Heating & Air Conditioning FAQs
How Often Should You Change Your Air Filter?
It’s typically recommended that you replace your air filter every 90 days for the best system efficiency. However, depending on the type of filter you have, you may need to replace it more often. For example, fiberglass filters typically need to be changed every 30 days, while a pleated air filter can last for 3 months.
Additional Factors That Can Affect How Often You Should Change Your Air Filters:
- The quality of air in your region
- The number of occupants in your home
- If you have any pets
- The overall size of your property
- How often the HVAC systems are used
- If any of the household members suffer from allergies
Are Heat Pumps Efficient?
Heat pumps are considered an energy-efficient option in lieu of traditional HVAC units, like a furnace or central air conditioner. This is because the system works to transfer or move heat as opposed to generating it.
Does a Heat Pump Run in the Winter?
Yes, heat pumps do run in the winter. A heat pump transfers any heat from outside into the home during the winter, as opposed to transferring heat from the home in the summer months.
How Often Should HVAC Be Serviced?
Each HVAC system should be serviced annually. So, once in the fall for your heating system and once in the spring for your air conditioner. This will ensure your system is set up for the best performance during the hot summer months or cool winter season.
What Is a SEER Rating?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It is a rating given to air conditioners based on how efficient the system runs, by evaluating the level of cooling output provided. All systems are required to have a SEER rating of 14 for those who live in the Southwest.
The higher the SEER rating the more efficient the unit. If you’re in the market for a new AC unit, it’s best to consult with a qualified specialist to determine which SEER rating is right for your cooling needs.
What Is AFUE?
Similar to SEER ratings, AFUE ratings evaluate a furnace’s efficiency level. AFUE, also know as Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, assesses how well a heating system transforms its fuel into heat for a property. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the system is. For example, a rating of 90% or more is common for high-efficiency units, while a AFUE of 80% is common for mid-level systems.
How to Improve HVAC Efficiency
To improve the efficiency of your existing air conditioning and heating system make sure you regularly change your air filters and invest in maintenance. Additionally, you should seal any possible air leaks, clean your condenser unit, check the condensate drain lines for any clogs, keep your air vents clear, and ensure your thermostat is set correctly.
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