FAQs

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Cooling Services

Cooling Services

Heating Services

Heating Services

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

Here are some common questions our customers ask:

When should I change my air filter?

Your air filter will need to be changed regularly. Timeframes may vary on this due to certain variables. What kind of air filter you have, whether or not you smoke, if you have pets, and the time of year is all going to play a role in how frequently you change need to replace your filter.

When should I have my furnace and air conditioner serviced?

You’re going to want to have your HVAC system serviced every year. This maintenance is essential because it will end up keeping your energy costs low. On top of saving you money, it prevents you from having to buy a new system sooner than is necessary.

Should I be worried about carbon monoxide build-up?

Carbon monoxide kills 200 people a year and is something that you should be concerned about, at least enough to be prepared. There are ways to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and one of those is to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. These detectors can alert you when the odorless gas is in the air allowing you to get to safety.

Will a system that’s bigger have better performance?

Not necessarily. If you install an AC unit or furnace that is too big for your home, it could end up costing you more money in the long run because you will be using more energy. With more power, these systems also may not stay on long enough for you to even get the cooling or warming effects (depending on the system).

In an AC unit, this creates condensation which can lead to mold. In a furnace, this can produce an unstable temperature in the home.

How long will my equipment last?

You’re looking at a life expectancy between 10 and 20 years. You will be able to notice when your system is about to reach its limit. It will need repair more frequently and may be noisier than usual. It can also lose its energy efficiency.

You always have the option of maintaining it and repairing it, but the HVAC technology is ever-changing, and many new features can save on energy and cost. A lot of progress can be made within that amount of time, so you will want to weigh your options.

What should I do about mold growth?

Mold spores travel through the air but need moisture to grow. Anywhere you have moisture or condensation in your home that doesn’t go dry creates a breeding ground for mold. There are ways you can prevent mold from growing in your home.

First, install UV lights for your cooling coils. This is where condensation builds up, and the UV lights will help kill any bacteria or spores that are trying to grow. Second, you will want to take some preventative measures around the house to make sure areas mold can grow dry. Third, consider a high filtration system that can keep your HVAC system from getting any build-up.

Still have questions? Give us a call or drop us a message. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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