Heating and Cooling FAQs (Part 2)
We know how much you want to know more about your heating and cooling system. As promised, we are back to answer some more of your questions about your HVAC system. Read on and find out more about the different safety and health aspects associated with your heating and cooling unit, how to maintain its efficiency, as well as picking the best furnace and air conditioner for your home.
Is your air conditioning safe?
Yes. In fact, it is such a lifesaver, especially during the summer months when the weather can become unbearably hot. It offers a much-needed respite from the sweltering heat and makes your home a more comfortable space.
That being said, air conditioners that have been neglected can have some health and safety risks. For one, if you are running a contaminated unit, it may trigger allergies and asthma or even exacerbate these conditions. You may want to consider AC replacement, if this is the case. If you have a well-maintained unit, however, then it can certainly make all the difference in terms of the air quality inside your home. Luckily, modern units are now designed with new improvements which address these safety and health concerns.
Are you getting the most out of your AC?
If you have the AC turned on yet you still feel warm and uncomfortable, you’ll probably start questioning whether or not running the unit is still worth it at all. If you think that your system isn’t doing its job as efficiently as it used to, there’s a very good chance that it just lacks proper maintenance. You want your AC to perform at its optimal state. However, this can only do so with regular maintenance. Preventative maintenance is the key to not only improving the overall performance of the unit and at the same time, ensuring that your power consumption is kept minimal. This is true no matter the season. These days, the seasonal energy efficiency ratio or SEER is at 14 although there are systems that can go as high as 21.
For residential HVAC units, it is ideal to get them serviced at least 3-4 times a year. For office maintenance units, however, more frequent maintenance may be needed. Thesis because they tend to get subjected to heavier use. Always remember that regular maintenance is key towards saving more in the process. After all, it prevents your system from experiencing frequent breakdowns as it allows for minor issues to come to light so they are addressed before they can lead to even more serious and more expensive-to-fix problems. Of course, there will always be a point where a replacement may be the most ideal option to go for.
Which HVAC model is the best for me?
If you have plans of replacing your old HVAC unit, you’ll be surprised at the wide array of options that the market offers. In fact, it can be a bit overwhelming making a choice when there are just too many to choose from. To help you make the right choice, we’ve listed down some of the most important factors you should consider before making a decision:
- ECM Motor – This is something that every modern unit needs to have. Not only does it improve the overall efficiency of an HVAC system, it can also help reduce the electricity costs involved with running the unit along with improving airflow. This is handy not only in filtering air but also in ensuring that it circulates efficiently— something that is highly beneficial to those with allergies.
- HVAC size – Always consider the size of the HVAC unit in relation to the location you intend to install it at and its specific purpose. Just because a system is big doesn’t mean it will automatically make for the best choice. A system that is too big for a location will only lead to higher energy costs. In addition, since it is going to produce excessive moisture and humidity, you will only end up feeling uncomfortable every time you power it on. Meanwhile, a system that is too small for a location will not be as effective in cooling or heating the setting. When deciding what size your HVAC unit should be, things like the type of insulation, wall, window type and orientation are just some of the things that should be looked into before making a choice. Your HVAC contractor should be able to give you some good advice on how to make the right choice.
- Costs – HVAC units with higher SEER ratios are expected to be more efficient. They tend to produce less noise as well. Unsurprisingly, the higher the SEER ratio, the more expensive it is going to be too. Still, the hefty upfront costs will be more than worth it, especially if this means lower energy costs every month. An HVAC unit is expected to last for many years to come. It makes sense to invest in a good and energy-efficient one.