1) What is HVAC?
Its an acronym for HEATING, VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING
2) How long can I expect a new system to last?
With an install by a qualified technician with regular maintenance, industry standards are 12-15yrs on an air conditioner and 20-25 yrs on a furnace.
3) How often should I change my filter?
There is no set answer to this question. A small house with four kids, three dogs, and a cat, will need more frequent filter changes up to once a month. A large house with one person and no pets could go up to three months without needing a filter change. The only way to be sure is to replace your old filter with a new one and check it once a week until the filter is noticeably dirty.
4) What maintenance can I do?
Change your filters on a regular basis.
Clean your outside coils once a month during the cooling season. Always turn power to unit off before washing the coils. Do not use too strong a water stream as you might bend the coil fins. Never put any chemicals on the coils as some can corrode copper and aluminum.
Have your local Air Conditioning company provide equipment checks once a year.
5) Does a programmable thermostat help my electric bills?
Yes, a programmable thermostat provides savings, convenience, and extra comfort for most customers.
Those with a regular schedule and prefer different temperatures when sleeping versus being awake, will appreciate what a programmable thermostat can do for you. A popular benefit is the ability to set the thermostat to drop to a cooler temperature when sleeping yet have the house warmed up by the time you awaken for the day. You can also set the thermostat to automatically turn the unit off while you are at work and then bring the temperature back to a normal, comfortable setting by the time you get home. This saves you money by not having the unit running an unoccupied house all day.
6) How Do I Know if my Existing Equipment Has a Warranty?
Locate the name plate and determine the manufacture date. Give us the model and serial number. We will obtain all warranty information.
7) What is Seer?
Seer stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Electricity is purchased in a unit/measurement called Watts. Whereas the amount of air conditioning is expressed in BTUs (British Thermal Units). The SEER lets you convert watts to BTUs.
For example, if you had a 13.0 SEER unit, you would get 13 BTUs for every watt of power, so the higher SEER the better. Currently the lowest SEER is 13.0 and the highest is 21.0. The higher the SEER, the higher the cost will be to initially install the better equipment. You should take into account how long it will take you to start getting paid back on your initial investment before you decide what SEER you should buy.