Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked HVAC Questions:

Does the contractor I choose really make a difference?

Answer:

According to leading consumer and trade magazines and the US Department of Energy, the heating and cooling contractor you choose does make a difference. The same equipment can be installed in the same home by two different contractors, and there can be a difference in comfort, equipment efficiency, and overall life.

How can I reduce my energy costs?

Answer:

Here are some suggestions that can help you reduce your energy costs:

  • Upgrade to a high-efficiency system - Swapping your old, inefficient air conditioning system for a high-efficiency one can cut electricity bills by up to one-third. 
  • Adjust the temperature - Typically, adjusting temperatures 5–8 degrees (down in winter, up in summer) can help save energy if you're going to be away from home for several hours.
  • Install ceiling fans – Change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fans. In the summer, the blades should operate in a counter-clockwise direction. In the winter, the blades should operate in a clockwise direction helping to push the warm air from the ceiling down into the room.
  • Have annual maintenance performed – Tuning up your cooling system each spring and your heating system each fall will  help ensure each operates at peak efficiency and can help you identify and resolve any potential issues before a breakdown occurs.
  • Don't block air vents  – Keep your supply and return air vents free of objects like blinds, carpets or furniture so your air conditioner or furnace can operate efficiently and there is even air distribution.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – A programmable thermostat enables you to control your home's temperature when you're away or asleep. For every 1° you lower your thermostat for seven hours per day, you can save approximately one percent on your heating bill.

How do I avoid costly HVAC repairs?

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You can avoid costly HVAC repairs by having your system regularly inspected and maintained by one of our certified technicians.

How should I choose a heating and cooling contractor?

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Look for contractors that fully complete a load calculation to properly size any new equipment. Make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured, and ask for proof of this. Be sure they permit all applicable work. Check their record with the state Attorney General's office. Lastly, seek referrals from friends, family and neighbors with similar values and needs. If they've been happy, odds are that you'll be happy.

Should I be concerned about Indoor Air Quality?

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), your exposure to air pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. Air scrubbers and Active filtration are ways in which we can help rid your home of allergens and toxins to improve your health.

Should I repair or just replace my old heating and cooling unit?

Answer:

If the cost of energy and maintenance seems to be too high, it likely is. A new heating and cooling unit will be worry-free. You won’t have to consider whether the latest Band-Aid repair will get you through the next season. 

Just switching to a modern air conditioning unit with a SEER rating of 16 can save $50/year from the older models that typically have a rating of about 13 or less. If you schedule an appointment we can give you an assessment of just how old your unit is and how much energy savings you can gain by getting a modern high efficiency unit.

When should I replace my AC unit?

Answer:

This is a great question! When your energy bills are starting to irritate you or when you feel that you are starting to get hot and cold spots within your home! Contact us today and we'll help you make the best decision possible!