Your heating and cooling system is an important part in the function of your home because they affect the comfort levels of your home throughout the year. Many homeowners have questions about their heating and cooling systems as problems arise. Below you will find the answers to some of the most commonly asked heating and cooling questions.
How To Save on Energy Costs
Suggestions to saving on energy costs:
- Upgrading your existing units to a higher efficiency system.
- Adjusting the temperatures on your thermostat.
- Using your ceiling fans to move the air around in your home.
- Changing your furnace filters regularly.
- Maintenance checkups on your systems.
- Installing or upgrading to a programmable thermostat.
Does Bigger Mean Better?
When determining the size of system to get for your home, it is important to know your home’s heating and cooling load. A heating or cooling system that is too big for your home will heat/cool it faster, causing you to have many hot / cold spots and uneven temps and humidity problems throughout your home. If you purchase a system that is to small it will run continuously, struggling to maintain the desired temperature. This will also cause you to pay more monthly. Both to large or to small could potentially shorten the lifespan of your unit along with poor overall comfort.
Should I Repair or Replace?
It is most often stated that if your unit is 10 years or older and is needing major repairs frequently ($700-$1500), it is time to replace it. If your unit is not heating or cooling your home properly – you should replace it. If your heating or cooling unit needs major repairs, replacing the system can be more economical in the short and long run.
Is a Filter Needed in My Air Conditioning Unit?
Yes, your air conditioning unit works with your furnace and does need an air filter. An air filter helps keep you’re AC system and furnace clean from debris. Dirt is the number one cause of your unit breaking down and an air filter helps to make sure that does not happen.
When Should I Replace My Air Filter?
Each system and air filter is different so determining when to change it depends on a number of factors. Commonly you will see that an air filter is changed every 1-3 months. If you are unsure when to change your filter refer back to the manufacturers recommendations. The changing of an air filter can be different for every homeowner based on their type of filter and living conditions; pets, smokers, etc.
If you have more questions about your heating and cooling system please give us a call and we will be happy to answer them.