Your questions answered: HVAC FAQs. No matter what your HVAC questions are, the experts at E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service in East Bernard have answers. Whether you have questions about picking new HVAC equipment to best practices on care and maintenance, we can assist. Our online FAQs answers give you a rapid response for your convenience, but if you want to know more on any topic, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 979-335-4262. Why does my home comfort system need regular maintenance? Just like you need to take your car in to the shop for normal tune-ups, such as oil changes or inspecting possible issues, your home comfort system should be subject to the same kind of attention. Scheduled maintenance by a trained technician provides a variety of benefits to your HVAC equipment, which can help your systems perform efficiently and prevent costly breakdowns. Where can I find prices for Lennox products? Call E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service at 979-335-4262 to get an in-depth quote on Lennox equipment. What is two-stage heating? Two-stage heating permits the furnace to heat at two levels of output: high for cold winter days and low for mild ones. Approximately 80 percent of the time, your home’s heating requirements can be met when the furnace is left on the low setting, allowing your two-stage unit to run for longer periods of time. Two-stage units also provide more even heat distribution, fewer temperature swings, quiet operation, better air filtration and energy efficiency. What is Precise Comfort™ technology? Lennox’s Precise Comfort™ technology is an operating and control system that enables a furnace to adjust heat and airflow by very small amounts, as low as a 1 percent change. The system is automatic and works similar to cruise control, making adjustments gradually to meet your comfort demands with energy efficiency. Will my new furnace work differently than my old one? Depending on how old your previous furnace was, you could experience a host of differences. Furnaces today are designed to offer more even and efficient heating than ever before. Modern furnaces also better regulate temperature and air flow, moving more air over the heat exchanger than older furnaces. Additionally, new furnaces are created to integrate with other high-efficiency HVAC products, such as air conditioners. The air conditioner blowers provide your heating system an extra boost so it can deliver cool air around your home efficiently. Special features like variable speed motors will also help decrease noise associated with operating your equipment and easily meet your family’s airflow needs. What is the energy efficiency standard for air conditioners? The Department of Energy recently boosted the minimum efficiency levels for air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units made after Jan. 1, 2015, since heating and cooling contributes significantly to a home’s total energy usage. The requirements vary by region, so call E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service for the efficiency standards for East Bernard. How can I reduce my energy costs? Lennox has a variety of HVAC products with high efficiency ratings, which can help cut back the amount of energy they require to operate. Aside from picking products that have received Energy Star® certification or achieved high SEER ratings for air conditioners or AFUE ratings for furnaces, you can think through the following: Maintenance – making certain that your system gets regular maintenance by a trained professional can keep your system running at its peak performance. Zoning – zoning systems allow you to only heat or cool only targeted areas of your home, so you won’t have to pay to heat or cool spaces that you don’t usually use. Programmable thermostats – using a programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature in your home around your schedule. They can be programed to provide the comfort you desire when you’re home, and increase or decrease the temperature while you’re away, helping you save on heating and cooling costs. Why should I buy a Lennox product? There are a number of reasons to go with Lennox, but the top three are: You know and trust the name – Lennox is known around the world for its quality home comfort products. Innovation and high quality – Lennox is an industry leader, providing a huge line of innovative solutions for your home comfort needs. Commitment to excellence – We are dedicated to providing customers not only quality products, but also quality service. You can trust Lennox dealers, like those of us at E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service, to help you identify the right system for your home, expertly install it, and keep it running smoothly every time. How can I improve my home’s indoor air quality? Increasing your home’s indoor air quality starts with four basic strategies: Eliminate – poor indoor air quality leaves your home packed with air pollutants floating around your home, so to improve IAQ, the first step is to rid as many pollutants as possible. You can easily do this is by cleaning and vacuuming at least once a week, routinely washing linens and storing cleaning products safely. Ventilate – proper insulation is great for keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but it also makes it harder for airborne pollutants to escape. Products like our Healthy Climate® ventilation system help swap out stale air for fresh, filtered outside air. Clean – good ventilation and frequent cleaning are a start, but Healthy Climate® air filters, germicidal lights and PureAire™ purification systems take your IAQ to the next level by capturing microscopic particles, killing germs and removing particles and germs while destroying chemical vapors. Monitor – programmable thermostats will help you control the humidity levels and temperature to help prevent particles and germs from accumulating and keep your home comfortable. How do I know which indoor air quality product will work best for my home? Our Healthy Solution Finder lets you choose details specific to your family and home and will help you find equipment best suited to meet your needs. You may also consult with E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service experts who can make a recommendation based on their evaluations of your home and your current indoor comfort system. How does an air conditioner work? Lots of homeowners believe that air conditioners make your home cooler, but it actually removes the heat from your house, directing the hot air outside. That hot air moves across a cold indoor coil where refrigerant in the lines sends the heat to the coil in your outdoor unit, releasing the hot air outside. This procedure continues until the indoor temperature reaches the temperature you set on your thermostat. What is the minimum energy efficiency standard for air conditioners in my state? Due to the high amount of energy used by heating and cooling systems, the Department of Energy (DOE) raised the minimum efficiency levels for air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2015. These levels are determined regionally and carry varying requirements based on your location. E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service can help answer any questions you may have regarding these minimum requirements and let you know what choices are available when you’re searching for a replacement system. How can I confirm the model and serial numbers