HVAC 101

A Quick Study Guide for Homeowners

There’s a lot to think about when buying a heat pump, gas furnace or central air conditioning system. That’s because next to your home itself, a home comfort system is one of your largest investments. Here are answers to ten common questions to help you make an intelligent HVAC choice.

Should I Repair or Replace My Existing System?
As a rule of thumb, replace your existing home comfort system when repairs cost 30% of a new purchase or when utility bills have increased 50% as a result of older, less efficient systems using more, higher-priced electricity.
How Much Can I Save With New Equipment?
Air conditioning and heating equipment consume about 44% of a home’s energy bill. Today’s ENERGY STAR qualified systems are as much as 60% more efficient than 10-year-old equipment.
Is Installing A Central HVAC System Really Necessary?
In new homes or remodels, a central home comfort system is the best solution for overall comfort and superior indoor air quality and humidity control.
What Is The Best Thermostat To Use With My System?
Look for a programmable thermostat for accurate, reliable, energy-saving performance. For added savings and convenience, our Residential Communicating Control with Wi-Fi support works with mobile devices to easily program your system wherever you are.
How Do I Select The Right Heating/Cooling System?
Get solid advice from an expert. The right contractor can perform a load calculation or an energy analysis to determine your operating costs. After getting to know your needs, he can customize a system just for you.
How Complicated Is A New System Installation?
That depends on the house and the system. While air conditioners and gas furnaces require different components, the common denominator is ductwork, which must be properly sized and zoned for proper system performance. Your contractor can evaluate your existing setup and tell you how simple your installation will be.
What Can I Do To Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Indoor air can be from five to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Adding humidifiers, dehumidifiers, ventilation systems, UV lights and air filter technologies can dramatically improve your indoor air quality.

How often should I change my filter?

We suggest checking it every month. If it’s dirty change it, if it’s not check it again next month

Is regular maintenance really necessary?

Absolutely! Proper preventative maintenance can prolong the life of your HVAC system by 20% or more! Not to mention catching small repairs early can save you from costly repairs down the road.

Would adding zoning help with the hot and cold spots in my home?

Not only can it eliminate hot and cold spots in your home, but help with family members with conflicting temperature preferences.

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