Frequently Asked HVAC Questions

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How does my AC system move air throughout my home?

A fan draws indoor air into your home through return grills. The air travels through ducts that run to your AC systems’ air handler, which returns to the vents or registers in your wall, ceilings or floors.

How often should I replace the filter in my AC system?

There is no clear-cut answer to this but for many people, you should check your filter at least monthly while it is running at its peak level. The more you are using your AC system, the more you are going to need to change the filter.

Why should I replace my working air conditioner?

If your AC system is over 12 years old, you should consider replacing it because newer models are much more energy efficient. A new AC system could save up to 50% on energy costs. Newer models are also going to cool you home down easier.

What is the average life expectancy of an AC system?

Most AC systems have a lifetime of 10 to 20 years. The older your system gets, the less energy efficient it is going to be. It will also get louder and need more repairs, the older the system gets.

Can I just replace the outdoor unit only to save money?

This will not save you money in the long run. If you do this, you will lose up to 15% of the units’ efficiency. Also, if you do this, your system will fail sooner than normal.

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Will bigger AC systems perform better?

You do not want your air conditioner to be too big. An AC system that is too big will cool faster but will use more energy and will not remove humidity correctly. The air in your home will also get too moist and can lead to mold.

Should I switch to a high efficiency air filter?

Proper air filtration is important to the health of your AC system. The filters remove dust and dirt that can build up on your AC system which impacts its operation and efficiency. These filters remove more dust, dirt, pollen, mold and other particles from the air. If you suffer from allergies, they are very helpful for your own health.

Should I have my AC system serviced every year?

It is important to service your AC system to keep is running its best. You will have lower energy and repair costs and prolong the life of your AC system.

At what temperature should I set my thermostat at?

Normal AC system settings are 75 degrees. In the summer, you should always set your thermostat to the highest possible setting that you are comfortable with, which will maximize your energy savings.

My AC system does not work well in a couple of rooms, what should be done?

This may be the cause of uneven solar heat load through windows, an undersized system, a clogged system or a single system serving a two-story home. You will need an onsite analysis with a certified technician to solve this problem.

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Why it is not possible to add coolant to an AC system without checking for leaks or repairing existing leaks?

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