for my cooling unit? These numbers can be found on a nameplate or sticker that is near your system’s service panel. The sticker should be white with black letters and have both of these numbers located at the top of the sticker. M/N denotes model number while S/N is your serial number. What size equipment do I need for my home? There are a handful of ways to determine what size system is the best fit for your home, but the most reliable way to determine the right size system is by having your local E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service technician come out and perform a load calculation. This calculation considers your home’s: square footage, insulation value, amount of insulation, and a variety of other factors. Can frost, ice, dirt or other debris keep the outdoor unit of my cooling system from operating effectively? The short answer is “Yes,” because dirt and other debris can impede your system’s ability to work efficiently. For heat pumps, it is normal to have frost or ice on them during the winter, but they also include defrost controls to ensure they work efficiently in that type of weather. What is two-stage cooling? Two-stage cooling means that your cooling unit has two levels of operation. When summer is in its hottest weeks, the high setting kicks in, and when it’s cooler or more mild, the low setting gets the job done. Usually, the lower setting is able to take care of your cooling needs, but even when the high setting is in use, you may not realize it because it can produce such even temperatures for your comfort. This also means a quieter cooling system, greater efficiency and enhanced humidity control. Why is my cooling unit freezing up? When your cooling unit freezes up, there are a variety of reasons why it could be doing so. The most typical reasons include: dirty filters, low refrigerant, a dirty evaporative coil and a faulty blower motor or relay. A dirty filter is something you can fix as a homeowner, but the others need to be completed by a professional like those at E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service. Contact them at 979-335-4262 with any further questions you may have. What is the best thermostat to use for my cooling system? Picking the best thermostat for your cooling system comes with a lot to think through. That’s why it’s nice to have such a big variety of choices from E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service. Whether you’re searching for a programmable or non-programmable thermostat or want to join the smart home trend, there are a variety of thermostats that you have to choose from. Some thermostats will depend on what type of heating and cooling system you have, but the experts at E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service will be able to help determine what options meet your needs and your budget. What is a heat pump? Heat pumps can be a bit confusing due to their name, but they actually take care of both your heating and cooling needs throughout the year. When it’s hot outside it operates like an air conditioner in that it removes heat from your home, but when it cools off, the process gets reversed and it collects heat from outside and brings it inside. Heat pumps are also very efficient, and could produce up to two or three times more heat than the energy it uses. When replacing the outdoor unit, should the indoor unit also be replaced? Of course we think you should also replace your indoor system, but this is why: All outdoor cooling systems have a matching indoor unit that they are designed to work with to ensure efficient performance. When they aren’t paired with the other part as a whole system, efficiency can suffer. As with most products, advancements have brought about newer, more efficient ways of doing things. Heating and cooling systems are no different. These advances most importantly include improved heating and cooling efficiency, but also include improved air handling, filtering and noise pollution reduction to name a few. Heating and cooling systems that are more than 10-15 years old usually need to be replaced. Not only do they have outdated technology, but they are also less efficient than today’s models. Buying a new indoor unit at the same time means you’ll have a matched system to provide you with better comfort and efficiency for years to come. How will I know if my solar HVAC system is performing to its maximum potential? The communication module on your SunSource® Home Energy System sends the system’s performance records for each module to a website. You may visit this website to see the system’s status, energy production and environmental benefits. The site also shows real time updates of carbon offsets. Will I need an Internet connection to use the SunSource® communication module? Yes, an Internet connection is needed for you to take advantage of the online monitoring system, which includes accessing energy production and environmental benefit information. The system’s performance-monitoring website is provided by an independent third party, Enphase Energy Inc., and the monitoring service is provided free of charge for five years. Should I clean my solar modules? In most areas, rain will clean the solar modules off automatically. If you live in a dusty or industrial area, periodically spraying the modules with water can help improve performance. However, detergents and high-pressure hoses should never be used to rinse solar modules. What is the best thermostat for my home comfort system? The best thermostat for you depends on your heating and cooling equipment. E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service has programmable and nonprogrammable thermostats that can help enhance the efficiency of your HVAC systems. View our available products or contact us at 979-335-4262 to learn more. How can I control my energy expenses? Heating and cooling can represent a significant chunk of your utility costs. The innovative and high efficiency heating and air conditioning products available from Lennox® can help reduce these costs. If you’re searching for a new heating and/or cooling system, look for products with high SEER ratings for air conditioners and AFUE ratings for furnaces. SEER and AFUE are a measure of equipment efficiency, and the higher the number, the more efficient the product. Aside from purchasing a new home comfort system, consider these additional factors: 1. Is your system regularly maintained? Whether it’s a furnace or air conditioner, HVAC systems will opperate more efficiently after regular maintenance checks. 2. Do you need a zoning system? If there are parts of your home that are rarely used, a zoning system will allow you to heat or cool only the commonly used parts of your house. 3. Are you using a programmable thermostat? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, programmable thermostats can reduce your heating costs by up to 35 percent, and your cooling costs by up to 25 percent. What are the benefits of zoning systems? Zoning systems give you the opportunity to divide parts of your home and control the air differently in each room. Zoning tends to be ideal for when you have spaces of your house that are rarely used or when you and your family are always in disagreement of what the temperature in each area of your home should be. Zoning systems are almost noiseless and efficient, enabling you to have more control over the comfort of your house. Discover more about the zoning equipment available from E B Air Conditioning & Heating Service.