Q: Why should I replace my existing heating or air
A: You may wish to consider replacing
your air conditioning or heating system if it is old, inefficient,
or in need of repair. Today's systems are as much as 60%
more efficient than those systems manufactured as little
as 10 years ago. In addition, if not properly maintained,
wear and tear on a system can reduce the actual or realized
efficiency of the system.
If you are concerned about utility bills or are faced with an expensive repair,
you may want to consider replacing your system rather than enduring another
costly season or paying to replace an expensive component. The utility cost
savings of a new unit may provide an attractive return on your investment.
If you plan on financing the purchase, the monthly savings on your utility
bill should be considered when determining the actual monthly cost of replacing
a system. The offsetting savings may permit you to purchase a more efficient
Q: How expensive are air conditioning and heat pump
A: Many factors affect the cost of a heating
or air conditioning system, including the size of your home,
the type and condition of the ductwork installed, and accessories
you might need such as a thermostat or an electronic air
cleaner. We have a complete range of systems and accessories
available to meet all your needs, including your financial
ones! We will be happy to assist you in finding the right
system to meet not only your comfort needs but also your
Q: How do I select the right heating/cooling
A: First, make sure the unit is properly
sized. We will provide a load calculation for your home if
deemed necessary. We will also consider any comfort issues
in the home. If you have allergies, an indoor unit with an
ECM motor will allow you to circulate the air in your home
continuously while filtering the air for about the same cost
as operating a standard light bulb. Finally, know your budget
parameters and the efficiency of the system being proposed.
Does the system offer a payback? In other words, will the
monthly savings over time offset the cost of the new unit
or efficiency option being considered?
Q: What is involved in replacing an old system?
A: Aside from the placement of the new
equipment, we will inspect several items and make a determination
of whether or not these items need to be supplied or replaced.
Some of the items include: ductwork, insulation, refrigerant
piping, electrical service, wiring, thermostat, condensate
piping, flue piping, flue terminations, chimney liner, slabs,
filter, driers, registers, grills, drain pans, and evaporator
Q: What is involved in installing a new system?
A: If a system is being added to the home
for the first time, most of the items noted in the previous
question and answer may be required to install the new system.
Besides the equipment, the most significant component is
ductwork. The ductwork can be either metal or fiberglass
ductwork. The ductwork needs to be properly sized to deliver
the right amount of air to each room. The ductwork consists
of supply and return ductwork. The supply duct is attached
to the outlet of the furnace or air handler and delivers
air to individual zones in your home. We will determine the
size of the ductwork going into a space by the amount of
air that needs to be delivered to the space, per the specifications
listed by the manufacturers.
Q: How long can I expect a new system to last?
A: If you have a qualified technician
perform regular preventative maintenance and service suggested
for your unit, industry averages suggest that an air conditioner
should last 12-15 years (sea coast applications may be less)
and a gas furnace should last as many as 20-25 years. (Please
see our "maintenance contract" area for more details on our
Q: What are some preventative maintenance things
I should be aware of?
A: With the proper attention, heating
and cooling systems can keep you comfortable year-round.
Heat pumps and air conditioners need a yearly professional
tune-up. A check of the heat pump should include an inspection
of the compressor, fan, indoor and outdoor coils and refrigerant
lines. Indoor and outdoor coils should be cleaned, and the
refrigerant pressure should be checked. Drain lines should
be cleaned and tested.