SOS XTREME Comfort® provides the best heating and cooling repair services in Clintondale. Our technicians are trained in the very latest technology and can work on all brands of oil, propane, electric and gas heating systems and central air conditioning systems.
We service, repair and install:
- Oil Heat Systems
- Gas Furnaces, Boilers and Heating Systems
- Propane Heating Systems
- Electric Heat Pumps
- Central Air Conditioning Systems
- Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems
At SOS XTREME Comfort®, we specialize in creating comfortable environments in homes and businesses. We have been helping customers in and around Clintondale since 1934. Give us a call today to get your heating or cooling system serviced or installed.
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In addition to servicing Clintondale we also service the following nearby towns:
Clintondale, Gardiner, High Falls, Highland, Marlboro, Milton, Modena, New Paltz, Plattekill, Rosendale, Walker Valley, Wallkill
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Q: What does HVAC mean?
A: You may have heard this term before. It is commonly used in the niche to refer to your heating and cooling system. It literally stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
Q: What kind of maintenance do I have to do on my heating and air conditioning unit?
A: The best technique to always keep your equipment functioning efficiently is by making sure that it has proper air circulation. When you have unclean air filters, obstructed registers or air vents, or debris around your outside unit, then you are not properly maintaining your system. Be sure that, as a property owner, that you are very aware of this and keep your system clean. Make sure to schedule a tune-up in the preseason. One ought to be scheduled in the spring for your AC system and one more ought to be planned in the fall for your heating system.
Q: Why do I need to change my air filter?
A: Keeping your air filter well-maintained is the fundamental to an efficient working HVAC system. Therefore, it is important to switch it out when it gets dirty. Your air filter might not look like it does very much but, in reality, it is a key factor for the function of your machine. It keeps your house dust-free while reducing the chances of you from being subjected to allergens and germs. A filthy filter puts stress on your system’s motor. It makes it run inefficiently and it will not cool or heat your house thoroughly. When it runs inefficiently, then it makes it work harder to do its job. The harder it works, the more it costs you. Don’t forget to check your filters monthly. If it is dirty, then make sure to swap it out for a brand new one. Although the variety of filter that you get might instruct you to change it out every 90 days, specific variables will change how often you need to swap it out. These variables include animals and whether or not the environment that you live in is dusty. A seasoned Clintondale HVAC service provider will have the ability to advise you on what kind of filter functions best for your type of system.
Q: How do I figure out when to switch out my air filter?
A: We suggest that you replace your air filter on a regular monthly basis. Having said that, it is better to change your filters as often as needed so your system functions with highest possible efficiency. Look at them more frequently if you live in a dusty climate or have household pets. If your filter seems dirty, then make sure to replace it right away.
Q: What are the sources of indoor air pollution?
A: Indoor air pollution is a problem that should be resolved by all property owners. This is particularly the case for homeowners who have a newly constructed house. These homes are constructed so tightly that they do not aerate as well as older homes do. A tightly built home allows for the highest energy efficiency. Having said that, it implies that house owners ought to have a whole house ventilation system to avoid being exposed. Contributors to indoor air pollution are:
- Home furniture
- Drapes or draperies
- Chemical cleaning items
These products release fumes and gases that build up. The accumulation of these gases and fumes is the top source of indoor air pollution.
Q: How does my HVAC system push air through my home?
A: An HVAC system uses a fan to pull air in. The air that is drawn in is then driven to your air handler. Once it has warmed or cooled down the air, then it drives it back through your ducts and through your vents. Vents or registers are typically positioned on your walls, ceilings, or floors.
Q: What should I set my thermostat to: on or auto?
A: You should really utilize the ‘auto setting’. This means that air will be spread throughout your home on an ‘as need’ basis. It is the more energy efficient setting of the two. When you set your thermostat to the ‘on’ position, it runs continually. Although this produces an even temperature through your home, it also takes a lot more power. It is recommended to use the ‘auto’ setting so that you don’t have excessive home heating and air conditioning charges.
Q: I have installed a new furnace and cooling system. How much time should I presume it to last?
A: This completely is based on a couple of factors. When you get a brand-new furnace or air conditioner, they are made to last approximately 15-20 years. It should be noted that all HVAC systems become less energy efficient as they age. Therefore, a 12 year old system will not be as energy efficient as a brand new one. You can really help your current system last and run more efficiently by adequately taking care of it. Good installation also plays a role in the service life of an HVAC system. Be sure that it is installed correctly by choosing a reputable Clintondale HVAC company, like SOS XTREME Comfort®.
