Frequently Asked HVAC Questions
When it comes to AC installation, humidity problems, and heat pump repair, our customers often have questions. When you have a question about our services, your unit, or how we can help, please contact our team of trained and certified AC repair experts today!
Q: How long will a new air conditioner last?
A: Based upon research and unit specifications, it has been found that most air conditioners have an average lifespan of 12-15 years while the average furnace lasts 15-20 years. Of course, these numbers are rough estimates. The better you care for your unit through routine maintenance, the longer your unit will last. If you do not care for your unit, this time will most likely be shorter.
Q: How often should I call for maintenance?
A: It is recommended that you have your units inspected at least twice a year, in the fall and spring. This allows us to check the filters, pumps, and other parts of the unit to ensure that they are properly working. If we find a problem, we can replace it on the spot so that you will be prepared for the winter or summer. Learn more about our Maintenance Plans.
Q: How do I know if I need to call for service repairs?
A: It is important to call for service whenever your system is not working as it normally does. Some signs of concern include strange sounds coming from the unit, weird odors coming from the unit, increased utility bills for no apparent reason, your home not being as warm or cool as normal, and much more.
Q: How much humidity should be in my home or office?
A: According to The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, it is recommended that the indoor humidity level be between 30 and 60 percent.
Q: How can I save on utility bills?
A: First, if you have an older unit, you may want to consider replacing it with a newer model. The air conditioning and heating units on the market today are far more energy-efficient than those of the past. This is a great first step, but if you are not able to purchase a new unit, there are other measures to take.
Q: What other measures can I take?
A: Here are some more tips for reducing your utility bills:
- Setting your thermostat at a temperature that is comfortable without being extreme. Your unit will have to work much harder to keep your home 60 degrees in the summer rather than setting it at a more conservative temperature of 73.
- Keep filters clean according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Do not block the vents in your home with drapes or furniture. This will limit the effectiveness of your units.