Fall HVAC Tips

Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips

 

Is your HVAC system ready for the Winter? Don’t get stuck in the cold.

Fall is the perfect time to prepare your system for the heating season.  Get your heating system ready for winter, reduce energy costs and improve home comfort with McKeown’s Heating and Services Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips.

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4th July 2019

Happy Independence Day this 4th of July 2019

With 243 years of tradition behind it, the Fourth of July is one of America’s most cherished holidays. It’s when we celebrate our nation’s and peoples Freedom and Sacrifice with a day off, a backyard barbecue, and plenty of fireworks. The Founding Fathers and Continental Congress huddled together, presenting the first draft of the Declaration of Independence for July 4, 1776. The first celebrations weren’t much different than today.

Here are some facts you may not have known. Three presidents have died, and one was born, on the Fourth of July. You probably know that both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826—50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted. They’re not the only presidents to have died on the Fourth, though; James Monroe—the nation’s fifth president—died just a few years later on July 4, 1831.

Though the holiday might seem like it has it out for former presidents, there was one future leader born on Independence Day. The country’s 30th Commander-in-Chief, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4, 1872.

We here at McKeown’s Heating and Services wish you a Great 4th of July.

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New Homeowner HVAC Tips

You bought a home! Congratulations! Whether this is your first time purchasing a home or fourth, it’s important to be familiar with the heating and cooling systems that control its comfort levels before they need a major repair. Doing so allows you to perform the preventive maintenance the HVAC system needs, recognize signs of trouble and avoid newbie mistakes. In turn, your HVAC system will reward you with energy savings and reliability.

HVAC Tips for New Homeowners

  • new homeKnow the HVAC system: Does your home have central air conditioning, heat pumps, mini-split systems or a gas unit? After learning exactly how your home is heated and cooled, find out what type of fuel it uses, such as electricity, oil, propane or natural gas. Other important things to learn about your HVAC system include its:
    • Age: While some HVAC systems seem last decades, most start experiencing problems after 10 or 15 years.
    • Efficiency rating: Heating and cooling systems have SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio), EER (energy efficiency ratio), AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) or HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) ratings. The higher the rating, the more efficient a unit is.
    • Warranty: In addition to learning the warranty’s term, learn what actions might accidentally void it.
    • Maintenance inspection results: If the previous homeowner took good care of the HVAC system, they hired a professional to maintain it annually. Ask for the inspection reports to learn about the types of issues the system experienced to be aware of problems that might occur.
  • Change the air filters: One of the simplest, most effective ways to keep your HVAC unit in top shape is to change its air filters once every thirty days. Some thermostats will remind you about filter changes.
  • The area around outdoor units: Maintaining the landscape does more than making your yard look beautiful, it also helps your HVAC system perform well and have proper airflow. Shrubs, trees, plants and other foliage should be about three feet away from the unit. It is also a good idea to keep garden tools, supplies, furniture and toys away from it. As leaves and pine needles fall on and around the unit, clear them away. The same goes for snow.
  • Take care with ice: It is okay if a little bit of ice forms on an HVAC unit during the winter. If larger sheets or blocks of ice form during the winter or you notice ice formations when the weather is warmer, call a professional right away. Do not pour warm water on the ice to melt it.
  • Don’t close vents: In an attempt to save money on heating and cooling costs, some homeowners close the vents in rooms they don’t use often. This action will actually increase your energy costs because your system will have to work harder to maintain the comfort levels in your home. For this reason, professionals recommend that you never block vent registers with furniture, books, blankets or other objects. If you only want to heat or cool certain areas of your home, talk to an HVAC expert about creating different zones.
  • Annual HVAC maintenance: Hire an HVAC service to perform maintenance services on your heating and cooling units at least once a year. The tune-up will keep your system in optimal condition and alert you to small problems that could become major repairs down the road. A good time of year to schedule maintenance is during the spring or fall before the weather gets too hot or too cold.
  • Mind the ductwork: Leaks in ductwork negatively affect an HVAC system’s performance and send conditioned air into spaces that you don’t use, like between the walls.
  • Find a reputable HVAC company now: Don’t wait until you need a repair to search for a company that you can trust. Searching for one in advance gives you time to research and vet different contractors. A good company is one that has served your area for several years, provides emergency services, and specializes in a variety of home comfort systems.

