SOS XTREME Comfort® provides the best heating and cooling repair services in Montague. 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 Montague 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 Montague 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 signify?
A: You may have heard this term before. It is often 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 care do I want to do on my heating and air conditioning system?
A: The solution to HVAC upkeep is adequate airflow. This means that just about anything that minimizes airflow should be instantly taken care of. Things like dust, debris, or dirt should be removed. Your air filters should generally be clean for proper circulation. A yearly tune-up on your AC should be planned in the early spring and a yearly tune-up on your heating system should be set up in the fall.
Q: How do I know when to switch out my air filter?
A: There is no solid answer to this question. This is just because one household will definitely call for a different amount of filter changes than another. A residence that has family pets or is located in a dusty climate will require more filter changes. Regardless, it is advisable to inspect them once a month. Mark the calendar as a reminder. Life can get busy and just remembering something like checking your HVAC filter can slip through the cracks. When you look at it, thoroughly examine it. Make sure that it does not appear dirty. Never let more than 90 days between air filter changes. In addition, when it does appear dirty, make sure to swap it out even if you just replaced it a couple of weeks ago. The secret to an efficiently working HVAC system is proper filtration.
Q: How do I have an idea when my AC, furnace, 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 change from one brand name to another but this is mostly standard. It also fluctuates according to the business that installed it. A trusted Montague cooling and heating company, like SOS XTREME Comfort®, will be able to give you more details on your equipment and let you know if the warranty for your unit is still valid.
Q: Should a loud noise coming out of my AC and heating system be something that concerns me?
A: A rackety cooling and heating unit can be annoying to you and your next-door neighbors. Even if your system seems to be performing decently, no one wishes to know when your system is kicking on or off. This is certainly the case when your unit is in close proximity to a bedroom window. Also, sound pollution is a legitimate issue and a noisy HVAC system definitely adds to it. The reason that your equipment is so noisy is generally because of the following:
- Your unit is older
- The type of unit you have
- Your compressor-insulted or not
Thankfully, new systems have sound ratings that you can compare. Most contemporary units are constructed to be quieter than their earlier counterparts. Sound ratings will direct you as to which model might work better for you. A quieter model will be more suitable if there is a bedroom close by.
Q: I have knowledge of the hazards of carbon monoxide. Is this something I have to be concerned about?
A: Carbon monoxide is a problem that you should definitely be concerned about. It is a good idea to get a CO alarm in your home due to the fact that you will not be able to determine whether or not there is a leak in your home otherwise. Proper care and upkeep of your HVAC unit can prevent CO leaks.
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: How does my HVAC system push air all throughout my home?
A: Your HVAC system essentially operates by drawing air through your air vents. This air, then travels to your system’s air handler. The conditioned air is then pushed back into your home through your vents or registers. These vents are commonly found on your walls. In some cases, they are located on your ceilings or floor surfaces.
Q: What should I set my thermostat to: on or auto?
A: You really should utilize the ‘auto setting’. This means that air will be distributed throughout your house 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 continuously. Although this generates an even temperature through your home, it also uses a lot more power. It is a good idea to use the ‘auto’ setting so that you don’t have high home cooling and heating fees.
Q: I just got a new cooling and heating system. Should I have a programmable thermostat put in too?
A: Property owners are becoming more conscious of the electric use in their homes. An uncomplicated device, like a programmable thermostat, is letting house owners become more knowledgeable about their home heating and air conditioning expenses. It allows homeowners to adjust the temperature of their house based on their needs and agendas. This saves them a lot of money given that they don’t have to keep in mind to turn the thermostat up or down just before going out of the house or before going to bed. In the hustle and bustle of life, many individuals neglect to do this. For instance, you can set up your thermostat to warm up your home right before you get out of bed in the morning rather than waiting for you to get out of bed to do it. You can also do this just before you get home from work. It is quite a convenient, economical device.
Q: I know that I have to have my furnace checked out in the autumn and my cooling system assessed in the springtime. Why can’t I have the two inspected together?
A: The entire aim of having your system checked out is to make sure that it is performing correctly. This implies it is capable of keeping your house comfortable while being energy efficient. By checking your system both in the autumn and in the spring season, a Montague HVAC company will be able to evaluate them right before they are going to be operated the most. It will give them more of a correct analysis of how your system is functioning during that time of year.
Q: Will a brand-new Montague HVAC system reduce my utility bills?
A: New HVAC systems are much more energy efficient than their previous counterparts were. By requirement, they need to have a 13 SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This indicates that they are significantly energy efficient. There are even systems that have a higher SEER rating than 13. The greater the rating, the more efficient that it is. With a 13 SEER, you can save as much as 50% on operating charges.
Q: My furnace/air conditioner does work though it is older. Why should I replace it?
A: There are a couple of reasons to replace your system. In your case, when your system is more than 12 years old, then it does not perform as efficiently. This is because systems lose their efficiency as they age. This translates into higher electric costs given that it has to work harder to keep your home comfortable. A new unit can definitely make a huge difference on your energy statements and your home’s comfort levels. By keeping your older unit, you are paying more monthly than you ought to be. You can save as high as 50% of your operating fees. This indicates that you will get your return on your investment quickly. You might not wish to purchase a new unit but you will be glad that you did when you notice that it pays itself off rapidly and after that, you will be able to invest your money on other things outside of home heating and air conditioning costs.
Q: I want to landscape my backyard in the spring. Can I plant near my outdoor unit?
A: You can plant close to your unit but we recommend that you leave 18 inches around your unit clear from any plants. This enables suitable air circulation which your unit needs to have for it to perform well. Otherwise, your system could get too hot which results in an unwanted service call.