FAQ


How often should I change my air filters?
For best performance of your system your air filters should be changed every three months but this can depend on the conditions in your home. If you typically have to dust your furniture once a week then you should stick to the quarterly filter changes or sooner. You can tell when to change an air filter by inspecting the back side of the filter, any discoloration on the back side (dirt) indicates the filter is fully loaded and is releasing dirt into the air stream.

Will a programmable thermostat really save me money?
Generally, as with anything, this depends on how it is used. A rule of thumb is that you should set the thermostat to adjust the temperature in your home to 3-5 degrees lower for heating season and higher for cooling season while youíre sleeping and while your home is unoccupied. You can expect a basic programmable thermostat to pay for itself within the first year. Donít forget to check your batteries once a year.

Will fixing leaks and insulating my duct work save me money?
Leaks in ducts alone can easily cost you up to 30% or more in energy costs, combined with metal ducts that have no insulation your savings can be as high as 40% or more. Leaking ducts are very common in many homes and account for a huge amount of lost dollars every year. Most older homes have no insulation at all on any of the metal duct work and this cost much more than many people realize. So, Yes fixing your leaking duct work and insulation will save you money very quickly.

How do I really know if I should fix it or replace it?
Typically if your system is 12 years or older and you have some sort of major failure it is time to consider replacing your system, as with cars the components reach a point where they are going to start to fail and investing large amounts for repairs on a system that will be prone to even more failures just does not make good sense.

How much money will a high efficiency furnace save me?
This depends on what you have now, efficiencies have increased dramatically over the years, furnaces ten to fifteen years old or older typically have an efficiency rating of 75% to 80% measured in AFUE, while today you can purchase furnaces that are rated as high as 97%. The savings also depend greatly on how you use your system and the temperatures you enjoy.

How much money will a high efficiency air conditioner save me?
This also depends on what you have now, again efficiencies have increased dramatically over the years. Air Conditioners ten to fifteen years old or older typically have an efficiency rating of 7 to 10 measured in SEER. While today you can purchase air conditioning equipment with ratings as high as 18 or 19 SEER. Again the savings greatly depend on how you use your system and the temperatures you set on your thermostat.

Why does water collect around the base of the furnace?
Usually there is a plugged up drain line for the A/C or Furnace. To solve this problem, pour a small cap of bleach into a cleanout tee if provided from installation and follow it with hot water.