The HVAC system is one of the features that attracted you to your new home. Maximize its life and your energy savings by keeping it in good shape. If you ever have questions about your heating and cooling units, never hesitate to get in touch with McKeown’s Heating and Air Services. We’ve proudly served the Chester and Winnsboro areas since 1998 and can’t wait to become your trusted HVAC expert.

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Braeburn 7205 Digital Programmable Wi-Fi Thermostat $170.00

Looking for a Smart Thermostat that is simple to use, reliable and at a good price? Well, we here at McKeown’s Heating and Air have the perfect Thermostat for you.  The Braeburn BlueLink 7205 Series Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat is a 7 Day, 5-2 Day or Non-Programmable Thermostat for conventional or heat pump systems with up to 3 stages of heat and 2 stages of cool with a 3 square inch display, auto changeover, and wired remote sensing. Wi-Fi works without common (C) wire on all Heat Pump, Heat Only or Cool Only Systems. And yes our price is better than Amazon. So call or make an appointment online today to get yours.Read More

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year in 2019

The New Year is the perfect occasion to appreciate all the good things that the past year has given us and all the good things that are yet to come. May this year bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations to your life. We here at McKeown’ Heating and Air Services wish you a year fully loaded with happiness and wishing every day of the new year to be filled with success, and prosperity for you and your family in 2019. Happy New Year.

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New Online Scheduling at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services

In just a few clicks, existing and new customers can select appointment times that work with their schedules, 24 hours a day, from a handheld device (mobile phones or pads) or a computer. The new online scheduling platform enables anyone to search and find out what times are available and can schedule an appointment online. Online scheduling is particularly popular among existing and new customers seeking appointments.

McKeown’s Heating and Air Services investment in electronic invoicing, customer service and maintenance records has paved the way for our service team to introduce online scheduling. We manage customers online appointment schedules to accommodate those with busy schedules who need an HVAC service call or just wish to get a quote on a new or replacement central heating and/or air conditioning system. The new scheduling system will keep wait times as short as possible.

We here at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services will continue expanding the types of appointments available to schedule online. We embrace technology and how it can help us meet our customer needs.

To schedule an appointment online, go to mckeownshvac.com and click on “Schedule an Appointment.” Follow the prompts to select the type of appointment you need and the time that is good with you.

Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays in 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from McKeown’s Heating and Air Services! This time of year is a truly wonderful and magical one and Christmas is a holiday with a beautiful spirit and traditions that have been around for centuries. One tradition is greeting each other with Merry Christmas and good wishes. The spirit of giving, expressing love and gratitude and a celebration of life help to make Christmas a very special time of year. Even if you are not a Christian, we can all enjoy the spirit of giving which is truly what this season is all about. “Tis the season to be jolly”, as they say! Wishing you well on Christmas is something that brings us a joyful feeling. It is also a joyful feeling being able to help our customers with their air conditioning and heating needs throughout the year.

Again Merry Christmas and we look forward to meeting your HVAC needs in the New Year.

9 DEC 2018

Heating Repairs Underway During Winter Storm!

A winter storm has brought havoc across much of the nation as it crawled east Sunday, pummeling the Southeast to include South Carolina with snow and sleet. McKeown’s Heating and Air Services is out working in this nasty weather doing heating repairs to Gas Packs, furnaces, and Heat Pumps, doing our best on keeping residents warm and safe.

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McKeown’s Heating and Air Services out working during the winter storm on 9 DEC 2018.

Emergency officials were bringing in extra staff and cautiously monitoring whether ice accumulates under all the snow, making travel increasingly dangerous. McKeown’s Heating and Air Services utilizes four-wheel drive vehicles so we can reach customers in extreme weather conditions.

Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte N.C., estimated that half a million customers will lose service across the Carolinas. Duke Energy is bringing crews in from Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia to respond to power outages. It typically takes Duke 12 to 24 hours to “fully assess damage from a significant weather event, even while simultaneously restoring power,” a Duke Power release” said. We recommend everyone to get either a backup generator or gas space heaters in case power is lost.

Our motto is “Your Comfort Comes First” that also includes everyone is safe and sound in weather like this.

