Tips & FAQs

 

  • HVAC equipment that is properly sized, to your heating and cooling load, operates more efficiently and has a longer life span. Bigger is NOT better!
  • Regularly scheduled maintenance will reduce your energy costs and extend equipment life.
  • Installation of a programmable thermostat allows for setback temperatures at night and when your home is unoccupied which saves on energy costs.
  • If you own a heat pump, install a thermostat that has a ramping feature to set the temperature back at night. This thermostat maximizes the heat pump to heat your home and not your electric heating strips. (Very quick pay back).
  • Installing a properly sized and rated air filter and changing the filter as needed will achieve maximum airflow to heat and cool your home, reducing your energy costs and removing allergen material from the air. To determine if your filter needs to be changed, hold the filter up to a bright light. If light is barely or not visible, replace it immediately. Otherwise reinstall the filters. NOTE: Do not replace the filter too soon either! A dirty filter, as long as you can still see the light through it, is more effective than a brand new filter.
  • It is important to have properly adjusted balance dampers on supply and/or return air ducts for even air distribution, eliminating hot and cold spots in your home.
  • A properly sized, sealed, insulated and clean duct system reduces energy costs and will provide a clean indoor air quality.
    NOTE: The average duct system allows approximately 25% to 40% air loss into unconditioned areas (i.e. crawl spaces and attics). You are paying to heat spaces you don’t want heated, driving up your energy bill. Ensure that your ducts are properly sealed.

  • Improperly sealed ducts not only cost money by allowing heated air out but in return are allowing air from unconditioned spaces into your home decreasing air quality and contributing to dirty ducts.
  • During winter months you may see frost or ice build up on your heat pump. Frost is okay, ice is BAD. If you see ice, call for service.
  • Do not close air vents. Closed vents restrict air flow and can harm the compressor in your heat pump. Closing doors to rooms is okay though.
  • If you are going on vacation in winter, turn your thermostat down to 55 degrees for energy savings.
  • When using your fireplace or wood stove, turn up your thermostat so that your air conditioning doesn’t turn on.
  • Keep vegetation 3 to 5 feet away from your heat pump so it is able to function properly and efficiently.

If you have any additional questions, please call us at one of our three offices.

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