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How often should air ducts in my home be inspected for repairs?

In most homes, the cleaning and inspection of air ducts every three years is recommended. The frequency of maintenance and the type of air filter used on a heating and air conditioning unit and related equipment can have a major effect on the time between cleanings . A homeowner can purchase a high quality air cleaner which can protect a heating and air condition unit, duct system, and the homes air quality.

Regularly scheduled maintenance can extend the life of a unit and increase its efficiency. If repairs are needed, a qualified technician can schedule the necessary repairs The experts at Action Cooling and Heating can inspect a home’s ductwork, report any necessary repairs that need to be made, and provide the homeowner with the confidence of a properly operating heating and cooling system.

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How do I know whether I need to replace my unit or buy a new unit?

If a unit is at least 7 years old and stops working or requires frequent repairs, runs constantly or excessively while turning off and on, fails to cool or heat certain areas of a home, or produces unusually high utility bills, it may be time to replace an existing system. The experts at Action Cooling and Heating can help homeowners determine whether or not a new unit is needed

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Will buying a bigger system for my home give me better performance?

Buying an air conditioner that is too large for your home can cool the air by removing humidity quicker, but it will also use more energy Also, the existing ductwork might not be able to support a larger airflow from a bigger system.

Moisture and humidity in a room will not be removed when a system that is too large cools a room too quickly This can lead to mold and mildew problems.

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What are some ways I can reduce my energy costs?

There are several ways to reduce energy costs. Upgrading to a higher-efficiency system by swapping out an older, inefficient heating and air conditioning system can help cut energy costs up to 30 percent. Adjusting the temperature by five to eight degrees can also help with energy costs when a homeowner is away for a few hours. Installing ceiling fans can change the direction of airflow In the summer, ceiling fan blades will operate in a counter-clockwise direction and in the winter, the blades should turn in a clockwise direction. This pushes the warm air from the ceiling down into the room.

Having annual maintenance such as tuning up an air system each spring and heating system each fall ensures that each part of the system is operating at peak efficiency. Make sure that vents are not block in well-used rooms Objects such as blinds, carpets, or even furniture can block the valuable flow of air. When air is blocked, an air conditioner cannot operate with maximum efficiently distributing cool air to every part of a home.

Closing vents is rooms not used often keep a homeowner from spending money on cooling parts of a home that are used less Installation of a programmable thermostat allows homeowners to control a home’s temperature when the homeowner is away. One percent of a heating bill is saved for every 1 degree that a thermostat is lowered during the winter or raised during the summer.

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How long can I expect my heating and cooling unit to last?

Most heating and cooling units have a lifetime expectancy of 10 to 20 years. However, as a unit starts to get older, the efficiency of a unit can decrease dramatically. When a unit starts to wear down, it may need repairs more often and get noisier when running. There are a few choices to make when deciding what to do with an aging system A homeowner can overhaul the entire system or buy a replacement.

Since the technology of heating and cooling systems improve over time, if a system is more than seven years old, more energy-efficient equipment with a newer design makes monetary sense The qualified, authorized service technicians at Action Cooling and Heating can assist a homeowner in determining whether or not a completely new system is needed or if quality repairs can be made to extend the life of an existing unit.

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Which is more efficient, keeping a thermostat at a constant temperature for the summer months or turning it off while away and then back on when at home?

It is best to turn the thermostat to a higher temperature during the summer months when the homeowner is not at home. However, it is recommended that the desired temperature not go over five to seven degrees If a homeowner lives in a single wide mobile home, this rule does not apply.

Since insulation is often so poor in many single wide, it is recommended that this type of homeowner actually turn off the air conditioning unit when not at home If a homeowner has a programmable thermostat that automatically changes settings, then up to 30 percent savings of utility bills can be realized just by setting the temperature back while the homeowner is not a home.

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What is a heat pump and is it better than an air conditioner?

An electrically powered piece of equipment that cools and heats a home is called a heat pump. An air conditioner and heat pump operate identically in the summer. However, in the winter, a heat pump will also heat a home by operating in reverse as it does during the summer.

Heat pumps are proven to reduce high winter heating bills, but a common complaint is that the air that comes out of the register is not warm enough for comfort when compared to a gas furnace

The initial cost for a heat pump is much higher than that of an air conditioner. Duct work also must be perfect for optimal operation However, the overall savings using a heat pump is drastic compared to gas heating luring many to stay with heat pumps.

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What is the best way to select a new heating and cooling system?

To begin with, make sure that the properly sized unit is in place. A qualified technician from Action Cooling and Heating can calculate the exact load for any home or office. An energy analysis can also be provided to determine operating costs. Since some products can cause uneven temperatures in rooms and reductions in air stratification, consideration to any comfort issues should be analyzed . Those in the home with allergies might require an indoor unit that has an ECM motor.

This allows circulation of air the home while the air is filtered. This cost is comparable to the cost of operating a light bulb . A little known secret in purchasing a new system is the payback. Calculating the monthly savings over time against the cost of a new unit’s energy savings will help a homeowner decide which option is best.

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How can the efficiency be improved of an existing cooling and heating system without the need of replacing the air conditioner or furnace and without adding insulation?

The most important part of improving the function of an existing cooling and heating system is maintenance. Cleaning and servicing of equipment should be performed twice a year. There are several studies that prove the lack of proper yearly maintenance reduces the efficiency of a unit by 5 – 10 %. Most of the filters in modern systems need to be changed every 90 days . Using high quality filters with a high efficiency rating will keep all equipment clean and in turn the air quality high.

A qualified service technician can adjust the Freon levels in any air conditioner to line up with the manufacturer’s specifications . A unit that is over charged is just as wasteful and inefficient as one that is under charged. Both consume unneeded amounts of energy increasing overall heating and cooling costs. Burners in a furnace should be cleaned as well as adjustments to the gas pressure. The blower wheel should also be cleaned.

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If some of the rooms in my home are too hot or too cold. Can this problem be fixed?

Yes! This problem is caused by restrictions to the airflow. There are many reasons that airflow can be restricted. A dirty air filer, coil, or blower may be the problem. This would result in a reduction of air flow passing over the air handler . This, in turn, would cause the air to fall off considerably in the outer branches of the duct work system.

If a piece of duct work comes loose or becomes unattached this can also stop air flow. A minor repair kit that reattaches the loose duct work can be purchased. In many cases, the duct design is the main issue. Poor design can cause air to stop or loose pressure . Simple air balancing to duct replacement or climate control systems using zone systems are solutions to this problem.

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