Questions about heating and air conditioning?

How Long Can I Expect My New Heating or Cooling System to Last?

On average, air conditioning units last 12-15 years while heating systems last 20-25 years. If your HVAC systems are not receiving regular maintenance, it is likely they will not last this long! It’s very important to get your systems checked consistently. Generally, furnace systems should be checked in the fall and cooling systems should be checked in the spring. Equipment should be serviced at least once a year to get the maximum efficiency and longevity.

Why Should I Replace My Existing Heating or Air Conditioning System?

If your current system is older, you should definitely consider the costs of repair versus the savings of purchasing a new system. Often times repairing will ultimately cost you more than replacing – especially if your system is older. Older systems tend to be use up more energy than modern alternatives. New options can be up to 60% more energy efficient. If your HVAC unit is 10 years or older, replacing your system should be considered. Also consider your comfort level! Are you getting the desired heating and cooling from your system? With our cost-benefit analysis, we’ll advise you on your options with repairing or replacing.

How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

There are many energy saving options to take advantage of today. These include upgrading to a high-efficiency system, installing ceiling fans to change the direction of airflow, closing vents in less used rooms, adjusting temperatures by just a few degrees while out of the house (up in the summer and down in the winter), changing your air filter regularly, and installing a programmable thermostat. Our AIS Heating & Air Conditioning team guarantees energy savings with our services!

What is a Tune-Up?

Tune-ups can ensure that your systems are working efficiently. A professional will come in and check to make sure the key components of your HVAC system are working properly and make adjustments when needed. Some things we check are carbon monoxide emissions, leaks, unit wiring, and the ignition system.

What Regular Maintenance Do Heating and Air Conditioning Systems Require?

Dust and debris can disrupt a systems air flow and so filters should be regularly cleaned on both indoor and outdoor units. Refrigerant levels, clean coils, and bulb temperatures should also be regularly inspected. Specific to cooling systems, evaporator and condenser coils should be cleaned – as should the blower component. For heating systems, the gas and oil connection should be regularly maintained, as well as the gas pressure and heat exchanger.

Why do I Need to Change My Filters?

Changing filters is absolutely critical. One of the biggest reasons changing filters is significant is that it improves the indoor air quality by keeping your house free of germs and dust. Cleaning out the filters also increases the life of your system while keeping it running at its peak efficiency. If left unchanged for a long enough amount of time, your system can fail altogether. Another benefit to changing your filters is that it’ll ultimately save you money and reduce your monthly bills!

Give us a call today for a free estimate (on installation or replacement), in your home or place of business. We look forward to adding you to our list of happy customers. Find out the difference at AIS – (510) 792-4328.