Q: How often should I change my filters?

A: When they appear dirty. Every house is different. Doors open more with children and pets, so those houses may need a filter change more than someone without children or pets. It also depends on the type of filter you buy.
The tighter it’s woven the more dust it will catch, causing it to clog sooner. We recommend you check your filter once a month until you know how often it should be cleaned or replaced. Keep in mind that it will be dirtier in warmer months due to open windows and doors.

Q. Is annual heating maintenance necessary?

A. YES! Your heating system is a finely tuned piece of machinery that is designed to squeeze the most heat from your energy dollars. Your heating system operates for months on end and if one of the components of that system is not working in harmony with the rest of the furnace, you are losing efficiency and money.
Annual maintenance inspections often spot small problems before they become large, and very expensive repairs.
Annual maintenance can also spot dangerous operating conditions that could lead to the production of carbon monoxide, which could be a potentially deadly situation. A comprehensive annual safety inspection and precision tune up takes time and should be performed with care.

Q. Is it necessary to have my air conditioning maintained regularly?

A. Absolutely! Annual maintenance on your air conditioner can mean big savings on your air conditioning bills. Some studies have shown that proper annual maintenance can save you up to 30% on your energy bills. A well maintained unit will also last longer and break down less, saving you more money in the long run.
In addition to professionally performed annual maintenance you also play an important part in keeping your system operating efficiently by making sure your furnace air filter is kept very clean. A dirty filter will affect the efficiency of a central air conditioning system much quicker than a furnace. Clean or change the filter regularly!

Q. How can I make my system more efficient?

A. The easiest way is to have maintenance done. Make sure ducts are sealed and make sure filters are clean.

Q. Why does my unit run so often?

A. Today’s digital thermostats are much more efficient than older thermostats. They are programmed to keep the temperature with 1/100th of a degree where older analog thermostats would keep the temperature within two degrees. So in heating mode, you set it to 70 degrees it wouldn’t come on until it got down to 68 degrees. Today’s thermostats cause shorter run times but cycle more often which in the long run is more efficient and keeps a much more comfortable indoor climate.

Q. Should I cover my air conditioning unit?

A. YES, as long as it is done properly. Keeping wet leaves, pine needles and the salt air we have here in southeastern New Jersey, out of your condenser coils, will help your unit survive longer. When covering your unit you want to use a material that will let the unit breath and let moisture escape, like canvas. Vinyl covers are also great as long as they are a vented type. Covering your unit with a blue tarp and sealing it tight will cause moisture to be trapped in the unit causing rusting and corroding to happen quicker than if it wasn’t covered at all. If you don’t want to cover you unit, it should be at least washed out in the spring with fresh water.