Air Conditioning FAQ

You have a question and we have an answer! From technical do-it-yourself questions, insurance and licensing, to how we started in the HVAC business, you can find the answers here.

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.
  • Your maintenance should be done every 3 months (Residential) or every month (Business). Spring to early summer is the time we highly recommend. Maintenance checks will ensures maximum efficiency and allows us to foresee any future problems that may occur with your system.
  • Several fact depend on how often you should replace your filter:
    • type of air filter
    • overall indoor air quality
    • number of pets in the home
    • number of people occupying the home, and
    • level of air pollution and construction around the home.
    For basic 1"-3" air filters, manufacturers usually recommend to change them every 30-60 days.
  • It shouldn’t, unless your unit is very old and disintegrating. If that is the case, it might cause leaks. Make sure a licensed professional inspects your coil prior to authorizing the work to be performed.
  • Be sure that the air conditioner is turned on, that all the breakers and the disconnects are turned on and also that the thermostat is set correctly and has good batteries. Also make a note of any strange noises or smells that might be occurring.
  • Heating and cooling systems sizing is based on B.T.U.H. (British Thermal Units Per Hour). Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps are also rated in tonnage. 12,000 BTUH equals one (1) ton. Residential systems can range from 1 to 5 tons. The tonnage determines the volume of air flow (CFM). It is very important to have a heat lead done prior to installing or replacing your unit so you don’t have an undersized or oversized unit.
  • Clean and replace your filters frequently. Your system will heat and cool more evenly when the blower is in the “on” position. The blower provides constant air movement throughout the home, and allows for better filtration. Install shades or screens on windows that are exposed to extreme sunlight to keep room temperatures at moderate levels. Make sure that roof and garage doors are insulated.
  • No. Every system is designed to cool a certain number of square feet. By closing registers in certain rooms, you disrupt and decrease the systems’ airflow and efficiency. Your system will have to work harder to cool less space, making it cycle more and become less efficient.
  • Because they are electronic, programmable thermostats are more accurate and efficient than thermostats that contain mercury. Plus, they allow you to automatically control the temperature in your home at different times of day without ever touching your thermostat. You can also take advantage of the one that are Wi-Fi capable, change settings on your phone or computer.
  • I.A.Q. stands for Indoor Air Quality. Today, various products are available as add-ons to your existing air conditioning system to improve the quality and healthiness of the air inside your home.