish for any wood furniture
  • Reusable towels or cloths for dusting and cleaning
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty

Declutter your home.

Spring cleaning isn’t just about making sure your home is clean. This is also the perfect opportunity to declutter your house. A clean and organized space makes it easier for you to think, relax, and unwind. However, many people tend to hold onto things they don’t need anymore, which can cause quite a bit of clutter in your home.

Here are some ways that you can declutter your home:

  • Go through your closet, and get rid of any clothing that you have not worn in the past 6 months.
  • Round up anything in your garage that you do not need such as sports equipment, tools, or boxes full of old items.
  • If you have any furniture or appliances that you don’t want anymore, call a professional to haul these items away.

You can donate any items that you don’t use anymore to thrift stores or charities. For items that may have resale value, you can put them up for sale in local online forums or hold a garage sale.

Clean your heating and cooling system.

This is a spring cleaning step that many homeowners forget about. Though you may use your heating and cooling system less in the spring when temperatures are more moderate, your HVAC system is in between periods of high use. There is a good chance that you used your heater a lot during the wintertime and that you will use your AC more in the summer. A routine maintenance visit can help you make sure that your system is clean and running optimally before summer gets here.

It’s also important that you stay on top of air filter changes in the spring. Many allergy sufferers may experience discomfort during the springtime when allergens increase. Checking your air filter at least once a month and changing the filter when it becomes dirty or clogged is a good way to keep allergens to a minimum in your home.

Get Your Spring HVAC Tune-Up

Does your heating and cooling system need a spring cleaning? We recommend that homeowners have their HVAC system cleaned and inspected at least once a year. Many Los Angeles county homeowners like to have their service visit in the spring to make sure that everything is clean and running smoothly after using their system all winter. This helps ensure that your system is working efficiently before you start cranking up the AC this summer.

Call us today to schedule an HVAC service visit: (909) 326-6106.

The Ultimate List of HVAC New Year’s Resolutions

It’s a time-honored tradition to celebrate the new year ahead by coming up with a few resolutions to make for the best year possible. As 2017 approaches, it is time to start thinking about what you want to do for a better year. While eating healthier or saving more money may be on your list every year, why not dedicate one or two of your New Year’s resolutions to your trusted HVAC system?

Make These HVAC New Year’s Resolutions

If you want to cut back on your energy usage or save a little money in 2017, then these HVAC New Year’s resolutions should be a great addition to your list:

Check and replace your air filters each month.

Checking your air filters once a month and replacing them when necessary is one of the easiest and most affordable ways that you can promote a long life for your heating and cooling system. Commit to checking your air filters on a regular schedule, and get to know when the filter should be changed. Regularly changing your dirty or clogged air filters helps you maintain healthier indoor air quality. It can also help you reduce issues that can result from overworking and overheating your equipment’s components.

Schedule routine HVAC maintenance.

Routine maintenance on your heating and cooling system can help you keep it running efficiently year-round. Your HVAC technician will not only clean your unit, but inspect it for any potential problems or repair needs. This can help you catch any issues with your heating and cooling system early on before these issues may start to affect your efficiency or lead to more costly breakdowns or malfunctions. Scheduling a seasonal air conditioning and heater tune-up is a resolution that can help you keep your HVAC system running optimally throughout the year for a more comfortable indoor environment.

Install a programmable thermostat.

If one of your goals for the new year is to save money, then installing a programmable thermostat should be on your list of HVAC resolutions. A programmable thermostat helps you better control your home’s temperature while you are away, allowing you to save energy and cut down on heating and cooling costs throughout the year. The expert technicians at McLay can help you find and install the best smart thermostat for your home. We have a line of thermostats from Carrier that provide you with ultimate control over your home comfort environment.

The key to seeing these resolutions through is consistency. Write yourself reminders on the calendar and schedule your maintenance appointments in advance to ensure that you are doing your best to keep these resolutions. Remember, the better you are to your HVAC system, the better it will be to you by keeping your family comfortable throughout the year.

Do you need help with some of your HVAC resolutions? The team at McLay Services is here for you every step of the way. Give us a call today: (909) 326-6106.

HVAC Video Roundup: The Best HVAC Videos of 2016

2016 has brought with it countless videos that have been created to demystify the ins-and-outs of home HVAC systems. It’s important to be cautious of amateur videos when trying to expand your knowledge on home HVAC systems; unfortunately, there are many videos online that are less than credible. That’s where this helpful article comes in! From changing your home furnace’s air filter to understanding solar power, we’ve selected some of the best HVAC videos of 2016.

