What is involved in installing a new system?

If a system is being added to the home for the first time, most of the items noted in the previous question and answer may be required to install the new system. Besides the equipment, the most significant component is ductwork. The ductwork needs to be properly sized to deliver the right amount of air to each room. A central air conditioning system uses supply and return ducts. The supply duct is attached to the outlet of the furnace or air handler and delivers air to individual zones in your home. Quality Air will determine the size of the ductwork going into a space by the amount of air that needs to be delivered to the space.

What is involved in replacing an old system?

Aside from the placement of the new equipment, Quality Air will inspect several items and determine whether they need to be supplied or replaced. Some of the items include: ductwork, insulation, refrigerant piping, electrical service, wiring, thermostat, condensate piping, flue piping, flue terminations, chimney liner, slabs, filter, driers, registers, grills, drain pans and evaporator coil.

How do I select the right heating/cooling system?

First, make sure the unit is properly sized. Quality Air will provide a load calculation for your home. Next, consider any comfort issues in the home. Some products can reduce air stratification and uneven temperatures from room to room. Finally, know your budget parameters and the efficiency of the system being proposed. Does the system offer a payback? In other words, will the monthly savings over time offset the cost of the new unit or efficiency option being considered?

How expensive are air conditioning and furnaces?

Many factors affect the cost of a heating or air conditioning system, including the size of your home, the type and condition of the ductwork installed and accessories you might need such as a thermostat or an electronic air cleaner. We have a complete range of systems and accessories available to meet all your needs, including your financial ones! Quality Air will be happy to assist you in finding the right system to meet not only your comfort needs but also your household budget.

Why should I replace my existing heating or air conditioning system?

You may wish to consider replacing your air conditioning or heating system if it is old, inefficient or in need of repair. Today’s systems are as much as 60% more efficient than those systems manufactured as little as 15 years ago. In addition, if not properly maintained, wear and tear on a system can reduce the actual or realized efficiency of the system. If you are concerned about utility bills or are faced with an expensive repair, you may want to consider replacing your system rather than enduring another costly season or paying to replace an expensive component. The utility cost savings of a new unit may provide an attractive return on your investment. If you plan on financing the purchase, the monthly savings on your utility bill should be considered when determining the actual monthly cost of replacing a system. The offsetting savings may permit you to purchase a more efficient system.

How often should I change my filter?

A one inched standard filter should be checked monthly and changed as needed. Average is 4-8 times per year. Every household is different and several factors play a role. Eg : How many people live in the house, do you have pets, etc. A media filter typically 4-5″ thick, can last up to a year. we suggest checking it at least two times per year and changed as needed . Average is 1-2 times per year.

How long can I expect a new heating/cooling system to last?

If you have a qualified technician perform regular preventative maintenance and service suggested for your unit, industry averages suggest 15-20 years , keeping in mind that these are average, and we have seen up to 25-30 years in some cases.