Spring has Sprung!

Spring has officially arrived! The daffodils are in bloom and the birds are singing. As you delve into your spring cleaning ritual take some time to address your heating and cooling system. There are a few simple things you can do in the spring (even if you are not mechanically minded) to help extend the life of your system…

1.) Change your filter- Filters should be changed every 1-3 months. A dirty filter could cause your unit to work harder to pull in air and could result in a mechanical failure. Filters help to trap particulates, dust, pollen, etc. to help improve your indoor air quality.

2.) Outdoor Unit- Your outdoor unit transfers heat. Make sure your bushes, leaves, and other debris are not crowding the unit. Bushes should be trimmed so that air can flow freely around the unit. A good rule of thumb is about 24″ of clearance.

3. Indoor Unit- Check your condensate line. Most units are installed with a condensate pump. This is a pump that pumps water to either a close indoor drain or pumps the water to outside. You can pour water into the pump to ensure that it is working. Also, follow the condensate line to the end. Make sure that it is not clogged or buried in dirt.

These are just a few things you can do in the spring that can help your heating and cooling system run more efficiently. It’s always a good idea to have a professional maintenance your unit annually. This keeps your unit running efficiently and could help prevent catastrophic breakdowns- saving you money in the long-run. Routine maintenance is so important it is a provision in most manufactures’ warranties. Just as you would change oil in your car, your heating and cooling system needs “tune-ups”. Call your local heating and cooling professional- Brad Tweed Mechanical Services in Greeneville, Tennessee.

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Carbon Monoxide- The Silent Killer

As the holiday season kicks into full gear and the East Tennessee weather is getting cooler more families are spending their time inside. Many people heat their homes with a fuel source such as wood, propane, and natural gas. It’s important to know that although theses fuels produce a wonderful source of heat, they also produce fumes that can be poisonous to humans. The CDC reports that each year over 400 people die from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning! It’s odorless, tasteless, and known as the silent killer. The odorless fumes can cause dizziness, loss of breath, headache, nausea, and DEATH.  Something as simple as a carbon monoxide detector could save your life!

  • Attached Garage
  • Gas Logs
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • Gas Oven, Stove, Range
  • Furnace

You NEED a Carbon Monoxide Detector!!

Keep all fuel burning items in good working order. Make sure that they are properly vented and maintained. If you hear the alarm sound, do not ignore it! Test them regularly- just as you would a smoke alarm. Lastly, have a conversation about it with your friends and families. Get the word out about the dangers of carbon monoxide. It could save a life!

First blog post

Well folks this is it… Our first ever blog post! We hope you find this blog very useful. In the coming weeks, months, and years we will be writing content that pertains to the HVAC field. What does HVAC even mean!?!? We will tell you! We hope to educate our readers, and bring new insight about what we do. We want to share with you new and upcoming technology, how to conserve energy, and how to help extend the life of your heat pump or gas furnace.