HVAC units provide comfortable living conditions within the home. They are a valuable commodity but are expensive if they need replacing. Most homeowners are aware that they need to maintain their unit for proper health regularly. By doing so, you avoid preventable issues. But, unless you are experienced working with these systems, it’s hard to know the best course of action. As industry professionals in air condition and heating, we’ve fielded a lot of questions over the years. We’ve put them together to help you find solutions to the most common issues about your HVAC system.

What does HVAC stand for?

HVAC is an acronym for Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning. It’s the system in your home that provides thermal comfort whether it be heating or cooling.

How can I save money on my energy bills?

There are many ways you can improve your energy consumption. You can start with an upgrade to an efficient system. The government regulates all units, but you can find ones with higher ratings. Change your furnace filters often and have regular maintenance inspections to ensure everything works correctly. Make sure your thermostat is programmable. When you’re out of the house for more than a few hours, adjust the temperature.

How often should I have my air conditioning unit checked?

You can get away with an annual inspection. If you want your system to last longer, have someone look it over before the weather turns. That would mean once in the spring and once in the fall.

How often do I replace the filter?

The answer directly correlates to the unit installed. Every manufacturer has different regulations. Typically speaking, thinner filters will last a few months. If you have a thicker, higher-quality installed, you can assume it will last anywhere from six months to a year. The best way to confirm is to call your trusted HVAC contractor.

Do I need a larger system to experience better performance?

You need a unit that directly corresponds to the square footage of your home. An air conditioning and heating contractor can help you make that assessment. Buying one that is larger will definitely help cool or heat the house faster, but it will start and stop frequently. This action can lead to the unit shorting out at a much faster rate. The same can be said for a unit that is too small. It will have to work harder to regulate the temperature.

I often see SEER and EER attached to HVAC systems, what does that mean?

In 2006, the government began to instill regulations on energy efficiency for all HVAC unit. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency and is the system used to determine the energy rating for the overall system. EER stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio and is a secondary method for determining the energy consumption. The higher the score, the better your unit is expected to perform.

How does the air move throughout the home?

Located throughout your home are air vents called return grills. A fan will draw air in through these ventilation points. The air then moves throughout the house via the “handler.” It’s then later returned to the central device through supply vents.

Is it possible to add coolant to the system without the need for an inspection?

For over 25-years, it’s been illegal to put refrigerants into the atmosphere. The reason is that they can potentially cause severe damage to the ozone. When refrigerants are removed, they need to be recycled by a professional. Therefore, it would be illegal and unethical to do so without proper inspection of the system.

What’s better, repairing or replacing our HVAC unit?

Depending on the age you may get away with just repairs. However, if it’s older than seven years and is continuously requiring maintenance, then you’ll want a new unit. If your system completely fails to heat or cool your home, it’s time to get a new unit regardless of age. When begins to start and stop in attempts to heat or cool the house, it is exhausting your energy efficiency. An air conditioning and heating contractor can install a new one that will save you money on electricity bills.

Have more questions about your HVAC unit, talk to a professional air conditioning and heating contractor. Busy Bee has been helping clients find effective solutions to their HVAC needs. Visit our website to see our service areas and to get in touch.

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