HVAC Frequently Asked Questions
The HVAC industry can be complex for those that don’t work in the industry. To keep our customers out of the dark, we provide informative answers to questions we get ALL the time.
Our HVAC FAQs cover important terminology, common concerns, and the usual HVAC services. Whether you’re wanting to take further control of your home comfort or you want to know what you’re getting when you work with an HVAC contractor, these Qs and As will provide a phenomenal resource to quickly and thoroughly explain these complicated subjects.
HVAC EQUIPMENT AND INSTALLATION
The only way to size a furnace or air conditioner for your home is to do a heat load calculation. The size (also known as capacity) required is based upon how quickly your home gains or loses heat, not by square footage alone.
SEER stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio”. Basically, it tells you how efficiently an air conditioner converts electricity to cooling comfort. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system. By federal law, all new units must be a 14 SEER or higher. HVAC SAN RAMON recommends having a Consultant to come to your home and perform a heat load calculation to ensure the proper size unit is installed. This is a free service to our customers that may help you save money and increase your indoor comfort.
AFUE stands for “Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency”. This rating tells you how much of your heating dollars are converted to heat energy put into your home and how much is lost up the flue pipe. Older furnaces are 50% to 60% efficient. That means that for every dollar you spend for gas from your utility company, $.40 to $.50 cents is being sent up the flue pipe to the outdoors. Federal law mandates that all furnaces being produced today be at least 80% efficient. A HVAC SAN RAMON Consultant can visit your home, perform a heat load calculation and recommend the proper system to keep you comfortable and save you money. In many cases, homeowners have saved enough on their utility bills to more than cover the investment of a new comfort system.
HVAC TROUBLESHOOTING AND SERVICE
Assuming the system is the correct size, one option is a zoning system. As another option, sometimes the addition of return air ductwork will help improve air movement and help make upper levels more comfortable. Our team can evaluate your system and provide our professional recommendation on the best solution for uneven temperatures.
Yes!! Even though your system is new, it still needs to have annual maintenance performed. This will help keep the warranty in effect. Most all equipment manufacturers state in the terms of their warranty that annual maintenance must be performed by a qualified technician. Keeping your system maintained will give you the assurance that it is operating at peak efficiency and safety.
Nothing is wrong with your unit. What appears to be smoke is steam from the outdoor coil after it completes a defrost cycle. After extended run times, the outdoor unit will start to build frost or ice on the coil. The system is designed to go in a defrost mode when needed to clear the ice away and keep the efficiency level up.
More than likely, it’s either low on refrigerant or low on airflow. As a homeowner, replace your filter and allow the unit to thaw out. If the problem reoccurs, call HVAC SAN RAMON to schedule AC repair. We recommend annual air conditioner maintenance to keep your systems in peak operating conditions.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Burning candles can be the culprit for the black on your walls and ceilings and polluting the air your family breathes. Keep wicks trimmed to no longer than 1/4th of an inch to help reduce soot from the candles. But if you have concerns, call us anytime and our team will come and take a look.
Carbon monoxide, also known as the silent killer, can pose a serious threat in some instances. Too much, and it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Because gas furnaces produce CO, it is yet another reason to have your furnace inspected annually by HVAC SAN RAMON. And if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, we highly recommend it. It is a wise safety investment.
Keeping your home at ideal humidity levels is critical to the health and comfort of your family. Whether from heating your home in the winter or it’s just a normal day here in California, dry air can feel like a way of life. But extremely dry air can damage the woodwork and furniture you have in your home, zap the moisture from your skin, and contribute to health problems. Guidance from industry research has shown that humidity levels in homes should be between 35-50%. Adding this much-needed moisture will make your home a healthier and more comfortable place to spend your time. Contact us and we would be happy to discuss your solutions for dry air, such as a humidifier.
UV is the abbreviation for ultraviolet. In heating and cooling systems, UV lights can be installed in the return air ductwork and by the indoor cooling coil. The ultraviolet air treatment system continuously emits high–intensity ultraviolet (UV) energy. The energy eliminates (kills) a very high percentage of airborne bacteria and germs passing over the UV light field inside the ductwork. The UV light mounted next to the indoor cooling coil will help eliminate the growth of mold, mildew and other contaminants from the drain pan and coil surface. If you are interested in UV lights, HVAC SAN RAMON can recommend an environmentally friendly, high-quality UV light system for your ductwork.
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