How often should I change my filter?
Filters should be replaced each month when using the air conditioning or heat. It is important to use the same size as the original filter. Reusable filters should be cleaned once a month following the manufacturer’s instructions.
How close to the outdoor unit can I plant shrubs or flowers?
Plants should be no closer than 18” to the air conditioner.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a device used for cooling or heating a space by transferring hot and cold between two reservoirs. In the summer the heat pump acts like an air conditioner by removing heat from the air inside your home. During colder months heat from the outdoor air is extracted and transferred to inside your home. Believe it or not, even a 32 degree day produces enough heat to warm a home with a heat pump.
There are two fan settings on my thermostat – “auto” and “on” – what does this mean?
The auto setting generally means that the fan will only operate when the unit is in use. If the thermostat is set to ‘on’ the fan will run continuously.
How long will my system last?
Maintenance and service play a key role in the lifecycle of an air conditioning system. If all recommended maintenance and service actions are taken an air conditioning system can last 12 to 15 years. Ask about our Comfort Protection Plan.
What can I do to control humidity levels in my house?
Humidity levels can be reduced by using a variable speed air handler as part of your HVAC system. Variable speed units run longer at lower speeds allowing air to constantly circulate against the cooling coil and remove more moisture. Variable speed motors also use less electricity than regular motors reducing your energy costs.
Why should I purchase a new air conditioning and heating system?
At All Seasons Cooling and Heating, Inc. we realize that purchasing an air conditioning and heating system is no small matter. However, if your existing system is old, in need of repair or simply inefficient, purchasing a new unit (one which can be as much as 60% more efficient than a system purchased ten years ago) can offer long term benefits. Rather than continuing to pay for ongoing maintenance and costly monthly bills, investing in a new system today will save you money for years to come.
What is R-22?
R-22 is a common name for hydro-chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). R-22 has been used as a refrigerant by HVAC manufacturers for over 40 years. Studies in the past decade have shown that HCFCs contain chlorine, an ozone depleting agent. For this reason the United State Clean Air Act has set a target date for January 1, 2010 on which HVAC manufacturers must cease the production of products that use R-22.
What is R-410A (Puron)?
R-410A (Puron) is the common name for an emerging hydro-fluorocarbon (HFC) that is being used as a refrigerant in the HVAC industry. R-410A is more environmentally friendly that R-22 and is being seen as the likely replacement for R-22 manufactures. At the beginning of 2010 the use of alternate refrigerant will be required in HVAC manufacturing.