We highly suggest you have your systems checked twice a year at least, typically before you anticipate a dramatic shift in weather. Most HVAC companies experience a fluctuation in service calls when it gets cold or hot, so make sure you beat the rush and get that service in early. Ask us about our service agreements, and the worry can be taken off your shoulders!
How often should I change my air filter?
Changing your filter depends on the type of filter you have. Generally, every 30 days is best. However, there are different types of filters and some can last up to a year! A 1" filter is 1-3 months, 2-4 months on a 2" filter, & 6-1 year on a 4" & bag filter. If you need help, give us a call and get our incredible technicians out to service and educate you as to which filter goes best with your unit.
How are the sizing capacities of heating and cooling systems measured?
Well, the capacity of the unit is the ability of a heating or cooling system to heat or cool your given amount of space. For heating, typically expressed in BTUs. For cooling, it is usually given in tons. These systems are sized according to their tonnage. One (1) ton equals 12,000 BTU/H. Residential systems are typically 1 to 5 tons.
Sizing HVAC equipment is very important, ultimately it determines your perfect comfort level, cost and the energy use in your home. For example, oversized equipment increases the overall cost of the equipment. Because it is sized incorrectly, it will not run efficiently, forcing it to do what is called 'short cycling' which accelerates the wear and tear on the unit. On the other hand, equipment that is undersized will have to work longer and harder to meet your comfort demands during temperature extremes. This results in low energy efficiency, which in turn raises costs. less comfort, and the potential for premature equipment failure. In either case, both result in poor humidity control. Make sure to have a reputable, professional technician perform a home "load calculation" to determine the correct size heating and cooling system for your home.
What size HVAC systems should I have?
Your system should fit your home and set up to the proper code. It truly depends on the square footage and layout of your home. The best solution would be to have a professional technician come to your home and verify the tonnage and BTU's your unit is producing with the dimensions of your home.
How often should I have my maintenance done on my furnace and air conditioner?
You should have your units checked at least once before you anticipate extremes in weather. Here in Utah, because we have the big shifts quickly from cold to hot and vice versa, spring and fall are the best times to have a technician come out. This way, you are ahead of the rush that most HVAC companies experience during the fluctuation in heat or cold. At least twice a year to make sure the equipment is running efficiently.
Is it okay to block heat vents?
It really isn't suggested to completely block any vents off. On many homes that have one system with vents in the basement and the main floor, you can close part of some of the vents in the basement in the summer and reopen them in the winter season. It is recommended that you don't close your vents more than 25%.
Can I put my furniture over a heat or air vent?
Placing furniture over vents can create a block of airflow, which you don't want. However, you can place your furniture over a vent if your furniture has legs or is raised up. This allows the air to flow more freely through the room.
What are the benefits of clean air?
Clean air can help you and your loved ones improve your overall lifestyle and promote activeness. It helps you and your family feel more energetic by breathing air that is devoid of toxic matter. Which, in turn benefits the immune, cardiovascular and respiratory systems making it harder to catch illnesses.
How can I improve my indoor air quality?
You can improve your indoor air quality by changing your air filter more often and making sure they are the right size for your home and unit. Or by having us install a Reme Halo, which is a whole home, in-duct air purifier. Take a look at their website: https://www.rgf.com/products/air/reme-halo/
What is the proper indoor humidity level?
Indoor humidity is specific to each homeowner wants. Some homeowners want lots of humidity and others want very little to none. It's about your comfortable level of humidity in your house. I recommend 30%-35% in the winter and 20%-25% in the summer. There are 3 main types of humidifiers:
Bypass - installed directly on your central heating and cooling system. Water vapor is created by the humidifier using water from the plumbing system mixed with warm air from the heat duct. This moisture is then distributed into each room of your home through the ductwork system.
Fan assisted - uses the heat from your furnace and it's own fan to push humidified air through your vents and into your home.
Steam humidifier - use electrode technology and are simple to maintain. With electrode technology, electrical current flows between submerged electrodes, resistance of the water to the electric current heats the water. The submerged electrodes are found in a replaceable canister. Which we are more than happy to do yearly for you. Ask about our Service Agreements!
How does air conditioning actually work?
Air conditioning works by circulating refrigerant between your outdoor condenser and indoor evaporator coil. Your system sends in liquid refrigerant to the metering device (TXV or orifice) and at that point it changes from a hot liquid to a cold vapor, then the vapor refrigerant stays a vapor state out to the outdoor condenser when it is condensed back to a liquid and the cycle repeats itself. The fan from your furnace blows air across your indoor evaporator coil through your central air duct and throughout your house.
What are the benefits of attic ventilation?
Your attic in Summer months can build up hot air. Without proper attic ventilation that hot air can penetrate through your attic insulation into your house and cause your house to be warmer than you want it to be.