Frequently Asked Questions
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HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. HVAC is most often used to depict the whole heating and cooling system from the duct work and air filter to humidification controls and registers. HVAC systems are used to provide heating and cooling services to home or office buildings. It has become the required industry standard for new construction.
Regular HVAC preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure trouble-free operation and peak performance. It can help to avoid a costly repair and keep your HVAC system running properly when you need it most.
The most important part of HVAC maintenance is maintaining unrestricted air flows. Dust, dirt, and debris are an HVAC system’s worst enemies. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor unit, you must keep all filters clean and heat exchangers and coils free of restrictions.
We recommend that your heating and cooling system be checked and serviced twice a year; ideally a Spring and Fall tune-up. Changing your air filters regularly is also important. This alone can eliminate many of the most common problems that need fixing and can significantly reduce the likelihood of a serious breakdown.
A label is normally located on the outer surface of the equipment with a manufacture date. If the equipment is less than five years old it may have a warranty. Extended warranties may also be available when purchasing new equipment based on the manufacturer and model. Warranty terms and conditions change by manufacturer and the installing company.
Changing your AC filter regularly helps your AC system operate at peak levels and improves indoor air quality. We recommend changing your filer once a month to ensure proper air flow and to keep your home free from dust, allergens and germs. Depending on the type of filter you purchase, replacements can range from 1 month to 3 months or more. See packaging for additional details when purchasing your AC filter.
Yes. Loud heating and cooling equipment contribute to sound pollution. Although no financial savings are tied to lower sound levels, the sound rating of a cooling system can have a considerable effect on comfort and enjoyment of your home. The sound level of an air conditioner or heat pump depends on a variety of factors, such as the age and make of the unit and whether the compressor is insulated or not can contribute to the amount of noise it makes.
Temperature settings depend on the time of year and your personal preferences. In the summer, the average temperature setting is 75°-80°. In the winter 68°-72° is the norm. Remember, when leaving your house; try to avoid drastic temperature changes. Do not set your temperature back more than 5°; this will cause your unit to work harder to achieve the desired temperature setting.
Investing in a larger unit is not always the best option. Before purchasing a new AC system you should always make sure your system is sized properly to match your home or office needs and budget. Rick’s A/C Maintenance and Service can thoroughly assess your home and comfort requirements to determine the proper size and make the appropriate recommendation.
A few quick tips:
- Clean and replace your filters frequently.
- Your system will heat and cool more evenly when the blower is in the “on” position. The blower provides constant air movement throughout the home, and allows for better filtration.
- Install shades, drapes, shutters, or screens on windows that are exposed to extreme sunlight to keep room temperatures at moderate levels.
One method to purify the indoor air is integrating germicidal (UV) lights in your home, which helps kill odors and inhibit the growth of biological contaminants, sterilizing surfaces in the HVAC system. They also purify the air, preventing the growth of contaminants. The UV lights are installed to work with your home comfort system.
Sometimes poor ventilation contributes to unpleasant odors. Moisture condensation on walls windows and stagnate air are signs of poor ventilation. Our experienced technicians at Rick’s AC can inspect your home comfort system to determine if this is an issue that should be addressed. Our technician can also inform you how to solve the ventilation system’s ability to correctly circulate and ventilate indoor air.
Every person and every home entails a different comfort need. The threshold of irritancy and triggers that affect people’s health and comfort combine to determine the proper solutions. High threshold levels may require simple solutions like a better air filter. Low threshold levels may require an air purification system for the reduction of triggers and irritants.
According to studies created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to air pollutants indoors can be 100 times higher than outdoors. Frequent dusting and vacuuming can help reduce the amount of dust and dust mites present in your home. However, not all airborne particles can be eliminated. Filtration devices can help eliminate particles that are too small to be caught by a vacuum. Some filtration devices include UV light units, air filters, energy recovery ventilators (ERVs), heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) and electronic air cleaners.