Top 10 HVAC FAQs You Need To Know
So you just had your new HVAC system installed for your home or you have had your heating and air conditioning systems for a long time now. Ever wondered what it takes to keep the HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently? Then you got to read the top 10 HVAC FAQs compiled for your understanding by the experts at Deluxe A/C and Heat.
1) Why Should I Have Regular (Or Preventative) Maintenance? And How Often Should I Have It Performed?
Your heating and cooling systems work incredibly hard to perform their functions for your home every day. The constant stopping, starting and continual operation can wear down any machine if the proper care and maintenance is delayed. However, by performing regular maintenance, you can maximize the lifecycle of your heating or cooling unit and guard against many common equipment failures. Preventive HVAC maintenance inspections performed on a regular basis can uncover leaks, rust, rot, soot, frayed wires and corroded electrical contacts that the naked eye may not notice. You should have maintenance done on your system regularly to ensure maximum efficiency and allow prevent possible problems that may occur in the near future.
At least once a year heat pumps and air conditioners require a professional tune-up. Because gas-fired equipment functions with greater efficiency, they only need to be serviced every other year. Inspections on boiler and furnace systems should include ductwork, pipes, dampers, valves, the chimney, registers, radiators, pumps, blowers, fuel lines, the gas meter, oil tank and every part of the actual furnace and boiler. Meanwhile, heat pump and air conditioning unit inspections should also include inspections of the fan, compressor, indoor coils, outdoor coils, line kits and refrigerant lines.
Since they are electronic, programmable thermostats are more accurate and efficient than thermostats that contain mercury. With programmable thermostats you can control the temperature in your home at different times of day without ever touching your thermostat. Because everything is automatic, you will never forget to change the setting on your own.
Standard filters work to keep your system and its ductwork clean, but they don’t really improve indoor air quality. To do that you need a media filter. The media filter rests between the main return duct and the blower cabinet and will improve dust and particle removal by seven times that of a standard filter. However, upgrading to a pleated media filter will remove everything from insecticide dust to airborne viruses optimum efficiency and filtration, Deluxe A/C and Heat recommends that you replace your disposable filters at least once a month. If you have washable filters, they should be cleaned once a month.
The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is how the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment is measured. The SEER is the amount of cooling your system will deliver per dollar spent on electricity, as compared to other systems. For example, a 3-ton unit may have a SEER efficiency rating of 13, 14, or 15. The higher the SEER the more efficient the system will be. The SEER rating of any given unit can range anywhere from 13 to 17.
Each split system cooling unit has a nominal SEER rating. This rating can be increased with the upgrade of the same series indoor unit. The SEER rating of a system is derived based on the combination of equipment installed in the home. The outdoor equipment (heat pump or air conditioner), as well as the indoor equipment (evaporator coil and furnace, or air handler), play a vital role in the total rating.
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In this type of cooling technique, the air conditioner or the heat pump compressor provides two levels of operation: high for hot summer days and low for milder days. The compressor operates in low speed up to 80% of the time, delivering a more consistent temperature, enhanced air circulation, better indoor air quality, and reduced noise.
Absolutely not! You should never do this. Covering the outdoor unit will trap moisture around the unit and eventually cause it to rust.
There are many factors that make one brand of air conditioning equipment better or worse than another. Here is a short list of the main factors:
- Technical Support on the Backend
- Availability of Parts
- The Quality and Reliability of the Internal Components
- Capacity of the Equipment Which Varies From Brand To Brand
- Available Seer Ratings
- Build Quality
- Engineering of the Product