Frequently Asked Questions and Tips

Here you will find a list of FAQ and Tips we have put together to help our customers become more familiar with their heating and cooling systems and the associated maintenance. Please click on any of the following questions or tips to reveal the answer or tip.

Like a car, you frequently change your oil and have it serviced to keep it running in top condition, well your heating and cooling equipment is no different. You need to have a service professional check your system before each heating and cooling season to keep it operating at its highest efficiency. In addition, you the homeowner can also do a few things like making sure the filters are changed or cleaned regularly (every 1 to 3 months). Pouring a cleaner like bleach or drain cleaner into the drain line (if accessible) once a year and spraying off your outside unit by shutting it off and lightly spraying it down with a garden house to remove debris on the outside waiting 1 hour for it to dry and turning it back on.

Change or clean your filters regularly every 1 to 3 months to keep your equipment running at its best and improve your overall air quality. This will also reduce dust in your home. Always buy the cheapest costing filters, these allow more air to flow thru them and do not be fooled by those expensive pleated or 3M filters they restrict airflow and cause your equipment to work harder. Consider upgrading to a Media or Electronic air cleaner that are more efficient and help catch more dust and allergens other filters do not catch.

Maintenance and filters is the key to keeping your system working in top condition. Blinds and curtains on your windows and glass doors help to keep your air inside at the temperature you desire for your house. Thermostat controls are also a big factor (see thermostat tips). If your equipment does not seem to be working right, don't wait. Call a service professional right away to avoid causing more problems with it.

Always try to keep your thermostat with in 5 degrees of what you want your house to be at when you are not home any more than that you cause your equipment to work harder and makes it difficult to bring the house to that desired temperature. Consider going with a programmable thermostat so you can program it to make the temperature go up and down when you are not home or when you are sleeping. Find a temperature that is comfortable for you during each season and remember the higher the temperature you set it at the lower your electric bill will be. For the winter it is the opposite the lower the temperature the lower your gas and electric bill will be.