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Residential HVAC FAQs

HVACs are intimidating systems for most homeowners. They are complex and finicky, which is why they should only be worked on by Preferred Comfort’s professionals. Here are the questions our team gets asked most frequently to help you get started.

What Does HVAC Mean?

HVAC stands for “heating, ventilation and air conditioning.” These three functions are combined into a single system in modern homes, which is why it is so often abbreviated. Warm, cool or dehumidified air flows through a series of ducts that distribute it throughout your home. It is by far the most quiet and convenient way to heat or cool an entire home.

What is a Boiler?

Boilers are an appliance that provide heat to homes by heating water and forcing it through the home to give off the heat. They are economical in both energy consumption and space because they do not require a tank to be installed.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is an electrical appliance that removes heat from one place and transfers it to another. When your home is cold, a heat pump can heat it by extracting heat from the outside and pushing it all throughout your home. What makes them so attractive to homeowners is that this process can be reversed when you need your home cooled, extracting heat from your home and pushing it outside. Certain types of heat pumps draw heat from the ground or ground water, although the air type is still the most common.

What Type of HVAC is Right for Me?

There are several different variables that can influence whether or not a certain type of HVAC is right for your home. How big is your home? What its air circulation like? How does the amount of sunlight your home receives affect your heating needs? To find which type of HVAC is right for your home, Preferred Comfort’s experts will carry out a full home inspection as well as a heat load calculation to make sure we find the individual needs of your home are met.

How Often Should Air Filters be Changed?

The frequency of how often your air filters should be changed vary based on:

  • The type of air filter
  • Your home’s indoor air quality
  • The number of pets in your home
  • How many people live there
  • The level of air pollution and construction around your home

The average home should change its air filters every six to 12 months. However, if you have pets or allergies, you should consider getting them changed more often.

How Long Does the Average Air Conditioner Last?

If your air conditioner is properly installed and maintained over the years, it should last approximately 15 years. To make sure your air conditioner doesn’t succumb to premature failures, contact Preferred Comfort today to learn more.

How Long Does the Average Furnace Last?

The average furnace typically lasts about 20 years, but this can only be achieved if it receives regular maintenance and if was correctly installed.

If your question wasn’t answered, contact Preferred Comfort today to get your answer.

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