Do you have questions about your HVAC system? Guess what. You are not alone. Most people have many questions about their heating and cooling system. These tend to come up a lot when the weather changes from one season to another. In this article, we will discuss some of the most frequent questions as we head into the winter season.
Will using my heating system during the winter increase my electric bill?
In a word — yes. The more you have the heat running, the higher your bill will be. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can do some things to minimize the change in your bill. You can turn the heat off when you are not at home. You can also prevent the hot air from going into areas of the home that you are not spending much time in (like the basement or a storage room). This will help your efficiency in using the energy your HVAC system requires.
How do I prepare my HVAC for winter?
If there are any big repairs needed, give us a call. Otherwise, you can follow these steps on your own.
How should I maintain my heating system during the winter?
The best way to do this is to have an annual tune-up. We recommend doing this right before your winter usage is going to begin. That means now. Give us a call today! (The same is true for your air conditioning system, except you’ll want to have that checked right before the summer). In addition, you should be checking and cleaning/replacing your filters a couple of times each year. This will help with both heating and air conditioning.
Do l need a new heating system every year?
Absolutely NO! Especially not if you are doing the proper maintenance and inspections. Your HVAC system should last for several years and in many cases, a small repair is all that you’ll need. Our experts will help you understand what your options are and make the best decision for you.
What is the most efficient heating system?
Different heating systems will perform better for different home sizes, locations, etc.
How can I recognize a reliable HVAC contractor?
A trustworthy HVAC contractor should have HVAC certification.
Why is one room in my house at a different temperature than the rest?
Most likely, your HVAC system needs an adjustment to the setup that regulates the airflow. When those are not set correctly, the temperature from room to room can vary. You could also have a problem with insulation or drafts in that particular room. You may also want to consider the location of your thermostat.
Should I cover my air conditioner during the winter?
This is not necessary. In fact, doing so can trap the moisture inside the unit. In many cases, you can get a cover as an accessory that will help prevent leaves and other debris from getting into your air conditioning unit.
Why is my furnace turning on and off so much?
It is probably caused by something called short cycling. This is what happens when the heat exchanger in your furnace overheats which causes the unit to shut down. Oftentimes the heat exchanger does that because dirty air filters are not allowing proper air from blowing over it as needed. Try installing a new air filter. This may fix your issue.
What temperature is the air coming out of the vent supposed to be?
The air coming out of the vents in your home is typically 85-90°F. This air should be plenty warm to keep your home comfortable at about 72°F.