Air Conditioning Heating Repair Chicago IL 60634
Q: What do air handlers do for my system?
They are primarily used in homes that use a heat pump or an air conditioner only, and they are responsible for pulling air from your home, and forcing it through the indoor coils to either heat or cool the air before it is sent back into the home via ductwork. Homes that have a furnace, do not need an air handler because the furnace fan combined with an evaporator coil do the same thing.
Q: Should I be concerned about Indoor Air Quality?
A: Yes, especially in modern homes that have been sealed well for energy efficiency. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), your exposure to air pollutants can be much higher indoors than outdoors.
Q: What is the best thermostat to use with my system?
A: A programmable thermostat can save you money on utilities by helping you only use your furnace or air conditioner (or heat pump) when you need it. Homeowners can save more than the cost of the thermostat when they are installed and used correctly.
Q: What is involved in installing a new system?
A: Besides proper load testing and system design, the other most significant component is ductwork. The ducts for your home can be made of either metal or fiberglass. Ducts need to be properly sized to deliver the right amount of air to each room. A central cooling system uses supply and return ducts. The supply duct is attached to the outlet of the furnace or air handler and delivers air to individual zones in your home. The size of the ductwork going into a space is determined by the amount of air that needs to be delivered to that particular area in your home.
Q: What is involved in replacing an old system?
A: Aside from the replacement of the old equipment, a tech inspects several items and determine whether they need to be supplied or replaced. Some of the items include: ductwork, insulation, refrigerant piping, electrical service, wiring, thermostat, condensate piping, chimney liner, slabs, filter, registers, grills, drain pans and the evaporator coil.
Q: How do I select the right heating and air conditioning system?
A: We are here to help you make the right buying decisions and get the ideal system for your specific needs. This involves proper load calculation and design. Then we assess other unique needs for your home. Finally, we’ll apply your needs to your budget parameters to make final recommendations. Often, the energy savings on a new system will offset most or all of the cost of the equipment and installation.
Q: How expensive is an air conditioner or heat pump system?
A: Many factors affect the cost of an air conditioner or heat pump, 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. You do not want to purchase a system that is too large as that will actually cost you in efficiency.
Q: Why should I replace my existing heating or cooling system?
A: You may wish to consider replacing your air conditioning or heating system if it is too old, inefficient, or if you are looking for an energy saving system or in need of costly repairs. Today’s systems are as much as 60% more efficient than systems manufactured as little as ten years ago. In addition, if not properly maintained, wear and tear on a system can reduce the actual or realized efficiency of the system.
Q: Where do I get replacement parts?
A: We can provide you with the correct parts and come to your home or office and install them for you.
Q: Should I change my indoor coil?
A: When replacing your air conditioner or heat pump, the answer is most likely yes. The efficiency ratings that are advertised for an air conditioner or heat pump are based on the performance as part of a matched system. If only the outdoor portion is changed, the efficiency and savings could be less than that of a matched system.
Q: How long can I expect a new system to last?
A: Industry averages suggest that an air conditioner should last 12-15 years (coastal applications may be less), and a gas furnace should last 20-25 years.
Q: What is covered in my warranty?
A: The parts warranty lies with the manufacturer. However we stand behind our work 100% if the issue is with the craftsmaship there will be no charge to the customer for the second visit.