Best HVAC Videos of 2016

Here are just a few of our favorite HVAC videos of 2016:

3 Ways to Save on Heating Costs

When the outdoor temperature drops, heating your home indoors becomes a priority. And, the need to increase your home’s temperature can cause your home’s energy bills to increase as well. This video outlines several ways to help cut down on your heating costs during the winter months. These simple fixes could go a long way in saving you money while keeping your home warm and toasty throughout the winter season.

 How to change or replace your furnace filter

Changing your home furnace’s air filter is essential to maintaining a fully functional and efficient system. This video demonstrates how you can take on this simple HVAC maintenance task yourself. It is recommended that you check your furnace’s air filter regularly and change it whenever you see that it is dirty. Air filters can be purchased at practically any home improvement or hardware store.

How to Clean Air Vents

Cleaning your home’s air vents can help improve the air quality in your home, as it’s a quick and easy fix to rid your home of accumulating dust, dirt, and debris. Cleaning will improve your home’s air quality by keeping the air that circulates throughout these vents dust-free. Check out this video to learn an effective way to quickly clean out your home’s air vents.

Understanding Solar Power

Many people are curious about solar power and whether it not it’s a good option for their home. This video goes into great detail about the different types of solar power, how much the various options cost, and the benefits of each compared to a traditional heating system. If you’ve ever been curious about solar power, this is the video for you.

Which of these videos is your favorite? Is there one we forgot? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Why You Should Choose a Smart Thermostat

Smart technology is changing the way we live, and home comfort is no exception. Smart thermostats make it possible for homeowners to have greater control over temperature and other elements of the home environment such as humidity control or airflow, all from their mobile smart device. If you have not considered a smart thermostat, you may want to learn a little bit more about how this smart device can transform the way you keep your home comfortable for you and your family.

Smart Thermostat Benefits

One of the greatest benefits of the smart thermostat is that it allows you to remotely control your home’s temperature and other home comfort settings. This is great for people with busy schedules who need to be able to turn their thermostat up and down remotely to save energy. For instance, if you are running late coming home from work or extending your vacation, you can make sure that the thermostat is set to an optimal temperature so as not to heat or cool an empty house.

Ultimately, a smart thermostat can help you save more energy over time, which can have a significant impact on your energy costs. Many smart thermostats begin to “learn” your habits, helping you automatically heat and cool your home more efficiently overtime. Being able to adjust the thermostat remotely also helps you have more control over your energy usage. By using your smart thermostat to monitor your energy usage, you can also start to make small changes that help you save more energy overtime. The more efficiently you heat and cool your home, the more money you will save on energy costs year after year.

Carrier® Smart Thermostats

As a factory-authorized dealer of Carrier HVAC products and systems, McLay Services can help you find the right Carrier thermostat to meet your needs and provide expert installation so that you can start reaping the benefits. Here are a few of the options you have for smart thermostats from Carrier:

  • Infinity® Series Controls – The Infinity series controls represent the highest degree of comfort management from Carrier. This device is designed to work with Carrier’s Infinity system products and offers homeowners excellent energy management as well as remote access features.
  • Performance™ Series Thermostats – The Performance series thermostats have a sleek design with easy-to-use interfaces. In addition to the Cor™ Wi-Fi® thermostat, which offers remote access, this series also offers other programmable options for convenient home comfort management.
  • Comfort™ Series Thermostats – The Comfort series offers more flexible, economical solutions for homeowners who want an affordable smart thermostat. This series offers the Carrier® Wi-Fi® Thermostat with remote access and energy savings intelligence as well as programmable models for convenient home comfort management.

If you are ready to make the upgrade and install a new smart thermostat or you would like to try a programmable option, contact us today. We would love to help you find the right thermostat for your home comfort needs.

Advantages of Extended Warranties on New HVAC Systems

When it comes to home comfort, most homeowners want the peace of mind in knowing that their air conditioning and heating systems will continue to keep them comfortable year-round without added expense. That is exactly what the extended HVAC warranty offers by safeguarding against unexpected repair costs after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired.

As with any other home expense, some homeowners may be skeptical as to whether the extended HVAC warranty is worth the investment. By the end of this post, you will have a better understanding of what the extended HVAC warranty provides and how it can benefit you as a homeowner.

