We offer these HVAC questions and answers to help our Cleveland area customers learn more about their systems. These resources allow people to build their knowledge about heating and air conditioning and learn tips and tricks that can help them get the most out of their HVAC systems.
How often should I change my air filters? For best performance of your system your air filters should be changed every three months but this can depend on the conditions in your home. If you typically have to dust your furniture once a week then you should stick to the quarterly filter changes. You can tell when to change an air filter by inspecting the back side of the filter, any discoloration on the back side (dirt) indicates the filter is fully loaded and is releasing dirt into the air stream.
Will a programmable thermostat really save me money? Generally, as with anything, this depends on how it is used. A rule of thumb is that you should set the thermostat to adjust the temperature in your home to 3-5 degrees F lower for heating season and higher for cooling season while you're sleeping and while your home is unoccupied. You can expect a basic programmable thermostat to pay for itself within the first year.
How does a Club Membership save me money? Many times during a regular maintenance service an inexpensive part such as a motor capacitor is found to be faulty, when this type of failure is unknown it will lead to failure of much more expensive parts such as the motor itself. This alone will save you hundreds of dollars in repairs. Many compressor failures on air conditioners could also have been prevented by catching simple inexpensive items such as the capacitor or Freon level. Keeping the system clean and operating at peak efficiency will not only obviously save you energy but will also prevent failure of expensive parts like the blower motor and compressor.
Will fixing leaks and insulating my duct work save me money? Leaks in ducts alone can easily cost you up to 30% or more in energy costs, combined with metal ducts that have no insulation your savings can be as high as 40% or more. Leaking ducts are very common in many homes and account for a huge amount of lost dollars every year. Most older homes have no insulation at all on any of the metal duct work and this costs much more than many people realize. So, yes fixing your leaking duct work and insulation will save you money very quickly.
How do I really know if I should fix it or replace it? Typically if your system is 12 years or older and you have some sort of major failure it is time to consider replacing your system, as with cars the components reach a point where they are going to start to fail and investing large amounts for repairs on a system that will be prone to even more failures just does not make good sense.
How much money will a high efficiency furnace save me? This depends on what you have now, efficiencies have increased dramatically over the years, furnaces ten to fifteen years old or older typically have an efficiency rating of 75% to 80% measured in AFUE, while today you can purchase furnaces that are rated as high as 97%. The savings also depend greatly on how you use your system and the temperatures you enjoy.
How much money will a high efficiency air conditioner save me? This also depends on what you have now, again efficiencies have increased dramatically over the years. Air Conditioners ten to fifteen years old or older typically have an efficiency rating of 7 to 10 measured in SEER. While today you can purchase air conditioning equipment with ratings as high as 18 or 19 SEER. Again the savings greatly depend on how you use your system and the temperatures you set on your thermostat.
These are but a few of the heating and cooling questions and answers we have collected to help you learn more about your HVAC system. If you have questions that we haven't addressed here, feel free to call us. We are your knowledgeable and reliable Cleveland heating and cooling experts. We're always glad to assist you and offer custom HVAC solutions just for you.
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