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HVAC 101

There’s a lot to think about when buying a heat pump, gas furnace or central air conditioning system. That’s because next to your home itself, a home comfort system is one of your largest investments. Here are answers to ten common questions to help you make an intelligent HVAC choice.

Should I repair or replace my existing system?

When making this decision you will want to consider the age, condition, efficiency, repair cost and reliability of your existing system. As your equipment ages, many times it will be more cost effective to consider replacement. Trust our team in always providing the information you need to make a well educated decision.

How much can I save with new equipment?

Heating and cooling your home is the largest user of energy and offers the greatest opportunity for savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Today’s ENERGY STAR qualified systems are as much as 60% more efficient than 10-year-old equipment.

What is the best thermostat to use with my system?

A easy to use programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.

Wi-Fi thermostats are a great choice when your schedule is not consistent, changing temperatures while on the go is great for savings and comfort. Gain peace of mind while being able to monitor the temperature of your home while away.

How can I be sure I'm selecting the right contractor?

The right contractor will be licensed and insured, Perform an on-site inspection of the work you want completed and provide a detailed proposal specifying all products by name, model number and energy ratings. Ensure they will submit all paperwork for your warranty, registration, permits and rebates.

How do I select the right heating/cooling system?

Get solid advice from an expert. The right contractor can perform a load calculation to determine the capacity required. After getting to know your needs, he can customize a system just for you.

Does my system require maintenance?

Proper maintenance of your mechanical system is an absolute necessity, maintenance improves comfort, air quality, reliability, longevity, and most important, safety while also potentially reducing operational cost and maintenance related breakdowns.

What can I do to improve indoor air quality?

Clean healthy air is what we expect in our home, unfortunately the air is typically contaminated and potentially unhealthy. Experts like ourselves will look at your home as a system, all parts working together to create the air quality we should expect.

A properly designed air quality system is made of of components that will provide comfortable temperatures in the home, fresh air from the outside to purge pollutants, filtration to catch airborne particles, humidifiers and or dehumidifiers to maintain proper humidity levels and possibly ultra violet light systems to kill virus and bacteria.

Your first step is having Tradesman Joe LLC come out for a air quality assessment.

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