Most Common HVAC Questions and Answers

Q. What does HVAC stand for?

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.  This abbreviation is typically used to describe the entire heating and cooling system including duct work, humidification controls, air filters, and registers.

Q. Why is my A/C off and not working?

Quite often this issue can be fixed with a simple switch of your breaker.  We always hope the best for our customers, and like nothing more than a quick fix to save you a service call.  If your issue goes beyond a simple flip of a switch, we recommend calling a company capable of handling all possible scenarios both big and small.  No one wants to pay one company to fix another company’s negligence or inexperience, so make sure to do your research and choose a reputable company in your area.

Q. Will my air conditioner run less if I use my ceiling fan to keep me cool?

No.  A ceiling fan will make you feel cooler in the room with the fan in motion, most likely allowing for you to change the temperature of your thermostat a few degrees, but this will not reduce your electric bill or allow for a comfortable temperature setting throughout the entire home or business.

Q. My electric bill is high. Do you think its my A/C unit? What can I do to lower my bill?

Before calling a maintenance technician, it is best to think of the age of your unit, whether or not you’ve changed your filters, or the last time you had the unit serviced.  The better care you take of your unit, the better care it takes of you. After taking into consideration the age and maintenance history, you should call a company who can provide the service you need to handle the current condition of your unit and provide some energy saving solutions.  Sometimes there is a zoning issue or a need for a more efficient unit, but knowing all of your available options will point you in the right direction towards your energy saving goals.

Q. How often should I change my air filter?

We suggest checking your filters on a monthly basis.  Certain seasons might require changing or cleaning your filters more regularly than others, so it’s beneficial to have a system in place to prevent any accidental neglect.  Changing your filter on a consistent basis is one of the single most important things you can personally do to properly care for your HVAC system.

Q. What size air conditioning unit do I need for my house?

There are a multitude of factors taken into consideration when choosing the right size and type of unit for your home.  A skilled technician will not only take the required measurements to calculate size, but will also factor in type of home, windows, humidity levels, and overall factors contributing to the quality of your indoor climate.  You will be given different options to best fit your needs and budget after a comprehensive assessment of your heating and cooling needs.

Q. Can a smell in my house come from an issue with my air conditioner?

Sometimes there is nothing wrong with your air conditioning unit, but your home doesn’t have adequate ventilation or desperately needs a dehumidifier to reduce the levels of moisture trapped within your home.  If your indoor air quality isn’t regulated by proper equipment, your home could develop issues with mold and bacteria. Without proper ventilation, your home will likely continue holding onto those day to day smells from pets, pollution, or anything else carrying a smell you do not enjoy.