Air Conditioning and HVAC FAQs

You’re not alone if you’re concerned about your air conditioning system. Read what other homeowners have asked about their air conditioning and HVAC systems and see the helpful responses by our professionals.

Expert Advice From Our Heating and Cooling Professionals

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Typically, HVAC companies and air filter manufacturers advise that the air filters in your home should be changed every three months.

Some variables that can affect the frequency of changing an air filter include whether anyone in the home has allergies, where your home is located (ex. dusty, dry climates), whether you have any pets (as well as how many), the age of your system and equipment, etc.

In general, air conditioning units come in a variety of sizes to accommodate the specific needs of your home.

A larger air conditioning unit will not necessarily perform better than a smaller one. It is important to select an air conditioning unit that is the right size for your home to ensure efficient and effective cooling.

Replacing an older air conditioning unit with a new, more energy-efficient model can save you money on your monthly energy bills. Although the initial investment for a new air conditioning unit may be higher than simply repairing your existing unit, the long-term savings will be worth it.

Mismatched air conditioning components can lead to decreased efficiency and performance and, in some cases, can damage your system. A technician from Tom’s Air Conditioning can help you select properly matched components for your system.

Like any other machine, an AC unit needs regular maintenance to run smoothly and efficiently. A technician from Tom’s Air Conditioning can help you determine the best schedule for servicing your AC system based on factors such as the age and model of your unit, the frequency of use, and its overall working condition.

One way to improve the air quality in your home is to install an air purifier. An air purifier can help remove harmful particles, bacteria, and viruses from the air. Another way to improve air quality is regularly having your air conditioning unit serviced. A technician from Tom’s AC can help you create a plan to improve the air quality in your home.

You can do several things to lower your energy costs and save money on your air conditioning bill. Some tips include:

  • Set your air conditioner to the proper temperature.
  • Use a ceiling fan to help circulate air.
  • Keep your air filter clean.
  • Schedule regular maintenance for your air conditioning system.
  • Upgrade to a more energy-efficient air conditioner.
  • Consider energy-efficient windows and adding more insulation to your attic and walls.

You can lower your home energy costs and keep your home comfortable by following these tips.

There are a few ways to keep your home cool more efficiently. Some tips include:

  • Close the windows and doors when the air conditioner is on.
  • Set the thermostat to a reasonable temperature. Installing a smart thermostat can help.
  • Use a ceiling fan to help with air circulation.
  • Have your home’s insulation checked, especially if you have an older home.

New technologies in AC and HVAC systems can dramatically improve your home’s cooling efficiency. If your current cooling system struggles to maintain cool temperatures in hot weather, it’s probably a good idea to investigate some of the newer systems and technologies. A reputable dealer can help you with this.

If you’re looking to heat your home more efficiently, there are some things you can do that may help. First, make sure your home is properly insulated. This will help to keep the heat in and the cold out. You can also install energy-efficient windows and doors. Finally, consider investing in a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to set the temperature when you’re home and away, so you’re not wasting energy heating an empty house.

A heat pump is a device that uses electricity to move heat from one place to another. It can be used to heat or cool a home or office. Heat pumps are typically used in areas where the climate is mild, and they can be an alternative to air conditioners and furnaces. Heat pumps work by transferring heat from the air outside to the air inside or from the ground to the air inside.

Using equipment with variable-speed fans is a great way to save energy and money. Variable-speed fans can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in a space and help improve air quality. Variable-speed fans typically use less energy than traditional air conditioners and furnaces, so they can help you save money on your energy bill.

Yes, the production of R-22 refrigerant is discontinued, but not its use. This is due to its environmental impact, and new supplies have been no longer available since 2020. If you have an air conditioner that uses R-22, you may need to replace it if you have a refrigerant leak.

However, recovered, recycled, or reclaimed supplies are still available in limited amounts. Homeowners are not required to stop using R-22 air conditioners or replace existing equipment. Talk to a professional about your options for replacement air conditioners.

If you’re concerned that your AC unit may be low on Freon, you can do a few things to check. The first is to check the air conditioner’s pressure gauge. If the needle is in the red, it may be low on Freon. You can also check the air conditioner’s evaporator coils. If they’re frozen, it may signify that the air conditioner is low on Freon. Finally, listen for any strange noises coming from the air conditioner. If you hear a hissing noise, it may indicate a Freon leak. Call a professional to have your air conditioner checked if you’re still not sure.

It’s typical for the temperature in different rooms to vary somewhat, especially if you just have one thermostat. However, it might also indicate poorly constructed ducts or air filtering difficulties.

If your HVAC system doesn’t seem to be cooling or heating certain rooms evenly, there may be a few things you can do. First, check the air vents in those rooms to make sure they’re open. You may need to have your ducts cleaned or have your HVAC system serviced if they are. Call a professional to have your system checked if you’re still not sure.

HVAC equipment typically lasts for 10 to 15 years. However, it may last longer or shorter depending on how often it’s used and how well it’s maintained. If you use your heating and cooling system frequently, it may not last as long as if you only use it occasionally. Additionally, if you don’t maintain your HVAC equipment well, it may not last as long. To help extend the life of your HVAC system, be sure to have it serviced regularly and don’t use it more than necessary.

Have more questions about your heating and cooling system?

No one wants to be uncomfortable in their own home. That’s why AC and HVAC systems are so important. So, after reading these frequently asked questions, if you’re still concerned about your air conditioning system, talk to the friendly experts at Tom’s Air Conditioning for some peace of mind!

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