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 513-268-5164. Our experts can offer you the information you’re looking for in no time. Why is regular maintenance important? 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. How much will a Lennox product cost? Call Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC at 513-268-5164 to get a comprehensive quote on Lennox equipment. 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. About 80 percent of the time, your home’s heating requirements can be met when the furnace is left on the low setting, allowing your two-stage unit to operate 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. How does Precise Comfort™ technology work? 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. How will my new furnace work differently from my old one? 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. What energy efficiency standard should I look for in an air conditioner in Hamilton? 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. How can I reduce my energy costs? Lennox has a number of HVAC products with high efficiency ratings, which can help reduce the amount of energy they require to work. 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 through the following: Maintenance – making certain that your system gets regular maintenance by a trained professional can keep your system running at its top performance. Zoning – zoning systems allow you to only heat or cool only specific areas of your home, so you won’t have to pay to heat or cool spaces that you don’t typically utilize. 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 away, helping you save on heating and cooling costs. Why should I buy from Lennox? 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. What can I do to improve my home’s indoor air quality? 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. How can I find out which indoor air quality product will is right for my home? 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. How does an air conditioner work? Most homeowners believe that air conditioners make the air in your home cooler, but it actually removes the heat from your home, sending 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 cycle 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 increasing amount of energy used by heating and cooling systems, the Department of Energy (DOE) hiked up the minimum efficiency levels for air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2015. These levels are determined regionally and carry varying requirements based on your location. Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can answer any questions you may have regarding these minimum requirements and let you know what choices are available when you’re searching 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 will be white with black letters and have both of these numbers located around 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 few ways to determine what size system is the best fit for your home, but the most reliable way to determine the right size system is by having your local Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC technician come out and perform a load calculation. This calculation considers your home’s: square footage, insulation value, amount of insulation, and a handful 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 feature defrost controls to ensure they work efficiently in those kinds of weather. What is two-stage cooling? Two-stage cooling means that your cooling unit has two levels of operation. When summer is its warmest, the high setting starts up, and when it’s cooler or more mild, the low setting gets the job done. Usually, the lower setting will take care of your cooling needs, but even when the high setting is in use, 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 better humidity control. Why is my system freezing up? 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 513-268-5164 with any other questions. 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 through. That’s why it’s nice to have such a big variety of choices from Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC. Whether you’re searching 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 choose from. Some thermostats will depend on what type of heating and cooling system you have, but the pros at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC will be able to help determine what options meet your needs and your budget. What is a heat pump? Heat pumps can be a tad confusing due to their name, but they actually meet 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 reversed and it collects heat from outside and brings it inside. Heat pumps are also very efficient, and may 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 suggest you also replace your indoor system, but this is why: All outdoor cooling systems have a matching indoor unit that they are created to work with to ensure efficient performance. When they aren’t paired with the other piece as a total system, efficiency can suffer. As with many products, advancements have brought about newer, more efficient ways of doing things. Heating and cooling systems are no different. These improvements most importantly include improved heating and cooling efficiency, but also consist of improved air handling, filtering and noise pollution reduction to name a few. Heating and cooling systems that are more than 10-15 years old normally need to be replaced. Not only do they have outdated technology, but they are also less efficient than more recent models. Buying 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 can I tell if my solar HVAC system is performing to its potential? The communication module on your SunSource® Home Energy System sends the system’s performance information for each module to a website. You can 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. Do I need an Internet connection to use the SunSource® communication module? Yes, an Internet connection is required for you to take advantage of the online monitoring system, which includes seeing energy production and environmental benefit information. The system’s performance-monitoring website is maintained by an independent third party, Enphase Energy Inc., and the monitoring service is provided free of charge for five years. Do I need to clean my solar modules? In most areas, rain will be enough to keep the solar modules clean. If you reside in a dusty or industrial area, periodically spraying the modules with water could help improve performance. However, detergents and high-pressure hoses should never be used to wash solar modules. What is the best thermostat for my heating and cooling system? The best thermostat for you depends on your heating and cooling equipment. Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC has programmable and nonprogrammable thermostats that can help increase the efficiency of your HVAC systems. Check out our available products or contact us at 513-268-5164 to learn more. How can I control my energy costs? Heating and cooling can contribute to a significant portion of your utility bill. The innovative and high efficiency heating and cooling products available from Lennox® can help lower these costs. If you’re searching 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. Besides purchasing a new home comfort system, consider these additional 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 areas of your home that are rarely used, a zoning system will allow you to heat or cool only the commonly used spaces of your house. 3. Are you using a programmable thermostat? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, programmable thermostats may 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 equipment gives you the the comfort of sectioning portions of your residence and control the air differently in each part of your home. Zoning equipment is good for when you have spaces of your house that are infrequently used or when you and your family are often in disagreement of how hot or cold it ought to be inside. Zoning systems are nearly silent and efficient, enabling you to have more control over the comfort of your family home. Discover more about the equipment available from Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC.