What is the average life expectancy of a unit?
Units generally run sufficiently for 10-20 years. After that, the equipment tends to start losing efficiency and may become noisy or need repairs often. It’s possible to keep the original equipment and run a major overhaul, but a better option is usually to install a new system because technology is constantly improving and the newer units are designed more green and energy-efficient. This newer technology will pay you back over time through lower gas and electric bills.
How much does a new system cost?
Redding Comfort does not charge by hour or by system, but by the job that needs to be done. We offer free estimates and never charge an overtime fee.
Will a new furnace and air conditioner lower my gas and electric bills?
Absolutely. Technology is improving constantly in this field, and units are getting more and more energy efficient. A new 12 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) air conditioner can cut the amount of energy used by an older unit in half.
Is it important to replace my furnace and air conditioner at the same time?
Not extremely important, but convenient. And if they are installed together, the systems will match in color and style. It is important to install matching systems for the reason that everything will work together as designed, and create a longer lasting and more efficient system all around.
Is it necessary to have my furnace and air conditioner serviced regularly?
Keeping your system maintained on a consistent basis will result in lower energy and repair costs, prevent breakdowns and prolong the life of your equipment. A regular tune-up, or maintenance, should be done twice a year typically at the beginning of the heating and cooling season. Not servicing your unit consistently will result in a decline in performance while energy use steadily increases. Click here to schedule a maintenance.
Is it better to keep my thermostat at a constant temp rather than turn it on and off?
It is recommended that the temperature be at a consistent, comfortable temperature (68 degrees in winter / 74 degrees in summer), to conserve energy and time spent in an uncomfortable environment. Keeping the temperature within 2 degrees higher or lower of the consistent temperature will keep energy costs low. Also running the blower regularly will use a little more energy, but will help keep the temperature even throughout the home and the air cleaner from being filtered more. The motors generally last longer as well because they are not starting and stopping.
Some rooms in the house get less heat/cooling than others; what can I do about it?
Keeping the blower or fan running continuously can help disperse the air evenly throughout the house. This will also keep the indoor air quality good because the air will be filtered more often. If the situation is not improving, a new duct can be installed to get air flowing where you would like it.
What does it mean if I have a “cracked” furnace? Is it serious?
If you have a “cracked” furnace, it means there is a crack or small hole in the heat exchange, which is the part of the system that transfers heat from the gas flame to the air inside the house. Fumes containing carbon monoxide can leak through this crack or hole, creating a very dangerous situation. To fix a “crack”, the heat exchanger can be replaced if it is under warranty, or a new, higher efficiency furnace can be installed.
Can’t I rely on my carbon monoxide detector to tell me if I have a “crack” in my furnace?
Carbon monoxide detectors have a minimum threshold before they sound an alarm, and sometimes the leak is small and won’t set it off. But even small amounts of carbon monoxide are harmful, and should be dealt with immediately. If the detector does go off, make sure to call us and we’ll send a serviceman out to check your furnace immediately.
Why is it important to get my ducts cleaned?
Indoor air quality is greatly affected by how clean or dirty the duct system is kept. According to nadca.com, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually in an average home. Contaminants and air pollutants are also continuously generated in the home and repeatedly re-circulated through the HVAC system, and residue tends to build up over time. Contaminants and dust build up also make the system have to work harder to pump and filter the air, resulting in a shorter life for the unit.
How often do I change my filter?
When you get your system serviced, we clean and change out your filter. If you’d like to change it on your own, it is recommended to be switched out approximately every month for a basic flat filter. Change the filter approximately every 3 months for a grooved filter, and every 6-12 months for 4-inch high-efficiency filters. If you are interested in learning about a new high-efficiency air filter, call us today!
How do I program my thermostat?
See our youtube video here.
What kind of maintenance/service plan does Redding Comfort offer?
Redding Comfort offers a variety of service plans, depending on if you are looking for a residential or commercial plan. We can schedule a service every 3 or 6 months, or create a specialized plan for your needs. Call today to see how we can help you maintain a healthy, happy HVAC system!