We’re always happy to answer our customer’s questions about HVAC systems and HVAC services. The following are answers to the most common questions we receive:
Frequently Asked Questions
Regular maintenance of residential and commercial HVAC systems should include removal of dust, dirt, and debris from within the system. It also includes conducting repairs or replacements of defective or worn out parts. It is best to conduct routine cleanings in the spring and autumn as the weather changes. Twice a year, ideally in the spring and fall, it’s a good idea to have a professional HVAC technician inspect the system for leaks, damage, cracks, etc.
The frequency of filter changes varies depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations and the type of filters you use in your HVAC system. Generally speaking, the filter should be replaced at least 3-4 times per year.
Cleaning air ducts remove dust, danger, pollen, smoke residue, dust mites, and other toxins that can trigger allergies. Our rotobrush vacuum can remove even the tiniest of particles from the system. The cleaner your residential and commercial air ducts, the cleaner the air they will transport throughout the structure.
Spot Free strongly recommends clients don’t attempt to do this on their own. While dryer vents may seem simple to clean, there are many nooks and crannies within the system where lint and other debris can accumulate. Because dryer lint is highly flammable, it is important to hire a professional to thoroughly clean out the vent.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and EER stands simply for Energy Efficiency Ratio. This information is provided on HVAC equipment so that consumers can determine how much energy their appliances consume during operation.
Spot Free’s technicians utilize a complex series of calculations to determine the proper sizing of a residential or commercial HVAC system. These calculations take into account the size of the property, the construction materials present, the layout/location of the property, and the desired comfort level.
Regular cleaning and maintenance have a considerable impact on the lifespan of your HVAC system. Keeping the system free of debris, regularly changing filters, and addressing small issues before they become big problems can extend the operational lifespan of each component.
This can be caused by a dirty condenser or evaporator coil. The dirt can reduce airflow around the condenser. It can also happen if the refrigerant is leaking or if there is a leak in the air duct.
High-efficiency filters should be used with high-efficiency furnaces and central air conditioners. This helps keep these units operating at peak efficiency. Individuals who suffer from allergies should also use them as they remove a considerable amount of dust and pollen from the airflow.
A programmable thermostat gives you considerable control over your home’s environment. It makes it easier to reduce energy usage when you leave for the day or head out of town. This can save you considerable money throughout the year.
BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. This is the international standard that is used to measure the energy required to heat or cool a given amount of space.
VOC’s are gasses that are emitted from solids or liquids and they can pose a serious health risk. These gasses can be released from cleaning agents, paints, drywall, wood, stone, and many other sources. Exposure to some VOC’s can exacerbate allergies and may lead to the development of cancers or cause neurological damage. Air filters and purifiers can help remove these from the air and improve indoor air quality. If VOC’s are present, the only way to completely remove the danger is to remove the source from the home.
The Clean Air Delivery Rate, or CADR measures the efficiency of air purifiers at removing smoke, dust, and pollen from the air. The higher the rating, the more effective the unit is at removing indoor air pollution.
These units can last for a long time if they are properly cared for and maintained. Air conditioners typically last for between 12-15 years, while furnaces can function effectively for between 15-20 years. As these units reach these ages, it is advisable to replace them as they will operate less efficiently and may require extensive repairs.
Radon and carbon monoxide are odorless and colorless gasses. These can build up within the home without warning. Radon can seep into the home from cracks in the foundation, while carbon monoxide can be emitted from the incomplete combustion of fuel from a stove, furnace, etc. These can pose serious long-term health risks. Installing radon and carbon monoxide detectors within the home can alert you to the presence of these gasses.
In response to customer demands and government regulations, manufacturers have developed systems that do not use freon or toxic chemicals such as chlorine for operation. Systems using R-410A refrigerants and other environmentally friendly coolants won’t pollute the atmosphere.