Q: How can I make my system work more efficiently without needing to substitute it?
A: When you don’t really want to upgrade your unit, you ought to properly maintain it. This means that you, as the property owner, need to do some preventative maintenance on your system and arrange a tune-up every 6 months. It is suggested to organize one in the spring right before the heat hits and plan one in the fall, before the wintertime rolls in. By accomplishing this, you can increase the energy efficiency of your design by roughly 5% -10%. This makes a major difference on your energy bill. An additional tactic to keep your HVAC system energy efficient is by simply changing out dirty air filters. Make sure that you don’t opt for the least expensive filters. They frequently get dirty quite frequently which has an effect on just how much electricity your system uses. When you purchase top quality filters, it keeps your system clean which equates into big financial savings for the reason that it won’t need to operate as hard. Don’t forget not to shut the registers or air vents at home. The key to making your system run effectively is sufficient air circulation. Do not forget about your exterior unit. Don’t forget to allow for enough space around your outside unit for it to ‘breathe’.
Q: I want to invest in a new heating/cooling system. How do I decide on the correct one for me?
A: First and foremost, you will need to think about the size of the unit. Don’t be tempted to buy an over-sized unit, expecting that it will heat up or cool your home a lot quicker than a smaller one. Some homeowners expect that a little unit will lower their home heating and cooling charges. A unit that is too small will not save money on your electrical power statements. Some people have the misunderstanding that size is an option. In truth, it is not. The size of your unit needs to match the size of your ductwork. If not, your home will not feel comfortable and your electrical power costs will skyrocket. A Clintondale, New York HVAC specialist will have the ability to help you figure out what size your home needs in order to do its job adequately. A properly sized unit will keep your home comfortable and in an energy efficient manner. Be sure to ask your HVAC contractor about operating costs for the brand-new system that you have an interest in. Be sure to choose one that pays itself off. New systems are so energy efficient that you will certainly see a difference on your power bills and that is how you get a return from your investment decision.
Q: I just invested in a new heating and cooling unit. Should I have a programmable thermostat put in also?
A: People are becoming more cognizant of the electric use in their houses. A practical device, like a programmable thermostat, is letting homeowners become more aware of their house cooling and heating expenses. It makes it possible for house owners to change the temperature of their house based on their necessities and schedules. This saves them a considerable amount of money because they don’t need to always remember to turn the thermostat up or down prior to going out of the home or until going to bed. In the craziness of life, some people forget to do this. For instance, you can program your thermostat to heat up your home before you rise in the morning hours rather than waiting for you to get out of bed to do it. You can also do this just before you get home from your job. It is quite a convenient, economical device.
Q: Will a new Clintondale HVAC system lower my power bills?
A: A new unit, especially when compared with aging systems, are noticeably more energy efficient. It can save you as much as 50% on operating costs. More recent designs have a 13 SEER which is the minimum efficiency standard by law.
Q: My furnace/air conditioner functions though it is outdated. Why should I upgrade it?
A: Your heating and air conditioning system might get the job done but it certainly won’t work as well when it is 12 years old. As they age, they lose their efficiency and this is reflected on your utility bill every month. When a unit loses its efficiency, it is a slow process so you may not recognize it right off the bat. When you upgrade to a brand new unit, you will get the gain from your investment rather rapidly. You can save as much as 50% on operating charges. One of the main reasons that property owners switch their systems with a new one is to cut down their home cooling and heating costs.
Q: I want to landscape my property in the early spring. Can I plant near my outdoor unit?
A: When you landscape your lawn, you want to pay close attention to the space around your exterior air unit. Be sure your plants are at a minimum of 18 inches to 2 feet from your unit. This involves the area around your unit and the area above your unit. Your exterior unit needs proper air circulation around it in order for it to operate the manner in which you want it to. Property owners often make the error of planting too close to their unit or neglecting to trim back the vegetation around their unit. This has brought on expensive and unnecessary repairs.
Q: Can I shut doors and air vents to areas that aren’t frequently used?
A: Do not shut areas or air vents. Even though it might feel like common sense, it is a waste of your resources. Your unit is matched to the duct system in your house. When you shut off air vents and rooms, it builds a lot of pressure and ramps up your blower, the heart of your HVAC system. This causes it to be less efficient and increases your home electric invoices.