FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the average life expectancy of a system?
A: There is a lot of misinformation consumers are being told about this. For gas and oiled fired furnace the average life expectancy of a well maintained system is 15 to 25 years depending on the grade of equipment installed. For central air conditioners and heat pumps the average life expectancy of a well maintained system is 8 to 12 years depending on the grade of the system installed. When looking to upgrade your system there are a few things to consider. Age of equipment, currant efficiency and future repair cost. AirDesign Heating and Cooling can help you determine the most economical path to take.
Q: How can I reduce my energy costs?
A: Here are some suggestions that can help you reduce your energy costs:
Upgrade to a high-efficiency system – Depending on the age and condition of your current system upgrading can save you up tp a third on your heating and cooling utility cost.
Adjust the temperature - Typically, adjusting temperatures 3 to 5 degrees (down in winter, up in summer) can help save energy.
Have annual maintenance performed – Tuning up your cooling system and your heating system will help ensure each operates at peak efficiency and can help you identify and resolve any potential issues before a breakdown occurs
Don't block vents in well-used rooms – Keep your supply and return air vents free of objects like blinds, carpets or furniture so your system can operate efficiently and there is even air distribution.
Install a programmable thermostat – A programmable thermostat enables you to control your home's temperature when you're away or asleep. For every 1° you lower your thermostat for seven hours per day, you can save approximately one percent on your heating bill. For heat pump and 2 stage systems a special thermostat must be used.
Q: Will a bigger system perform better?
A: No, you don't want your system to be too large. Air conditioners control the comfort level in your home by cooling the air and by removing humidity. An oversized air conditioner can cool your home faster, but it will use more energy and will not remove humidity adequately. In addition, your existing ductwork may not be able to support the airflow of a larger system.
The same holds true with heating systems. An oversized furnace can warm the house quicker, but it uses more fuel and causes greater temperature swings in the home.
Q: How do I know which HVAC system is right for my home?
A: To properly size an HVAC system, you will need to have a licensed HVAC contractor to evaluate what size system will work best for the home.
Q: What brands do you install?
A: We offer Westinghouse products. Awarded Consumers Digest Best Buy.
Q: Can you give me a price without an in-home consultation?
A: No, we cannot provide a quote over the phone. There are many different types and grades of heating and cooling systems. The system must be properly sized to meet the needs of the home and the occupants. This needs to be performed by a licensed contractor.
Q: Can I just replace the outdoor unit on an older air conditioning system to save money?
A: While it may cost less initially to replace the outdoor unit on an older system, over time utility expenses will add up and may even cost you more. Replacing only the outdoor unit will lower the efficiency of the unit. Even worse, your system may fail sooner than normal and most manufacturers' warranties will be voided. You should always replace the indoor cooling coil with the outdoor unit.
Q: Will I need a permit?
A: Permit requirements vary by location. Some municipalities do require a permit.
Q: What are advantages of equipment with variable speed fans?
A: Variable speed fans operate on a simple principle: they are able to spin at different speeds depending on the heating and cooling needs of your home. Usually, they operate at lower speeds, delivering a steady, reliable stream of warm or cool air to your home. When conditions become more extreme, the fan speed increases so that the system can meet increased demand, guaranteeing that on even the hottest days or coldest nights, your comfort needs will be met. Older systems simply switch on or off. Newer, variable speed systems lower your utility bills by only using the energy needed to heat or cool your home at any given time.
Q: Does AirDesign offer financing options for customers?
A: AirDesign helps make financing your installation easier call us for details - 513-443-6611