Are you a new homeowner? If so, you may be interested to know that May is National Home Improvement Month. As a homeowner, this month long “holiday” encourages you to improve your home, identify any home issues that could become problems, and learn how to hire the proper professionals for the right services.
Since awareness is the key to a healthy, happy home, we thought we’d honor this special month by highlighting some common HVAC questions that new homeowners (and seasoned ones, too) often have. So grab your pen and paper and take notes. Here we go!
5 Common HVAC Questions & Answers from the Pros
Here are some common HVAC questions our technicians are often asked.
Why are AC tune-ups important?
Let us ask you this: Do you visit your primary doctor each year for a checkup? Do you go to your dentist routinely for a regular cleaning? We thought so! In this same vein, your AC unit is no different. It also needs annual check-ups to work efficiently all season long. An AC-tune up each spring by a professional HVAC tech helps to boost your system’s energy efficiency, betters your indoor air quality, lengthens the lifespan of your system, improves indoor comfort, reduces the need for repairs, and saves you money, too!
How often should I get an AC tune-up?
In a word—annually. We recommend scheduling a regular AC tune-up each spring.. Calling for service in March or April before the weather turns warmer is the best way to ensure a highly functioning cooling unit all summer long. When you call Elite Air to perform an AC tune-up, we will do a comprehensive check of compressors, electrical components, part lubrication, air filters, refrigerant levels, capacitors, airflow, thermostats, and so much more!
How much does it cost to replace an AC unit?
The answer to this is—it depends. There are many factors involved with the cost of a new AC unit including the size of your home, the SEER rating, and the type of cooling unit you purchase. Regardless, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save between 20% and 40% each year on cooling when you purchase an ENERGY STAR air conditioning unit. Your Elite Air comfort advisor can guide you toward the right purchase for your home and let you know the best option and price.
When do I need to replace my HVAC system?
Great question! And one that new homeowners often ask. On average, an HVAC system can last anywhere between 10 to 20 years. Naturally, this all depends on your climate, your use, and the type of system you have. You will know it is time for an HVAC replacement when the same problems keep occurring. Signs your HVAC may need replacing include:
- Your system is over 10 years old.
- You are constantly calling for repairs.
- Your electrical bill has skyrocketed.
- Your system is short cycling.
- You have hot and cold spots throughout your home
If you are experiencing one more of these issues on a regular basis, call us. We can evaluate your current system and let you know if an HVAC replacement is in your future.
How important are AC filters?
Very important! Your air filters play a vital role in your HVAC system’s health. They prevent airborne allergens such as dust, pollen, and dander from getting into your ductwork and releasing into your indoor space. Different air filters do different things, too. High quality filters will catch more allergens and even prevent contaminants such as bacteria, mold, and viruses from getting into your indoor air.
Elite Air Is Here for All Your HVAC Needs
Whether you have questions about an AC tune-up, an HVAC replacement, or even indoor air quality, Elite Air is your go-to heating and cooling company in the Mercer County area. We are available to assist your home comforts needs seven days a week and are always just a phone call away. Call our office today at 609.205.3813 or schedule your appointment online here!