Frequently Asked Questions

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Maintenance is the key. Homeowners should have equipment cleaned and serviced by a licensed professional at least twice per year. Studies have shown that lack of proper maintenance can reduce equipment efficiency by 5-10%. In addition, most of today’s filters need to be changed a minimum of every 90 days. The type of filter is important as well. You should use a filter that has a high efficiency rating to help keep your air and equipment clean.

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After a thorough cleaning, the Freon levels are checked and adjusted in your air conditioner to the manufacturer’s specifications.Remember that an over charged unit is just as bad as an under charged unit when it comes to energy consumption.

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The burners should be cleaned for maximum performance, as well as adjusting the gas pressure, and cleaning the blower wheel. It's recommended that you leave your indoor blower running continuously. This will ensure that the air in your home is being constantly circulated to reduce hot and cold spots.

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One recommendation would be to have a programmable thermostat installed. It would automatically change the setting for you once it was programmed. Homeowners can save money on their utility bills just by setting the temperature back when no one is home.

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Equipment break-down can be frustrating, it can be tempting to find the least expensive "quick fix" to get the equipment working for the time being. That "quick fix" may be the least expensive now, but it may not give you the most value — or cost you the least — in the long run. Paying for repairs to an old or inefficient system often simply prolongs the inevitable. It’s almost like putting a bandage on a serious injury. An older system that breaks down once is likely to break down several times. That could mean more emergency service calls and the risk of damage to your home or to other components of your heating and cooling system. It's important to remember that when one component of your system breaks down unexpectedly, it’s easy to just focus on repairing or replacing that component. Also know that each part of your system works with the others to boost efficiency and reliability, so it helps to keep the big picture in mind.