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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How Long Does A Furnace Last?
A: With proper maintenance, a new furnace should anywhere from 15-20 years.
Q: Do I Really Need A Tune-Up Every Year?
A: Yes! Not only does this improve the performance and efficiency of your system, it also helps find and fix small problems that would've later on caused major issues. It also will help you save some on your energy bill.
Q: How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?
A: 1-2" filters should be changed every three months, 4" filters every six months, and 5" filters every year. if you cant see the material of the filter it is also a sign that the filter should be replaced.
Q: What Can Cause A Furnace To Stop Working?
A: A clogged filter is the #1 cause for a furnace to stop working. Dust and dirt will restrict airflow causing the heat exchanger to overheat and shut off. This also creates creates strain on your furnace, as it will tell itself it needs to work harder to keep the thermostat happy.
Another main cause it neglecting annual maintenance, grime and dirt build up overtime causing burners, igniters, and flame sensors all to stop working as they once did.
Q: What is A Two-Stage Furnace?
A: A Two-Stage furnace allows the furnace to have 2 levels of heat output; high for the coldest days of winter, and low for milder days. this allows the furnace to provide adequate heat distribution. Because the furnace will mostly run on the lower stage, it will also burn less fuel than a single stage furnace that would always run at capacity until the temperature has been met.
Q: IS There Any Benefits Of Setting My Fan To Run Continuously On The Thermostat?
A: Yes, when you leave the fan on it helps filter the air and circulate it to keep the temperature in your home balanced and comfortable.
Q: Do I Have To Replace My Air Conditioner When Replacing My Furnace?
A: No, if your air conditioner is working fine there is no reason it would need to be replaced along with your furnace. Many times it does make sense to do so financially, you will end up saving money by not having to pay for the labor twice, but if your air conditioner is working properly and you have no concerns, it is not necessary.
Q: Do I Have To Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?
A: If your A/C has been giving you trouble, the repairs are only going to get more and more expensive, the price of R22 has skyrocketed as its production has stopped. If your HVAC provider cannot get R22, then they will not be able to fix your A/C. Now imagine everybody that has an R22 A/C experiences problems this summer, and suddenly they all need replacements, the waiting list will fill up fast. If you think you fall into this category we suggest replacing your R22 air conditioner before peak season, this will save you time and money by getting ahead of the rush.
Q: Should I Cover My Air Conditioner In The Winter?
A: It is not necessary to cover your A/C during winter. your equipment is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, no matter the season. Covering your A/C also invites mice and rodents to come stay inside your equipment for the winter as well. This leads to chewed wires, insulation, and whatever else they might see as beneficial for a nest.
Q: Does My Air Conditioner Need Maintenance Every Year?
A: Yes! An air conditioner's coils, filter, refrigerant levels, and more, should be checked annually. Neglecting this ensures a steady decline in your systems performance, and a steady increase on your energy usage.
Q: When Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?
A: If your A/C is more than 10 years old and has been giving you trouble, it may be time for a replacement. The most common cause for A/C replacement is leaking condenser or evaporator coils.
Q: What Are My Ductless Cooling Options?
A: If you don't have a duct system in your home there are still cooling options for you. Mini Splits are heating and cooling systems that allow you to control temperatures in rooms in your home individually. They are made up of two different components, an indoor handling unit which mounts to the wall (can be disguised as decor) and an outdoor compressor/condensing unit.
Central air can still be an option as well, ducts can be installed and an indoor air handler can be put in an attic with the condensing unit outdoors. An HVAC professional can help you decide which would be best for you, and your home if you aren't sure or have questions.
Indoor Air Quality
Q: How Important is Indoor Air Quality?
A: It may surprise you to know that the air in your home can be 100x more polluted than the air outdoors. This means allergens, pollutants, mildew and dust may be circulating your home and affecting you and your families health.
Q: What Are Some Indoor Air Pollutants?
A: The most common indoor air pollutants are dust, pet dander, fabric fibers, pollen, and mold. Other serious indoor air pollutants are Formaldehyde which is in glue that is used for flooring, carpeting, and furniture, and VOCs ( volatile organtic chemicals ) found in many household products such as cleaners, sprays, and air fresheners.
Q: What Are Some Ways I Can Improve My Air Quality In The Winter?
- Pay attention to your furnace filter and make sure it is changed regularly.
- Check your ducts, if you notice dust building up in your vents, chances are the rest of the duct has the same, if not more dirt inside of it. The ducts in your home are the lungs of your house, a duct cleaning should be done about every 5 years. This will also make your furnace and AC more efficient in providing temperature throughout your home.
- Adding a humidifier in your home will also improve air quality. Adding humidity to the air allows you to breathe easier, and controls dust mold and mildew. Germs such as the flu virus like to live and spread in dry air, but will quickly die in a humid
Q: What Is A Duct Cleaning?
A: A professional duct cleaning refers to cleaning all the various heating and cooling components in your home. this includes supply and return air ducts, registers, grilles, heat exchanger, condensing coils, fan motor and filter box. A high powered vacuum is hooked up to the supply or return side of the main duct trunk, and a technician will go to every register in the house using hoses with specific cleaning heads attached, blowing compressed air back to the vacuum. Afterward he will hook the vacuum up to either the supply or return duct again, depending on which was done first, and do the same.
Q: What Is Annual Maintenance?
A: Annual maintenance is when a trained technician services and checks all the working parts of your heating and cooling system. Once in the spring and once in the fall.
Q: Does My System Need Maintenance If It Is Only A Few Years Old?
A: Yes, even if your system is only a few years old, it is important that annual maintenance still gets done. Just like you would change the oil in your car, a heating and cooling system needs to be looked over at least once a year to ensure it is working efficiently and has no minor issues that would later become major issues.
Q: Does My Whole House Air Purifier, Humidifier, Or UV Light Require Annual Maintenance?
A: After installing these products, your HVAC provider should let you know which needs maintenance and when. UV lights typically need to be changed once a year, as well as water panels in humidifiers.