What does HVAC stand for?
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
What are the benefits of a variable speed furnace?
Variable speed technology provides customers with superior solutions to heating and energy savings. The term “variable speed” simply refers to the ability of a furnace (or heat pump) to automatically vary its operating speed. This means it operates more efficiently because its outputs vary according to the conditions of the home, rather than running at full or single reduced capacity. Overall, variable furnaces are built for comfort. Plus, they run more efficiently by operating smarter.
How often should I replace my filter?
This depends largely on the time of year, how much you are using your Air Conditioner or Furnace and what type of filter you’re using. The air filter in your HVAC system likely needs to be changed either once a month or once every three months, depending on the type of filter. You should check the product information on the filters for the manufacturer’s suggested frequency change or be sure to ask your comfort specialist at Liberty Heating and Cooling for more information.
Where is my filter located?
Most air filters are located on the side of the furnace. The filter should easily pull out of its slot on the furnace. To replace the filter, slide the old filter our and new filter into place making sure the arrows on the new filter follow the air flow. Remember: Every house is different. A good rule of thumb is to check it monthly.
What is the proper indoor humidity level?
The ideal relative humidity level in your home is between 30-60 percent, depending on the season. During the heating season, when the outside air temperature is below 15 degrees, the relative humidity should not exceed 30%. In very cold weather, the humidity will need to fall below 30% to prevent condensation or frost of the windows. In the summer months, the humidity should not exceed 55%.
Whole-house humidifier, do I really need one?
To maintain comfort and fresh air in your home, maintaining optimal humidity is key. A humidifier can be installed directly into your cooling and heating system. During the winter months, it introduces humidity into the air at the source (your heating ducts). The level of humidity is then monitored and controlled by your thermostat, just like the temperature is, and an even level of moisture can be released into your house all year long. Turning up the thermostat will raise the temperature in your home, but it won’t necessarily make you feel more comfortable. Installing a whole house humidifier can help you feel warmer at lower temperature settings.
What is a HRV?
Heat recovery ventilation, also known as HRV or air-exchanger, is a simple device installed by professionals that keeps heat in your home while moving stale air out and fresh air in. HRV’s are ideal for moisture-prone homes because they replace the humid air with dry, fresh air.
How do I clean my electronic air cleaner?
Routine maintenance of your electronic air cleaner is critical for proper performance and efficiency. To clean, first turn off electronic air cleaner and remove the access door. Pull out the cells and filters. Use a garden hose with good pressure to rinse clean and if they are very dirty, you can spray them with a mild household detergent and let soak for a minute. Spray clean with good pressure. Let the cells and filters air-dry. Be sure to not re-install them until they are completely dry. Once both the cells and filters are re-installed, replace access door and turn unit on.
What does a UV light do for my air quality?
UV air purifier removes potentially harmful viruses and bacteria. Some models can also remove or reduce odor, dust and pollen from your home as well. This device is installed with your new or existing HVAC system and improves overall air quality, comfort and HVAC efficiency in your home.
How often should my equipment be serviced?
We recommend having your HVAC equipment inspected, serviced and cleaned once a year. This helps to ensure it is operating at its peak energy efficiency and is ready to warm or cool your home during the months when you need it most. Your HVAC system accumulates dust and dirt in key areas that affect its efficiency. If left unchecked, your system can lose up to 5 percent of its operating efficiency each year due to the build-up. Annual inspections pay for themselves through improved energy efficiency, which will save you money on utility bills and will help to extend the life of your equipment.