If your air conditioning and heating system has not been serviced in some time, you may have questions on where to start and what goes into make sure your HVAC system is running at maximum efficiency. CHF Mechanical has listed some of the most common HVAC FAQs when it comes to systems including A/C, heating, heat pumps, water heaters, ductwork and more. If you do not see your question listed below, or you need a better understanding, please call our Philadelphia HVAC Company today at 215-467-1377. Our knowledgeable customer service representatives are happy to answer your questions and schedule an HVAC service.
Common Residential HVAC FAQs
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What is HVAC?
HVAC stands for: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. It is the system that provides all of the heating and cooling services for homes, offices and buildings. Your HVAC system also provides over comfort including humidity and air quality.
How often should I service my HVAC system?
At the bare minimum, your HVAC system should be serviced at least once per year. However, CHF Mechanical recommends a maintenance check three times per year: once for heat, once for air conditioning and once for general maintenance. Our HVAC technicians will check your filters, coils, writing and motor to make sure your HVAC system is running with the highest efficiency.
Why is regular maintenance important?
Since your HVAC system controls the quality of air in your home or building, over time the filters and ducts can get clogged with dust and dander. Regular maintenance checks will ensure all of your HVAC equipment is running clean and properly. Furthermore, this helps prevent more expensive repairs during peak seasons.
How often should I replace my air filters?
Air filters should be checked monthly. Disposable air filters (cardboard edge) are usually replaced monthly. Higher efficiency pleated filters should be replaced every three months.
What HVAC system is best for my house?
If you’re looking to set up a brand new HVAC system in your home, office or building, one of our trained & professional HVAC contractors will come to your location for an assessment. They’ll evaluate the type of system depending on the size of your home, heating and cooling needs, environment and more. Afterwards, we’ll discuss the recommended system, go over pricing and install it quickly.
What is a heat pump?
Generally, a heat pump is an all-in-one heating and air conditioning unit and can be used all year long. In the summer months, heat pumps function as an air conditioner, but during the fall and winter it reverses operation to provide warmth for your home or building. Heat pump should be serviced 3 times per year to catch any problems before it affects your electric bill. Learn more about our Heat Pump Services.
How can I lower my energy bill?
Many HVAC system components factor into how your utility bills can increase or decrease from month to month. To lower your energy bill you can install a programmable thermostat, switch to LED light bulbs, unplug appliances when not in use, make sure your windows & doors are sealed properly and much more.
How do I know if it’s time to replace my HVAC system?
There are several tell-tale factors to indicate you need a new HVAC system, which include it needing constant repair, is 15+ years old and isn’t properly cooling/heating. If your system is not operating as efficiently as it should, call CHF Mechanical to discuss repairs or system replacement options.
What is the average life of an HVAC system?
Many HVAC systems last between 10-15 years, especially if you keep up on the recommended maintenance and minor repairs.
How do I choose a good HVAC service company?
When looking for a reputable Philadelphia HVAC company, look into reviews, recommendations and years in service. CHF Mechanical has over 35 years of in the HVAC industry, along with all of the necessary certifications and insurance. We maintain an A+ rating on BBB and hundreds of 5 star reviews from happy clients.
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CHF Mechanical offers a wide variety of HVAC services for residential and commercial clients in the Greater Philadelphia area, as well as Lower Bucks County, Delaware County and parts of Southern NJ. To discuss your HVAC needs, call us today for prompt and excellent service – guaranteed.