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Common HVAC Questions Answered

AC Maintenance

Air conditioning systems are commonly used in homes, offices, schools, and in facilities frequented by people. If you have a program to maintain your AC systems regularly, you will enjoy high performance and lower energy consumption. Below are some questions and suggested solutions with regards to heating and cooling you may find useful.

What is the Importance of Air Filters in an AC Unit?

Air filters are a key component in any HVAC system. The filter passes all the air that is handled by the HVAC system and traps mold, fungal spores, and natural particles such as dust. The number one cause of breakdowns in heating and AC systems is clogged dirty filters. They block airflows and reduce the efficiency of the system significantly. It is therefore important that the air filter is regularly serviced to improve not just its efficiency, but also the comfort of your home.

How Can I Reduce My HVAC Energy Consumption?

Energy costs vary based on seasonal temperature changes. Across the US, a majority of homeowners spend far too much money on AC systems in a bid to create a comfortable environment when temperatures take the upswing. That said, there are proactive steps you can take to minimize your cooling and heating costs. Below are some useful ideas.

  • Perform regular and proper HVAC maintenance
  • Change or clean your air filter from time to time or at least once per three months
  • Use ceiling fans to help in air circulation
  • Adjust your indoor temperature to match your lifestyle. When you leave for work or vacation, ensure you key in the right settings to avoid energy wastage.
  • Use curtains to block heat from outside the outside of your home during summer season. This makes the home cooler.
  • Upgrade your HVAC system to a high efficiency unit as this consumes lesser energy.

What Should I Do to Improve my Unit’s Efficiency?

For your HVAC unit to perform optimally and efficiently, it is important for it to be maintained on a periodical basis. Air filters are the first line culprits. Therefore, you should replace or clean the air filters on a regular basis.

However, if your system is 7 years old or older and is in need of frequent repairs, the best advise is to replace it. On the other hand, if the system operates without an issue, then upgrading should not really be a concern.

How Often Should My HVAC Filter be Changed?

Air conditioning systems and filters come in different designs and qualities. There are lots of factors that determine when the change should be done. Disposable filters for instance should be changed anywhere between 1 to 3 months while the thick, high efficiency furnace filter should be replaced at least once every 6 months.

That said, it is important to refer to the manufacturer’s recommendation for the replacement times. Alternatively, your local HVAC contractor can be the best resource for further advise.