What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?
This isn’t a question that can be answered with any degree of accuracy over the Internet. A load calculation needs to be performed by an experienced HVAC technician. Factors like the size of your home, the number of occupants, the quality and type of insulation, the location and quality of windows and doors and many others will be taken into consideration to ensure the most accurate results possible.
What do SEER, MERV and All Those Air Conditioner and Heating Ratings Mean?
All of these ratings refer to the efficiency of a piece of heating and cooling equipment and its components. SEER ratings, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio ratings, are used for air conditioners and equals the cooling output divided by electrical input during a typical season. MERV ratings, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value ratings, refer to the effectiveness of HVAC air filters. AFUE ratings, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency ratings, reflect the efficiency of heating equipment like furnaces.
How do I Know if I Have an Existing Warranty on My Furnace, Air Conditioner or HVAC System?
If you purchased the equipment yourself, you may still have the original paperwork tucked away. If not, try to find the model and serial number of the equipment. By supplying it to the manufacturer, you should be able to find out whether any warranty still exists. Another way to find out is by having a professional HVAC contractor take a look for you.
Which Type of System is Better: Ductless, Heat Pump or Central Air Conditioning?
That all depends on the design of your home and on your personal heating and cooling needs. If your home doesn’t have ducts, a ductless system is an efficient and cost-effective option to consider. Heat pumps are remarkably efficient. In areas that experience mild climates, they can provide all of the heating and cooling you need. Central air conditioning works well in homes with existing ductwork and for people who are on tighter budgets.
How to Improve Air Quality and Circulation?
If the air in your home seems stuffy or clammy, you may not have enough air circulating through it. A ventilation system can help a lot. In terms of air quality, an air purification system is the way to go. This type of system can be installed directly onto existing components. Installation is fast and easy, and airborne particulates are trapped so they don’t continue to circulate around your home.
What is the Best Thermostat Setting for My Air Conditioner?
There are no hard and fast rules about setting a thermostat for an air conditioner. However, most people aim for a temperature of between 76 and 79 degrees. This is optimal because it provides the right amount of comfort and decent efficiency, so you don’t end up with astronomical electric bills.
Why Does My Air Conditioner Turn On and Off?
A number of things could be happening. Try to figure out whether the whole unit shutting on and off or just the fans. If it’s the entire system, the thermostat may be to blame. If the fans are still working, though, the compressor may be experiencing problems. The only way to know for sure is by hiring an HVAC contractor to come out and diagnose the issue for you.
Why Does My Air Conditioner Leak Water?
The first thing to realize is that it’s normal for air conditioners to produce water. They condense humidity, which then turns into liquid, or condensate. It needs to drain away somewhere, and that’s typically into a drain in the basement or someplace right outside the home. If you discover puddles of water, though, it probably means that the drain pan or drain is clogged. Algae and other growths develop in these places, and the issue is quite easy to resolve.
Why Does My Air Conditioner Keep Freezing Up?
If you keep finding ice on your air conditioner, the cold coil may not be receiving enough warm air. This may be because of a refrigerant leak. When refrigerant levels drop, icing can occur. This may also be because airflow is being impeded somehow. A few other things may be to blame, but they all require professional intervention.
Do You Provide Freon Replacement?
Freon, which is also known as R-22 refrigerant, is being phased out by the EPA. It is no longer going to be available at all as of 2020. In the meantime, recycled and reclaimed supplies of Freon continue to be available. We are able to provide Freon replacements, but we also recommend retrofitting old R-22 systems over to more eco-friendly refrigerants. After all, Freon is highly detrimental to the environment because it helps to deplete the ozone layer. Another option is to replace the air conditioning system entirely, which will also lead to improved efficiency.
What are the Benefits of an Air Conditioning Tune-Up?
You can’t expect an air conditioning system to operate effectively and efficiently without periodic tune-ups. Fortunately, HVAC contractors can do this work for very affordable prices. Regular tune-ups include cleanings, inspections and minor repairs and replacements. This work results in more efficient and reliable equipment. It can also help equipment to last a lot longer, which helps you avoid costly replacements. It’s amazing what a small amount of work can do. Ask us about setting up a maintenance plan for your heating and air conditioning system.
What Does Duct Cleaning Do?
The top benefit of duct cleaning is that it helps to improve indoor air quality. Dust, dirt and other debris build up in the ducts of a home over time. As air is forced through the ducts, it picks up small amounts of these contaminants, which are then blown into rooms around the house. Duct cleaning can also protect equipment, which helps it operate more efficiently and last a lot longer.