If you notice strange sounds, smells, or dust coming from your AC unit, uneven home temperatures, or unexplainably high energy bills, it may be time to have your HVAC system checked out. It’s a good idea to call as soon you notice an issue so that a tiny problem doesn’t have time to turn into a big one. In any case, you’ll want to have your system serviced at least once a year for a simple tune-up.
That will depend on many things including house size and square footage, what system(s) are currently in place, the brand, and type of equipment needed for the job. Tex-Perts has a full range of systems that we can customize for your home and your budget. Call us today to speak with our HVAC specialists and to schedule a consultation for your home.
A good rule of thumb is that you should change your air conditioner filter every 2-3 months, but his will vary based on your equipment; the type of filter; and other factors like pets and the number of people occupying the space. Additionally, if the unit is in a less-occupied home (like a vacation home where you only stay a few weeks per year), you probably don’t need to change the filter as often if the AC isn’t even running. Keeping a clean filter can improve your home’s air quality and bring down the cost of electricity bills, so be sure to ask your Tex-Perts technician about changing your air filter.
It’s commonly suggested that every heating and air conditioning system should be serviced 1-2 times per year. Some experts say that once per year is enough for maintenance, while others suggest service twice a year is better (at the beginning of Summer and the beginning of Winter). This will not only keep your HVAC system running at peak performance, but it will extend its lifespan in the long run.
Industry experts typically say that air conditioning systems will last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Many manufacturers support their existing equipment by making replacement parts available so that you do not need to install an entirely new unit if you have an issue with it. Regular maintenance and proper care will help to lengthen the lifespan of your HVAC system, which is why seasonal maintenance on equipment is recommended.
This depends on many factors, which is why we are always happy to check out your system and discuss your options. We never try to sell you new equipment if it makes more sense to simply repair your current AC system. Replacement typically is best when your system is constantly breaking down and costing you more than an entirely new system would. New systems can be up to 60% more efficient than systems over 10 years old, so these monthly savings can cancel out the upfront cost of the new unit.
The biggest advantage of a programmable thermostat is the energy and money you save. Programmable thermostats can store multiple daily settings so that you don’t have to run your HVAC system at full blast if you’re not even at home. For instance, you could set your thermostat so that the equipment doesn’t work as hard while you’re sleeping, at work, or on vacation. You can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling costs by turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees from its normal settle for 8 hours a day.
The SEER Rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is an indicator of how efficient an air conditioning unit is. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the unit. This is also a good indicator of the operating cost, as a higher rated unit will be more economical to run. For a new central air system to be considered “high efficiency” it needs to have a SEER rating of 12 or higher. Although older systems have ratings as low as 6, any units manufactured for the US after January 2006 were required to have a minimum SEER rating of 13. Depending on the brand, you can now even find units with ratings of 20 or higher. This energy requirement doesn’t apply to window units, so some of those systems still have SEER ratings of 10.
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning.
Tex-Perts Cooling and Heating is a family-owned company that believes that customer service and customer satisfaction are the most important aspect of what we do. All of our work is guaranteed because our certified, bonded, and licensed technicians are some of the best in the business. Our pricing is all-inclusive which means that you’ll never run into hidden fees with our service. Call us today to speak with our friendly staff and to schedule an appointment for your home!
Unfortunately, there’s no quick and easy way to know what size or type of heating and cooling system your home or office needs. The best way to find out what HVAC system is the best fit for your home is to have a professional perform a load calculation. The technicians at Tex-Perts can come to your house to do a custom inspection of your home, taking into account your square footage, insulation, window style, window location, and more. Upon completion of our inspection, we’ll be able to recommend the best air conditioner for your home.
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