A/C Frequently Ask Questions

Aug 13, 2021 | Air Conditioning, Cooling, HVAC, Indoor Air Quality | 0 comments

We are lucky to live in an era where it just takes the touch of a button to get our homes at the exact temperature we want. On average, a single-family home spends $2000 on its annual energy bills. However, more than half of that cost is directly consumed by their HVAC systems. Even though we use this life-changing technology most of the year, a typical homeowner doesn’t understand the ins and outs of the system. But don’t worry, we don’t expect you to. That’s why our experts at Lancaster Furnace & Air Conditioning provided us with the most popular questions asked while on the job.

Is It Necessary To Change My Filter? 

One of the most beneficial things you can do for your home cooling system is to change the filter frequently. Many homeowners throughout the U.S. tend to follow the 90-day rule. However, when deciding how often to replace your filter, you should be mindful of your specific situation. This includes aspects like where you live, how many square feet are in your home, the number of residents and pets you own. When considering each of these factors, your filter should be changed once every 30 to 90 days max.

Where My Filter Is Located? 

Your system’s air filter can be found in a few places. The most common areas are in a filter case that is connected to the unit, the blower chamber in your unit, or in an air grill that should be near your system. If you have thoroughly checked each location and still cannot find the air filter for your A/C, you should reach out to a specialist at Lancaster Furnace & Air Conditioning for more assistance. 

Why Should You Have A Clean Air Filter For Your Home?

Your air filter is the part of the whole system that catches all of the impurities you don’t want to have circulating back into your clean air. Your Air Conditioner works hard to filter and clean the air in your home, and if the filter is dirty, it cannot properly do its job. When this happens, it results in unclean air but expensive utility bills as well.

Why Is Frequent Maintenance On Your A/C Unit Necessary? 

Three fundamental aspects contribute to why routine maintenance is so essential when it comes to your Air Conditioner:

  • Better Air Quality– In the Midwest, summertime can get sticky, humid, and muggy. Because of the unpredictable weather, is it normal for mold to develop on your coils. Be aware: if there is mold on or in your coils, it can cause you to become ill and have symptoms like the flu. A technician will thoroughly inspect your coils during your routine maintenance that helps give homeowners peace of mind that there are no safety concerns. 
  • Fewer Issues: During an annual maintenance exam, a technician will carefully look over the inside and outside of your system. This will confirm that there are no concerns to trouble you about. From our HVAC expert’s perspective, it is a lot easier to repair a unit sooner than later.
  •  Higher Efficiency– if your unit is maintained frequently, it works with little to no issues. By consistently keeping up with your unit’s necessary care can help keep your air ducts clear from unwanted objects and increase the longevity of your air filters. Thus, makes your system use less energy and last much longer.

If I Have To Replace One Of My Units Should I Replace Both At The Same Time?

Our professionals recommend replacing both if you need to replace one or the other. There are three main benefits when doing so including:

  1.  An A/C is made to work with a matching unit located inside your home. When you are using two different brands or types of units, they can compete with one another. This will ultimately result in a weak performance and higher electric bills.  
  2. If you purchase them together, chances are you can get a deal, and they will have the same lifespan. So, in the future, you will most likely have to replace them at the same time.
  3. You get a better warranty covering your whole HVAC system instead of just one or the other when you purchase them together. This type of warranty will cover your units, so you don’t end up paying full price for your repairs.

How Do I Find Out If My System Is Under Warranty? 

If you bought your system from a company or contractor directly, it is safe to assume that your system is covered under warranty for at most 5 years. However, all companies are not created equal, and you should check the supporting documents of when you purchased your system. 

Do you have more questions?

Call Lancaster Furnace & Air Conditioning today at (740) 625-2320, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! Our team of friendly and knowledgeable technicians are happy to help!  

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