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During normal operation, your filters become dirty and need to be replaced about once a month. Special situations such as exceptionally dusty surroundings or lengthened run times may require you to change them more often. Always remember to replace them with the same kind and size, unless instructed otherwise by an HVAC professional. Note that some high-efficiency filters may have a longer lifespan; always refer to the manufacturer's guidelines for your specific filter type.
It's not necessary to cover your outdoor unit. Most Air Conditioners are designed to withstand outdoor conditions, including winter months. However, regular maintenance and keeping the area clear of debris is important for efficiency and longevity.
A "ton" is a term used in the industry to describe the capacity of your air conditioner or heat pump. One ton of air conditioning equals 12,000 Btu's of cooling. The right size for your home depends on various factors, including the square footage of your home, ceiling height, window size and type, insulation quality, and occupancy. For example, a standard 2,000 square foot home might require a 4 to 5 ton unit, but this can vary. An oversized or undersized system can lead to inefficiency and other problems. For a precise evaluation, please contact one of our Comfort Consultants.
Humidity issues, such as mugginess in summer and dryness in winter, are common. Your home's air conditioning system plays a crucial role in removing unwanted moisture. For effective humidity control, the system must be correctly sized and installed. This ensures adequate capacity and airflow to manage humidity levels. In summer, slightly increasing the thermostat setting when using a dehumidifier can lower energy bills. In winter, if the humidity level is too low, it can cause discomfort and damage to your home. We can design a whole-house humidification system, suitable for all types of furnaces, to maintain optimal humidity levels year-round.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Montreal Protocol Act of 2003, addressing environmental concerns, has led to significant changes in the HVAC industry. This includes the phase-out of R-22, an ozone-depleting refrigerant. The replacement, R-410a, is more environmentally friendly and enhances the efficiency and quiet operation of new equipment. This transition impacts both the availability and maintenance of older systems using R-22.
Using the "On" setting for your fan offers benefits like continuous air filtration, improving indoor air quality, and even air distribution, which can reduce hot and cold spots. However, it's important to note that this continuous operation may lead to higher energy usage compared to the "Auto" setting, which runs the fan only during heating or cooling cycles.
To ensure proper operation, keep plants and obstructions at least eighteen inches away from your air conditioner. This clearance is necessary for unobstructed air intake and exhaust, crucial for the system’s efficiency and longevity.
Air conditioners and heat pumps are designed to work optimally with specific indoor units. Replacing just one part may not allow you to fully benefit from technological advancements and increased efficiency. Additionally, the shift from R-22 to the more environmentally friendly R-410a refrigerant means that replacing only the outdoor unit with an R-22 model could lead to compatibility and maintenance issues in the future. An entire system replacement ensures you have a modern, efficient, and environmentally friendly system.
The cost of a new system varies based on several factors. An accurate load survey is essential to determine the right size equipment for your home. The condition and layout of your ductwork also play a role. Choices in manufacturer, efficiency rating, and additional features like humidifiers or programmable thermostats will impact the cost. While higher-efficiency models might be more expensive upfront, they can offer savings through lower energy bills and reduced repair costs over time. Our Comfort Consultants can assess your specific needs and guide you through the selection process, ensuring a system that meets your requirements and budget.