You should have your HAVE system inspected at least once a year to ensure that your HVAC system is operating properly.
Most Manufacturers provide a standard 5 year limited warranty with an extended limited warranty (5 additional years ) once your system is registered. Certain manufacturers offer labor extended warranty and some Manufacturers offer a limited lifetime warranty.
Depending on your needs and expectations out of your HVAC system will determine what is best for you. There is not a one size fits all solution. Some things to consider- noise level, smart system, and energy efficiency.
Check the current cost of your energy bill- are they highest during peak operation time (hottest/coldest times of the year)? If your your system is 10 years old or older, it's past it's warranty and requires an expensive repair. If your system is just not working the way it should.
Depending on how active is your home, filters can last couple weeks to a couple of months.
We recommend you should at least inspect your air filter once a month. If you have pets, you may need to replace your air filters more often.
In our Florida climate most homes are combating humidity inside their home. Dehumidifiers are suggested if you are living by the ocean/ or large bodies of water. If your home is not maintaining humidity level below 55% in your home you might need a dehumidifier.
You should have your air ducts inspected once every 2 years to ensure that it is a sealed air duct system and is clean. We would recommend that you have your air ducts cleaned every 5-7 years depending on your household conditions.
The size of your HVAC system depends on the size of your home. Ideally you want a system that is well balanced and will provide the maximum level of comfort and efficiency for your home.
There are quite a few variations of Air conditioning systems. heat pumps, electric, and gas furnaces here in Florida, as well as a number of brands. We would recommend selecting a system that will meet your budget and needs out of the system. Consult with our professionals and we can give you recommendations on the heating and air conditioning system that will be best for your needs.
If you're experiencing coughing, stuffy nose, or allergy flare ups while at home it could be your indoor air quality! There are several things you can do to improve your indoor air quality- Clean your duct system, Clean your HVAC system, install air purifiers, or install air scrubbers. We would also recommend that you have your indoor air quality tested.
Here are (3) at-home air quality tests you can handle on your own. (See Below)
You might need to call a professional if you are experiencing health symptoms that might be caused by poor air quality. A professional will be able to run several tests at once and know exactly what to look for when inspecting your home's air quality for potential danger zones. They can also help you figure out a game plan to improve the air quality in your home.
1) Carbon Monoxide Testing
Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that comes from the fumes of gas appliances like stoves, ovens, grills, fireplaces, furnaces and water heaters. When carbon monoxide leaks and builds up, it can poison the people and animals breathing it in your home. Carbon monoxide poisoning causes flu-like symptoms that can make you pass out and even kill you. Fortunately, installing carbon monoxide detectors to measure the levels in your home and alert you of problems is an easy way to protect yourself and your family.
2) Radon Testing
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, so testing your home for this contaminant is a smart move. It's a radioactive gas that naturally occurs as uranium breaks down in the soil and it can seep into your home and silently poison you. The good news is that if you find high radon levels from testing, you can do some simple home renovations to seal and caulk foundation cracks and reduce radon exposure. You can purchase at-home radon tests at most home improvement stores or you can get discounted kits from the National Radon Program Services at Kansas State University. Tests typically use a charcoal reading that is collected in your home over a specific period of time. Then you mail the testing materials to a lab and get your results.
3) Allergens & Other Indoor Pollutants Testing
If you want to continuously monitor common pollutants in your home, the Speck might be the solution for you. This device allows you to measure the levels of harmful particles over time, so you can make changes to your behavior to reduce contaminants in your house and improve your air quality. The Speck detects fine particles and alerts you about changes and trends in contaminant concentration. You can actually borrow a free Speck device from local libraries, just like checking out a book. If you want to purchase one to track your air quality for a longer period of time, you can buy a Speck for $149-$199 per device.