5 COMMONLY ASKED HVAC QUESTIONS
Here in Roselle, we experience both ends of the temperature spectrum, with hot summers and cold winters challenging the comfort of our homes. Your HVAC system is in charge of keeping your home comfy, no matter what time of year it is. With that said, you likely have some questions about your HVAC system, and luckily, we’re here to help. We’ve gathered the five most commonly asked HVAC questions we receive, along with the answers to help guide you. If you need your HVAC system inspected or maintained, call Saturn Heating Cooling & Electrical today to schedule your appointment.
#1. WHEN SHOULD I REPLACE AIR FILTERS?
With all of the dirt, dust, hair, and other particles in the air, your HVAC system needs a way to protect itself. That’s where the air filter comes in, as a way to catch those small interlopers and keep them out of your system and air supply. However, over time, the air filter will become clogged. That makes it important for you to regularly clean or replace them, to ensure your air quality is good and your HVAC system has proper air flow. Depending on the type of air filter you have, your HVAC system, and how much it is used, you should clean or replace the filter once every month to six months. Consult the manufacturer recommendations to see what is best for your situation.
#2. HOW CAN I IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY?
Your HVAC system uses a lot of energy, and with energy bills always on the rise, many people are looking for ways to boost efficiency. In recent years, new HVAC systems have been designed with efficiency in mind, but there are other ways you can reduce your energy bills. Regular maintenance will ensure your HVAC system is operating optimally and isn’t losing energy through leaks or obstructed airways. Adding a programmable thermostat can help a lot as well, as it allows you to set the temperature to a specific level, control it remotely, and set it to a schedule so it isn’t wasting energy when you aren’t home.
#3. WHAT SIZE HVAC SYSTEM DO I NEED?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a hard and fast rule to go off when determining the size of HVAC system that is right for your space. It varies depending on the size of the home or building, as well as how much it is going to be used. If the system is too large, it will operate inefficiently and break down faster due to cycling on and off too much. On the other hand, a system that is too small will be unable to do its job as intended. It’s best to consult with an HVAC professional to get precise sizing recommendations for your space.
#4. HOW MUCH IS A REPLACEMENT HVAC SYSTEM?
Just like there isn’t an easy rule to follow with sizing, so too is there a lot that goes into how much a new system will cost. Consult with an HVAC professional to get precise pricing for your home or building.
#5. WHEN SHOULD I HAVE MY HVAC SYSTEM SERVICED?
Luckily, this is an easy question to answer. It is recommended to get your HVAC system inspected and serviced twice a year, in spring and fall, to ensure it is prepared for the seasons it will be used in the most. Sticking to this consistent schedule will help keep your HVAC system working well for years to come, so it’s a good idea to look into an HVAC maintenance agreement with a local HVAC service provider.
We hope this helps clear up any confusion you might have about keeping your HVAC system in good shape. If you have any other questions or you need to schedule an appointment, call Saturn Heating Cooling & Electrical in Roselle today!