SOS XTREME Comfort® provides the best heating and cooling repair services in Dumont. 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.
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Q: What does HVAC signify?
A: HVAC is an acronym that means heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
Q: What kind of routine maintenance do I need to do on my heating and cooling unit?
A: The most effective approach to keep your system running well is by ensuring that it has proper air circulation. When you have filthy air filters, obstructed registers or air vents, or debris around your outdoor unit, then you are not correctly taking care of your system. Be sure that, as a homeowner , that you are very aware of this and keep your system clean. Be sure to arrange a tune-up in the preseason. One really should be arranged in the springtime for your AC system and one more must be arranged in the autumn for your heating system.
Q: Why do I have to change my air filter?
A: Keeping your air filter well-maintained is the key to an excellent working HVAC system. Consequently, it is essential to change it out when it gets dirty. Your air filter might not look like it does very much but, as a matter of fact, it is a key factor for the function of your unit. It keeps your house dust-free while protecting against you from being exposed to allergens and germs. A dirty filter puts pressure on your system’s motor. It makes it run inefficiently and it will not cool or heat your house sufficiently. 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 regularly. If it is filthy, then be sure to swap it out for a brand new one. Even though the type of filter that you buy might instruct you to change it out every 90 days, various factors will alter how regularly you will need to swap it out. These factors include animals and whether or not the climate that you live in is dusty. A knowledgeable Dumont HVAC company will be able to advise you on what kind of filter performs best for your type of system.
Q: How do I recognize when to change out my air filter?
A: There is no concrete solution to this question. This is simply because one house will definitely need a different amount of filter changes than another. A property that has animals or is located in a dusty environment will need more filter changes. Regardless, it is recommended to inspect them once a month. Mark the calendar as a reminder. Life can get very busy and just remembering something like checking your HVAC filter can slip through the cracks. When you check it, thoroughly examine it. Make sure that it does not seem dirty. Never let more than 90 days between air filter changes. Additionally, when it does appear dirty, make sure to swap it out even if you just removed and replaced it a couple of weeks ago. The key to a properly working HVAC system is proper filtration.
Q: How do I comprehend when my A/C system, furnace, or HVAC system is still under warranty?
A: Knowing whether your manufacturer’s warranty is still active or not will help you determine if a needed repair job will be covered. The age of your unit commonly determines if it is covered by your manufacturer’s warranty. If it is under 5 years old, then your manufacturer’s warranty is generally still active. If it is greater than 5 years old, then it, more than likely, is not. This, of course, depends upon the manufacturer and the company that installed your system. You can always call SOS XTREME Comfort®, a trained Dumont HVAC company, to let you know the status of your warranty.
Q: Should a loud noise coming out of my air conditioning unit and heating system be something that worries me?
A: Regardless of whether your cooling and heating system seems to be performing properly, your neighbors will thank you for servicing your noisy HVAC system. Unquestionably, they do not need to know whenever your system turns on or off. Furthermore, there is enough sound pollution in the world and the last thing that you intend to do is be a contributor to it. A noisy unit can possibly be caused by a couple of factors. They are:
HVAC units that are produced these days are constructed with a more quiet design. The good news is that you can compare one model to another by checking out their sound ratings. This will serve to help you figure out which one to invest in since you do not want one of the louder units if it is located right outside your bedroom window. That might not go over so well during the night.
Q: I have become aware of the dangers of CO. Is this something I should be concerned about?
A: When you have a CO leak in your house, it is a risky scenario. It can cause serious health risks, including things like casualties. Carbon monoxide is not something that you can observe or smell. Be sure to get a CO alarm in your house. Furthermore, you can avoid a risky problem like this by having an HVAC service company conduct proper maintenance and care on your unit.
Q: What are the causes of indoor air pollution?
A: As surprising as it may seem, many items contribute to indoor air pollution. Items such as carpeting, furniture, drapery, and even upholstery have compounds in them that are constantly emitting fumes or gases. The cleaning products that you use may contribute to indoor air pollution. Since newer homes are more energy efficient, this also means that they are not ventilated the way that older homes in the past do. They do not breathe. Therefore, the buildup of these gases and fumes cause indoor air pollution. Newer homes need a whole house ventilation system to combat the possibility of indoor air pollution so that homeowners can rest assured of their safety while enjoying their extremely energy-efficient home.
Q: Should I wrap my outdoor unit throughout the winter?
