Frequently Asked Questions About Air Conditioning and Heating
What size system do I need for my home?
There are many things which will determine the size (capacity) system your home requires. Some of these are: square feet to be cooled, climate, humidity, number of windows, insulation factors, which direction your home faces, heat producing appliances, and even the number of people who will be in the home. Four Seasons Air Conditioning & Heating can do an energy analysis on your home and help you decide what your particular needs are for your lifestyle.
What do all those rating numbers mean to me?
The federal government requires all air conditioning and heating equipment to be rated as to efficiency. The higher the rating, the more efficient the model. For cooling, the rating is SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating); heat pump heating is HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) and gas furnaces are rated with AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). All of these ratings can be compared by asking your dealer, utility or referencing the ARI Directory.
How much will my new air conditioning system cost?
The answer is “That depends.” There are many factors that must be considered: the efficiency of the equipment, the size of your home, is the duct system in good condition, do you need a thermostat or humidity control. In most cases, replacing your whole system, will result in a more efficient, longer lasting system. Contact us for a FREE estimate.
Will anything help control the humidity in my house?
Humidity is a problem in many areas. The best way to control excessive humidity is to have a system that runs longer at lower speeds. Variable speed air handling equipment runs at very low speeds, which keeps the air circulating against the cooling coil and removes much more moisture than conventional systems. At these low speeds, the variable speed motor uses much less electricity than conventional motors.
How often should I change or clean my filters?
Filters should generally be replaced every month when the system is running. Replace filters with the same kind and size as original filter. If your filter is not disposable, follow the manufacturer instructions for cleaning.
How close to the outdoor unit should I plant shrubs or flowers?
Manufacturers generally agree that plants should not be closer than 18 inches. Air conditioners need to take in and exhaust air to operate efficiently. If air cannot circulate, the unit could build up heat and require service.
I need a new outdoor unit, but my indoor unit works fine. What are the advantages of replacing my whole system at the same time?
Air conditioners are designed as matched systems, with an efficiency rating given for the whole system. If you replace only one part, you do not get the advantage of many technology changes that make the system work efficiently to ensure comfort. Also, the indoor system contains a cooling coil which may be partially blocked by particles that will decrease efficiency. Further, if your whole system is replaced, you will be less likely to need service in the near future.
What about heat pumps?
Heat pumps are very efficient systems that transfer heat into your home in the winter and out of your home in summer. They are great for homes in southern or central climates. Heat Pumps run year around. They provide cooling in the summer and heating in the winter.
If you have any further questions that were not answered above, feel free to contact our friendly staff at 850-243-2655.
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