Our HVAC systems give us the capability to control the temperature in our homes and businesses with the touch of a finger. The U.S. Department of Energy stated that over 75 percent of households in the United States have air conditioners, even though most of us don’t know exactly how they work. So, at one time or another, all homeowners will have to go through the process of maintaining, servicing, repairing, and buying a new HVAC system. Because of this inevitable circumstance, our expert HVAC technicians at Five Star Heating & Cooling Dayton have put together some of the most frequent questions they get asked.
How Important Is It To Change My Filter?
A lot of homeowners follow the three-month rule when changing their filters. But when deciding when to change your household filter, you need to account for your personal factors. For example, where you live, your lifestyle, how big your house is, and the number of occupants within your household (including pets). By taking these aspects into consideration, your filter should be changed every 30 to 90 days.
How Do I Find Out Where My Filter Is Located?
Your system’s air filter can be found in one of three places:
- The blower box inside of your furnace
- In a wall-mounted air grill
- In filter case connected to the unit
If you have looked in these three places and can still not locate the air filter for your A/C, you need to contact a specialist at Five Star Heating & Cooling Dayton for assistance.
Why Is Having A Clean Air Filter Important?
Your air filter is liable for catching all the impurities like dust, dirt, and debris; you don’t want flowing back into the air your AC just worked hard to condition. A full filter is disastrous for AC and the energy it consumes. The filter is the primary factor that contributes to your overall indoor air quality. When your air filter is dirty, it cannot accurately do its job. Resulting in unclean air and higher utility bills
Why Is Frequent Maintenance On Your A/C Unit Necessary?
There are three fundamental aspects that you should understand when it comes to your AC maintenance and care:
- Fewer Problems: During your annual tune-up and check-out, a technician will inspect your unit to verify that there are no issues inside or outside of your unit. Keep in mind; it is a lot easier to repair it sooner than later.
- Higher Efficiency– when your unit is maintained regularly, it works flawlessly. Maintaining your unit regularly will help keep your ducts free of unwanted objects and dirt-free so your air filters can last longer. Thus, making your system and filters will work effortlessly.
- Greater Indoor Air Quality– In the Midwest, summertime can get hot, humid, and muggy. Unfortunately, this makes it common for mold to grow on your coils. If there is mold present in your coils, it can cause you to become sick and feel like you have the flu. Luckily, when you schedule your yearly maintenance, a NATE-certified technician will examine your air ducts and machines to determine if they need to be cleaned as part of your service.
If I Have To Replace One Of My Units Should I Replace Both At The Same Time?
Our technicians do recommend replacing them both at the same time. There are several reasons why for example, because an A/C is made to work with a matching unit that is located inside your home. When you use two different units, they can try to outdo one another, and eventually, this will result in a weak performance while your unit is using more energy than it needs to. Also, if you purchase them together, chances are they will have the same lifespan. Considering you take decent care of them with yearly tune-ups and check-outs. Additionally, you will get a warranty covering your complete HVAC system instead of just one. A warranty will cover your systems, so you don’t end up paying full price for your repairs.
How Do I Find Out If My HVAC System Is Still Covered Under Warranty?
A general rule is if your HVAC system is under five years old, you can assume that it is still under warranty. However, if you want to double-check the easiest way to see if your system is still under warranty, you should check the outside of your unit, the bill, or any other supporting documents that came with your new system/s. A standard system warranty is for a certain number of years. This is determined by the maker of your system or the contractor that installed it.
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