Convenient HVAC Info

If you are new to owning a home or business and being responsible for the maintenance and repair needs that go with it, AC Sure Plan has included some general information about HVAC services. 

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Answers to Common HVAC Questions

What is HVAC?
HVAC is short for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. HVAC is most often used to depict the whole heating and cooling system – the ductwork, air filters, humidification controls, and registers.

How do I know if I have an existing warranty on my furnace, air conditioner or HVAC system?
Locate the label on the outer surface of the equipment for a manufacture date. If the equipment is less than five years old, it may have a warranty (depending on the model). Warranty terms and conditions change by manufacturer and the installing company.

Is sound an issue for heating and air conditioning systems?
Yes. Loud heating and cooling equipment contribute to sound pollution. Although no financial savings are tied to lower sound levels, the sound rating of a cooling system can have a considerable effect on your comfort and enjoyment of your home. The sound level of an air conditioner or heat pump depends on a variety of factors, such as the age and make of the unit, and whether the compressor is insulated or not can contribute to the amount of noise it makes. 

Although most heating and cooling systems manufactured today are quieter than ever before, it’s a good idea to compare sound ratings when shopping for a new air conditioner or furnace, particularly if the equipment location is near bedrooms or living rooms.

What is a service call fee?
A service call fee is a bill for the expense associated with the time and travel to diagnose, inspect, and provide expert recommendations for a home’s heating or air conditioning system by a certified professional technician.
What is a tune-up and how much does it cost?
In addition to the professional visual inspection, a tune-up includes total maintenance cleaning and lubrication of the heating or air conditioning equipment components. 

Why is it important to have regular maintenance on my home comfort system?
You probably wouldn’t get a brand-new car and assume to never have to inflate the tires, change the oil or examine any atypical noises. Your home comfort system is similar to your car’s engine – it’s a mechanical device with a motor, electrical components, and even fuel. 

It’s essential to have routine maintenance of your home comfort system performed by a qualified technician. If not maintained properly and routinely, even the best heating and air conditioning equipment could experience complications and become less fuel efficient over time.

What is a zoning system for a heating and air conditioning system?
Zoning systems separate your home’s ductwork into different comfort areas, allowing for independent temperature control in distinct areas that require specific temperature conditioning.

For example, a cathedral-style room with large bay windows may retain too much heat in the summer and feel too cold in the winter. A zoning system will deliver more conditioned air to this large, sun-drenched area to help compensate for the heat gained or lost through the windows. 

A different example of areas that might benefit from zoning might be a nursery, home theater, or music studio where different temperatures may be needed in each room for the comfort and enjoyment of the people occupying these rooms. 

Contemporary families have different lifestyles and comfort needs. You could have a home office that needs extra conditioning during the day and none at night, or you only use the upstairs or back bedrooms when guests visit. Whatever your needs, a zoning system can maintain each area of your house at the perfect temperature for you and each family member.

AC Sure Plan provides FREE estimates and a complimentary consultation on zoning systems. Call us at 858-566-4800 today if you think a new zoning system might be right for you. 

How healthy is my indoor air?
According to studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to air pollutants indoors can be 100 times higher than outdoors. Frequent dusting and vacuuming can help reduce the amount of dust and dust mites present in your home. 

However, not all airborne particles can be eliminated. Filtration devices can help to eliminate particles that are too small to be caught by a vacuum. Some filtration devices include UV light units, air filters, energy recovery ventilators (ERVs), heat recovery ventilators (HRVs), and electronic air cleaners.
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