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Our products are among the longest lasting heating and cooling products available. For your specific equipment, there are many variables that affect life expectancy, and of course, the regularity of routine maintenance.
Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is a measure of your furnaces heating efficiency. Specifically, it is the ratio of annual output energy compared to annual input energy. The higher the AFUE percentage is, the more efficient the furnace.
IAQ stands for Indoor Air Quality. Good indoor air quality is essential to generally staying healthy. If you, or someone else that lives in your home, has allergies or asthma, their quality of life could be substantially better by improving the quality of your indoor air. Most people don’t know this, but the air outside is often cleaner than the air INSIDE, it’s worth the effort to evaluate your options.
There are several factors to consider when deciding whether to repair your failing system, or replace it. If your system is more than 12 years old, it is likely a bit behind in terms of efficiency, which means your system has to work harder and use more energy to make your home comfortable. You also need to evaluate the cost of the repair versus investing in a new system. The older your unit is, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to see significant savings in your energy bill by upgrading, enough to pay for the new system in a relatively short amount of time.
Choosing a new unit can be a daunting task, one that is made easiest with the assistance of your trusted heating and air conditioning contractor. A good rule of thumb is to choose a manufacturer that has a good reputation for quality and durability. If high efficiency is important to you, research units with a high SEER rating. Tell your contractor your needs and they will find the unit best suited for you, and will size it accordingly.
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. To put it simply, it covers every aspect of heating and cooling your home, from your air conditioning unit, to your duct work that sends the cooled or heated air through your home.
Your heating and cooling system works very hard to keep your home at a comfortable and consistent temperature all year round. Your heating and cooling system works even harder than your car, would you skip an oil change? Performing regular maintenance, twice a year, maximizes the life span of your system, and can uncover problem areas that can be repaired BEFORE it’s too late and a system replacement is necessary. You should have your system serviced regularly to ensure maximum efficiency and to prevent major issues from popping up unexpectedly.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit will perform.
How often you need replace your filter is really based on several factors. If you off of, or near, an unpaved road, you will likely need to change your filter every month due to the amount of dust flying through the air. If you have pets with fur, you’ll also want to change it every month, as pet hair definitely clogs up your filter pretty quickly. Same goes if you, or someone in your home, has allergies of any sort, you’ll want to change it monthly to stay on top of eliminating the allergens in the air inside your home. Now, if none of those apply to you, congratulations, that means you should at least check it monthly, but you might just have to replace it bi-monthly.
DO NOT do it yourself! However, before calling us out, there are a few things you can check yourself and potentially save a call. Make sure your air conditioner or furnace is plugged in. Check the breakers and make sure none of them are flipped. Also check your thermostat, if you’ve changed your filter recently, you may have forgotten to turn it back on. Lastly, make note of any odd noises or smells coming from your unit and mention them when calling to make your appointment.