Heating and A/C FAQ’s
Heating and air conditioning systems are essential to our modern lives. Yet, very few people know even the basics of maintenance and care for this important system. Often referred to as the HVAC system, this vital system is responsible for providing a comfortable and consistent temperature for the entire home. Below are some of the most common questions that homeowners have about their HVAC systems.
Should I Invest in My Heating and Cooling System?
While not as glamorous as a new pool or remodeled kitchen, your heating and cooling system is essential in providing a safe, healthy and reliable temperature to everyone living in your home. Additionally, a properly installed HVAC system will increase the value of your home. If you’re looking for a more immediate payoff, a new and maintained system will dramatically reduce your utilities expenses. Investing in maintaining or replacing your HVAC system will certainly be worth it.
Does a HVAC System Need Regular Maintenance?
A heating and air conditioning system is a series of complex components. Over time, these components wear down and require maintenance. Every homeowner should have a HVAC specialist visit and maintain their system at least once per year. These annual visits will help prevent a system failure that will be much more costly. The specialist will be able to determine if something is about to go wrong and take action accordingly. Additionally, the air filter needs to be changed regularly, although this does not require a specialist.
How Often Do I Need to Change the HVAC Filter?
Air filters are an essential aspect of your HVAC system. They help protect the sensitive components within the system and also improve the air quality of your home. Air filters should be replaced every 1 to 3 months, depending on your exact system. Some HVAC systems will have unique requirements, such as a higher rated filtration system or more powerful fan motor. These factors will influence how often you need to change your air filter. As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t go longer than three months without checking on your filter. If it’s dirty, replace it!
How Can I Tell If My HVAC System Is Inefficient?
Nobody wants an inefficient HVAC system. Fortunately, there are a number of symptoms that you can keep an eye out for so that you can correct the problem causing the inefficiency before it becomes a much more serious issue:
-Uneven temperature between rooms.
-Unusual or loud noises.
-Increasingly high utility bills.
-System never shuts off.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should immediately check your air filter. Sometimes an air filter that doesn’t fit properly will cause these symptoms. If that’s not the culprit, you’ll need to contact a HVAC specialist immediately to prevent the problem from worsening.
How Long Will My Air Conditioner Last?
The average lifespan of an air conditioner is 15 years. However, a number of factors can impact the longevity of an air condition. Letting a problem worsen without having it repaired will greatly reduce the lifespan of your air conditioner. Additionally, it must be installed properly and thoroughly to avoid unnecessary problems.
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