Do I need an extended HVAC warranty?

Most HVAC manufacturers will provide a warranty when you first purchase your HVAC system.  However, this warranty is often limited and does not cover the cost of labor. An extended warranty from an HVAC contractor covers labor as well as other parts coverage that is not provided by the manufacturer.

No matter how well you take care of your HVAC system, the equipment is bound to experience wear and tear, which can cause malfunction and breakdowns that require repairs. Without an extended warranty, homeowners may find themselves struggling to cover unexpected repair expenses when their system breaks down. Individuals who want to save money on repairs and maintenance may want to consider an extended HVAC warranty to safeguard against costly repairs that may occur after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired.

Benefits of Extended HVAC Warranty from McLay

Though we can’t speak for every HVAC company out there, the extended warranty program from McLay offers some excellent benefits for homeowners who are purchasing a new HVAC system. Here are just a few of the ways that an extended HVAC warranty from McLay can provide La Verne residents with a peace of mind:

  • There are no deductibles or hidden fees with our Premium Protection Plan extended warranty agreement. You know upfront what your warranty provides, and you get exactly what you are paying for. Be sure to have annual maintenance on your system so as to not void your warranty (see your documents for details).
  • There is also no limit on repairs under the extended warranty agreement. This means that homeowners can rest easy knowing that any unexpected repairs to their system will be taken care of by our expert HVAC technicians.
  • Our Premium Protection Plan is affordable, allowing homeowners to benefit from expert maintenance and repairs without breaking the bank.
  • McLay’s extended warranty is also free to transfer to the new owner when you sell your home. Many homebuyers will view the extended warranty as a major asset when looking at your property.

Now that you better understand how an extended warranty on your HVAC system can be beneficial, you can make a more informed decision when it comes time to purchase a new HVAC system. If you still have questions or want to learn more about the extended HVAC warranty, our team would be happy to help. Call us today at (909) 326-6106 to discuss your options with an HVAC expert.

Your AC is Shut Off, and It’s Too Soon for Heat: How to Control Temperatures in Between Summer & Winter

 

Now that fall is here, you might find yourself not needing to turn on your air conditioner as much as you did in the summer. However, the temperatures are not yet cold enough to warrant the heat. So how do you keep your home environment comfortable when temperatures are in between? You can use the tips below to help you control temperatures in the fall.

Maintaining a Comfortable Home Environment in Fall
What do you do when the weather is not hot enough for air conditioning, but not yet cold enough for heat? Here are some tips for maintaining a comfortable home environment in the fall when you plan on using your air conditioning less.

Adjust temperature on your programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat can help you control temperatures when you are not at home, reducing energy waste and saving on electricity costs. Use a programmable thermostat to turn the temperature up when you are not home. Since outdoor temperatures are typically more moderate in fall, it will not take you long to cool your unit back down when you return. This can help you save energy by not keeping your AC running while you are away.

Turn on your fans to keep air circulating in the room.
Fans are not meant to replace your HVAC system as they only circulate the air in the room, not cool it down. However, if you are going to be using your air conditioning unit less given the more moderate climate, it is important to still circulate the air in the room to help regulate temperature, reduce the build-up of allergens, and control moisture.

Improve your insulation.
Proper insulation keeps the temperature in your home consistent while keeping humidity out. Make sure that your home is well-insulated for better temperature control of your indoor environment. Not only will this help you use your HVAC unit less in fall, but it will also help you make your system run more efficiently in winter by preventing heat loss when you use your heater.

Open your windows to let some fresh air in.
If you find yourself enjoying the outdoor temperatures, why not bring a little fresh air into your home? Open up some of your windows to enjoy the breeze. Turning on your fan can help better circulate the air in the room, but make sure that you are monitoring humidity levels and you close your windows before leaving the house.

Make use of drapes or curtains to control heat from the sun.
Even if the temperature outside is comfortable, the heat from the sun can heat up your home environment and cause you to reach for the thermostat. You can help control this heat by using drapes or curtains to keep the sun out. This is a relatively inexpensive way to help regulate temperatures within your home without turning on the AC.

Even if you are using your HVAC system less in the fall, it is still important to continue with regularly scheduled maintenance. If your unit needs a tune-up or you need help getting your system ready for winter, don’t hesitate to give us a call.