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Frequently Asked HVAC Contractor Questions | Answered By Gleason Heating and Air Conditioning

How Often Should I Replace My Air Filter?

The general consensus among professional HVAC contractors is that you should be replacing your system's air filters at least once every 2 to 3 months. Regularly changing your system's air filters is one of the most important pieces of preventative maintenance you can do for your home's air conditioning system, and can be a great way to save yourself money, improve your indoor air quality, and preserve the life of your system in the long run.

What Does Energy Star Mean?

Energy Star is a certification rating given to certain HVAC systems that are built to very specific energy usage and efficiency standards set down by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy. Energy Star products must meet very strict criteria in order to gain this certification, and since they use less energy and are quite a bit more efficient than non-Energy Star products, you stand to save a great deal of money on your electric bills, and you can do your part to help protect the environment.

What Is The Life Expectancy Of My Unit?

On average, most modern heating and air conditioning units have a life expectancy of around 15 years, but this number depends largely on maintenance, as well as a number of other factors. In order to maximize the lifespan of your home's air conditioning system, it's important to ensure that you're investing in the proper preventative maintenance your system needs to continue functioning its best.

When Is The Right Time To Replace My HVAC System?

There are a number of different signs that might indicate it's time to replace your old HVAC system, including the age of your system, how often it needs repairs, and just whether or not it's able to keep up with you and your family's heating or cooling demands. To get a better idea of the state of your HVAC system, and determine whether or not now is the right time to replace it, give our team of skilled HVAC contractors in Wauconda a call and let us come out to inspect your current unit.

Should I Get A Heat Pump Or A Furnace For My Home?

The decision of whether to go with a heat pump or a furnace for your home is one that's largely based on personal choice. A furnace can be a wonderfully efficient and effective method for heating your home. If you're looking for flexibility, however, a heat pump can actually be used to heat and cool your home, making it a popular option among homeowners all over the country.

What Can I Do To Lower My Energy Bills?

There are a number of things you can do around the house that can help you lower your monthly energy bills. Changing your air filters regularly, having your HVAC system tuned up at least once per year, replacing your old unit, or just upgrading to a higher-efficiency system are all ways that you can reduce your energy consumption and save yourself money on a month-to-month basis.

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