Fast Response Services has the answers to commonly asked questions about heating and cooling in the Las Vegas area!
- How often should my AC be serviced?
- How often should a heat pump be cleaned?
- How often should I change my air filters?
- What size air conditioner do I need?
- What does SEER rating mean?
- Should I cover my AC system in the fall and the winter?
- Why should I replace my R-22 AC unit with an R410A AC unit?
- Should I repair or replace my old HVAC system?
- Why is indoor air quality important?
- How do I select the right heating and air conditioning system?
How often should my AC be serviced?
It’s best to have your air conditioning unit serviced once a year. We recommend having this done during the spring so that any tune-ups are done before the peak of the cooling season.
How often should a heat pump be cleaned?
A heat pump should be professionally inspected and maintained once a year. However, the heat pump filters should be cleaned every 8 to 12 weeks. This is a very simple process that many homeowners can do themselves.
How often should I change my air filters?
How often you change your air filters depends on the size of your home, if you have pets, and a number of other factors including the type of filters you are using for your HVAC system. In general, most manufacturers recommend changing your air filters every 90 days or once the filter is dirty or clogged. However, if you have pets or if someone in your home has allergies, changing them more frequently can significantly help improve your home’s air quality.
What size air conditioner do I need?
A good rule of thumb is to select an AC unit with a BTU of 20 per square foot of your home. So if your home is 1,500 square feet, look for a unit with 30,000 Btu or higher. However, it’s important to keep in mind that higher ceilings or larger windows can decrease the unit’s efficiency, so you may want to purchase a unit with a higher Btu rating than the standard formula calls for.
What does SEER rating mean?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It provides the ratio of seasonal cooling output in a given cooling season. Essentially, the higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient the unit is and the more money you will save in the long run on your utility bill.
Should I cover my AC system in the fall and the winter?
Covering your system during the fall helps to prevent debris like leaves, seeds, and nuts from creating blockages. While your AC unit is built to withstand rain and snow, covering it during the winter won’t hurt as long as the fabric you use is breathable and doesn’t fully cover the system. You don’t want to trap moisture inside! Some manufacturers even have custom-made covers available for purchase.
Why should I replace my R-22 AC unit with an R410A AC unit?
Newer air conditioners are made to use R410A refrigerant as part of a push for more environmentally friendly refrigerants. As a result, R-22 refrigerant can be much more costly to obtain. An R410A AC unit is able to heat or cool your home more quickly because its temperature-changing abilities are more fluid. It’s also more energy-efficient, which saves you money in the long run.
Should I repair or replace my old HVAC system?
A certified HVAC technician can better explain your options after inspecting your current system. However, if your unit is more than 20 years old, is noisy, or isn’t performing like it’s supposed to, it may be time to replace it with a newer system.
Why is indoor air quality important?
Indoor air quality is important because it has a significant impact on your health and wellbeing. Pollutants and contaminants in the air can lead to respiratory illnesses, heightened allergies, and better quality of life.
How do I select the right heating and air conditioning system?
Finding the right heating and air conditioning system is unique to you! It greatly depends on your priorities and desires. There are a number of factors, including price, energy efficiency, lifespan, and maintenance that may affect your choices and options. Our team of experts is here to walk you through your options and help you make the best choice for your home. Call us today!