Heating and Cooling Summer Maintenance Tips for Homeowners Part 1

Your home is your greatest investment, and your plumbing, heating, and cooling systems are the core of a properly functioning home.

To keep your home safe and secure, it’s important to make time for routine maintenance tasks throughout the year, and the summertime is no exception. But when life gets busier during the summer, many homeowners may forget to conduct routine maintenance, which can result in hefty repair expenses in the long-run.

To help you stay on top of your summer routine maintenance duties, take a look at part one of our routine summer plumbing maintenance checklist below.

Deep Clean Your Kitchen and Bathroom

Keeping your home tidy can be a difficult task for even the most conscientious cleaners, which is why it’s a good idea to have your house deep-cleaned on an annual basis. Certain areas of a home will inevitably need a more rigorous cleaning than others, such as the bathrooms and the kitchen. To keep germs at bay this season and throughout the year, think about hiring professional cleaners to deep clean these spaces.  

Replace Your HVAC Filters

Your home’s furnace not only stimulates effective air flow throughout your house; it also helps decrease the amount of dust, debris, and other contaminants circulating within your indoor air. To ensure your filters are working efficiently, be sure to change them every 2-4 months at the very least.

Monitor Your Drains and Water Pressure

If you notice any slow drains or clogs in your plumbing system, don’t wait until they develop into a larger problem to have them cleared. While you are at it, check your home for plumbing issues that often get overlooked by monitoring your water pressure using a pressure gauge. If you find that your water pressure is high, make a point to have a professional service your water pressure regulator.

Clean Your Air Ducts

Dirty air ducts can circulate dust, debris, and other allergens throughout your home and impact your HVAC system’s ability to function at its optimal level. If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned at least once in the past 3-5 years, this summer is the perfect time to check this task off your list.

When to Replace the Filter in Your Heating System

Replacing the air filter in your home’s heating and air-cooling system is an essential household chore, but many homeowners forget this task and experience the unpleasant side effects that usually accompany a dirty air filter. Some cheaper filters may need replacing every month or so while higher-quality pleated filters can last six months or more. However, as a general rule you should replace the filter around every 90 days. 

Signs You Need a New Air Filter

Irregularities in inside air control are usually easier to detect for individuals who suffer from allergies and sensitivity to certain particles, like pollen or pet dander. These particles enter the air in the home and when they pass through the heating and air system, the filter traps them to prevent them from circulating back into the air supply. If you typically do not experience problems with your allergies inside and then start noticing symptoms, this could be a sign of a dirty air filter that needs replacing.

Factors to Consider 

There are additional factors to consider if you’re thinking of replacing your air filter. The heating and air systems in larger homes move a larger quantity of air, and more square footage means more potential to accumulate dust and other particles. Larger homes may require more frequent air filter replacement than smaller homes.

If you have pets, it is likely their displaced hairs will find their way into the air system of the home, so this may require you to replace the filters more often. This is also true if you have young children under the age of four; infants and toddlers have more sensitive and vulnerable respiratory systems, and regular filter replacement every month or so can help ensure health and safety from germs and airborne bacteria. 

Remember, just because an air filter looks clean does not mean that it is. If the filter still appears clean after three months of use or longer, you should still replace it if you’re experiencing issues with the air quality in your home.

Keep Your Home Cool and Your Energy Bill Reasonable This Summer

As the temperatures continue to climb, many homeowners will be looking for ways to keep cool while keeping their energy bills at affordable levels. Here is a list of five steps you can employ to save money on your energy bill without forfeiting the comfort of your home:

Upgrade Your Old Air-Conditioning Units

If you own an older A/C unit but haven’t been maintaining it, consider replacing it with an improved model. Energy Star-rated HVAC models use up to 50 percent less energy than other models, which can offset the replacement expenses by a large margin in the long run.

Purchase a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats enable you to manage your HVAC system when you aren’t physically inside of your home. You can establish thermostat settings in accordance to your specific schedule, so you can minimize energy use while you are away and still come home to a pleasant temperature. You can use programmable thermostats to set distinct temperature zones for rooms throughout your home to maximize your energy preservation efforts.

Check and Replace Air Filters

Dirty air filters can hinder airflow and reduce the effectiveness of your HVAC system. You should replace the unit’s air filters each month to keep your system functioning properly throughout the summer.