Remember Pearl Harbor

We Remember Pearl Harbor

We here at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services will always remember the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 DEC 1941 – “a date which will live on in infamy.”

The attack on Pearl Harbor was one of the most shocking attacks on the US Military in American territory. It’s the reason that the United States finally entered World War II and it’s ultimately the reason why the Japanese lost the war. If the US hadn’t entered the war, the Japanese would have gone on fighting much longer. Attack on Pearl Harbor 3

On November 26, 1941, the Striking Force, a task force of six Japanese air carriers, left Japan with the sole intent of attacking Pearl Harbor. Aboard the carriers were 360 attack planes. The attack was to be conducted in two waves. Fleet submarines also left the country on November 25, however, several were spotted and grounded or destroyed.

On December 7, 1941, the attack began. The first wave of 183 planes was divided into 3 groups, each with a different set of targets. The air portion of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor commenced at 7:48 AM Hawaii time. They attacked Kaneohe. At the time, most of the soldiers were asleep and woke to the sounds of alarms and bombs. The targets were the US Navy ships stationed at the Harbor.

Attack on Pearl Harbor 1Soon after, the second wave attacked. Another 171 planes attacked aircraft and hangars ashore as well as carriers and cruisers. The attack lasted only 90 minutes but it killed 2,386 Americans. Of that number, 55 were civilians. Another 1,139 were wounded. Nine ships were sunk that day, and another 21 were heavily damaged, some irreparable. Nearly half of that total came from the explosion of the USS Arizona, whose forward magazine exploded after it was hit by a shell. 1,177 people died when the ship was attacked. The USS Nevada was damaged and beached deliberately to avoid blocking the harbor, the USS California crew was ordered to abandon ship, the USS Oklahoma capsized, the USS Utah was hit with two torpedoes, and the USS Maryland was hit with shells, but it was largely undamaged.

Of the 402 air crafts in Hawaii, 188 were destroyed and 159 were damaged. 55 Japanese airmen were killed as were nine submariners. Of Japan’s 414 planes, only 29 were lost in battle. The Japanese almost ordered a third wave, but decided against it. Attack on Pearl Harbor 4

The attack on Pearl Harbor is considered one of the largest engagements of World War II . Its element of surprise was a major factor in the US’ entrance to World War II. In fact, President Franklin Roosevelt declared the attack as such: “December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live on in infamy.”

For additional information on Pearl Harbor, visit the following sites:

5 Reasons Your HVAC System Needs Fall Maintenance

5 Reasons for Fall HVAC Maintenance

Today is the first day of fall! And, in our opinion, it is just as important to schedule a fall Heating Check and Maintenance as it is to pick out the perfect costume for Halloween. It’s never too early to schedule! Our schedule here at McKeown’s Heating and Air Services could fill up early. And, remember: it’s Murphy’s Law – your heating system is most likely to fail when you need it most.

Here are some reasons it’s important to schedule yearly, fall heating preventative maintenance with McKeown’s Heating and Air Services:

  • Catch things early. Of course, a clean bill of health is ideal during a fall furnace checklist. But, in case there are problems, it’s better to catch them in the fall before they could cause major problems in the winter.
  • Keep Efficiency High and Utility Bills Low. If your home is anywhere near average, heating and cooling account for nearly half of your energy expenses every year. When you schedule preventive maintenance with McKeown’s Heating and Air Services, however, you can trust that we’ll keep your HVAC system’s efficiency high while lowering your utility bills. We’ll inspect indoor and outdoor units, check fluid levels, test motors, and look for leaks to be sure that your HVAC system runs as efficiently as possible.
  • Ensure clean air. In addition to checking for problems, we can also clean the system – making sure that you have proper airflow and making it easier for your filter to catch as many air pollutants as possible.
  • Long system life. Regular maintenance can help your furnace perform at peak levels for a longer period of time. It can also make sure that you get as many quality heating years as possible from your old unit. The cost of routine maintenance is going to seem minimal compared to the cost of a brand new system if the old unit were to fail.
  • Warranty protection. Many system warranties require routine maintenance in order to enjoy continued protection.

A heating malfunction during the winter can be costly, uncomfortable and, potentially, dangerous. Make sure you get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can make sure you’re ready for the winter.