10 frequently asked HVAC Questions, Answered

Every homeowner who has heating, cooling and ventilation systems, wants it to work efficiently and effectively. Here are some questions we frequently get asked:

1. How do I choose an air filter for my HVAC system?

Every system has their own specific sized filter, this can be found on the current filter in the system. If you suffer from asthma or allergies, a higher-grade filter is best. Pleated air filters are good for reducing allergens; however they cannot be left in the unit for too long or they will become clogged.

2. How do I know if my HVAC system is running safely?

We always recommend having working carbon monoxide and fire detectors in your home. This is also a Wisconsin state requirement. This can give you peace of mind that your HVAC system is not a hazard. 

3. How can I increase efficiency and the lifespan of my HVAC equipment?

The best way to improve your systems efficiency and increase it’s lifespan is by regularly changing its filters and keeping it clean. We recommend having your system serviced once a year for a tune-up. Other ways to increase efficiency include having a programmable thermostat, keeping curtains closed and making sure no vents are blocked from airflow, etc.

4. Does adjusting the thermostat up or down really save money on energy bills?

The short answer is yes, adjusting your thermostat up or down can save you money on your energy bill. However we do not recommend – Starting up and shutting down consumes a lot of energy so changing the temperature frequently causes unnecessary wear and tear on not only t6. he thermostat but on your HVAC system as a whole. 

5. How often should I have my heating & cooling systems serviced?

It is recommended to have your heating and cooling systems serviced at least once a year. This will increase the lifespan and efficiency.

6. What size system does my home require?

If your HVAC system is too large, then you are paying more for no reason and adding additional wear and tear to your equipment. If your HVAC system is too small, you may not be able to cool or heat your house efficiently enough. To determine the correct size system, you will need to calculate your square footage, determine your base BTUs and pick your unit. Technicians will do a Rescheck or Manual J, which helps increase the accuracy of your system size by looking at other factors such as your local climates, insulation of your home, etc. 

What is SEER rating and why is it important?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER is the ratio of cooling output of an AC over a regular cooling season, then divided by the energy it uses in Watt-Hours. This ratio is calculated over an entire cooling season using a constant indoor temperature. The higher the SEER rating, the greater the energy efficiency of the system. 

8. How long will my HVAC system last?

Your HVAC system should typically last 15-20 years, but there are factors that play into this time frame. Changing your air filters often and regularly servicing your systems can help increase longevity. If you have any worries about your heating & cooling system, it is best to have it checked out sooner than later. 

9. Does Furnace or AC brand matter?

The brand of your furnace/AC can make a difference, but is not the most important part in the life of your HVAC system. No matter the brand, if your system isn’t installed to the manufacturing code, you could be losing out on money. Who installs your system and the attention to details is more important than the equipment itself. 

10. How much will my new Air Conditioner or Furnace cost?

The only way to have an exact price on your installation is by having a technician come out to your home to do a free estimate. This ensures that you are getting the best price. 

Factors that go into pricing include: 

  • Efficiency of the equipment
  • Whether your system is single-stage, two-stage or variable speed
  • The size of your home
  • Whether or not ductwork is needed
  • Condensation pump considerations

Air Conditioner replacement can range from $4,500 – $12,000
Furnace replacement can range from $4,000 – $8,000
Full system replacement can range $8,000 – $18,000

Have any other questions? Feel free to send us an email at NorthlandProHVAC@gmail.com or message us. We can also be reached by texting or calling 715-580-0741

Fall Energy Saving Tips

Save money and be comfortable in your home with these fall home energy saving tips.

1. Maintain your Heating System

To maximize the life of your furnace or boiler, schedule regular service and replace filters as needed. We recommend scheduling a tune-up every year. Get on our schedule here.

2. Lower your Water Heating Costs

Lowering the temperature of your water heater just a few degrees could save you money. Another option to increase energy-efficiency is adding an insulating blanket over your water heater. This can be found in hardware stores or online in all sizes to easily fit around your unit to hold in heat. 

3. Seal any Leaks

In order to make your house as efficient and comfortable for you, it’s important that all the air leaks around utility pipes be sealed. There are many other places where this can happen such as recessed ceiling lights or cupboards in kitchens–so get up there with some caulk!

4. Adjust your Thermostat

When you are at home, try to set your thermostat to a lower temperature that is still comfortable! At nighttime we recommend turning your thermostat back 5-15 degrees (or what you can be comfortable with). This will also help with energy efficiency, so it pays off in more ways than one! Many people forget to lower their thermostats at night, which is where you can benefit from choosing a smart thermostat to adjust your temperatures according to a set schedule. 

5. Drafty Windows

Keep your curtains tight to the windows and or use heavy duty plastic sheets that can stick to your window frames. The tightness will reduce infiltration on cold air.

6. Use the Sun 

The sun is an incredible source of heat. Open up your curtains where the sun is facing during the day to naturally heat your home. Close them at night to reduce the chill effect.  

7. Check Registers

Make sure your registers are not covered.  If you have a register that is obstructed or covered in any way, it could lead to that particular room being colder than the rest of the house. If you have furniture that is blocking registers and cannot be moved, consider vent extenders that redirect the air.

8. Add a Humidifier 

Adding a humidifier can help make lower temperatures feel warmer. This option can also help protect your home furnishing from the dry air. If exposed to dry air too long, furniture can splinter and crack. A humidifier can also improve your family’s overall health. 

9. Reverse your Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans should be moving clockwise to help push warmer air from the ceiling back down. This can help in maintaining evenly warm temperatures in your home.