With over 15 years of experience in the HVAC industry, we know HVAC systems inside and out. Having your heating and cooling system running smoothly helps keep you comfortable year-round and affects your air quality, so we’re proud to serve as your helpful neighborhood experts. 

But while your average homeowner doesn’t have pro-level expertise, we also understand having an interest in how your HVAC system works – and how you can keep it running optimally. We’re happy to help educate our community and give you peace of mind. Here are some common questions we field about best-steps for keeping your system in tip-top shape and running efficiently.

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1. How often should I change my air filters?

a close up shot of an air filterThis is a good question to ask, because dirty or neglected air filters can turn minor maintenance – swapping the filter – into an emergency call. Conversely, a simple changeout is a small investment with a big impact. 

A reliable rule is to change or clean your filter at least every 30 days, although it may need to be replaced more frequently if you share your home with pets or live in a dry, dusty area. Changing a dirty filter will keep your heating and cooling system performing well and will help maintain your home’s air quality too. Make sure yours are checked and replaced routinely.

2. What are ideal thermostat settings?

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer for this question. It’ll depend on how much time you spend in your home and what you personally find most comfortable. However, leaving your thermostat setting static is not the best practice. It should be set a bit lower in winter and higher in summer to increase efficiency, and it should also be adjusted when you’re sleeping or away. 

Using a programmable thermostat to work with natural fluctuations in temperature (think adjusting for night-time temps) and the rhythms of your daily schedule will equal savings in both costs and energy consumption. Another energy and long-term cost factor? How well maintained your system is. Which leads to another common query…

3. How often should my HVAC system be serviced?

Regular services are an indispensable part of your HVAC system’s care. Because of the range of temperatures Tennessee weather can bring, it’s important that your system be ready for anything. Professional maintenance will help prolong the life of your hard-working heating and cooling system and can help head off problems before they become urgent and expensive. 

You should have two HVAC tune-up services a year – one in spring and one in fall – to keep your system running smoothly in all seasons before extreme temperatures put it to the test. That’s why we offer a service plan with two annual services so you’ll know your system is taken care of. As a bonus, the plan includes priority emergency service should a problem arise – meaning no after-hours or emergency rates – and a 15% discount on all parts and labor. A regular service plan helps make HVAC care smooth and worry-free.

4. How can I improve energy efficiency?

In addition to regular services and changing your air filter regularly, consider your home’s insulation situation. It doesn’t make sense to get your home to the desired temperature only to let that treated air make a quick escape due to poor insulation. Sealing leaks and insulating your home well will help keep you comfortable and reduce strain on your HVAC system.

Installing shades on any windows that let in intense sunlight is another measure that, once done, will have a continued effect on your home’s heating and cooling efficiency.

5. Can I improve my home’s air quality?

a wall vent against a light blue wallMost Americans spend the vast majority of their time indoors. While the air inside our homes can contain higher levels of pollutants than outdoor air, measures can be taken to increase indoor air purity, creating a healthier living environment. This is important for everyone, but especially those who suffer from allergies or are at increased risk from the effects of airborne bacterias and viruses. Proper humidity control, air filtration, UV lights, and ventilation are all areas in which we can implement solutions proactively rather than merely treat issues reactively.

We at Airbusters Heating and Cooling Service specialize in indoor air quality. We offer indoor air quality assessments and can help ensure you’re breathing the freshest, cleanest air possible.

6. What is the cost of a new HVAC system?

Many factors can affect the cost of a heating and cooling system, such as the square footage and layout of the space. The best step is to call for a quote. Our team of pros is knowledgeable and easy to work with. We know the factors at play and will ask the right questions to create a plan for optimal heating and cooling comfort.

Reach Out Now – We’re Happy to Help!

Oftentimes, the systems that keep us comfortable seem like a mystery. With an average lifespan of approximately 15 years of near-constant use, HVAC systems are some of the toughest, most reliable systems in our homes and businesses. But knowing just a bit about them can help you understand their maintenance needs and prolong the longevity and optimum functioning of this key player in your home.

We’ve proudly earned our clients’ trust with our years of experience and trustworthy service. Give us a call today if you have further questions or are in need of one of the services we provide!