Frequently Asked Questions About Heating & Air Conditioning

How do I choose a contractor?

It is very important that your heating and air conditioning contractor has an exceptional reputation with good references and that they make you feel comfortable when they enter your home. Make sure you choose a company that is licensed and insured and that their technicians are certified and well trained.

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Why should I purchase a Preferred Service Agreement?

Proper care of your heating and air conditioning system will prolong the life of your equipment and reduce your utility bills. All well-known manufacturers recommend routine maintenance to keep your system operating at optimum efficiency. Most manufacturers require yearly maintenance in order to cover any warranty on your equipment.

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What is the life expectancy of my equipment?

Most equipment has a life expectancy of 15 years or less. As your system gets older, its efficiency decreases considerably. You will notice repairs are required more often and it may even get noisier. You should check with your heating and air conditioning contractor for a free assessment of your current system if you have any concerns.

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How can I reduce energy costs?

  • Keep your heating and air conditioning system regularly maintained so it is running at peak efficiency.
  • Caulk and weatherstrip around windows, doors and other areas in your home where there may be air leaks.
  • Make sure your attic is properly insulated and ventilated.
  • Keep your vents clear. When vents are blocked by furniture or rugs, it prevents air from circulating properly.
  • Clean or replace air filters in your forced air system every month.
  • Lower the temperature on your water heater. Reducing the temperature to 115-120 degrees reduces power without a noticeable difference.
  • Keep fireplace dampers closed when not in use.

In the Winter

Use a programmable thermostat. By lowering the temperature in your home just a few degrees, you can save up to 3% on your heating bills. Open curtains and shades during the day. Direct sunlight lightens the load on your heating system.

In the Summer

Set your programmable thermostat at a higher temperature when you are away from home. Keep curtains and shades closed during the day to reduce the radiant heat of the sun.

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Should I have my air ducts cleaned?

Yes. Dirt, pollen, mold, mildew, pet hair and bacteria can accumulate in your air ducts. These contaminants not only make you sick and increase your utility bills, but they can reduce the lifespan of your equipment if they are not properly removed from your ductwork.

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How can I reduce allergens in my home?

A high efficiency air cleaner can eliminate pollen, mold spores, bacteria, viruses, dust particles and pet dander from the air. If not removed, these contaminants circulate throughout your home spreading disease and triggering allergic or asthmatic reactions. With a whole-home air filtration system, the air inside your house will become cleaner, making your family healthier and your home more comfortable.