Your questions answered: HVAC FAQs. Breathe Healthier Air Inc in Stuart can answer all your HVAC-related questions. Before you get on the phone, browse these to see if we already responded to your question online. If you don’t see your question listed or want more information on a particular topic, give us a call at 772-600-7151. Our experts can offer you the information you’re looking for in an instant. Why does my home comfort system need regular maintenance? Like any product you want to keep in good shape, HVAC equipment requires proper care in order to deliver the maximum benefits. Trained experts can service your heating and cooling products to make sure they’re working at their top potential and help prevent more pricey repairs in the middle of the hottest or coldest months of the year. Where can I find prices for Lennox products? Breathe Healthier Air Inc in Stuart can price out individual systems or multiple home comfort products for you. Call 772-600-7151 to learn more. What is two-stage heating? Two-stage heating allows the furnace to heat at two levels of output: high for cold winter days and low for mild ones. Around 80 percent of the time, your home’s heating requirements can be met when the furnace is kept on the low setting, enabling your two-stage unit to run for longer periods of time. Two-stage units also give more even heat distribution, fewer temperature swings, quiet operation, improved air filtration and energy efficiency. What is Precise Comfort™ technology? Precise Comfort™ technology is an operating and control system used in Lennox furnaces. The technology can automatically adjust heat by increments as small as 1 percent, improving energy efficiency and helping you experience precise comfort. Will my new furnace work differently than my old one? Modern furnaces are developed with a number of innovative features older furnaces don’t have. Today’s heating systems offer more even heating and are better at governing airflow. Although the air coming out of your vents may seem cooler than your old furnace, the airflow is much better and more efficient. Another benefit of modern furnaces is their ability to integrate with other HVAC products as part of a high-efficiency whole home comfort system. When combined with a high-efficiency air conditioner, furnace blowers can more easily accommodate add-on cooling. Other innovations, such as Precise Comfort™ technology and variable speed motors, will help your furnace run more efficiently and quieter than ever. What is the energy efficiency standard for air conditioners? The Department of Energy recently raised the minimum efficiency levels for air conditions, and the standards vary by region. Contact Breathe Healthier Air Inc at 772-600-7151 to find out the requirements for the Stuart area. How can I reduce my energy costs? Lennox carries a variety of HVAC products with high efficiency ratings, which can help cut back the amount of energy they require to operate. Aside from picking products that have received Energy Star® certification or achieved high SEER ratings for air conditioners or AFUE ratings for furnaces, you can think about the following: Maintenance – ensuring your system receives regular maintenance by a trained professional can keep your system working at its peak performance. Zoning – zoning systems allow you to only heat or cool only targeted areas of your home, so you won’t have to pay to heat or cool spaces that you don’t usually use. Programmable thermostats – using a programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature in your home around your schedule. They can be programed to give you the comfort you desire when you’re home, and increase or decrease the temperature while you’re not around, helping you save on heating and cooling costs. Why should I buy a Lennox product? There are various reasons to pick Lennox, but the top three are: Lennox is a name you know and trust – known throughout the world for quality HVAC products, you can rest assured Lennox will provide you with high quality equipment. Innovative and high quality products – Lennox has been on the cutting edge of innovation in the heating and cooling industry for years. High quality furnaces, air conditioners and home comfort systems include innovative features to help your home stay more comfortable and energy efficient. Reputation of excellence – high quality products are not the only arena Lennox excels in. Lennox dealers, like Breathe Healthier Air Inc, give you high quality service at all times, from your first consultation to your routine maintenance appointments. How can I improve my home’s indoor air quality? Strategies to increase your indoor air quality can be as easy as vacuuming your home to something as large as adding a new ventilation system. Overall, good IAQ has four strategies: Eliminate – decrease the pollutants floating in your air by cleaning your home often, particularly vacuuming carpet, washing linens and safely storing household chemicals. Ventilate – make sure your home is well-ventilated to move airborne pollutants out of your home. In newer homes, well-done insulation will hinder ventilation, so Lennox systems such as the Healthy Climate® ventilation system can help. These systems bring fresh air from outside into your home and direct the stale air out. Clean – the right air filters, such as our Healthy Climate® air filters, will make sure the smallest particles don’t get through and are let out into your home. Germicidal lights can kill the germs that do make it through, and purification systems like the PureAir™ will help diminish odors and chemical vapors. Monitor – keep your humidity levels in check with a programmable thermostat. High temperatures and humidity levels can raise concentrations of mold, mildew and germs. A programmable thermostat will make sure that your home is comfortable without letting humidity get too high. How do I know which indoor air quality product will work best for my home? Try utilizing our Healthy Solution Finder, where you can select the indoor air quality concerns that affect your home. After you pick the items that apply, the system will show the IAQ products that meet your needs. You can also call Breathe Healthier Air Inc and walk our techs through some of the concerns you experience. They can evaluate your home and needs and provide options and solutions. How does an air conditioner work? Many homeowners believe that air conditioners make the air in your home cooler, but it actually removes the heat from inside your home, directing the hot air outside. That hot air flows across a cold indoor coil where refrigerant in the lines sends the heat to the coil in your outdoor unit, releasing the hot air outside. This process continues until the indoor temperature reaches the desired level that you set on your thermostat. What is the minimum energy efficiency standard for air conditioners in my state? Due to the amount of energy used by heating and cooling systems, the Department of Energy (DOE) increased the minimum efficiency levels for air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2015. These levels are determined by region and carry varying requirements based on your location. Breathe Healthier Air Inc can help answer any questions you may have regarding these minimum requirements and let you know what choices are available when you’re