Preventative Maintenance

Like any mechanical system, having your heating system routinely serviced will pay dividends in the long run.

Filters

If you have a forced-air furnace or a heat pump, it is essential to regularly clean or replace your filters. A clean filter improves your home’s air quality. It also allows your furnace to run more efficiently, which can save money on energy bills and help avoid costly repair or replacement.

You’ll want to replace your air conditioning filters or clean reusable filters at least four times a year and as often as every month during high usage times. Remember, with AC filters you get what you pay for, so make sure you purchase one that will provide you with the most benefits.

There are a number of common filter options available:

  • Disposable fiberglass filters are the least expensive—and also the least effective—designed to block only large dust particles. However, smaller particles such as pollen and mold can pass right through.
  • Washable "electrostatic" filters have a static charge that attracts dust, dirt and other matter. These filters are slightly more effective than disposable but still do not block the smaller particles.
  • Pleated "allergy" filters use a much denser mesh material to trap and eliminate large allergens like pollen and mold—most are 35 to 50% efficient.
  • Electronic air cleaners create an ionized electrical field that "magnetizes" pollutant particles, eliminating virtually all pollen and mold spores, up to 94% of smaller particles and up to 80% of airborne viruses.
  • HEPA furnace filters are the "gold standard." These filters are used in commercial applications like hospitals and electronics manufacturing where clean air is vital.

To find out what the right filter is for your HVAC system, schedule an appointment today by calling 866-399-2885.

Tune-ups

Your cooling and heating system is a major investment for your home and your comfort. With so much at stake, seasonal heater and furnace tune-ups are worth the expense when compared to the alternative of having to replace the entire unit.

A complete ARS®/Rescue Rooter® heating system tune-up includes all these services for one low price:

  • Clean blower compartment—a dirty blower wheel loses efficiency and increases heating costs
  • Inspect and tighten wiring and connections to avoid higher operating costs and expensive repairs
  • Clean and adjust burners to maximize furnace efficiency
  • Visually inspect the heat exchanger
  • Visually inspect the gas pressure and flame operation
  • Inspect for proper operation of igniter or pilot light
  • Inspect and vacuum indoor filter for top efficiency and air quality (filter will be replaced if you supply replacement)
  • Check for proper airflow including inspection of ductwork and connections to ensure peak performance
  • Plus more safety and efficiency checks

Upon completion, your service technician will present a Tune-Up Checklist and share any recommendations and potential concerns about your system.

Contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® to schedule an appointment today by calling 866-399-2885 to learn just how affordable it is to properly maintain your heating system.

Maintenance

Regular heating system maintenance can pay big dividends in improved system performance and reduced energy costs. It can also help to extend the life of your system parts and equipment, as well as help to prevent costly and inconvenient breakdowns.

The easiest way to make sure that your home maintenance is done correctly is to have it performed regularly by a qualified specialist.

Your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® specialist will be happy to share more tips for maintenance and answer any questions you have.

Home Service Plans

Protect your HVAC investment and make sure your systems stay in top shape year-round with a Home Service Plan from ARS®/Rescue Rooter®. It’s the best way to ensure heat when you need it, and avoid potentially expensive problems with your heating and air conditioning system.

Our Home Service Plans include inspecting, cleaning, and completely tuning your systems to keep them running smoothly and efficiently all year long.

Benefits of preventative maintenance:

  • Increases energy efficiency
  • Improves system performance
  • Helps prevent inconvenient and costly breakdowns
  • Extends equipment lifespan
  • Maintains system's safe operation

Home Service Plans include:

  • Preferred pricing on heating and AC service, repair and installation
  • One-year warranty on repair parts and labor*
  • Flexible payment plans – pay annually or monthly by credit/debit card*
  • National flexibility – move anywhere within our service areas and continue to utilize our services for your new home.
  • Priority emergency service**
  • Two seasonal heating and air conditioning service tune-ups

Call 866-399-2885 to contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® representative to begin your Home Service Plan protection today.

Heating Tips

You don't have to shiver or walk around wearing four sweatshirts to reduce your heating bills and your carbon footprint. Taking simple steps can often help you lower your energy usage.

Stay warm with these easy tips:

  • On sunny days, take advantage of the sun to bring in heat. Adjust blinds so they are open and tilted toward the ceiling—but be sure to close the blinds at sundown.
  • Set your ceiling fan on low in the reverse position. When radiant heat enters your home from the windows aimed upward, the fan will help circulate warm air all around the room.
  • Fireplaces can waste a lot of energy, as they pull warm air out of the house through the chimney. Make sure the damper is closed when you’re not using your fireplace. Installing glass doors can also help keep heat in your home when the fireplace is not in use.
  • Wetness equals warmth: homes become dried out in the wintertime. During cold weather, increased use of your heater causes the home and its interior air to become dryer than usual. A humidifier can help add needed moisture to your home during the wintertime.
  • Humidifiers can also improve issues like dry sinuses, while saving energy. Since moist air holds heat, you may feel more comfortable and lower your normal heat setting due to the increased comfort.

Energy audit

A good place to start is to find out how much energy you’re using—and how much you’re wasting—through a home energy audit.

Add insulation

Keep warm air in and cold air out by improving your insulation and closing up any gaps where outside air may enter. Also, insulating furnace ducts and hot water pipes reduces wasted heat.

Add heating zones

Zone heating can help save on energy bills by using supplemental heating sources such as space heaters or gas fireplaces to heat the rooms your family occupies most.

Program your thermostat

Simply turning your thermostat back 10°–15° for eight hours can potentially save on your heating and cooling bills. You can do this automatically by installing a programmable thermostat.

Tune-up

A tuned-up system will run more efficiently, possibly lower your energy costs and last longer.

High-efficiency system

If your system is older, you might be able to cut your fuel bills and your furnace's pollution output with a new, high-efficiency unit.

Call 866-399-2885 to contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® professional to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits of replacing your system, and for more green home energy solutions.

Commercial

We are committed to helping minimize your downtime. Our professional technicians arrive promptly, diagnose the problem quickly and get your problem fixed right the first time. And we're here 24/7 in case of an emergency, including nights, weekends and holidays.

Our commercial account representatives and technicians will also consult with you to design an ongoing plan to ensure your heating and air conditioning systems operate smoothly, so that you focus on your business.

Our Commercial HVAC Services* include:

  • Commercial AC and heating repair and replacement of units up to 25 tons
  • Duct repair and replacement
  • Thermostat installation and repair
  • Indoor air quality solutions
  • Expert assistance
  • Most comprehensive warranty program in the industry
  • Priority scheduling at your convenience
  • 24/7 emergency service
  • Free commercial estimates
  • Preventative maintenance plans customized for your business
  • Licensed heating and air conditioning professionals with extensive background checks

Call 866-399-2885 to contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® for all of your commercial HVAC repair and services.