12 Frequently Asked Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Questions…

Listed below, are frequently asked questions related to Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning…


Temperature Control Questions

How Does My Thermostat Work?

At its core, a thermostat is simply the controls used to regulate temperature in a heating system. You can set a preferred temperature, and the thermostat works to keep your home at this desired level. If the home starts to drop in temperature, a thermostat switches the heating on to warm it up. This is how a thermostat keeps your home comfortable.

Do I Need a Programmable Thermostat?

A programmable thermostat can save you money on your energy bills. A programmable thermostat is a thermostat which is designed to adjust the temperature according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at different times of the day. Programmable thermostats are also known as setback thermostats or clock thermostats. Without a programmable thermostat, most people leave their HVAC at the same temperature all the time. You really do not need your home to be heated or cooled while you are at work or away, so you can program your thermostat to to automatically change temperatures during those times of day. The cost of a programmable thermostats pays for itself.

How Can I Save Money On a New Thermostat?

There are usually rebates available for programmable thermostats. I recently found “Buy an ENERGY STAR–certified smart thermostat for a $50 rebate.” Just put Smart Thermostat rebates into your browser and see what rebates are available at the time you are ready to purchase.

If I Set My Air Conditioner to a Lower Temperature, Will It Cool My House Faster?

When you lower the temperature on your thermostat, the air conditioner turns on and begins to cool your home. However, the air conditioning can’t work any harder than that to cool your home. So, turning down your thermostat by 10 degrees won’t cool your home any faster than if you turn it down by two degrees.


Air Conditioner and Furnace Questions

How Big Does My Air Conditioner Need to Be?

Air conditioners are sized based on how much energy your home needs to stay cool. As a rule of thumb, an air conditioner needs 20 Btu for each square foot of living space. But other considerations, such as the ceiling height and the size of your windows and doorways, might call for more cooling power. To measure your room, multiply the length of the room by the width. A licensed professional can help you identify the right size of air conditioner you need.

What Is a Ton In HVAC?

The word ton is an expression of HVAC system size. It is the amount of energy a system can produce. 1 ton is equal to 12,000 British Thermal Units BTU’s. A ton is the cooling capacity of an air conditioning system. One ton is equal to the amount of heat required (288,000 Btu) to melt one ton of ice in a 24-hour period.

How Long Should An HVAC System Last?

Back 20 to 30 years ago, everything was straightforward. The controls were very simple, and there was a lot fewer moving parts to fail. Therefore, they could withstand a lot more abuse, such as dirty filters, plant overgrowth on the outside condensers, and low airflow issues like dirty blower wheels, dirty coils, and undersized duct work. Today, systems are just more complicated. As technologies advance and systems become more intricate, their life cycle, too, is evolving. If you have properly serviced your equipment you can expect an air conditioner to last 11 to 13 years and a furnace to last 18-20 years.

What Should I Do If When I First Turn On My Furnace It Smells Like Something Is Burning?

A burning smell is normal if it is is the first time you have turned on your furnace in awhile. Your furnace is simply burning off dust particles that have accumulated withing the machinery while it has been dormant.

Does My Air Conditioner or Furnace Qualify For a Tax Credit?

As of 2019 there are no federal tax credits available for air conditioners. The residential energy efficiency tax credit expired on 12/31/2017. Fortunately there are plenty of other ways you can save money on a new air conditioner system. Manufacturers and local utilities offer rebates and promotional for HVAC system.


Indoor Air Quality and HVAC Questions

How Often Should I Change My HVAC Filter?

A good rule of thumb is to change 1-2 inch filters every three months, 4 inch filters every six months and 5 inch filters every 12 months. Signs your air filter needs changed: The filter is visibly dirty. Certainly if you can’t see the material of the filter itself, it should be replaced. If you have pets or family members with allergies, you should change your filter more frequently.

Should I Open My Windows When the Weather Is Nice?

It is always nice to get some fresh air into your home, if the weather is nice, opening screened windows and doors is great. If the temperature starts to get cooper make sure to close the windows. Keep the HVAC off when the windows or doors are open. Use ceiling fans to help keep rooms comfortable and air flowing. If it is raining or humid outside, windows should stay closed. Letting too much humidity in your home can cause other problems in your home such as promoting the growth of bacteria.

How Can I Protect My Home From Carbon Monoxide?

It’s time—right now to make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are in place and working to protect you and your family from this silent killer. CO monitors are affordable and a must have safety device. To help prevent carbon monoxide leaks, make sure to have your furnace serviced at least once a year.

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