The knowledgeable staff at Parks Heating & Cooling can help you make the best decision for your particular situation. We are confident that we can point you in the right direction, and we will install the equipment quickly and properly.
What type of maintenance does my heating and cooling system need?
Just as with many other things that you own, your heating and cooling system should also receive regular maintenance to ensure that it continues to work properly. It is far too easy for air flow to become restricted as heating and cooling units become covered in debris, dust and dirt. It is important that filters, heat exchangers and coils remain as clean as possible.
In order to keeping your heating and cooling system in great working order, we recommend having your unit checked twice a year and your filter changed out on a regular basis. If the unit is kept clean and minor issues are addressed early on, larger problems can be prevented or fixed before you experience any type of inconvenience.
How often do my filters need to be replaced?
There are several factors that can impact how frequently you should be replacing your air filters. If you have pets in your home, you should be changing your filters more often to prevent any clogging that could result from shedding hair. If you are using the cheapest filters available at the store, then these will need to be switched out more frequently as well – probably each month. If you happen to live by yourself and do not have any pets in your house, you may be able to get away with replacing your air filters every three months or so.
Regardless of these factors, you should do a quick visual check of your air filters each month. If they look dirty, they should be replaced or cleaned. An experienced technician from Parks Heating & Cooling can advise you on which air filters are best for your specific situation and how often you should install a new one.
How can I take care of my heating and cooling system to keep it working properly?
While many aspects of your heating and cooling system will need to be addressed by a professional, there are a few basic steps you can take as well to keep your unit performing as it should.
- Remove weeds, clutter and debris from around your outdoor unit so that airflow does not become restricted.
- Be careful when mowing the lawn and trimming around the unit so that you do not cause any damage to it.
- Try to keep your pets away from the heating and cooling unit, especially when they are urinating.
How can I know whether my heating and cooling equipment needs to be repaired or replaced?
While it would be nice to have a definitive answer to this question, the exact steps that need to be taken will depend on several factors. How old is your current unit? Anything older than ten years is probably lacking in energy efficiency, so it may make the most sense to go ahead and replace it. Is your current system providing results that you are happy with? How expensive will the repairs be? Is it likely that even more repairs will be necessary in the near future? Any easy fix can be nice, but not if the problem is going to keep reoccurring. Our experienced HVAC technicians can offer guidance on your best plan of action.
What details should I consider when purchasing new heating or cooling equipment?
If it is determined that replacing your equipment makes the most sense, you want to choose equipment that meets the following criteria:
- Energy efficient – this will save you money in the long run on your home energy costs
- Reputable manufacturer – Parks Heating & Cooling is an authorized Lennox dealer
- Positive reviews – do some digging to see what other homeowners have to say about the equipment you are considering