Heating and Air system maintenance consultation

Fall Rebates on New Systems Up to $2300!

If you’ve been postponing replacing that aging or failing system, now is the time to take advantage of some fantastic savings! You may qualify for a manufacturer rebate of up to $1600 on a NEW System. Plus, add on Duke Energy Rebates up to $600 and PSNC Rebates up to $100, for a total in savings of up to $2300!*

The PSNC Energy Rebate:  Customers of PSNC Energy may also qualify for a $100.00 rebate to replace their heating unit with a new, high-efficiency gas furnace.

Duke Energy Progress:  Effective April 16, 2016, qualifying customers could get up to $600 in rebates on high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment while improving their home’s energy efficiency and comfort. You could also receive up to $190.00 in rebates for duct repair or replacement. Apex Heating and Air must file the rebate for you.

Contact us for details on ALL current Energy and Manufacturer Rebates.

*Sale period must be from August 14 – November 30, 2017. Must be installed and claimed before December 29th, 2017.

Saving on your energy bill during the Summer Heat

General Household Summer Cooling Tips

Did you know that over 50% of annual energy costs come from a home’s heating and cooling system? The following energy efficiency tips could save you a significant amount on your summer cooling bills.

Energy Saving Tips:

  • Setting your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher can save you money. Keep in mind that a single degree of change on your thermostat can increase or decrease your energy use by 3 percent to 5 percent.
  • Use ceiling fans or portable fans in addition to your air conditioning system to aid in the cooling effect. Be sure to turn off fans when no one is in the room.
  • Keep windows, drapes and blinds closed during the hottest times of the day — generally noon to 5pm.
  • Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans to reduce the amount of hot or moist air circulating in the house.
  • Programmable thermostats can save you money when you are away from home at work.
  • Clean or replace air filters as recommended by manufacturers once a month or as needed.
  • Make sure all your ductwork is tightly sealed and there are no leaks.
  • Have your heat pump coils cleaned by a professional to ensure the system is operating at peak performance. Call us at 919.367.0102 for details.
  • An annual maintenance contract with Apex Heating and Air can extend the life of your system significantly and ensure your system is ready for the summer heat.

Call us at 919.367.0102 or contact us using our website form.

Keeping Away the Critters

It’s that time of year when creepy-crawlies start coming out of the woodwork and, believe it or not, could end up in your HVAC system!

If you live near a wooded area or a body of water, pest infestation is more likely and can lead to costly problems. Pests often want to burrow and tunnel. This can create holes in your HVAC system, which results in leaks that may be expensive to fix, and can cause your system to work harder to maintain a desired temperature.

In addition, dead pests can create a stench, which blows through your vents and can cause your home to stink. These decaying pest corpses can also affect the indoor air quality of your home and make breathing difficult for particularly sensitive occupants.

Check out these tips for keeping your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system free from infestation:

Tip #1:  Look for access points, gaps, or holes around your HVAC system, pipes, lines and foundation and use an expanding foam or caulk to fill the cracks (follow manufacturer recommendations).

Tip #2:  Install aluminum wire mesh screens over your exterior vents so small animals cannot wander in. Check periodically to make sure that the screens stay sealed and have not come loose.

Tip #3:  Periodically check your vents with a flashlight for signs of unwanted pests to help prevent colonization. Vacuum up or trap any unwanted intruders and remove them from your home. NEVER spray insecticides into your vents!

Tip #4:  To minimize the chances of pests entering your HVAC system from outside your home, bug repellent can be placed near the perimeter of your outdoor cooling and heating units. However, be sure to follow manufacturer instructions with any chemical repellent, and NEVER spray or spread them directly into/onto your HVAC units, filters or vents — this could permanently damage equipment, lead to serious health risks for your family, and degrade your indoor air quality. When in doubt, hire a professional exterminator to treat your property for insects and other pests.

Tip #5:  Make sure there is no standing water near your outside unit as this can attract bugs. If your unit is in a low area, take measures to prevent water from collecting during rainstorms.

Tip #6:  Keep the area clean. Walk around your outdoor unit every now and then to make sure that the area is free of debris that might attract  critters to make a home. Be sure to keep an eye out for anthills, reptiles, rodents and other pest nests.

Tip #7:  Maintain your ducts. Loose seals and cracks are one of the easiest ways for bugs to enter your ductwork. Call an HVAC professional to have your ducts cleaned and sealed this season!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your HVAC maintenance and ensure your ducts are pest-free this season!

