What is zoned air conditioning?

  • Zoned air conditioning allows homeowners to maintain separate temperatures in different areas of their homes. Zoned systems accomplish this by directing airflow only to the areas of the house that need it. You can zone your home by level or by room.

How do I know when it’s time for a furnace or AC replacement?

  • According to Consumer Reports, if your furnace or AC is over 10 years old and costs you more than $1000 a year to maintain, it may be cost-effective to have it replaced. Newer equipment will save you energy and could be covered by a parts and labor warranty.

What should I do about my frozen AC?

  • If your AC unit is frozen, turn it off and let it thaw. This may take as long as three hours. The cause may be as simple as a dirty air filter.

What’s a ductless mini-split system?

  • According to Energy Saver, room air conditioners and central air conditioners are the two most common types of AC units. A ductless mini-split system is a heating and cooling unit that doesn’t utilize traditional ductwork. Instead, it has a wall or ceiling-mounted head that supplies heated and cooled air into the space.

What are the benefits of attic ventilation?

  • According to Attics and More, a website dedicated to informing homeowners about changes they can make to their properties, the temperature in your attic can reach 140° Fahrenheit in the summer! Proper ventilation will help move that heat out and give you a cooler attic. A cooler attic will transfer less heat into the house.

How does a heat pump work?

  • A heat pump works by transferring heat. In the summer, it takes heat from inside your home and transfers it outside. In the winter, heat is grabbed from the outside air and transferred inside. Even if the outside air is only 10 degrees, there’s still heat in that air and a heat pump is designed to capture it!

Do I really need my furnace and AC cleaned every year?

  • Keeping your furnace and AC clean will reduce energy use, increase the lifespan of the equipment, and maintain the factory warranties. Smart Heating and Cooling recommends you have them cleaned every year.

What’s the best thermostat setting for the Summer months?

  • This answer depends on humidity. If your home humidity levels are low, say 35%, you’ll likely find comfort in the 74 to 78° Fahrenheit range, according to our HVAC technicians. As the humidity increases, the temperature will need to decrease to maintain comfort.

How often should I have my HVAC air filters replaced?

  • This depends on the type of filter you’re using. According to The Zebra, it’s recommended that an air filter should be replaced every month but only 18% of people in the United States follow this recommendation.

When should I have my heating and cooling equipment serviced?

  • Call us to service the AC in the spring and the furnace in the fall. The goal is to have it cleaned and tuned before each season of use. Doing this will reduce your energy bills and prolong the life of the equipment.