How often should I change my furnace filter?
Best practice is to change your furnace filter every 4 to 6 weeks during the heating season. It should be changed at least once a month during air conditioning season. Without a clean filter, your furnace and air conditioning system will waste energy and may even sustain damage.
Why is my air conditioner blowing warm air/not blowing air at all?
If your air conditioner is no longer regulating the climate inside your home the way you’d like, there could be a problem with one of its internal, mechanical components. Contact us right away for air conditioner repair services.
What should I know about installing a new heating or air conditioning system?
#1: The lowest bid isn’t always the best deal. If you get three bids on a project, and two are close but one is much lower, something strange is probably going on. Extremely low bids often indicate that shoddy, uninsured work will follow. Make sure you’re comfortable not only with the price your contractor bids, but also how well they communicate their plans and progress with you.
#2: Make sure you get a contract. Creating a physical agreement between you and your HVAC contractor is the best way to ensure each party is held accountable. The contract should detail every step of the project, including payment, contractor proof of insurance, estimated date of completion, materials, and a clause that ensures your contractor will get lien releases from any subcontractors or suppliers.
#3: Use someone your friends recommend. All contractors will tell you that they’re the best and that their customer service is superior to their competitors. The only way to know if they’re telling the truth is to ask their past and current customers. Here at Allgeier Air, we’re proud to have positive reviews from past customers posted on such reputable sources as Angie’s List, Google+, Customer Lobby, and the Better Business Bureau.
#4: Ninety percent of your home’s heating and cooling system’s efficiency comes proper design and installation of the system. Ratings such as SEER and EER are only applicable if the system is designed, installed and sealed correctly.
Does Allgeier Air work on all types of HVAC systems?
Yes, we perform HVAC and air conditioning repair for traditional systems, geothermal systems and radiant floor systems of all brands. Just call us @ (502) 968-0122 if you have questions about your system.
Should I repair older HVAC equipment or replace it?
There’s never a good day for your furnace or air conditioner to break down. We don’t even realize how much we rely on these systems to keep our homes safe and comfortable until they’re not available. In your frustration, you may be tempted to just say “rip it out and give me a new one!” but that might not actually be the smartest solution. In some cases, furnaces and air conditioning systems have plenty of life left in them, they just need a moderate repair so that they continue working properly.
On the other hand, technology is advancing so quickly that even a furnace or air conditioner that’s just five or 10 years old might already be horribly outdated as far as efficiency goes. While you might be proud that you haven’t had to replace it yet, you might not realize that it’s slowly costing you hundreds of extra dollars in energy.
The experts at Allgeier Air are always available to answer your question about heating and air conditioning repair. We can assess your current system, diagnose the problem, and make an honest recommendation for repair or replacement.
How does a geothermal heating system work?
In the summer, the outdoor air is warm, and in the winter, it’s freezing cold. Underground, things aren’t nearly this volatile, however. Just four to six feet below the ground you walk on, the temperature stays constantly moderate all year long thanks to heat from the earth’s core.
Geothermal systems take advantage of this free, constant heat by circulating water below the earth so it can be warmed and bringing it into your home. Once carried into the indoor compression unit in your home, the warm water is then heated to an even hotter temperature and used to regulate the climate within your house. In the summer, a complete reversal of this process replaces the hot air inside your home with cooler, more comfortable air.
Why are geothermal heating systems better than gas, electric, or propane-powered systems?
Geothermal heating and air conditioning systems uses the heat stored underground in rocks and fluids beneath the earth’s crust. With a geothermal heating system, water is forced underground, heated by the earth’s energy, and conducted back up into your home as steam. This energy can then be used for both heating and cooling. This energy is almost entirely emission free, zero carbon, requires no fossil fuels, and is virtually limitless no matter what time of day or what the weather (unlike solar and wind power).
Why use geothermal heating and cooling?
High-efficiency geothermal systems use the energy found beneath the earth’s surface. They combine this stored energy with safe electric power to deliver homeowner’s heating and cooling savings of up to 60 percent. Geothermal costs less to operate and lasts twice as long as a conventional unit. Geothermal uses the earth’s natural energy to heat and cool your home. By using the earth’s constant temperature the geothermal system does not have to strain to provide comfort for your home. The life expectancy of the geothermal unit is rated 23 years per the Department of Energy.
Is geothermal heating and air conditioning safer than traditional systems?
Yes. Unlike the conventional systems, geothermal does not emit dangerous gases or fumes of any type. There is no danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, which is often a relief to people with young children and pets.
Is geothermal energy better for the environment?
Yes! Unlike HVAC systems that are powered by electricity or fossil fuels, there are no emissions, carbon pollution, or toxic fumes associated with geothermal systems. Also unlike fossil fuels, which are finite, there is a virtually unlimited supply of geothermal energy. If every family in America switched to a geothermal heating and cooling system, they could collectively save several billion dollars annually in energy costs and substantially reduce pollution, according to the U.S. General Accounting Office. Since these systems are recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the most environmentally friendly heating and cooling technology available, it’s a system you can feel good about using.