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Top Heating & Coolings Tips for Vancouver WA

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Miller’s Heating & Air is a local heating company in Vancouver. With over 70 years experience, we have seen a lot over the years in regards to heating and cooling. As Pacific Northwest residents, we are lucky to live in a relatively moderate climate. However, making sure you have effective heating and cooling is still important for the comfort of your family. Here are some of our top heating and cooling tips for Vancouver, WA.

Annual Maintenance & Warranties

Scheduling an annual maintenance with a heating company in Vancouver is the best thing you can do for HVAC system for several reasons. First of all, 90% of mechanical breakdowns of HVAC systems are due to dirt. During an annual maintenance, your indoor and outdoor units are cleaned. In addition to the cleaning, a trained technician will perform a safety check on your system and inform you of any repairs that may need to take place.  Lastly, performing an annual maintenance keeps your warranties on your heating and cooling system valid. As a heating company in Vancouver focused primarily on residential homes, we make your annual maintenance a priority. Give us a call today if you need an annual maintenance.

Change Your Filter

It is very important that you change your furnace filter regularly. Dirty filters cause your system to run less efficiently than normal due to the blocked air flow. Eventually this strain on the system could lead to breakdowns. People often wonder how often should I replace my furnace filter. The frequency of replacement depends on the MERV rating of your filter. Check what type of filter you have next time you are asking yourself how often should I replace my furnace filter.

MERV 8 filters need to be replaced every 3-4 months, MERV 10 & 11 need to be replaced every 6 months and MERV 16 filters need to be replaced once a year. Additional factors could increase how often your filter needs to be replaced. These include household factors such as animals in the home, smokers in the home, allergy and/or asthma problems, etc. If you are still unsure how often should I replace my furnace filter feel free to call us.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Modern technology has been able to vastly improve Indoor Air Quality, IAQ, of residential homes. IAQ can greatly impact the health and well being of your family for better or for worse. There are three main ways, other than changing your filter, in which you can improve your IAQ. First, you can get your duct work sealed in order to make sure harmful particulates aren’t getting into your system. Secondly, you can get your duct work cleaned of all the dust, grime and bacteria. It is recommended that you get this done every 7 years. Third, you can install an air purifier into your HVAC system. We recommend The Protector, which has been tested and used by governments around the world and the U.S. military. It can kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria on surfaces. It’s a great protection against flu season and other airborne sicknesses.

Ductless Mini-Splits

Ductless mini-splits are heating and cooling systems, which do not have duct work. Instead indoor heads are installed on the walls of the rooms and zones you wanted heated and cooled. These systems are inherently zoned due to their indoor head setup. We have found that ductless mini-split systems work fantastically in our moderate climate and are energy efficient. If you have a sun room, garage, patio, older home, an addition, apartment, etc. that needs to be heated and cooled, a ductless mini-split system is a great option.

 

Contact Miller’s, your local expert heating company in Vancouver, for any of your heating and cooling needs and/or questions.

 

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