How can I make my A/C system last longer?
Most maintenance should be performed by a professional but here are a few things you can do to extend the life of your system:
Inspect your air filter every month and replace it
Check and clean your drain system once monthly
Make sure your outdoor unit is free of debris
Use caution with when landscaping
Install shades or drapes on windows that are exposed to extreme sunlight
Keep up with annual maintenance
How often should I replace my air filter?
- If you have a disposable filter we recommend that you change it out every month. Dirty filters = sad A/C system and a higher power bill.
If you have a higher efficiency air filter you could go up to 3 months in between replacements. Although we recommend that you check once a month.
How do I keep my drain system clean?
If your A/C drain line has a tee installed simply remove the cap and pour one cup of vinegar down the drain system.
What temperature should I set my thermostat to for cooling and heating?
It depends on your preference! Most people are comforable at 76-78 degrees. When it's time to cool your house most people often set the thermostat at 68-70 degrees.
What are the benefits of a programmable thermostat?
Installing a programmable thermostat helps you take control of how much energy you use for heating and cooling. If used effectively, a programmable thermostat can help you improve energy effeciency and save money on your utility bill.
What is the typical life expectancy of an A/C unit?
In Florida the average life expectancy is 5-10 years with routine maintenance.
What does SEER mean?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Effeciency Ratio and it measures the ratio of cooling capacity to power input. The higher the STEER rating, the more work you're getting out of the equipment for the same dollar amount of energy.
What is the lowest SEER rating required in Florida?
EPA standards require all A/C units manufactured after 01/01/2015 to have a minimum of a 14 STEER rating.
What size system do I need?
Many factors go into determining the proper size of your system. A qualified technichian will be able to do a property assesment to determine the right type of unit for your home.
What does a seasonal tune-up consist of?
Here's everything we'll do on a seasonal tune-up:
Check & clean air filters
Check & tighten fan blades and blowers
Tighten electrical connections
Check on burned or distorted wiring
Check incoming Voltage
Check & flush condensate pans, drains, & pumps
Basic clean of the condesor coil
Basic clean of the evaporator coil
Check hot spots on controls