Frequently Asked Questions About Heating/Air Conditioning

How often should I get my HVAC unit inspected?

Our experts recommend at least twice a year: once in the fall and once in the spring. This will help prevent any major breakdowns or surprises during the winter or summer when you need your AC the most. If you are signed up for our seasonal maintenance service, we will send you a reminder because we all need a reminder sometimes.

How much does a new air conditioner cost?

Factors like location, home size and even your local climate all factor into the cost of an air conditioner. For a estimate, please contact us and ask about a new installation.

What size air conditioner do I need?

The best way to determine the perfect HVAC unit size is to have a Manual calculation done for your house by one of our professionals. The maximum size unit you should buy would be 15% over the BTUs you need for cooling and 40% of the BTUs for heating.

How does air conditioning work?

An air conditioner makes your home cooler by drawing warm air out of your home and replacing it with cooler air. Warm air is also blown over a cooling coil, then cooled and distributed throughout your home.

What is SEER?

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a rating that measures the cooling efficiency of a heat pump or air conditioner. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit.

What is a Energy Star Qualified Air Conditioning?

Energy Star is a voluntary program launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and now managed by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy that certifies buildings and products which meet certain standards of energy efficiency. Energy Star Qualified air conditioners must have at least a 15 SEER rating.

Why do I have warm rooms?

One problem could be your registers which control the air flow into a room. If your room is warm, check to see if the register is open. Most of the time, the wrong register could be installed. Registers have directional vents to throw the air across the room, cooling the entire room. If your vents are blowing the air towards a wall or door, then all that cooled air is wasted. Another issue could be your thermostat is in a cooler area than your rooms, such as a hall way. The thermostat will turn off once that room is at the set temperature, but your rooms are still warm. Try setting your thermostat lower or give us a call and see what a proffesional can do.

How does a furnace work?

In a central heating and cooling system, a furnace burns fuel and distributes it throughout the house in conjunction with an air conditioner or heat pump.

What is two stage and modulating heating?

Two-stage heating means a furnace has two heating settings: high for the coldest days and a low setting for more mild temperatures. A multi-stage furnace is more efficient and keeps temperatures more consistent throughout the day.

Do you sell new units?

Yes, we sell and install new air conditioning/heating units.