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HVAC Questions | Heating and Cooling Questions

Q: How important is it to choose a heating and cooling contractor?
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It’s probably the single most important decision you have to make when considering your home heating and cooling system.  Not every contractor is licensed, bonded or insured and not every contractor invests in ongoing training. Costly mistakes can be made by inexperienced or untrained contractor. You’ll want to make sure you contractor is trained and qualified and that your equipment is properly sized.  When it comes to your home comfort and safety you definitely want to look for a contractor that is trained and qualified for the job.

Q: What credentials should I look for in a heating and cooling contractor?
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 You always want to make sure your heating and air conditioning contractor is licensed, bonded and insured – that is the bare minimum to look for.  Additionally you can look for other credentials that let you know this is a credible contractor.  Some credentials to look for are: Energy Trust Of Oregon trade ally, PGE Approved Contractor, also look for their level of training and certification like NATE.

Q: What does it mean to properly size heating and cooling equipment?
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Many people even other contractors think that bigger is better, when in fact it is not.  Equipment can be over-sized or undersized, but the most common mistake is over-sizing equipment.  Over-sized equipment will cost higher to run, reduces energy efficiency, reduces comfort and will most likely result in more service calls and issues.  It’s a BIG mistake that should be avoided.

Q: What is ENERGY STAR® and why is it important?
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ENERGY STAR® is an EPA (environmental protection agency) voluntary program, that helps individuals and businesses save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.  Many ENERGY STAR® products qualify for rebates and incentives through the utility companies.

Q: How important is it to maintain our furnace or heat pump?
A:
 It is extremely important to take care of your furnace or heat pump via a regularly scheduled maintenance agreement.  Depending on your situation we may recommend 1 or 2 times a year. During this appointment we do a thorough examination of your system to make sure it is operating properly.

Q: How often should I change my air filters?
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This depends a lot on the environment of the home.   For example; a home with a lot of pets or someone with allergies will want to change their air filter more frequently than others.

Q: Are things a homeowner can do to help increase the energy efficiency of their heating and cooling system?
A: Yes!  First, it is very important to regularly change the air filter on your heat pump or furnace. This one thing will help your equipment run at peak performance.  Second, make sure you schedule a safety and performance check-up at least once a year.

Q: What is a whole house air filter?
A:  
A whole house air filter is a high efficiency filter that filters the air anytime your heating or cooling system or fan is on.  Bruton Comfort Control is proud to offer the Aprilaire home filter systems.  Aprilaire filters provide the following:

  • Protection from mold spores, pet dander, pollen, bacteria and other harmful contaminants
  • Protection from loss of air flow which can reduce the life and efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment
  • Extended filter life and reduced maintenance cost

Q: Are there other tips or recommendations that help reduce the cost of home heating?
A:
Purchasing a programmable thermostat is a wise decision.  A programmable thermostat allows you to take control of your heating and cooling needs and is a big factor in helping to reduce monthly utility costs.

For more information on home heating and cooling OR to get an answer to one of your questions, contact our trained exerts today. We look forward to hearing from you. CALL: (503) 626-7477

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