A/C Frequently Ask Questions

Aug 13, 2021 | AC, HVAC | 0 comments

Your home cooling system is highly complex, and trying to understand and trying to take the best care can be a challenge. But don’t panic; the experts at Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air are here to assist. To help you get to know a little more about your HVAC system, we have assembled a top-five list of the most commonly asked questions, as well as their answers about your A/C System.  

What Does HVAC Stand For?

HVAC represents the first letters of the main parts within your home heating and cooling system. It signifies the core functions of the system: heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. This includes units within your home that keep the temperature steady and your air clean. In particular, your furnace, heat pump, air conditioning, ductwork, indoor air quality components (air filters, humidifiers, and purifiers), and thermostat. However, today we will center around the AC part of your system. 

If this sound is loud and alarming, Should I Replace My A/C Unit?

There are a couple of main things to keep in mind when thinking about replacing your A/C system. Including, but not limited to, how updated your current system is, how often you use your AC unit, and if you have maintained your system regularly. For example, changing your air filter at least every 90 days and completing your annual check-outs and tune-ups. With the proper care, your AC unit can last between 15-20 years.

How Often Does My Air Filter Need to be Changed? 

As stated above, the general rule is to replace the air filter in your AC once every 90 days. On top of that, you want to consider what time of the year it is, the size of your household, if you own any pets, how old your unit is, and where you live. For instance, if it’s the summer, you live in the city and have three kids, a dog, and a cat, it is suggested to change your filter every 30 days. In reverse, if it’s winter, you live in the country with no kids or pets, you can most likely get away with changing your air filter every 4-6 months. However, if you are unsure and want to know the best option for your household, call the specialists at Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air.

How I Decrease My Energy Output While Saving Money?

On average, 50% of your home’s energy consumption is caused by your HVAC system. Luckily, there are several ways in which you can decrease your energy output while saving money. Such as investing in a smart thermostat. This improved technology will help control the temperature in your home by connecting to your thermostat from your mobile device, allowing you to set the temperature when you are away. Moreover, it will also learn your energy preferences and create a schedule in line with your temperature needs.

Additionally, you can have an energy audit done on your home. This audit will calculate your home’s energy to discover where you are using the most power. Lastly, scheduling regular maintenance on your system is key. If not done regularly, particles can get trapped within your air ducts. Resulting in lower airflow and damage to your system and ultimately cost more money over time. To avoid wasting energy within your home, schedule your annual tune-up with Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air today. 

Why Is My AC Making an Odd Noise? 

All AC units will make some noise; however, if this noise seems loud and constant, it could be a problem within the machine itself. If this odd noise is continuous, our experts suggest scheduling a diagnostic. During a diagnostic, a certified technician can identify the problem and provide options to fix it. Keep in mind; it is essential to locate where the noise is originating because if not, there could be expensive costs in the near future. 

Need more information?

All in all, knowing how to keep your A/C in tip-top shape is crucial. However, if you have any questions that we did not address or need to schedule a service with one of our HVAC experts, Call Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air today at (937) 502-3842, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!