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Comfort and Reliability: Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter with Cerrone

Here in New York state, we're lucky to experience what many residents fondly refer to as the "golden time." This special period occurs twice a year, during the Spring and, more relevantly, the Fall when the weather is just right – not too hot and not too cold. It's a time when you can open your windows and enjoy the natural breeze, giving your heating and cooling systems a well-deserved break. While we all appreciate the comfort this time brings, it's also the ideal season to ensure your heating and cooling solutions are in top shape for the winter months through proper maintenance and servicing.

Don't Wait for the Chill

One common mistake homeowners make is neglecting their HVAC systems until they are absolutely necessary. Waiting until the cold weather arrives to check your heating system can lead to a host of issues.

Firstly, if you suddenly turn on your heater during the first chilly night and it's been dormant for months, you may be placing undue strain on a system that's not ready to handle the workload. This can lead to a decrease in the overall lifespan of your heating unit. A well-maintained system not only operates more efficiently but also lasts longer, saving you money in the long run.

Secondly, imagine waiting until the last minute to test your heating unit, only to discover it's malfunctioning. You could find yourself in a freezing home, desperately trying to get an HVAC technician to your doorstep. In the peak of the heating season, service professionals are often booked solid, leading to days or even weeks of waiting for repairs. Don't let the sudden cold catch you off guard and unprepared.

Be Prepared, Be Proactive

Instead of waiting for the first snowflake to fall, take a proactive approach this season. Follow these steps to ensure your heating and cooling systems are ready for action:

  1. Remove the Cover (if applicable): Start by removing any cover or insulation from your heating unit. This allows proper airflow and prevents your system from overheating.

  2. Test Your Heater: Turn on your heater and let it run for several minutes. While it's running, pay close attention to any unusual noises or smells. Any irregularities should be addressed immediately.

  3. Inspect Airflow: Check that warm air is coming out of the vents at the desired temperature. If you notice weak airflow or no heat at all, don't hesitate to take action.

  4. Schedule Professional Maintenance: Consider scheduling a professional HVAC maintenance service in the Fall. This will ensure your system is thoroughly inspected, cleaned, and tuned up for peak performance during the upcoming heating season.

By being proactive and addressing any issues during the "golden time," you can avoid last-minute emergencies, costly repairs, and discomfort during the colder months.

Choose Cerrone for Your HVAC Needs

When it comes to maintaining and servicing your heating and cooling systems, you need a trusted partner you can rely on. At Cerrone, we have a team of experienced technicians ready to assist you. Our experts will ensure your HVAC system is in excellent condition, providing you with peace of mind and comfort throughout the year.

Don't wait until the cold weather catches you off guard. Contact Cerrone today to schedule your Fall HVAC maintenance and be confident that your home will remain cozy and comfortable when winter arrives. Don't let the golden time slip away – seize the opportunity to ensure your heating and cooling systems are ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store.

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Rain or Shine: Protecting Your HVAC System from New York’s Summer Storms

Summer in Upstate New York is a mixed bag of extreme heat and unexpected rain showers, and we’re having one of our wettest summers yet this year. While these rain showers can offer a refreshing break from the heat, they can also pose a challenge to your HVAC system. Your HVAC system is designed to keep your home comfortable year-round, but it's important to give it a little extra attention during the stormy summer months. In this article, we'll explore some simple yet effective ways to protect your HVAC system from the impact of summer storms.


Clear and Maintain Your Outdoor Unit

Your outdoor HVAC unit is exposed to the elements, making it vulnerable to debris carried by the wind during storms. Before the storm season hits, take some time to clear away leaves, branches, and other debris that may have accumulated around the unit. Ensure that there's a clear space of at least two feet around the unit to allow proper airflow. This prevents debris from entering the system and obstructing the components.


Invest in a Quality Cover

Consider purchasing a weatherproof cover designed for your specific HVAC unit. These covers are made to shield your unit from rain, debris, and even hail. However, it's important to note that these covers should only be used when the unit is not in operation, as covering a running unit can cause overheating.


Elevate the Unit

In areas prone to flooding or heavy rain, consider elevating your outdoor unit on a platform. This simple step can prevent water from pooling around the unit, which could lead to damage over time. Additionally, elevating the unit can protect it from debris and dirt that might be carried by strong winds.


Secure Loose Components

Strong winds can cause branches or other objects to collide with your outdoor unit, potentially damaging or dislodging important components. Take a moment to inspect your unit's panels and fan guards. Ensure they are securely fastened and, if necessary, tighten any loose screws. This can go a long way in preventing unnecessary damage during a storm.


Install a Surge Protector

Lightning strikes and power surges are common during summer storms. Installing a surge protector for your HVAC system can safeguard it from voltage spikes that could otherwise cause irreparable damage to the electrical components. A surge protector is a cost-effective investment that can save you from costly repairs down the line.


Turn Off the System During Lightning

If you know a storm is approaching and lightning is likely, consider turning off your HVAC system during the storm. Lightning strikes can send electrical surges through power lines, which could affect your HVAC system. It's a simple precaution that can prevent potential damage.


Summer storms can be unpredictable, but by taking a few proactive measures, you can protect your HVAC system from their impact. Clearing debris, investing in a cover, elevating the unit, securing loose components, installing a surge protector, and turning off the system during lightning are all steps that can help safeguard your HVAC system's performance and longevity. Remember, a little maintenance today can save you from costly repairs tomorrow.

If you encounter any issues with your HVAC system this summer – storm-related or not – our team at Cerrone is here to help. We specialize in providing expert services tailored to New York's unique climate challenges. 

From routine maintenance to emergency repairs, our experienced technicians are dedicated to ensuring your home remains comfortable, rain or shine. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for any HVAC concerns you might have this summer. Stay cool, stay dry, and stay comfortable with Cerrone!



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