FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HVAC Replacement

Q: What is the average life expectancy of a system?
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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?
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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?
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 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?
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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?
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We offer Westinghouse products. Awarded Consumers Digest Best  Buy.

Q: Can you give me a price without an in-home consultation?
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 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?
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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?
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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