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Frequently Asked Questions

What is HVAC?

 HVAC- heating, ventilation, and air conditioning- It is a system that provides different types of heating and cooling services to residential and commercial buildings. Its function is to provide thermal comfort, humidity control and acceptable indoor air quality. 

Which manufacturer makes the best brand?

Air conditioning is a matured technology so most of the popular brands work well. Many of them use parts made by the same manufacturers. So, the main considerations are the price, warranty, attractiveness, noise, etc. Some manufacturers offer anywhere from a 10-12 year warranty on all parts while others offer only 1 year. 

What is the average life of an HVAC system?

Most systems have a lifetime of 10 to 15 years, with gas furnaces lasting 20-25 years. As your equipment gets older, its' efficiency can decrease dramatically. You may notice that it gets noisier and needs repairs more often. If you live near bodies of water or the ocean, your system's life expectancy may be drastically shortened due to the harsh environment. If your system is over 10 years old, you should check your system for due maintenance or possible replacement.

How noisy is a ductless mini split?

In general, the sound generated by a ductless air handler (sometimes referred to as a head) is equivalent to whispering in a library (between 21 and 30 decibels). The sound from an outdoor unit is more like normal conversation (60 decibels) but is less than a conventional air conditioning condenser. 

How do I determine which filter to buy for my particular model of furnace?

Check the documentation that came with your furnace for filter size information. Consult with our Parts Specialists regarding the efficiency of the filter needed and whether that efficiency is compatible with your furnace's unit. Too high an efficiency, in some models, can cause too high of a static pressure for the motor and can cause premature motor failure. 

What are some types of thermostats?

 There are several types of automatic and programmable thermostats:

  • Manual
  • Digital
  • Digital- Non- Programmable
  • Digital- Programmable
  • Remote Access
  • Touchscreen
  • Wireless-WiFi
  • Smart

Most range in price, call and ask us which is best for you. Think thermostats don't matter? Think Again! Thermostats control half of your home's energy use. That is more than appliances, computers, stereos and lighting combined!