FAQs About HVAC Equipment

Build Your Knowledge About HVAC Systems

Learn some tips and tricks about your HVAC system with answers to these frequently
asked questions.

How Often Should I Change My Air Filters?

Inspect the backside of your filter. Any discoloration indicates that the filter is fully loaded and is ready to be replaced. Generally, your air filters should be changed every 3 months for the best performance of your system.

Will a Programmable Thermostat Really Save Me Money?

It depends on how it is used. A general rule of thumb is that you should set the thermostat to adjust the temperature in your home to 3-5 degrees F lower for heating season and higher for cooling season while you're sleeping or while your home is unoccupied. Many people find that their programmable thermostat pays for itself within 1 year.

How Does a Club Membership Save Me Money?

A club membership ensures that your HVAC system is maintained on a regular basis. This catches problems before they start, thereby saving you hundreds of dollars in repairs. Keeping your system well maintained will also make sure that it works at top efficiency, saving you money on your energy bills.

Will Fixing Leaks and Insulating My Duct Work Save Me Money?

Yes. Fixing leaks and insulating your ducts can save you as much as 40% in energy costs!

How Do I Know If I Should Fix or Replace My HVAC System?

Generally, if your system is over 12 years old and you have some sort of major failure, it is time to consider replacing your system.

How Much Money Will A High-Efficiency Furnace Save Me?

If you own a furnace that is older than 10 years, it probably has an efficiency rating of 75% to 80%. Newer furnaces are available with efficiency ratings as high as 97%. The savings depend greatly on how you use your system.

How Much Money Will a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner Save Me?

As with the increased efficiency of furnaces, the efficiency ratings of air conditioners have increased dramatically over the years, from efficiency ratings of 7 to ratings as high as 19! Again, savings depend greatly on how your system is used.
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