house and trees covered in snow

Even though your heating system in Ogden or Evanston is designed to keep you warm no matter how cold it gets outside and your outdoor AC unit can handle most weather, extreme cold can cause problems with both parts of your HVAC system.

There are a few things you can do to keep your Ogden or Evanston heating and cooling system running well, no matter how low the temps fall!

Read on to learn what those are, or simply give us a call and speak to one of our Evanston or Ogden HVAC experts!

Fill in Gaps Where Air Escapes

Your heater may struggle in extreme cold because it simply cannot run all the time. Save it from having to do this by filling in any gaps where that hot air can escape your home. These are most often found around your windows and doors, though some homes have other cracks where air exchange occurs. Fill these with caulk or other filler that you can find at your local hardware store.

Be Ready to Turn Your Thermostat Down

Sure, you don’t really want it any colder in your home, but turning down the thermostat just a couple of degrees can alleviate some of the strain on your heater when it’s extremely cold outside. You likely won’t notice much of a difference, but your furnace won’t have to work as long or as hard to keep you warm.

Cover Any Outdoor Units

Put a weather-resistant cover over your outdoor AC unit. Once you’re sure you won’t be using it anymore for the season, covering it protects it from wind, rain, snow, and more. All of these covers provide some insulation for the unit, and some of them are specifically designed to protect from cold, too. This can help prevent water from entering the unit, then freezing and doing damage while it’s there.

Use Additional Heating Methods If Necessary

If your heater is struggling but you’re still too cold at home, try using a space heater. These heat a small area very effectively. As long as you don’t need your whole house to be toasty warm, you can save wear and tear on your heater by turning it down and still getting the heat you need to be comfortable.

Call for Heating Services in Evanston WY or Ogden UT

Whether you need help with your heater in Evanston, WY, or your furnace in Ogden, UT this winter, call our team at Champion Services right away. We’ll do whatever it takes to keep you and your family warm this winter. Make your appointment now and stop worrying about your heater!

A new air conditioner is a major investment. At Champion Services, we understand that and we promise to do everything we can to help you get the right system for your home and your specific needs in Evanston, Green River, Rock Springs, and Ogden. Here are some things to think about.

Factors to Consider

When buying a new air conditioner, you want it to suit your home. Here’s what we will ask you about and what we want you to consider before choosing your new unit.

AC installation in Evanston, WY
  • How often you turn your AC on? Do you use it every single day or only on the warmest days?
  • What temperature is comfortable for you? When you keep your home cooler, your AC has to be able to work harder and longer for you.
  • How big is your home? Larger spaces require larger ACs or multiple units to make sure you stay cool.
  • Your thoughts on energy-saving appliances. They may cost more up front, but they may save you money over the long haul.
  • How satisfied are you with your current AC? If you like the size, type, and brand of your AC, we can probably get you one that’s similar. If you hate it, we can help you get something different.

Not sure if you need a new air conditioner? No worries! It can be hard to tell if you need a new AC system or if you just need AC repair. Check out our article “4 Signs You Need a New Air Conditioner” for help deciding if AC replacement is right for you.

Types of AC Systems

There are a wide variety of AC systems that we can install for you.

Window AC

These are great if you’re renting or if you only want/need to cool a smaller area in your home.

Portable AC

If you only need to cool one area of your home at a time, these can help you get comfortable no matter where you are in the house.

Ductless Mini-Split AC

These are awesome if you’re not up for retrofitting your house for central AC or if you only want to cool certain parts of your home at any given time. You’ll get more control and still stay cool.

Hybrid or Heat Pump Systems

If you’re looking for an efficient way to both heat and cool your home and you don’t need a massive amount of cooling power, a heat pump might be your best option.

Central AC

This is what most people think of when they think of air conditioning in Evanston, Green River, Rock Springs, and Ogden, UT. We can help you get a new cooling unit or retrofit your home if it doesn’t have ductwork.

