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FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About HVAC

Why should I purchase a new heating or air-conditioning system?

Energy efficiency and cost savings.

If your existing system is old, in need of repair, or simply inefficient, purchasing a new unit, one which can be as much as 60% more efficient than a system purchased just 10 years ago, can offer long-term benefits. Rather than continuing to pay for ongoing maintenance and costly monthly bills, invest in a new system today that will save you money for years to come.

What is Air-Conditioning? How can I find the system that’s right for me?

There are many heating and air-conditioning systems to choose from today.

Jeb Air Solutions provides a vast degree of heating and air-conditioning knowledge and experience to help you decide on the system that best fits your specific needs. The size and age of your home, as well as the number of rooms, climate, local and regional utility costs, and utility incentive/rebate programs are all factors that will affect the functionality and, therefore, selection of your system.

How do I determine the size, or capacity, of my HVAC system?

There are many factors that determine the size, capacity of an HVAC system.

Factors affecting the size of your new system include the climate in your region, humidity levels, the number of windows in your dwelling, total square footage of your home, the direction your home faces, the number of heat-producing appliances in your home, the type of insulation you have, and the number of people that live in your residence.

A Jeb Air Solutions Specialist can perform the proper calculations to determine the appropriate heating or cooling unit for your home and lifestyle.

What is Air-Conditioning? What goes into installing a new system?

It’s all about ductwork.

Putting a new system in a home that has not had central air and heat before will require the installation of 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. Beyond equipment, the most important component installed with a new system, however, is the ductwork.

Ductwork is composed of two parts, supply and return. Supply duct is attached to the outflow of the new system, delivering air to each zone in a home. The amount of air reaching each zone is determined by the size of supply ductwork connecting it to your system. Your dealer will help you determine the size of all the supply ductwork in your home.

The second part of the ductwork, the return duct, attaches to the inlet of the new system and draws air out of the spaces to be heated or cooled. Attached to the return duct is the filter. The filter should be placed as near to the furnace or air handler as possible. Ductwork can be either fiberglass or metal and must be properly sized in order to evenly distribute the proper amount of air to each room.

How long will my system last?

More than a decade, but proper maintenance is key.

Maintenance and service play a key role in the life cycle of a heating or air-conditioning system. If all recommended maintenance and service actions are taken, an air conditioner can last 12 to 15 years and a gas furnace 20 to 25 years.

Where can I locate my air handler or furnace system?

You may have options based on your home’s design.

The system can actually be located in several different places. A system with upflow application might be located in the garage or closet, while a system with a horizontal application may be found in your attic. A self-contained, or single package unit, could be located outside on a slab or on the roof. Your 2nd floor closet could house an upflow or downflow system.

What can I do before calling someone to service my system?

Perform some basic steps.

HVAC systems are complicated networks of machinery that should be serviced by a certified professional. However, if your HVAC system seems to be malfunctioning, you can try a few basic steps, which may correct your problem, prior to calling a service professional.

If you do not feel comfortable performing any of these tasks, however, do not hesitate to call a Jeb Air Solutions Specialist.

Disconnect and reconnect your indoor and outdoor switches. Make sure your circuit breakers are in the ON position. Make sure your filters are clean. Open supply and return vents and make sure they are unobstructed. Check the settings on your thermostat. Make sure the system switch is on the appropriate COOL or HEAT setting.

What is ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR is a program that was created by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help businesses and individuals make energy-efficient purchases.

This program places the ENERGY STAR label, a small blue and white logo, on items that meet superior energy efficiency standards. This label provides an easy way for consumers to identify quality, high-efficiency products. For more information about the Energy Star program, please view the ENERGY STAR website.

How often should I replace my air filter?

Typical recommendations range from every 30 days for cheaper fiberglass filters (which often don't do a great job of filtering), to as long as 6 months for higher-end pleated filters. These estimates assume average use and take into account the type and size of your filter.

A general rule of thumb for pleated air filters (like ones made by FilterBuy) is to replace your filter every 90 days.

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A person using their thermostat after receiving heating repairs in The Woodlands, TX