Shield Your Unit From Sun Exposure and Debris

A tree can help shade your HVAC unit and reduce the amount of energy it needs to consume when operating. While this can improve its overall functionality, remember that branches or particles can infiltrate your unit, disrupt its operation, and potentially cause lasting damage.

Keep Your Vents Uncovered and Clean

Vents in your home are prone to accidentally being closed or covered when cleaned. If you notice a particularly warm room or section of your home, double check that all the vents are open, so they can distribute cold air effectively.

Keeping your vents clean can also help prevent dust, dirt, and miscellaneous debris from circulating throughout your house. Check both the inside and outside of the house to make sure your vents and air filters are clean and can sustain a healthy airflow.


Don’t even think about turning on your AC unit until you do this one thing!

Why changing the AC filter is essential to your AC unit


Broomall AC MaintenanceThe air filter in your heating and cooling system is in place to remove contaminants from the air that can leave your home looking dirty and dangerous for family members with respiratory issues. When these filters are not changed in a timely manner, they can lead to more potential problems than just a dirtier home. Here are just a few of the reasons it is so important your air filter be changed in a timely manner.

The air filter is designed to trap airborne particles like pollen, bacteria, mold spores, and allergens from the air inside the home. As the air filter traps more particles, it can only contain so much before it allows the remaining debris to pass through and into the air inside the home. Your local HVAC professional will be able to carefully monitor the system and make the necessary replacement when needed. This will ensure that the air quality inside the home is as clean as possible.

When the air filter becomes clogged, the entire heating and cooling system must work harder to circulate the air. The blower motor and air handler need to push the air through the clogged filters, requiring more energy to do so. In addition to the heating and cooling system running harder, you are wearing out those components faster, requiring a heating and cooling repairman to replace those parts sooner than they were designed to last. That clogged filter can result in you spending unnecessary repair money to keep the system running efficiently.

Broomall Air Filter ReplacementIf any of your family members suffer from allergies, asthma, or respiratory issues, you already understand how important it is that the air quality inside the home be optimal. When you sign a maintenance agreement with a local HVAC technician, you are ensuring that the filter will be inspected, cleaned, and replaced in a timely manner. That way you can rest assured knowing that the air inside the home is as clean as it could be.

When you allow the filter to remain inside the HVAC system too long, those tiny dust particles easily make their way right into your home. You will notice very quickly that once the filters are clogged, you will see an increased buildup of dust all around your home. You will have to dust and vacuum more often because the dirt is simply being distributed throughout the entire home by way of the air ducts.

Contact your local HVAC professional today and let them make certain your filters are inspected and replaced at the appropriate times.

Do you need to change the AC filter on your HVAC unit? Call John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. at (610) 325-9395 and get started today!

Stop Breathing Toxins!

Replacing an AC Filter


AC MaintenanceOne of the best things about being a homeowner is having a large number of luxuries available. Like many things, some luxuries can break down and need fixing, and air conditioning is an example of this.

During the summer months the temperatures can get to be very hot, which makes the need for properly functioning air conditioning all the more necessary. However, replacing parts of the AC unit is necessary too. Depending on how many people live in the home and if any animals are present as well, changing the AC filter should be done every month or two months. Changes may need to be made more often if the overall quality of air inside the home is bad or if the home itself is located in an area with a higher rate of air pollution than other places.

A good reason for changing AC filters is because over time they tend to collect dust, dirt and other materials in and around the house. For example, anyone who has pets like cats or dogs knows that they shed their fur all the time and more often than not that fur ends up getting caught in the filters very quickly, though that’s what filters should do. Pets can also catch fleas, ticks and mites in their fur, which can also get caught in the filters and cause health problems if left unchecked.

Filters should also be changed depending on the number of people who live in the home. Normally, one person in a home is easy to manage but with more than one person around, that means more to account for, such as allergies. Pet related or not, germs can get caught in the filters as well and thus the need to replace them is greater, since dirty filters can cause allergies to become even worse.

Overall, changing air conditioning filters is not a difficult task and should be done regularly. It being inexpensive is another reason to make sure this is done as soon as possible.

Looking for AC maintenance? Call John McCuen Plumbing & Heating & Air today at (610) 325-9395 for top-notch services!