How often should I have maintenance done on my heating/air conditioning? We Recommend maintaining your unit twice a year: Once on your air conditioning system in the Spring/ Summer Once on the heating system in the Fall/Winter. We recommend signing up for our Preventive Maintenance Agreement which is a great savings and offers additional benefits. By regular maintenances, this can help extend the life of your system. What temperature should I set my thermostat? We recommend that you set your thermostat at a temperature you are comfortable at. Obviously the time of year becomes a big factor for desired temperature settings. In the summer months the average temperature setting is 78 - 80 degrees, in the winter 70 -72 degrees seems to be the most common setting. Remember, when leaving your house; try to avoid setting your temperature back more than 5 degrees; this will cause your unit to cycle on and off longer to achieve the desired temperature setting. Should I close off registers in rooms of my home I don’t use as often? No. By closing off registers to certain rooms, you disrupt the air flow and efficiency. Your system will work harder, to cool/heat less space causing your system to cycle on more often. Every system is designed to heat/cool a certain number of square feet, so it’s best to leave all registers open. How often should I replace filters? For optimum efficiency we recommend replacing your filters once a month. (For customers with 4” filters, two-three times a year will be sufficient). Washable filters should be cleaned with warm water once a month and completely dry before re-installing. Please note that there are variables to changing your filters, based on how often you are running your system and what the weather is like ie: dusty, windy. What are the advantages of a programmable thermostat? Different programmable thermostats offer many different features. However, because they are electronic, they are all more accurate and efficient than thermostats that contain mercury. With programmable thermostats you can control the temperature in your home at different times of day without ever touching your thermostat. Because everything is automatic, you will never forget to change the setting on your own. We recommend the Honeywell Vision Pro 8000, Programmable Thermostat. One of our knowledgeable technicians can install and program this thermostat to your desired settings.. Because everything is automatic, you will never forget to change the setting on your own. We recommend the Honeywell Vision Pro 8000. Why should I have my ducts cleaned? Contaminants in your air can aggravate asthma and allergies. Our duct cleaning service can help eliminate mold spores and fungus while greatly improving your quality of air. Cleaning your air duct system can help extend the life of your HVAC equipment, and help it run more efficiently as well. How long will my system last? If all recommended maintenance and service actions are taken, an air conditioner can last 12 to 15 years and a gas furnace 20 to 25 years. At Trinity Heating & Air Conditioning we offer a money saving maintenance agreement to help upkeep your system. How can I help reduce my heating and cooling costs? You can help reduce your costs by cleaning your coil once a year, changing replaceable filters once a month, and keeping the thermostat at a constant temperature, rather than adjusting it often. Also keeping blinds and drapes shut on windows that are facing the sun. We also recommend limiting mid-day activities that can add moisture and humidity to the air, such as showering, washing/drying clothes, and running the dishwasher. Use ventilating fans when doing these activities during the heat of the day. How does a Heat Pump work? In the winter months, a heat pump extracts heat from the outside air and moves it into your home. Even in the coldest winter, there is heat available in your air. Temperatures would have to be -460 degrees, for no heat to be available in the air. In the summer months, heat is extracted form the air indoors, where it’s absorbed into the refrigerant inside the fan unit inside your closet, attic or basement. The refrigerant carries the heat to the outdoor unit, where it is transferred outside. When you remove the hot air inside, this makes the air cooler. What is a SEER rating? The SEER rating stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This rating is given to each air conditioning unit, and it indicates the minimum amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. The minimum SEER allowed today is 13. When buying a new Air Conditioning, look for units with the ENERGY STAR label with SEER ratings of 13 or higher. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unity is. SEER 13 is 30% more efficient than the previous minimum SEER 10. What is the difference between a packaged unit and a split system? A package unit or self contained unit requires no external coils, heating units or air handlers. This unit usually sits next to your house at ground level, or on your roof. A split system provides indoor and outdoor components to provide a complete home comfort system. A split system usually has a compressor outside and either an air handler or furnace inside your house. How do I know if my system is working properly? Is your house taking longer than usual to heat up or cool down? Is your unit starting to make noises? Is it cooling and/or heating all areas of the house evenly? Have your utility bills gone up for no apparent reason? Any of these are signs that you may need service to avoid any further serious damage to you system as well as keep your home or business comfortable for the people and pets in it. Doing regularly scheduled maintenance can help avoid costly repairs and help lengthen the life of your system. Should there be ice on my Air Conditioning unit refrigerant pipe? No. You should never have ice forming anywhere on the air conditioning unit or it’s refrigerant line set (copper pipe or tubes) as this is an indication of an improperly charged air conditioning system. This is usually a symptom of a low refrigerant charge but also can be attributed to a possible clog in the refrigerant line set. Either way this requires immediate attention and repair or damage to your system could be the result. How do I know if I should fix or replace my system? Typically if you have some major repairs and your system is 10 years or older, you may want to consider replacing it. When you have to invest large amounts of repairs on a system that is prone to continuous repairs, you have to weigh whether you want to keep dumping money into a failing system. What is Puron? Puron is an environmentally friendly refrigerant. It is also known a R-410A. As if January 2010, all new HVAC equipment manufactured has Puron as the refrigerant. It is much more efficient then R-22, and of course better for the environment. How can I increase the life of my heating and cooling system? - Change Filters Regularly - Install shades, blinds or shutters on doors that are exposed to extreme sunlight - Position your blower in the on position. This will help heat and cool your home more evenly and efficiently, and provide better    filtration.