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Common Questions about Heating and Air Conditioning Units

With the constant rising cost of living, energy efficiency is a common priority for most homeowners. That being said, improving the efficiency of your HVAC system can help reduce your household utility costs. To help keep your system running efficiently, we’ve answered some common HVAC questions our clients often have.

How do I know if I need a new heater or air conditioner?

If your HVAC system requires constant repairs, is 15 years or older, or can’t heat or cool your home properly, we recommend you replace it. New natural gas furnaces are more efficient and can save you up to 50% on your annual fuel costs over propane furnaces.

How can I increase the efficiency and lifetime of my HVAC system?

Although there are several ways to increase the efficiency and longevity of your system, one of the best ways is to clean and replace your air filters frequently. Another simple thing you can do is to have curtains or shades installed in rooms that are exposed to extreme sunlight.

What does AFUE mean?

AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. It is exactly like SEER, except it applies to gas and heating systems instead of cooling. The higher the AFUE, the less money you will spend warming your home during the winter months.

What does SEER & HSPF mean?

SEER refers to "seasonal energy efficient ratio" It is a ratio that calculates the cooling output of the system over an average cooling season and is divided by the total energy used. The higher the number the more efficient the unit.

HSPF refers to "heating seasonal performance factor"It is defined as the ratio of heat output (measured in BTUs) over the heating season to electricity used (measured in watt-hours). The higher the number the more efficient the unit. A rating of at least 10 is required to qualify for rebates.

How often should I change my air filters?

Whether you have disposable or reusable filters, it is crucial that you change them at least once every two months. Allergy sufferers in your home will thank you for preventing dust and particle build-up in the filters through routine cleaning. Check your filters and if they look dirty, it is time to clean or replace them.

Why is it important that I change the filters frequently?

Keeping the filters clean will help your air conditioner or heater operate at its peak performance. It assures your unit has optimal airflow and improves the indoor air quality.

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