SOS XTREME Comfort® provides the best heating and cooling repair services in Highland Lakes. 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 Highland Lakes 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 Highland Lakes we also service the following nearby towns:
Branchville, Franklin, Glenwood, Hamburg, Highland Lakes, Lafayette, Mc Afee, Montague, Sussex, Vernon
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Q: What does HVAC stand for?
A: HVAC means heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
Q: What type of preventative maintenance do I need to do on my heating and cooling system?
A: The solution to HVAC care is proper air movement. This suggests that everything that hampers airflow should be immediately taken care of. Things like dust, debris, or dirt should be cleared away. Your air filters should constantly be clean for proper circulation. A yearly tune-up on your AC should be planned in the springtime and a yearly tune-up on your heater should be set up in the autumn season.
Q: Why do I need to replace my air filter?
A: You can’t possibly use an HVAC system without changing the air filter out when it gets dirty. The main reason for this is because your system calls for sufficient air flow just to work. A dirty air filter will prevent your system from performing properly. The filter acts somewhat like a lung and it removes pollutants from your air. It helps keep your home free from dust, allergens, and even germs. Additionally, a dirty air filter puts pressure on your system which causes it to work harder. This turns into higher home heating and cooling expenses. There are different types of filters available. Make sure to figure out the regularity at which your filter needs to be replaced. It should be printed on the packaging label of your filter. We advise that you check your filters on a once per month basis. Regardless of what the label says, you will want to change your filter as often as needed. If you see that it is dirty, then be sure to swap it out for a new one. Variables such as pets or dirty climates can make a huge difference on how often it needs to be changed. An experienced Highland Lakes HVAC service company will be able to help you on what kind of filter works well for your kind of system.
Q: How do I comprehend when my AC, central heater, or HVAC system is still under warranty?
A: All these types of systems have a manufacturer’s label on it. Take a look at your unit and locate the label. Typically, warranties last about 5 years. This can fluctuate from one manufacturer to another but this is generally standard. It also changes according to the service company that installed it. A trusted Highland Lakes cooling and heating company, like SOS XTREME Comfort®, will be able to give you more related information on your system and let you know if the warranty for your unit is still legitimate.
Q: I have knowledge of the risks of carbon monoxide gas. Is this something I really should be concerned about?
A: When you have a carbon monoxide leak in your home, it is a harmful situation. It can result in serious health risks, including things like casualties. Carbon monoxide is not something that you can see or smell. Make sure to get a CO detector in your house. On top of that, you can reduce the chances of a dangerous situation similar to this by having an HVAC company perform proper maintenance and care on your unit.
Q: What are the sources of indoor air pollution?
A: Factors to indoor air pollution can vary. Some might actually amaze you. A number of items in your household have materials that produce fumes or gases. These include:
- Drapes or window curtains
- Cleaning products
Since newer homes are constructed so tightly, they do not breathe as well as older homes do. While this may make for an incredibly energy efficient home, it also promotes to indoor air pollution. The build-up of gases and fumes result in indoor air pollution. This can be prevented by having an HVAC system that enables proper ventilation. With a whole house ventilation system, a homeowner can experience a remarkably energy efficient house without the concern of indoor air pollution.
Q: How does my HVAC system force air all around my home?
A: Your HVAC system basically works by drawing air through your vents. This air, then moves to your system’s air handler. The conditioned air is then pushed back into your home through your air vents or registers. These vents are frequently found on your walls. In many cases, they are located on your ceilings or floor surfaces.
Q: I have invested in a brand-new furnace and air conditioning unit. How much time should I expect it to last?
A: When your system is correctly taken care of, you can count on your brand new furnace or cooling system to work for about 15-20 years. Please note that machines become less energy efficient as they grow older. This is one of the leading causes that house owners decide on an upgrade. Also, HVAC systems do differ and consequently, their life expectancies do too. The most prevalent issues that determine how long a system will work is really appropriate installation and maintenance. Clearly, a system that is not adequately installed or maintained will not last as long as one that is. They also will not run as successfully. You can get ideal care for your HVAC system by speaking with a Highland Lakes HVAC service company, like SOS XTREME Comfort®.
Q: How can I make my unit work more efficiently without having to replace it?
A: When you don’t wish to replace your unit, you should properly maintain it. This means that you, as the property owner, must do some preventative upkeep on your unit and plan a tune-up every 6 months. It is suggested to organize one in the spring before the heat hits and schedule one in the fall, right before the winter weather rolls in. By carrying this out, you can improve the energy efficiency of your system by roughly 5% -10%. This makes a large difference on your energy bill. An additional method to keep your HVAC system energy efficient is by just simply changing out dirty air filters. Make sure that you don’t choose the least expensive filters. They usually get dirty quite frequently which has an effect on just how much energy your HVAC system uses. When you invest in superior quality filters, it keeps your system clean which means into big savings due to the fact that it shouldn’t need to operate as hard. Make sure not to shut the registers or air vents in your house. The key to making your system run effectively is sufficient air circulation. Do not forget about your outdoor unit. Make sure to enable suitable space all around your outside unit for it to ‘breathe’.
Q: I want to purchase a new heating/cooling system. How do I pick out the right one for me?
A: The number one element that you want to take into consideration is overall size. The unit must be the appropriate size for your home. Many homeowners make the blunder of investing in systems that are too large, thinking that the system will heat up or cool their house more rapidly. Other homeowners purchase units that are too little, thinking that their units will use much less electrical power and because of this, save money. This is a big no-no. Your unit has to go well with the size of your home so that it can properly heat or cool it. A Highland Lakes, New Jersey HVAC professional, like SOS XTREME Comfort®, has the knowledge to match your unit. Also, make sure to explore operating expenses of your system with your contractor. You want a system that, basically, pays you back. Make sure to buy a system that, on a monthly basis, balances out the charges of the unit through your power bill.
Q: I know that I should have my furnace assessed in the fall and my AC assessed in the spring. Why can’t I have both examined at the exact same time?
A: The whole point of having your system checked is to make sure that it is functioning effectively. This implies it is capable of keeping your home comfortable while being energy efficient. By checking your system both in the autumn and in the spring, a Highland Lakes HVAC professional will have the chance to evaluate them right before they are going to be used the most. It will give them more of a correct reading of how your system is working during that time of year.
Q: I like to landscape my lawn in the early spring. Can I plant near my outdoor unit?
A: You can plant near your unit but we suggest that you leave 18 inches around your unit clear from any vegetation. This allows for adequate air airflow which your system calls for for it to operate appropriately. Otherwise, your system could overheat which can lead to an unwanted service call.
Q: Can I close off doorways and vents to rooms that aren’t regularly used?
A: Do not shut areas or air vents. Even though it might feel like common sense, it is a waste of your money. Your unit is matched to the duct system on your property. When you block spaces, it generates a lot of pressure and ramps up your blower, the center of your HVAC system. This will make it less efficient and raises your home electric bill.