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Frequently Asked HVAC Questions

thumbs-upWe’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about HVAC system installation and performance. Check them out, and if you still have questions, be sure to let us know! We’ll be happy to answer them.

1. How do heat pumps save money?

When it comes to the heat pump’s “cooling mode,” they aren’t much more efficient than a standard central air conditioner. After all, they do use the same technology to create cooled air for your home. The only caveat to this is that a ductless heat pump is often more efficient than an AC that uses ducts.

Where heat pumps really save money is in their “heating mode.” It’s the same process used by central AC, just reversed. Essentially what’s happening is your heat pump is “recycling” warm air and sending it into your home. Compare that to a furnace, which burns fuel and uses combustion to generate heated air. Even though furnaces are quite inexpensive to run, heat pumps can achieve the same function with electricity and while requiring less energy.

2. How long does it take to install a system?

Everyone’s home is different. Some may have an existing HVAC system and simply require a new unit. Others may need a full duct installation. And those who opt for a ductless mini split system would need to consider that each room requires its own air handler installation.

Despite it all, installation from a qualified HVAC contractor in Panama City should only take about one whole day.

3. Why it is important to hire a licensed and insured technician?

Imagine that you found an ad on craigslist for someone who claims they can install an air conditioner, and they’re doing it at an incredibly cheap price. The only downside is that they don’t have any kind of license or insurance.

It sounds like a great deal, and you might even consider taking the risk. But here’s what kind of trouble you might get into:

  • If the technician damages your property, that cost is on you. And if they hurt themselves during the job? That can be put on you, too! A licensed and insured tech assumes all liability.
  • An HVAC installation must follow all regulations and building codes. Not only could breaking these rules could be unsafe for your home and family, but some of them can violate your homeowner’s insurance in the event that the equipment causes damage.
  • A bad installation isn’t just a minor inconvenience. It will end up having a ripple effect on your whole system, leading to excessively high energy bills and shortening the lifespan of the system.

4. How do I save money on my monthly electrical bill?

In order to keep your energy bill low, your HVAC system needs to be operating at its highest standard of efficiency. To do that, it needs:

  • Consistent maintenance to ensure that all the parts are working as they should. Any malfunctioning parts can drag down the performance of the whole system.
  • To have the air filter changed regularly. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow, creating inefficiencies and possible damage if unchecked for too long.
  • Good thermostat discipline. Programming a heating/cooling schedule in your thermostat and sticking to it will keep costs low and stable. Smart thermostats can help with this.

If you have any more questions, we’re happy to answer them. Contact Alexander Air Conditioning, Inc. today to speak with an expert.

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