What is the average life expectancy of equipment?
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)systems require proper and regular maintenance in order to work efficiently, but even in the best case scenarios most components of such systems only last 15 to 25 years. Furnaces on average last 15-20 years, heat pumps 16 years, and air conditioning units 10-15 years. Tankless water heaters last more than 20 years, while an electric or gas water heater has a life expectancy of about 10 years. Thermostats usually are replaced before the end of their 35-year lifespan due to technological improvements.” (National Association of Home Builders/ Bank of America Home Equity Study of Life Expectancy of Housing Components)
How often should I change my air filter?
To make sure you have the cleanest air possible and to stay away from dust build up, you want to make sure you are changing your air filters on a regular basis. When you have a dirty air filter you will reduce the amount of air coming through and will make your furnace work harder than it should to maintain the temperature. If you have pets you will want to change your air filters more than usual because you stand the chance of having more blockage happening. If you’re still not sure how often to change your air filter you can give us a call and we can give you the proper guidance.
Why should I switch to a high efficiency air filter?
Having a clean air filter will ensure that the air filtration throughout your home is clean and healthy for both your health and family. When you do not change your filters on a regular basis, the filter will begin to build up with dust and dirt which will impact the operation and efficiency of the unit.
Should I have my furnace and air conditioner serviced every year?
Yes. Having a yearly inspection of both your furnace and air conditioner will ensure you are keeping your system properly maintained. When you don’t have your units serviced they can begin to break and cause expensive maintenance.
Why should I purchase a service agreement?
If you don’t purchase a warranty then you will be left with significant expenses and labor costs. When you purchase a service agreement you will have an extensive warranty coverage on your units that will save you big with both your unit and labor.
How can I reduce allergens and improve the air quality in my home?
When you have a high efficiency air filter you will be able to remove up to 99% of the pollen and spores that make its way into your home. When having a high efficiency air filter, you will also be able to reduce the amount of dust, dirt, smoke, and other air pollutants in your home.
What is duct cleaning?
Duct cleaning is when you clean both the heating and cooling system components. This process includes cleaning the return and supply air ducts, registers, grilles and diffusers, cooling coils and heat exchangers, fan housing and fan motor, and the air handling unit housing. When you have your air ducts clean you will see an improvement in airflow from the vents and an improvement in temperature.
What does SEER mean?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio. Air conditioners are rated according to their SEER.The higher the SEER rating of your air conditioner, the more you save on electricity. The U.S. DOE (Department of Energy) revised its energy conservation rules in 2006 requiring all new products to have a 13.0 SEER rating or higher. Manufacturers of air conditioners can offer SEER ratings of 13.0 to 21 or higher. (energy.gov)
What does AFUS mean?
AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. A higher AFUE means higher efficiency. AFUE is used to measure furnace or boiler heating efficiency. AFUE measures the amount of actual heat delivered to your house compared to the amount of fuel being supplied to the appliance. A furnace that has an 80% AFUE rating means it converts 80% of the fuel that heats your house and the other 20% is lost going up your chimney. Manufacturer’s furnaces can offer AFUE ratings of 80% to 98.5%.
What does BTU mean?
British Thermal Unit. BTU is a basic measure of energy.
What does HSPF mean?
HSPF stands for Heat Seasonal Performance Factor. This is what measures the heat pump and the heating efficiency.
What does EER mean?
EER is the Energy Efficiency Ratio. This measures the efficiently of a cooling system and how it will operate when the outdoor temperature is at a certain level.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is an all-in-one cooling and heating system. A heat pump is different because it is all in one, unlike having two separate units (air conditioner & heating system).
How do I know what size unit I need?
Knowing what size unit you need vary completely by the size of your house, insulation, how many people live in the house, the number of windows, major heat producing equipment and personal preference.
What temperature should I set my thermostat?
The temperature settings of your thermostat depend mainly on the time of year and your personal preferences. If it is during the summer time, the average temperature setting is 75°-80°. During winter, we recommend that you keep it between 68°-72°
What is a geothermal system?
A geothermal unit allows you to utilizes the temperature from the constant temperature of your geographical location for heating and cooling your home. While using this system you can save up to 60% energy savings vs. traditional systems.
What is two-stage heating?
A two-stage heating system means that a furnace has two levels of heat output. There are both; high for cold winter days and low for milder days. Having a two-stage means that the furnaces swill tart in the first stage, and will not reach full capacity all at once. Because of this, you will not see a sudden blast of air. When in the low setting, it will meet the household heating demands 80% of the time, allowing a two-stage unit to run for longer periods and provide more even distribution of heated air.