HVAC Frequently Asked Questions
What is an HVAC system?
Commonly referred to as an HVAC system, your heater, vents and air conditioner are designed to maintain the temperature in your home at a comfortable level while improving air quality. To ensure that your HVAC system is working properly, you should have it inspected annually.
How often do I need to replace my filters?
The frequency with which you change your filters depends on how much you use your furnace and air conditioner. For best results, change your filters at the beginning of each period of extended use. In case they need to be replaced more frequently, it's recommended that you check them every month.
How often do I need to replace my furnace and air conditioner?
Ideally, you should change your furnace and air conditioner every 12 years. Even if your furnace and AC work, they are likely less efficient than newer models on the market. Replacing outdated units can not only save you money but make your home healthier and more comfortable.
What is R-410A?
Because it's a hydrochlorofluorocarbon, R-22 is no longer used as a refrigerant. The refrigerant used in today's air conditioners is known as R-410A.
What is a BTU?
A British Thermal Unit or BTU is a unit of energy that describes an air conditioner's cooling power or the heating power of a furnace. Since you need about 2,000 BTUs to heat or cool 100 square feet, a 2,500 square foot home will require about 50,000 BTUs of energy.
What is Radon?
Emitted through certain types of soil, radon is an odorless, invisible gas that can build up in homes and affect indoor air quality. Because of its radioactivity, radon is considered dangerous and radon testing is recommended for all homeowners. If mitigation is necessary, then you will be advised of the cost when your home is tested.
What should I do if my furnace or air conditioner stops working?
Furnaces and air conditioners can stop working for many reasons. They can also become dangerous if repairs aren't handled correctly. To ensure that your HVAC system is properly maintained, it's best to contact an HVAC company.