Your questions answered: HVAC FAQs. No matter what your HVAC questions are, the experts at Custom Air Systems Inc in Port Saint Lucie have answers. Whether you have questions about selecting new HVAC equipment to best practices on care and maintenance, we can assist. Our online FAQs answers provide a fast response for your convenience, but if you want to know more on any topic, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 772-335-3232. Why is regular maintenance important? Like any product you want to keep in good shape, HVAC equipment requires proper care in order to provide the best benefits. Trained technicians can service your heating and cooling products to ensure they’re working at their top potential and help prevent more costly repairs in the middle of the hottest or coldest months of the year. How much will a Lennox product cost? Custom Air Systems Inc in Port Saint Lucie can price out individual products or multiple home comfort products for you. Call 772-335-3232 to hear more. What is two-stage heating? Two-stage heating permits the furnace to heat at two levels of output: high for cold winter days and low for mild ones. Approximately 80 percent of the time, your home’s heating requirements can be met when the furnace is left on the low setting, enabling 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, better air filtration and energy efficiency. How does Precise Comfort™ technology work? Precise Comfort™ technology is an operating and control system used in Lennox furnaces. The technology can automatically adjust heat by increments as tiny as 1 percent, improving energy efficiency and helping you experience more comfort. How will my new furnace work differently from 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 controlling 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 energy efficiency standard should I look for in an air conditioner in Port Saint Lucie? The Department of Energy recently increased the minimum efficiency levels for air conditions, and the standards vary by region. Contact Custom Air Systems Inc at 772-335-3232 to learn the requirements for the Port Saint Lucie 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 run. Aside from selecting products that have received Energy Star® certification or achieved high SEER ratings for air conditioners or AFUE ratings for furnaces, you can consider the following: Maintenance – ensuring your system obtains regular maintenance by a trained expert can keep your system running at its peak performance. Zoning – zoning systems enable 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 according to your schedule. They can be programed to provide the comfort you desire when you’re home, and increase or decrease the temperature while you’re gone, helping you save on heating and cooling costs. Why should I buy from Lennox? There are various reasons to go with Lennox, but the top three are: Lennox is a name you know and trust – known around 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 leading 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 Custom Air Systems Inc, offer high quality service at all times, from your first consultation to your routine maintenance appointments. What can I do to improve my home’s indoor air quality? Strategies to improve your indoor air quality can be as basic as vacuuming your home to something as large as replacing a new ventilation system. Overall, good IAQ involves four strategies: Eliminate – get rid of the pollutants floating in your air by cleaning your home routinely, 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 – correct air filters, such as our Healthy Climate® air filters, will make certain 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 get rid of odors and chemical vapors. Monitor – keep your humidity levels in check with a programmable thermostat. High temperatures and humidity levels can elevate concentrations of mold, mildew and germs. A programmable thermostat will make certain that your home is comfortable without letting humidity get out of control. How can I find out which indoor air quality product will is right for my home? Try checking out our Healthy Solution Finder, where you can pinpoint the indoor air quality concerns that affect your home. After you select the items that apply, the system will show the IAQ products that fit your needs. You can also call Custom Air Systems Inc and walk our techs through some of the concerns you experience. They can evaluate your home and needs and provide options and explanations. How does an air conditioner work? Most homeowners believe that air conditioners make your home cooler, but it actually removes the heat from 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 it outside. This process continues until the indoor temperature reaches the temp that was set on your thermostat. What is the minimum energy efficiency standard for air conditioners in my state? Due to the high amount of energy used by heating and cooling systems, the Department of Energy (DOE) raised the minimum efficiency levels for air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2015. These levels are determined based on region and carry varying requirements based on your location. Custom Air Systems Inc can help answer any questions you may have regarding these minimum requirements and let you know what choices are available when you’re looking for a replacement system. How can I confirm the model and serial numbers for my cooling unit? You can find these numbers 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 denotes model number while S/N is your serial number. What size equipment do I need for my home? There are a handful of ways to determine what size system is the best fit for your home, but the most reliable way to size a system is by having your local Custom Air Systems Inc 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 impede 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 its warmest, the high setting kicks in, and when it’s cooler or more mild, the low setting handles the duties. 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 produce such even temperatures for your comfort. This can also mean a quieter cooling system, greater efficiency and enhanced humidity control. Why is my system 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 homeowners take care of; however, you’ll need to call the professionals at Custom Air Systems Inc at 772-335-3232 for other problems or if you have other questions or concerns. What is the best thermostat to use for my cooling system? Identifying the best thermostat for your cooling system comes with a lot of considerations. That’s why it’s nice to have such a wide variety of choices from Custom Air Systems Inc. Whether you’re in the market for for a programmable or non-programmable thermostat or want to join the smart home trend, there are various thermostats that you have to choose from. Some thermostats will depend on what type of heating and cooling system you have, but the experts at Custom Air Systems Inc will be able to help determine what options fit 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 year-round. When it’s hot outside it operates like an air conditioner in that it removes heat from your home, but when it cools off, the process gets turned 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 think you should 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 part as a whole system, efficiency might suffer. As with a lot of products, advancements have brought about newer, more efficient ways of doing things. Heating and cooling systems are no different. These developments 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 consist of outdated technology, but they are also less efficient than newer 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 can I tell if my solar HVAC system is performing to its maximum potential? The communication module on your SunSource® Home Energy System sends the system’s performance information 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 carbon offsets as it happens. Is an Internet connection necessary to use the SunSource® communication module? Yes, an Internet connection is necessary for you to take advantage of the online monitoring system, which includes accessing energy production and environmental benefit information. The system’s performance-monitoring website is provided by an independent third party, Enphase Energy Inc., and the monitoring service is provided free for five years. Should I clean my solar modules? In most regions, rain will naturally clean the solar modules. 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 rinse solar modules. What is the best thermostat for my home comfort system? The best thermostat for you depends on your heating and cooling equipment. Custom Air Systems Inc offers programmable and nonprogrammable thermostats that can help increase the efficiency of your HVAC systems. Check out our available products or contact us at 772-335-3232 to learn more. How can I control my energy expenses? Heating and cooling can contribute to a significant chunk of your utility expenses. The innovative and high efficiency heating and cooling 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. Besides purchasing a new home comfort system, consider these additional factors: 1. Is your system 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 parts 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 the comfort of sectioning parts of your residence and control the temperature differently in each part of your home. Zoning equipment is best for when you have parts of your home 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 almost noiseless and efficient, allowing you more control over the comfort of your house. Find out more about the zoning systems available from Custom Air Systems Inc.