in the market for a replacement system. How can I confirm the model and serial numbers for my cooling unit? These numbers are located on a nameplate or sticker that is near your system’s service panel. The sticker should be white with black letters and have both of these numbers located at the top of the sticker. M/N stands for model number while S/N is your serial number. What size equipment do I need for my home? There are a couple ways to determine what size system will best suit your home, but the most reliable way to size a system is by having your local Breathe Healthier Air Inc technician come out and perform a load calculation. This calculation considers your home’s: square footage, insulation value, amount of insulation, and a variety of other factors. Can frost, ice, dirt or other debris keep the outdoor unit of my cooling system from operating effectively? The short answer is “Yes.” Dirt and other debris can inhibit your system’s ability to work efficiently. For heat pumps, it is not unusual to have frost or ice on them during the winter, but they also include defrost controls to ensure they work efficiently in those types of conditions. What is two-stage cooling? Two-stage cooling means that your cooling unit has two levels of operation. When summer is in its hottest weeks, the high setting kicks in, and when it’s cooler or more mild, the low setting handles the duties. Usually, the lower setting is able to take care of your cooling needs, but even when the high setting starts up, you may not realize it because it can generate such even temperatures for your comfort. This can also mean a quieter cooling system, greater efficiency and improved humidity control. Why is my cooling unit freezing up? Your system could be freezing up for a variety of reasons, but the most common are dirty filters, low refrigerant, a dirty evaporator coil and/or a faulty blower motor. Changing a filter is something any homeowner take care of; however, you’ll need to call the professionals at Breathe Healthier Air Inc at 772-600-7151 for other problems or if you have other questions or concerns. What is the best thermostat to use for my cooling system? Picking the best thermostat for your cooling system comes with a lot to think about. That’s why it’s nice to have such a wide variety of choices from Breathe Healthier Air Inc. Whether you’re looking for a programmable or non-programmable thermostat or want to join the smart home trend, there are a variety of thermostats that you have to select from. Some thermostats will depend on what type of heating and cooling system you have, but the experts at Breathe Healthier Air Inc will be able to help determine what options meet your needs and your budget. What is a heat pump? Heat pumps can be a bit confusing due to their name, but they actually take care of both your heating and cooling needs throughout the year. When it’s hot outside it works like an air conditioner in that it removes heat from your home, but when it cools off, the process gets switched around and it collects heat from outside and brings it inside. Heat pumps are also very efficient, and might produce up to two or three times more heat than the energy it uses. When replacing the outdoor unit, should the indoor unit also be replaced? Of course we advise you to also replace your indoor system, but this is why: All outdoor cooling systems have a matching indoor unit that they are intended to work with to ensure efficient performance. When they aren’t paired with the other unit as a complete system, efficiency may be diminished. As with most products, advancements have brought about newer, more efficient ways of doing things. Heating and cooling systems are no different. These advances most importantly include improved heating and cooling efficiency, but also include improved air handling, filtering and noise pollution reduction to name a few. Heating and cooling systems that are more than 10-15 years old usually need to be replaced. Not only do they consist of outdated technology, but they are also less efficient than today’s models. Adding a new indoor unit at the same time means you’ll have a matched system to provide you with even more comfort and efficiency for years to come. How do I know my solar HVAC system is performing to its potential? The communication module on your SunSource® Home Energy System sends the system’s performance data for each module to a website. You may visit this website to learn about the system’s status, energy production and environmental benefits. The site also shows real time updates of carbon offsets. Is an Internet connection necessary to use the SunSource® communication module? Yes, an Internet connection is required for you to take advantage of the online monitoring system, which includes viewing energy production and environmental benefit information. The system’s performance-monitoring website is offered by an independent third party, Enphase Energy Inc., and the monitoring service is provided at no cost for five years. Should I clean my solar modules? In most locations, rain will be enough to keep the solar modules clean. If you live in a dusty or industrial area, periodically spraying the modules with water can help improve performance. However, detergents and high-pressure hoses should never be used to wash solar modules. What is the best thermostat for my HVAC system? The right thermostat for you depends on your heating and cooling equipment. Breathe Healthier Air Inc offers programmable and nonprogrammable thermostats that can help enhance the efficiency of your HVAC systems. Check out our available products or contact us at 772-600-7151 to learn more. How can I control my energy costs? Heating and cooling can contribute to a significant chunk of your utility expenses. The innovative and high efficiency heating and air conditioning products available from Lennox® can help reduce these costs. If you’re in the market for a new heating and/or cooling system, look for products with high SEER ratings for air conditioners and AFUE ratings for furnaces. SEER and AFUE are a measure of equipment efficiency, and the higher the number, the more efficient the product. Aside from purchasing a new home comfort system, consider these factors: 1. Is your product regularly maintained? Whether it’s a furnace or air conditioner, HVAC systems will run more efficiently after regular maintenance checks. 2. Do you need a zoning system? If there are spaces of your home that are rarely used, a zoning system will allow you to heat or cool only the commonly used areas of your house. 3. Are you taking advantage of a programmable thermostat? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, programmable thermostats can reduce your heating costs by up to 35 percent, and your cooling costs by up to 25 percent. What are the benefits of zoning systems? Zoning your home allows you you the ability to section off parts of your house and control the temperature differently in each area. Zoning tends to be ideal for when you have spaces of your house that are infrequently used or when you and your family are always in disagreement of how hot or cold it ought to be inside. Zoning systems are nearly silent and efficient, giving you more control over the comfort of your house. Find out more about the zoning systems available from Breathe Healthier Air Inc.