HVAC FAQs in Palm Springs
Our Palm Springs HVAC Service Team Can Answer Your Questions
At Blair Heating & Air, we encourage our customers to actively educate themselves on the different features and needs of their air conditioning and heating system. Despite our 24/7 emergency service, we can only do so much for your HVAC and half of the responsibility for maintaining your equipment still relies on you. We also recognize that you may have questions about your air conditioning or heating system that don’t necessarily require a service per se and we are more than happy to provide you with answers. Our goal has always been the comfort and happiness of our customers and we strive to make this happen by helping you every way we can. See our responses to some of the most frequently asked questions about air conditioning and heating systems in Palm Springs and the rest of Coachella Valley.
Is There Something I Should Check Before Calling a Technician?
Our Palm Springs HVAC service team knows that discovering that your equipment is not working can send anyone into a full panic mode. However, just to be sure, you may want to check if the air handler or furnace is plugged in. Make sure as well that the breakers and disconnects are turned on and the thermostat is set at the right temperature. If after this checklist, your HVAC is still not working, call Blair Heating & Air immediately.
How Do I Know if My HVAC System is Big Enough?
Don’t be easily swayed by design or advanced features when purchasing a new air conditioning or heating replacement. Make sure first that the size is the most suitable for your Palm Springs home. Bigger is definitely not always better, often resulting in inefficiency and excess charges on your utility bills. When purchasing for an air conditioning or heating replacement, contact our highly skilled technicians so that we can provide you with a heat load calculation that can determine the proper unit size that you need. We can also make recommendations and install this for you in a quick and efficient manner.
If the System Has More Capacity, Does that Mean It’s Better?
A larger HVAC system with more capacity doesn’t necessarily mean better. Most of the time, these types of systems deliver less comfort and are more costly to operate. An air conditioner with more capacity run on several short cycles, turning on and off repeatedly, making it less efficient and unable to remove humidity from the air effectively. To know which air conditioner capacity is right for your home, we recommend that you contact our highly skilled technicians. We can do a thorough inspection of your home and help you make informed decisions on the right air conditioner capacity that can give you the highest level of comfort.
What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat?
The temperature on your thermostat usually depends on the season outside. Since the summer months in Palm Springs can extend up to nine months, it may be safe to say that you only have to set your thermostat twice. On hot, humid days, the common temperature setting is 78° to 80° while in the winter, the average is around 70° to 72°. Don’t try to set your thermostat to drastic temperatures such as lower than 5° as this can cause your unit to work harder, making it more prone to wear and tear and other system problems.
What Maintenance Should I Do on My HVAC System?
Your air conditioner and heating system are composed of several intricate parts that only a professional should handle. The best maintenance that you can do for your HVAC system is to ensure that they are clean. Make sure to change your air conditioning and furnace filters once a month to ensure efficiency. If you have cloth filters, you should also have this cleaned monthly. Keep your dogs or cats away from your system as well. In the years that we have been in this business, we have seen how your beloved pet’s urine can cost expensive damages to your system.
How Can I Increase the Efficiency & Life of My Home’s HVAC System?
When you want your air conditioning and heating system to work at its peak performance every time, make sure that you keep it clean and change the filters regularly. It is also advisable to have your system inspected by our highly skilled Palm Springs HVAC service team annually for proper overall maintenance that can extend the lifespan of your equipment. You may also want to observe your HVAC system for signs of issues such as leaks, strange noises, and odors, as well as frequent breakdowns. At the first sign of a problem, keep in mind that Blair Heating & Air is here to help fix your heating and cooling systems 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What Size Should My HVAC System Be?
HVAC systems aren’t quite as simple as sizing something like a shirt or pair of shoes—there’s no good rule of thumb for determining size, and even homes of the exact same square footage can use completely different-sized systems based on their layout and their existing cooling infrastructure. Generally, one ton of air conditioning capacity is enough to cool anywhere from 300 to 800 square feet, but that number depends heavily on the layout of your home.
The best way to find out how large of a system you should purchase is to have your home professionally evaluated by an air conditioning expert. An expert will carefully analyze everything from your home’s layout to register and duct locations to duct size and even take your current system’s performance into account. Using this information, they’ll make a recommendation which offers peak energy efficiency and system performance.
How Often Should I Check My Air Filter?
The average American home has a pretty serious indoor air quality problem, and one of the biggest contributors to that issue is dirty air filters. For most homeowners, your air filter is an out-of-sight, out-of-mind thing, and that leads to filters filling up and becoming less effective. So naturally, you should be checking and changing or cleaning your air filter to ensure maximum performance and optimal air quality.
You should be checking your air filter every month. The best way to remember: simply put a monthly reminder in your phone that notifies you around the same time every month. Checking your filter takes just a few minutes, requires no tools or handiwork skills, and is easy for anybody. Just lift the door on your indoor unit, loosen the hook which holds the filter over your return vent, and check the side which faces into the vent. If it’s gray and dirty, replace or clean your filter.
For any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (760) 853-5027!