Frequently Asked Questions about Heating & Air Conditioning
In order to better maintain your heating and air conditioning system, you need to have a good understanding of at least the basics. Here at Crane Heating and Cooling, we like to try to help our clients by educating them and providing them with answers to any questions that they may have.
- How often do I need service for my HVAC system?
- How do I know if I need repairs?
Other than something really obvious like your system stopped working completely, you should monitor the performance of your HVAC. If you notice your energy bills are higher, your heating or cooling seems to always be cycling, there is a new noise, or anything else out of the norm, have your system inspected.
- Do I need replacement or just repairs?
You have right to be concerned about determining whether you actually need replacement or if repairs will suffice. No one wants to pay for something as drastic as replacement if you only need repairs. Consider the age and how close you are to the average life expectancy of your system. Also, compare the cost of the repairs to the current value of your system. If repairs are as much as 50% or more of the value, replacement makes more sense.
- What can I do to make my system more energy-efficient and lower my bills?
There are plenty of steps that you can take to achieve this; these are just a few examples. For one thing, install a programmable thermostat, it will help you use your system in a smarter manner. Use ceiling fans to your advantage; they can cool things down in the summer or you can change blade rotation direction in the winter to help push warm air back down. Make it a point to check caulking and seals around doors and windows each year. Weatherstripping plays a big role in your home's energy-efficiency and is often in need of repair.
- What should I look for in a good heating contractor or air conditioning company?
Ask people you know and trust for referrals, for starters. An established history with a good standing with organizations like the BBB is important. Also, seek out companies with a strong reputation. Never agree to work with a self-proclaimed professional who lacks the basic requirements of having their license and insurance.
It is a good idea to have your HVAC system tuned-up once a year, at least. Ideally, you should have it checked out in the spring and then again in the fall. That way, a professional has inspected it just after a period of peak use and right before the next one. Obviously, any time that you even suspect something may be wrong with your heating and cooling system, it is important to have it looked at, immediately.
If you still don't have the answers that you need, feel free to call us to find out more about your HVAC.