Heating & AC Frequently Asked Questions
How often should my filter be changed?
This will depend on filter type
1-inch filters should be replaced at least once every month. However, if you do not use your system that much, it can be replaced after 3-months maximum. 4-inch pleated filters should be replaced twice a year. However, if you smoke or have pets, then you should change your filter more frequent.
What is the average life span of a heating and AC system?
More than 10 years. Lasts longer with proper maintenance
For your system to last longer, proper maintenance is key. If you follow all recommended service and maintenance actions, an AC can last up to 15 years and up to 25 years for a gas furnace.
What does SEER stand for?
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
This is what defines the energy bill the system uses. In other words, it is like ‘miles per gallon in a car.’ The higher the SEER, the lower you will pay for your electricity bill.
What size system should I have installed?
This Will depend on several factors
It is paramount to have the right system in your home. If you have a system that is too large, then it will short cycle, and it will not control humidity very well. If on the other hand, you have a system too small for your space, then it will run continuously.
Humidity levels, region climate, number of windows in a particular building, the direction a home faces, the total square footage of a home, the number of people, the type of insulation, and the number of heat-producing appliances available are all factors that will affect the size of a system.
Why do I have cold and hot spots in my home?
Due to improper air balance
To solve this problem, simply open or close the dampers in your ductwork system. This method will help by either decreasing or increasing the amount of air traveling to a particular area or room.
What is a heat pump?
This is a device that transfers cold or hot between two points (reservoirs), and it is used to either cool or heat a space.
Heat pumps act either like an air transfer or heater by transferring heat from inside to the outside or transferring exterior heat to the interior, respectively.
What is Freon R-22?
It is a common name for (HCFC) hydro-chlorofluorocarbon
The R-22 is a commonly used refrigerant used by many HVAC manufactures. It has been in use for over 40 years. However, there is research that shows R-22 contains chlorine, which is an ozone-depleting agent. As such, the U.S. Clean Air Act decreed that as from 1st January 2010, HVAC manufactures should stop production of all products that use HCFC.
What is R-410A?
It is a common name for (HFC) hydro-fluorocarbon
This is the new HVAC refrigerant that has replaced R-22. It is a more environmentally friendly compared to the HCFC and many HVAC companies (in the united states) began using R-410A from 2010 as the alternative.
Does my indoor coil need changing?
This will depend on many factors
It is wise to replace or change your indoor coil if you are replacing the heat or air conditioner pump. There is a connection between the performance of the indoor coils and the efficiency of the cooling and heating system. Therefore, changing your current indoor coils for a new one may play a huge part in increasing performance.
What can I do before calling an expert to service my system?
Consider doing the basics
The truth is that Heating and AC systems are complex networks of machinery that should only be serviced by not only an experienced technician but certified. Nevertheless, if your system is malfunctioning, there are a few necessary steps that you can do to correct the problem. This must be done before calling the professional. However, if you are not comfortable doing them, do not force yourself, call a professional.
The basic steps are:
• Ensuring the circuit breaker is ON
• Check the air filter
• Check your thermostat settings
• Open supply and return vents
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