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Our Most Common FAQ, Answered

Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

Your HVAC is a complex and intricate system that takes time and effort to fully understand. That is why technicians go through extensive training to better understand these home heating and cooling systems and service them correctly.

Naturally, as a homeowner you want to know as much as possible about the inner workings of your household. The experts at 1st Class Heat & Air have gathered our most commonly asked questions about HVAC systems and are giving you all the answers you need to keep a comfortable home and maybe save some money on your next monthly bill.

How often should I service my HVAC?

We’d recommend booking a service appointment twice a year. We find it works best to schedule one appointment before the cooling season begins, and one before the heating season begins. This way, your unit is in tip top shape and ready to provide you with the comfort you need for the months ahead.

When should I replace air filters?

The air filters are one of the most important components of an HVAC. They catch all the airborne particles that you don’t want floating around your home and in your lungs. Once they become full or clogged, your indoor air quality becomes compromised and the lack of airflow can lead to system breakdowns.

It is best to replace your air filters about every three months and more often if you live with a smoker or someone with allergies or asthma.

Which size HVAC is right for my home?

HVACs are not one-size-fits-all. If your unit is too big for the home, it will pump out more air than needed, causing higher bills and an increase in condensation which can lead to mold and algae growth. If the unit is too small, it will become overworked and your home will see uneven temperatures.

Your HVAC professionals will help you determine the correct size unit for your home as you begin the process of a new installation.

How do I know if my unit needs to be replaced?

A well cared for HVAC can last up to 20 years. However, most begin exhibiting signs of wear long before then, and you will likely not want to waste energy and money repairing a system that is on its way out. Some signs that your unit is ready for replacement include:

  • Uneven temperatures
  • Frequent cycling
  • Loud noises
  • Constant breakdowns and need for repairs

You may hesitate to replace as it is a large expense. However, an HVAC system which constantly breaks down and works inefficiently is costing you money by the hour. Upgrading to a new and efficient system will do wonders for your home and energy bills for years to come.

Why are maintenance appointments important?

We wouldn’t say maintenance appointments are important. We’d say they are ESSENTIAL! By scheduling these visits from your technician, you’re setting your HVAC up for a successful season of heating or cooling.

The technician will clean your unit and replace your air filter, improving your indoor air quality. They will also be able to spot the warning signs of a potential future breakdown and solve them before they cost you down the road.

What is a heat pump?

heat pump is a part of the heating and cooling system which is installed outdoors and pulls in air to heat or cool your home. They are more eco-friendly than a furnace as they do not burn fossil fuels, require minimal maintenance, are long lasting, and can both heat and cool your home.

Looking for More Answers?

If we missed your question, give us a call! Our team is ready to help you get to know all you can about your HVAC system and how to care for it. Contact 1st Class Heat & Air today at (972) 673-0408 with any and all questions.