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Q: What does HVAC stand for?
A: HVAC represents heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
Q: What kind of routine maintenance do I have to do on my heating and cooling system?
A: As a house owner, maintaining your system is truly not rocket science. There are a few factors that you need to keep in mind. The main point to always remember is suitable airflow. This suggests that you will need to take a look at your air filters quite often and replace them out when they are dirty. It also implies that you need to make sure that your air vents aren’t blocked out by items such as furniture. In fact, don’t even shut air vents to rooms that are less regularly used. You are making your system run more than need be, using more electricity to do so, and wasting money. Lastly, don’t forget to arrange an annual tune-up on your A/C system. This must be carried out in the spring. Schedule an annual tune-up on your heater in the autumn.
Q: Why do I have to replace my air filter?
A: Keeping your air filter clean is the fundamental to an efficient working HVAC system. For this reason, it is very important to change it out when it gets dirty. Your air filter might not look like it does a lot but, in reality, it is a key element for the operation of your unit. It keeps your home dust-free while protecting against you from being exposed to allergens and germs. A filthy filter puts pressure on your system’s motor. It makes it run inefficiently and it will not cool or heat your house properly. When it runs inefficiently, then it makes it work harder to do its job. The harder it works, the more it costs you. Be sure to check your filters regularly. If it is filthy, then make sure to swap it out for a brand-new one. Although the type of filter that you get might instruct you to swap it out every 90 days, various factors will alter how often you will need to swap it out. These factors involve animals and whether or not the climate that you live in is dusty. A knowledgeable Oakland HVAC service provider will be able to inform you on what type of filter functions best for your type of system.
Q: Should a loud noise coming out of my air conditioning unit and heater be something that concerns me?
A: Even though your unit seems to be working adequately, your next-door neighbors will thank you for repairing your noisy HVAC system. Clearly, they do not need to know every time your system turns on or off. Additionally, there is enough noise pollution in the world and the last thing that you need to do is be a contributor to it. A loud unit can be triggered by a few factors. They include:
Cooling and heating units that are fabricated these days are put together with a more quiet design. The good news is that you can review one model to another by having a look at their sound ratings. This will really help you decipher which one to purchase for the reason that you don’t want one of the louder styles if it is located right outside your bedroom window. That might not go over so well during the night.
Q: What does IAQ represent?
A: IAQ means Indoor Air Quality. While you may have heard of outdoor air pollution, indoor air pollution is just as risky. In truth, it could be even more of a problem just because there is much more exposure to this form of pollution than outdoor air pollution, as explained by the American Lung Association. Indoor air pollution is the presence of pollutants that exists within your home. New systems can help protect against indoor air pollution since they are produced to help those who deal with allergies and respiratory system challenges. These are often the types of symptoms that are demonstrated from indoor air pollution.
Q: How does my HVAC system move air all throughout my home?
A: Air is pulled through air vents by a fan. Subsequently, the air moves through your ductwork that winds up in your system’s air handler. It is returned to the areas in your house through the air vents or registers that are normally located on your wall, ceilings or floor surfaces.
Q: What should I turn my thermostat to: on or auto?
A: You should certainly choose the ‘auto setting’. This means that air will be distributed 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 constantly. Although this produces a balanced temperature through your home, it also takes a lot more energy. It is a good idea to use the ‘auto’ setting so that you don’t have higher home heating and cooling costs.
Q: I have purchased a new furnace and air conditioning unit. How long should I expect it to last?
A: When your system is completely cared for, you can look forward to your new furnace or air conditioning unit to run for about 15-20 years. Please note that systems become less energy efficient as they grow older. This is among the main causes that homeowners decide on an upgrade. Also, cooling and heating systems do vary and for that reason, their life expectancies do too. The most prevalent variables that set how long a system will run is genuinely appropriate installation and maintenance. Of course, a system that is not adequately installed or taken care of will not last as long as one that is. They also will not run as efficiently. You can get ideal care for your HVAC system by talking to a Oakland HVAC contractor, like SOS XTREME Comfort®.
Q: I will need to get a new heating/cooling system. How do I decide on the correct one for me?
A: First and foremost, you should 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 faster than a smaller sized one. Some homeowners believe that a small unit will minimize their home heating and cooling charges. A unit that is too small will not save money on your electric costs. Some individuals have the mistaken belief that size is an option. As a matter of fact, it is not. The size of your machine should match the size of your ductwork. If not, your home will not feel comfortable and your power statements will increase. A Oakland, New Jersey HVAC service provider will have the ability to help you identify what size your home needs for it to do its job effectively. A properly sized unit will keep your home comfortable and in an energy efficient manner. Make sure to ask your HVAC contractor about operating expenses for the brand-new system that you are interested in. Make sure to go for one that pays itself off. New systems are so energy efficient that you will certainly see a difference on your power expenses and that is how you get a return from your investment decision.
Q: I understand that I will need to have my furnace looked at in the fall and my A/C unit evaluated in the springtime. Why can’t I have the two evaluated together?
A: The entire point of having your system inspected is to make sure that it is functioning correctly. This implies it is capable of keeping your home comfortable while being energy efficient. By checking your system both in the fall and in the spring, a Oakland HVAC service provider will be able to assess them right before they are going to be run the most. It will provide more of a proper analysis of how your system is working during that time of season.
Q: Will a new Oakland HVAC system reduce my power bills?
A: A modern system, specifically when compared to older systems, are significantly more energy efficient. It can save as much as 50% on operating costs. More recent units have a 13 SEER which is the minimum efficiency requirement by law.
Q: My furnace/air conditioner gets the job done regardless of the fact that it is outdated. Why should I upgrade it?
A: Your heating and air conditioning system might get the job done but it definitely won’t work as effectively when it is 12 years old. As they get older, they lose their efficiency and this is reflected on your energy bill monthly. When a unit reduces its efficiency, it is a slow process so you may not detect it right off the bat. When you invest in a brand new unit, you will get the repayment from your investment quite rapidly. You can save as much as 50% on operating expenses. One of the main reasons that property owners upgrade their systems with a new one is to reduce their home heating and cooling costs.
Q: The temperature inside of my house is fine but my unit’s fan seems to be running all of the time. What should I do?
A: Check your thermostat. Property owners accidentally set it to the on position as opposed to the auto position. The on setting makes your fan to blow all the time which uses more electricity.
Q: Can I close off doors and air vents to areas that aren’t ordinarily used?
A: No. You should refrain from doing this for the reason that a system is specifically constructed to match the ductwork and the comfort needs of your home. When you do shut doors and air vents, you overwork your system’s blower motor, causing it to work harder. This makes it less efficient since it will cycle more frequently.
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