Your questions answered: HVAC FAQs.

Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC in Hamilton 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 in this list or want more information on a topic, give us a call at 513-275-3601. Our experts can offer you the information you’re looking for in no time.
Just like you need to take your car in to the shop for routine tune-ups, such as oil changes or checking out probable problems, your home comfort system should be subject to the same kind of attention. Routine maintenance by a trained technician provides various benefits to your HVAC equipment, which can help your systems operate efficiently and prevent costly breakdowns.
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With two-stage heating, furnaces may work on two different levels: high and low. Since you can heat your home on the low setting a lot of the time, a two-stage furnace can operate longer and more efficiently. Two-stage heating also works more quietly than traditional furnaces and can offer more even heat distribution and fewer temperature swings.
Lennox’s Precise Comfort™ technology is an operating and control system that allows a furnace to adjust heat and airflow by incredibly small amounts, as low as a 1 percent change. The system is automatic and runs similar to cruise control, making adjustments gradually to meet your comfort demands with energy efficiency.

Depending on how old your previous furnace was, you could experience a variety of differences. Furnaces today are created to offer more even and efficient heating than ever before. Modern furnaces also better regulate temperature and air flow, moving more air over the heat exchanger than older furnaces.

Additionally, new furnaces are created to work with other high-efficiency HVAC products, such as air conditioners. The air conditioner blowers provide your heating system an extra bump so it can deliver cool air around your home efficiently. Special features like variable speed motors will also help reduce noise associated with operating your equipment and easily meet your family’s airflow needs.

The Department of Energy recently raised the minimum efficiency levels for air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units created after Jan. 1, 2015, since heating and cooling contributes significantly to a home’s total energy usage. The requirements vary by region, so call Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC for the efficiency standards for Hamilton.

Heating and cooling makes up a large portion of your monthly utility bill. Purchasing HVAC equipment with high efficiency ratings, such as SEER for air conditioners and AFUE for furnaces, is a simple step that can go a long way in reducing energy output. Beyond these ratings, also ponder:

  • Routine maintenance – regularly having an expert tune-up your equipment will keep it running at its greatest potential.
  • Adding a zoning system – by focusing your heating and cooling on the rooms you use most frequently, you won’t have to pay to heat or cool areas of your home that aren’t routinely used.
  • Installing a programmable thermostat – the Department of Energy estimates that a programmable thermostat can decrease heating costs by up to 35 percent and cooling costs by up to 25 percent. Leave it up to your thermostat to turn down the heat when you’re not around and go back to your preferred temperature when you’re home.

There are many reasons to choose Lennox, but the top three are:

  • You know and trust the name – Lennox is well-known around the world for its quality home comfort products.
  • Innovation and high quality – Lennox is an industry leader, offering a complete line of innovative solutions for your home comfort needs.
  • Commitment to excellence – We are dedicated to providing customers not only quality products, but also quality service. You can trust Lennox dealers, like those of us at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC, to help you find the right system for your home, expertly install it, and keep it operating smoothly every time.

Increasing your home’s indoor air quality starts with four basic strategies:

