- What size HVAC unit do I need?
- How often do I need to change my HVAC air filter?
- Why should I replace my R-22 outdoor unit with an R410A?
- Should I cover my AC unit in the fall and winter?
- Why should I use a humidifier in my home?
- Should I have my air ducts cleaned professionally?
- What is better – gas, oil or electric HVAC products?
- Will air conditioning remove humidity?
- Which air conditioning units are best?
- How long can you run your AC before it freezes?
- At what temperature will an AC unit freeze?
- How often do I need to change my HVAC air filters?
- How long should a furnace run and how often should the furnace cycle?
- How long does it take for a furnace to heat up?
- How long should a house retain heat?
- What is considered short cycling for a furnace?
- Is it dangerous if a circuit breaker keeps tripping?
- Are loose outlets dangerous?
What size HVAC unit do I need?
A good rule of thumb for choosing an HVAC unit that will properly heat/cool your home is to select a unit that has a BTU rating of 20 for every square foot of your home. So if your home is 1,500 square feet, look for an HVAC system with 30,000 Btu or higher. However, it’s best not to choose a unit that outputs more than 15% BTU over this calculated amount.
How often do I need to change my HVAC air filter?
It depends on your home, the type of filter you use, whether you have pets, and whether anyone in the home has allergies. Generally, manufacturers recommend that you change your air filters every 90 days. However, if you or someone in your family is prone to allergies, or if you have pets, you may want to change them every 60 days instead.
Why should I replace my R-22 outdoor unit with an R410A?
R-22 refrigerant has been phased out for the more environmentally friendly R410A, which makes it more expensive. An AC unit that uses R410A refrigerant has more fluid temperature-changing capabilities, which helps it to heat or cool your home more quickly. It’s also more energy-efficient, which saves you money in the long run.
Should I cover my AC unit in the fall and winter?
Covering your AC system during the fall can help to prevent debris such as leaves, nuts, and seeds from blocking the airflow to your AC unit. While covering it during the winter is not required (since your HVAC unit is manufactured to withstand rain and snow), it won’t damage it. In both cases, make sure you cover it with a fabric that is breathable to prevent moisture buildup.
Why should I use a humidifier in my home?
Humidifying your home can lead to healthier skin, better sleep, and fewer allergy symptoms. Humidified air also helps prepare for flu season by keeping your sinuses from being irritated by the dry winter air. If you have antiques in your home, humidification can help keep the furniture in good shape and extend its lifespan.
Should I have my air ducts cleaned professionally?
Having your air ducts professionally cleaned can help to reduce contaminants in the air and improve overall indoor air quality. It also helps your HVAC system work more efficiently, saving you money on your energy costs and preventing repairs!
What is better – gas, oil or electric HVAC products?
It depends on your goals and your priorities. Gas and oil HVAC products generally heat your home more quickly but can be more expensive to operate. However, they also wear out faster and can be more dangerous (although overall, they are still very safe). Electric HVAC products often have higher upfront costs but are less expensive month-to-month. They’re also better for the environment and can be more efficient overall.
Will air conditioning remove humidity?
While your air conditioner lowers the temperature inside the house, it only removes only a minimal amount of moisture. To effectively reduce and control moisture, you will need a dehumidifier.
Which air conditioning units are best?
Choosing the best air conditioning unit depends greatly on your home and your priorities. Our certified HVAC experts can help talk you through your options and provide personalized recommendations based on your unique situation!
How long can you run your AC before it freezes?
An air conditioner should generally run for about 15-20 minutes at a time. If it’s running for longer than that, it may not be the right size for your home or may need repair.
At what temperature will an AC unit freeze?
If you run your air conditioning when the outside air is below 62 degrees, then the pressure inside of the system can drop and potentially freeze the unit.
How often do I need to change my HVAC air filters?
It depends on your home, whether you have pets, and whether anyone in the home has allergies. Generally, manufacturers recommend that you change your air filters every 90 days. However, if you or someone in your family is prone to allergies, or if you have pets, you may want to change them every 60 days instead.
How long should a furnace run and how often should the furnace cycle?
There are a number of factors that can affect how long the furnace runs, including the temperature outside and your home’s insulation. However, generally speaking, it should run for approximately 15-20 minutes at a time. The furnace should cycle about 2 to 3 times per hour.
How long does it take for a furnace to heat up?
Your furnace should kick on within 5 minutes of you turning on the thermostat. However, it may take 10-15 minutes to start warming your home. Your furnace will likely cycle 2 to 3 times per hour to maintain temperature.
How long should a house retain heat?
Depending on the size of your home and its insulation, your house will start to cool down immediately after it is no longer being heated. However, it should maintain warmth for about 8-12 hours.
What is considered short cycling for a furnace?
A “short cycle” refers to when a furnace turns off before it reaches the desired temperature. Typically, when this happens, it will shut off rapidly and it may be in the middle of a cycle.
Is it dangerous if a circuit breaker keeps tripping?
If your circuit breaker is repeatedly tripping, there could be a serious electrical issue. If this is happening to you, we recommend calling our team of professional electricians immediately to ensure there is no danger to your home or family.
Are loose outlets dangerous?
Yes, a loose outlet has the potential to cause an electrical fire. If you have a loose outlet in your home, you should have it repaired immediately.