A: Your outdoor unit is built to deal with the harshest of winters so it is not a good idea to cover your unit. If an individual were to unintentionally start up the air conditioning unit when your unit is covered, it can wreck the condenser and all of its components.
Q: What should I turn my thermostat to: on or auto?
A: You should set your thermostat to the auto setting. This allows the fan to run only when it is required. Most people favor this setting because it is more energy efficient. The on setting can be used when you prefer to have air continually filtered all through your property. The air is dispersed and it can give a more even temperature all throughout your house. Having said that, it does use more power to do this. Modern central heaters have fan motors that have this capability.
Q: How can I make my heating and cooling system work more efficiently without needing to upgrade it?
A: When you don’t want to replace your unit, you ought to properly maintain it. This means that you, as the property owner, should do some preventative maintenance on your unit and also plan a tune-up every 6 months. It is highly recommended to arrange one in the early spring right before the hot weather hits and organize one in the fall, before the winter season arrives. By accomplishing this, you can boost the energy efficiency of your HVAC system by approximately 5% -10%. This makes a significant difference on your energy bill. Another strategy to keep your system energy efficient is by merely changing out dirty air filters. Be sure that you don’t select the least expensive filters. They usually get filthy quite frequently which influences the amount of energy your cooling and heating system uses. When you choose top notch filters, it keeps your system clean which means into big financial benefits simply because it won’t need to operate as hard. Make sure not to block off the registers or vents in your house. The answer to making your system run economically is adequate air circulation. Don’t forget about your exterior unit. Make sure to allow adequate space all around your outside unit for it to ‘breathe’.
Q: I have to invest in a new heating/cooling system. How do I pick the appropriate one for me?
A: The very first feature that you have to think about is size. The system should be the right size for your home. Many homeowners make the blunder of getting systems that are too large, thinking that the system will heat or cool their home more rapidly. Other homeowners get units that are too small, believing that their units will use a lot less power and for that reason, save money. This is a big no-no. Your unit should go well with the size of your house so that it can properly heat or cool it. A Dumont, New Jersey heating and cooling service provider, like SOS XTREME Comfort®, has the skills to match your unit. Also, make sure to discuss operating expenses of your system with your contractor. You want a system that, essentially, pays you back. Make sure to get a system that, on a monthly basis, balances out the cost of the unit through your utility bill.
Q: I just bought a new cooling and heating unit. Should I have a programmable thermostat put in too?
A: House owners are becoming more attentive of the energy use in their houses. A useful device, like a programmable thermostat, is letting homeowners become more familiar with their home heating and cooling expenses. It lets households to adjust the temperature of their property based on their needs and routines. This saves them a lot of money just because they don’t have to always remember to turn the thermostat up or down just before leaving the home or just before going to bed. In the craziness of life, lots of people neglect to do this. For example, you can set your thermostat to heat your home just before you wake up in the morning hours rather than waiting for you to get out of bed to do it. You can also do this right before you get home from work. It is considerably a convenient, money-saving device.
Q: I am aware of that I must have my furnace checked out in the fall and my AC inspected in the spring. Why can’t I have both checked together?
A: You use your HVAC system the most in the summertime and in the winter. For that reason, you have to have your A/C checked in the spring and your furnace checked out in the autumn. A Dumont HVAC professional will get more of a precise analysis when each system is about to be put to use the most. This reduces the chances of costly repair jobs and it confirms that your system is running at peak performance.
Q: My furnace/air conditioner functions even if it is older. Why should I replace it?
A: Although your heating and cooling system is getting the job done, when it is more than 12 years old, it stops running as adequately. For that reason, you are spending more on your monthly power bill in order for it to keep your home comfortable. New systems can save as much as 50% on operating charges so they pay themselves off in a very short time. It may not be a purchase that you anticipated but you will be grateful that you did. An additional feature of a brand new unit is that it will keep your home more comfortable.
Q: Can I close off doors and vents to areas that aren’t generally used?
A: There is a popular belief among house owners that if you shut off doors or vents to rooms that are not frequently used, then you will reduce your electrical expenses. This is definitely untrue. Your unit is installed to match the ductwork in your house. When you close off an air vent or door, then the air needs to go somewhere. It creates a great deal of pressure which then your blower, or the center of your HVAC system, will have to compensate for. It operates harder and spikes up your electrical expense.
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