NIR Air Conditioning and Heating FAQ

What is HVAC?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. The whole heating and cooling system consist of ductwork, air filters, humidification controls, registers and includes the exchange of fresh outside air into the circulation of the inside air within a building (commercial or residential). Regulatory ventilation involves providing temperature control and removal of moisture, odors and many other unpleasantries like airborne bacteria and gases from entering the home through the heating and AC system.

Do heating and air conditioning systems need regular maintenance?

Yes. Regularly scheduled maintenance and minor tune-ups can extend the lifespan of your HVAC system. Also, by maintaining your duct system, this may increase its efficiency by possibly catching issues before they become problematic and severe.

How often should I replace my filters (disposable and reusable)?

Once a month. For disposable filters, replace them at least once per month. As for reusable filters, it is best to clean them once per month as well. During windy seasons and raining seasons be sure to be extra vigilant since these extreme changes in weather carry more allergens in the air.

When is it time for me to call a professional?

Do you have the heater on and you are still cold and on the flip side, are you still sweating and you have the air conditioner running? It might be time to call us. Do you hear noises, see moisture spots, smell something funny, have increased energy bills or reduced efficiency in your heating and cooling? It’s time to call us. LINK on underlined.

Is a programmable thermostat right for me?

Simply put, a programmable thermostat is more energy efficient, more convenient and can often be linked to your mobile device to cool or heat your house before coming back home.

What is a recommended temperature setting on my thermostat?

We suggest setting your thermostat to 75-80 during the summer and hotter months and 68-72 in the colder months of the year.

Is it time for me to replace my air conditioning and heating system?

The average lifespan of an AC unit is about 12 years and most furnaces last about 15-20 years. Be aware of the overall efficiency of your HVAC system. Call us for an inspection and FREE estimate.

How important is indoor air quality?

The air quality inside your house is very important to not only your comfort level but to your health as well. Odors, humidity levels, allergens, and gases all play a factor in indoor air quality.

What is a furnace?

A furnace is a device that heats your building and offices. They require scheduled maintenance and repair to be fully effective.

What types of ventilation is there?

Natural ventilation is when air enters the building through open windows and doors. Older homes relied on this method but can be retrofitted to accommodate modern cooling and heating systems.

Spot airflow is the use of ceiling fans and exhaust fans pushing the air in, our and around the house/building.There are exhaust fans typically in your bathrooms and above the stove to vent heat and odors out of the interior.

Ductwork is the most common form of ventilation within a building. It provides fresh air, heating, and cooling throughout the entire interior.

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