Get Reliable AC Replacement & Installation

When you decide it’s time for a new AC unit in Evanston or Ogden, UT, rely on Champion Services for fast, friendly, and reliable air conditioning services. Our highly skilled HVAC technicians are trained to understand any make or model you may want, and will install your new AC system to the manufacturer’s guidelines. We won’t leave until you are satisfied with the work done, and your house is cool. Call us at Champion Services today to get the best new air conditioning unit for you!

homeowner cleaning air conditioner in evanston wy

Did you know there are a few things you can do yourself to prepare your air conditioner for summer?

It’s true! Taking these simple AC maintenance steps can help make sure that your air conditioner unit is ready to do its job, no matter how warm it gets outside this year.

Read on for some easy how-to instructions, and be sure to reach out to the Evanston air conditioning pros at Champion Services if you have any questions!

1) Clean the Condenser Coils

These are located inside the big box that makes up your outdoor AC unit. You can usually unscrew a few screws and remove that box, though you may need someone to help you do it. Buy a condenser coil cleaning kit at your local hardware store and follow the instructions on the packaging. You can also vacuum up any loose debris that you see on or around the coils.

2) Check the Slab Under Your AC Unit

Your AC unit needs to sit flat and this is usually achieved by placing a concrete slab beneath it. If yours has shifted, try prying it back into place and supporting it with some wood or metal. You may need to get it repoured, especially if it’s causing problems with your AC unit.

3) Look at the Coolant Lines

These lines that run between your home and your outdoor AC unit should be insulated. If the insulation has fallen off or is torn, replace it with new insulation from your local hardware store. This helps keep your coolant cold, which makes the unit run more efficiently and keeps your home as cool as possible

4) Change the Filter Regularly

You should change your filter as often as every month and no more than every three months. A clogged filter can mean that your AC unit is working a lot harder than necessary to pump cold air into your home, which means that it experiences more wear and tear and is more likely to break down sooner rather than later.

5) Visually Inspect All Wiring

Most of the time, you’ll be able to see wires between your outdoor AC unit and your home. These should have intact plastic coating and should all be connected somewhere. If you notice any problems, you may need to bring in a professional to check it out before you try to use your air conditioner this summer.

Need Professional AC Help in Evanston or the Surrounding Area?

You can always call us at Champion Services if you need help preparing your AC for summer or if you have questions about how it’s working. We are here for you!

spring maintenance checklist

After a long, cold winter season, it’s important to check up on your home. Months of low temperatures, ice, and snow can leave devastating effects in Evanston, WY and the surrounding area.

The plumbing, HVAC and electrical pros here at Champion Services have compiled a checklist of things that every homeowner should know when it comes to getting your home ready for spring. Spring home maintenance doesn’t have to be hard, so follow up with our list to see if you’ve covered all the bases!

Feel free to keep reading, or you can download a PDF version of our checklist along with our helpful infographic.

And as always, you can reach out to us at Champion Services with any questions you may have, or to schedule a service appointment!

Exterior Home Inspection

Start by looking over the outside of your home.

  • Roof: You can usually spot any roofing issues without having to climb up on top of your house. Check to see if there are any cracked or missing shingles. Strong winds can make your shingles curl and lift up by destroying the bond that keeps your roof together.
  • Gutters: Check to see if your gutters are properly draining water and if there is any debris that is blocking the proper drainage of water? Also, check whether your downspout is draining water away from the foundation.
  • Yard: Are there any spots in your yard where the ground is considerably lower than it is in the surrounding areas? When it rains, all the water can pool up in one spot. Add compacted soil to low areas.
  • Chimney: Are there any bricks that are loose or missing? Consider getting your chimney swept to clear up the flue from winter use.
  • Lawn Equipment: Make sure any gas or battery powered lawn equipment is ready to go for the warmer months ahead.
  • Sprinkler System: Check the system programing, valve operation and head operation. When starting up your sprinkler system, watch for wet areas in the yard. This could be a sign of a leaking or broken pipe.
  • Air Conditioning: Plan early this year! The supply chain is going to require additional time for replacement equipment as well as repair parts, so now’s the time to schedule your AC maintenance service with Champion Services.
  • Electrical: Visually inspect your incoming electrical service. Check and test all your outdoor GFCI outlets to ensure they are working properly, and that the covers are in good shape. Be sure to check all your outdoor lighting, too.

Interior Home Inspection

Next, check out the interior of your home.