  • Eliminate – poor indoor air quality leaves your home filled with air pollutants floating around your home, so to improve IAQ, the first step is to get rid of as many pollutants as possible. You can easily do this is by cleaning and vacuuming at least once a week, routinely washing linens and storing cleaning products safely.
  • Ventilate – proper insulation is great for keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but it also makes it difficult for airborne pollutants to escape. Products like our Healthy Climate® ventilation system help swap out stale air for fresh, filtered outside air.
  • Clean – good ventilation and routine cleaning are a start, but Healthy Climate® air filters, germicidal lights and PureAire™ purification systems take your IAQ to the next level by capturing microscopic particles, killing germs and removing particles and germs while destroying chemical vapors.
  • Monitor – programmable thermostats will help you control the humidity levels and temperature to help prevent particles and germs from piling up and keep your home comfortable.
Our Healthy Solution Finder lets you select details specific to your family and home and will help you find equipment best suited to meet your needs. You may also consult with Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC pros who can make a recommendation based on their evaluations of your home and your current indoor comfort system.
You may be surprised to learn that air conditioners don’t technically make your home cooler; they actually remove the hot air and transfer it outside. This hot air blows across a refrigerant coil on the indoor unit and then is sent to the outdoor unit where it is released. Your air conditioner moves as much hot air outside as is necessary to reach the temperature you have set on your thermostat.
Minimum energy efficiency standards can vary by geographic location. Additionally, air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units made after Jan. 1, 2015, have higher minimum efficiency levels than HVAC products manufactured prior to that date. The team at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can help you determine the minimum requirements for Hamilton, let you know if your current equipment meets those requirements or help you find a replacement air conditioner that does.
Your system’s service panel has a white label on it, with your system’s model and serial numbers at the top. M/N stands for model number and S/N is the serial number.
Since equipment size needs differ for each home, the best way to find out the right size equipment for your home is to have a technician from Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC come out to perform load calculation tests. The tests take things like square footage, insulation value and amount, and more into account to determine your home’s individual HVAC equipment needs.
Yes – debris can limit your system’s ability to function effectively. It’s not uncommon for heat pumps to have frost or ice on them in the winter, but many include defrost controls so they can work efficiently regardless of the weather conditions.
When a cooling systems has two-stage cooling, it means that there are two levels of operation. This enables the system to work as efficiently as possible since there is one level for milder weather and another for harsher weather that demands the system work harder. Two-stage cooling also enables more even temperatures so you don’t experience extreme differences in temperature. Aside from better efficiency, other benefits of two-stage cooling include quieter operation and improved humidity control.
When your cooling unit freezes up, there are a couple of reasons why it could be doing so. The most typical reasons include: dirty filters, low refrigerant, a dirty evaporative coil and a faulty blower motor or relay. A dirty filter is something you can take care of as a homeowner, but the others need to be done by a professional like those at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC. Contact them at 513-275-3601 with any other questions.
Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC offers a number of great thermostat options for your HVAC systems. The best thermostat for you will depend on a couple variables, such as whether you want one that’s programmable or not. No matter what kind of thermostat you’d like – or if you’re searching for something that can fit with a home automation system – call Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC to hear about which thermostats you can choose from. Our team will help you find one that’s best for your system, your family’s needs and your budget.
A heat pump can tackle both your home’s heating and cooling needs, offering you one HVAC system that can be used year-round. During the warmer months, heat pumps act like an air conditioner, capturing the hot air from inside your home and directing it outside; in the cooler months, this process is reversed. Heat pumps can be very energy efficient and may produce two to three times more heat than the energy used.
At Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC, we do recommend replacing both your indoor and outdoor units at the same time because:
  • Nowadays, outdoor systems are built to work with their matching indoor system for the highest efficiency possible. When you replace just one of your systems, you may not see the same energy efficiency levels as if you had replaced them together.
  • Thanks to technological innovation, newer systems mean increased efficiency. This is also true for HVAC systems. While the advancements focus on higher heating and cooling efficiency, they also include benefits such as better air handling, filtering and noise reduction.
  • If your heating and cooling systems are 10+ years old, they need to be replaced. Older models have outdated technology that is likely adding to your energy costs due to poor efficiency. So by replacing your indoor system at the same time as your outdoor equipment, both your systems will provide better energy efficiency that helps you decrease your energy bills and keep your home more comfortable.
Yes. Your SunSource® Home Energy System has a communication module that transmits the system’s performance data to a website. The website shows your system’s status, energy production and environmental benefits, as well as carbon offsets in real time.
Yes, you will need an Internet connection if you want to make use of the system’s online monitoring system. The system allows you to view energy production and environmental information. The monitoring service is provided free for five years, and the performance-monitoring website is offered by an independent third party, Enphase Energy Inc.
Rain will clean the modules by itself in most areas; however, if you live in a dusty area, you could see improved performance after periodically spraying the modules with water. Please note that high-pressure hoses and detergents should never be used to clean solar modules, as they can damage the product.
Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can help you find the right thermostat for you based on your home and current heating and cooling equipment. We have a selection of programmable and nonprogrammable thermostats, which can help enhance the efficiency of your home’s furnace and/or air conditioner. Browse our thermostats or give us a call at 513-275-3601 for more information.
Your heating and cooling equipment can contribute significantly to your monthly utility bills. However, these costs can be reduced with innovative and high efficiency products from Lennox®. You’ll want to look for high SEER and AFUE ratings when you’re searching for a new air conditioner or furnace, respectively, as higher SEER and AFUE ratings mean higher efficiency products. If you’re not purchasing new heating and cooling equipment, consider factors such as: 1. Maintenance: Furnaces, air conditioners and other HVAC equipment run more efficiently when they are regularly maintained. 2. Zoning: When parts of your home are rarely used, you’re spending more money to heat or cool them to the same temperature as the rest of the house. A zoning system lets you section off different areas of your home and control the temperature by each area. 3. Programmable Thermostats: Programmable thermostats may help you lower your heating costs by 35 percent and your cooling costs by 25 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
A zoning system lets you parcel your residence and heat or lower the temperature in each space differently. While these systems function well for houses that have rooms that are seldom used, they could also be beneficial in situations where you and your family can’t agree on the temperature in various parts of your home. There are a number of additional benefits of zoning systems, like efficiency and comfort. View our selection of zoning systems or give Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC a call to see how a zoning system could work for your home.