How often should I be changing my air filter?
Dependent upon filter type, it should be anywhere between 1 and 6 months. Most standard 1 inch filters require monthly replacement.
Should I cover up my air conditioner in the winter?
Yes, as long as it is a manufacturer’s recommended cover. Otherwise no, to ensure proper ventilation and to prevent rodents/unwanted visitors from nesting in your equipment. It is more important to have a thorough air conditioner tune-up to ensure your equipment made it through the winter.
Is bigger always better when it comes to heating and cooling equipment?
Not at all! The only thing an over-sized system will do is cost you money. An over-sized furnace or air conditioner will not only cost more on the initial installation but it will also cost more to operate. Your system will need to be carefully sized according to several factors. Most complaints about certain rooms not heating or cooling properly are actually caused by improper duct sizing/installation.
How often should I have my system serviced?
A residential air-conditioner should be tuned-up once a year to check critical components and refrigerant levels. A residential furnace should be tuned-up once a year as well to ensure all safety features are functioning. These are typically performed at the start of each heating and cooling season to ensure the most efficient operation and safety as well as minimize potential failures.
Will a programmable thermostat save me money?
Yes. But only if you use it properly. You must take the time to properly program to set back while the space being heated or cooled is not occupied. Most thermostats have the ability to have multiple settings throughout the day. An example would be to have the thermostat bring space to the desired temperature 30 minutes before waking. As you leave the space for the day the thermostat then should be programmed to a higher temperature for cooling and lower temperature for heating or “Set back temp”. Then 30 minutes before you are to arrive back it should be programmed to the desired temperature while you occupy the space. Then the thermostat should set back at bedtime.
What can be done to my system to improve indoor air-quality?
Several things can be done to improve air-quality. The first and most common is through air-filtration. Most common furnace filters are not capable of filtering out small allergens, but with the combination of media filtering and electronic cells we get the most allergen filtration. U.V. lighting is also a good option for killing virus and bacteria throughout your home. A humidifier will improve air-quality in the winter when dry air causes issues with dry skin and sinuses as well. By bringing humidity levels to normal ranges with a whole house humidifier these symptoms are usually alleviated.