So, You’ve Got Some Questions About HVAC – Well We’ve Got Some Answers!

What does HVAC stand for?
HVAC (pronounced h-vack) stands for heating, venting, and air conditioning. These 3
functions are all closely related – they provide comfort and acceptable air quality within your
home.

How does my HVAC system move air throughout my house?
There are return grills located throughout the house, this is where a fan draws air in
through. The air then travels through ducts that run back to your systems air handler. The air is
then returned into the conditioned space through supply vents in your wall, floor, or ceiling.

How often should I replace my filter?
There really isn’t a 1 size fits all answer here. The frequency of your filter changes is
really driven by how much you use the system, and how clean the air is that your system is
filtering. At a minimum, it is always good to check it on a monthly basis. Typically, filters need
to be changed once a month (maybe every other).

Why should I replace my working furnace or air conditioner?
Although your current furnace or air conditioner may be working fine, it may make
sense to replace it if older than 12 years. A new heating or AC system can save up to 50% in
energy costs, and it also saves you money in the long run on repairs. While a new system can
also save you money on your utility bills, it will also offer a better degree of comfort within your
home.

Why can’t we just add coolant, without looking for a leak?
Since July of 1992, it is illegal to release refrigerants (whether intentional or accidental) because
they can cause serious damage to the ozone layer. When refrigerants are removed such as
CFC, they should be recycled to clean out contaminants and then returned to a usable
condition.

So, You’ve Got Some Questions About HVAC – Well We’ve Got
Some Answers!

What does HVAC stand for?
HVAC (pronounced h-vack) stands for heating, venting, and air conditioning. These 3
functions are all closely related – they provide comfort and acceptable air quality within your
home.

How does my HVAC system move air throughout my house?
There are return grills located throughout the house, this is where a fan draws air in
through. The air then travels through ducts that run back to your systems air handler. The air is
then returned into the conditioned space through supply vents in your wall, floor, or ceiling.

How often should I replace my filter?
There really isn’t a 1 size fits all answer here. The frequency of your filter changes is
really driven by how much you use the system, and how clean the air is that your system is
filtering. At a minimum, it is always good to check it on a monthly basis. Typically, filters need
to be changed once a month (maybe every other).

Why should I replace my working furnace or air conditioner?
Although your current furnace or air conditioner may be working fine, it may make
sense to replace it if older than 12 years. A new heating or AC system can save up to 50% in
energy costs, and it also saves you money in the long run on repairs. While a new system can
also save you money on your utility bills, it will also offer a better degree of comfort within your
home.

Why can’t we just add coolant, without looking for a leak?
Since July of 1992, it is illegal to release refrigerants (whether intentional or accidental) because
they can cause serious damage to the ozone layer. When refrigerants are removed such as
CFC, they should be recycled to clean out contaminants and then returned to a usable
condition.

Hiring a HVAC Technician?  Here’s What You Should Be Looking For.

 

When shopping around for a new heating and cooling system, shoppers will often do a lot of research on the actual product.  Potential buyers investigate the efficiency rating, look for any grants out there for energy efficient products, estimate a payback system, and even figure out how much their monthly bills will rise/fall.

It is great to consider all of the above, but one thing that is grossly overlooked is the actual HVAC installer themselves.  It doesn’t matter how many great features your new HVAC system may have, if you hire a bad installer, all those features won’t do you much good.

The same hold trues for an AC tune up or furnace tune up.  When it comes to anything with your HVAC system – if you aren’t hiring qualified technicians to work on it, you could be wasting a lot of money!

 

Here’s What You Should Ask Every HVAC Technician Before Hiring Them To Work On Your House:

  1. Are You Licenses And Insured?
    1. Almost every state requires HVAC technicians to be licensed and insured.
    2. You should be able to look them up on your state contractor licensing board.
    3. If something is to go wrong, it is their insurance to cover the damage, not yours.
  2. How Much Experience Do You Have In The Industry?
    1. Have they been in the industry for a long time, or are they relatively new?
    2. An established company is often times much better to work with.
    3. An established company will often have much more experience with different systems.
  3. Can You Provide References From Past Customers?
    1. Talking to past customers will give you a good sense of their customer service and ability.
    2. Often times you can go to the company’s website, or search them on Google and look for reviews from past customers.
  4. How Do Refunds And Warranties Work?
    1. Your current system may be under warrant – it is important to follow those terms of the warranty.
    2. Some well established companies are premier dealers for certain types of HVAC brands (Lennox for example) – you should ask about any guarantees made by that company for that brand.

Those are the 4 most important questions you should discuss with a prospective company before hiring them to be your HVAC technician.  Talking about these with the technicians can save you a bundle of money and a lot of headache in the future.

At AW Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer full support on all of the above.  We are an established company that has been around since 2000, and our technicians have 35+ years’ experience.  We are licensed and insured, and we have a long list of glowing reviews from past customers that are happy to speak on our behalf!  If you are looking for a new HVAC system, AC tune up, or Furnace tune up – we do all of the above and more.  Contact us today!

6 Ways To Cool Your House On A Budget

 

This time of the year – it is very hot out.  It can be hard to decide whether you want to turn on the air conditioner, or if you’d rather save a bit of money on the energy bill.  Outlined below are 6 ways to make sure your air conditioner is doing the most for you, and you are saving the money you can!

 

  1. Keep blinds closed throughout the day (Bonus: Get blackout blinds).
  2. If it is cooler at night – open up the windows and turn off the air conditioning.
  3. Close the doors of rooms that you are not using / using very little of.
  4. Use a fan to keep fresh air flowing throughout the house.
  5. Opt to grill outside! This keeps from a heat buildup in the kitchen.
  6. Switch out your AC filter – this will ensure maximum efficiency.

 

There you have it, 6 super easy ways to get the most out of natural cooling.  These will never compare to the comfort of having an air conditioner running in your house – but hopefully it will keep you sane on those super-hot days.  If you decide you are ready for an AC system install, or maybe you just need your yearly tune up, be sure to call AW Heating & Air Conditioning, we are here to help!

Lets Talk Preventative Maintenance

 

AC Units are expensive, there is no doubt about that – but there are ways to keep that big expense from hitting your bank account unexpectedly.  Have you ever heard of preventative maintenance?  Of course you have, but if you are like most people – you probably think about your vehicle when you hear preventative maintenance.

 

In a way, our AC units are much like our vehicles.  They are expensive to purchase, they have motors, they have filters, and they both require preventative maintenance.  Much like our vehicle, a little bit of preventative maintenance will go a long way in keeping your AC unit running efficiently and effectively.  You wouldn’t drive your vehicle 100,000 miles without changing the oil would you?  The same logic holds true for your AC system, preventative maintenance is a necessity.

By following our checklist below, you can prevent that big expense of a new AC unit!

 

Keeping Your AC Unit in Tip Top Shape

Increase the life & efficiency of your AC unit with these steps:

  1. Change The Air Filter (Or clean it if that is an option)
  2. Keep the AC unit free of leaves, grass, and pollen
  3. Turn off the humidifier during the cooling season
  4. Inspect your unit for proper coolant level, and adjust if necessary
  5. Inspect the coil and cabinet for damages, clean at least once a season
  6. Inspect control box, wiring, and connections – making any necessary repairs
  7. Inspect fan motor, and fan blades, lubricate as necessary

 

At AW Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand that not everybody has the time, or wants to perform the steps outlined above.  We offer seasonal maintenance packages – have one of our certified maintenance technicians come out to your house today!