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Q: What does HVAC signify?
A: You may have heard this term before. It is generally used in the industry to refer to your heating and cooling system. It literally stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
Q: What type of routine maintenance do I have to do on my cooling and heating system?
A: The solution to HVAC care is efficient ventilation. This suggests that just about anything that limits airflow should be quickly addressed. Things like dust, debris, or dirt should be cleared away. Your air filters should always be clean for proper circulation. An annual tune-up on your A/C should be scheduled in the spring and an annual tune-up on your heater should be set up in the fall time.
Q: How do I know when to switch out my air filter?
A: There is no concrete solution to this question. This is just because one home will require a different quantity of filter changes than another. A home that has pets or is located in a dusty climate will need more filter changes. Regardless, it is advisable to take a look at them once a month. Mark the calendar as a reminder. Life can get very busy and remembering something like checking your HVAC filter can slip through the cracks. When you look at it, thoroughly examine it. Be sure that it does not seem dirty. Never let more than 90 days in between air filter changes. In addition, when it does seem dirty, make sure to swap it out even if you just replaced it a couple of weeks ago. The key to a properly working HVAC system is proper filtration.
Q: What does IAQ mean?
A: IAQ represents Indoor Air Quality. Even though you may have heard of outdoor air pollution, indoor air pollution is just as risky. In truth, it can possibly be even more of a problem just because there is much more exposure to this kind of pollution than outdoor air pollution, as explained by the American Lung Association. Indoor air pollution is the exposure of pollutants that exists within your home. New systems can help protect against indoor air pollution since they are produced to help those who struggle with allergies and respiratory challenges. These are often the types of symptoms that are manifested from indoor air pollution.
Q: Should I wrap my outside unit over the wintertime?
A: Do not cover your unit. These machines are fabricated to stand up to the coldest of winter seasons. If a situation were to happen where someone in your household turns on the air conditioner when it is covered, then a lot of issues can occur. Mainly, your condenser and its components might be majorly damaged.
Q: How can I make my system work even more efficiently without needing to exchange it?
A: When you don’t wish to replace your unit, you should properly maintain it. This means that you, as the house owner, have to do some preventative upkeep on your unit as well as organize a tune-up every 6 months. It is highly recommended to arrange one in the early spring just before the hot weather hits and organize one in the fall, just before the winter weather arrives. By doing this, you can increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC system by nearly 5% -10%. This makes a huge difference on your electric bill. Another strategy to keep your cooling and heating system energy efficient is by just changing out dirty air filters. Make sure that you don’t get the least expensive filters. They normally get filthy quite frequently which affects how much electrical power your cooling and heating system uses. When you choose superior quality filters, it keeps your system clean which turns into big financial benefits considering that it will not need to perform as hard. Don’t forget not to shut the registers or air vents in your house. The key to making your system run adequately is adequate air circulation. Always remember about your exterior unit. Be sure to enable enough space all around your exterior unit for it to ‘breathe’.
Q: I will need to buy a new heating/cooling system. How do I get the correct one for me?
A: The first feature that you must take into consideration is size. The model has to be the best size for your house. Many house owners make the error of buying systems that are too big, thinking that the system will warm up or cool their house more rapidly. Other homeowners invest in units that are too little, believing that their units will use less energy and because of this, save money. This is a big no-no. Your unit must complement the size of your home so that it can properly heat or cool it. A Park Ridge, New Jersey heating and cooling pro, like SOS XTREME Comfort®, has the proficiency to match your unit. Also, be sure to review operating expenses of your system with your contractor. You want a system that, ultimately, pays you back. Make sure to invest in a system that, on a monthly basis, offsets the expense of the unit with the help of your power bill.
Q: I just invested in a new heating and cooling system. Should I have a programmable thermostat installed also?
A: A programmable thermostat can work wonders on your home heating and air conditioning expenses. Unless you have the memory of an elephant, it turns your temperature up or down based on your set routine. This means that you don’t have the responsibility of going out for the day and always remembering to set the temperature. Let’s be realistic. In the stress of life, many individuals are running out the door and simply don’t have the time to consider things like that. Your programmable thermostat remembers for you. This saves money on cooling and heating expenses by changing the thermostat up or down when you are not home. You will not pay to heat or cool an empty house. It also keeps your home at a more comfortable temp since you can get out of bed to a warm house in the winter and in the summer, you can return from work to a pleasingly cooled house.
Q: I comprehend that I will need to have my furnace checked in the fall and my air conditioning system examined in the spring. Why can’t I have both tuned up at the exact same time?
A: The entire aim of having your system examined is to make sure that it is running correctly. This means it is capable of keeping your house comfortable while being energy efficient. By checking your system both in the autumn and in the springtime, a Park Ridge HVAC company will have the ability to inspect them right before they are going to be put to use the most. It will give them more of an accurate reading of how your system is working during that time of year.
Q: Will a new Park Ridge HVAC system decrease my electrical bills?
A: New HVAC systems are much more energy efficient than their prior equivalents . By law, they have to have a 13 SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This indicates that they are very energy efficient. There are also designs that have a greater SEER rating than 13. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient that it is. With a 13 SEER, you can save as high as 50% on operating costs.
Q: My furnace/air conditioner does work even if it is older. Why should I change it?
A: Although your heating and cooling system is functioning, when it is over 12 years old, it stops working as well. For that reason, you are paying more on your monthly energy bill in order for it to try to keep your home comfortable. New systems can save as much as 50% on operating expenses so they pay themselves off in a very short time. It may possibly not be an expense that you anticipated but you will be grateful that you did. An additional feature of an updated unit is that it will keep your home more comfortable.
Q: I want to landscape my property in the summer. Can I plant near my outdoor unit?
A: Landscaping your backyard can be enjoyable and an excellent way to spruce up your outdoor areas. When it relates to your outdoor equipment, you have to be careful. It necessitates plenty of space to be able to breathe. This means that you have to allow for 18 inches above and across your unit for proper air circulation. This will make it possible for it to work as wanted to ensure your house will feel comfortable. If you take the chance of planting too close to it, then you may find yourself requesting a preventable repair job.
Q: The temperature inside of my home is fine but my unit’s fan seems to be running all of the time. What should I do?
A: More than likely, your thermostat is set to the ‘on’ setting. It is advisable to have it set to the ‘auto’ setting. This setting will conserve energy. The other setting, or the ‘on’ setting, does create a pleasant even temperature all throughout your home but it takes a lot of power to perform this. It does this by making your fan blow all the time which equates into much higher electric costs. The ‘auto’ position should be sufficient for you to keep your home comfortable.
Q: Can I shut doors and vents to areas that aren’t ordinarily used?
A: Do not close off areas or vents. Though it may feel like common sense, it is a waste of your resources. Your unit is matched to the duct system in your home. When you close off air vents, it builds a lot of pressure and ramps up your blower, the center of your HVAC system. This makes it less efficient and increases your home electric expenses.
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