FAQs About Conventional HVAC Systems – Avondale

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FAQs About Conventional HVAC Systems

Though it’s less talked about than consumer technology, the technology of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning has advanced in leaps and bounds over the years. And along with that advance, HVAC systems have become more complicated.

Fortunately, at American Home Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ve served the needs of Chicago since 1962—including HVAC in Avondale—and we’ve been around for all those advances. Along the way, we’ve found that many of our customers have similar questions when it comes to conventional HVAC systems. To answer all your frequently asked questions, read on.

When is it Time to Replace My Conventional HVAC System?

Generally, a unit that’s more than 10 years old may be a good candidate for replacement. Other indicators that it’s time to replace your system is if your energy bill is consistently rising over a long period of time, the unit is corroded or cracked, or if you’re constantly needing to do major repairs to the system.

When Should I Call a Professional to Service my HVAC System? 

Generally, you’ll want to have a professional inspect your system before the hot and cold seasons each year. For example, for HVAC in Avondale or anywhere else in Chicago, before winter is the perfect time to have your HVAC system serviced. That way, you can avoid issues before they happen, and you’re left to endure a Chicago winter with no heat.

When Do the Air Filters Need to Be Replaced?

To make sure your conventional HVAC system is running efficiently and the air in your home is clean, you must change your air filter once every one to three months. The frequency with which you should change the filter depends on usage so to figure out the ideal frequency, inspect the air filter. If it’s filled with debris after just one month, you should change it out once a month.

How Do I Know How Efficient My HVAC System Is?

The HVAC industry uses Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings to evaluate a heater’s efficiency and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings (SEER) to evaluate an air conditioner’s efficiency. Check your unit’s AFUE or SEER and look for a minimum SEER of 13 and furnaces with an AFUE in the 80s or 90s.

More Questions?

Call American Home Heating and Air Conditioning today! You can reach us at (773)736-7800 if you have more questions about HVAC in Avondale or anywhere else in Chicago.