If your HVAC system seems a little mysterious, it’s well worth investing some time in getting to know how it works. A little knowledge will help you keep your system running efficiently in the warm Monmouth County’s summers and the freezing winters, too.
How do I select efficient temperatures? Setting your furnace to 68 degrees or your air conditioner to 78 degrees while you’re home and awake will keep you comfortable without high bills. While you’re away from home or in bed, it’s more efficient to turn your system off or choose different temperatures. Using a programmable thermostat, you can preset your preferred temperatures for different parts of the day.
How often does my system need maintenance? Change the air filter according to the manufacturer’s schedule. Beyond this, your furnace and air conditioner each require a professional cleaning and tuneup every year to operate at top efficiency and reach their expected lifespans. Every year you skip maintenance reduces the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.
Do my air ducts require regular cleaning? Ducts can stay perfectly clean for many years. Even so, there’s always some risk of deterioration, dust accumulation, pest infestation, mold growth or other problems. For that reason, have your ducts inspected once every five years.
How long will my system last? An air conditioner should last 12 to 15 years, while a furnace can keep going for 25 years. That said, a furnace or air conditioner loses efficiency and accumulates repair issues with each passing year while technology continues to improve. It’s often more cost effective to upgrade to a new system before the old one wears out.
How do I decide between repair and replacement? If your system is more than 10 years old and you need to call a repair technician more than once a year (excluding routine maintenance), replacement is probably the best option. A new system will be more energy efficient and save you the expense and hassle of frequent repairs.
To learn more about how your HVAC system works, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors in Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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