FAQ

Have you ever wondered why HVAC systems are expensive and yet give you the run-around when it comes to troubleshooting any issues on your own? Sometimes you may feel that since the issue looks simple, you can fix it yourself. However, to do this, you may need to get online and ask the right questions. Here are a few HVAC FAQs that homeowners usually ask about their HVAC systems!

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. An HVAC system is any system that is designed to heat and cool your home while providing good ventilation. HVAC systems can either be air conditioners or furnaces.

 

 

The size of your HVAC system depends on the layout and size of your home. If you install a small system in a large house, your HVAC system will try to overcompensate, thus wearing out faster. On the other hand, a large air conditioning unit for a small house will lead to damage to the air conditioner, due to the evaporator coil temperatures fluctuating to maintain the required temperature in the house.

An air filter get dirty and clogged with time, since it traps microbes and other particles from the air thus leading to a cleaner indoor air environment. An air filter needs to be changed every two to three months, depending on how clogged it is. As a measure of preventive maintenance, it helps to check your air filter once a month to determine if it needs changing.

HVAC systems usually last between ten and twenty five years, with furnaces lasting longer than air conditioners. An air conditioner can reasonably be expected to last up to fifteen years, whereas a furnace can go up to twenty five years without needing replacement.



HVAC systems should be installed on an outside wall where there is easy access to a drain field and a good spot to install the outside unit. It’s very difficult to determine where and how to install your HVAC system, which is why you need a licensed HVAC technician to come do it for you. The life of your HVAC system also depends on how it was installed, so you might want to get the experts in to do it for you! They’ll scope out the house and determine the best wall for installation.


The rule of thumb is: If your HVAC system needs a major overhaul and it’s already been in use for ten years, then the logical way forward is to replace it. If your air conditioner needs a new compressor and it’s past the ten-year mark, you’ll pay almost two thirds of what a new air conditioner will cost you to repair. In this case, replacement is the best option. However, if your HVAC system is quite new (less than five years), then the cost of repair is cheaper than getting a new one: because the HVAC system hasn’t paid off the initial investment in terms of utilization.

There are plenty of means by which you can reduce your HVAC system costs. When no one is at home, it’s better to switch off the air conditioner or furnace. Also, you can opt to install ceiling fans for those days when it’s not so hot! Also, when you first get your HVAC, it’s worth the extra cost to go for one which has high power efficiency, thus leading to lower costs of power.

To reduce the cost of running your HVAC system! An ENERGY STAR® HVAC system is designed to provide greater efficiency than other models of HVAC systems. This means that you cut down on costs and increase savings, as well as help in conserving the environment since these do not emit greenhouse gases.

This is one of the most frequent HVAC Faqs! Here’s what you need to know: your air conditioner requires frequent maintenance if you want it to last long and provide value for money! Get a bi-annual tune up by a professional licensed HVAC technician who can come in and check on the whole system and carry out any repairs as required. Apart from this, check on your air conditioner and carry out a general clean up at least once a month to prevent blockage of the ducts, which can lead to higher energy input for normal function. 

A two-stage furnace is a good idea for climates that have extremes. For the usual cold weather, the first stage of the furnace is used which only occupies up to sixty-five percent of the full furnace capacity. Once extremely cold weather hits, the second phase of the furnace now begins. A two-stage furnace is thus ideal for saving on power.



Among the ways that you can make some savings on your HVAC, installing a programmable thermostat is one of the ideal ways. Doing this ensures you don’t leave your HVAC on when you’re out of the house, thus leading to a saving of up to 25% on your power bill! You can just set it up to start when you’re closer to home!

Poe Air offers a free quote for your HVAC needs. If you need a new HVAC, we can come to your home, check out your requirements and give you an honest quote of the HVAC system and installation.