  • Air Filter: Spring is a good time to check on your air filter. Be sure to replace it with a new one!
  • Duct Cleaning: Spring is the best time to focus on indoor air quality, which includes having your ducts cleaned and sanitized.
  • Dryer Vents: Clean out your dryer vents. It will ensure your dryer is running efficient as well as help eliminate the possibility of a fire hazard.
  • Attic: Look for signs of insects and common pests like mice and fungi like mold. Having your attic insulated properly and allowing for optimal airflow will help prevent the growth of mold.
  • Basement: Moisture is a common issue in basements. Spring is the best time to look for leaks in cracks, dampness in corners, and water stains on the ceiling.
  • Plumbing: Do you have leaky faucets? Check to make you’re your toilets are not leaking by putting a red food coloring in the tank. Let it sit for a half hour. If you see the red in the bowl, you have a leak. Complete an inspection of all your plumbing pipes. It’s also a good practice to replace your washing machine hoses every couple of years.
  • Drain Lines: Have a whole home drain cleaning done. Cleaning out all the P-Traps and video inspect your main line.
  • Electrical: Having your electrical panel serviced, cleaned, and safety checked will reduce the possibility of an electrical fire. Test all your GFCI outlets to ensure they are working properly. Replace cracked or broken covers and change the batteries in your smoke and CO alarms.
  • Humidifier: Change your humidifier filter and clean out the drain line. Verify your settings and check for proper operation.

Help from the Evanston Home Service Pros

If you need any help with this home inspection or you find any problems while doing it, reach out to us at Champion Services to get the plumbing, HVAC or electrical help you need in the Evanston area.

Another great way to ensure your systems are in tip-top shape is to join our Total Home Care Club. Read more about it or give us a call with any questions you may have!

inside a furnace

Most people don’t think about furnace safety but the truth is that your furnace can easily become a fire hazard.

If you haven’t been paying attention to your furnace, though, don’t fret! A few simple steps can make it safe to heat your Wyoming home all winter long, with no worries.

Read on for some furnace safety tips or give us a call with any questions you may have about furnace repair, furnace replacement and more!

Keep Your Registers Open

Don’t close more than 20 percent of the heating registers in your home. This keeps heat from building up and helps your furnace work efficiently. If you need to, count them to find out how many you can close. Make sure that all open registers are uncovered and free of accumulated debris caused by dust, pet hair, and lint.

Install A Carbon Monoxide Detector

Gas furnaces can cause carbon monoxide buildup when they aren’t working properly. This can be difficult to detect unless you have a functioning carbon monoxide detector for your Evanston home. You can get one at any hardware store. Once you’ve installed it, test it monthly to make sure it’s working properly.

Watch The Pilot Light

If your pilot light goes out regularly, it’s important to find out why. There may be a breeze or other stream of air that causes it to go out. However, it could indicate a problem with your gas line. If it keeps going out and there’s no explanation as to why, call in a professional because gas problems are a serious thing.

Furnace Experts in Southern Wyoming

Contact us at Champion Services today to find out more about furnace safety this winter! We can help you with maintaining your furnace so you can stay safe and warm during Wyoming’s coldest months. If you’re still not quite warm enough at home or if your furnace has been acting up, be sure to read “5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Furnace” or give us a call!

christmas tree and presents next to fireplace

Now that the cold has officially swept in and we’re dealing with some seriously frigid temperatures and snowfall in Wyoming, it’s more important than ever that your heating system is running smoothly and effectively. This is especially true for the holidays as you celebrate together as a family. The last thing anyone needs is for a freezing Christmas dinner or over-heated kitchen.

Luckily, your trusted Evanston HVAC company is here to help ring in the season with unmatched heating services. On top of our quality services, though, we also want to take some time to offer some of our pro heating tips for this holiday season. Read on for our top 10 holiday heating tips to keep you and your guests comfortable, or simply give us a call!

1. Check and Change your HVAC Filter Before Guests Arrive 

Make sure you check your furnace filters once a month. If they become too dirty, they will begin to obstruct the airflow. Not only will this compromise the air quality in your home, it will make it more difficult to heat your home properly. It will also cause your energy costs to go up. 

