Most Common HVAC Questions From the Home and Patio Show - J&W Heating and Air

Most Common HVAC Questions From the Home and Patio Show

How Can I Save on Energy Costs?

There are several ways to save on your energy costs. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Upgrade to a high-efficiency system
  2. Adjust the temperature when you are gone for more than a couple of hours
  3. Use ceiling fans to move the air around
  4. Change your filters
  5. Have annual maintenance performed on your system to ensure efficient performance
  6. Install a programmable thermostat

 

Is It Best to Repair My Heating or Cooling System, or Replace It?

It is advised to replace your system if your unit is ten years old (or older) AND requires frequent repairs. It is also recommended to replace it if the system stops working altogether – fails to heat or cool areas of your home. Another situation in which it will save you money to replace it is if the system runs excessively or continuously turns on and off (running on short cycles). All of these options will result in high electricity or contractor bills which leads to the conclusion that it would be a more economical choice in the long run to replace your current system.

 

How Long Do HVAC Systems Last?

HVAC equipment life expectancy is critically dependent on the preventative maintenance and service you perform on your system. It is essential you have a qualified technician perform a bi-yearly inspection to ensure proper performance. Under the assumption that you have kept up with routine maintenance, it is suggested that a system will last anywhere from 12-15 years. For more specific information, check below.

– Air Conditioning Units, on average, last 12-15 years

– Heat Pumps, on average, last 12-15 years

– Furnaces, on average, last 15-25 years

 

Does A Larger System Offer Better Performance?

The answer to this question is simple- No! If you get a system that is too large, the HVAC system will heat or cool your home faster than an adequate sized system; however, it will operate in short cycles which causes the system to start and stop more frequently which results in a higher energy bill. On the other hand, if a system is too small, it will run continuously to try attaining the desired temperature which ultimately will also result in a higher energy bill. Overall, the best-sized HVAC system for your home is based on your house’s square footage so that it can heat and cool your house without overworking your system.

 

How Often Should I Change My Filters?

– 1” Standard Air Filter: It is recommended that you check these air filters at least once a month

– 4” Media Filter: It is recommended that you change these air filters every six months- (1) time at the beginning of the air conditioning season and (1) time at the start of the heating season

– Electronic Air Cleaner (EAC): It is recommended that you have an EAC cleaned four times a year- (1) time at the beginning of each season

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Stacy Russell
Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool environment.read more
Phillip Wallace
Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company again.read more
Louis Kincheloe
Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two men.read more
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
18:10 01 Jun 18
Very pleased with installation of York A/C Heating unit. Jason Bottoms and Jason Flatearth were professional, ... arrived on time and completed the job in a timely manner. The unit looks great. They upgraded and repaired everything that needed it. Great Job.read more
James Ponciano
James Ponciano
22:46 03 May 18
A snake crawled into my outdoor condenser and stopped my 16 year old Trane last week on Thursday. The power surge took... out my blower unit circuit board and the motor. I called J&W and Rob was over within two hours of my call. I was spec'd a new York 17 seer system and it was up and running on Monday. Technicians Jason and Brian arrived promptly and every facet of the installation was thorough. When completed, I would not of even known they were there except they left my garage cleaner! Thanks J&W!read more
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