TemperaturePro® BuxMont FAQs
Question: Why should I replace my older heating and air conditioning unit?
Answer: Most contemporary systems run a lot more efficiently which translates to a lower run cost and lower maintenance charges. There are many factors that contribute to your decision to replace your existing and older unit which are detailed in our “Why You Should Replace Your Old Home Unit” blog post.
Question: How do I know the correct size replacement air conditioning and heating unit?
Answer: There are many factors when determining new system size including space to be conditioned, number of heat generating appliances, insulation, and other factors. Your TemperaturePro®-BuxMont heating and air conditioning specialist will perform a thorough load analysis to exactly calculate your new system size requirements.
Question: How are AC systems efficiency rated?
Answer: Up to half of the energy used in your home or office is consumed by your heating and cooling system. When shopping for a new heating and air conditioning system, pick one that is Energy Star rated. This will ensure that you use a minimal amount of energy to keep your home or office comfortable. If you want to learn more about AC Energy Star ratings, read this pdf.
Question: What is the SEER rating?
Answer: SEER Calculation A Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating or SEER is the measurement of the total heat removed from the conditioned space during the annual cooling season. The formula for this rating is: BTU divided by the total electrical energy consumed by the AC unit expressed in watts. A free SEER calculator is available from Lennox and is available here.
Question: What are BTUs?
Answer: BTUs or British Thermal Units are the units of measurement for energy. One BTU is equal to the amount of energy used to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.
Question: How do I calculate my energy rating?
Answer: Energy efficiency begins with knowing how much energy is currently being used within your home or office. There are free tools available from Energy.gov that will allow you to calculate energy use and savings. Click or tap to access these calculators. Read TemperaturePro®-BuxMont‘s Home Energy Audit or Business Energy Audit pages.
Question: Is heating and air conditioning system maintenance really needed?
Answer: Even though today’s air conditioning and heating systems require less maintenance than previous models, they still need periodic servicing. The units have moving parts which require cleaning and inspecting and a regular maintenance program should be completed at least twice each year. TemperaturePro®-BuxMont offers a Total Comfort Plan to keep your air conditioning and heating system running at an optimal level.
Question: What are the advantages of the newer programmable thermostats?
Answer: Newer thermostats are much more energy efficient and offer greater control over the home or office environment. Newer designs allow users to program times when the system is active with a temperature range within that time frame. There are app-based options available that allow you to remotely control your thermostat from any location that has cell or internet service.
Question: How often should I replace my heating and air conditioning filter?
Answer: The quick answer is that manufacturers recommend that filters be changed bi-monthly. However, this recommendation can change depending upon:
- Type of filter for your the AC system.
- The air quality of your municipality.
- If you own pets.
- Number of occupants in your home or staff in your place of business’
- Localized construction and many other factors.
In general, change your filter when you see reduced air flow in your system.
Question: I’ve seen that there are many HVAC filters to choose from, which is the right one for me?
Answer: There are three basic types of filters in HVAC systems:
Mechanical filters come in two thicknesses: 1 inch and 2 inches. Their basic function is to remove airborne particles using synthetic fibers to prevent the particles from being distributed throughout the structure. The pleated design contains 35-40% more fibers and is a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to mechanical filters. Electronic air filters are more expensive but are far more efficient. They can trap much smaller particulates, including smoke. Regardless of which option you select, air conditioner filters are classified by categories through their MERV ratings which determine the efficiency of the filter. The higher the MERV rating the better the filter.
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