On top of that, these obstructions can make for some unpleasant temperatures for your holiday celebrations. Checking and changing your filter on a regular basis — and right before your guests arrive — will help ensure that everyone is comfy and cozy.

2. Keep the Oven Closed

We know you want to check on those Christmas yams and fresh-baked dinner rolls and maybe get a whiff of that delicious aroma, but every time you open the oven door the oven’s temperature drops as much as 25 degrees. Resist checking whatever it is you happen to be baking long before you know that it’ll be done. And if you do need to check it, simply turn the oven light on and look through the window.

More than that, it can be helpful to cook as much as possible ahead of time to avoid heating up the house unnecessarily. That kitchen can heat up quickly when the oven’s roaring, the stovetops are full blast, and a bunch of people are crowding around. That’s a fast route to some uncomfortable levels of heat! Keep the temps in the ideal range by planning ahead.

3. Use Ceiling Fans

Most ceiling fans have a “reverse” setting that will push the rising warm air back down to ground level. This helps to maximize the heat generated from the heater. Ceiling fans also help circulate the air, keeping a more even temperature.

4. Remove Clutter From Around Your Furnace

Many people will use the area around the furnace as storage space. Once you begin using your furnace again, you should clear the area around it. Otherwise, you may have a fire hazard on your hands — especially if there are combustible items nearby. Besides, you don’t want to have a bunch of clutter around these areas once the guests come over. Not only will removing the clutter keep your furnace running effectively and keep your home safe from fire hazards, it will also keep things tidy for your holiday get-together.

5. Keep the Fireplace Clear

There’s nothing more iconic for the holidays than the family gathered ‘round the fireplace, dressed in warm clothes, and sipping some hot chocolate (preferably with marshmallows). But, just as you want to maintain a clear space around your furnace, you will want to keep the area around the fireplace clean if you want to have a safe and warm gathering around the hearth. 

If you decide to light a fire to make your living room even warmer and cozier, make sure that you don’t have anything flammable nearby, such as furniture, rugs, drapes, or holiday trees. It’s also a good idea to have the fireplace swept and cleaned by professionals on a regular basis. After that, pour yourself some hot chocolate, put on those fuzzy socks, and enjoy the warmth of the fireplace!

6. Keep an Eye on the Blinds

Keeping your blinds and curtains closed at night will keep cold air from penetrating through your windows while also helping to keep warm air trapped inside. On the flip side, it’s a good idea to keep your blinds and curtains open during the day to let sunlight in, which will assist in warming up your home and giving your furnace a helping hand.

7. Insulate Your Attic

It can be a huge money saver to insulate your attic. This will also help make sure your home’s heat doesn’t escape your house when temperatures drop during the holidays. This will help keep heat trapped inside your home, allowing you and your guests to keep warm and comfortable — all while going easy on your wallet.

8. Seal the Windows

If you feel a cold draft near any of your windows, it means that there are air leaks. You should use a sealant to eliminate these air leaks, thereby preventing cold air from leaking in. A professional can do this for you as well. Locking your windows will also help create a tighter seal around your windows to keep in the warm air. It will also help prevent guests from cracking a window when you’re not looking!

9. Consider a Whole-Home Humidifier

A whole-home humidifier will help retain heat so you can set your thermostat lower and make your home more comfortable. A humidifier will help eliminate dry air and reduce static electricity — ensuring your holiday guests remain comfortable.

10. Get Professional Inspections

A professional inspection will reveal any potential issues with your heating systems before they turn into more severe problems. An inspector will also clean and lubricate parts of your heating systems as needed to help ensure that it runs as efficiently as possible.

You don’t want your heating systems breaking down in the middle of a family meal, nor do you want your heating systems working so inefficiently that your heating bills are astronomical. Have your HVAC system inspected before the holidays hit so you can deal with any heating repair issues before they become extra costly.

Contact Champion Services

The holidays are the worst time of the year for your heat to go out! Start your holiday season with regular maintenance on your heating system and take care of repairs as soon as you notice the warning signs. This will help to ensure your heating system is working properly before guests arrive.

Remember that the experts at Champion Services are here for you all season long. If your heating system is on the fritz, contact Champion Services to schedule an appointment today!

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