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FAQs

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How often should my filter be changed and why?

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The main cause of air conditioner breakdowns is usually simple maintenance issues. Changing your filter regularly will save you money by preventing mechanical failures, keep your system working at peak performance, and maintain a healthy air quality. Dirty filters can block normal airflow, reduce your system’s efficiency and cause permanent damage. Most systems have a standard 1” filter and it is recommended that the filter should be replaced monthly. It is possible that your system has a different type of filter. Please contact us for any questions you may have.

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How much can I save with a programmable thermostat?

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One of the easiest ways to save money and energy is to use a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat provides options to regulate indoor temperatures for any season whether you are sleeping, nearby, or away by retaining and repeating multiple temperature settings on a pre set schedule. With a programmable thermostat, you can schedule your heating or air conditioning system’s temperature specifically to your needs and know you are contributing to the fight against global warming, too.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if your thermostat is set back 10° - 15 ° for eight hours, you can save approximately 5% - 15% a year on your heating and cooling bills. Please be aware of a common misconception suggesting that the system works harder than usual to return the space to a comfortable temperature and that this concept is not accurate. A temperature adjustment makes sense if the space is being utilized or unoccupied for four hours or more. Everyday examples are while you are sleeping and while you are away at work. Start saving today by contacting us to find out how a programmable thermostat can help you reduce your energy costs.

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How often should my HVAC system be serviced?

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One step to control energy costs is to schedule annual maintenance checks to make sure your home comfort equipment is running efficiently. Operating dirty home comfort equipment can result in an unnecessary loss of efficiency and can damage the units. Your role is vital in ensuring your system continues to operate at peak performance.

Take the following simple steps to ensure your system is running efficiently:
- Trim brush and shrubbery near outdoor units to prevent airflow obstruction.
- Remove grass clippings, leaves and other debris from the outdoor coil.
- Replace filters as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Reduce clutter around your indoor unit to maintain proper ventilation and efficiency.

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How can a humidifier benefit you and help lower your heating costs?

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A humidifier makes the air inside your home feel warmer and minimizes problems associated with dry air by adding the appropriate amount of moisture. In addition to a healthier home, benefits of a humidifier can be a reduction in respiratory problems, dryness in eyes, and irritations for skin, nose, and throat. Many homeowners have simply reported that breathing is even easier. Additional benefits for your home include the circulation of humidified air, protection of furniture including prevention of wood from cracking and warping, a decrease in shocks from static electricity, and less maintenance regarding filling and cleaning when compared to portable units.

An example of a humidifier maintaining your optimal comfort is explained by comparing a 69° temperature setting at 35% relative humidity which feels just as warm as a 72° temperature setting at 19% humidity thus saving you money and reducing your heating costs.

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Did you know that your heating and cooling system accounts for more than half of your home’s energy costs?

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. To assist in reducing your energy costs, it is recommended that you change your air filter regularly, tune up your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, install a programmable thermostat, and install Energy Star® qualified heating and cooling equipment.

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are critical in maintaining building comfort and employee productivity use a significant amount of electricity. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that space conditioning accounts for over 50% of the total energy use in commercial buildings. Improving the efficiency of HVAC systems can significantly reduce electric operating costs.

The SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, identifies the efficiency of the air conditioner. The higher the SEER rating, the less energy it uses to cool thus reducing operating costs. Older units may have a SEER rating of 8, while ENERGY STAR models must be 14 SEER or higher. Improvements in technology have pushed some ENERGY STAR certified units over 25 SEER rating.