Ask the Experts!
At Engineered Air, we love to answer your air conditioning and heating related questions! Scroll down to see a few of the most frequently asked questions that people inquire about on a regular basis.
- Adjust the thermostat a few degrees higher
- Install ceiling fans
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Hang drapes or install blinds to keep your home’s temperature down
- Change your air filter every month
- Join our maintenance plan program
Regular maintenance for your air conditioning unit is imperative to keep your system working efficient. Like all household appliances, your AC system will experience issues from time to time. By having an experienced technician perform regular maintenance check-ups, you can be confident that your system is functioning as efficiently as possible and that you are saving money on your electric bill. You should have a preventative maintenance inspection performed twice per year. Once before summer and once before winter – the seasons that put the most stress on your AC system. Maintenance inspections can uncover a variety of issues such as leaks, rot, soot, rust, and corroded electrical contacts. It is important to fix these issues before they cause a breakdown which can lead to costly repairs.
Heat pumps and air conditioners need a professional tune-up biannually. Additionally, the air conditioning unit and heat pump should be periodically inspected. A professional inspection of these areas includes the compressor, coils, refrigerant lines, and the fan.
The air filter in your AC unit keeps pollutants out of your heating and air conditioning unit. This ensures that your HVAC system continues to run in an efficient manner. However, it is imperative to change your air filter because it collects the pollutants and prevents them from reaching you and your family through the air you breathe. Also, a dirty filter slows down airflow and makes it harder for your AC unit to run efficiently, costing you comfort and money.
We recommend that you change your disposable air filter once a month for top filtration. Washable filters need to be cleaned monthly too.
There are many different types of air filters you can purchase for your AC system. Standard filters will keep your system and ductwork clean, however, they do little to improve air quality. For improved indoor air quality, purchase a media filter. Media filters, which are different from standard filters because they are made up of crushed granite, sand and other material, will improve dust levels and will catch more particles than standard filters. To prevent particles as well as airborne viruses from reaching your home, you should invest in a pleated media filter. Although there are many filters that can keep your air clean, always choose the filter that best fits the capacity of your blower.
A programmable thermostat is a thermostat that can be programmed to a set schedule that changes the temperature based on your settings such as time of day or what day it is. Programmable thermostats have many advantages. Because they are electronic, they are typically more accurate than mercury thermostats. Programmable thermostats also allow you to control the temperature throughout the day without having to actually touch the device. This is a great advantage because your programmable thermostat automatically sets according to your settings. You’ll never forget to change your thermostat settings again. Therefore saving you money on your energy bill.
SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, and it is a rating to measure the operating efficiency of your AC unit. Today, systems are typically rated between 13.00 SEER and 21.00 SEER. A higher SEER rating means your system operates with greater efficiency.
In Florida, cooling costs can skyrocket in the summer, so it is important to know the SEER rating when purchasing a new AC unit. Having a higher SEER rating will mean a lower electric bill in the hot summer months.
There are many factors that affect the sizing and specifications of your AC system, including square footage of the building, insulation, window surface and configuration, geographic location of your home, duct sizing and arrangement, just to name a few. Engineered Air can perform an in-home load analysis to determine which equipment combinations will best suit your home and your family’s needs.
The only way to be sure that the system you purchase will be the right size for your home is to have your home’s individual heating and air conditioning needs evaluated by Engineered Air.
As a Carrier® dealer, Engineered Air is the best resource for identifying and supplying the correct, current parts for your system, as well as for pricing and availability.
If you have any question regarding your AC and Heating system, please feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable professionals, and they will help you with all of your HVAC needs.