Spring Cleaning Your HVAC System

Spring has sprung! There are birds chirping, warm breezes… and pollen in the air! Accompanying the warmer temps and colorful flowers is everyone’s least favorite part of the season — pollen — and with it comes allergies. By taking care of your home’s HVAC system you can ensure that the dreaded pollen stays outside, and you can breathe carefree inside. Plus, it’s always good to inspect your HVAC system at the start of any season. Preventative care now can eliminate more costly repair bills down the road!

Check out these tips for keeping your home pollen-free this season.

– Use the correct air filter. Typical air conditioner filters are designed to keep debris and large dirt particles out of the equipment and are not meant to keep plant spores out of your lungs. A high-energy particulate air filter (HEPA filter) will remove allergens from your home. For maximum effectiveness, change your filter every other month. Switch it out more often if you are located in an area with high pollen counts.

– Contact Us to Install a Whole-house UV Air Purification System. If anyone in your family suffers from severe allergies or has breathing issues, we offer a solution that can dramatically improve your indoor air quality. Our licensed installers can add a whole-house UV Air Purification System to your existing system to help eliminate harmful contaminants and improve the air in your home. Contact us today for complete details.

– Make sure your ducts are cleaned out. Pollen, dust, and debris can accumulate in your ventilation, cooling, and heating ducts over time. As air flows around your home, these contaminants also circulate. To keep your home pollen free and improve the air quality, make sure you have your air ducts cleaned out regularly.

– Check that your ductwork is properly sealed. If there are holes in your duct system, allergens and dust can easily invade the air in your home. Thoroughly sealing your ducts will prevent pollen from infiltrating your home’s ventilation system. Plus, build-up in your ducts can add up to 30% to your cooling bill.

– Consider a whole house humidifier. Humidifiers are designed to improve air quality in your home and can help minimize the effects of air particles, such as pollen, that get inside. These particles often need dry conditions to thrive and moisture in the air helps to eliminate them.

– Signup for our Annual Maintenance Contract. Did you know that having a professional service your unit 2 times a year can DOUBLE THE LIFE of your heating and air system? That’s a huge savings on your original investment, and can help minimize major service calls or break downs. Contact us today for complete details.

Clean ducts and air filters allow your HVAC system to run efficiently, decreasing energy costs and preventing your unit from failing prematurely. To avoid low air quality and extra costs this season, be sure to proactively contact your HVAC technician to pollen-proof your home. Remember – just because you can’t see airborne materials, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. Contact us today for more information or an on-site consultation.

Protecting Your HVAC from Snow & Ice

Winter weather can easily catch you off-guard, especially living in the south. With the threat of snow looming in the forecast (and winter having barely started), it’s important to know how to protect your HVAC and furnace from snow and ice. And while HVACs are built to withstand inclement weather, there are still basic steps you should take to make sure your system is working efficiently and effectively and to extend the life of your unit.

Problem #1: Ventilation: It’s important to make sure that the area around your HVAC is kept clear. Shovel away any snow accumulation, check that your gutters aren’t dripping on the unit, and carefully remove any ice build-up. Otherwise, snow and ice could block the system, potentially causing dangerous situations, such as carbon monoxide poisoning. But be sure you don’t chisel or scrape ice from your outdoor unit, as this could cause significant damage. 

Problem #2: Water Damage: After snowfall comes the inevitable: water. First, make sure that you have properly planned for drainage/ runoff, especially if your unit is not raised off the ground. If you think that there may already be water damage, be sure to contact a professional as quickly as possible.

Problem #3: Speed Heating: Turning your thermostat all the way up is unlikely to heat your home that much faster, but it is certain to place more wear and tear on your furnace. If you are in for a long winter, don’t be afraid to set the thermostat below balmy and pile on the blankets! This will extend the life of your system, as well as lower your utility bill.

Prevent damage from winter weather and reduce excessive wear and tear on your HVAC unit by following these tips:

  • Keep it clear: Make sure to keep 18” – 36” around your unit free of debris, snow, and ice. Check periodically during any snowfall, as well as afterwards.
  • Plan for runoff: Ensure that all melted snow and ice, as well as your normal rainfall, drains away from the unit and your house.
  • Raise it up: If possible, install your HVAC system on a raised platform rather than directly on the ground. 6” – 10” would account for average worst-case snowfall and will also help to reduce potential damage from run-off.
  • Be efficient: Adjust your thermostat down during the night and when you will be out of the house. During the other times when you are home, don’t try to heat your home as quickly as possible. Be patient and grab a few extra layers!
  • Call a professional: It’s a good idea to bring in an HVAC professional to inspect your system before the winter season starts. And if you have a problem you can’t troubleshoot, don’t hesitate to give us a shout!