You have many choices when it comes to selecting an HVAC system. Here are some things to consider:
• An electric split-system heat pump is a common choice for year-round
heating and cooling. Other options include a heat pump with a backup
boiler or furnace in colder climates.
• The efficiency of a cooling system is expressed as a SEER (Seasonal
Energy Efficiency Ratio) number. All cooling systems sold today must
have at least a SEER 13 rating.
• Heat pump efficiency is expressed by a Heating Season Performance
Factor (HSPF), and all heat pumps sold today must have an HSPF of at
• Systems with higher SEERs and HSPFs cost more initially, but have lower
operating costs. Split-system heat pumps with an ENERGY STAR® label
have SEERs of 14.5 or higher and HSPFs of 8.2 or higher.
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more A/C replacement! Visit Service Legends at servicelegends.net.
Here are our answers to a few of the most common questions we get on a regular basis:
Q. At what temperature should I set my thermostat?
Temperature settings depend on the time of year and your personal preferences. In the summer, the average temperature setting is 75°-80°. In the winter 68°-72° is the norm. Remember, when leaving your house; try to avoid drastic temperature changes. Do not set your temperature back more than 5°; this will cause your unit to work harder to achieve the desired temperature setting.
Q. Should I try to keep my air conditioning system from running too much?
Generally speaking, a unit that is either on or off is less expensive than one that keeps cycling on and off repeatedly. Every time your system starts up, it will use a lot of electricity and not produce much cooling. That’s why a smaller system is often more economical to operate: even though it runs nonstop and may deliver less comfort, it will usually consume less power than a larger system that cycles on and off.
Q. Should I close the registers and doors to areas of the home that I do not use on a regular basis?
No. Every system is designed to cool a certain number of square feet. By closing registers and doors in certain rooms, you disrupt and decrease the systems’ airflow and efficiency. Your system will have to work harder to cool less space, making it cycle more and become less efficient.
Q. How do I know if my A/C unit is big enough?
Bigger isn’t always better; its performance and efficiency that count. Before purchasing a replacement system you should always make sure your system is sized properly to match your needs and budget. Your Service Legends Specialist will thoroughly assess your home and comfort requirements to determine the proper size and make the appropriate recommendation.
Q. How often should I have maintenance done on my air conditioner?
You should have maintenance done on your air conditioning system at least once a year – spring to early summer being the best times. This not only ensures maximum efficiency, it enables us to foresee any possible problems that may occur in the near future.
Q. How do I know whether my heating and cooling equipment needs replacement or just repair?
Not an easy question to answer, but here are some factors to consider:
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/.
When your air conditioner fails in the middle of the night, on the hottest day of the year, it can be scary to open up the phone book and select a contractor that you don’t know. Are they going to answer the phone? Will they send a highly trained, certified HVAC technician to your home? Will they have the parts in stock to fix your system?
Voicemail. Or even worse, some contractors use an answering machine. Then you have to wait and hope they will call you back. At Service Legends, our phones are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can always talk to a live person at.
Wasted Time. Many servicemen won’t give you a real appointment time. They say, “We’ll be there between 10 and 4” so you have to waste a whole day waiting. Not any more! You get a precise 2 hour “Appointment Window” by calling us or choose your appointment time by using our easy online scheduling feature.
Too Many Trips. Other servicemen can make 2 or 3 trips before they have the right parts to repair your air conditioner. This costs you extra money and frustration. We stock over $65,000 in parts so we can fix the real problem right the first time, saving you money.
Invoice Shock. This is what happens when you are charged “time and material” and the servicemen gets paid more the longer he takes. Only at Service Legends do you get straight forward pricing. We give you an exact “to the penny” price to repair your cooling system before moving forward with any repairs.
Call Backs. Other servicemen have a “Concrete Guarantee”…. When their trucks leave your concrete driveway, their guarantee expires! With us you have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are unhappy with our service for any reason, we will redo the repair for FREE.
When your air conditioner is on the fritz, rest assured our highly trained HVAC repair technicians are standing by to get your system up and running. We will do a thorough evaluation on your air conditioner and give you an exact “to the penny” price to repairing your system. Whether it takes 1 hour or 3 hours to diagnose your broken air conditioner, the evaluation fee is the same. Give us a call today or visit out website at: http://servicelegends.net/index.cfm
Your air conditioning unit requires regular maintenance for the system to function correctly. Here’s what you need to do to keep your A/C working through the summer.
Dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by close to 20 percent.
Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or if there is foliage nearby. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins.
The best way to minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit is by cleaning the area around the coil, removing any debris and trimming foliage back at least 2 feet allows for adequate airflow around the condenser.
When your air conditioner needs more than regular maintenance, hire a professional service technician. Our technicians will find and fix problems in your air conditioning system.
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your a tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/