Thermal Pro Climates HVAC 101 Study Guide

HVAC 101

A Quick Study Guide for Homeowners

Repair or Replace my existing System?
As a rule of thumb, replace your existing home comfort system when repairs cost 30% of a new purchase—or when utility bills have increased 50% as a result of older, less efficient systems using more, higher-priced electricity.
Repair Cost
How much can I save with new Equipment?
Air conditioning and heating equipment consume about 44% of a home’s energy bill. Today’s ENERGY STAR® qualified systems are as much as 60% more efficient than 10-year-old equipment.
Save Money
Is a Central HVAC System really necessary?
In new homes or remodels, a central home comfort system is the best solution for overall comfort and superior indoor air quality and humidity control.
Central HVAC
What is the best Thermostat for my System?
Look for a programmable thermostat for accurate, reliable, energy-saving performance. For added savings and convenience, our Residential Communicating Control with Wi-Fi® support works with mobile devices to easily program your system wherever you are.
How to choose the right contractor?
Seek out a contractor who is associated with a recognized brand. If they are backed by the product and training resources of a major manufacturer, you will feel confident that you’re getting the home comfort system that best meets your needs.
How to select the right home comfort system?
Get solid advice from an expert. The right contractor can perform a load calculation or an energy analysis to determine your operating costs. After getting to know your needs, he can customize a system just for you.
How complicated is a new system installation?
That depends on the house and the system. While air conditioners and gas furnaces require different components, the common denominator is ductwork, which must be properly sized and zoned for proper system performance. Your contractor can evaluate your existing setup and tell you how simple your installation will be.
Can I reuse any of my existing system components?
Every system is different. After a thorough inspection of your electrical system, ductwork and other components, your contractor will provide a rundown of what you need to replace and what you can keep.
Reuse Component
How to improve indoor air quality?
Indoor air can be from five to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Adding humidifiers, dehumidifiers, ventilation systems, UV lights and air filter technologies can dramatically improve your indoor air quality.
What about winterizing my AC Unit?
If you want to enjoy your Air Conditioning long-term it is mandatory to prepare the outdoor unit for the winter season. Since the main reason for system faults are dirt and animal damage the unit should be cleaned out well and covered from the top to keep snow and ice out.
How often do I need to replace my furnace filter?
Check and change or clean your furnace filter on a regular basis to keep your furnace working to its optimal performance. Depending on the system there are some specifications to consider while choosing the right filter. A clogged or wrong filter could cause your furnace to break down.