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Q: What does HVAC signify?
A: HVAC is an acronym that represents heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
Q: What kind of care do I have to do on my heating and air conditioning system?
A: The trick to HVAC upkeep is suitable circulation. This implies that just about anything that reduces airflow should be instantly fixed. Things like dust, debris, or dirt should be cleared away. Your air filters should always be clean for proper circulation. A yearly tune-up on your A/C should be set up in the spring season and a yearly tune-up on your heater should be arranged in the autumn.
Q: Why do I have to replace my air filter?
A: Keeping your air filter well-maintained is the essential to a reliable working HVAC system. Because of this, it is important to switch it out when it gets dirty. Your air filter might not look like it does much but, as a matter of fact, it is a key factor for the function of your system. It keeps your house 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 suitably. 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 dirty, then make sure to swap it out for a brand-new one. Regardless of the fact that the variety of filter that you purchase might instruct you to change it out every 90 days, specific factors will alter how frequently you should swap it out. These variables involve household pets and whether or not the climate that you live in is dusty. A qualified Westbrookville HVAC company will have the capacity to inform you on what type of filter operates best for your type of system.
Q: How do I identify when to remove and replace my air filter?
A: There is no precise solution to this question. This is simply because one household will call for a different quantity of filter changes than another. A residence that has household pets or is located in a dusty environment will need to have more filter changes. Regardless, it is a good idea to inspect them once a month. Mark the calendar as a reminder. Life can get very busy and remembering something like inspecting 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. Additionally, when it does appear dirty, be sure to swap it out even if you just removed and replaced it a couple of weeks ago. The solution to an efficiently working HVAC system is proper filtration.
Q: What does IAQ mean?
A: IAQ is a term that all house owners should be aware of. It is a term that indicates Indoor Air Quality. In the news bulletins and media, outdoor air pollution is a prevalent theme. That being said, indoor air pollution poses more of a problem to house owners than outdoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution is identified as the amount of pollution that exists within a structure like your home. Direct exposure to these pollutants is more prevalent than you might realize. Newly constructed houses are built so that there is not nearly enough ventilation or exchange between outdoor and indoor air. This is great for energy efficiency but it does present a challenge for air quality. A property owner can avoid this complication by having a system that is made to make improvements to air quality.
Q: What are the reasons for 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 move air throughout my home?
A: Air is drawn through air vents by a fan. At that point, the air travels through your air ducts that winds up in your system’s air handler. It is returned to the spaces at home through the air vents or registers that are usually situated on your wall, ceilings or floors.
Q: What should I set my thermostat to: on or auto?
A: If you would like to make your house as energy efficient as possible, then be sure to set your thermostat to the ‘auto’ setting as an option. This setting makes the fan operate only when it is necessary. The ‘on’ setting makes your fan work constantly. Though this is great when you wish to have air consistently filtered through your home, it uses considerably even more energy. This, is turn, will spike your utility expenses.
Q: I have installed a brand-new furnace and air conditioner. How much time should I expect it to last?
A: Typically, a new furnace or air conditioning unit can last roughly 10-20 years when it is properly cared for. However, some people like to change them sooner than that due to the fact that as a system gets older, it becomes less efficient. Life expectancies of systems are different. Proper installation and routine maintenance are the primary aspects that affect the life span of a HVAC system. By effectively maintaining it, you will guarantee that your system runs more efficiently. Be sure to select a Westbrookville HVAC company, like SOS XTREME Comfort®, to service your heating and cooling system.
Q: I want to invest in a new heating/cooling system. How do I find the right one for me?
A: When it relates to your HVAC unit, size does matter. Some people think that if they buy a big unit, then they will have more of a comfortable house or that it will do the job more rapidly. Others think that if they purchase a little unit, then they will be saving money on their electrical power monthly bills. The truth is that you need an unit that matches the ducting system in your house. This is the only way that a unit will effectively cool down or heat up your property. To find out what size you really are looking for, you will need to speak to a Westbrookville, New York HVAC licensed contractor. They will have the ability to calculate what size your system requires in order to keep your house comfortable while using the very least amount of power. They will also have the capacity to identify what the operating expense will be of a brand-new system. You want to choose a system that helps make your investment worthwhile. Many current systems are so energy efficient that the savings that you gain on your utility bill will ultimately pay off the cost of a new system.
Q: I just bought a new cooling and heating system. Should I have a programmable thermostat put in as well?
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 agenda. This indicates that you don’t have the chore of going out for the whole day and trying to remember to set the temperature. Let’s be real. In the stress of life, most people are rushing out the door and simply don’t have the time to recall things like that. Your programmable thermostat remembers for you. This saves money on heating and air conditioning expenses by changing the temperature level up or down when you are away. You will not pay to heat or cool an empty house. It also keeps your home at a more comfortable temp because you can get out of bed to a warm house in the winter and in the summer, you can return from work to a nicely cooled house.
Q: I comprehend that I must have my furnace assessed in the fall and my cooling system looked at in the spring season. Why can’t I have both of these tested together?
A: Your equipment should really be examined to make sure that it is running appropriately. It also makes sure that it is running properly and safely. It is recommended to examine each system before you need them the most. The autumn and the spring season will enable an HVAC expert to entirely run your system and will give your licensed contractor a more precise result of how your system is doing.
Q: Will an updated Westbrookville HVAC system reduce my power bills?
A: A new Westbrookville HVAC system will undoubtedly save you money. It will drop your home heating and air conditioning expenses. A system’s efficiency is established by its SEER rating. SEER is a term in the HVAC industry that represents Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. New models are mandated by law to have a minimum 13 SEER rating. With a SEER 13, operating costs may be lowered by as much as 50%. This suggests that, yes, your brand-new system will unquestionably reduce your electrical bills.
Q: My furnace/air conditioner works even if it is old. Why should I removed and replace it?
A: There are a couple of reasons to remove and replace your system. In your circumstance, when your system is more than 12 years old, then it does not run as efficiently. This is simply because systems lose their efficiency as they age. This translates into higher electrical statements given that it has to work more to try to keep your home comfortable. A brand-new unit can most certainly make a big difference on your power charges and your home’s comfort levels. By keeping your old unit, you are paying more each month than you need to be. You can save as much as 50% of your operating fees. This means that you will get your return on your investment quickly. You might not prefer to invest in a new unit but you will be glad that you did when you notice that it pays itself off rapidly and then, you will have the capacity to spend your money on other things outside of home cooling and heating expenses.
Q: I want to landscape my yard in the early spring. Can I plant near my outside unit?
A: Landscaping your property can be fun and a wonderful way to beautify your outside areas. When it concerns your outdoor system, you will have to be careful. It really needs plenty of space to be able to breathe. This signifies that you have to provide 18 inches above and all around your unit for proper air circulation. This will permit it to run as wanted to make sure that your home will feel comfortable. If you take the chance of planting too close to it, then you may wind up needing an avoidable 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 recommended to have it on the ‘auto’ setting. This setting will save electricity. The other setting, or the ‘on’ setting, does create a good even temperature in your home but it takes a lot of energy to accomplish this. It carries this out by making your fan blow constantly which translates into much higher electrical power charges. The ‘auto’ setting should be sufficient just to keep your home comfortable.
Q: Can I shut doorways and air vents to rooms that aren’t typically used?
A: Do not shut rooms or air vents. Though it may feel like common sense, it is a waste of your money. Your unit is matched to the duct system in your house. When you block areas, it builds a lot of pressure and ramps up your blower, the heart of your HVAC system. This will make it less efficient and increases your home electric costs.
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